1 Yet, as I drew nearer home, grief and fear again overcame me.
2 She indeed veiled her grief and strove to act the comforter to us all.
3 As he said this his countenance became expressive of a calm, settled grief that touched me to the heart.
4 From the tortures of my own heart, I turned to contemplate the deep and voiceless grief of my Elizabeth.
5 But I was not the witness of his grief, for I was lifeless and did not recover my senses for a long, long time.
6 For my own part, I begin to love him as a brother, and his constant and deep grief fills me with sympathy and compassion.
7 They elevated me from all littleness of feeling, and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquillized it.
8 These are the reflections of the first days; but when the lapse of time proves the reality of the evil, then the actual bitterness of grief commences.
9 You may easily imagine that I was much gratified by the offered communication, yet I could not endure that he should renew his grief by a recital of his misfortunes.
10 When my dearest aunt died every one was too much occupied in their own grief to notice poor Justine, who had attended her during her illness with the most anxious affection.
11 I saw, with surprise and grief, the leaves decay and fall, and nature again assume the barren and bleak appearance it had worn when I first beheld the woods and the lovely moon.
12 My journey had been my own suggestion, and Elizabeth therefore acquiesced, but she was filled with disquiet at the idea of my suffering, away from her, the inroads of misery and grief.
13 I afterwards learned that, knowing my father's advanced age and unfitness for so long a journey, and how wretched my sickness would make Elizabeth, he spared them this grief by concealing the extent of my disorder.
14 This advice, although good, was totally inapplicable to my case; I should have been the first to hide my grief and console my friends if remorse had not mingled its bitterness, and terror its alarm, with my other sensations.
15 Such words, you may imagine, strongly excited my curiosity; but the paroxysm of grief that had seized the stranger overcame his weakened powers, and many hours of repose and tranquil conversation were necessary to restore his composure.
16 Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery and be overwhelmed by disappointments, yet when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.
17 The interval was, consequently, spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling when he had leisure for reflection, and at length it took so fast hold of his mind that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.
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