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I was naturally much terrified at this, and when the landlord afterwards secretly came to bring some food, I informed him of this news. This rendered him also uncomfortable; and therefore he came, after midnight, when all was quiet in the house, and conducted me past the apartment of my mistress, in much fear and trembling, out of the house, to his mother's, who lived at some distance from the inn. Here he was obliged to knock a good while before we could gain admission, although everything had been previously arranged with the old woman. The landlord asked me if I had any money. I had all I possessed with me, which consisted of three gilders, which I produced. He gave one of them to his mother, and returned me the other two, as a clear proof of his sincerity and disinterestedness. He had resolved, from mere heartfelt compassion, to deliver me at great personal risk. I was unable to learn anything respecting him afterwards, except that he was dead. May the Lord, who does not suffer a cup of cold water to pass without its reward, richly recompense his compassion and fidelity towards me, at the last day!
According to his directions, I now laid aside the Turkish outside garments, which I still wore, and put on, in their stead, a common peasant's or servant's dress, which lay in readiness. As soon as ever the day began to dawn, I was obliged, without delay, to accompany the old woman out of the town, and proceed to Stuttgard. I passed safely through the guard at the gates, although with great trepidation, with the help of my old mother: but on the way, I had many a fright; for on reaching the neighbourhood of Magstatt, when we were in the open field, a cavalry-sergeant of the Colonel's came riding up to us, whom I recognized at a distance. Scarcely had I time, in my great consternation, to point out the danger to my guide, and hastily to take another way, when the sergeant rode past, without noticing us.
Thus the good hand of God preserved me this time also from being recognized; and before I knew him in a proper manner, I was permitted clearly and frequently to experi
ence what the Scripture says, that “He is mighty in counsel, and wonderful in working.”
But, ah, how difficult it was for me to walk such a distance as five full leagues on foot! I was entirely unaccustomed to walking. As long as I was at home at Belgrade, I had never travelled a single league on foot. I possessed all the conveniences of rich and affluent persons; a number of male and female slaves attended on my commands; and as Turkish ladies generally spend their time in the retirement of their habitations, a long walk was something quite new to me. During my captivity, and when travelling with the Colonel and his lady, I had always ridden in a carriage, and it was only in Liebenzell that I learned to walk any distance, and came back every time much fatigued. And now I had all at once to walk such a great distance, in an inconvenient dress, with my mind much disturbed, and wearied by sleepless nights. This was almost more than I could accomplish. My feet soon became sore, and every step caused me the severest pain. Hence it was, that we only reached Stuttgard; the desired metropolis, towards evening; and I hailed it as a city of refuge and repose.
On reaching the top of Hare-hill, which commands a view of the beautiful valley and the distant line of hills, the city lay before us in the radiance of the evening sun; the blooming fruit-trees blushed in its beams, like the almond-trees in our garden at Belgrade; the fir wood had also a reddish appearance, and still more so the vineyards. The distant hills, on one of which was the ancient seat of the dukes of Würtemburg, were dipped in a violet hue, and numbers of little red clouds floated about in the sky, which appeared to me more beautiful than I had ever seen them; for they wore the colour of liberty, in the enjoyment of which I felt so indescribably happy, notwithstanding all the pain I suffered.
My distresses were, however, not yet at an end. After reaching, with great difficulty, one of the gates, we were not admitted, because of its being war-time, and were obliged to make a great circuit, which took us a quarter of an hour, until we reached the Hauptstädter gate. It was almost impossible for me to drag myself so far with my wounded feet; but necessity compelled me, and when I was about to sink down with fatigue, my guide again took me by the arm and encouraged me. But her own courage was now to be put to the test. The outer guard at the Hauptstädter gate suffered us to pass without hinderance; but we were so much the more strictly examined by the inner guard, so that my guide, who was questioned the most minutely, at length slipped away, and disappeared. I have never seen her since, nor heard any thing of her, but she doubtless arrived safe at home.
There I stood, quite alone, in the midst of the savage soldiery, who would soon have discovered me to be a foreigner by my accent, and I knew not whether I should have been able to have endured it much longer, in the state of painful apprehension in which I was, without fainting away, if God had not sent immediate aid. But he