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(without typos) from the publisher. 1859. Excerpt: ... as she had
readily acquired the feelings of delicacy which were indispensable
in our circumstances. I at length looked in, and was terrified to
find her absent. Her clothes lay on the chair, so that she must
have gone out in her night-dress only. I now recollected several
occasions on which she had experienced a strange feeling of terror,
without any assignable cause, sometimes springing to the further
side of the apartment, as if conscious of the presence of some
alarming object. One of these paroxysms, I could not doubt, had now
seized her, under the influence of which she had fled from the
apartment. Alas whither? I could find no clue for some days. I then
discovered traces of the fugitive on the Worcester-road. Her
father's residence was in Herefordshire, near the Malvern hills,
and I conjectured that she must have fled in that direction. The
road was unknown to her, as we had approached Oxford on a different
side, but she might have discovered it, I thought, by the singular
instinct, resembling that of the inferior animals, which in her
case supplied the place of reason. It took some days to reach Mr.
Courtenay's house. When I did so, Agatha was not there. The doors
were securely closed, as we had left them between two and three
years before, and the poor girl, finding her entrance barred, and
no one stirring within, had doubtless wandered elsewhere. A few
miles from the house lay a picturesque churchyard, in a nook of the
Malvern hills, overshadowed by two tall yew-trees. It had been a
favourite walk of ours in happier times, and this induced me not to
leave it unexplored. Here at length I found Agatha. She was seated
in the church porch, where we had passed many a pleasant hour. Some
berries lay beside her on the bench, which she had probably
gathered to satisfy her hunger; ...
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