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er, and at the same time fitted better to receive one's ill-humour. An humble companion, well born, well educated, and perfectly dependent, is a most useful appurtenunce in the best families.

Mrs. Blamlish. Well, do not raise her to the rank of a friend, lest I should be jealous.

Illiss .115. You may be perfectly secure—I shall take particular care that friendship shall be out of the question on both sides. I had once thought ofa restoration of pages to sit in scarlet and silver (as one reads in former times) upon the forepart of the coach, and to hold up one's train--but I have a new male attendant in a valet dc chambre, who has possession of my bust—My two women will have the charge from the point of the shoulder to the toe— So my person being provided for—the Countess of Gayville shall have an attendant to wait upon her mind.

.Mrs. Blandish. I vow a most elegant and uncommon thought.

Miss Als. One that can pen a note in the familiar, the puncti-lious, or the witty—-It's quite troublesome to be always writing wit for one's self—But above all, she is to have a talent for music.

Mrs. Blamlish. Ay, your very soul is framed for harmony.

Miss Als. I have not quite determined what to Call her—Governante of the private chamber, keeper of the boudoir, with a silver key at her breast

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Enter Cotonou.

Chignon. Madame, a young lady beg to know if you be visible. _

Miss /Ils. A young lady—It is not Lady Emily Gayville ?

Chignon. Non, madam, but if you were absentc, and I had the adjustment of her head, she would be the most charmante pertonne I did ever see.

Miss Als. Introduce her. [Exit Ci-I1GNON.] Who can this be ?

Mrs. Blandish. Some woman of taste, to inquire your correspondent at Paris—or—

Enter Mrss Amos.

Miss ALSCRIP courtcsying respectfully ; MIss Arxrou retiring disconcerted.

Jlliss Als. Of taste indeed, by her appearance !—Who's in the antichamber? Why did they not open the folding doors ?—Chignon, approach a fauteuil for the lady.

Miss Alton. Madam, I come !—

Miss Als. Madam, pray be scated—

Miss Alton. Excuse me,‘madam,—

Miss Als. Madam, I must beg-—

Miss Alton. Madam, this letter will inform you how little pretension I have to the honours you are offering.

Miss Als. [Reads.] Miss Alton, the bearer of this,

is the person I rcconmtcndetl as worthy the honour of

attending you as a companion. [Eyes her scornfully.] She is born a gentlewaman ; I dare say her talents and

good "qualities will speak more in her fiwour, than any

words I could use—-I am, llladam, your most obedient?um—-um—-." Blandish, was there ever such a mistake ?

Mrs. Blandish. Oh ! you dear, giddy, absent creature, what could you be thinking of?

.Miss Als. Absent indeed. Chignon, give me the fautcuil ; [Throws herselyf into it.] Young woman, where were you educated ?

Miss Alton. Chiefly, madam, with my-parents.

Dliss Als. But finished, I take it for granted, at a country boarding school ; for we have, young ladies, you know Blandish, boarded and educated, upon blue

boards, in gold letters, in every village; with a stroll

ing player for a dancing master, and a deserter from Dunkirk, to teach the French grammar.

-Mrs. Blandish. How that genius of yours does paint! nothing escapes you—I dare say you have anticipated this young lady's story.

Miss Alton. It is very true, madam, my life can afford nothing to interest the curiosity of you two ladies; it has been too insignificant to merit your concern, and attended with no circumstances to excite your pleasantry.

Miss Als. [Yawning.] I hope, child, it will be attended with such for the future as will add to your owu—-I cannot bear a mope about me.—I am told you have a talent for music—can you touch that harp—-It stands here as a piece of furniture, but I have a notion it is kept in tune, ,by the man who comes to wind up‘my clocks.

Miss Alton. Madam, I dare not disobey you. But Ihave been used to perform before a most partial audience; I am afraid strangers will think my talent too bumble to be worthy attention.

SONG.

For tenderness framed in Ii/'e's earliest day,

A parent's soft sorrows to mine led the way ;

The lesson of pity was caught_ from her eye,

And ere words weri my own, I spoke in a sigh.
The nightingale plunder'd, the mate-zoido-w’d dove,
The warbled complaint of the sufering grove,

To youth as it ripened gave sentiment new.

Iljhe olgject still changing, the sympathy true.

Soft embers of passion yet rest in the glow

A warmth ofmore pain may this breast never know!
Or too indulgent the blessing I claim,

Let reason awaken, and govern the flame.

Miss Als. I declare not amiss, Blandish: onlya little too plaintive—but I dare say she can play a country dance, when the enlivening is required—S0, Miss Alton, you are welcome to my protection ; and indeed I wish you to stay from this hour. My toilet being nearly finished, I shall have a horrid vacation till dinner.

llfiss Allan. Madam, you do me great honour, and I very readily obey you.

Mrs. Blandish. I wish you joy, Miss Alton, of the most enviable situation a young person of elegant talents could be raised to. You and I will vie with each other, to preventour dear countess ever knowing a melancholy hour. She has but one fault to correct {the giving way to the soft effusions of a too tender

eart.

Enter SanvaNrx

Serv. Madam, a letter

Miss Ala. It's big enough for a state packet—Oh ! mercy, a petition—for Heaven's sake, Miss Alton, look it over. [Miss ALTON 1"eads.] I should as soon read one of Lady Newchap’el's methodist sermons—-W hat does it contain? _

Miss Alton. Madam, an uncommon series of calamities, which prudence could neither see, nor prevent: the reverse of a whole family from affluence and content to misery and imprisonment; and it adds, that the parties have the honour, remotely, to be allied to you. "

Miss Als. Remote relations ! ay, they always think one's made of money.

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Enter another SERVANT.

2 Serv. A messenger, madam, from the animal repository, with the only puppy of the Peruvians, and the refusal at twenty guineas. _

Miss Als. Twenty guineas! Were he to ask fifty, I must have him.

Mrs. Blandish. [Ofiering to run 0uI.] I vow I'll give him the first kiss.

Miss Als. [Stopping her.] I'll swear you shan't.

Miss Alton. Madam, lwas just finishing the petition.

Miss Als. It's throwing money away—-But give him a crown.

[Exit -with Mas-. Bmmnrsn striving which shall be first.

Illiss Alton. “ The soft effusions of a too tender heart.” The proof is excellent. That the covelous should be deaf to the miserable, I can conceive; but I should not have believed, ifl had not seen, that a taste for profusion did not find its first indulgence in benevolence. [Exih

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Miss Alton. Thanks to Mrs. Blandish's inexhaustible talent for encomium, I shall be relieved from one part of a companion that my nature revolts at. But who comes here? It's well ifl shall not be exposed to impertinences I was not aware of.

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