Sir Philip, who had married for money and quarrelled with his brother-in-law, determined on the declaration of war n 1702 to join the Duke of Marlborough's army in Flanders as a volunteer. Receiving no tidings of him for many months, Lady Jemima resolved to consult a doctor from Padua, who had the reputation of being able to show his visitors their absent friends, and what they were doing. Accordingly she and her sister, disguised as soldiers' wives, went to him secretly, when he told them their real names and the information they desired. Having enjoined absolute silence, and changed his dress to that of an eastern necromancer, he led them into a room hung with black and lighted with torches, containing a large mirror behind an altar, on which were two swords, an open book, and a human skull. Gradually the mirror ceased to reflect these objects, and they saw the interior of a foreign church, in which Sir Philip was about to be married to a beautiful girl, when a group of officers entered, one of whom advanced towards the bridal party, arid swords were drawn on both sides. How will the story end? Read My Aunt Margaret's Mirror in order to know the end!
Married to a dissolute nobleman who disappears after running off to the continent, Lady Forester decides to see if she can learn something of her husband by paying a visit to an Italian spiritualist, who warns her that she may not like what he shows her in his mirror. Semi-supernatural short story from Scott, with a introductory frame…
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