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what her outward appearance was rather more ll “Well, to morrow she shall have thinner attractive. Needle-work, in bending her head || shoes and a tuvic." Jowo coutinually towards her koees, has raih r " Suftly. Sir. that is not all. She must have made her round-shouldered, and I wish to re-l a pair of silk stockings and pantaloous, demedy tbat if possible.”
cepcy requires it; besides, look at her should “ Ah, ah! my better half; I see you are ders! they are unpliant, without grace, and relaxing the severity of your former principles; of a rounduess,-- 10 repair this we must have it is a daucing-master, I find, you wish to give a corsít from the famous corset maker. You her. When these teachers of the graces have will take off that head-dress, wbich disfigures began, one will call in another, and there will my pupil; you must have her hair dressed be no end to them."
a-la Titus, or a-la-Cleopatra, which ever you “But, my dear friend, I do not ask for all please, but you must know, that with a roand. dancing-master to teach my daughter to dance, ll -ared cap I never cau place Mademoiselle in but to justruct her in the manner of present any attitude: then when we have had a few ing any thing, in saluting any one; and, in lessons I shall want castanets, garlands of short, to give to the forn of my girl its na flowers, a tambour de basque, and a shawl.” tural grace."
« À cachemire shawl, perhaps?” said the “My dear wife, provided you stop at this father, who could no longer keep silence. master, I do not see any impropriety in grant “ Yes, cachemire,” replied the dancer, with ing your request; I say niore, if we are to have li the utmost sangfroid, “ that would not be a master, I bould not be sorry to see her dance amiss; cashemire is so soft, so supple, it forms and figure away at a ball like anotber, prövid- the antique folds to a prodigy. Then I must ed, I repeat, that the learning to dance shall also request that we may have a little saloon not bring on drawing, music, and so on." entirely for ourselves; you must be sensible
“Ah! my dear friend, I appreciate but too || that I cannot giye a lesson in this apartment, much the goodness you have shewn me; never which is taken up with so much houshold furwill I abuse it: I assure you my daughter shall || niture, and where there is passing and repasnot neglect her needle-work, nor the art of sing continually. As to the price of my les. getting up lines, or even to look after the sons, 1 bave lowered my terms, they are very cooking."
moderate, ten livres by the hour." “ Well, well, say no more; this very even “Much obliged to you, Mr. Flicfiae,” said ing I will bring a Mr. Flicfiae, who lodges in the papa and mamma at ibe same time; “ we the street of St. Devis, but whose renowo ex will determine upon your proposals and let tends as far as the Chaussée d'Antin."
you know."--Thereupon Flictae made bis Mr. Flicflae came that evening: he looked l bow, cot two capers, and disappeared. at the young lady, examined her from head to il “ Well, my dear wite !"-"Ab! my friend, fuot, and judged her to be of a form to make l bis event is fortuvale; it bas shewn me bow a most exquisite dancer.
much I was in the wrong. How, iben, to learn “Well, Mr. Flicflae, since you find her soll dancing, is it requisite to dissipate the half of disposed, you may give her her first lesson ll our savings in thin shoes, in gowns, in corsets, immediately."
and in shawls? This single talent alone would “ Very well,” answered Flicflae; “ but consume my daughter's little fortune, and dethe young lady, your daughter, is not in a state stroy the case and comfort of her honest par to receive the most simple rudiments : I can | rents. Ab! give me no more graces, no more judge nothing of ber fout in the enormous elegance, no m ve Flicfaes; let my daughter shoe she wears; she bas seven or eight petti. I stop at this first lesson he bas given her, and coats on, one above another; I cannot bcuul which will be of as much advantage to us as le her body under this heavy attire ; she must | herself.” have a tunic, and thiu dancing shoes.”
Their PRESENT MAJESTIES.Some years || cursion there, he took a morning ride with the ago the King became enamoured with the Queen in a phaeton, accomppanied by a coach, beauties of Windsor Castle, and had it repair-li containing some of the Maids of Honour, and ed and refitted, in preference to Kew, his for two or three servants on borseback. Curiosity mer country residence. During his first ex- ll to see the country, joined to a plcasant more
ing, induced them to drive to the distauce of), recovered before this time if he could have bad sixteen or seventeen miles; a distance more | a physician and a comfortable diel, but I now observable, as his morning rides seldom ex fear we must all perish together."—His Ma. feeded seven or eight miles. He had just ll jesty, moved with compassion, pulled out his entered a large heath, containing an extensive purse, and banded her a few guineas; the plain : having occasion to alight from his | Queen followed bis example, and bade her not carriage, be looked about for some time, to be discouraged but keep a good heart; she secure a retreat from the view of his retinue, hoped her husband would recover and they till at length he espied, at the other side of would see better days. The poor woman, the plain, a small cottage, surrounded with a almost overcome with joy and gratitude, could little shrubbery. He soon arrived at the door ll only answer: God bless you Madam; God of the cottage, and throwing the reins to the | bless you, Sir,"ihese words choaked utterance, Queen, asked for some water to drink, and The Queen again repeativg her good wishes, passed through the house.
they rode away. The Queen geeing a poor woman approach Th- Maids of Honour then beckoning the the door, and a parcel of children around ber, I woman to the coach side, asked if she knew asked w bether ihese were ber children? She those characters she had been conversing with! answering in the affirmative, the Queen re- | she answered with energy-"No, but God plied, “Why, you have got a fine parcel, how sent them or we must all bave starved to many are they?” “Ab, madam," said the death." On this they forbore to acquaint her, woman, with a sigh, “if I could but take care but each presenting her a guinea, she retired, of tbem, I have thirteen.” “Thirteen !” said exulting in her deliverance. the Queen, with a sympathetic pleasure, it be- As they returued, the Queen dispatched one ing just her own number; "aud what is your of the servants to a neighbouring village, tu oldest? “A soo, madam.” “How old is he?" purchase tea, sugar, barley, and comfortable “ Fifteen, madam :” “ And are they living?' necessaries, with all speed, for the sick man : “ Yes, madam, they are all living now, but and on her return to Windsor, slie related the Gud only knows how loog, for I fear we must story herself, adding that she felt a peculiar all perish together." The Queen enquired | attracting sympathy to that woman and family; "into the cause of her despair. She informed that she would make it her business to hare a her that her husband now lay very ill; that physician sent immediately, and would interest they had with the utmost difficulty supported herself in their welfare. tbeir family for many years upon one sbilling, ll FREDERICK, KING OF PRUSSIA.- Old and one sbilling and sixpence per day, which Frederick of Prussia, one of the greatest war. he and his eldest son had earned from the lord riors of the last century, could not bear any of the manor, merely by day labour, together thing in a soldier that was in the least ridicuwith a little spinning she had now and then | lous or bad the slightest appearance of a cox. procured, and executed with difficulty, and a comb, as may be scen by the following avecfew vegetables." “ But now," continued she, il dote. The Marquis of Noialles, Ambassador “ my resources are ended; my husband has i of tbe King of France at the Court of Berlin, been ill these six weeks, and in a most suffering | introduced at the King of Prussia's Levee one condition for want of a physician, and even | Count Latons, a Colonel in the King of the necessaries of life, and all of us have sub- France's Body Guards. This handsome young sisted ever since on the sixpence a day which | man was dressed in a very superb style. His my eldest son has earned, till we can subsist head was full of curls; his tail, which hung po longer."
down to the calf of his legs, was stuffed and By this time the King returned, and their swollen up with powder and pomatum to an suite had overtaken them. The Queen then amazing size; and as to the perfumery with observed to the King: “ My dear, this woman which be was covered, it was so offensive, that has had thirteen children, and they are all liv. Frederick ,who never wore a snuff-box, was ing: the eldest is a son, and he is fifteen years compelled to put his hand every moment in old; and they have raised them all upon one his pocket to take some snuff in his own de. sbilling, and one shilling and sixpence per || fence. Surveying the Count from top to toe, day; and now her husband is very ill."~"Is the King turned towards the Ambassador, saythat your husband?” said his Majesty, addres ing, “Pray, Marquis, when will this great man sing himself to the woman of the house, “whu make his first appearance on the stage? will lies on the bed? what ails him ? how long has it be in a tragedy or in a comedy?” The Amhe been so ?"-"A slow fever, Sir," said the bassador, bowing to the King, replied, “Please roman; “but I have no doubt he might have your Majesty, he is a Colonel of my master's
Life Guards, and a nobleinan of great rauk." || answer in the sharpest terms. At last, twelve The King expressed the greatest surprize at o'clock arrived ; and each hurried off sepathis information, assuring the Ambassador, ll rately, fully resolved never to try the same exthat had he not been informed of it from so i periment again. respectable a man, he should have supposed HISIR C.B , BART.-Tbis gentleman who, him to be one of the mountebanks at some | devoted his youth in the naval service of bis country fair ; at the same time, he requested country, after many years of meritorious exerthe Ambassador, ia order to prevent future tion, obtained the rank of Lieutenant, and was mistakes, never to jutroduce effeminate figures much esteemed by lois brother officers. At the or coxcombs at his Levee.
end of the last war he retired on his half-pay, MADAME DU DEFFAND, AND PRESIDENT with no other maintenance for a beloved wife HENAULT.---These two celebrated persons and two children, nor any other hope than the were both complaining one day of the con generosity of a rich but parsimonious old uncle, tinual interruptions which they met with from by trade a maker of vinegar, whose disposition the society in wbich they lived. “How bappy was as sour as his commodity, and who, hy would one be," said the Marquise, “ to have a the dint of penurious economy, had scraped whole day to ourselves !” They agreed to try together a large fortune. Generosity was a whether this was not possible; and at last word he scarcely knew the meaning of, and found a small apartment in the Thuilleries, be nothing but his death would promise to his, longing to a friend, which was unoccupied, | relations any benefit from bis inordinate and where they proposed to meet. They wealth. This gallant Lieutenant saw his own arrived, accordingly, in separate conveyances, family increased by two additional children, about eleven in the forenoon; appointed their and his distress doubled, witbout any proxi. carriages to return at twelve at night, and mate view of relief. He was, therefore, obliged ordered dinner from a trateur. The morning ll to court the shade of obscurity, and retire with was passed entirely to the satisfaction of both, his family to a garret in the Borough of Southin effusious of love and friendsbip. “If every wark, where, some few years, he contrived to day,” said the one to the other, “were to be sustaiu a hurthensome existence. At length like this, life would be too short.” Dinner bis proud spirit yielding to the anguish of came; and before four o'clock, sentiment had | conjugal and parental feeling, and the pressure given place to gaiety and wit. About six, the of some smail debts be was obliged to contract, Marquise looked at the clock. “They play in order to avert the horrors of famine, he Athalie to-night,” said she, “and the new wrote to his uncle, stating his distresses, and actress is to make her appearance." “1001 requesting the loan of ten pounds to keep bim fess,” said the President, “that, if I were not from a gaol. But his uncle, by no means dishere, I should regret not seeing her." "Take posed to countenance the extravagance of a care, President,” said the Marquise ; "what young officer', wbo could not maintain bimyou say is really an expressiou of regret; if | self, a wife, and four children, "pon the ample you bad been as happy as you profess to be, establishment of three and sixpence per day, you would not have thuught of the possibility I wrote him an admonitory answer, “That he of being at the representation of Athalie.” The himself had always made it a point to live. President vindicated himself; and ended with | within his income; that he could not think of saying, “is it for you to complaiu, when you supporting any man's extravagance who would was the first to look at the clock, and to re not do the same; adding, that if he gave him mark tkat Athalie was acted to-night! There ten pounds now, it would only serve to enis no clock for those who are bappy.” The courave the contraction of new debts, and that dispute grew warm, they became more and in a little time he would be just as bad as ever : suore out of humour with one another; and, and concluded by the very friendly advice, “to by seven, they wished most earnestly to sepa live within his means, and he never would rate. That was impossible. “Ab!" said the || want money." Driven alınost to despair by Marquise, “I cannot stay here till twelve this ou feeling conduct, and a spirit too proud o'clock:-five hours longer! what a punish and independent to seek aid from, or even ment!” There was a screen in the room ; the make known his distresses to any of his brother Marquise seated herself behind it, and left the officers, many of whom would have inost rest of the room to the President. The Presi generously assisted bim, an unexpected event dent, picqued at ibis, takes a pen, writes a note || shortly afier took place, which gave a fur. full of reproaches, and throws it over the | lunate change to his affairs. His uncle dying screen. The Marquise picks up the pote, goes suddenly by a paralytic stroke, prevented his jo search of pen, iuk, and paper, and writes an || making a will; and Lieut. B being bia
next heir, found himself suddenly wbirled from thirty years, has taken a draclim, or sixty the depth of wretchedness to a fortune of three grains a day. He would sometimes go to the hundred thousand rounds, a valuable stock in shop of a Turkish Jew, and call for a draclım trade, and book debts some thousands. He of sublimate, which be mixed in a glass of now lives enjoying a Baronetage with a fortune || water, and drank it op immediately. The first of twenty-six thousand a year.
time, the apothecary was very much alarmed MITURIDATES THE SECOND.-There is a for fear he should be charged with poisoning very extraordinary man now living in Con- || the Turk; but he was struck with astonishstantinople, who is generally known under the ment when he saw the same man again, on name of “Suliman, the eater of sublimate ” | the next day, who called for ahother dose. He is a hundred and six years of age, and bas Lord Elgin, Mr. Smith, and several gentlemen seen the following successions of Sultans : now in England, have met this extraordinary Achmet III. Osman, Mahmond, Mustapha III. || man, and have heard hini say, that the senAbdal Hamed, Selim III. and the present So sation he experienced after he had drank that vereign. This man, when young, accustomed extremely active poison, was the most delici. himself, as the Turks do, to swallow opium; ous he ever enjoyed. Such is the force of habit! but having taken by degrees a large quantity It is generally thought, that since the days of without producing the desired effect, he adopt. || Mithridates, no one bad ever made constant ed tbe use of sublimate, and, for upwards of ll use of such a substance.
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| her breast; and men with loud cries invoked It is easier to keep guard over a treasure,
the return of the Goddess of Agriculture. She ar á Hydra, than over a young beauty. re-appeared in fine, and was triumphantly res Cybele knew this much better than I do; for ceived. Her eyes were yet full of a sweet she was a mother. Her daughter Ceres was languor; her cheek was yet pale; Proserpine, charming and never quitted her; nevertheless the object of her tenderness, and fruit of her the wary mamma, lacing ber bodice one sorrow, still hung at her bosom. How dearly morning, perceived an increase in her daugh had Ceres paid for the glory of being beautiter's shape wbicb quite disconcerted her. You ful! Alas! are beautiful eyes always formed inay suppose what followed! All covered with for the purpose of shedding tears? bhame, Ceres ran to conceal berself in a cavern Feasts were now instituted in honour of where she gave birth to Proserpine. This Ceres; in these feasts, the priests and the amiable girl made the happiness of her mamma, peuple went in procession into the midst of but she never had the honour of knowing the fields, where they immolated a hoy, because Monsieur her father. Some say he was Nep this animal, by grubbing up the earth, pretune; others, that he was jupiter. However | vents the corp-roots from striking. This sacri. that may be, Ceres wept her virgin honour a fice was made at the expence of a religious long time: her sadness consumed her, and society. The brotherhood were sworn to made her die by inches. If this evil always silence, and wore the same habit continually; conducted young ladies to the tomb, how many even till it fell into tatters. It is said that worthy families would be continually in ' virgins were admitted into this society in the mourning!
\j city of Eleusis. Luckily for Ceres, the God Pan discovered! In process of time the brotherhood erected her retreat. Touched with the deplorable state | a temple to Ceres. She was represented by to which she was reduced, he told Jupiter of them with her brows encircled by flowers and it, who sent her his physician. The learned | wheat-ears, her bosom full of milk. She had Doctor gave bis patient a dose of poppy-juice, an owl by her side, and a lizard at her feet : which threw her into a sweet sleep. Sleep re- || in one hand she held a bunch of wheat and stored peace to her senses, and health followed | poppies, in remembrance of the opium she had from that day.
taken; and in the other the torch with which Meanwhile every thing languished over the she had sought Proserpine. face of the earth. The wheat-ears perished in l Thie young Goddess inherited all her
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mother's graces: often had the mirror of the Proserpine pass in the arms of Pluto. Your cristal fountains taught her ibat she was daughter is now in his dismal palace.” beautiful. Proserpine loved flowers: one day At these words Ceres flew to Olympus, acwhile she gathered them in the valley of Enua, Icused Pluto, and demanded her child of the Pluto King of Hell, came to lose ju its verdant master of the Gods. Jupiter cousented to have region his depression and mortification. His her restored, provided it should be found that able majesty, had indeed sufficient cause for she had not eaten any thing in Hell.--Unthis sadness; every Goddess had rejected his luckily, Ascala phus, Pluto's talet de chumbte, addresses. They all found bis complexion ' deponed that he had seen Proserpipe suck too dark, besides he smelt of smoke, and then ' pomegranate. Ceres changed the informer his palace was too gloomy; and a pretty | into an owl; but all the favour she obtained woman naturally prefers reigning over two or was that of possessing her daughter during three living lovers to the empire of the dead. six months of the year. The other six were Pluto thought of all this when he perceived granted tu Pluto.-Adieu. Proserpine in the midst of her companions. Suddenly fired by ber charms, lie seized her,
LETTER VII. carried her off, opened the earth with a blow
We are now goingto discuss the Goddess of of his trident, and re-entered with his fair Ich
bis fall | Chastity.-One day returning from the chase, prize into the states of Hell.
Diana threw herself down upon the verdant Imagine the horror and apprebensions of border of a streamin.t Aowed near the city of Ceres! This desolate inother sought ber Athens. She bad lain aside her bow avd quiver, daughter all over the earth. During her pain and was occupied in braiding her long hair, ful pilgrimage, she was received by Celeus, when she perceived a young girl who was singKing of Eleusis, and taught agriculture to ing as she gathered flowers. The fair damsel Triptolemus, son of that prince. The Eleusang in praise of Love. Diana approached her, sinians erected a temple to the Guddess; but looked at her, and sighed. “Who are you?" she quitted their country to run over the rest | asked the young Athenian." I will soon tell of the world. It was then that sinking with l you. But answer me, my cbild, for what use fatigue and exhausted with hunger, she was do you destine these flowers ?"_" To decorate too happy to obtain from the charity of a good a basket for an offering to Diana. She has a ristic, a little butter-milk. Hunger seasons
temple in Athens, where we take the vow of the commonezt food : Ceres found this delici.
perpetual virginity."«" Oh, my child! never ous. A young giglet, called Stellia, burst into
make that row: to keep it inviolate, you a rude fit of laughter at ber voracity; the should be Diana herself."-" I am going, even offended Goddess tbrew the remaining milk at now, to propitiate this Goddess, by attaching her, and changed her into a lizard.
Il my zone to the walls of her temple, and preAt length, after a thousand vain researcbes, ll sevting her these flowers." "I accept them; the mother of Proserpine, lighted a torch at replied Diana. You interest me, and I will the flame of Mount Etna, determining to seek I speak frankly to you. - Listen to me. her daughter even in the bosom of the earth. "I am Diana, daughter of Jupiter and Arethusa met Ceres in her subterranean tour; Latoga. Do not be afraid; Goddesses love she called to her, and addressed her tbus :- il mortals who resemble them. I was born only “ Be comforted! I know the cause of your one instant before Apollo, and directly after. anxiety: I am Arethusa, formerly a nympil wards I assisted my mother to bring him into belonging to the train of Diana. I accom- the world. Witness of the agony she endured, panied ber to the banks of the river Alpheus : I swore from that hour eternal enmity with the God saw and loved me. I was young and Love. I was persuaded tbat his pleasures tender; could I then remain insensible? All could not recompense us for his paius. My pleus pursued me; alas! I few from him as I cbild! time and experience have since changlovers fly from what they love. But the Gods led my opinion. But then I was ignorant of wbo preside over chastity changed me into a
the sacred joy of seeing one self confounded in fountain to remove me from bis fond grasp. l a new being, with that of our lover; of cares. What then became of him? All wild with de- || sing and discovering our different lineaments, spair, he rushed back to his profound caverns: | touchingly blended; of finding again the yet Love directed the course of our separate smiles and the embraces of a cherished husstreams, and pitying my sad lover, allowed our band in the innocent pledge of our mutual waves to meet and mingle. While hastening tenderness! to unite myself with my dear Alphcus, I saw I “ The chase then became my sole passion.