We were soon joined by Elizabeth. Time had [made great
alterations in her form] <altered her> since
I [had] last beheld [her. Six years before she had
been a pretty, good-humoured girl, whom every one loved and
caressed. She was now a woman in stature and expression of
countenance, which was uncommonly lovely. An open and capacious
forehead gave indications of a good understanding, joined to
great frankness of disposition. Her eyes were hazel, and
expressive of mildness, now through recent affliction allied to
sadness. Her hair was of a rich dark auburn, her complexion
fair, and her figure slight and graceful.] <her; it
had endowed her with loveliness surpassing the beauty of her
childish years. There was the same candour, the same vivacity,
but it was allied to an expression more full of sensibility and
intellect.> She welcomed me with the greatest affection.
"Your arrival, my dear cousin," said she, "fills me with hope.
You perhaps will find some means to justify my poor guiltless
Justine. Alas! who is safe, if she be convicted of crime? I rely
on her innocence as certainly as I do upon my own. Our
misfortune is doubly hard to us; we have not only lost that
lovely darling boy, but this poor girl, whom I sincerely love,
is to be torn away by even a worse fate. If she is condemned, I
never shall know joy more. But she will not, I am sure she will
not; and then I shall be happy again, even after the sad death
of my little William."
"She is innocent, my Elizabeth," said I, "and that shall be
proved; fear nothing, but let your spirits be cheered by the
assurance of her acquittal."
"How kind <and generous> you are! every one else
believes in her guilt, and that made me wretched; for I knew
that it was impossible: and to see every one else prejudiced in
so deadly a [manner,] <manner> rendered me
hopeless and despairing." She wept.
"[Sweet] <Dearest> niece," said my father,
"dry your tears. If she is, as you believe, innocent, rely on
the justice of our [judges] <laws>, and
the activity with which I shall prevent the slightest shadow of