So deeply was I wrapped in thought, that I scarcely felt conscious which way I was going, till I arrived at the portico. I was undecided in opinion, whether or not I ought to reveal what had passed at the foot of the mountain, till I had taken farther steps for the discovery of my secret visitor, whose motive was as undefinable, as his words and energetic entreaties were strongly impressive. With curiosity so awakened, it was impossible for my active spirit to remain tranquil: reason and nature whispered, that to investigate the business was incumbent on me, for a variety of motives; and, thoroughly persuaded that the concealed wanderer was no other than Lord Linbourne, I could not rest under the suspense and astonishment which his appearance had excited.