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it is but just that I should acquit myself of this the blood of several of my own soldiers, to redebt, but let us first go into the saloon and be strain their disposition for murdering, plundering alone there for a few minutes.” They accord- and burning. On my return, the Prince thanked ingly went.
me before the whole court, and ihe same day ap“ You have concluded the series of pictures,” | pointed the prime minister's son, a boy of sevensaid the reteran, “ with that in wbich the
teen, to the post of governor of the newly con. monarch confers on me the order of knighthood, ll quered place. He most graciously offered ine and the marshal's truncheon. This is a great | the next command under this stripling, and violation of historical truth, for you have here seemed astonished when I refused it. It was not combined in one moment events that were se- without the greatest difficulty that I escaped being parated by an interval of fifteen years, and have exiled or confined for life in a fortification, after blended the actions of two different princes per
that peace, which, notwithstanding my unlimited formed under totally different circunstances. powers, I might perhaps have been in too great That, however, is not of much consequence.- a hurry to conclude; for I forgot to insist on the But from the place which that picture occupies, cession of a tract containing more than twelve would not every spectator suppose that the rank hundred acres, merely from the silly apprehenof Field-marshal had been conferred on me as a sion lest the war should continue another year, reward for some of the actions commemorated and cost us some millions more of money, and here, or for the whole of them together ?” soine thousands of human lives. Young Count. Most certainly.
Young Count. By G-d, father, that was Old Count. And yet nothing can be more scandalous. erroneous; for the achievement, which obtained
Old Court. Let me finish! The best is yet to 30 high a reward, is totally omitted in this series.
come. You must have seen the snuff-box, which Young Count. How so, father? Is it possible the rescue of my sovereign while hunting prothat from forgetfulness
cured me. It was certainly rather rash of him Old Count. Not from forgetfulness, but from to take such a diversion in an enemy's country, ignorance, which I excuse as readily as your and that too at a time when every peasant might present surprize. You were very young when I
be considered as a foe or a spy. I had, however, obtained this promotion. I never mentioned the
my spies, and kept a body of men on whom I circumstance either to you or to any other per- | could depend in readiness. The enemy were son, and I must first look round to see that we obliged to relinquish their booty, and I was preare quite alone.
sented with that box, of the value of perhaps one Young Count. We are.
hundred and fifty dollars, as an indemnification Old Count. Let us then go through this for the loss of a fine borse, worth at least a thouseries of actions, as well as the rewards conferred | sand. The chamberlain by the Prince's side, for them! This lame arm is a consequence of || who manfully clapped his hand to his cutlass, but that battle, in which with such boldness and unfortunately never drew it, was appointed success I threw our standard among the hostile | marshal of the court for his faithful services. It squadrons. The left wing was already flying,
was supposed some tokens of discontent were and the began to flinch. The latter now perceived in me, and on that account I was likepressed onward, and the former rallied, I was
wise presented with this order, which put me to then only major, and a major I remained. My
a great expence without producing the smallest general, one of the first that took to his heels in advantage. You look grave, my son, more so order to preserve his precious life, received a than I wished. What will you do, when I tell considerable gratuity as a recompence for his con- you, that for fifteen years I remained just what I duct on that arduous day. In that battle when I fell wounded from my horse, I was taken pri- Young Count. Fifteen years; but, perhaps, soner; my wound was badly healed, I was for- l purposely, father; perhaps from self-denial? gotten in the exchange, and was at length ran- Old Count. It would certainly sound well in somed from my own private property.
me to assume the tone of a philosopher, practis. Young Count. How?
ing the austerities of self-denial. But truth is Old Count. (Proceeding, as though he had not superior to such a character, though perhaps heard his son's exclamation.) The scar on
truth may not sound so agreeably. It was not my forehead reminds me but too well, without from my own fault (for love to my fanıily made any picture, of that fortress, which cost us almost me eagerly desirous of promotion) that I remained a whole campaign, and which, at last, I may say unrewarded, but because there were always it without vanity, was taken and preserved in courtiers who, if not more worthy, were at least consequence of my dispositions alone. I repeat, more fortunate; because the Prince whose life, presented, for I was obliged to dye my sword in liberty, and glory I had more than once preserved,
atlength diel, and his successor considered services | She was indeed beautiful as the yoddess of love,
U previously rendered to the state, as already recom. but with respect to the qualities of the heart and penced Weary of hollow promises, of tedious | understanding, nature had been very sparing. She expectation and disappointed hope, I was on the returned my salutation with an air of great nepoint of relinquishing the marter entirely and of gligence, and drove a few hundred paces further retiring into the obscurity of a country life, when to the Dutch farm-house, which, as you know, furtune afforded me an opportunity for an achieve
stands close to the river, where her carriage ment, which immediately procured me promo- || stopped. In order to avoid passing by them tion and realized all my wishes.
again, I was just going to turn my horse into a Young Count. And what was that achieve- bridle-road to the left, when a most lamentable ment? I entreat you, my excellent father, to outcry assailed my ear. il proceeded from those speak without reserve! What was it?
ladies; I saw them running to and fro in great Old Count. (Smiling), 0 it might easily be trepidation; and apprehensive lest some accident painted too. A river of considerable breadth,' might have happened, I role up to the spot, from a some ladies shrieking and weeping on the bank, natural movement, as fast as I could. The mistress myself on horseback almost in the middle of the of his excellency, as soon as she perceived me stream, and in my hands a dripping, half-drowned coming, ran to meet me, with a countenance Jap-dog. Not too inany objects; are they, think indicative of the uimost distress. “0, Geneyou?
ral!" cried she, long before I reached the spol, Young Count. How, father; are you serious ? " help us I entreat you! My little favouriteCan the saving of a lap-dog
yonder he is in the water; he cannot get out, ou Count. Yes, the saving of a lap-dog was we cannot go after him; he will be lost!" the important achievement which procured me a Without farther reflection, or transierring this richer recompence than all the blood I lost on so duty to the person to whom it properly belonged, many different occasions; than a service of thirty | I mean my servant, I spurred my horse into the years, often embittered by distress ; than the ex. river, caught the unfortunate favourite, who, had ertions of so many days and the watching of so I been a moment later must inevitably have gone mang nights. It would be easy for me to raise to the bottom, and restored him to his mistress. your astonishment still higher, were I to describe Such a scene now took place that it was difficult the dog itself, old, infirm, with only one eye, re. to suppress, I will not say a smile, but loud bursts markable neither for form nor colour; or, were I of laughter. It is iinpossible for the tenderest to delineate its mistress, to expatiate on her intrin. mother to express more extravagant joy over sic merit, her descent, which was the very reverse her only son, whom she supposes among the of noble. But no, a regular narrative is better than slain and who returns unhurt to her embraces. such a disjointed account: listen then to me! I | Besides, the high-flown congratulations of the was one morning taking a ride full of thought. || company, their emulation to caress the little The rank of a Field marshal had just then become favourite, and their fear lest he should wet their vacant by the death of Von - There | clothes; their exclamations, out-cries, and talkwere many applicants for it; I was one, the oldest | ing all together, produced a scene of confusion and the most experienced; but I foresaw that I || that was irresistibly ludicrous. Thinking that I should apply in vain ; for the minister, Von || had performed my part, I was going to take K—, was at that time more uncontroled mo- leave and ride away, when the overjoyed lady narch of the state than the sovereign himself, and so urgently entreated me to favour ihem a little the Prince had often given the friends of the longer with my company, that I suffered myself favourite the preference to his own. He was, to be persuaded, alighted and offered her my to be sure, well enough disposed to me; I knew, “ General," whispered she, taking hold of however, that he expected Aattery from every || it, if I ever forget this service, or let it pass unone that approached him; but I was much too rewarded; if the minister be not from this day proud to pay court to a man, who was trembling your warmest friend; if your present application at the rod of the schoolmaster, at a time when I ll be not speedily successful; or if I ever suffer was confrontiog danger and death in the field of you to ask for any favour in vain, may the same battle. The success of my application might accident which to-day happened to my lap-dog, easily be predicted even without any spirit of befal me the next time I go abroad." I bowed, prophecy. I was riding, as I said, and lost in in token of obligation, but without making any thought, when a carriage passed me; I looked reply ; for to confess the iruth, I was too proud 10 up and perceived in it the mistress of the fa. express much gratitude to such a woman, and yet 'Tourite, a creature who had raised herself from too attentive to my own interest entirely to reject the situation of chambermaid to the possession any advantage that threw itself in my way. At of unbounded influence over her former master. U 2
any rate, I was fully resolved never lo put her in , science attested that I had earned this elevation mind again of the affair.
by many preceding actions, be assured that I Next morning, however, the minister drew me should have refused it; but a survey of my past to the corner of a window in the Prince's anti- life, and a look at you, caused me to accept the chamber, and assured me, that the sovereign had proffered promotion. It is indeed possible that lately mentioned me several times in the hand-1 may be mistaken in my conjectures; the whole somest terms; that he had confirmed him in may have been a mere coincidence of the circumthese favourable sentiments, and had the strongest stances. But yet, my son, I cannot help thinking hope that he should soon be able to congratulate that the poor dog deserved a place, and I shall at me on the attainment of my wishes. He was least wish that you may once have occasion to right; for the same month I was promoted to relate a similar story to your son. the rank which I now hold. Had not my con
A DESCRIPTION OF POLAND,
WITH RESPECT TO THE PERSONS, MANNERS, DRESS, &c. OF THE PEOPLE.
I am in doubt, whether I should call the il face expressive of intelligence, with the total Poles a call people, or not. That there are many i absence of all indications of laborious effort. above the common stature, is unquestionable; His manners are condescending, kind, and famibut I think the idea will be more fairly gene- liar, beyond all praise. Every one feels at ease ralized by the assertion, that they are about the in his company; from his various and extensive middle size. They are rarely corpulent. Their com- knowledge, buth of books and of men, he can plexions are fair, often colourless, and generally | adapi himself with facility to all persons and chawith far less colour than the English. The eyes racters. Yet he has more real dignity than is and hair are usually lighi, though there are many often seen even in persons of the first rank. In beautiful exceptions. It never struck me, that truth, he cannot belp being conscious that he they possess any strongly marked peculiarity of loses nothing by a near inspection. His intel. feature. The general expression of the coun- lectual superiority screens him from the possibi. tenance is amiable, friendly, and interesting-lity of all contempt, as an effect of familiarity. the natural result of their general character. The more intimately he is known, the more sin.
There are no traces remaining of that bold and cerely is he loved, the more certainly admired daring spirit, which so peculiarly characterised | But the quality which imparts the great charm the rugged virtues of their Sarmarian ancestors. to his manners and conversation is, the real and I by no means intend to say, that they are de- manifest benigniiy of heart, which flows in every ficient in the ordinary and gentlemanly courage; word, and prompts to every action. I have often but we no where discover those symptoms of heard him spoken of by different people, on ocstrong thought which impels to intelligent ac. casions, and in situations, which totally precluded tiyity and enterprize.
all sentiments of Matery or views of interest; Their maners are singularly polite, open, and and the genuine expressions of affection and affable no insolent pride, no disgusting hauleur ; | esteem have been so distinctly marked on the conscious of their rank, as is natural and in- countenances of the speakers, as to render it is. evitable; but they know how to descend with possible to doubt the worthiness and true respecgrace and dignised kindness.
tability of choracter in the object wbich had I cannot give a more apt, or a more illustrious awakened them. example, than the Prince Czartoryski. His per- The person of the Count Zamoyski is tall and son is, perhaps, rather below the middle stature, erect. His coin plexion clear, but colourless; but erect and well proportioned; his counte-light hair ; a long nose; eyes light and large, nance, open and sanguine, invites to friendly in- with a countenance singularly open and benetercourse; his forehead clear, open, and for a volent-a very good face. He has evidently the man who has passed the meridian of life, remark- l appearance and manners of a gentleman; but, ably free from wrinkles; his nose is slightly aqui- || what is far higher praise, his excellence of heart line; his eyes-dark, bright, and playful, indi shines through all his conduct. I have never seen cative of a lively fancy are well overshadowed a human being whose disposition is more essenwith eyebrows slightly arched, raised, and move-cially good and honourable. He delights to conable by the electric touches of thought; it is all template pictures of happiness and of perfection." li he has followed a character, even in a ply, l, and of which the lower part is graced with beauwith interest and admiration, it painfully wounds i tiful dark eye-brows, exhibiting the gently wavhis sensibili'y, to tind that character deviate from ing line, expressive of taste and feeling. If I hooour, and thus mar the virtuous reveries his may be permiued to notice any quality which fancy had been weaving. Nothing could give may be thought to dim the lustre of this assemhim a more deep regret than the thought that he blage of beauties-it is, that her lovely eyes are had injured a single human being. These ad- not exactly in a line with each other; but the mirable qualities, I have before observed, are deviation is so trifling, as to be observed only in not likely to lie inert and useless.
certain positions of the face; nor am I sensible I have spoken thus particularly of these two that it detracts any thing from the general effect, illustrious men, because I happened to know It is as a spot upon the glorious face of the sun, them best; without intending the slightest dis- which serves to augment by contrast his effulgent respect to many oiher noble Poles, whom I had | brightness. Her eye-lids, the edges finely curved, the honour of seeing. Of others, indeed, the and adorned with dark eye-lushes, open and list characters I should be enabled to give would be themselves with peculiar beauty; and when her so general, as to be little flattering to themselves, eyes, in soft and lambent lustre, are cast heavenand as little amusing to my readers.
ward, her soul rape in pleasing contemplation, My fair country-women will now be curious || she then displays one of her most beaniful and to know something about the ladies of Poland, || interesting attitudes. lo this altitude she has sat and I proceed 10 grarify their curiosity. Whether for her picture. I shall flatter their vanity quite so much as they But the powerful magic of this lady's beauty could wish, I shall leave themselves to deter. proceeds from that sensibility which pervades mine. I must assure them, at the outset, that I and animates her lovely form. It is this which have high praises to bestow on foreigners; yet, gives a natural ease, an inimitable grace, to all on striking an equitable balance, I am free her movements, which art alone can never beto acknowledge that the advantage is still their stow: It is this which tunes ber voice to soft, owa.
which inspires her with In point of stature and general appearance, 1 || elevated sentiment, and the touch of symhave scarcely any remark to make which could | pathy. discriininate the Polish ladies from the English, When her soul is up--when her feelings ara Their complexions are fair and clear, perhaps I awake, and in search of objects to keep them in more generally colourless than those of English | play, she will oiten go to her instrument; and ladies. Rouge is almost universal, except among the obedient strings, responsive to the electric young girls. The quantity, as it may seein, is in kiss, will proudly rise in full and warbled hura some sort of proportion to the rank of the lady, | mony, or gently sink in dying sounds, which melt and certainly increases with the age: for a 'wo- and pierce the soul. man advanced in years is rouged even to the eyes. But her qualifications end not with the ordi." Their teeth are commonly good: hair and eyes nary female accomplishments. She has a high generally light, though with many exceptions. relish for the beauties of poetry, and a delicate Their cast of features is extremely various; and taste in the productions of fine literature in ye. I should be quite at a loss to select any which neral. Of this I had once a striking proof. She should be nationally characteristic. I shall there. || had been reading on a certain day in one of the fore content myself with giving two or three ex- voluines of La Harpe; and hed been both in. amples; premising, however, a bint to English forined and delighted. On joining the company ladies, not to be too much in a hurry with their in the saloon, her countenance was Hushed with general conclusions respecting all Polish ladies, || sentiment and interest, and she expressed her grounded on these select particulars.
grateful acknowledgments to the writer wlio had The Countess ZAMOYSKI. –This lady is tall given her pleasure so refined and exquisite. Such and slender, with an elegance of form, which the men (said she) I would load with honours while loveliest of the graces might behold with envy. alive, and when dead, would erect statues to She is of that class of beauty, which in common Their memories. In such a soul, the enthulanguage we call dark, as she has dark hair anu | siast poet would wish to establish his splendid dask eges; yet her complexion is beautifully fair empire. and clear; her nose and chin feminine, well and But I shall be reminded, I am afraid, that I am delicately shaped; her teeth white and regular; not now describing the heroine of a romance. I her mouth well formed, with sweetly pouring | admit the justness of the imagined rebuke But lips. She has that part of beauty in which ladies surely, it were an injury and a symptom of a moare most deficient-a fine, smooth, and open rose and gloomy temper, to speak of beaury and forebead, which loses nothing on being shown, excellence so consummate, in the dry and home
spun terms of vulgar admiration.
I must not forget to speak the praises of this disnot ladies be more extensively convinced, that tinguished beauty. She is about the middle it is by qualifications like these alone, by which stature, her person well-formed, and rather full; they can hope to enchain the soul? Beauty is but it is the plenitude of health and joyance ; not beauty without sentiment, without intelli- there is no approach to lustiness. She has a gence, without expression. We may admire the complexion beautifully fair; eyes and hair light, delicacy of contour in a statue. Burlines straight | though not so light as to betray any sort of weak. or waving, or curved or angular, constitute not a
Her features are perfectly regular and human being. We cannot sympathize with a beautiful; their expression sweet and natural Statue; it is intelligent expression-ihe viral a healthful and a joyous beauty, abundant of glow of feeling, whose pervasive radiance warms love's choicest blessings. and illumines the magic circle, and weaves the In speaking generally of the Polish ladies, in deep spells of beauty's soft dominion. The Count | point of manners and disposition, they appear in Zamoyski is worthy of a spouse so amialile; and a very amiable and estimable light. To say of though they are both still young, five boys | ladies of rank, that they are polished and accomand a girl attest the happiness of their conjugal || plislied, is no distinctive praise, as those qualificaunion.
tions may be taken for granted. But it is to their PRINCESS or WIRIEMBERG-sister of the distinguished honour, that their raanners are con. preceding, and consort of the brother of the descending, kind, and affeble; and that their Prince of Wirtemberg, married to our Princess | pride and ideas of rank are alınost uniformly subRoyal. She is separated, however, from her hus. Jued by their singular amiability. band, on account of treatment, which has obtained And here I shall take the liberty to make one and ( as report says) has merited the epithet of remark, which people may call morálizing, if brulal. It is no dispraise to this lady to say that they please; it is, that pride never takes deep she yields to her lovely sister in personal charms. root but in cold constitutions. The warm, the In feminine accomplishments, she is nothing in. generous, are 100 niuch occupied with their own ferior. To her honour be it said, that no one feelings, and their affection for others, to attend more affectionately loves her sister, or is more to suggestions exclusively selfish. I trust, that forward in generous admiration of her. Yet her the quality I would wish to stigmatize will not own person has striking and peculiar beauties. be confounded with the pride of elevated She has the divinest full dark eyes which ever thoughitsa sense of personal dignity, and of adorned the countenance of woman, perfectly station in society, justly entitled to be styled placed, and surrounded by those clear and delicate || noble, and honourable to human character. shadings, which indicate feeling and genius. Her The tempers of the Polish ladies, though susforehead is clear and open, and her fine dark eye- ceptible of great exhilaration, are gentle and brows are the seat of unwonted expression. The affectionate-as if formed by nature lower part of her face is less perfect, considered as belonging to a woman; but there is not a
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Pendant tout le jour. feature which impresses us as disagreeable. I shall present the completest idea of this lady's || Frank and unreserved, they are always free to face, and bestow on it, at the same time, no converse; yet unlike the sparkling vivacity of ordinary praise, by observing, that it is a striking, the French women, who rather storm than invite though perhaps a softened resemblance, of that attention, their manners solicit regard by inobof Mrs. Siddons--a resemblance by which she is trusive allurements- by attractions more secret, much Aaltered. The mental qualifications of not less powerful. this lady, in no wise disappoint the expectations The national dress of a Polish gentleman conwhich arise from the intelligence of her counte-sists of a vest or waistcoat with sleeves most comnance. If the conversation has happened to turn monly of pink, yellow, or blue silk, though the on the important topics of the affairs of king- colour may vary with the taste of the wearer. doma, I have been astonished at the soundness of Over this is worn a loose tunic of cloth, velvet, or her observations, and the confident clearness with silk, according to persons and times, which which they were uttered. In speaking of the reaches a little below the knees, and is confined fdle of Poland, I once heard her remark, with about the waist by a sash of silk. The sleeves are an air of reproachful emphasis, “ If we had had full, and slashed towards the shoulder, both behind a head in Pol nil, the country might yet have and before; and the open places are lined with been saved !” Perhaps her highness was not far silk the same colour with the vest. The breeches from the truih.
or rather trowsers, are on ordinary occasions of PRINCESS CONSTANTINE CZARTORISKA.At cloth; at other times of silk, likewise of the same the risk of exciting the envy of the English fair, colour; and their extremities on the legs are