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letter. On breaking open the feal, she talk, to wish for nothing else than him discovered the signature of Platagenet : - love certain I do.--Could I be eagerly perusing it, she found it con- content and be united to another?-tained these words :

Could I be unhappy and his wife 2 “ Adored Miranda !

No; we both love, and with an ardous. “ The charm is now dissolved, and unspeakable !"--From that instant, the I am restored to my fenfcs. I have delivered herself up to the most passioncheated myself with an illusion, which ate warmth. has destroyed me. A heart formed of The cloister, where for so many colder materials than that of the un- nights they had tasted the purelt pleahappy Platagenet, might have beheld sure, was now idolized with fervid ae; you with the coldness of Platonic ef- doration : the huge cliff, where she had teem ; but it was vain to hope it from taken her last view of him, became an mine. The one question that I asked object no less adored : she would carve myself has undeceived me-has awa- his name in its chalky bofom, and weep kened me from a sweet dilirium, into over it when it was finished. Love, which the fyren sweetness of your charms cherished by folitude and memory, burnt had lulled me. You esteem me, but it up her soul: fhe pined for the return of may be fated that your heart shall throb Plantagenet, a return for which she darwith love for some luckier youth.--Ah, ed hardly hope. Miranda ! think with a ligh on the pas- While her mind was in this pertur. fions which now whirl my brain to bed state, a Captain William Bentick phrenzy; at present, thy gentle nature arrived at Hundson Castle. He was a can conceive none of its fury:— Adieu man of an exalted mind; a heart full I fy you for your repose.- 1 yet retain of sensibility, and an appearance pecuenough of purity in my desires, to pre- liarly pleasing. The softness of his man. fer your happiness to that of the wretch- ners bore so strong a resemblance to ed

Éssex PLANTAGENET.” Plantagenet, that Miranda's heart, bend, Miranda, with a voice that faultered ing down with the weight of sorrow with her attempts to check the thicken- that oppressed it, clung to him with a ing fobs, eagerly inquired of the fer. more than common regard. She found vant, if Plantagenet was at Hundson: in Bentinck all the foul she wished for he answered that he had left it before in a friend. She lighed to herself, and day-break, after wandering all night thought, as she gazed upon him— I through the forest. Miranda hastily fled will not deceive myself again--I have towards the abbey, and Ainging herself a pure, a Platonic regard for William down upon one of the tombs, gave vent Bentirick.”-Miranda herself was too to the feelings which she had so long re- gentle, too lovely, too interesting a chastrained. Ah, Efex? (cried she) racter, to pass unnoticed by one of the are you then unhappy, and I the cause? young officer's sentimental mind : he Would to heaven the dear delusion had fought every opportunity of cultivating for ever continued ! Miranda and Plan- a friendship, which, with her, he would tagenet had then been blest!- Does he consider as the sweetest pleasure upon think

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heart fated to throb for ano- earth. ther !-Oh! no, no, it can never feel His delicate attentions, his brothergreater agonies than now.". -A glim- ly affection, and often hinted wishes, at mering of truth shot across her mind. length won so far upon the soul of Mi. “ And do I love too?” exclaimed she, randa, that she accepted him as a friend in wild amaze. “ Is it possible that I her heart had long before nominated also have been deceived --If it is to her his. From that hồur he attached prize the happiness of another more himself principally to her, and continuthan your own-to doat on every ac- ally accompanied her in her rambles. cent that his lips utterto think, to

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DESCRIPTION OF THE TURKISH LADIES ;

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WELSH LADIES.

OF THE WELSH LADIES.
TURKISH LADIES.

We shall contrast this description, THE women in their persons are ra- with the account, given by Mrs Morgan ther engging than handsome. It has in her Tour through Wales, lately pubeen remarked, that they were pretty. blished, of the in infanc, but changed for the worse as they grey up: yet they retain for ever THE women, in general, have exthe fine jercing eye, and many, to the ceeding good natural anderstandings, ait, poffis their exquisite features, tho' but they seem to be too well contented se their complexion. They do not with the consciousness of that, for they wear ftas, and are at little pains to are not follicitous to cultivate them, as preserve heir shape. In general, they highly as they are capable. They love are low a stature, and fuch as are tall, - gaiety and parties of all sorts, where for the rost part stoop. The women chearfulpers and freedom, banish reof condion affect a stately gait, but straint and formality, and their counwalk integancly, and the carriage of tenance is so easy and happy, that it their boy is devoid of that ease, and seems to preclude all care. air, to nich an European eye has been In this description I do not include accaftored. The dress in which they all the ladies of Wales ; but only to appear aroad, is not calculated to set say, these seem to be the leading feaoff the prfon; the veil shows their shape tures of their natural character. I conto disadantage, the legs are awkward. versed with many who had not the ly concaled by the boots, and even smallest dialect ; and who, to their nawithout hem, their movement is not so tive good humour and sweetness, added elegand easy as that of their arms: polite manners, and an informed underwbich ay be the reason that they ap. Itanding. The most perfect innocence, pear tonost advantage when fitting on and chearfulness, are visibly depicted in the Dim.

their whole deportment; and this gives The rangent manner in which the such a youthfulness to their look and Turkishwomen can only be seen by a manner, that you may very well misftranger. renders it difficult, if not im. take a woman who is near thirty to be polfibie, to speak decidedly of their no more than eighteen. They are very beauty, a comparison with that of the pretty, have delicate complexions, and women s other countries, who are seen very fine teeth, and are well made ; but with mee familiarity. Their dress and their shape has fomething of the Dutch veil, with are so disadvantageous to roundness and plumpness in it. The their fhae, may, perhaps, (the latter men are remarkably handsome, and, in particulay) be of advantage to their proportion to their number, I never looks. have had occasion to see great law so many any where. They, as well numbersand thought them, in general, as the women,“ doft the world aside, handsomr than the Christian, and Jewish, and bid it pafs ;" indeed, I fear, they ladies; hit I was sometimes inclined have too much of this natural carelessto doubt whether that opinion might nefs of disposition in them; for, in genot, in me degreę, be ascribed to see neral, the Welsh gentlemen live, tip to ing thempartially, or when revealed in the top of their fortunes, and very many such a mner, as to give relief to their far beyond them. The strongest trait beauty is certain, that many whose in the Welsh difpofition is, the most unfaces I Id at first thought exquisitely affected good humour ; and this it is fine, fror under a loose veil, lolt con- which makes them unable to withstand Gderablyvhen more exposed. any temptation that comes in the form Fron Rufeľs History of Aleppa. of sociability:

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Dance and fing, time's on the wing: They want nothing but the last finish,

Life never knows the return of spring : that is, a high polish to be put upon is a maxim they practise with all their their manners, and a greater desire for heart and foul : by this means they cer- the attainments of the head; for, in thofe tainly prolong “ the spring,” but it is of the heart, no nation can exceed them, fometimes followed by a long and drea- But if they cannot be said to le arrived

at the highest pitch of literary refineThey entertain not only hospitably ment, every one allows them to be gebut elegantly; and nothing can be so nerous, and hospitable, and weir style absurd in the English, as to fancy that and manner perfectly express those in. they differ from us materially, either in estimable qualities. their tables, their houses, or their dress. From Mrs Morgan's Tour to Mil

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ON CHARACTERS, OR ODDITIES. THE writing of characters was a ginals before them ; but at other times, kind of wit much in fashion, in the be- it may be believed, they drew rom fanginning of the last century. The two cy. Succeeding writers have imitated principal authors in this way were Sir them with great felicity. All those Thomas Overbury, and Dr John Earle, drawn by Dr Johnson in the Rambler tutor to Prince Charles in 1643, and, and Idler, are excellent, and pany of after the Restoration, Dean of Weltmin. those in the World and Connaffeur are fter, and fucceflively Bifhop of Wor. deferving of equal praise. Th: species cester and Salisbury. How agreeable of wit, however, has been fmetimes these sort of effays were to the public mistaken for portrait-painting, ad when

be judged from Sir Thomas' a character has appeared, it as been little book having passed through four- understood to be the full likeness of teen editions before 1632, and the Bi. some individual ; while others equally shop's fix between 1628 and 1633. mistaking the matter, have cademned Butler's name is also to be added to all such chara&ters, as being pnatural these. His characters abound in wit. and grossly improbable. Was there eBut the origin of character writing, I ver, say they, such a man as that de need scarcely mention, is to be traced fcribed by Theophrastus as T. Diffemto Theophrastus, who was a scholar of bler or the Sloven? But the fat is,

that Aristotle's, and wrote in the hundred these characters are intended nt as bioand fifteenth Olympiad, that is, above graphical sketches, but as charferistics ; three hundred years before the Christian or, to speak more properly, as the chaæra. His characters justify the opinion racter of a certain passion, or fo.y, drawn Sir Richard Steele gives of him: “that out at its full length, and ich as iç his strokes are always fine and exqui- would be in reality, if there wre no refite, and though they are not fometimes straints from the wisdom of me indiviviolent enough to affect the imagination dual or the laws of custom.. : of a coarse reader, cannot but give the The characters, in fome rspect, aphighest pleasure to every man of a re- proach to dramatic rules, wich permit fined taste, who has a thorough insight that an individual be drawnwith only into human nature.”

one fet of characteristics ; or ther, the When the writers of the English pe- characters of a play are these:haracters riodical publications commenced their of Overbury, Steele, Addiso, &c. perlabours, they brought forward a great fonified, and by their peculirities, infund of information on human life and termixing and working upoione anomanners, and particularly enlivened their ther, the effect of comedy farce is papers with characters and oddities. produced. In the drama, vth a view Sometimes, it is certain, they had ori- to produce this effect, a god man is

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ther of which we know to be natural, having a design upon you.
but are bere necessary to form the fable; would borrow of him, he never was so
and create the proper interest which the bare of money in his life; but, when
moral is to serve. The fame extrava. he is really out of cash, talks of nothing
gance, therefore, which the drama al. but the fullness of his coffers. After
lows, is also to be allowed to those au- having listened very attentively to all
thors, who have occafionally varied and the circumstances of an affair, he begs
illustrated their subjects by exhibiting your pardon for not having minded
chara&ters or oddities. Some of your what you were talking about. He fixes
readers ray recollect, that dramatic his eye upon a perfon for an hour toge-
writers ome great obligations to the pe- ther, and immediately after never faw
riodical writers. The character of Quid him. His memory very treacher-
nunc, in the very entertaining farce of ous, that he forgets every thing he has
the Upholterer, by Mr Murphy, is ta- articled with you, which is not to his
ken from a paper in the Tatler, and the advantage. He has one short answer,
extravagaza" (for such, I trult, it is) which serves him upon all occasions,
of Inkle and Yarico, has been made the “ He will consider of it.” He cannot
ground-wuk of a very popular and fuc- possibly comprehend an affair, which a

little time before he himself explained One of Theophrastus' characters (for to you. His answers are very artificial, I consider him as the father of this spe. and covered under a seeming surprize. cies of writing) may serve to illustrate It is impossible! fays he, you amaze the fabjet.

me! I am astonished! He is so startled " Dimulation,” says he, " is the at what you tell him, that “ sure he is art of speking and acting in disguise, not himself !” After a short pause, his to bring dout some selfish design. The wonder rises upon him. “Why,” says diffembletvisits his enemy, as if he were he," he told me quite another story. fo far froh hating him, that he took a This is all a riddle. You can never be particular pleasure in his conversation. in earnest. I do not know how to difHe praises and caresses those whom he believe you, and yet I would not wilundermints, and is outwardly inconfo. lingiy think so ill of him.” Take great lable for seir misfortunes, while he re- care that you are not misled by such joices at hem in his heart. If you broken hints, double expresions, and speak ill & him, he is fo meek as to cunning exaggerations. The poiton of forgive you. If you atter the most bit- a viper is not more insinuating, or more ter invectives against him, he thanks you pernicious." for telling him his faults. After hav- Thus far Theophrastus. Now it is ing done a man an injury, he redoubles probable, some will say, that this is a his profesions of friendship, and sweet- monstrous caricatura, instead of a porens him out of his resentments. If you

trait. No human being was ever pofgo to hin upon any affair, which he fessed of such a diabolical disposition. knows cannot possibly be deferred, he That it is a caricatura, I deny, because beseeches you to call upon him another it is not meant for a portrait ; but I will time. Hě is mysterious in all his pro- grant, and I hope it is true, that no huceedings, and, to hear him talk, a man man being ever was so depraved. But would fancy he spent his whole life in then, it is not one hunan being we condeliberating, without ever coming to a template here, it is the progress of difresolution. He has an under-meaning in fimulation in the human mind; it is the the most indiferent things he says. He picture of the vice. We carnot find all does not fo puch as tell you, he is just the lines in any one man,

which returned fron the couatry, that it was form this picture, but surely we may

go to

find them all in a number of men, and true, but it would be harsh to izpute to it was from observing the workings and him the whole of the character as deeffects of dissimulation in a number of scribed by our author. men, that Theophrastus drew this pic- We might go on to distinguish the ture of the vice itself.

other individuals, who compofe the reIt may be curious to speculate a little mainder of this character, as a purseupon this subject. We shall take for proud upstart, or a hypocrite of candour, granted, that no one man is such an a lover of backbiting, and overs; but adept in diffimulation, as to answer the these will speak for themselves, and it whole of this description. Let us see, would take up too much roon to partithen, how many will be necessary to make cularize them. In this mamer, howup the composition. Let us suppose a ever, we see, that although no one man candidate at an election, who is not o- may completely answer the description ver nice in the means by which to secure given by Theophraltus, yet i number, his votes. The first four or five fenten- and that not a very great nunber, may ces of the above character will suit him foon do so. The greatest dilemblers exactly. What is there described is ex. do not always deceive, and the most actly what every man must practice, who fincere men are not equally fincere at is regardless of any means that may ac- all times. These remarks night be excomplish fo desirable an end. If to this tended to most, if not all, the charac. man we join a professed courtier, I ters of this author, and of the other imagine we shall proceed more than writers who have conveyed leffons of half down the character, and find the morality by the fame vehicle. resemblance very perfect. Let us only There are two advantagesattending think what Lord Chesterfield was, and this mode of writing : The one is, that the scene which George Bab Dodding- by drawing the character of the paffion, ton has described. But, that candidates and not of the individual, it vill serve and courtiers may not run away with for instruction at all times, ad in all all the merit of dislimulation, let us step generations. Were Theophriftus now behind the counter, and whisper to Mr living, I question if the exprience of Traffic, the grocer, a few words in his modern times would enable him to im

“ When you would borrow of prove upon what he has done. The him, he never was so bare of cash ; but, second and greatest advantag, is, that when really out of cash, talks of nothing we may learn from these charaders, how but the fullness of his coffers." Now, very shocking and unmanly cetain vices of this laft character, I may observe, are, if we do not correct ther first apthat perhaps this is the only instance of pearance, but heedlessly go on in fol., diffimulation he practices, and that in lowing that which is customły, withevery other duty of life, he is a fincere ont considering whether it be good or and upright man; but the custom of evil. Principiis obfta ought .. be our trade, he thinks, entitles him to say maxim ; for he who has learned to inthat he is bare of cash, in order to pre- dulge a little in dissimulation, cannot say serve his money, and to talk of the full- where he shall stop, and probably will ness of his coffers, in order to preserve not stop, before that which was only a his credit. He is a dissembler, it is simple vice becomes an habitual practice.

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CHARACTERS OF SOME WRITERS DURING THE REIGN OF

QUEEN ANNE, COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT. WHEN we consider Swift as

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are to consider allo, that no author, it is fair to estimate his powers small part of their efficacy vas supplied by their effects, and in his political by the passions of their readers : if we · pieces, they appear to have been great : judge them by their internal excellence,

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