You an lady whom I then saw. I was now for the first time frightened, and I yelled with all my might and main. We remained away for more than a year. I had myself no misgivings of the kind, and as he had been rather an invalid for some time, I was afraid of alarming him. My father, who is the kindest man on earth, but growing old; and I, at the date of my story, only nineteen.
A medical philosopher, as you are good enough to call me, elaborating theories by the aid of cases sought out by himself, and by him watched and scrutinised with more time at command, and consequently infinitely more minuteness than the ordinary practitioner can afford, falls insensibly into habits of observation, which accompany him everywhere, and are exercised, as some people would say, impertinently, upon every subject that presents itself with the least likelihood of rewarding inquiry. The servant returned immediately to say that she nothing more. I would not admit that I was ill, I would not consent to tell my papa, or to have the doctor sent for. In the first place, Millarea complained of extreme languor--the weakness that remained after her late illness--and she never emerged from her room till the afternoon was pretty far advanced. This I know is paradox, but I can make no other attempt to explain the feeling.
There was a coldness, it seemed to me, beyond her years, in her, smiling melancholy persistent refusal to afford me the least ray light. We saw the slim figure of the pale gentleman in black, as he held a thick velvet cloak, and placed it about her shoulders and threw the hood over her head. We hurried back, in panic, to my room. A suicide, under certain circumstances, becomes a vampire. But, I suspect, in all lives there are certain emotional scenes, those in which our passions have been most wildly and terribly roused, that are of all others the most vaguely and dimly remembered. The sun had now set, and it was twilight by the time I had returned the General's letter to my father.
I am very curious, I own; but I dare say the young lady will tell us all about it to-morrow, if she is sufficiently recovered. It is the nature of vampires to increase and multiply, but according to an ascertained and ghostly law. What was it that, as I reached the bed-side and had just begun my little greeting, struck me dumb in a moment, and made me recoil a step or two from before her? It seemed an earnest and argumentative conversation. Her soft cheek was glowing against mine. The two medical men, one officially present, the other on the part of the promoter of the inquiry, attested the marvellous fact, that there was a faint but appreciable respiration, and a corresponding action of the heart. I know how kind you all are; but, dear child, I am quite well again. I was afraid to open it--I was horrified.
The stranger now rose, and leaning on Madame's arm walked slowly over the drawbridge and into the castle gate. In a sense this was true. It became, in a few moments, greatly more interesting, for just as the carriage had passed the summit of the steep bridge, one of the leaders, taking fright, communicated his panic to the rest, and after a plunge or two, the whole team broke into a wild gallop together, and dashing between the horsemen who rode in front, came thundering along the road towards us with the speed of a hurricane. Furthermore, she claims to have been bitten during the visionary encounter, though there are no evident wounds to support her claim. Is the young lady displeased? In a frightened dream I got down from the carriage, and in silence, for we had each abundant matter for thinking; we soon mounted the ascent, and were among the spacious chambers, winding stairs, and dark corridors of the castle.
At his death Thomas had almost nothing to leave to his sons and the family had to sell his library to pay off some of his debts. The walls are covered with tapestry, and surrounded with great' gold frames, the figures being as large as life, in ancient and very curious costume, and the subjects represented are hun ing, hawking, and generally festive. Than the terms in which it was expressed, nothing could be more deprecatory. Le Fanu never owned the house, but rented it from his brother-in-law for £22 per annum which he still failed to pay in full. It is from this official paper that I have summarized my account of this last shocking scene.
He is our faithful creator; He has made us all, and will take care of us. No, these complaints, wandering in the air, begin by trying the nerves, and so infect the brain, but before they can seize upon you, the antidote repels them. His portmanteaus were following in a hired wagon, such as we term a cart. My father walked to some little distance, and began reading the inscriptions on the tombstones; and thus occupied, he strolled into the door of a side-chapel to prosecute his researches. I was delighted with my companion; that is to say, in many respects.
Matska: a feminine diminutive, suggesting a Czech or Polishservant. Had the young lady not worn a mask, I could, of course, have been much more certain upon the question whether she was really watching my poor darling. We came here, in consequence, by very easy stages--hardly six leagues a day. There was a promise of this kind in the slight, timid, kindly, but reserved gentleman, whom I met for the first time at this agreeable little evening gathering. If my father's room had been at that side of the house, we would have called him up at once to our aid.