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letter. On breaking open the seal, she talk, to wish for nothing else than him discovered the fignature of Platagenet: - I 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 Am 66 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 passion, cheated 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 purest pleahappy Platagenet, might have beheld sure, was now idolized with fervid am: 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 solitude and memory, burnt had lulled me. You esteem me, but it up her soul: lhe pined for the return of may be fated that your heart shall throb Plantagenet, a return for which she dara with love for some luckier youth.--Ah, ed hardly hope. Miranda ! think with a sigh 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 Ay 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
ESSEX PLANTAGENET.” Plantagenet, that Miranda's heart, bend, Miranda, with a voice that faultered ing down with the weight of forrow with her attempts to check the thicken- that oppressed it, clung to him with a ing fobs, eagerly inquired of the fermore than common regard. She found vant, if Plantagenet was at Hundson : in Bentinck all
, the soul she wished for he answered that he had left it before in a friend. She fighed to herfelf, and day-break, after wandering all night thought, as she gazed upon him— I through the forest. Miranda hastily fed will not deceive myself again I have towards the abbey, and finging 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, Eflex ? (cried (he) 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 eyer continued ! Miranda and Plan: a friendship, which, with her, he would tagenet had then beeo blest!- Does he consider as the sweetest pleasure upon think
heart fated to throb for ano earth. ther ! Oh! no, no, it can never feel His delicate attentions, his brothergreater agonies than pow.”-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 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 utter--to think, to
(To be continued.)
DESCRIPTION OF THE TURKISH LADIES;
OF THE WELSH LADIES.
We shall contrast this defcription, THE women in their persons are ra with the account, given by Mrs Morgan ** engging than handsome.
It has in her Tour through Wales, lately puse remarked, that they were pretty blished, of the :anc, but changed for the worse as wygret up: yet they retain for ever
THE women, in general, have exthe Ece sercing eye, and many, to the ceeding good natural understandings, belt, pfis their exquisite features, tho' but they seem to be too well contented ner ter complexion. They do not with the consciousness of that, for they varias, and are at little pains to are not follicitous to cultivate them, as Freien: heir shape. In general, they highly as they are capable. They love zz low a starure, and fuch as are tall, gaiety and parties of all sorts, where har de toft part stoop. The women chearfuldess and freedom, banish reof cordion affect a stately gait, but straint and formality, and their counszik ineg.antly, and the carriage of tenance is so easy and happy, that it her boy is devoid of that ease, and seems to preclude all care. 2r, to nich an European eye has been In this description I do not include accutored. The dress in which they all the ladies of Wales ; but only to
exa aroad, is not calculated to set say, these seem to be the leading fea! cé the prson; the veil shows their shape tures of their natural character.
citatantage, the legs are awkward- versed with many who had not the ly concaled by the boots, and even smallest dialect ; and who, to their na
shouthem, their movement is not so tive good humour and sweetness, added iezgand easy as that of their arms : polite manners, and an informed under
sbich 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 Din.
their whole deportment; and this gives The ransient manner in which the such a youthfulness to their look and Turkishwomen can only be seen by a manner, that you may very well misfrajer.renders it difficult
, if not im- take a woman who is near thirty to be porabie, to speak decidedly of their no more than eighteen. They are very bezuty, a comparison with that of the pretty, have delicate complexions, and Femení other countries, who are seen very fine teeth, and are well made ; but with me familiarity. Their dress and their shape has fomething of the Dutch rail, with are so disadvantageous to roundness and plumpness in it. The heir Thie, may, perhaps, (the latter men are remarkably handsome, and, in particulay) be of advantage to their proportion to their number, I never buss. have had occasion to see great law so many any where. They, as well Embersand thought them, in general, as the women, “ doft the world aside, handfunt tban the Christian, and Jewish, and bid it pass ;" indeed, I fear, they bdies; it I was sometimes inclined have too much of this natural carelesse to doubt whether that opinion might dess of disposition in them; for, in gepo?, in the degree, be ascribed to see; neral, the Welsh gentlemen live up to ing thempartially, or when revealed in the top of their fortunes, and very many luch a mner, as to give relief to their far beyond them. The strongest trait scauty :: is certain, that many whose in the Welsh disposition is, the most unfaces I ld at first thought exquisitely affected good humour ; and this it is fine, frot under a loose veil, lost con- which makes them unable to withstand Giderablyvheo more exposed.
any temptation that comes in the form Fron Rufel's History of Aleppo. of sociability :
Dance and fing, time's on the wing : They want nothing but the left 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 soul : 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 lo nerous, and hospitable, and peir style absurd in the English, as to fancy that and manner perfectly express those inthey differ from us materially, either in estimable qualities. their tables, their houses, or their dress. From Mrs Morgan's Tour to Mil
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 fangimning 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 Westmin. those in the World and Connaffeur are fter, and successively Bishop of Wor- deserving of equal praise. Th: species cefter and Salisbury. How agreeable of wit, however, has been sometimes these sort of essays were to the public mistaken for portrait-painting, ad when taite, may be judged from Sir Thomas' a character has appeared, it as been little book having passed through four- understood to be the full likness of teen editions before 1632, and the Bi. some individual ; while others equally shop's fix between 1628 and 1633. miltaking the matter, have cademned Butler's name is also to be added to all such characters, as being pnatural thefe. His characters abound in wit. and grossly improbable. Wasthere eBut the origin of character writing, I ver, say they, such a man as that deneed scarcely mention, is to be traced scribed by Theophrastus as Th. Dissemto 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 char&eristics ; three hundred
years before the Christian or, to speak more properly, a: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 it his strokes are always fine and exqui- would be in reality, if there wre no re. fite, and though they are not fometimes straints from the wisdom of re indiviviolent enough to affect the imagination dual or the laws of custom. : of a coarse reader, cannot but give the The characters, in some rspect, aphighest pleasure to every man of a re- proach to dramatic rules, wich permit fined talte, who has a thorough in light that an individual be drawnwith only into human nature.",
one set of characteristics ; or ither, the When the writers of the English pe- characters of a play are thefe:haracters riodical publications commenced their of Overbury, Steele, Addiso&c. per, labours, 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 effe&t 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 iş
drawn us perfectly good, and a villain, dark before he came to town, or that as having no traces of goodness; nei. his head ached
upon the road; without ther of which we know to be natural, having a design upon you.
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. T'he same 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 occasionally varied and the circumstances of an affair, he begs illastrated their subjects by exhibiting your pardon for not having minded characters or oddities. Some of your what you were talking about. He fixes readers may recollect, that dramatic his eye upon a perfon for an hour togewriters ore great obligations to the pe- ther, and immediately after never faw riodical writers. The character of Quid- him. His memory very
treacherDunc, in the very entertaining farce of ous, that he forgets every thing he has the Upholsterer,' by Mr Murphy, is ta- articled with you, which is not to his ken from ' paper in the Tatler, and the advantage. He has one short answer, extravaganza (for such, I trust, it is) which serves him upon all occasions, of Inkle and Yarico, has been made the “ He will consider of it.” He cannot ground-work 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 wrting) may serve to illuftrate It is imposable ! fays he, you amaze the subjet.
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 about some selfish design. The wonder rises
Why,” says diffembletvifits 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 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 wilundermites, and is outwardly inconso- lingly 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 6 him, he is so meek as to cunning exaggerations. The poitoo of forgive you. Ifs you utter the most bit- a viper is not more insinuating, or more ter insectes 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, fome will say, that this is a his profesions of friendship, and sweet- monstrous caricatura, instead of a poreos him cu 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. He 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 faney 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 simulation in the human mind; it is the the most indiferent things he says. He picture of the vice. We cannot find all does not fo nuch as tell you, he is just the lines in any one man, which go to retursed fron the couatry, that it was form this picture, but surely we may
find them all in a number of men, and true, but it would be harsh to ispute 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 upftart, or a hypocrite of candour, granted, that no one man is such an a lover of backbiting, and obiers ; but adept in diffimulation, as to answer the these will speak for themfelves, and it whole of this description. Let us fee, 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 Theophrastus, yet i number, his votes. The firft four or five senten- and that not a very great number, may ces of the above character will suit him foon do so. The greatest diffemblers 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 might 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 lessons of half down the character, and find the morality by the fame vehicle. resemblance very perfect. Let us only There are two advantages attending 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 pasion, 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 Theophritus 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 dore. 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 charaters, how but the fullness of his coffers.” Now, very shocking and unmanly cetain vices ) of this last 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 customay, withevery other duty of life, he is a sincere out considering whether it be good or and upright man; but the custom of evil. Principiis obfta ought o 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.
CHARACTERS OF SOME WRITERS DURING THE REIGN OF
QUEEN ANNE, COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT. WHEN we consider Swift, as an but we are to consider also, that no author, it is fair to estimate his powers small part of their efficacy vas fupplied by their effects, and in his political by the pasfions of their readers : if we · pieces, they appear to have been great: judge them by their internal excellence,