To dwell on subjects that cause us to abhor human nature, and dread to associate with civilized man, can surely convey no pleasure in the perusal, nor, in the present system of things, be productive of benefit. Let us, therefore, pass lightly over details that have no useful tendency, and revert to events, which almost justified the distrust and misanthropy that so long had governed the mind of the unhappy Montmorency, and which, perhaps, it had been better for him had he still persevered in. – Suffice it then to say, that Angelo daily beheld those obstacles which had opposed themselves to the gratification of his wishes becoming less formidable. The love of Gabrielle acquiring fresh force, though the suggestions of her virtue became not weaker, rendered the task of conquering it more and more difficult.