Victor Marie Hugo
Release Date: 18 December 2009
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1833 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III. Next morning, my uncle was made acquainted with my nocturnal adventure, and his astonishment and indignation were extreme. Like myself, he could not brook the supposition that the unknown admirer of his daughter was a slave, but at once concluded that, to prevent recognition, he had adopted that disguise. My uncle now took all the precautions which an anxious mind could devise for foiling the hidden enemy. Maria's walks were circumscribed; additional guards posted round the extensive enclosures; no stranger was permitted to enter, without specifying his business; and, in fine, I received instructions -- very unnecessary, indeed -- to watch, with renewed vigilance, over my betrothed, and accompany her in all her walks till the 22d of August, the day of our nuptials. My uncle personally was unable to exercise any superintendence over his daughter, from the multiplicity of his engagements, both with his own affairs and those of the colony, which now wore athreatening aspect; and Maria, having lost her mother in infancy, had no female guardian, except her old nurse, whose faithful and assiduous attention supplied, in some measure, the place of maternal care. Apart, therefore, from other and more tender considerations, I believed it my duty to counsel and protect this lovely and lonely girl. Some days after the incident above-related, when Maria's fears had subsided, I resolved to revisit her favourite retreat, and prepare it anew for her reception. I tore down the hateful marigolds, and tossed them into the river, and after removing every thing that showed the hand of a stranger, and re...
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