"Felix had <accidentally> been present at the
trial; his horror and indignation were uncontrollable, when he
heard the decision of the court. He made, at that moment, a
solemn vow to deliver him, and then looked around for the means.
After many fruitless attempts to gain admittance to the prison,
he found a strongly grated window in an unguarded part of the
building, which lighted the dungeon of the unfortunate
Mahometan; who, loaded with chains, waited in despair the
execution of the barbarous sentence. Felix visited the grate at
night, and made known to the prisoner his intentions in his
favour. The Turk, amazed and delighted, endeavoured to kindle
the zeal of his deliverer by promises of reward and wealth.
Felix rejected his offers with contempt; yet when he saw the
lovely Safie, who was allowed to visit her father, and who, by
her gestures, expressed her lively gratitude, the youth could
not help owning to his own mind, that the captive possessed a
treasure which would fully reward his toil and hazard.
"The Turk quickly perceived the impression that his daughter had
made on the heart of Felix, and endeavoured to secure him more
entirely in his interests by the promise of her hand in
marriage, so soon as he should be conveyed to a place of safety.
Felix was too delicate to accept this offer; yet he looked
forward to the probability of the event as to that consummation
of his happiness.
"During the ensuing days, while the preparations were going
forward for the escape of the merchant, the zeal of Felix was
warmed by several letters that he received from this lovely
girl, who found means to express her thoughts in the language of
her lover by the aid of an old man, a servant of her
[father's] <father>, who understood
French. She thanked him in the most ardent terms for his
intended services towards her [father]
<parent>; and at the same time deeply deplored
her own fate.