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THE NEW ROAD TO RUIN.

VOL. III.

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LONDON:

PRINTED BY SAMUEL BENTLEY, Dorset Street, Fleet Street,

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LONDON:

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.
(SUCCESSOR TO HENRY COLBURN.)

THE NEW ROAD TO RUIN.

CHAPTER I.

Look round the habitable world; how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.
How void of reason are our hopes and fears!
What in the conduct of our life appears

So well designed, so luckily begun,

But, when we have our wish, we wish undone ?

DRYDEN.

"I AM so sorry you do not go with me today," said Ellen, as Lorevaine arranged her music on the harp-stand. "I feel unprotected without you."

"Do you ?" he replied delightedly. "I can put off my engagement very easily, and will certainly go with. you."

"Oh, I am so glad!" Ellen exclaimed;

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