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had she appeared so attractive, so re- ding, that is no reason I should have spectable : Mr. Knowlesdon felt, in it as thin as water—there is reason in one moment the full worth of woman,” all things."
A character strongly opposed to that “Sir Gabriel knew that well; and of Mrs. Egerton, is Lady Wronghead, he knew also that every general rule belonging to the class of females, un- had some exceptions—Lady Wronghappily too numerous, who imagine that head, for instance, had she any reason? they are displaying all the refinements But he went on eating bis soup. of sensibility, when they are in fact only “And that mutton—it is roasted to betraying the workings of egotism. The a chip!" profound selfishness of beings of this de “The Baron looked upon the exudscription is strikiogly and dramatically ing gravy, as he poured half a dozen exbibited :
spoonfuls on the slice destined for his “The day continued raw and gloomy. better half-but he risked no reasoning. Lady Wronghead, shivering and un- “Jack carelessly exclaimed, You easy, pronounced berself 'miserably complained sadly of the under-done cold ;' fresh fagots were piled on the haunch last week, Mother. bearth, and another shawl throwd round “ Well, Sir, and is that any reason her form.-- Pray, Jack, shut the door why this leg should be burnt to a mit is always left open-James has no cinder ?" sense of feeling.'
“Reason again! The word bother" He should have, Madam,' replied ed Sir Gabriel, as “ feeling" had in the Jack, .for be bas been cooling himself morning annoyed his son; and he these two hours, washing bottles in an drank wine with Miss Patty, the better outhouse ; he should have a fellow- to gulp it down.” feeling for you.'
The following passage is peculiarly “ Lady Wronghead was not talking whimsical and ingenious :about fellow-teeling. She rose to cross “Lady Wrongbead's senses were so the hall; her own maid was there, exquisite, that they were always torholding the house-door partially open ; menting her. Whether this is the serand now asked if ber ladyship would vice for which senses are bestowed, is a please to relieve that poor negro. 'He is question ke leave to the discussion of cold, wet, bungry-a stranger, my lady.' our sagacious readers-our present
"Bless me, Margaret! where is business is with Lady Wronghead. your feeling? Don't you see how the “I have such an unfortunate nose, I dainp air blows in upon me? Shut the smell every thing in a moment, and door, pray-Never had woman such there is always some disagreeable scent unieeling servants !
to offend me; take away those flowers, "Margaret sbewed her feelings, and they are too sweet for me.-To be sure, shut the door upon the unrelieved, cold, mine is such an unlucky taste; I can wet, and hungry stranger, who mourn- discover the slightest unpleasant flavour. fully retiredto seek a shelter in a How you are eating those peaches, Sir humbler shed;" not however before Gabriel! they have a something, I Jack had thrown up the dining-room know not what, that makes them very window, and flung a crown into bis unpalatable; at least to my taste, bat,"
You all of you enjoyed the music last We have soon afterwards a specimen night. Well, that was so odd to me, of the good humour of this amiable for my ear was offended a hundred dame :
times. Jack, your blackbird must be “ The dinner appeared. Lady removed; I hear it sometimes, and its Wronghead found some fault in every notes do so jar upon my ear.-Oh, my dish on the table. “The soup was too dear, I am sure that is your uncle in thick."
the park. My sight is so remarkably . . You thought it too tbin yesterday clear: it is quite a misfortune to be so my love.'
quick-sighted.-Indeed, Mr. Twist, “I know that, Sir Gabriel; but chilly as I am, I cannot buy a stuffthough I don't like it as thick as pud- gown, my touch is so wretchedly sus
VOL. 4.] Resources of Genius-Lee and Addison.
267 ceptible: I cannot describe how, but I nine times out of a hundred the trick is shoold have such a feel every time my seen through, and (the terin is rather hand fell on my dress.”
harsh) despised. Lord Rochfort, in a
moment transformed from a gallant One of the ball-room artifices of a admirer to an exasperated contemner, girl in her teens is very fairly exposed : turoed from the artful fair, and sought
“Susan Kaowlesdon, bewildered a more courteous damsel. Mr. Barton with the gaiety of the scene, and with led his triumphant partner to the dance. the number of strangers moving around “TheSolicitor bad marked the whole her, was continually recurring to her transaction, and, with his usual incivility, uncle for information. “My dear Sir, exulted in what he was pleased to call who is tbat gentleman ?"
the defeat of the cuoning of his niece. “Mr. Knowlesdon mistook the di- At the end of the first dance, as Susan rection of her eye-Mr. Barton, Susan.' was seated regaling herself with the
“And who is that next to him?" pretty nothings of the fancied Earl, • Lord Rochfort.'
Mr. Knowlesdon contrived to whisper “ The mistake was complete Susan in her ear, . You have done wisely, had first looked at the peer, and last at Susan, in selecting a partner nearest the commoner. It happened (for odd your own rank. things will sometimes happen) that both “ Am I not dancing with lord Rochthe gentlemen, probably attracted by fort ?" exclaimed the dismayed Susan. the pointed gaze of Susan's bright eye, “No, child, no,' responded the resolved to ask her hand for the ensu- malicious lawyer; "you are sitting still ing dances. The brisk noble was with Mr. Barton. however at her side much before the “ Susan was electrified; her smiles tardy Mr. Barton.
vapished, and a pouting lip and scorn"Under the impression of her recent darting eye met the gaze of her hitherto mistake, this however was a very un- enraptured partner. No longer court. palatable arrangement to the fair belle; ing his atteotion-no longer drawing she contrived therefore, at the moment, her arm through his, in all the innocent dexterously to avert her head from the frankness of guileless beauty, the supplicant, and laughing immoderately grocer's grandson (Mr. Barton) began at what was best known to herself, to to wonder what had happened. The give the supposed titled laggard time to second dance was heavily got through, approach.
and Susan retired from the festive “ However adroitly practice enables throng with the loss of a second adyoung ladies to perform this man@uvre, mirer." yet they may be assured that, ninety
To be concluded in our next
From the New Monthly Magazine, October 1818.
5 Vouchsafes a portion of celestial fire ; 1 in another world, peopled by the be. Nor blame the partial Fates if they refuse ings of his own prolific imagination. He the imperial banquet and the rich attire ; is there compensated for the neglecls Know thine own worth, and reverence the Lyre! be meets with in life. There every
Lee and addison. thing is adjusted to his taste; bis rivals
The thought with which Addison's are always disgraced and his nymphs are always kind.--" Les malheureux
noble tragedy Cato opens, appears 10
have been borrowed from Lee's Alexqui ont de l'esprit trouvent des res
ander. sources en eux-memes," says Bogboors:
• Beattie's Minstrelo
As if the dreadful business he foreknew.
The dawn is overcast, the morning loweri, " About her shoulders shone her golden locks,
Like sunny beams on alabaster rocks.”
cacco Tasso merely observes that a young The morning rises bleak ; the low 'ring sun,
female appeared before him with her Drives heavily his sable chariot op.
wer golden locks shaken out in the wind.
*. The exquisitely graceful addition of By which comparison it is seen that the cra
that the translator may bowever be traced Lee's images are most striking; Addi- io a Sonnet by Lorenzo de' Medicis, son's most correct.
with whose writings Fairlax was very Song uriling
well acquainted. Is a talent entirely “per se,” and Quando sopra i nevosi ed alti monti given, like every other branch of genius, ; given like every other branch of senine Apolio spande il suo bel lume adorno
w Tal i crin suoi sopra la bianca gonna. by nature. Shepstone was labouring through his whole life to write a perfect O'er her white dress her shining tresses flowed :
Thus on the mountain heights with snow o'erspread, song, and succeeded no better than
The beams of noon their golden lustre shed. Pope did in his attempts at a Cecilian
Roscoe's Life of Leo, I, 259. Ode. Mr. Moore is one of the very
Stage Directions. few poets who have entered into the
It appears from the stage directions spirit of this style of composition. His in
s in some of our old Englisli plays, that songs abound in the most exquisite m
be part of the minor speeches were lelt 10 similies, and generally conclude with the
the direction and invention of the actors one, which may he said to be to the
themselves. This at least would appiece, like the dew-drop at the end of
pear from the following very ludicrous an unfolding rosebud, which, tinged
note in Edward IV. - Jockey is led with the colour of the flower, adds brightness to its hues, delicacy to its words but of lillle importance."
su hipping over the sluge, speaking some shades, beauty to its shape, and fragrance to its perfume !
The Shifts of Ignorance in Places of
The conduct of a man in public Aristotle observes that lovers gaze life, occupied in concealing bis ignoron no part but the eyes of those they ance, is an absolute system of taclove, which is the abode of modesty. tics. It is curious to remark bis stuPliny, however, places it in the cheeks ; died silence when the conversation but Erasmus in some measure illustrates turns upon a subject which he is conthe meaning of the Stagyrite, by affirm- scions he ought to know well, and of ing that modesty is said to be in the whicb be is equally conscious that he eyes, because children when they blush knows nothing; to see how he slinks cover their eyes. He adds that the away wben this conversation approaches Poets feign Cupid blind because he is too near him, and the looks of the cir. so impudent; were his eyes open 10- cle around seem to express that they body would trust him.
are ali expectation to hear his opinion. " Which is the villain, let me see his eyes
He goes up in an absent way to the That I may avoid him.”
chimney-piece, takes up some papers Much Ado, &c. cury piece, takes up son
that lie there, and begins to look them Coincidence between Fairfax and Lo• over with profound attention, while, renzo de' Medicis.
nevertheless, if he hears any thing said In the twenty-first stanza of the third on which he may venture with confibook of the “ Gerusalemme Liberata,” dence to put in a word, 'tis so, says be, where Tancred inadvertently encounters eractly so, not taking his eyes however Clorinda, and knocks off her helmet, from the papers ill the moment when Tasso says,
he can adroitly give another turn to be * E le chiome dorate al vento sparse,
conversation ; and to this resource he Giovanie donna in ’inezzo 'l campo apparse." has been obliged to recor so often, that
In his translation of this passage, it has become entirely familiar to bin, Fairfax introduces a very splendid iin- S etiinez he will be a little inore age of his own.
adventurous ; and it a debate arises in
269 his company upon the period when
Curious Epigram. some event of antiquity happened, or The following epigram occurs in a upon the distance between two large very rare and curious selection, not towns, and several different opinions on mentioned by Ritson, entitled “ The the question are supported with equal two last Centuries of Epigrammes," pertinacity, one majotaining, for in- Printed by J. Windet, (no date.) stance, that it was the year 300, be
Oure common Parents, straight upon their fall, fore our era, another, that it was the Made breeches fic to hide themselves withal; year 200, one that the distance between Both men and women used to wear them then, the towns was 2000 leagues, another Now females wear the breeches more than men. that it was 2100, he will fix the period
The friendship of Apollo dangerous. at the year 250, the distance at 2200 leagues : this is a medium he ventures
The friendship of Apollo is dangerto take without baving any notion ous; he treats poets with the same whatever upon the subject, only he feels kindness as he did his favourite comconfident that he cannot be very wide panion Hyacinthus.* From this of the mark. But with such fortunate thought the device of Tasso was a opportunities to display bis knowledge, hyacinth, with the motto,“ Sic me he is not often favoured. It is more Phæbus amat!" easy for him to terminate a controver- * See the story of Hyacinthus, Ovid, book
26, who was killed by a quoit from the band sy on any axiom laid down, since he o has always some common-place remark,
Moliere or assertion ready at hand, suited to the Pillaged without scruple the thoughts occasion. Sometimes he takes his re- of others. The scene of the Pyrrhonian veuge; and if he happens to have philosopher in the Forced Marriage, is been reading in the morning, in the way taken word for word from Rabelais. of his business, any paper or papers, The play of the “ Physician in spite of through which he has acquired some himself," is founded on the circumstance piece of statistical knowledge, he does slated by Grotius; the story of George not rest till he gives the conversation Dandin is stolen from the Decameron. such a turo, as will enable him to bring To Bergerac he is indebied for his it out. Wo, then, to anyone who character of the Pedant, ridiculed in thinks he shall pay his court to him by the cheats of Scapin. making many inquiries on the subject, Unwillingness of Men of Genius to be or who offers some slight objection,
satisfied that he may ask for an explanation ;
satisfied with their own productions.
le bas been very justly observed that our man of ignorance is already at the though men of ordinary talents may be full length of his tether; he answers i
highly satisfied with their own produconly by monosyllables, and becomes
tions, men of true genius never are. evidently out of humour.---M. de Stael.
Whatever be their subject they always Nlustration of a passage in Millon's seem to themselves to fall short of it, Lycidas.
even when they appear to others most Warton, in his criticism on Lycidas, to excel; and for this reason, because observed, that, by “ the grey fly winds they have a certain subiime se.jse of her sultry horn,” ihe poet describes the perfection which other men are stransuinset, and the buzzing of the chafer, gers to, and which they in their perThis opinioo appears to be erroneous; formance are not able to exemplify. sultry agrees much better with noon,
Don Quirote. than with sunset. The horn of the Lord Orford used to say of Don grey fly is probably the peculiarly dis- Quixote, “ that when the hero in the tinct tone of the gnat. Witb regard to outset of the novel is so mad as 10 misthe epithet applied to the insect by Mil- take a windmill for a giant, what more ton ; Shakspeare designates the wag- is to be said but an insipid repetition of gooer of Queen Mab, “a small grey. mistukes, or an uncharacteristic deviucoated goat.”
tion from them!
This is too harsh; it is the very mi- ing, some beauty which had escaped nute description of life and character as him before. they occur in Spairr, that interests us
Conrad Gessner. in reading Don Quixote, and makes us The death of Conrad Gessner is said pardoo the extravagance of the chief to have been similar to that of Petrarch, character, and the josipidity of the pas- “ Capite libris innixo mortuus est intoral scenes. The episodes are bad; ventus," (vita Petrarcbæ.) He was the fate of the Spanish captive and bis found dead in his study with his head moorish mistress excepted, which is an leaning on some books. Most of bis exquisite piece of truth and na- writings exhibit uncommon force of ture.
imagination, but very indifferently reIt is observed in the life of Day (the gulated, with much of that meretriauthor of the Dying Negro) that be cious substitution of glittering words for regularly perused this work once a year, ideas, so common to the German School and fanciod he discovered in each read- of poetry.
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS IN MODERN PERSIA.
From the Literary Gazette, Sept. 1818.
A SECOND JOURNEY THROUGR PERSIA, ARMENIA, ASIA MINOR, &c. BETWEEN TIE TRANS
1810 AND 1816. BY JAMES MORIER, ESQ. &c. &c. LONDON. 1818. THE military history of the Persians was a saint; and he excited them to 1 is as bumorous as their domestic his. take forts, and to oppose any numbers tory is strange and unamiable; we have to the eneiny, by promising Paradise maay entertaining anecdotes on the as a reward. They went with alaerity former subject scattered through this whithersoever he directed them, and volume. Our readers know that Abbas met their death with constancy. When Mirza, the heir apparent, residing at Beg Jan was one day describing the T'abriz, has succeeded in introducing delights of Paradise, an Uzbeg asked the European system of tactics into his bim, Is there any chappow (plunder) army, perhaps one of the most impor- in Paradise ? To which the other said tant events for his country since the · No.' "Ah then,' said he, •Paradise days of Timour. Boasting of this im- won't do for me.' " provement, and of the facility it would This Beg Jan's bistory is very cuafford, through the use of artillery, of rious; but we shall pursue our military conquering the Uzbeg Tartars, he ex- extracts for the present. The un paralclained, “Ah! it would indeed be leled answer to the Shah's sun mons an easy matter! What do they know will perhaps be thought bolder than it of guns, or maneuvres, and of firing appears at first siglit, wben we mention ten times in a minute? I recollect the that even with Abbas Mirza, and bis time when we Persians were as bad as European assistance, the fort of Abbasthey. My father, the Shah, once be- abad, the plao of which was given by sieged a fort, and had with him one the French general Gardand, by an argun, with only three balls; and even chitectural arrangement peculiar to the this was reckoned extraordinary. He Persians, has the heaviest stones at lop fired off two of the balls at the fort, and instead of being at the foundation, so then summoned it to surrender. The that even without the pawnbroker's besieged, who koew that he had only number of balls being discharged at it, one ball left, sent bim this answer : large portions of the wall tumbled down “ For God's sake fire off your other every year. ball at us, and then we shall be free of But the frontier or border war with you altogether.” He continued to say, the Russians, which had lasted 11 years, ** The Uzbegs not long since had a fa- and was finally negotiated into a treaty mous fellow amongst them, called Beg of peace through our mediation, affords Jan, who made them believe that he the finest examples of Persian tactics