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HYMENEA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.
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My aunt thus continued her narra covering to bim her preference of Edward. tive:
Being gifted, moreover, with that acute « The illness of Sir William was of a sagacity which is usually said to characmuch more serious kind than was first ima terize women, she had discerned the un. gined; a physician of some eminence was happy violence which made a part of the called in, who pronounced him in the most character of Sir William. Under these extreme danger. The agitation of his impulses, therefore, and this persuasion, the spirits brought on a fever of the most young lady had resolved to indulge her alarming kind, and it was generally be. sentiments in secret, concealing even from lieved, that even his youth could not be Edward the preference which her heart proof against the severity of the attack. acknowledged for him, and, as much as What do those philosophers mean, my || possible, holding an equal balance between dear Hymencea, who deny the existence of the two. what is called iove in strong minds? The “ Women, however, are wiser in their young Baionet was now on the verge be- resolutions than in their execution of them. tween death and life; like the flame which It is one thing to determine and another to hangs over the socket of a taper just be act. Edward no sooner received the comfuie its extinction, the last breath of the mands of his patron to prepare for his preyoung lover was momentarily expected to arranged departure for Petersburgh, than issue forth, and so absolute was the certainty he hastened in search of Clarissa? As forthat all farther care was laid aside, and tune,wlio too often favours the young lover every preparation made for the expected I would have it, he met her in the sbrubbery funeral.
which bounded the extreme part of the “In the mean time, where was Clarissa Doctor's garden. With that earne-tness, and her uncle? It will be now necessary to and that natural eloquence which true go back to a part of the story which I have passion and natural sensibility always give, left behind me in the course of my narra he took her hand :--My dear Clarissa, my tive.
dearest girl,-- but pardon ine, for I am “ You may remember, my dear Hy- | miserable.' menxa, that previously to the departure of “ For Ileaven's sake speak, Edward. Edward for Petersburgh, Clarissa had ask What mean you :' exclaimed Clarissa, ed permission to visit her aunt, and that the alarmed at his evident paleness and agitapermission had been given, and the young ion, and thereby thrown off her guard. Lady departed accordingly. You may re “Clarissa, continued he,‘it is no longer member, moreover, the embarrassment of time for disguise or concealment.--I love the worthy Doctor at the seeming indiffer you, my dearest girl, beyond my life,-beence of Edward and Clarissa. It is now youd every prospect of fortune and fame. time to account for this apparent incon- I have no happiness, no end in life or in sistency.
living, but the hope of possessing you. It “ Clarissa, however apparently indiffer- is now necessary to leave you.' ent io her two suitor's, was, in fact, most • Leave me,' said Claris a.--'What mean affectionately though secretly attached to
jou, Edward ? Edward; but having been educated from “I leave you for years, my dearest girl, her childhood with the young Baronet, she for years,' replied he.-For Heaven's sake, loved the latter as a brother, and was une if you have any feeling.–it you have any willing to give him the uneasiness of dis regard, give me now soinc assurance, sonic
proof of your love. Do not leave me miser- | about to make an excellent match; and the able and uncertainl.-Clarissa, be at length Doctor, iraving nothing before his eyes
and generous, you will see me but a few hours.' bis mind but the good of bis niece, be“What is it you require:' said she, much
(ume uneasy at her apparent tolerance of a softened.
young man wbuse character and evident “My sweet lovely girl,' replied he, “but carelessness lie did not approve. one assurance;'-saying which, he embrac
“ Amongst ihe clio inctive trails in the ed the half-reluctant girl. The moinent of character of Edward, as a too gitat proparting always appeals strongly to the heart. renity to jealousy; this jealousy, ik wever, The caresses of a favoured lover still more
had a feature peculiar tv itse f. It assumed strongly. What wonder, therefore, thaithetone and colour of his general natuje. thus assailed the rigid prudery of Clarissa Instead of being boisterous and passionate, gave way, and she was brought to acknow- it was melancholy and depressed. Ile beledge lier love and decided preference. came silent, inotionless, and sat with a look She did so in the fullest manner which of despair. modesty and youthful candour could jus. “It is unnecessary to remark, that on a tify; and Edward was as lia; py as youth heart like that of Clarissa, this kind of and success could make him.
jealousy must naturally have a powerful “A few days now passed between the effect. Jealousy of every kind is often prepara:ion and the day finally fixed for considered as complimentary. It argues the departure of Edward. There is some thie sincerity and the ardour of the lover's thing I think very peculiar in the character passion. But when this jealousy assumes of a prude. Nature at last indemnifies the downcastki ok of sorrow, it appeals still herself for the unnatural rigour and re: wore forcibly to the heart.- It was thus straint to which she has been compelled with Clarissa. Edward said notbiny; ho It was thus with Clarissa. Iler candou made no complaint, but his looks were had no suoner gained its natural vent, than those of the inost afflicting sorrow. she seemed totally the reverse of herself. "You look very unhappy, Edward,' said Edward had now no difficulty to obtain the she to him one day. hourly repetition of her preference, or to “I am unhappy, Clarissa,' said lie. speak more plainly, of her love. But a “Explain yourself, my friend,' saidClacircumstance now occurred which made rissa. him happy even beyond his utmost hopes. “I do not say that I doubt your love,
“A regiment of soldiers, with their offi- | Clarissa, you have pledged your faith to cers, were stationed in the neighbouring me. But I love you too sincerely, my town. The Doctor, being the principal dearest Clarissa, not to be miserable when resident gentleman within the district, I see you thus unceasingly puisced by found it necessary to keep open house, and another. I am aware that I have nothing to admit the officers to his house and table. to merit your love but my ardent passion ; One of them, Lord W. was young, and I have read and heard so much of the rich, gallant, and unmarried. The beauty nature of women, that I cannot trust my of Clarissa, and ber kvown fortune, render- || fortune. In a few days you will see me po ed her very naturaliy an object of attrac more, on the contrary this man and others tion. The young Major, therefore, for will be continually before your eyes. My slich was the commission which his Lord attentions and my love may be forgotten.' ship bore, resolved immediately to lay " Indeed, my friend,' replied Clarissa, siege to her; and accordingly in the military you are unjust both to me and yourself. phrase, opened the trenches. It was in vain In what have I shewn so much levity, that that Clarissa repressed his advances, the you should believe me capable of such inconfident importunity of the young mau constancy? Believe me, women never disdained ail obstacles, and even contrived, change without a very sufficient reason. to gain an appearance of success to his: What is the worth of that woman who is a addresses. The country gossips began al- feather before the wind. It is a very poor ready to whisper that Miss Clarissa was compliment to me to suspect me of sucha
vacuity of mind. Do me more justice.- pendant upon yourself, I am satisficiel with Prove to me that I bave your good opi-them.-But are you exempted from the nion.'
common condition of your nature? Are “ I should be less uneasy if you pos- you above all possibility of change? Can sessed my good opinion less,' replied Ed- you engage or answer for circumstances ward. You are a jewel exposed before a not within you own controul? Consider, wo:ld of thieves. 18 your merit which moreover, the effects of absence. They Jenders me so anxiously suspicious. I can will operate insensibly upon you. When I not persuade myself that others will see am absent, and another is present, when you with less admiration than myself. Par- the circumstances of that other person ar
are don me, therefore, my heloved Clarissa, in every way unexceptionable, when it is that I am miserable, and cannot avoid being impossible but that your guardian in a so.'
worldly point of view must approve of such “Indeed I shall not pardon you,' said an offer. Under such circumstances, what Clarissa. “So farewel for the present.- confidence must I have in my merit to preYou shall not flatter me into a complaisant sume upon your inflexible constancy? I humouring of you foibles. -1 shall not have no such confidence,-I have no such allow you to be so unreasonably jealous.”) presumption. I ain miserable, and you
“ The jealousy of Edward, however, was 'must allow me to be so.' not to be thus eluded. Where, in fact, is “I will not allow it; and since you the jealousy which will submit to reason ? make the deniand,' returned Clarissa, ‘since It continued to augment, therefore, and you compel me to the necessity, there is preying upon his spirits, seemed to have my land,- you must contrive the rest, find taken an hold which it would only quit any priest that will unite us.' with his liie.
1 Charming girl,-beloved Clarissa,' ex“What can I do to satisfy you?' demanded claimed Edward, embracing her with the Clarissa.
modest ardour of a respectful but ardent “I know not,' replied Edward. 'I am lover, ‘now indeed you are my own.--Now going on the comincncement of next week, you are all that I wish you. In the next and y' u see the state of health and spirits town is a depot for French prisovers. I have in which you dismiss me.'
made an acquaintance with a Catholic “ It must not be; tell me, my friend, priest. The laws of the country admit this what I can do. Mention any thing in my form of niarriage, and it is the only one of power, and you shall not ask in vain.' which as minors we can avail ourselves.'
“ You are all goodness,' replied he,' but “ There is one condition, however, upon I must not avail myself of it. I must not, which I must insist,' said Clarissa. 'I sacrifice your prospects to my idle hu- must speak candidly. You know that
Your uncle knows what is best William loves me, and you know that we for you, he seems to approve of the ad- i have all three been accustomed to regard dresses of Lord Il.'
ourselves as one family, and as brothers “You know not how you grieve me by and sister. I cannot, therefore, consent to this injustice,' returned Clarissa. 'I owe i make William so abruptly miserable. It my uncle much. Ileaven forbid that I will be necessary, therefore, to conceal our should be angrateful to him for so much | union, and to give bin the chance of time, kindness. But it is not within my obli- i and of another attachment. There is an. gation to submit such sacrifices. You other consideration which must not be have received my pledged faith. Fear not il overlooked. Your advancement in life that I shall depart from it.'
depends upon your obeying the invitation “If every thing depended upon you, of your patron, and attending him to PetersClarissa, I should fear nothing. But con- burgh. The moment, therefore, the ceresider, my heloved girl, that we are all crca mony is performed, in the sailie moment tuies of circumstances, and no one we separate.--You must depart for l'elers. without presumption engage herself to || burgh, and I will go on a visit to a relation any certain line of future conduct. Your in a distant part of the country. When resolutions are good, and as far as is de- ll you return from Petersburgh, and our
union can be confirmed by the repetition “ Shall we inform him of it?' said Edof the ceremony by our own church, then | ward. will it be time enough to think of our final “ No,' said Clarissa, leave that to me.establishment.'
You must not act precipitatcly. I fear "It is impossible that I can refuse such | already that our resolutions are ino hasty to goodness any thing,' replied Edward. “You be prudent. But time will stiew.' have now taken a load off my mind.-You “Such, therefore, wcie the resolutions kuow not how happy you bave made me,– of these young parties, and as youll never iny whole life shall consist of one effort to wants ingenuity to execute any purpose on repay you for such kindness.
Believe me, which it has fixed, they were executed you shall never have cause to repent your without delay; and in less than three days eondescension.'
from the period above mentioned, Clarissa “Time will shew,' said Clarissa, smiling and Edward were united by the rites of the * But we have been absent so long that i:|| Catholic church." is time to return. You have done great injustice to my guardian. He wishes no
[7'o be continued.] thing more than our union.'
No. Ill. FAOM MULLY CID SADI, ONE OF THE SECRETARIES TO HIS EXCELLENCY TILE PERSIAN
AMBASSADOR IN LONDON, TO OSMAN CALI BEG IIS FRIEND IN ISPAHAN.
SINCE I wrote to you last, most be- li it without hedge or walls." An English loved of my heart, I have seen much, and I wife is a fruit-tree oo a waste, or common; have reflected much, for who can be in every traveller may pluck, if it so please such a land as this without reflection. him, for the owner is never near it. Everything it is true, is barbarous; nothing I have been to Court, for thus they call has the Persian refinement and the Ma- the house of their Monarch. The English hometan elegance; the women go with word Court, I suppose, ineans a dirty, idtheir faces bare, and the men sit upon their ferior dwelling, for the Monarch of the haunches, instead of lying prostrate; Ma- British Isles is worse lodged ihan many of homet is only mentioned to be ridiculed, his noblemen. A retent fire, moreover, and Falima, the mother and wife, is as little has consumed part of llie palace, and it is known in London as the King of Great ; left as it has been burned. There is no Britain in Ispalian. Yet, notwithstanding preparation to rebuild it. There is very all this, it is a country of wonders, and we little in a Court-introduction which is should not forget to thank our Prophet in worthy of mention. “There are three kind all our daily prayers, that doubtless, by his ot dogs," says the philosopher Sadi," and intercession, he procured the creation of the courtier is every where one of them.” such a race as tbis, inasmuch as, if properly “ Who is that man," said I, to our Eng. known and studied, they would much as sist | lish interpetrer, “who wears that eternal the knowledge of true Mussulmen. It is I smile, who ieceives every one with a bow only by seeing this land of Christians that and a grin, but every now and then puts the country of the faithful becomes sensible his band to his forehead?" of its blessings.---Happy Persia: do I now “He is in the present moment very undaily exclaim, where wives are silent and happy. A dreadful disease has carried off obedient, and every man is the guardian bis only son; and his daughter, one of the and surety of his own honour, by having it beauties of the court and age, is ut exunder lock and key. “ Ile deserves to bave pected to live." his vineyard robbed," says the Poet Sadi, “And is this the way he bears it," said I, “who, though living by the soad side, leaves “is he a Philosopher;"
"No," replied he, “ he is a courtier ;:: quitted. The odium of the accusation, and it is a part of his duty to wear those however, attaches tolim, and though resmies."
leased from all fear of law, he still smarts “ And can the ordinary habit of business | under infamy. Noone doubts but that thre thus supercede nature :" said I.
money thus deficient was expended in the “ Yes," replied the interpreter.
* The pu
service; no one doubts but that undertaker returns from a funeral to drink it was espended in a manner which long or dance with his friend or neighbour; usage had sanctioned. Yet no one comes and this man comes from the house of forward in his cause, and the people are mourning to a court of smiles; it is his left to their own judgment." pay and his business to grin.”
“ His case is certainly hard," said I ; “What is ihe subject of that nubleman “but by your own account, le has ofwho talks so loudly and so glibyly, just be- fended. Who is this " said I, pointing yond the ciicle? Is it any thing of public to a Lady, whose attendants proved her moment? Has any victory or defeat oc rank." She is the curred :"
"And where is hier husband ?" "Yes," replied the interpreter drily; “ Uc, of course, is not here," replica "a glorious victory and a most signal | the interpreter. defeat."
“And why not?" said I, “when his wife * Then that man should be bolden in is here?" estimation by his king and countrymen, for “ For that very reason,” replied he; his patriotic triumph is legibly in every “there is an agreement that they shall feature of his face. Happy country! whereat!end alternate drawing rooms and lepatriotic feelings are ihus buoyant." vees, to prevent unexpected and unplea.
“ As to patiot feelings," replied the in sant rencontres." terpreter, I cannot think that they have “ What rencontres ?" demanded I. much to say to the subject of that man's Why, with each other," replied he. discourse. The victory and defeat of which “ What rencontre could possibly be more I ana speaking has occurred and has been unpleasant." achieved on another occasion. The ma “ Than that of husband and wife?" re. nagers of the Opera have been defeated, peated I. and Catalani, an Italiau singer, has been Yes," returned he, "under the circum. restored. The amatears have thus carried stances of this husband and wife : each of a most important victory, and this man, them holds the other in aversion; each of who is at their head, is now announcing it. them would hail a divorce as a riddance, He is, or rather he was, one of the Secre. yet in compliance with what their pecutaries of State, and the acknowledged pa liar situation demands of them, each of trou of the celebrated singer. Such is the them observes the most polite conduct subject of liis discourse and the object of towards each other. They do every thing his feelings--what think you of him now?" but live together, and can tolerate every
“ I think that he is a better Italian than thing but the society of each other and of he is an Englishman. If we had bim in the friends of each other." Persia, we should very soon fit him for the “ And who is that little woman and the seraglio. But who is that tall erect noble military man beside her?" man, who looks vigorous in despite of “ She is likewise of the first rawk, and his wrinkled forehead :"-" That Noble in every respect a peifect cou'rast to the man," replied he,“ has suffered the other. Her husband is notorious for his grossest injustice of any man in this king. gallantries, has one or two acknowledged dom. His accounts were examined; in mistresses, and concealy nothing. With the calculation of some millions, and for all this, however, he loves his wife, and a series of years, about ten thousand pounds submits to the most tyrannic treatment were deficient; that is to say, youchers from the little lady. The lady, on her could not be produced for their expendi. part, repays this forbearance by winking at ture. Ile was brought to trial, and ac his inconstancy; and this is a singular