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reprimand for his meanness in imposing on his brother's good-nature, with many dunces and blockheads cast in his teeth, for not being able to do his own business. Gemellus was nettled with these reproaches, but more than all with his brother for betraying him, and, drawing the task out of his pocket, rolled it in his hand and threw it towards the author, saying he was a shabby fellow; and for his part he scorned to be obliged to any body, that would do a favour and then boast of it.'-Recollecting himself in a moment afterward, he turned towards his father, and begged his pardon for all offences : he hoped he was not such a blockhead, but he could do his task, if he pleased, and he would instantly set about it and send it down, to convince him, that he could do his own business without any body's help.' So saying, he went out of the room in great haste, and in less time than could be expected brought down a portion of sacred exercise in hexameter verse, which the parson candidly declared was admirably well performed for his years, adding, that although it was not without faults, there were some passages, that bespoke the dawning of genius.
I am obliged to you, Şir,' said Gemellus, it is more than I deserve, and I beg your pardon for the impertinence I have been guilty of.'--The tears started in his eyes as he said this, and he departed without any answer from his father.
He had no sooner left the room than he perceived Geminus had followed him, and, being piqued with his late treatment, turned round and with a disdainful look said, — Brother Geminus, you ought to be ashamed of yourself; if you was at Westminster, there is not a boy in the school would acknowledge you after so scandalous a behaviour.'—- I care neither for you nor your school,' answered the domestic youth, 'it is you and not I should be ashamed
of such reprobate manners, and I shall report you to my father.'— Do so,' replied Gemellus, and take that with you into the bargain.'— This was immediately seconded with a sound slap on the face with his open hand, which however drew the blood in a stream from his nostrils, and he ran screaming to Euphorion, who came out upon the alarm with all the speed he could muster. Gemellus stood his ground, and after a severe caning was ordered to ask pardon of his brother: this he peremptorily refused to do, alleging that he had been punished already, and to be beaten and beg pardon too was more than he would submit to. No menaces being able to bring this refractory spirit to submission, he was sent off to school pennyless, and a letier was written to the master, setting forth his offence, and in strong terms censuring his want of discipline for not correcting so stubborn a mper and so idle a disposition.
When he returned to school the master sent for him to his house, and questioned him upon the matter of complaint in his father's letter, observing that the charge being for offences out of school, he did not think it right to call him publicly to account; but as he believed him to be a boy of honour, he expected to hear the whole truth fairly related : this drew forth the whole narrative, and Gemellus was dismissed with a gentle admonition, that could hardly be construed into a rebuke.
When the next holidays were in approach, Gemellus received the following letter from his brother :
· BROTHER GEMELLUS, • If you have duly repented of your behaviour to me, and will signify your contrition, asking pardon as becomes you for the violence you have commit
ted, I will intercede with my father, and hope to obtain his permission for your coming home in the ensuing holidays: if not, you must take the consequences and remain where you are, for on this condition only I am to consider myself, Your affectionate brother,
GEMINUS.' To this letter Gemellus returned an answer as follows :
· DEAR BROTHER,
still bear in mind a boyish quarrel so long past; be assured I have entirely forgiven your behaviour to me, but I cannot recollect any thing in mine to you, which I ought to ask your pardon for: whatever consequences may befal me for not complying with your condition, I shall remain Your affectionate brother,
Naturà tu illi pater es, consiliis eno.--TERENT.
By nature you're his father; I by counsel.-COLMAN. This letter fixed the fate of Gemellus : resentments are not easily dislodged from narrow minds; Euphorion had not penetration to distinguish between the characters of his children; he saw no meanness in the sly insidious manners of his homebred favourite, nor any sparks of generous pride in the steady inflexibility of Gemellus; he little knew the high principle of honour, which even the youngest spirits communicate to each other in the habits and manners
of a public school. He bitterly inveighed against his neighbour the lawyer for persuading him to such a fatal system of education, and whenever they met in company their conversation was engrossed with continual arguings and reproachings : for neither party receded from his point, and Gemellus's advocate was as little disposed to give him up, as his father was to excuse nim. At last they came to a compromise, by which Euphorion agreed to charge his estate with an annuity for the education and support of Gemellus, which annuity, during his nonage, was to be received and administered by the said lawyer, and Geminus left heir of the whole fortune, this moderate encumbrance excepted.
The disinterested and proscribed offender was now turned over to the care of the lawyer, who regularly defrayed his school expenses, and never failed to visit him at those periods when country practitioners usually resort to town. The boy, apprized of his situation, took no farther pains to assuage his father's resentment, but full of resources within himself, and possessed of an active and aspiring genius, pressed forward in his business, and soon found himself at the head of the school, with the reputation of being the best scholar in it.
He had formed a close friendship, according to the custom of great schools, with a boy of his own age, the son of a nobleman of high distinction, in whose family Gemellus was a great favourite, and where he never failed to pass his holidays, when the school adjourned. His good friend and guardian the lawyer saw the advantages of this early connexion in its proper light, and readily consented to admit his ward of the same college in the university, when Gemellus and his friend had completed their school education. Here the attachment of these young men became more and more solid, as they ad
vanced nearer to manhood, and after a course of academical studies, in which Gemellus still improved the reputation he brought from Westminster, it was proposed that he should accompany his friend upon his travels, and a proper governor was engaged for that service. This proposal rather staggered Gemellus's guardian on the score of expense, and he now found it necessary for the first time to open himself to Euphorion. With this intent he called upon him one morning, and taking him aside, told him, he was come to confer with him on the subject of Gemellus— I am sorry for it,' interposed Euphorion. Hold, Sir,' answered the lawyer, interrupt me not if
you please; though Gemellus is my ward, he is your son ; and if you have the natural feelings of a father, you will be proud to acknowledge your right in him as such.” As he was speaking these words, an awkward servant burst into the room, and staring with fright and confusion, told his master there was a great lord in 'a fine equipage had actually driven up to the hall door, and was asking to speak with him. Euphorion's surprise was now little less than his servant's, and not being in the habit of receiving visits from people of distinction, he eagerly demanded of the lawyer who this visitor could possibly be, and casting an eye of embarrassment upon his gouty foot-I am not fit to be seen,' said he, and cannot tell how to escape; for heaven's sake! go and see who this visitor is, and keep him from the sight of me, if it be possible.'
Euphorion had scarce done speaking, when the door was thrown open, and the noble stranger, who was no less a person than the father of Gemellus's friend, made his approach, and having introduced himself to Euphorion, and apologized for the abruptness of his visit, proceeded to explain the occasion of it in the following words:- I wait upon you,