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gainst the kitchen wall, where the can. ing, she proceeded to remark, that they as was stretched and painted, much too who had warm fortunes were always sure arge to be got through any of the doors, of getting good husbands : “But Heaven ud the jest of all our neighbours. One help,” continued she, "the girls that have compare it to Robinson Crusoe's long. none! What signifies beauty, Mr. Thornwat, too large to be removed ; another hill ? or what signifies all the virtue, and hought it more resembled a reel in a bot. all the qualifications in the world, in this le: some wondered how it could be got age of self-interest ? It is not, What is put, but still more were amazed how it ever she? but, What has she? is all the cry."

Madam,” returned he, “I highly apBat though it excited the ridicule of prove the justice, as well as the novelty, ome, it effectually raised more malicious of your remarks; and if I were a king, it suggestions in many. The Squire's por should be otherwise. It should then, intait being found united with ours was an deed, be fine times with the girls without 20 now 100 great to escape envy. Scan- fortunes : our two young ladies should be laloas whispers began to circulate at our the first for whom I would provide.” paz, and our tranquillity was con. 'Ah, sir,” returned my wife, “ you are inal, disturbed by persons, who came pleased to be facetious: but I wish I were is friends, to tell us what was said of us a queen, and then I know where my eldest 'y enzries. These reports we always daughter should look for a husband. But, resented with becoming spirit; but scandal now that you have put it into my head, ever improves by opposition.

serio ly, Mr. Thornhill, can't you recomWe occe again, therefore, entered into mend me a proper husband for her? She 1 cotealtaion upon obviating the malice is now nineteen years old, well grown and of our enemies, and at last came to a reso well educated, and, in my humble opinion,

ution which had too much cunning to give does not want for parts. me entre satisfaction. It was this: as our “Madam,” replied he, “if I were to principal object was to discover the honour choose, I would find out a person possessed DO Mr. Thornhill's addresses, my wife un- of every accomplishment that can make an lertook to sound him, by pretending to ask angel happy: One with prudence, fortune, nis advice in the choice of a husband for taste, and sincerity; such, madam, would needest daughter. If this was not found be, in my opinion, the proper husband.”

jest to induce him to a declaration, it 'Ay, sir,” said she, “but do you know ** enresolved to terrify him with a rival. of any such person?”—“No, madam," reIo this last step, however, I would by no lurned he, “it is impossible to know any mees gise my consent, till Olivia gave me person that deserves to be her husband : Iz Eost solemn assurances that she would she's too great a treasure for one man's pos. naty the person provided to rival him session; she's a goddess! Upon my soul, 1 pos this occasion, if he did not prevent I speak what I think-she's an angel!”t by taking her himself. Such was the Ah, Mr. Thornhill, you only flatter my cheme laid, which, though I did not poor girl: but we have been thinking of { oualy oppose, I did not entirely marrying her to one of your tenants, whose Pprove

mother is lately dead, and who wants a The next time, therefore, that Mr. manager; you know whom I mean, mm:ll came to see us, my girls took Farmer Williams; a warm man, Mr. Thorncare to be out of the way, in order to give hill, able to give her good bread, and who I seir mamma an opportunity of putting her has several times made her proposals cene in execution; but they only retired (which was actually the case); but, sir," o the next room, from whence they could concluded she, “I should be glad to have verbear the whole conversation. My your approbation of our choice.”—“How, ile artfully introduced it, by observing, madam,” replied he, “my approbation ! fat one of the Miss Flamboroughs was --myapprobation of such a choice ! Never. ke to have a very good match of it in What! sacrifice so much beauty, and sense, 1. Spanker. To this the Squire assent. and goodness to a creature insensible of

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the blessing! Excuse me, I can never for some time supporting a fictitious gaia approve of such a piece of injustice. “You now see, my child," said I, tha And I have my reasons. "_“Indeed, sir,” your confidence in Mr. Thornhill's pas cried Deborah, “if you have your reasons, was all a dream : he permits the rival, that's another affair; but I should be glad another, every way his inferior, thoughts to know those reasons.".

_“ Excuse me,

knows it lies in his power to secure CE madam,” returned he, "they lie too deep himself by a candid declaration.”_ for discovery" (laying his hand upon his papa," returned she; "but he has his wibosom); "they remain buried, rivetted sons for this delay: I know he has. here."

sincerity of his looks and words convites After he was gone, upon a general con. me of his real esteem. A short time, I hasultation, we could not tell what to make will discover the generosity of his se! of these fine sentiments. Olivia considered ments, and convince you that my opin them as instances of the most exalted pas- of him has been more just than your sion; but I was not quite so sanguine : it --"Olivia, my darling,"returned 1,"eve seemed to me pretty plain, that they liad scheme that has been hitherto pursued more of love than matrimony in them; yet, compel him to a declaration has been p whatever they might portend, it was re- posed and planned by yourself; nor can y solved to prosecute the scheme of Farmer in the least say that I have constrained yo Williams, who, from my daughter's first But you must not suppose, my dear, the appearance in the country, had paid her I will ever be instrumental in suffering ! his addresses,

honest rival to be the dupe of your i

placed passion. Whatever time your CHAPTER XVII.

quire to bring your fancied admirer to a Scarcely any Virtue found to resist the Power of explanation shall be granted; but at th long and pleasing Temptation.

expiration of that term, if he is still regard As I only studied my child's real happiness, less, I must absolutely insist that honest M the assiduity of Mr. Williams pleased me, Williams shall be rewarded for his fidelity as he was in easy circumstances, prudent, The character which I have hitherto su: and sincere. It required but very little en- | ported in lise demands this from me, an couragement to revive his former passion; my tenderness as a parent shall never in so that in an evening or two he and Mr. fluence my integrity as a man.

Name Thornhill met at our house, and surveyed then, your day; let it be as distant as yo cach other for some time with looks of think proper; and in the meantime, tal anger; but Williams owed his landlord no care to let Mr. Thornhill know the exac rent, and little regarded his indignation. time on which I design delivering you u Olivia, on her side, acted the coquette to to another. If he really loves you, his ow perfection, if that might be called acting good sense will readily suggest that there which was her real character, pretending to is but one method alone to prevent he lavish all her tenderness on her new lover. losing you for ever." This proposal, whic Mr. Thornhill appeared quite dejected at she could not avoid considering as perfect this preference, and with a pensive air took just, was readily agreed to. She again re leave, though I own it puzzled me to find newed her most positive promise of marry him in so much pain as he appeared to be, ing Mr. Williams, in case of the other's in when he had it in his power so easily to sensibility; and at the next opportunity, remove the cause, by declaring an honour. Mr. Thornhill's presence, that day mon, able passion. But whatever uneasiness he was fixed upon for her nuptials with h seemed to endure, it could easily be per- rival. ceived that Olivia's anguish was still greater. Such vigorous proceedings seemed !! After any of these interviews between her redouble Mr. Thornhill's anxiety: but wlin lovers, of which there were several, she Olivia really felt gave me some uneasines usually retired to solitude, and there in. In this struggle between prudence and pa dulged her grief. It was in such a situation sion, her vivacity quite forsook her, and I found her one evening, after she had been every opportunity of solitude was soughin

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and spent in tears. One week passed AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF away; but Mr. Thornhill made no efforts

A MAD DOG, to restrain her nuptials. The succeeding Good people all, of every sort, week he was still assiduous; but not more

Give ear unto my song, open. On the third, he discontinued his And if you find it wondrous short, visits entirely, and instead of my daughter

It cannot hold you long. testifying any impatience, as I expected,

In Islington there was a man,

Of whom the world might say, she seemed to retain a pensive tranquillity, That still a godly race he ran, which I looked upon as resignation. For Whene'er he went to pray. my own part, I was now sincerely pleased

A kind and gentle heart he had, with thinking that my child was going to

To comfort friends and foes; be secured in a continuance of competence

The naked every day he clad,

When he put on his clothes. aad peace, and frequently applauded her resolution, in preferring happiness to osten

And in that town a dog was found,

As many dogs there be, It was within about four days of her in

Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,

And curs of low degree. tendei nuptials, that my little family at

This dog and man at first were friends; night were gathered round a charming fire, But when a pique began, telling stories of the past, and laying

The dog, to gain some private ends, sehenes for the future: busied in forming

Went mad, and bit the man. a thousand projects, and laughing at what

Around from all the neighbouring streets

The wond'ring neighbours ran, ever fally came uppermost. "Well, Moses,”

And swore the dog had lost his wits, criei I, "we shall soon, my boy, have

To bite so good a man. Wedding in the family: what is your The wound it seem'd both sore and sad Grava os matters and things in general?"

To every Christian eye: --My opinion, father, is, that all things

And while they swore the dog was mad,

They swore the man would die. go on very well; and I was just now think inz, that when sister Livy is married to

But soon a wonder came to light,

That show'd the rogues they lied : Farmer Williams, we shall then have the

The man recover'd of the bite -loan of his cider press and brewing-tubs The dog it was that dicd. bor nuthing." _“ That we shall, Moses," cried 1, "and he will sing us 'Death and "A very good boy, Bill, upon my word ; the Lady,' to raise our spirits into the and an elegy that may truly be called bargain." -"He has taught that song to tragical. Come, my children, here's Bill's sar Dick, "*cried Moses ; " and I think he health, and may he one day be a bishop!" mees through it very prettily.”—“Does he “With all my heart,” cried my wife : 52!" cried I ; "then let us have it: where “and if he but preaches as well as he

s little Dick? let him up with it boldly.” sings, I make no doubt of him. The most 1 – My brother Dick," cried Bill, my of his family, by the mother's side, could youngest,“ is just gone out with sister Livy: sing a good song: it was a common say. bat Mr. Williams has taught me two songs, ing in our country, that the family of the ad I'll sing them for you, papa. Which Blenkinsops could never look straight besag do you choose, - The Dying Swan,'or fore them, nor the Hugginsons blow out a the' Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog?” candle ; that there were none of the Gro

"The elegy, child, by all means," said grams but could sing a song, or of the Mar1;“I never heard that yet: and Deborah, jorams but could tell a story.”—“ How1 ay life

, grief, you know, is dry; let us have ever that be,” cried I, “ the most vulgar a bottle of the best gooseberry wine, to ballad of them all generally pleases me keep up our spirits. I have wept so much better than the fine modern odes, and at all sorts of elegies of late, that without things that petrify us in a single stanza,an enlivening glass I am sure this will productions that we at once detest and wercome me; and Sophy, love, take praise. -Put the glass to your brother, your guitar, and thrum in with the boy a Moses. --The great fault of these elegiasts

is, that they are in despair for griefs that

Litue."

dissuaded her with great ardour; and I versation with me, sir,” replied my daughstood neuter. His present dissuasions ter," has ever been sensible, modest, and seemed but the second part of those which pleasing. As to aught else--no, never. were received with so ill a grace in the Once, indeed, I remember to have heard morning. The dispute grew high; while him say, he never knew a woman who poor Deborah, instead of reasoning could find merit in a man that seemed stronger, talked louder, and at last was poor."--"Such, my dear,” cried I, “is the obliged to take shelter from a defeat in common cant of all the unfortunate or idle. clamour. The conclusion of her harangue, But I hope you have been taught to judge however, was highly displeasing to us all: properly of such men, and that it would be she knew, she said, of some who had their even madness to expect happiness from one own secret reasons for what they advised; who has been so very bad an economist of but, for her part, she wished such to his own. Your mother and I have now stay away from her house for the future. better prospects for you. The next winter, “Madam,” cried Burchell, with looks of which you will probably spend in town, great composure, which tended to inflame will give you opportunities of making a her the more,

as for secret reasons you more prudent choice.” are right: I have secret reasons, which I Wnat Sophia's reflections were upon forbear to mention, because you are not this occasion I cannot pretend to deterable to answer those of which I make no mine; but I was not displeased at the secret: but I find my visits here are become bottom that we were rid of a guest from troublesome; I'll take my leave therefore whom I had much to fear. Our breach now, and perhaps come once more to take of hospitality went to my conscience a a final farewell when I am quitting the little; but I quickly silenced that monitor country.” Thus saying, he took up his by two or three specious reasons, which hat, nor could the attempts of Sophia, served to satisfy and reconcile me to my. whose looks seemed to upbraid his pre. self. The pain which conscience gives cipitancy, prevent his going.

the man who has already done wrong is When gone, we all regarded each other soon got over. Conscience is a coward ; for some minutes with confusion. My and those faults it has not strength enough wife, who knew herself to be the cause, to prevent, it seldom has justice enough strove to hide her concern with a forced smile, and an air of assurance, which I was willing to reprove: “How, woman,” cried

CHAPTER XIV. I to her, “is it thus we treat strangers ? Fresh Mortifications, or a Demonstration that Is it thus we return their kindness? Be

seeming Calamities may be real Blessings. I assured, my dear, that these were the The journey of my daughters to town harshest words, and to me the most un- was now resolved upon, Mr. Thornhill pleasing, that ever escaped your lips !"- having kindly promised to inspect their ** Why would he provoke me then?" re- conduct himself, and inform us by letter plied she; "but I know the motives of his of their behaviour. But it was thought advice perfectly well. He would prevent indispensably necessary that their appear. my girls from going to town, that he may ance should equal the greatness of their have the pleasure of my youngest daughter's expectations, which could not be done company here at home. But, whatever without expense. We debated therefore happens, she shall choose better company in full council what were the easiest than such low-lived fellows as he." — methods of raising money, or, more Low-lived, my dear, do you call him?" properly speaking, what we could most cried I; “it is very possible we may mis- conveniently sell. The deliberation was take this man's character, for he seems, soon finished: it was found that our reupon some occasions, the most finished maining horse was utterly useless for the gentleman I ever knew. Tell me, Sophia, plough without his companion, and my girl, has he ever given you any secret equally unfit for the road, as wanting an instances of his attachment?"-"His con- eye : it was therefore determined that we

to accuse.

should dispose of him for the purpose possessed me more favourably. His locks above mentioned, at the neighbouring of silver grey venerably shaded his temples,

fair ; and, to prevent imposition, that I and his green old age seemed to be the should go with him myself. Though this result of health and benevolence. Howwas one of the first mercantile transactions ever, his presence did not interrupt our of my life, yet I had no doubt about ac- conversation : my friend and I discoursed quitting myself with reputation. The on the various turns of fortune we had opinion a man forms of his own prudence met ; the Whistonian controversy, my last is measured by that of the company he pamphlet, the archdeacon's reply, and the keeps : and as mine was most in the hard measure that was dealt me.

But family way, I had conceived no unfavour- our attention was in a short time taken able sentiments of my worldly wisdom. off, by the appearance of a youth, who, My wife, however, 'next morning, at entering the room, respectfully said someparting, after I had got some paces from thing softly to the old stranger. Make the door, called me back to advise me, in no apologies, my child," said the old a whisper, to have all my eyes about me. man; "to do good is a duty we owe to

I had, in the usual forms, when I came all our fellow-creatures : take this, I wish to the fair, put my horse through all his it were more ; but five pounds will relieve paces, but for some time had no bidders. your distress, and you are welcome." At last a chapman approached, and after | The modest youth shed tears of gratitude, he had for a good while examined the and yet his gratitude was scarce equal horse round, finding him blind of one to mine. I could have hugged the good ere, he would have nothing to say to old man in my arms, his benevolence him; a second came up, but observing he pleased me so. He continued to read, had a spavin, declared he would not take and we resumed our conversation, until him for the driving home ; a third per. my companion, after some time, recollectceived he had a windgall, and would ing that he had business to transact in the bid no money; a fourth knew by his eye fair

, promised to be soon back; adding, that he had the botts; a fifth wondered that he always desired to have as much what a plague I could do at the fair with of Dr. Primrose's company as possible. a blind, spavined, galled hack, that was the old gentleman, hearing my name only fit to be cut up for a dog kennel. mentioned, seemed to look at me with By this time, I began to have a most attention for some time; and when my hearty contempt for the poor animal my friend was gone, most respectfully deself, and was almost ashamed at the manded if I was any way related to the approach of every customer: for though great Primrose, that courageous monogaI did not entirely believe all the fellows mist, who had been the bulwark of the | told me, yet I reflected that the number Church. Never did my heart feel sincerer of witnesses was a strong presumption rapture than at that moment. “Sir," they were right; and St. Gregory, upon cried I, “ the applause of so good a man Good Works, professes himself to be of as I am sure you are, adds to that happi

ness in my breast which your benevolence I was in this mortifying situation, when has already excited. You behold before a brother clergyman, an old acquaintance, you, sir, that Dr. Primrose, the monoga| who had also business at the fair, came mist, whom you have been pleased to call up, and, shaking me by the hand, pro- great. You here see that unfortunate posed adjourning to a public-house, and divine, who has so long, and it would ill

a glass of whatever we could get. become me to say, successfully, fought I readily closed with the offer, and enter against the deuterogamy of the age. ing an alehouse, we were shown into a Sir,” cried the stranger, struck with little back room, where there was only a awe, “I fear I have been too familiar,

venerable old man, who sat wholly intent but you'll forgive my curiosity, sir : I beg over a large book, which he was reading. pardon.”—“Sir," cried I, grasping his I never in my life saw a figure that pre- hand, “ you are so far from displeasing

the same opinion.

taking

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