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Shall shew more goodly, and attract more eyes,
The reasons for these expectations and hopes of the tenantry were, that he gave up 40,000 livres a year out of his income towards payment of his debts; turned off his useless servants; and put a stop to the expensive alterations which were making in Snarldown-House. But these expectations and hopes faded like autumnal fogs be fore the Sun !
Soon afterwards, one of the Squire's friends, a Mr. Culipash, gave notice in the Common Hall, that he should petition the Lord to také the Squire's situation into consideration, and grant such relief as he should think proper, and wished the tenantry to pledge themselves to make it good. The Steward, and several of the household, requested Mr. Calipash to drop his intention, which they conceived would be pregnant with inconvenience and mischief, as by his perseverance, they would be driven to the disclosure of circumstances which it were better to have concealed. They alluded to a re
port which had lately prevailed, that the Squire had actually married Mrs. Fitzwaddle. The Squire's party, however, denied the report, and persisted in having the business brought forward: the Steward had an interview. with his master on the occasion, and the result was, that the Squire was notified, that if the matter was carried no further, every thing should be settled to his satisfaction. The Squire gave his consent, and the accounts of his debts were laid before the Common Hall, which the delegates would not even inspect, but ordered the amount (above 160,000 livres) to be paid out of the common purse, and gave 20,000, livres. more, for the completion of the repairs of Snarldown House.
• 'Tis some relief, when ill returns are made,
THE SQUIRE MAKES A PROMISE, AND KEEPS IT LIKE
JEMMY JUMPS AND OTHER GREAT MEN.ADMIR
FARMER GILDRIG FALLS SICK; A TERRIBLE SCUFFLE ENSUES, WHICH IS TERMINATED BY HIS RECOVERY.—THE VICTORS CHAUNT TE DEUM, AND THE VANQUISHED DRINK BRANDY.
This generous procedure of the tenåntry to wards the 'Squire was intended to produce the only return, which his gratitude could have made to them, and which was that of never placing them and himself in a similar disagree able situation. He really promised (contrary to the advice of Mr. Merryman) not to apply to the Common Hall again for a relief from any
new incumbrances. But the Squire, like Jemmy Jumps, was too much of a gentleman to keep his promise :
“ Keep a promise! What do you take me
Cervantes, when he had armed Don Quixote cap-à-pié, mounted him on his famed steed, Rozinanté; dubbed him a Knight, and set him out in quest of chivalrous adventures; was well aware that there was no other way, within the probability of human nature, (which an author should strictly observe) to reduce him to his senses, but by checking him in the midst of his mad career, unhorsing him, and tying him up by the laws of honour from renewing his extravagant courses,- at least for a time. He has too: high a sense of the dignity of Knighthood not to make the Don keep his word inviolate, and, in the season of reflexion, he reduces him to his sober senses. This is a most ingenious and admirable though a natural contrivance of the Author, who displayed in it a profound knowledge of human nature. He knew that a madman or a fool, when once mounted on their hobbies, are never to be dismounted with.
out receiving some violent fall, or seeing their career checked by the approach of death.
If the tenantry had pursued the example set them by Cervantes, and unlorsed the Squire, as they might have done by refusing to be any longer the milch cow of his extravagance, they would probably have succeeded like him in reducing their Don Quixote to his sober senses. But they contented themselves with his word of honour to discontinue his mad career, suffered him to continue on his Rozinanté, and he soon went on again at a devil of a rate - as bad or worse than ever.
We have often, in our boyish days, been struck with horror at the impiety of Typhæus and the other giants, in attempting to kick all the gods .and goddesses out of their own heaven, which they, perhaps, claimed by a sort of jure divino, or indefeasible right; but when age had matured our reason so as to enable us to separate the grain from the husk, and to consider what a parcel of lewd rogues, and arrant thieves, they are described to have been, we have felt sorry for the ill-success, and punishment of these