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But come,' she said, I will be dressed ; and we will go out and pay visits, and I will shew you something of this fine city.'

“ When the Marchioness was dressed, she and Henrie went out in the carriage; and, returning at dinner time, they found the Marquis at home: hé Jooked pale and fatigued, but was pleased to embrace his son, with whom he seemed better and better satisfied as he saw more of him.

“ The next day a tutor was appointed for Henrie: he was a Roman Catholic priest, or clerģyman; and, although he bore the character of a clergyman, he seemed to have no thought of religion : he took great pains to teach Henrie such things as he thought would please his father and mother, and make him ap clever before his fellow-creatures, but he had no desire to make him a good man. Besides this tutor, Henrie had masters to teach him music and dancing and drawing, and all such things as were wont to be taught to the children of the great men at that time in France. Thus Henrie's mornings were employed by attending on his masters ; and his mother often in an evening took him out to pay visits, and to balls and public amusements. He was introduced several times to the king, and became acquainted with all the nobility in Paris. But amongst all these worldly pleasures and employments, the blessed Lord God, with whom all things are possible, still held the heart of Henrie ; so that he took no delight in all these fine things, but was willing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.' (Heb. xi. 25.)

“When Henrie had been in Paris about six months, it happened that one day his father went to the king's palace to pay his court: it so was, that something had vexed the King that day, and

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he did not receive the Marquis so cordially as he had been used to do. This affronted the Marquis so much (tor he was a very proud man), that from that time he gave himself up altogether to abusing the King, and contriving how to do him mischief; and he invited to his house all the people of consequence in Paris who were discontented with the King : so that his house was filled with bad people, who were always contriving mischief against the King, and were disobedient to God. These people used to meet almost every evening to sup at the Marquis's; and you would be shocked if I were to repeat to you the vile language which they used, and how they used to rail against their king and blaspheme their Maker. On these occasions they drank abundance of wine: after which they used to play at cards for large sums of money; and the Marquis and Marchioness, not being so clever in play as some others of the party, lost a great deal of money; so that, what with their extravagance and what with the money they lost at cards, they had almost wasted all they possessed, and were in debt to every body who supplied them with any thing. “ Poor Henrie, although so young, understood

the wicked way in which his father and mother went on; and though he did not dare to speak to his father about the manner of life he led, yet he spoke several times to his mother. He reminded her that death would come, and that then she must stand before God and give an account of all her actions. And, oh!


dear mother,' he would say, 'what will you think, when you see our Saviour coming in his glory with all his holy angels, of all those wicked and blasphemous words which are spoken by the company at supper every evening, and which you and my father laugh at, and look so much delighted with?' - Sometimes

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the Marchioness would laugh at Henrie when he
talked to her in this way; and sometimes she would
be quite angry, and tell him that he was meddling
with things which he could not understand. When
Henrie found that his mother would not listen to
any thing he would say, be left off speaking to her
upon these subjects, and took to prayer. Every
day he prayed for her and for his father, that God
would turn their hearts: and he prayed so earnestly,
that be often got up from his knees with his face all
bathed with tears. And God in his mercy heard his
prayer; for the faithful, fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much.

Abusing the king, and forming schemes and
contrivances, is called treason. It was not long
before the treasonable practices of the Marquis,
and the bad company he kept, were made known
to the King, who, one night, without giving warning
to any one, sent certain persons with a guard to
seize the Marquis, and convey bim to a strong
castle in a very distant part of France, where he
was to be confined for life : at the same time, the
King gave orders to seize all the Marquis's pro-
perty for his own use. It was one night in the
spring, just after the Marquis's wicked companions
had taken their leave, that the persons sent by the
King rushed into the Marquis's house, and, making
him a prisoner in the name of the King, forced him
into a carriage, with his wife and son; scarcely
giving them time to gather together a little linen,
and a few other necessary things, to take with
them: amongst these, Henrie did not forget his
little Bible, and an old Book of Martyrs, which he.
had bought in a book-stall a few days before.

The Marquis and his family, well guarded, were hurried away so fast, that before the dawn of morning they were some miles from Paris. The Marquis then asked the persons who rode by the çar

riage, where they were taking him : they answered, that his plots against the King had been found out, and that he was going to be put into a place where it would be out of his power to execute any of his mischievous purposes. On hearing this, the Marquis broke out into a violent rage, abusing the King, and calling him every vile name he could think of: after which he became sullen, and continued so to the end of his journey. The Marchioness cried almost without ceasing, calling herself the most miserable of women, and wishing she had never seen the Marquis. Henrie remained silent and patient, secretly praying that God would make these afflictions work together for good for his dear parents.

" At the end of several days, towards the evening, they entered into a deep road between two high hills, which were so near each other that from one hill the cottages and little gardens and sheepfolds, with the cows and sheep feeding, might be plainly seen on the other. As they went on furthers, they saw a little village on the right hand, among some trees; and above the village, a large old castle, with high walls and towers, and an immense gateway with an iron gate.”

Mamma,' said Henry, stopping a moment, ' the word Castle has often been used in this story: it is some kind of a house, I suppose; but I don't exactly know what kind.'

• In former times, my dear,' answered Mrs. Fairchild, . when men were more rough, and savage, and quarrelsome, than they are now, people used to build immense high buildings for their defence from their enemies, with towers like the towers of our church, and strong walls round them, and immense gales which could not be broken through without great force. These buildings were called


Castles, and there are still many of them 'standing in different parts of the world. Under these castles were generally dismal deep vaults or dungeons, where prisoners taken in war, or people who gave offence to the lords of these castles, were confined.'

Now I know what a castle is, Mamma,' said Henry : go I will go on with my story.'

" When the Marquis saw the castle he groaned, for he supposed that this was the place in which he was to be confined ; and the Marchioness broke out afresh in crying and lamenting berself; but Henrie said not one word. The carriage took the road straight to the castle, and the guard kept close, as if they were afraid the Marquis should strive to get away. They passed through the little village, and then saw the great gate of ibe castle right before them, bigher up the hill. It was almost dusk before the carriage stopped at the castle gate ; and the guards called to the Porter (that is, the man who has the care of the gate) to open the gate, and call the Governor of the castle. Wheu the Porter opened the gate, the guard took the Marquis out of the carriage, and, all gathering close round him, led him through the gates into the outer court of the castle, which was surrounded by dark high buildings, Henrie and his mother following. From thence they went through another gate, and up a number of stone steps, till they came into an immense hall, so big that it looked like a large old church : from the roof of this hall hung several lamps, which were burning; for it was now quite dark. There the Governor of the castle, a respectable-looking old officer, with a band of soldiers, met the Marquis and received him into his charge. He spoke civilly to the Marquis, and kindly to Henrie and his mother. Do not afflict yourself, Madam,' he said: "I am the King's servant, and must obey

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