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time, and, next to eating, cards try, that I will try it no longer ; and chattering were her highest and though I can laugh and enterpleasures. Both she and her
hus- tain myself with the absurdities and band spoke a lingo of which I did self-consequence of idiots, &c. I not understand one word in ten can by no means submit to live though they bawled it most vocife with them. One day the city lady, rously into my ears. There were to shew her own consequeuce, as four lady boarders besides myself, she thought, and by a side-wind to who talked as loud and as unintelli- let these, her co-mates, know how gibly; one was a London lady, east grand she had lived in London, of Temple-Bar; yet with her v-s and thus accosted me. her w-s, and the rest of her elegant Mrs. W. I think, Ma'am, I have phrases, I understood her very little had the pleasure of seeing you at better than the rest of them. This my Lady Mayoress's balls was the genteel, elegant society I Mrs. H. I fancy not, Madam; for was led to expect. Added to the I never was at a city ball in my life. home-groupe, there were three boor Willing to step a foot higher, she companions of the squire, viz. the continued. curate, the apothecary-doctor, and Mrs. W. I'm sure then, Ma'am, a gentleman farmer. Farmer he I've
most public might be; but, as to the gentleman, places ? we will say no more on that head. Mrs. H. I have certainly lived The parson was the only one of the much in public life, Madam, but I group who could speak English, yet have never been any where since
soon found he was every thing but I have had this face. what he ought to be ; and the apo- Mrs. W'. Dearee me! I doesn't unthecary-doctor was so very clever derstand you, Ma'am! Why can that I found it would be totally im- one change one's face ? possible to trust my soul or my body Mrs. #. No necessity for that; with either of them; and to me, who surely you know one's face changes wished to set myself down for the of its own accord. (smiling) rest of my life, this idea was par- Mrs. W. Why, to be sure, every ticularly comfortable.
body don't carry their years alike. Friend. But what could they be (Bridling up) who could recommend you to such a Now the finest fun of all was, that place ?
I was the youngest looking in the Mrs. H. Why only a lady and company, except the daughter of gentlemen who had tried it, and the people of the house. boarded there,
Mrs. W. But certainly, Ma'am, Friend. I'm astonished ! What I've seen you at Court. (This sort of people could they he? crowned all. Goodness, thought 1, Mrs. H. Very clever and very gen- where could you
be stuck up there, teel; ay, you may stare; don't you good woman.) know many people, especially clever Mrs. H. I fancy not, Ma'am, ones, like to be the head of their (smiling, for I suppose she thought, company ? That was their case; old or young, one must appear there.) there was good eating and drinking. It is now above twenty years since cards, talking and laughing, every I was last there, and ten years ago one easy in their circumstances, and I don't think any one there would that was called society ; but not have remembered me till they had heiog that society I coveted, of sen- heard my name. sible, well-informed people, shut up I suppose she thought the deuce in the country where I could not was in me, for sticking to it, that command or get at better, you can- I was old and altered. not wonder that I walked off as soon Miss S. Dear me! if you are so as possible.
altered as you say, Ma'am, how Friend. No, in truth, but yet I amazingly handsome you must have should think there might be places been; so handsome as you now are, found where you would meet such and with such an uncommon beausociety as might be called society. tiful elegant figure.
Mrs. H. I have tried it so long Mrs. H. My dear Miss Simpson, and failed, both in town and coun- I thank you greatly for your comto pursue ?
pliment, but I perfectly agree with
science I can't tell; but he looked at Mrs. Rowe.
me as if he would have eaten me
with a grain or two of Lot's wife. Come, gentle age, to me thou dost ap
Friend. Well, but now, my friend, pear No cruel object of regret or fear;
tell me, what is the order of the day
for this Hermit's life you are going Thy stealing step I unreluctant see, Nor would avoid, or wish to iy from
Mrs. H. Thus situated as you perthee.
ceive, near all the parks, and most But still age is age ; a sensible of my old friends still left me in Lonwoman will be the first to perceive don, these apartments I occupy upon its advances, and it is our own fault a plan that leaves my time as comalone if age ever appears ridiculous, pletely my own as I can wish. I when by false disguises, and aping shall, therefore, if I meet with agreeto be young, she renders herself so ;
able people at the tables of my otherwise, poor thing! how can she friends, invite them to come and eat help having been born a great while Hermit's fare with me. If I meet ago; but when she thus tries to such as I do not like, I shall ask conceal what everyone else per.. them no such question. I shall roam ceives, then lies common sense em- about-see every thing I can likebalmed in a bed of roses. This avoid every thing cannot. Of created a langh.
which rambles I sball ever wish Well, Ma'am, says one of the you, my dear Friend, to partake. gentlemen, you have put common Friend. Most assuredly, I shall sense into a sweet situation, however. ever be happy to attend your sum
Mrs. H. If they were not artificial mons. But pray do you know that roses, Sir; but even in real roses, you have got a Brother Hermit in that is not her place; and, as Heaven London, a very clever fellow whocreated everything in its proper
ever he is? place, I am one who wish to keep Mrs. H. Yes, I met with his book them there as much as possible. t'other day, but I don't intend to be
Bless me! says the prig of a par- acquainted with him, though he lives son, what a scrambling now a days would your system occasion, Ma'am, Friend. Why so ; methinks he if that was to be the case; as much would be an acquisition to our strollas we shall have at the last day, ing parties. when we are all looking for our Mrs. H. No, no,-let him keep limbs. Hey, Doctor! and some, to his parties, and I keep to perhaps, that you and your frater- mine. Besides, he lives too much nity may have dissected, and can't in the great world for me ; 'tis too be found. (Laughing at his own wit) late now for me to re-enter those
Mrs. H. There I differ with you, scenes, and you know I was always Sir, I dont imagine there will be most dreadfully afraid of your lady any such fuss; for as it is Heaven's and gentlemen authors; and never appointment, and as God is not the wish to encounter any of them but author of confusion, so I think there through the booksellers and the will be none but what is occasioned
circulating libraries, where ! may in the minds of those who can't so return them without any further readily find their hearts and their trouble, be pleased with their comaccounts in their right places. pany whilst I may, and return them
This gave a check to the Parson's at once if I like them not. wit, whether it gave any to his con
So near me,
A TWILIGHT DREAM.
" Jo voluptatis regno virtus non potest consistere."--CICERO.
I LAY beneath the shade of spreading trees
That shines not in the temple of true love :
But I was young, and could not find delight
• Est nemus Hæmoniæ, prærupta quod undique claudit
Silva : vocant Tempe : per quæ Penêus ab imo
OVIDII METAMORPH. Lib. 1.
Until we gain'd a steep and dangerous rock,