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proaches mingled with bis gratitude!-it is five or six houses, and then the book is forvery certaiu that laie hours, balls, suppers, gotten for all eternity; but the author's masquerades, had their share in this change ; name remains inscribed upon the list of lite. but all was placed to love's account; and rary women-endless list! I confess it is not without faiskinod, might it not be said, that very Aattering to see one's name there, but love caused ber to lead such a life? When the reverse is thought shameful. Thus you we are inortally afflicted, ought we noi to fiad it is not from a thirst for fame triat I tear ourselves from solitude? ought we not to publishi, but merely that I may not be singudissipate a little, give concerts, go to plays, || lar "-"And you have put your name to this in fine, not sink onder melanchoiy, but pre- || work ?"_“It is customary to put only your serve ourselves for him we love! Alas! when christian name, with three stars."-" Why death is in the heart, by a sublime effort of not frankly declare yourself the author of the sentiment and of reason, we sing, we laugh, || work when you give it to the public ? Has, we dance!-it is thus that the married people, not Rousseau said, that an honest man should the lovers, the friends of our days, whon fate lans
answer for his book?”—“ Honest women answer separates, escape consumption. Of course, for nothing; is not that much more pru- , our grandfathers and grandmothers had but
dent !"_“Do you think so, Eulalie !"="I vulgar sensibilities, so all these distractions speak generally; but I insist upon your read. , were not required by them; but with the presenting my romance."-" I will be the worsi of all refinement of feeling, what would become of os, | possible judges, for I shall be the most preunder acute sorrow, if åe should quit the gas judiced: have you the romance here?". world, retire into the country, or bury our. 11 “Yes, it is there, on that shelf."_“Good selve in a gloomy castle !—we should not hold beaven! is it one of those of which I have just it out for eight days! we should die. This is read the titles!--can you he the author of what we call loving!
Niyaur inet and Codindine !"_" Compose yourAfter a discourse full of tenderness and de- self, I write only in the beroic style : listen to light, after a thwusaud questions, to which it
me, Clairville, you have still more to hear."Kas useless ur inspossible to reply, and a thou What, then, you are a poei too you have saud little falsebouds, without which modern composed an epic poem ?”—“I am no longer love could not exist two minutes, our lovers | going to speak of myself, but of you."were enchanted with each other's cảndour ; “What?"_" It is absolute'y necessary, for and, like all such lovers, great cheats and you to publish","I!"_“Yes-lexact it."great dupes, began to speak with more coni “How can you think of such a thing !". posure upon less interesting subjects.
" This desire is the result of deliberate re“ Happily remembered,” exclaimed Eulalie, | Alection."—“What a fancy!-pray tell me, at “I bare an 'imporiant confidence to make to least, why you wish to become an you "_" How! and you have not already || author?"—“Simply because, then, we could done it."-"It requires preparation,"_" Pre. not reproach each other."
-"Ah! I protest paration with me, Eulalie !"_“Yes, indeed, to you before reading it, that I am sure to for I am going to astonish you."—“You agitato || dote on your romance to distraction, and that me!"_" I have-become an authoress!" I shall never speak to you of it but in ex“You have written a book?"_" Yes, and is facies.”—“I shall not rely on the word of a is printed "_"I confess to you frankly then, lover. I know you, Clairvilie; you are somethat—"" Dearest Clairville, spare yourself the times spiteful and satirical enough; I resolve, trouble of repeating all that may be said therefore, to be placed in a condition of reagainst female authors, I know it before turning your jests, should you ever have the hand; besides, remember there is no longer | impertinence to utter them.”—“So then, you a question about the propriety of publishing-want me to write, just as you would an ac. the thing is done."_" And does the modest complice?"_“ Precisely ; your works must Eulalie seck celebrity ?”—“Not I, I do assure be in as many volumes as mine; we shall have you. When women are young and 'pretty, it them read together; and in speaking of our is not their works which render them cele productions, we may truly say our works."brated, but it is their persons which give re “Certainly a very suitable phrase for married putation to their works. When an intelligent, || people. Nevertheless, after the law you have charming woman appears in society, the first imposed, I am borribly alarmed at your for. questjop that is asked is, What Romance has itility: if, for instance, you should write she written !-a friend mentions the name of folios."-"No, no, I confive myself to modest the publisher; the fair author's admirers make 12mos.”—“Now then, tell me, I beseech you, the work sell; it is spoken of for two days in || how you manufucture volumes, that I may
labour accordingly."" My romance is but Sion and talınts of an author. She would In one volunie.” Ah! I breathe again!"- ! not be sorry, I suspect, if I were to produce “ Yes, but the work I am about now will be a vile romauce; she would they have a iu four!"“ Four ! Oh, bearen !"-" I can sort of superiority over me.
All this pronot abat- one of that number; but I promise vokes my self-love ; if by good luck mine you it shall be tbe last."-"What! may you should prove an agreeable work, and very not retrench sonething :"_“Impossible ; it superior to that of Euialie, would it not be a is the bistory of our loves "-"Our bistory! pretty revenge? I may bave genias for ought my dear Eulalie: I will write it for you in four I know, but I certainly require some instruclines. At our first meeting I fell desperately tion. I would like to attend the lectures of in love; you permitted me to solicit the con || Mr. La Harpe; what say you ?"_" Vastly sent of our relations; they granted it on well,” returned Dymas; “but you will learn condition that I should not marry you there only some hsoleie ideas and principles; till after my returu from the armies; I went; we have changed all that La Harpe writes, I am come back ; how can you spin four vo. : as they did in the age of Louis XIV. ; that lumes out of this "_" By reflections, deve-, style is superannuated now; but take courage, lopements, conversations.”—“ This romance I can give you what you seek : I have just will be enchanting to me, since I bave the finished a production (very much wanted at happiness to be the hero of it; but indifferent present) which will teach you in a few hours readers look fur imagination, originality of all that you wish to know ; it is not yet print. thought."-" Well, well, but my conclu ed; but I will lend you my MSS."-"In sion."_" What conclusion ?"-" That which some bours ! that is surprising! ani what is is now passing between us; the discourse we the title of this work?"_“ The New Art of are now holding; I shall place it at the end Poetry in the Nineteenth Century Although it of my fourth volume; is uot that new for a will not make above nine pages of letter-press, conclusion ?"_" Admirable! we have been I dare aver that whoever reads it only once togetber one hour, and in that time you have I will be as accomplished in literature as mycomposed your fourth volume !"-"All wo self."-" That is incredible !"_“ Not in the men in love, whether authors or not, are con least, when you consider that since the revoutantly occupied with the idea of making a lution we have sagely ablished all the ancient romance.”—“But can you not, without chang- rules for composition,"_“What! every one ? ing our plan, dispense with my writing five those for poetry?"_“I confess there are a volumes ?"_“No, I will not tell a falsehood, very few men of letters, who yet follow the and the work is entitled The Author from Lore; , old poets :- the Abbé de Lille, La Harpe, you' must therefore become one; that is evi- Fontanes, Boisjoslin, Coliu D'Hurleville, deut.”
Pieyre, and five or six more, have still the The luckless Clairville vajuly tried to save folly to make verses as they did formerly; but himself; he was condemned to fabricate, you may judge that so small a party will never well or ill, two works of imagination, forming carry it against a host of poets, who, in truth, five volumes, and they were to be printed be only write prose with rhyme here and there; in fore bis marriage. Herallied, he ridiculed, he
one word, we are released from all these petty expostulated; but Eulalie was inflexible, and trammels; we are no longer iu chains; and now declared vehemently that she would not be
that wit and genius are wholly ema:cipated, bis, but upon that condition. She had some
they bourly produce transcendent effusions, as peculiarities and more obstinacy; but other you see."--" I am surprised now, to fiud your wise she was amiable, avimated, rich, and, Art of Poetry even in five pages; it seems as beautiful; Clairville loved her, aud be took
if you might make it in two lines Surely it the resolution of subinitting to this strange would be sufficicnt so say, there are no longer whiin.
any rules; and without any proportivn, every Totally ignoran in what manoer to com
one may contribute as he likes to this multimence his task, he resolved to consult a man
plication of transcendent effusions !"_" Par. of letters, called Dymas, whom be deemed
don me! there is yet some instruction to be his friend. He went to him one morping, given upon the taste of the public, and upon and after recounting his story :-"You see,” the manner and composition. Will you hear said he, “ that I am only required to blot a
some parts of my MSS.?"_“I shall be de. certain quantity of paper. Eulalie demands lighted.” At these words Dymas opens of me neither a perfect, nor even a good drawer, and pulling out a small roll of paper, work; sbe only wishes to shelter herself from shews it to Clairville. “ Here it is," he exthe sarcasms 1 might venture on the profes , claimed, " five pages ? not a nseless word in
it; but the fiction las cost ine a prodigious i him ever to see a ruin or a tomb, without deal of trouble; you will find it excellently'well falling into melancholy reflections on the imagiued, and you will be astonished at the ' nothingness of greatness, and the fragility of precision and energy of the style.” After life. Every forest must excite in him a reli. this preface Dymas coughed, collected himself ious horror; every mountain an extusy : upon for a moment, and then read pompously as all the hills, and in all the meadows, if he is follows:
forly years old, be must call up the sweet te
membrances of his youth; if he is but thirty, it « Upon the utility of the Work, and the end pro: must be the idea of bis mistress. Each mornposed by the Author.
ing he must rise duly with the sun, to catch “ When a capital contains twenty-two inspiration from his besins; and each night theatres, and nearly as many writers as in he aiust melt into tenderness with the moon; habitants, it becomes necessary to simplfy an he must paint neither manners nor places, but art that has grown commou, so that it | yield a faithful register of all bis sensations. may be easily cultivated by persons of all professions : such is my aim; and I declare
of Romances. that the several Arts of l'uetry which existed " When jatrigue, pleasure, and dissipation, before this, were merely suited to our grand
leave us not an hour in the day for occupafathers, who we know had no liberal ideas. The lion or reflection, there is yet a very easy way rules of Aristotle, Marmonte), and Buileau, may of composing an agreeable romance iu three even yet be useful to slaves; but I write for
weeks or less : it is to turn over a few old. cit zerized minds! I write in the nineteenth romances, and extract enough for a pretty century! Thus, far from wishing to put little compilation: (indeed there are some shackles upon genius, I pant to give her free
bold spirits amongst us, who lay even bew dom, and to render her back that sublime in publications under contribution, this fasluiun dependence of nature, to wbich every talent is charmingly adapted to those who want time owes its developement!.
and imagination. But whoever would pro
duce a great work, must erect a castle! This Upon Style in general.
species, lately invented in England, is now “There is no longer any style but one. We the rage in France. It was formerly believed write a history, a tale, a voyage, a letter, in terror never produced sublime effects, unprecisely the same manner. It is now ac less it issued from or were united to a great koowledged that wbat was formerly denomi- interest: such is the terror inspired by the wated harmony, is in truth but another term King, in Macbeth, and the murder of Zopise, in for puerility : it is not to the ear, bul to the Mahomet. But we have imbibed such a taste for mind we should speak : to subject ourselves terror, that now we love it on its own account. to the rules of a language is a contemptible Innocent taste! for it is tbat of children : they weakness. These rules were inade by men always like the story best, which frightens like onrselves, we have therefore the right of To coin pose, after the English model, rejecting them when they become irksome to a romance which makes you tremble through us; and this happy liceộse produces an ad three or four volumes, you must by no means mirable variety in our literature; each writer inake a poetical elevation of your castle: it is fullowing the bent of bis own, taste or gevius, only requisite to raise it like a real enwrites in lauguage peculiar to himself! Tulgincer. The castle must be vast aid dilapidatbe profound and sensible is indispevsible; bap. cd; a thing very easy found in Frauce at this pily this merit is not so bard to acquire as period ; and that circumstanee eertaiuly gives was formerly believed, for all our modern us great advantage over the English roauthors lay claim to it A profound idea is an mance-writers), the author trausports himidea which obliges us to think; and we inay surely self into the castle he bias made choice of, exsay, without fattering our moralists, that very actly traces the ground-plan, and ibree-quaroften their ideas baffle our compiehension so ters of his rondance is accomplished: that operaentirely, that we may ponder upon them dur- tion terminated, he bias nothing more to do ing the whole of our life without arriving at than to walk bis heroine all over the castle, the felicity of fathoming their depth.
from the cellar to the garret; at night he
conducts, her from chamber to chamber, along Upon the manner of writing Travels.
galleries, into old chapels, among ruins, dur. “ It is oo longer necessary fur à traveller to
ing wbich the most fearless reader finds his give descriptions of cities, monuments, collec
hair bristle up from his head. tions of pictures, &c.; but it is exacted of “The writer, like the architect, may vary.
No., XV. l'ol. III.-N, S.
to infinitude the plots of bis romances, by through; consider it well, and in a few days it varying the distribution of his apartmeuts. will enable you to rival your instructor." This class in literature is of so sublime a Perfectly satisfied, Clawville tbanked bis simplicity, that the least experienced author friend, and putting The New Art of Poetry in may even in a first essay equal the greatest bis pocket, be took leave of Dymas, and masters."
shutting himself up in his own house, be Here Dymas interrupted himself :-" I be- resigned bis mind entirely to that labour Jieve," said he, “ that this is quite enough to which was
to procure him the hand of give you an idea of my work.”_" Quite | Eulalie. enough,” replied Clairville, “but one thing Clairville fullowed nearly all the rules of astonishes me; it is that you, one of the authors Dymas, and as he really possessed talent, it of the Encyclopædia, have not suid a single appeared in his romance.
His work was 011word on the subject of philosophy!”
equal, devoid of nature, and consequently of “ My friend,” replied Dynas, “ the glori- ' interest ; but it was written in a broken style, ous days of philosophy are youe, and will re of which each phrase formed an epigram, or turn oo more: the present taste will not al a sentence, if not very just, at least novel, by low us eveu to make her eulogiuin; the niost his singular mode of expression. celebrated of her champions have abandoned It was no sooner printed iban le bastened her cause; and tu say the trutii, it has be to bear the first copy to his mistress. Cların. come untenable. What can be done when no ed with his obedience, Eulalie received the bookseller will re-priut Rosseau, Voltaire, or offering with that sort of superiority which Diderot, and when view editions of Bussues, a praciiird author arrogaies tu biuseliorer Fenelon, &c. are multiplied and rece.ved wi:hu one who has just made his first essay. transport by the public:" "That must be “ How !” said she, smiling, with somevery mortifying to the philosopbic sect, since thing of ridicule in licr smile, two volumes out of mere levity people adupt new ideas in so short a time!"-"I wrote at your with enthusiasm. Truth alune, guided by ex. command. I have tried to write opposite perience, may bring us back to turmer prins classes, and so give it variely: there is some ciples, and when once returvell, we shall fix sentiment in it, and soine gaiety."-" Very there."-" That is precisely what I have been good; bull, my dear Clairville, I am extremely sbewing to you ; for our reigo is past. At this
did nui consult me; I aru inore period, an impious book would fall dead from
used to compositio.., and I could have loped the press without a chance of resurrection."
that, previous to its being printeil, you would “ What then; all the efforts of the most lave suffered me to read it."-" I sought to brilliant talents in Frapce, all their volumni surprise you."~" Leave me now; I will give vous works, all their cabals during sixty ye la, you my opinion tomorrow." biave at length terminated in blasting their | Ju reality, as soon as Clairville was gone, own laurels, and giving fresh vigour to sell Eulalie applied berself to lead the room.nice : gion! their succces has caused their fall; she expected to find it greatly inferior to her their very triumph has demonstrated the
ow!, and she could not lielp acknowledging danger of their system. Do you not perceive that it uss infinitely more brillant. Her ethe haud of Providence in all this,'“|
lreme surprise nearly amounted to vixconfess to you that at the bottom of my own ativy. She read ou through ihe greater parief heart, I have long abjured philosophy.” the night, and the next day she hd the spleet "* Well then, why should you conceal it?" and the head ache. When Clairville came “ Yesbut to retract former opinions ; to | again to see her, she found a kind of embarrange oneself by the side of what one bas
rassment in speaking to him of his work; combated, fo confess that the works we have nevertheless she applauded it extravagantly, been producing through the course of thirty and afterwards criticised it with as little moyears, are full of errors, would be very pain- deratión. Clairville did not admit the justice ful."-"]t would be generous, noble, worthy of all her criticisms, and Eulalie inwardly of admiration."-"Besides, thongh the pub- | accused him of a disgusting self-conceit. By lic are no longer intoxicated with 'pliilo- | degrees the tenderness and the gallauiry of sophy, she bas yet a number of adhereuts; Clairville dissipated these annoying inipresthese philosophers, though without leaders, sions : gratified love stified for a while the or general estimation, have intinite malice, ll growing jealousy of an author. Eulalie reand miglit prove very dangerous enemies. | peated to herself that this work, composed by But let us return to my poetics.-There! her order, and to obtain her hand, would re: take the MS. home with you; read it || main for ever a glorious monument of Clair
ville's passion for ber; and, tbat in truth, the 1! hazarded some light raillery which Eulalie success of her lover ought to futter her self received with asper ty. He was then offended conceit. She now laboured with more ardoar | in bis turn; Eulalie affected coutempt and than ever upou her second romance, entitled | indifference, and Clairville returned the proThe Author from Lore; it was, as we have al. || vocation, by placing himself at supper beside ready said, her own history, and her marriage | the charming widow. with Clairville was intended to wind up the Pelly quarrels never injure love, but cold. ubule. Eulalie fattered herself that this pro ness is a dcatb-blow to that passion. Eulalie duction would infinitely surpass that of Clair was inceused, and could not yet return to her ville, and this idea gave her a passionate desire first sentiments. Clairville had penetrated to reach its conclusion. Through the exertions | her secret mortification ; he now koew all the of Dymas, the romance of Clairville had the
meanness of her self-love, he saw her without grratest success, and was applauded to the illusion, he no longer esteemed her characskies in all the public prints: Eulalie was ter, and he was nearly quite cured. Added astonished beyond measure; her romance to this, he was piqued at having obtained from had not produced the least sensation, and her only dry and forced commendations, when every body spoke of Clairville's : Eulalie could he now listened with delight to praises beput banish this idea froin her mind ; she stowed with the whole heart by a lovelg could not prevent herself from telling Clair woman, charming without coquetry, and inville tbat she was vexed at the exaggerated telligent without pretension.-The same litepraises bestowed on him in the newspapers, rary vanity which detached from bim bis forbecause people might think these enlogiums mer mistress, bound him to bis new conproceeded from indiscreet friends. “None but quest. the envious will say that,” was Clairville's Eulalie pretended not to observe this, hut answer. That answer, thung!ı given in per- rising from table, she complained of a violent fect good bumour, appeared to the evil con head-ache, and left the party. science of Eulalie a cuarse and biting sar
Eulalie's romance ( The Author from Love), casm : she concealed hier resentment, but lier took an unhappy turn, for the Author from Love heart was mortally wounded.
saw bis mistress again without demanding or Some days after this, the two lovers supped even desiring an explanation. Eulalie treated at the same liouse with a large and brilliant him with the coldness of assumed disdain; party. The women overwhelmed Clairville llie united jealousies of love and fame finished with encomiums: one of them (a young and by souring her character completely, and renbeautiful widow) during the whole evening dering it insupportable; the lovers broke ail attended to no one but Clairville; the latter ut once. Clairville married the young widow. erinced a natural and frank pleasure in this The public lost the second romance of Eu. incense, which appeared foolish and insulting lalie, which for want of a happy catastrophe, to the eyes of Eulalie. Clairville quickly per- remains yet in ber port folio. ceived tbat she was provoked at his success,
M. and he was shocked at such a sentiment; he
Tře year 750, is commonly reckoned the first sign of life Prometheus's artificial man
gave, was by siernutation. to one who happens to sneeze. It is said that creator, is said to have stolen a portion of in the time of the pintificate of St. Gregory the the solar pays; and filling with them a phial, Great, the air was filled with such a deleteri. which he had made ou purpose, scaled it up ous influence, that they who sneezed imine-hermetically. He instantly flies back to his diately expired. On this the devout pontiff | favourite automaion, ard opening the phial, appointed a form of prayer, and a wish to held it clo`e to the statue; tie rays still rebe said to persons speezing, for averting from taining all their activity, insinuate them. them the fatal effects of this malignaucy. A selves through the por. s, and set the fictiti. fable contrived against all the rules of probabi. ous man a saeczing. Prometheus, transport. lity, it being certain that this custom bas from ed with the success of luis machine, offers up a time immemorial subsisted in all parts of the fervent prayer, with wishes for the preserva. knowo werld. A ceording to mytl:ology, the j ation of so singular a being. His automaton