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Part the First.
SIR E. L. BULWER, BART. M.P. M.A.
ΘΑΡΡΩ ΤΩ ΔΙΟΙΚΟΥΝΤΙ. .
M. ANTONIN. lib. vi. sec. 8.
SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET;
BELL AND BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH;
THE GREAT GERMAN PEOPLE,
A RACE OF THINKERS AND OF CRITICS;
A FOREIGN BUT FAMILIAR AUDIENCE,
PROPOUND IN JUDGMENT, CANDID IN REPROOF, GENEROUS IN APPRECIATION,
AN ENGLISH AUTHOR.
A WORD TO THE READER.
THE FIRST EDITION OF 1837.
Thou must not, my old and partial friend, look into this work for that species of interest which is drawn from stirring adventures and a perpetual variety of incident. To a Novel of the present day are necessarily forbidden the animation, the excitement, the bustle, the pomp, and the stage-effect which History affords to Romance. Whatever merits, in thy gentle eyes, “Rienzi," or “ The Last Days of Pompeii,” may have possessed, this Tale, if it please thee at all, must owe that happy fortune to qualities widely different from those which won thy favour to pictures of the Past. Thou must sober down thine imagination, and prepare thyself for a story not dedicated to the narrative of extraordinary events—nor the