The following year Miss Vanhomrigh, Swift's Vanessa, left him half her property.
Varina was avenged by Vanessa, who pursued Swift to far other purpose.
Vanessa insensibly became his pupil, and he insensibly became the object of her impassioned affection.
But Vanessa assailed him on a very weak side.
Vanessa hugged the fetters to which Stella merely submitted.
Unable to marry Stella without destroying Vanessa, or to openly welcome Vanessa without destroying Stella, he was ' thus involved in the most miserable embarrassment; he continued to temporize.
Meanwhile his efforts were directed to soothe Miss Vanhomrigh, to whom he addressed Cadenus [Decanus] and' Vanessa, the history of their attachment and the best example of his serious poetry, and for whom he sought to provide honourably in marriage, without either succeeding in his immediate aim or in thereby opening her eyes to the hopelessness of her passion.
Swift rode down to Marley Abbey with a terrible countenance, petrified Vanessa by his frown, and departed without a word, flinging down a packet which only contained her own letter to Stella.
Vanessa died within a few weeks.
Five years afterwards Stella followed Vanessa to the grave.
Between the death of Vanessa and the death of Stella came the greatest political and the greatest literary triumph of Swift's life.
The Vanessa correspondence was used by Sheridan, but first published in full by Sir Walter Scott, and Swift's letters to his friend Knightley Chetwode of Woodbrook between 1714 and 1731, over fifty in number, were first issued by Dr Birkbeck Hill in 1899.