ABSTRACT

The divorce which had separated Julia from her husband had so completely bla-zoned the infamy of her conduct, that Mr. Morley deemed his reputation in some danger, by affording her any longer an asylum at Morley-house: she had therefore retired to Bath, where, having established a faro-table in partnership with an Irish adventurer, her fortune was soon nearly squandered, and her beauty faded in a perpetual series of profligate dissipation. Once more propelled by necessity, Julia set out for the metropolis, resolved, like Milwood, to be rich,77 whatever peril she might encounter in the labour of becoming so. Two thousand pounds, the remnant of her fortune, were laid out in the purchase of a carriage, and the furniture of a house in the vicinity of Mary-le-bone. Julia was still pretty; her face, at least, presented novelty; and for a time she was considered as an acquisition to the world of senseless gallantry.