The initial possessor of the mysterious "Allen House" is the pirate captain and his singularly pretty and youthful wife. next, the son of Captain Allen gains possession, then the beautiful Mrs. Montgomery, then Ralph Dewey, and finally Henry Wallingford, Esq. These characters are interwoven with the story of the house, and each has a peculiarly engaging history--some dark, terrible, and exciting.
vent in the Allen House, noted by the people, was the birth of a daughter. The same nurse was called in, who remained the usual time, and then retired; bearing with her a history of the period, which she related, very confidentially, at tea-tables, and in familiar gossip with choice spirits of her own.
Those who knew her best, were always something in doubt as to which of her stories contained truth and which romance. The latter element mingled largely, it is presumed, in all of them.
A great change had taken place in the Captain's manner. He no longer played the lover to a cold and distant mistress, but carried himself haughtily at times--captiously at times--and always with an air of indifference. All affection seemed transferred to his boy, who was growing self-willed, passionate, and daring. These qualities were never repressed by his father, but rather encouraged and strengthened. On learning that his next heir was a daughter, he expressed impatience, and muttered something about its being
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