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EVELINA. 



OEORGE BELL t SONS, 

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EVELINA 



oa 

THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY'S 

ENTKANCE INTO THE 

WORLD 

Bt FRANCES BUKNET 

WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES 

Bt ANNIE EAINE ELLIS 



LONDON 
OEOBOE BELL AND SONS 









CMISWICK PRESS :~CHARLSS WHITTINCHAM ANb Ca 
TOOKS COURT, CHANCSXY LAME, LX>NI>ON 



JDON. 'A 






AN INTRODUCTION. 

T TTTC living French writer who has the most wit at will,* 
has lahonred with the patience of an antiquary, and the 
Idndnees of a kinsman, to preserve, or revive, the memories of 
those French writers whom he classes as the Neglected, the 
Digdained, the Forgotten^ and the BesusoUated, We begiu to 
read of them because we like himself in his own writiugs, we 
go on reading, liking him better still. He himself has called 
Sainte-Beave " the smiling critic/* but mirth or pathos mast 
be sought far beneath the patient consideration, the desire to 
frive almost every writer the fairest of fair play, which mark 
the judicious Sainte-Beuve. Each has that sixth sense, an ex- 
quisite appreciation of fine literature ; but to Charles Monselet 
belong the playful pity, the tender ridicule, the touch of 
i poetry, making living approved Academic authors akin to 
j these poor shades evoked from book-stalls on the quays of 
Paris, or from yellow files of journals and bundles of pamph- 
lets in public libraries. It must be owned that, but for 
euphemy, M. Monselet might have named some of his authors, 
the Oalvamtedj or the BinrUerred. He himself smiles in de- 
precation as he leads forward muiy of the objects of his 
charity, or clemency, of the brain, and sighs as he shows the 
grandiose Ch&teaubriand, and the high-thinking Guizot al- 
ready among those who may need resuscitation. 

On the shelves of the London Library may be found the 
fifty volumes of an edition of " The British Novelists," brought 
oat in 1800. If we flatter ourselves we are less fickle than 

^ Charles MonBelet. 






« ISTRODDCTIOK. 

the Frenob, let ns look at the list of norela in this coUectioa 
OaeoDljie in every hand; "Bobinson Crnsoe." Powhaveit 
" Clariesa Harlowe " and " Sir CbiLrles Grandieoo," though ai 
well-tanght peraona know their pinoe in English literatnn 
Men of letters and lovers of humonr read Fielding, but b" 
novels, for reasons nliich bad freight in bis own time, a 
pnt out of the reach of those to nhose jrouth, or sex, som 
shelter is due. The same may be B^d of the leas geni^ ita 
humane Smollett; " Tbe Castle of Otraoto" and " The 01< 
English Baron " are not ranch more read than the feeble tale 
orUAokenzie, ortbe unpleasant "Zeluco" of Dr. Uoore. "' 
humorous studjofcouutrf manners. audofpopolor Methodist 
in it's early days, " The Spiritual Qniiote," deaerves t 
better knoirn, so do the novels of the two Charlottes. Lonna 
ftod Smith. Noit to " Eobinson CniBoo " and " ClarisBa Hal 
lowe," in European reputation, is the " Vioar of Wakefield,' 
which, with Mre. Inchbald's vigorous and pathetic "Sinipl 
Story," the " EveliaB"and" Cecilia "of Utssfiumey, andtt 
" Belinda" of Miss Edgeworth, stand forth from a list ou wbic 
Fnnoes Barney was, in 1800, not only the most C 
living writer, but a olassic, second only to Fieldiing i 
^^ehardeon. 

Few whose grandfatbera bought books are without on« 
more copies of "Evelina" and of "Cecilia." If the diaoolourei 
type OQ the soft, grey, ribbed paper has not boeu " almost eT^ 
faced by tears," as were tbe cbaroctera of a letter over whicb he 
own Camilla wept — tears of our grandmothers who had talkei 
in their aloep ofmy Lord Orvilte, and of Mortimer De1vile~-th 
fingsTB of three or fonr generations have left the pages friabli 
We speak not without knowledge, for wishing to consult Ot 
family " Cecilia," for the purposes of this eeaay, it was Ibnc 
too brittle for use It is therefore meet that one who helpc 
in turn to wear it out, should lend a hand towarda bringing 
oat an edition to apare, or to replace, thoae volumea saored t 
the memoriea of kind people who wore touched and taogbt b 
what their grandchildren ehun with eroUos, — the little se 
of the Bevcrend Mr. Yitlars, in" Evelina," and tbe philanthrapi 
rhapsodies of Albany in "Oeoilia." The fashion of ( 
obongeH moro quickly than that of hnmonr, and the smiles ( 
generatioii after gcu«ration, are more easily moved tbua t! 



ISTROUtlCTlON. Vii 

lejf, the Bocond daughter and third ohild of 
bom at LTiin Begis, in Norfolk, on the ISth 
1762." 

rue; was a geatleman of good descent, whose grand- 
uues Maobnraey, had a " considerable patrimony " at 
Kuwood, in ShropBhire, and a house in Whitehall 
, This is barely named in the memoirB of a family 
BometHug better to show than title-deeds, or tales of 
A pedigree which would satisfy Mr. Galtou may be 
eren from sach scanty and icQperfect notices of the 
kmilj, as it's modesty has pat within oar reach. Br. 
ehildreu might well be gifted as they were. Their 
A mother, their paternal grandfather aad grandmother, 
aliM oad cousins, seem to have had lively talents. 
srw might have been of Irish vivadty in the Shrop- 
itry who had once been called Maebnrney,' was blent 
fire and strength which never ecem to Ml in those 
M families who became English for the sake of their 

I Uaobamey, father of the first Dr. Charles Barney, 
) hare been a pleasant man, of ready wit, who danced 
bly well, played well on the violin, and was a portrait* 
bf no mean talents. He married an actress ; was 
n disinherited by his father, and muntnined himsslf 
The actress died, leaving children, one of whom 
ly years organist of St. Margaret's, Shrewsbary. 
omey took for his second wife, Mistress Ann Cooper, 
Ltly beaaty, who had refased to marry the old wit, 
ley; her yoaogest son, Charles, the composer, critic, 
Drian of music, married a charming woman, French by 
and Bocomplished beyond the standard of the great 
'b«rday. She was mother of Admiral James Bumey,' 
swied ronnd the world with Captain Cook. He 

MT of Dr. Bumay dropped the '' Mao * at the btginning of 
BsrbapB he ibougbl it made his name lop-h«ry ; or it muy 
Mact, whether Scotch or Irish, were anything bat popular 
id wbicl> waa atiU English. 

■ 1 Buroey, F.R.S.. bom in 174», died ia 1631. Ho 
orDiBcoverioi in the South Sea,' a " History of North- 
DfIK»ooTery,"andolherworli " ■■ 
idof ik " BriJtol,"fiA7-gun >hip, ii 



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Tib IHTBODUCriOK. 

maj be trmc«d in the letters of Charloe Lamb and his frieada, 
and is the bospitkble admiral whose " fisabea of wild wit " 
noted in the charming paper in which Lamb telU how ha 
himself was called on to give away a Uien fiame; as a bride.' 
The ieoond bod of Dr. acd of Esther Barney was Dr. Cbarlea,' 
the great Greek Bcholar ; their aecond daughter was 
olaseio and famoas Fanuj. Nor were tbeir other dattghteis 
withoat graoefnl gifts ; Esther, who married her coi 
Charles Barney, played duets witb him eu well aa to delight 
those who were aaked to the private concerts of Dr. Barney ; 
Susanna wrote letters ae graphic as those of Frances ; Sarah, 
the daughter of Dr. Barney's second marriage. w«b a suoceeB- 
fol novelist, one or whose tales Queen Charlotte prononuoed U 
he "very pretty." Haniitt somewhere mentions a niece o 
Madamo D'Arblay, whose mind resembled that of Lcr aanU 
We do not know whether this was the niece who edited tha 
" Diary " of her aunt with so much good taste and jndgmeat.' 
There was, besides, an Edward Buroey, who ptuDted the por- 
tnit of his consinPrances.whichwskS engraved for her" Diajy,"' 
(md made drawings for the plates in Dr. Barney's " Account of 
the Handel Commemorations" of 1784. When we have added 
to quick and lively parts, amiable and winning dispositiona, 
warm family affection, strong solf-rtspcct, ajid a just tensa 
of the honourable position of Dr. Bumey, we have only 
snmmod what lies on the very snrface of the nnmerotis letters 
and diaries of the family. Their integrity and high prineiplea 
shine on every page. To form a just opinion of Frances 
Barney, we must know something of the father who was her 
pattern of all that was good and attractive in human nature. 
Atflve-and-twenty, she wrote ofher dear Mrs. Thralc," I neve* 
before saw a person who so strongly resembles my deisr 
father." At forty, she spoke of her husband, as being " bo very 
like my beloved father in disposition, humour, and taste, thai 

loMn. Thnle: "I delight to tbinkor the bappioeisdilfusMlftmong tha 
Bonwy*. I aaintion if any ship upon theottfui gnes out atietided widi 
morcgood wishes ihui that which curieB the faie-jrBamey. Iluvo " " 
thitC breed whom I cui b« said to knnw ; and oae or two whom I bardlj 
know. I loTs upon credit, uid love Ihcm bivHUat! they love each other. 

' lilts EssBT al Klis is c&lled " The We'lding." The kdmiral'* - - 
Hunin, a bunsCer, is also DBinod iD Lamt/t " Letters." 

* Bofn at Lynn, December 4, ITSTj LL.D. Aberdeen, 1T9S. Vi(sr; 
of Deptrbrd,PTebeadu-y orliaoolD, Cbapiain totbeKing. Died I81T. 



ih« dkir oerer passBS in whirfi I do not exclaim, ' How yoo re- 

r,-.i roc of mr father I'" 

"My heart,- said Dr. Johnson, "goes forth to meet Bar- 
-ly I I qaeatioii if there be in the world enoh another mati 
■Itogotber, for mind, intelligence, and manners, as Dr. 
Bnmty." Of him, Dr. Johnson begged the only pardon Mri. 
"nml* avep heard bim ask in her honse. It was not for any 
~:in apeecb, bnt for a chance word taken amias in error.' 

Ttr. Charles Bnmey (born at Shrewsbnry. in 1726)' was for 
'i:ie short time at Chester Free School : at seventeen he was 
. [ir«Dticed to Dr. Ajue, the cotnpoaer of tnuaic. He was 

: li ntleaaed fVom hia artielee by Folk Greville,' who wished 

'.\a,Te him in bis bonsebold aa a friend and miteician. At 

irni one- and .twenty, he married Bather Sleepe, the grand- 
■Ji'.i of a French Huguenot of the name of Dubois. He left 
Lruidon to recover his heaUh. became organist of Lynn, gave 
iMaons in music in that town, and in many of the great 
faonaea of Norfolk. He lived nine or ten years in Lynn, 
?Diagback to London iu 1760, la Norfolk, he had "scarcely 
TstitaredahoiiBenpoa termsof business, without leavingit 

. ihoseoriiitimacy." In London, he became the most popular 
. . runne-masterB, and of men. His beloved wife, with whom 
ill? dad studied astronomy and Italian, whose IrasslatioQ fh)m 
Uw FrcDch of Maupertuis he had publislied with his own ama- 
teoi'a pamphlet on "Comets," died almost suddenly in 1761, 

I "] nerer in my life heard Jahnton proDoanw the words, ' I bee 
yioT pudiiD. Sir,' to any bumui creature, but tbe appsrantly salt imd 
gcall* Dr. Borney." 

* OdUh IjihoT April; went to London in 1144. He published "An 
EiWjtowuibaHiniirjofConiet9,'']76S; "Tlie FreKnl S(au of Music 
ID FraaiC Slid lialj," m\ j a similar book on Germany and the Nether- 
lomla, oboDt 1773 ; "Histtn-y of Miuic,''17T6-89; " Memoirs of Melas- 
taao," ITW i " Acuaimt of Uftodel CommirmaTatioiis," 1785. A Monthly 
IU«t*«ar, and writer of the magical articles in " ChambetB' Cyclopedia." 
Nb liH oif I>r. Bamer'i musioU worka is giran in biB memnlrs. We 
Kaamt bat agree with Croker that this is "aglrange omissiun in tbe 
nHoaein of a mnncal professor." Mus. D. Oxon, 1769; F.It.S., 
ITTS] Otgonlst of Chelsea Hospital, 1790 ; CorrvspuudenC of tbe Inati- 
tata cf Flrmn, IBIO; diixl April Utb, 1814, 

■ nitk GraiiJIe, ■ line gpntlpitian alter n princely bshion, kept two 
) play to him on Preach horns outside any inn where be 
'- Ml iranlliDg. Uispaying Dr. Amathreo hundred puundi 
Sorw^'i artioiu woi a trait of the lome sort. 




I 



AAot sucyeitrs of widowhood, he married Bjtother hftudsome mii 
well-tanght lady — a widow from Lynn who hod beoQ Sstber' 
intiniBle friend. To mtuntaiii hie children, ho gave leaHonB &oni 
edght, BomBtimea from geven, in the monuDg until night ; often 
dining in hia earriftge, always studj-ing in it. When 
Norfolk, be bad learnt Italian ou horseback; carrying in b 
graat-ooat pocket a dictiocatj of his owu compiling, and 
Tolame of Tasso or Metastesio. When weary of Italian,' 
would tarn to a paper-book iu which bo wrote what i 
him most iti bts own obsorrations, or in books ; and mka; 
things struck and intoreeted him. " He was," said Mrs. Thikli 
" a full-minded man." He wrote fluent verBeB which somotimM 
rose a little above doggerel, and a very easy English etyl< 
pleasant eoongh when he did not attempt to make motaphor 
Mrs. Thmle llkeuB him to rich, sweet vine of Frontignac, whicb 
was a favourite with all. His friend, Metastaaio was the 
man whom ho would most have wished to resemble, had 
been other than lbs happy and busy Charles Barney. ■• In- 
deed," wrote bis dangbt«r, " in many, nay in most respects, 
oonid be have been changed into Metastasio, it would bardljr 
havebeena cbaQge." Those whohave tasted the honeycomb 
of Uetostasio, those who sipgied the old-faahioned wine c 
Fnmtignac, will allow that the wine and the poet have much h 
oommou. So as they are like each other, they may both b 
like Dr. Burney. Though we do not take Urs. Thrale'B wonj 
for being worth very much, she often throws a flaeh of iigfal 
Dpon character. There are in the subjoined lines ^ somo truti 
which connect Dr. Burney with the " supple iiuility," th* 
power to please and sootheof Mctastasio, audthe "faint pntisa 
from all " of the vintage. If it were lawful to patch a 

• See in Bumey combine 
Every power lo ple«M, eiery talent (o shine; 
In iirofesaiaiml wience a second to none, 
III aociKl, if aeoond, Ihro' Hhyneu nlone 

Hia character Funa'd free, cuofiding, and kind. 
Grown Mutioii* by babil, by atulion confin'd, 
Tho' bom lo impnive and enlighten our diijB, 
In ■ aupple facility Gica hi> pniM : 
And contented to soothe, unambitious In strike, 
Uu a faint praise from alJ men, troai all men alike." 

Mr*. 7%ral/t •• lAita on Dr. Surrtey'i portrait t 



3mM 



UfTBODUCnOlf. 

d describe Dr. Bomej ae the mcui d 
vy. His boa«e was one of those nhicb bI 
• Aj ga\ of wbnm he siud " Sbe bad Teqrl 
3iit irhftt Bbe pave herself," gained in silenoe t 
ihing and tnising br^et fitted to bar powers. 
«tioa,aadlbat of bis frienda; the share token 
n in preparing bis works for the press; bis 
f books, wbicb were neither forced upon bis 
idden ibeta i the authors, who treated Dr. 

brother; the artiste, in all wajs of art, who 
[ise~-frotii Gorrick, who cama when the maid 
a stape, and Dr, fiamej under the hands of 
, lo Facchierotti, and Millico, Agujori, and 
ang to him till midnight ; the brilliant com- 
Inwn to hear, and sometimes to help in the 
t and the playhouse — all these were educating 
, while she woe spoken of as a dunoe who did 
tters at eighL 

■ said to bare been shy. The shyness of 
cd and annoj'ed her throngh life." Sbe wH _ 

■beepithuese. This may have been doe, ia 1 
ste health, wbicb often marks the youth rf^ 
3 her great age. This delicacy was oi 

did Dot send her to schoot in Paris as he had 
' MBters, Another reason was that be feared 
ipoaition to Bcmanism. It happened that her 
mother, tboagh the child oF a Bugaenot, i 
t Catholic. 

d that, twenty years later, Frances Bnm^f 
ny for resembling that " saint-like woman," 
e, beantifiil, and benevolent gnuidmother,' we 
that her i&lher was not far wrong in thinking 
tor that grandmother's character might lead to 
ler creed; so, as Dr. Burney dared not trust 
that France which bad no small share in ber, 
o school at all, bnt suil'ered ber lo teach her- 
ufaDtine tragedies, and epic poems, ptajs, and 

turning over her father's books to find what 

ber grandiDDtbar's msUlen-auna of Da Bois to a 
rallns," snd Ibn mmideD-nune of her g«dtii«<lbar, Utt. 
Boot, Ur. UwMTtney. 



xu uttboductiok. 

fitted her fancy. She seems to have had a fair knowledge of 
French and Italian, and some amount of reading, as devoid as 
her fftther^s commonplace book of all order, or nmtj of subject. 
In person, Frances Bumey was low of stature, of a brown 
complexion. One of her friends called her " the dove : " she 
thought it must have been firom the colour of her eyes, which 
were of a greenish-grey. It was most likely from their timid 
expression. She was, like her father, very short-sighted. 
In her portrait, taken at the age of thirty, merriment seems 
latent behind a very demure look. In our fimcy we trace 
something French in the countenance. Her looks told her 
thoughts : '* Poor Feumy ! " said her &ther, '* her face tells 
what she thinks, whether she will or no. . . I long to see 
her honest £ace once more.** She was very young-looking 
for her age. She had a soft sweet voice, which she did not 
use in singing, for, brought up among critics, she was too 
timid even to touch a harpsidiord or piano if anyone was 
within hearing. She did not speak with composure in a 
small party where she could be well heard. She had a power 
of mimicry, which seems to have been sparingly used, as we 
only find it once mentioned in her ** Diary,** when she exchanged 
with Mrs. Thrale imitations of the dangerous Baretti, who 
had stabbed his man, and who, by-and-by, warned her, with a 
menace, not to put him in a book. A certain Sir John,^ said 
he had never seen any woman walk so well ; and she danoed wi^ 
great spirit.* yWhen she leamt the great success of "Evelina,** 
after checking a longing to throw Mr. Orisp*s wig out of the 
window, she danoed a jig round the old mulberry-tree in his 
garden. Mr. Orisp was not in the secret, but put it down to 
her flow of spirits, after recovery from severe illness. Sir 
Walter Scott was so pleased with this tale (a pretty subject for a 
painter), that fifty years later he wrote it down frt>m her telling : 
— " November, 18th,*' (1826) • " was introduced by Rogers to 

^ The name of this Baronet is not given in full in the '' Diary" of 
Madame D'ArfoUiy^but it was Sir John Shelley ; he was *' a courtier of 
the las; age ; a Sussex Maire." 

* Mr. Qrisp to Miss Barney, January, 1779. — ''Do you remember, 
abont a dosen years ago, how you used to dance " Nancy UKwrsoa" on the 
mss-plot, with your cap on Uie ground, and your long hair streaming 
down your back, one shoe off, ana throwing aoout your head like a maa 
thing?** 

•Lockhart's " Life of Scott," p. 388, ri. 



IHTBODDCTrOK. nU 

jl»3iiroB D'Arblai. the celebrated aathoresa of ' Evelina ' and 
•Oecili*,' — an elderly lady, with no remains of personal 
be»aty, but with a simple aad gentle manuar, a pleasiDg ei- 
preHion of conntenance, aad apparently quick feelings. She 
told Hio (be had wished to eee two persona — myself, of oouTBe, 
being one, the other George Conning. This was really a com- 
pUment U> be pleased with — a nice little handsome pat of 
butter, made up by a neat-handed FhiUis of a dairy-m^d, 
TiiBtcad of the grease, fit only for oart-wheeU, which one is 
dosed with by the pound. 

■• Madame D' Arblay told na that the common atory of Dr. 
Bumey, her father, having brought home her own firat work, 
and recommended it to her pemaal, was erroneous. Her 
father was in the secret of 'Evelina' beiog printed. Bot 
the following droumatances may have given rise to the atory ; 
— Dr. Burney was at Streatham sooa after the publication, 
whore he found Mrs. Thrale recovering from her confinement, 
low ftt the moment, and out of spirita While they were 
talking tngetber, Johnson, who sat beside in a kind of reverieJ 
•addenly broke oat: 'You should read this new work.madam— 1 
yoa shanid read " Evelina ; " every one aays it is excellent, and! 
they are right.' The delighted father obtained a commiasioq 
•r.-.ai Mrs. Thrale w purchase his danghter'a work, and retired 
. ; happiest of men. Madaue D'Arblay said she was wild 
~:ib joy at thia decinve evidence of her literary success, andi 
-i.ut she could only give vent to her rapture by dancing aud 
skipping round a malberry-tree in the garden. She was very/ 
youDg at this time. I truat I shall see this lady agaiu," ' 
We have placed this peeHage in our text because it leads 
direct to the question, what waa the age of Miss Barney when 
■he wrote " Eveliaa." Bumour had sooa heightened all there 
was of surprising in the book by auoh details as that her father 
had pat ber own novel into her hands as one most worthy 
of her reading, aad that the author, like the heroine, waa then 
barely seventeen. A writer in the " Qnartorly Beview " of 
April, 1833, first pnt in print assutnpttoas, which almost 
amuniit to charges, that Afodame D'Arbluy, when writing her 
&tb8r'B"SIemoirs,"hadavoided,Bappn«6ed,or obliterated dates 
for the purpose of enhaociug the merit of ber youthful work, 
by making it out to have been written eight years earlier than 
WW truly the case. We append, though all must remember 



m ISTKOBPCTION, 

them, Macaalsy's famons wordB. ' If the " bod writer '' in lb* 
*' Qoarterl; Bevievr," the bad editor oT " Boswell," wm, U f 
Bud, tbo some m&u viho is drawu m " BIgby " io '• Coninf^bji 
U " Wenham " iu " V&oit; Fair," hia mean misdeods haTeou 
with pumshment worthy of Pope, from the &ppropriBt« hand* 
of two great writers of romance. 

In that review, the intention to give pain tn Madame D'Ai' 
blaj is BO apparent that it tokoe awaj from the force of whU- 
Boever is jnet ia Croker's orittciem of the arracgoinent atui 
Btyleofher" MemoirBof Dr. Biirnoy." That she was spariogi 
dates ia a grievauoe to those who read that boolr. The writisK 
of "Eyeliaa" and "Cecilia" was not, indeed, the way toaoqnira 
the exact care and patient precision which mark the habit* of 
the good biographer. On the other bond, skill in fiction dc 
not of itself impair the perception of tmth, or the power 
oommanicatiug it, thoagh it seems to give comfort to some 
the doll and nn imaginative to say that it does. 

When Dr. Johnson found Uiss Biirney had said he « 
looking well at a time when he felt very ill, he wrote in sa 
nesB, " Fanny's trade is fiction." He was then gloomy, not 
Dokind. "Miss Unmej, the luivelitl" ia Croker's oomment] 
with malicioDs under-lining of the words. Sheherself baa wriU 
ten, " I never mix tmth with fiction : all that I relate in jou^ 
nalizing is strictly, nay, plainly, faot." 

As these anproven charges of higb-coloaring and ineiaot- 
ness of narrative on the part of Madame D'Arblay have 
extracted and repeated by the editor of Mrs. Delany's " Corre> 
Bpondence," we thought it worth while, even thoogb the ' 
is plainly moved by pique, lo compare the "Memoirs of Dr. 
Bnmey" with the "Diary" of Madame D'Arblay, and with 
other books, on some points of moment. It is of importance 
know how far stadents of literature may depend 

' " There wu no want of low minds anil bad hearts in the gcoonlioB 
which wim»eed bsr Rrsi appearmuce. There «u the eetiaus Kanridlt 
and tb« ntng* Wolonl, the up George Steeveus, snd ihe polecat Jobs 
Willianu. Itdidnut.howeisr, occar lothem loaoarch the parish ragiatei 
of Lynn, in erder ihat they mighl be able to twit a lady with baring oao< 
ended bur age. TbM truly chivnlroui exploit wu reserved for e bad 
writer at oar own lime, whrme spite tbe hsi prorokoi! bv iiot famiabiai 
him with maieriaLt Tara worUil8S»edilioooflk«wuirB''LiIe of Johnson/ 
some sheeu of which our remders bare doubtless seen round p 




tHTBODronOK. XT 

mTTJkMarf uii» them of John son andof Barke; ftndhow 

thr faMre tii*torivi« tnaj ubb with safetj' her Diarjr of the 

Mca td GcorgB lli. W« ezamiited the book which ranka 

nt^ thfiae of EtbItd and of P^pjs. The result, of our p^ns 

««• cmttra caDfinnalaoii of her accuncf in all poiuta on nhicb 

»• med it.' t&kiiig cato. as we did, not to neglect the particu- 

iar* of the firit pabltcfttioa of " Evelina," on which she herself 

thfffuht htr mnnoiy might h&re failed. In a note to har 

bther'a **Memoirt,"3fadsnie lyArblay, then eightj,tal1e with 

{cU« Kid pleasure, how ris jears before, Scott had been 

faranght by lU^ers to pa; his homage to her, the oldest in the 

Mt tf fietioii, the JJoy^iine of the Facolt; ! Madame D'Ar- 

hlsjr faMl b««n taken by enrprise, and feared she might nni 

b**B bam correct in what ibo bad told Scott in answer to liia 

■ ■• to the tme history of her first book. 'Before Scott 

D sM her, in the following year, she had looked among 

iar [akpsn. and bronght him forth her notes. He told her he 

hd alnwiy written it down, and " most particuJarly, had not 

faqtottm her mulberry-tree." We had misgivings that he bad 

■ li ti at dowu the errors of a failing memory when we fonnd 

b tba -* Di«ry " of Madame D' Arblay ' a letter in which Mra. 

Thnl* aay* lo Dr. Bnrney that Dr. Johnson bad just returned 

hU of (KkiaM at tho first volume of " Evelina," wtdob »he bad 

iwt him. So it might appear that Mr*. Tbrale had bronght 

iW bonk to the notice of Dr, Johnson, not h« to here, aa 

XadMBM D" Arblay told Sir Walter Soott. 

Is tlu " Irtfe of Dr. Bumey," ' we find what bring* the two 
sMIanrata into concord — a letter from Mrs. Phillips to ber 
dnar Fncccs. telling what Dr. Biir[]ey had himself heard : — 
*Tp rajt^*^ ** Btreatbam, while we were sitting at t«a, only 
Or.Jofauoo, Urt.Thrale, Miss Thrale, and myself — 'Madant,' 
oM Dr. Johuton, eee-nwing on his chair, * Mrs. Cholmonde- 
laj WW talking to me last night of a new novei, which, she 



' It <• nr* likely Uut tritfal (mn may be lixuid 
"^ *■■- wy , T^y HraKunpiledfromhisiDliuniiiD 

■I diarv* " eif hia ■Uuebltir. Mkdanifl lyArblay w'u agnl wl 



Tlnty vara Kunpi led from his iDliuniiuiiia pspen, and rrotn 
~ " elf his ■Uuehltir. Mkdanifl lyArblay wu agnl when 
hmri %ai tedioiu for any Hritar_'ihst of exlracling t 



■ frKin journals and lettert. How aTOid erron wbea 
.) i>n> (vnesinndeDt, others to another r AUaretniS, 
%ms the drUila ciiiiiiinl ar* iiflsn those which bring others ioto coDOord. 
• r»F »:. <"L U July aa, ITT*. • Page 140, »ol, ii. 



p 



xvi 

says, has a very aDcommoa share of merit — " Ereliua." Sba 
eays ebe hae not been so «Dt«rtaiiied this great while a« in 
reading it i aiid that she shall go ail over Londou to discover 
the aathoT.* Do jon breathe, my dear Pauny t ' Odd 
enough !' cried Mn. Thrale; 'why, eomebody elae meotioned 
that book to roe t'other day — Lady Westcote, it was, I beliere. 
The modest writer of " ETclina," ehe talked aboat.' * Un. 
Cholmondeley saye,' aoewered the Doctor, ' that she n 
fore met so much modesty with so much merit in any litea 
nuy prodnctJon of the kind as is implied by the c 
of the author.' " 

After this search of onrs, we sweep aside the A 
ihie "Qnart«rly Beviewer." " Details greatly overcbaig»d;' 
— " suppreflsion of dates — we say tvpprtuion bocaaie we cui< 
not altribaleit toacddenlaloegligGQcei" — "stadionsomiutOfl 
of dates "—such are his amemties. He says he has " alwsjl 
setn aiid htard it stated, that at the age of aeventeen," 
Uadame D'Arblay wrote ■' Eveliua," Where did he i 
Stated, for hearsay does not coii at p He prints no 
(where can any be found?) that Madame D'Arblay evw sai 
or wrote, that she was only seventeen when she wrote *" Er* 
linA," On looting with care through all she wrote which is in 
print, we find but one passage in which her age at that t 
is approached,' and iu that she disclaims seventeen. K 
where ehe tells ns that she borut, her stories and scribbtingi 
of aJl kinds when ebe was fifteen; that another tale r 
her mind and wonldbe written; that she wroteit by sni 
in a closet or small play-room up two paire of slAirs, cariTiiig 

I '' 1 lu>e not pretended to nhev the world what it ■cloallj' M, b 
wbitit /ijg>tar> la u giil of wienteen : and so far u that, sorely mr g 
who it past seventron may wfely do.' On the other band, we find in 
net e'idcBco that the friends she bud nude by ber book did know h^^^ 
•fre. " I know,'' laid Dr. Johnsoo in 17T9, " Doue like her, — iu>r do I 
beliera there is, or there ever wns, a man who could write sacti ■ boot 
*o young." " I iDppow," said Mrs. Thrale, " Pope wu no older thai 
UiiB Bumoy whea he wrote ' Windsor Forest ? ' ° Pope was tirvDly-fiw 
when hepublished " Windsor Forest " — Miss Bomey [weiily-GT« when abi 
pablilbed" BieliDa." A compariBOn of their work at (be same age woiUt 
tohaTepasaed through tbemiiulsof Dr. Johnson and Mn.Thralea 



Mrs, TbnJe wrote to Miu Burnej ■— •' Yon ace twenty ndd ysan ol< 
and 1 MQ put thirty- ' " 



Ihey ipohe, and ihis conieraatiDa wu wHcieD down by Miss Baney ta 
berfaniily, and for Mr. Crisp, who knew bpr age. la January. ITTf 
Mrs, Tbraie wrote to Miu Barney ■— •' Yon ace twenty ndd ysan old 



ISTBODDCTION. Tvii 

'll^)HngiBpb hy puvignkpb, in her muraory until she coald 
tftii tima to pal it on paper. Bj Eoalohea it muet liare been 
writtmi. for eho wm nnder the eye of a atep-motbsr. When aha 
WM DOt copying her father'a '■ History of MqbJo " for the presB, 
*hie eewed all iha morning. She lived ainoog very sociable 
peofde : she kept a full diary, aod irrote loa^ letters to her 
uomd father, Mr. Crisp. How she had foimd time to write 
•■BreJina' at all was his wonder. She never hud tima lo 
read it to her eisl«r Snaan, who knew her secret. 

ThoM who have written a work of ima^Dation aloae can 
tell how it grows ; and even they wonld find it hard to telL 
One Boene presaea to be written ; another mast be wooed to be 
won. This passage flashes on the mind^ others most be 
•onght. It is not nnlilcely Frances was lolling herself this 
■tory for years while hamming and atitching. An expert 
might say some pages were written by a giri; others, by a 
yoang woman. Some may have beeo recast, and others in- 
MTied, daring that long time she was copying her first rongb 
ternwL It is probable that her diary from fifteen years of age 
to fiT«.atid-twenty, which is etill in maoaecript, contains 
antrics which would confirm or disprove oar conjectores. As 
AJWAStion of art, it seems mncb less snrprising that any one 
^■Hhr. Barney's daa$:;hters shonld know society at serenteen, 
^^Ktbat a yoang woman of five-and-tweoty should write of 
^^^fctasD with its own bnoyancy and freshneBs. We bold it 
^^^^ the better book if Miss Barney wrot« it all at four or 
TffTfcu d-t woB ty, thoagh we taay doubt if she did. 

The epite shown in full in that review, lurked in some 
noWa to Croker's "Boswell'a Life of Johnson," which came 
I in 1831, two years earlier. The first edition of Croker'e 
was publiabed while Madame B'Arblay was pre. 
" Meoioira of Dr. Burney " for the press. To 
IpTen Croker materials for patching hla provoking book, 

I have been to deprive ber owu of its most delight- 

' ffii pMsages, or at least to forestall them, Nowhere do we 
•w fioBwell as she has shown bim. At Streatham, drawing a 
chair behind Dr. Jolinsoo to miss not a word be said, being 
iMdotogoawaj, and told he was"aBraugbtOD." wbichhe took 
for Lhv tiam« of some now wild beast thereaboats ; at Windsor, 
fonioB hirasclrin her way to jiress for letWrs for his " book of 
; htritu" BeoaoBe she did not strip her " Diary" of its most 



OBti alS 

■Kvell 



$ 



Tvill WtBODDCTION. 

iuterestiitg eketcbee, ehe was thna 1« be I&ahed b; Crake 
while he watted For the time when be might revirw her boa 
withastillmoreeomfortAblediBchargeof mE^ice ': — " Frsoee 
nfcerwords Hadune D" Arblay, born in July. 1753, hod pub 
lished ' Evelina,* at the latter end of Jauuaty,' 1778, aa ' 
■ Ge^a ' in the autumn of 17S2. It was stated and belter* 
that she was onljcevcrUc^nwhensbeEurprised the world bjba 
*ETe)isa;' it now appears that she wss near tweniy-tever 
important difierence." Thie note waa repeated in the editiM 
of 1846. Croker might at leaet have done the Bmall e 
Miaa Bumej's age more correctly.' Franeea Bnrnej' was bora 
OD the 13th of Jnne (not July) 1752, old style — that is, i 
the 25th of Jane, new style. She was therefore six moathri 
abort of six -nnd- twenty when her first book wae pnbliel 
We bolieve the rumonr to have arisen in part from her beiii| 
reiy yoang-loobing for her age.' in part from the desire v 
common among unimaginative readers to make the ant 
oat to be bis or ber own hero or heroine. 

Oroker was sharoeless in his impenitence. In his laat editiM 
of Boewell (eren after Macaitlay I ) he added an oQensive n 
on this passage in Boswell's text* : — " May loth, 1784. 
JohnsoD told the Essex Haad Clnb, 'I dined yeeterdaf ■ 
Hrs. Oarriok's, with Mrs. Carter, Miss Hannah More, m 
Fannj Bumey, Three such women are not to be found.'" 

"The letters of Ihese three Imdies, poslhomonslj publitbed, bare a 
finnedi uid, indeed, increased the repuUtion of Mrs. CBFlerBDit HaaB 
More, white ther have wholly extingoi^ed (hat of Madame D* AiHljj 
bat this indeed bad been waning ever sinre her two first DOteb, «Ml 
ElcTsr u they were, owed a great dea! of their extraordinary MMMM 
the itrange misrepreBeDtatinna that had been somehow inadB, oTl 
■ulbor's being ten yearE yoanger iliui she reitlly wu." — ChOUb, IT' 

Now all this is the very reverse of tmtb. The aobern 



■ Crcker's " Bogwell'sLirpof Jnbnsnn,'' 184S, p. T3!,D0le 3. 

■ "Nobody waa itrotigrr in dale* tban Mr. Rigby; . . . 
wu Mr. Kigby'i fonii ) . . . it was thoaght no one could laab ' 
wuiDui like Rigby. lUgby's stalemeDla were arrangsd with a taraii 
■hte Bi-ray of ilatet rart^ iccorate." — " CoHtngiby." 

* "Dr. Bumey," cried Sheridan, (wben abuut lo be prewnited 
Franc?es,} " lute jod no older daaghleTS? Can Lliit poasiblr b* d 
authtmsi of 'Evdina!'" At another time, Mn. Cbohnonildey Mi 

" Mr. C laid ■ wu^r the writer was a man. I said I wm sum 

waa a i«niu» ; bat now ne are both oat, for it's a yiW.* 

• C>oksT's "Bcwwell," p, 754, note 1. 



wraoDCcnOK. 



■.Outaa-.tbefadodfiuaeorUisBUorG, are lighted np 
k hy tbo farUliaDce cf Boswell and Bnmej : uid that ia 



tCim.C 
SBkrkwortlijr tbnt those who hftre thrown donbt on tha 
J of M a d a iti a D"Arbt»y ftre found, when toated eve* 
M iB^llj. to be thetnaelrea what the French politely call 
" mmr* ** When Dr. Booth wae asked bj a yoang man to 
gir* aotii* T»Tt)ng pncept which might be of nae to him 
ikmogb fife, " Always vehfj dtatioDs " wore the precious 
■wdi roatJuaTed him. Seldom does this maxim more need 
M hm pat in ptvotice than by those who couBolt Croker's 
* HbIM OB Boawnll," or the editor's notes and commenta 
<■ Ito ** OorrMpoadeni^e of ISn. Delany : " the tatter book, of 
Mdall Talus in proportion to its cnmbroaa length, ia of some 
MIKD throwing light on lbs Doveliste of the last centutj. The 
•ntlMi|!t*phj of Mrs. Delany shows that the efibrta of her 
tmalj ta form " ClariBfa' into a marriage she loathed Here not 
■iiMliiilii in tmprobabilitj i the tedious letters of some of the 
tot tedle« contain traits which are comments on " Evelina." 
11l»Kd)lari« bel^elf anoneon»cionBt«Btimony to the troth to 
(•■an of wbat had before seemed to us overdrawn— the family 
fial^aad ptMrrish Baacepttbility of Mr. Delvile, in " Cecilia." 
Aa ika diar)^ broaght in this book against Misa Bumej ar« 
tMODBftund and ramtiling to be treated in our text, we pro- 
pn to dinniM thmn in a page or two of epilogue.' 

I six tnonths aft«r the publication of " Evelina," Dr. 
dtfa* happtnaas of bearitig Dr. Johnson recommend 
b<lbi. llinle. Tiiat sprightly lady vied with Mrs. 
r tlw qneendom of the wits. That she eboQid have 
an told by Dr. Barney that "our Fanny" 
• BStborof "Evelina," the first to tell Mrs. Montagn, 
'•Hits Barney known to that lady, were great points 
1 of ber own olaime to precedGuco. Miss Bumey 
mths with the 'llimles in the year 1778. She was 
" a from Fabruary, 1779. nntil 1760. We might 
My aba aWid with Dr. Johnson aud the Thrales. " Sir," swd 
ba to Dr. Bnraajr, aouing Fanny's bauds to det^o her, " I 
waiU h**a ber aivay* oome 1 and novtrr go I" To this corn- 
hip are owe rfiartning pages of Dr. JohsBon'g gayest 

' See Eptlogaa, p. sxxlx. 




I 



IHTEODirCIIOK. 



" talk." and ^limpESR of a genial layer of his character, a 

by Boswell, (though bit divined it),' anHbown by Mrs. ThraUL 

In the note-book of Mre. Thrale ma^ be found MmplainH 
that Dr. Bamej lilcod to keep his hold of his children : I ' 
toacb, at least, wag light. One day when most of them we 
for once, under bis roof, he called out, in hie joj : " Oflapring 1 
can you dance ? " 

He and hia danghter moBt likely did not wish it to 1 
thought chat ahe lived with Mrs. Thrale ae Dr. Bomej hi 
lived with Mr. Greville. There are certain jottduga i 
"Thratiana" which show how oeedful it was for IGi 
Barney to maintain the " dignity " at which that flippai 
little person sneered. Hire. Thrale displayed " the insolem 
of wealth,"' in her complunts that Miss Bnmey, f 
the pleasures of Bath, was angratefnl and insolent e 
to pine, while in her company, for her home in St. Martini 
Lane. Their warm frieudBhip of five years was abrupt^ 
broken by Mrs. lliralc, after that silly second morrii 
which is, unhappily, the Erat thing named when she t 
under the pen. Some have said there was needless i 
sore on the part of her friends, and harsh, abmpt abandon' 
ment. They forgot that though it was merely foolish I 
marry the inoflenaive Fiozzi,* it was criminal to forsake fouf 
daughters, of whom the eldest was not of age, in order M 

' Mr, Bo£wkix.— " Madam, yao must gite mu some of )'«nr d 
little notes of the Doctor's ; wo 1ul> c seen him long enongb upon ■!_. 
I want 10 show him in a, new light. Grave Sam, and great Sam, a_ 
wlemn Sam, and lisraed Sam, all these he liaf appeared orer and am 
Now I waul to EDtwine a wreath of the GncM acrciw his brow i I WWL 
to (how bim as gay Sam, agreeable Sam, pleaunt Sam." — " Dianr i 
Itadami D'ArlAtyr • 

* " He shewed me (o-iiig{it his drawingrooiii, TerygvnleellyfiUad vpa 
■nd nid, ' Mrs. Thrale sneered, when I tukot af my hSTii^ aaked you anfl 
your la^ to hre at my houw. I was obliged lolell hor, thatyoawi "^ 

be in aa respurtablo a siiuuioii in mr home as in hers. Sir, the ii 

laooe of wealth wUl creep out.' BorwEU..-^' She ha* a litlie both a| 
tbe insotence of wealth, and the coaoeil of pans.' JomraOK. — ■ 1 
imoleoce iifwwlth ia a wretched ihing ; bat the conceit orparla has m 
faundalion.' " — Botaeiri " L^fe of Johutm " 

' l^Exi hod been made luiown (o the Thrmts throngh Dr. I 
This must huTe been an increaseafTexation [o his daughter and Be 
*al£ Though Dr. Bumey was «orry to Iuk the plcaaaot sodety of Slo 
hun. he said i " No one could btauio Piotii lor aceepliDg a ~~ 
widow. What could a man do better ? " 



idH 



rSTKODCCTIOS, XII 

Bingiag-mMter. This sbo did. Had one nf 
larried him, what would stie have said ? Her faney for 
was the caprice of & woman w ho fou n d herself at forty, 
the first time, free from oontronl. Her friends ehoold 
have round Bome one else to woo her ; not argued with a little 
tUfTiOn whose eyelids juice of" Love in Idlc^Dcss" had been laid 
by some sprite of whim. She was no " Titania," however, bat 
when chafed could show herself a mere Welsh taiij. Fairies 
&re said to be " a dark race, of low stature, small but very 
tjatefnL" According to Sir Hu^h Evans, " Sorre Got, and 
(kiries will not pinee jou."' The loni; and TirCuous life 
of M&dame D'Arblay cannot be sallied by posthamouB spirts 
of Tenom. The poisoned mnd does not stick. Mrs. Thrale,' 
BO tar, was lacky that her "Bottom " was a quiet, harmless 
man, who saved her money, and became much too gouty to 
trouble her with the 6ddling she hated in her heart. 

The pablication of "Evelina" had brought Miss Barney 
fame and friends, hat only twenty pounds in money, and o 
copy of her novel, for which she had to aak twice. Ten poanda i 
more, and ten sets of her book, in handsome bindings, sent tot 
her later, were all she ever got by it, Dr. Barney and Mr. I 
Crap nrgod her to write while her powers were as fresh as her 1 
fame. She was foarful that a second book might overthrow 
the airj fabric of that fame. It had risen tike the palace of 
Aladdin, and might so depart. When Mr. Crisp told her that 
but for the money he should think it her boat policy to write no 
more, he eipressed hpr own thonchts.' 8ha withdrew for 
about a year from fine dressing, and from visiting ; from Dr 
Jeihnsoii and the Thrales, to write her second novel, which 
was pabliahed in 17S2, aboat four years and a half after "Eve- 
lina." *■ Cecilia" had as ample a snooees as the warmest of Miss 
JJumey's friends ccnid have wished. It confirmed, and 
widened, the fame of the writer. Of how few can it be said 

ttiieir praise is worth naming on the page that tells of 
fiocb him, fairies, muluaUy ! " — " Merry Wiva of Windior," 
Terpetiul ilreu," ihe wrote to Mr. Criip, "nquiraa perpetual r«. 
hnntt, and that actoaily ocvnpiei almcMt every moment I apend cut 
or cempsny. . . . FutI futl I aunre yoo, howerfr paltry, 
ridknlons, or UMonnivabtB it may aoond. Caps, hala, and ribboni, mt&f, 
iBd««Ji BO nxMnble appouwKe upon paper. . . . Thme wlio can- 
BMM' nillinen mcut eithor toil kit Ihemaalvc* ta go capleas." 



XNTBODUCnOK. 

the praise of Burke and of JTohnson P — ^Baike, our <* greatest 
man since Milton ; ** ^ Borice who gave praise, as a king should 
reward, with a noble excess, befitting his own rank. BoriEe 
spoke to Dr. Johnson and to Miss Barney of ** Oecilia»*^ *'in the 
noblest terms which our language, in its highest glory, ii 
capable of emitting." * Burke wrote her a letter, after read- 
ing '* Cecilia,** which is a pattern of grand praisa 

The *<fearful joy** Frances Bumey had ''snatched** be- 
tween the publication of the two books must, in the winter of 
1782, have been secure and complete contentment. Thoae 
she loved, and they were many, were so happy in her happi- 
ness ! Her proud &ther, night after night, handed her to hii 
coach, to visit houses in which she was welcomed as the chief 
gpiest of the assembly. He heard her receive the compliments 
of brilliant companies in a brilliant and compact London. 
He called them ''bouquets of uncommon fragrance** when 
offered by such men as Mason and Horace Walpole, or the 
** old wits,** Owen Cambridge and Soame Jenyns, who rested 
on wreaths won before 1750. We think that Macaolay 
thought justly when he wrote, " If she recorded with miante 
diligence all the compliments, delicate and coarse, which she 
heard wherever she turned, she recorded them for the eyes of 
two or three persons who had loved her from in&noy, who 
had loved her in obscurity, and to whom her fame gave the 
purest and most exquisite delight. Nothing can be more 
unjust than to confound these outpourings of a kind heart, 
sure of perfect sympathy, with the egotism of a blue-stocking 
who prates to all who come near her about her own novel, or 
her own volume of sonnets.** 

The quality of egotism depends so very much on who is ego. 
According to that it is wearisome, or tolerable ; pleasant — nxf 
delightful. On the keenness of a reader*s own interest in tlii 
history of letters and manners depends his finding the" Diary ** 
<^ Madame D*Arblay tedious or entertaining. As for ego- 
tism ! — oh, reader ! do remember that you can in nowise put 
yourself in her place, unless you have a fancy almost equal to 
her own. Not of you has Burke said that, *' One book of hers 
is equal to a thousand of others I ** Nor Johnson that, '* Bioh- 

* Macaolay. 

' TluB was at Miss Monckton's Assembly. Dr. Johnson told Di; 
Barney of it afterwards. 



INTBODDCnOR. MUl 

1 have been afraid of jmi. and Hairj Fielding, 
<r yoiir book was Sir Joshua Keynolds fed while 
DLght iiot qnit it, nor did both he and Burlca 
learu hoir it cndad. Nob you did Soeme 
jMqnM raie to meet, and at Beveutf -cigbt put on a coort-aait 
-if ftpricob-colonredailk, lined with white ciatin, that he might be 
l-mwated to jod in a worthf manner ; whilo the Thralcs and 
iin. Montagu, Mrs, Gorrick and Mies More, Mre. Garter and 
Mra. Ch*pone rose and stood to listen to his oomptimenta, nor 
MAtod themselvcB until yoQ had been seated in aplace of honoar. 
"O, Fanny!" wrote ber kind Mr. Crisp, even before the 
pabliiAtion of "Cecilia," '' set this down as the happiest period 
nf yoar life : and nhen you come to be old and sick, and 
htittlih and spirits are fled, (for this may come.) then live 
ii])on remembrance, and think that yoa Ijavo had your share 
if tfa« fnood thiogs, and aay,— ' For what I have received, the 
Locd make me tJionkful ! '" 

So wonder the heart of Frances failed when she waa called 
'II by » fond father to give np all this, and all these, to be 
. I oiatM<e<l at Windsor. Into this great mistake she waa led 
I II 1781}. Mr, Griap and Dr. Johnson were gone. They 
;-iight have eeen through the semblance of honour and proGt 
wliieh mialed not merely Dr. Bnrney aud hia family, but men 
and women of letters and the public: a vague notion took 
bold of all, that Homething Augnstan was abont to begin at 
VrindBOT. when Iiliss Biimcy was made Keeper of the Robes.' 
tt ir>rs an odd way of rewarding merit in literatitre, to give 
tlio farontrd antbor a place which left her no leisuru for 
writing. She might have earned all the money Queen Cbor- 
lotta ever paid her, by two novels written in the Eve yoara 
■be lost at WindGor. There slie did what she disliked, all 
d«j lonj;. She hod never cared for fine clothes. It may bo 
uotioad that she never bat ouca describes the dross of any of 
r horoines. Then it is to show the sorrow and danger of 
Tithont certain meanB of paying for it. lu 
t, atie seldom apeaks of ladiea' dress except as a source of 

[*Hr. Burke told Dr. Bumey in 1791, " Bf" (Borkc). "hod aster 
__MI mare mistaken in bis lifo, Ke Ihniight Ihe Queen had ncTer be- 
TiaTed noTB uniablr, or shown more gond sense than in appoinling^ Miss 




nrrsoDucnoN. 

&tigae and expense. ** ToUetU^*' she says, should be w ri tt e n 
w ithoat Hie'^eUe.*' When free from life at Court, it has be«i 
said that, " she changed her lodgings oftener than her gonm." 
She had besides, no holidays, few calls of friends, only six 
weeks in the year in London^ and those the six weeks of 
Lent ! She was tied to an old woman, who was a mere <diild 
in understanding, knowledge, and manners ; who thought it 
a snitable way of showing her displeasure to offer no dinner 
to Miss Bumey when she carved for others ; who made her 
ill by not lettbig her shut the window on her own side of the 
coaoh in which they took their dreary airings in very cold 
weather; ''who never wished to hear her voioe but when 
they were alone, and who never was in a good humour if it 
stopped then;*' who, civilly, remarked before Miss Barney 
when a gentleman offered to read to them, *' I won't have 
nothing what you call novels, — ^what you call romanoes, — 
what you call histories, — ^I might not read such what yon 
call stuff— not I ! " This illiterate and ill-bred Mrs. Sohwel- 
lenberg, who threatened her servants (English servants), 
with exile, when they made her wait for her coach, treated 
the best-known writer of the day as a person who had been 
hired to play at cards with her when she was not lacing and 
unlacing the Queen*s stays. No wonder Miss Bumey wrote 
in 1789, ''A lassitude of existence creeps sensibly upon me," 
After five years of irksome toil, which lowered her health and 
spirits. Miss Bumey crept out of the Queen*s service, in a 
state which it needed long nursing and travelling to improve. 
It was some time before she was well enough to enjoy her 
return to freedom. She was accorded a paltry hundred a 
year, dependent on the royal pleasure. At the time when 
she had her frill pittance of two hundred pounds yearly, 
Boswell had said to her, " Why I would farm you out myself 
for double, or treble, the money. I wish I had the regulation 
of such a form ! ** Yet it would be most unfkir to the memoty 
of Queen Charlotte to load it with the reproach that this poor 
pension was ever stopped, as some rumour, as incorrect as 
the report that Dr. Johnson revised " Cecilia," has led Mr. 
Augustus Hare to believe.^ On it she married two years 
later. It was all she had, except what was brought in bj 

' See Bpikgiie, p. L 



INTRODUCTION. XXV 

"Oeeilift!" and ber hoHband, the CheYalier D'Arbiay.' Ii»d 
nnthing ttt all ; bia paj having been stopped, and hia ]>ro'' 
perty eeied knd sold bj tlie Cooveotion ia France. He was 
iadty to h»ye his life, for he was on gnard at the Tuilerieei 
tbe nigrbt the King luid Qncen escaped to Varennes. Their 
I^aa had been kept from him. He felt it unworthy of the 
King to leave him and his men to the fury of the mob. 

Dr, Bumey thought Ihia romance by far the worst hip 
F^tmj had ever Bubmitted to him for approval. It seems so 
hard to have to tell that the lovers were both over forty. 
lofecttons ailments, ench as whoopinj^-congh, love, and 
mnantrn. are mncb worse when caught in middle-Iifo. This cose 
was so imd that Dr. Barcey, after some delay, sent Captain 
Barney, as his proxy, to give bia sister Fanny to the Fronch- 
mao, in Uickleham Church. AJexandre D' Arblay, " a cheva- 
1 rfr by birth, by his order (of St. Lotiia), and by character," 
''IS aji amiable, sensible, and bononrahle man, who dag hi," 
>.-a7dMi, and pnuied his trees, while waiting for better timefi. 
Iho price of food rose, and taxes were trebled daring the 
ciigbt jekra this pair lived happily ia England. A son, their 
only child, was bom in 1794. With care for him on ber mind, 
Uadame D'Arhlay wrote her third aovel, " Camilla," which was 
publiBbodinl796. Thecoat of priutingit was paid out of money 
raia»d by subscription of a goioea fbr each copy. Ladies, 
instead of booksellers, kept her books, according to a sagge8> 
tion tnado long before, by Burke.' Over eleven hundred of 

' OcDovl D'Arbliy wa« born at Joigny, oesr Paris. He was of 
BCafly ibd same age as his wife. He served in the French ArttUerv 
frsM thirteen years of age. He was in the Regiment of the CoiJit« ife 
Naibgnoe, who was, for a brief time, War-Minister of Louis XVI. 
GoDcnJ D'Arblay had been on the Wur-Committeoi, AdjntzDt-Ocnenl 
tn La Fayelie, and Commandant of Longwy, In 1 792, he was made 
" Uartebal do Camp," by Louis XVI. 

H« UiriL« refuted high commands, (among them the gorernment nf 
Chrrtunrg), ofTerod him by Napoleon, who wished lo draw htm W bis 
mrwica u he had drawn his most intimate friend, Narbonne. 

On the return of Loui* XVIII., be was regtond lo his rank, and 
^kI* an offlocr uf th* Kinfc's Body-Guard at tbe Tuilerioi. The Kinf; 
^^MBMd bitD " Comti," ■ title he never used except when on a misaioa. 
^^^Eln* a Eni|;ht of St. I^ouis. of the LeeioD of Bonunr, and of the 
^^HBt," or nf Pidebty,— a Bourbon order. Some of his leraes may be 
^^El la dU" Alraanaclu des Muses." He died at Bstb, May 3, 1819, 
^Hr*ThMa ladbw were Ibe Dowsger-Dnehess of Leiniter, Mrs. Boscawen, 
^iBbfti Crewe, and M«. Luck. 



IHTBODUCnOH. 

the beet names in the England of that day, are on thai grand 
Babscription-liBt. There are those of the author's peers, old 
and young; of Harriet and Sophia Lee, of Mrs. Barbanld, 
Mrs. Chapone and Hannah More, Mrs. Garter and Mrs. Mon* 
tagu ; of Amelia Alderson, afberfrards Opie ; of Mary Beny 
and Maria Edgeworth. One subscriber must have a senteiioe 
to herself — '* Miss J. Austen, Steventon Bectory.** It was, 
perhaps, the first time that honoured name was seen in print 
Let us fiuicy the Jane Austen of twenty looking at her own 
name, in her own copy, of " Caudlla,** witii the feelings of won- 
der and delight with which " Fanny Price'* yiewed her own 
daring subscription to a Portsmouth circulating library.^ 

It has been said that to have counted Dr. Bumey's acquain- 
tances and Mends would have been to exhaust the " Norfolk 
Directory," the ** Court Calendar," the artists in all ways, the 
lists of the Boyal Society, and of Johnson's Club ; even so if 
it with his daughter's subscription-list. 

There meet, in concord, Edmund Burke and Warren Hast- 
ings. When Hastings heard of this new book, he gave a groat 
jump, and exclaimed, " Well, then, now I can serve her, thank 
Heaven, and I will ! I will write to Anderson to engage 
Scotland, and I will attack the East Indies myself! ** 

If three co-heiresses, the Misses Thrale, for the sake of old 
days at Streatham, order ten sets of "^ Camilla," the princely 
Burke sends twenty guineas, asking only for one copy ; subscribing 
not only for his w\£e and himself, but, by a delicate feint» for his 
dead brother, and for the son whose dieath laid him low. 

The Queen gives her highest proof of confidence in the oor- 
reot principles of the writer. She allows the three elder prin- 
cesses, aged thirty, twenty-eight, and twenty-six, to read 
" Camilla," without looking through it herself to see if it were 
fit for the reading of tender maidens.' Within three months 
3,500 copies of ** Camilla " were sold ; the rate of sale was one- 

> In « Mansfield Park." 

' Mifls Barney must have been Tery popular in the royal honsehoU. 
Most of her colleagoes are on the list £Ten Mrs. Schwellenberg is theve, 
besides the sleepy eqnerries who roused her rage. Perhaps the bark 
of << Cerhera," (ss Miss Barney cilled Mrs. Schwellenberg,) was won* 
than her bite. She said, ** the Bemar bin reeUy agribble." She wished 
Miss Bomey to accept the Queen's oiler of her own pkoe when vacant by 
retirement or death, — '* A mark of faroor and ooondenoe whioh^* Miss 
Barney adds, ** I had not expected." 



ISTEODtcnOK. 

tspi4 tbaii Utftt or tlio sale of " Cecilia : " jet tl 
" [his time. It was eeen tberc was a Jalliiig-o' 
Id skill. 

T Cbarlea told bar not to miud the criticB. fl 

I dM kanr ereiy one bought the book 1 her familf and triends 

dong to " Camilla " loyally — ao did her admirers at a distaoce. 

It ia into the mouth of a dull and ooarEe aodergrodaate that 

^^JCn Aiwteu pnla a coodemnation of " Camilla." ' 

^|b With the money pruned by this book, Genera! D'Arblay 

^^^pDt k cottage cloae by Norbury Park, the scat of tlie 

HHooks : witb tLat amiablo and accomplished family Madame 

■'■WArblay had a cloae friendship laatiag for life. Tlie 

ITArblays lived in " Camilla Cottage," in qaiet. only brokeu 

\jj the early death of Susan, that dearest Bister, for whom 

Fanny bad written her journals, whioh were nercr again to bo 

kept so fully. Towards the end of 1801, General D'Arblay. who 

had more than once tried for empioymeat as an ofiicer, went 

ta S^uis, to gather what might be left aneeized of hia property. 

and to claim his arreare of pay. As he would not acrve against 

the eonntry of his wife and ohUd, he aeema to have got little 

b«ycMid hia half-pay of aixty-two poands a year ; aad after 

BOOM time, a post in the Civil Department of Constmctioa of 

Public Boilditigi. General D'Arblay was not a man to trust to 

the pension, or the pen, of his wife nhile he could find work to 

be dkine. He urged her to join him in France, putting before 

b«r the preoarions nature of their main resource :* this " main 

reaoanx " must, we think, have been the Queen's hundred 

a jrcar. It is unpleasant to observe how very fearful woe 

1. It is the 



' John Thurp, ia " Norlhangur Abbey," 

'* Wr gite (be rDllowing pssssge, wiib tworolil ii 

* ' mce we can lincl o/lw Madame lyArblBT'a marriage, to sny 

y about her pension. 2. Itis BglimpseofD'Arblay, wbowrote 



^■aty nfer 

^^Kft^ooopi lo miike a» wish lo read more i>r his letlera ; — " Ma bonii 
HWiwi il Mt impoBBible do noDi dissimuJpr que depuis plusieurs snnfm 
■" Vwos n'mon* tccu, lualgrS toule iiotre fconouiie, quo par [e moym rit 
rvAtnonin qui Bgnl OD ^puis^ra ou bisn preles i, Vivnt. Ia plus gmnili' 
'.unit ds aotTe rerenu n'tst ri«n moios qu'sESuree, *t npendant quu 
' noiu-nooi *i elle leiuut i noua monquor 7 La taonle de ce aermon <iit, 
iue Undii qoeje mil propr« il quelque chose, il est ds noa deToir, commo 
'pnm M coiDiDi! fiite, de lAchor detircr ponides oircoiuliuicespaur noui 
uiflilggi , I'U rat powible, unc rieillene tolaJemeoc indepeodaQta ; et « 
nem mUi an bien-ttra <iui ne noui fwica pa> renoDcor an oAtrc." — M 

— «b'j. - " 



a-^ui 



loMlPJIM D'AkBUi. FmIs (6 DeceailMr), IBOl. 



k 



i: 



Uftdaroe D'Arblaj that the rojai favoar she bad won hy M 
ronoh toil and suHeruig sbould ocas« to be hers. Sot M 
would she have felt had lier dealings been with Johnson. « 
with Ihirke I' Fortified by the l^aeen's Baactioo, and aat«nia 
Opinion that a wife should follow her hoBband. (even if ho 
wore a Frenchmaa !) Madame D'Axblaj went to Farts dnring 
■' the short peace." 

It was to be for a year : she nae kept over ten ! She fonnd 
her hoaband's familj- like bo many more Bomejs ; she livod in 
the very beat company in Paria, as she had done in London ;' 
General D'Arblay never gave ber aoy greater caose for on 
nesa than being out of her sight at hia ofGce, but ibe was loM, 
to literature ; she was lost, besides, lo letters,* (in the lowei 
meaning of the word.) to the letters which come and go bf 
poet. There was no certainty that any ahe wrote wonld n 
her foither, or her friends. Her father in hia fear, forbade her to 
write to him at all. She did not dare to keepajoamal — p* 
might be aeiaed at aoy timo. The Corsican bore no oommentS' 
on his deeda. What we have loat may be aeen by what si 
wrote when free : by her aketchea of Buonaparte, io 1805, m 
Krst GonenI, at the TnilerieB ; of the torpor of Paria when 
the news came of hia escape from Elba; of the flight of tba 
French Royaliats to Ghent, and to Brussela ; of the panic i 
BmsseU when there was a wild ramour that Waterloo traa 
an English defi^at. In Angnst 1812, abe fied to England with 
her BOn, while Buonaparte was ou his Bassian campaign. 

The yontb was near the age when he would have been la 
into a EVeoch soldier had he staid. She found ber father 
aged and broken ; she Boothed and cheered the last days of & 
man who waa called " admirable " by the pions Biahop Jebb, 

' Sm Epilogue, p. I. 

• '< Tba Muieiy in wbiob I mix ... is all that ckn be wished, whaihar 
(br wit, wiidoiit, mielllgeDce, gaiety, or polileneu." — Huxuie If AnMur 
loDa. BuKK£T, Hiy I, 1810. 

* ■' Nor have I net heard whether the lut lii letters I have «n«tn 
(to Dr. Buniey,} ha>e u yet been received. 1'wo of them were antJiiD 
that had waited three or touryeara«)ineopponnnitj! . . . thetwolOH 
were (a rtm^h ytni Ibrougb a rajBge by AmerUa." — Maoake D'AamLi.T- 
TO Db. BuBKEr. 

(iW letter, begun on the IGtb September, 1607, missed it's chaE 

sent, and vns liniibgd on Ibe 21it of August, IgOB. Dr. BnriMr 
.tohavereimTadoalynaUtunEron) hisdau^terinasmaayycan^ 



INTRODUCTIOS. Txa 

&nnB on the night of the geueral illniiunation 

e of the alliee ia 1B14. We feel her pangs of 

ihe dreaded that he died doubting the trath of 

she tried to tell him, of the overthrow of a 

M«r at svil, of the relief of Europe, of the return of peace. 

Dr. Bomej hod a happj' life at hnma and abroad. The 
" eleguioe of his miuiiiers," which wm inherited by Madame 
D'Artilay, mode him so welcome at great boneea, that, it is 
■tnuige he Bboold have bad little of State patronage or 
rowftrd, antil he was eightj. 

At Wolmer.Mr.Piti beard him plaj, and Itsteoed with atteu- 
tire politeneas. "He was ae obliging," wrote Dr. Burney.'-as 
if I had had half-a-dozen Sorougha at roj devotion, but be 
iioilbor knows nor careB one farthing for flotea or fiddiee." 
Dr. Boroey was much more of a Tofy than Mr. Pitt ; but it 
had boon left to the generoua Burke to give Dr. Bumey 
■tl toftt was in bis power — the poor place of organist at 
OhaUM Hospital, two days before he left office' for the last 
time. It was left to Charles Foi, when he took office,' on th e 
i-:iith tiT Pitt, to give Dr. Bnrney £300 a year for life at tl 
.'.reaty of Mrs. Crewe and Mr. Windham. 
it wonJd appear that so far back as the mouth of Decemb* 
ibkl, MadAme D'ArblaywBs feeling the way towards bringioj 
■Mt bttr foartb, and last, novel, '■ The Wanderer," which was 
oM published nntll 1614. There was the " astonishing idai " 
about this book, that the whole edition was bespoken before it 
WM published. That grsceleas Byron, (who did not respect 
too many things or people !) felt as if strawberry-1 eaves were 
added to his coronet, when a publisher said be should look 
a novel by a lady whose writings Dr. Johnson had onoe 
We do not suppose Byron ever saw it, 



■ In n«3. ' Inisoe. 

{iMterTS. "To Mb. Harrksi. Dtc,8,lS 

. . . My booliKller Cswthome, bat just left me, uid tell* 

s nroatimpDrtKnl fsce, that be ii in craaty for a novel of Madame 

bfajaj's, (or wlucb 1,{)<X) guineu are asked I U« wanta me Ui r«ul tlie 

E[if M oblaina il)< ■'hicb 1 ihall do wilh pleuora ; bat I bIioiiIlI be 

ujiuiiiicntDriRg an opinion on herHiioae ' Cecilia' Dr. Jahnwin 

._ JMlvd. if be lendi it (o me, I sLbII pul it into the hsads of 

n sad Mnort, who are Iruiy men of lasU.' 

b^^.lli^ on Ihif lelur, Uoore ctmrecu a rumour believed even by 



IHTBODUCnOH. 

three of it*8 five volumes were finished when Madame D'Arblay 
escaped to England in 1812. 3,600 copies of " The Wanderer ** 
at two guineas for each set, were sold in six months — ^yet it 
was an utter failure. We are glad it is not our duty to reid 
that book again ! 

Madame D* Arblay had her part in the good things brongfaft 
by peace. Her husband was restored to his full rank and 
pay. By desire of Queen Charlotte, she was presented to ths 
last Dauphincss of France, the Duchess D*AngoulSme, and 
the King, Louis XV ill. The King told her in very piretty 
English "that he had been charmed by her books, and had read 
them often.** He bade her good-bye in French, with ^ Bot^amr^ 
Madame la ComUtse.^ If she had cared for a brand-new title» 
she might have taken it. 

After the second Restoration of Louis XVHX, Gteneral 
D* Arblay withdrew from a service which he found too aevert 
after twenty years of rest. He died at Bath, in 1818, Bome 
months before his son was ordained a deacon of the Ghnroh of 
England. His widow lived afterwards at 11, Bolton Streeli 
Piccadilly, among a few friends and kinsfolk, arranging th0 
mass of papers left her by Dr. Bumey, her own joomala and 
those of her sister Susan. Out of them she constmoted 
the <« Memoirs of Dr. Bumey,** published in 1832. Thn 
book was spoilt by the bad style she had contracted aftsr 
the publication of *' Cecilia; '* yet Bishop Jebb wrote to her, 
that, " Much as we already know of the last age, yon hay* 
brought many scenes of it, not less animated than neiw, 
graphically before our eyes, whilst I now seem familiar with 
many departed worthies who were not before known to ma, 
even so much as by name.** 

MacanUv : '' Lord Byrou is here mistaken. Dr. Johnson never saw 
* Cecilia ' till it was in print. A day or two before pablicmtion the yonnff 
authoress, as I understand, sent three copies to the three persons who had 
the best claim to them, — her father, Mn. Thrale, and Dr. Johnson.* 

Letter 80. << To Mr. Hodgson. 2>«. 12, 181L 

** . . Cawthome talks of being in treaty for a norel of Maiiamt 
lyAiUs^'s, and if he obtains it, (at 1500 gs. I !) wishes me to see the 
MSi This I should read with pleasure, — not that I should ever dbun to 
renture a criticism on her whose writings Dr. Johnson onoe rerised, bnl 
for the pleasure of the thing. If my worthy publisher wanted a soand 
opinion, I should send the MS. to Rogers and Moore as men 
alive to true taste . . . *^Moor^8 ^* Life of Byrm,'' ynH ^ 



iN'rBOOPenoM. xsa 

a, WToto to her son ; " ' BveUna ' did not give me 
e pleaanra when I naa a schoolboj, than these ' Memoirs ' 
haro given me doit, a,ad tide ie sajtng a. great deal. Except 
Bomr^'s. Uiere is no other work in our langaagc irliich 
esrrie« VM into «aoli Bocipt7. and makes as fancj that we are 
MX(a3inted nitli the p«rsoui to whom we are there iiitro- 

tn 1837 dw hod the groat grief of ) obi iig her son,' who bod 
jB«t necired preTemteiit, aud iras about to many. She 
oolliTed bim three yeKn, djing in London on the 6th of 
JuiaaiT — a day she had kept for fort; yearci, in memoiy of 
the dcaUi of her aister Susan. Bhe was buried in the oharah- 
fard of Watoot, near Sath, bj the side of her husband, acid 
of this their daar and only aon. 

little can be added to wbat this oSerer Susan Burney, when 
MMmIj fourteen, wrote of her elder aiBter ; — " The oharB«ter- 
ittics ot F»anj seem to bo seiiee, Benaibility, baahfulueeB, aad 
«yea a degree of prudery. Her underataading is saperior." 
Tbo ** winiples," ■' ptuiolilioa," aud " refiuemeuts " of delicacy, 
which catch your eye »a yoa turn Miaa Barney's pages, were 
in hcf character before tbey were iu her books. Mr. Crisp 
*aid Bhc had " a tender and delicate frame of miud." Her 
Cnoads admircd her "timid intelligence," and "drootiingseu* 
nfatUt;," when tbey did not see them cause her too niuoh snf- 
Ifarilig. Such was the fair ideal of the female character. 

"SoiAy Weatem,"and"Amelia,"wBrecbarminggirla, bat a 
litd* too hearty for the taste of that time; tbey are charm- 
ing woaoen now, — for all time ; bnt " Evelina," and " Cecilia," 
wore young ladies of so much " delicacy of sentiment." that 
we tnoet needs pause now-aud-then, to ask whether tbeir 
Bcnaibility woe sensible, or whether, aa in the opinion 
of a North Country lady, " they wanted a good shalaug : " 
to aolter llieir " va[>ours," we preanme. They sometimes 
cany ihii sensibility of Clarissa, Clementina, and Harriet 
Bynn. to what we may call an '' eflemioate" excess; fortbat 
Hr. lUctiardson bod to answer, as Miss fiurney has, perhaps, 
loaoxwerfor tbe reaction of Miss Edgeworth, and of Miss 

■ Hm ReiKranid Atexandsr lyArblay was bnni U. Buokhrun in 1194 ; 
eb^ami the Taocred Schularship ia ISI3, Tenlb Wrnnglur in IBIS, 
FaUo* of Cbrisl't College, Cambridgu; MmisterorEIy Clui[>iil, Holbom, 
- ■ 'e IStliofJaniimry, 1837. 



^(idiD 



ZXXU IHTBODUCnOH. 

Aasten ; for the too great amoant of bright and cold good 
sense of the first; for the oyer-sobriety of feeling of the 
second. 

It is an obvioos remark that *' Evelina '* iB her aiithor*fl self 
at seventeen ; a mstic Miss Barney, more helpless in a ball- 
room than Dr. Barney's daughter coald ever have been, but 
as sensitive to slight : shnnning notice, bat feeling that ^'il 
is not very comfortable to be neglected,** and desirooB of % 
*« distingaishing politeness to raise and sapport her." IGh 
Barney, among strangers, spoke so low as hardly to be heaid 
for more than a word in a sentence. With a fkiend of per> 
ceptions like her own she coald enjoy ^' a robaat halloo ** of 
laaghter. There is every reason to think that she wept and 
blnshed qaite as mach as *' Evelina,** or *' Oedlia.** We «!• 
cept *' Camilla,** for it woald be hard indeed to blaah, or waop^ 
so mach as that poor girl. Lord llacaalay has coanted, Ibr 
after-ages, the twenty-seven fisdnting-fits in one very silly 
novel ; bat who shall gaage the tear-&ll in '* Oanulla? ** 

One reason of the qoick and complete snccees of her novels 
was their entire parity. Mr. Bichardson, who was w rap ped 
up in his own virtae, and praised from palpits, is macalate 
beside Miss Barney. Another was her dear, distinct way of 
showing what she saw, and nothing besides : her books do 
not tax the mind of any reader. He passes pictores, which 
** tell yon only the present moment : nothing of time to 
come ! " ^ No riddles of life are given him to gaess, on pain of 
being rent if he cannot solve theoL Miss Barney may not 
be deep, bat she is ladd. 

The simple frame- work of *' Evelina** answers its parposs 
of showing, on the stage of a book, a " pleasant broad comedy" 
of manners,' from the top of society to the basa There it 
skill in the choice of types of fashion. Lord OrviUct the 
elegant, bat virfcnoas hero, is a second Sir Charles Ghrandison« 
better saited than the first to the liking of yoang ladies, and 
to the manners of 1778. Sir Clement Willonghby has some- 
thing in him of Harriet Byron's troablesome lovers, Mr. 
Greville, and Sir Hargrave. Remark the softening of manners 
between the writing of ** Sir Charles Grandison,** and of 

^ These are Miss Barney's own words, but they are not applied as in 
* Camilla.*' 
* Sara Coleridge. 




Tha bad baronet of Harriet Byroo carries her off 

- ^la a inMUtu«raili\ and begins to have the marriage- service 
i' ni oTor bir l>y towoti. The bod baronet of " Evelina " only 
dnTM bar towards tike npper end of Piccadilly, instead of to 
(jBcaa Ann Stmt; and drairs her into *' a dark alley" at 
Vaoilwll, ibM he aaj be fVee to make insolent love. Sir 
Cl»S«it u a dcrcr man of pleasnre and of fashion, Lord 

'■'i rhin riTTir. ignoraat, and dnll — is on a loirer grade: 
: -A Btttiy y<mn lalir, his style of fashion hae gone dovrn to 

■ JiD Tborp, in ■"Nortbangor Abbey." Next comes Love], a fop 

- 1^ a ancomb, who copied those above hini, but yet is of the 

■ :titJ' It M far from him U> Mr. Smith, "the Holbonni Beau." 
"in lodf^ln ths dining-room over the silversmith's shop on 
S tisttt HlU. and is looked upon as " qnite one of the quality." 
..J lb BmnKbtons, " for he dresses as fine, and goes to balls 
N^ daacca, and iirTeTTthliig quite in taste; — and, besides, 
kav^B a foot-buy of bis oiru, too." 

Tfaaao fire typ<a of fashion are -well-defined. On the top of 

tht ncauit, tba Datliue of Lord Orville is less distinct thu 

ii Blight bat, but Mr. Smith, at the foot, in nnmalched. He, 

and tba Braogbton*. are more than characters of manners. 

Wt an lEiado to aea why iLej are ill-bred. Their ralgarity 

Ttaaa trwa tbe mind, outwards. We close the book thinking 

' .•'if bow tbej took the marriage of "Uiss" with a Lord, and 

'- iithar ll»7 tormenMd her by jiresBing Lord Orville to bay 

' IT ail cpr ipxin!. 'i'ho coatrsKt of chamcters in " Evelina " is 

- ^^iT abrupt, bnt very diverting. There is a 

■ f yonlh in this romance. Girls enjoy the 

. .:r like to know how other girls went to 

_ . -J, .: ._ : . .ivoid absurd, or unpleasant, man, and 

. . itaix uClcii, but not too often, with delightful partners ; 
-.-^a if it weiv one handred years ago. 

" STJioa" is iho more attractive book; " Cecilia," the better 
^■•vf^Bl. ** OiKjilia,'' and even " Camilla,'' have an admirable 
'.■^■bh of plan, agt«at variety of eharaclers, and of incideuta, 
'wMBi* akin may boobaervRd in the"MBmoirBof Dr. Biirney." 
1> ^ yoa paiw throagb » long gallery of portraits, " CoDver- 
■U'H-pieoM,'' " Hunc^parties," and " Ciala-scenos," after the 
— Tiir of (h« Old UoeteTB. 
U m» vpiMda of " Cecilia," that of the death of Barrel, 
I Ik atiter b ftbow aud beyond hereelf. The passage ata&de 



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apart fixnn the book, reminding ns of some scene di 
by Oharles Lamb from Dekker, or Webster. Patting thii 
polling passage aside. Miss Barney's serioas characters, 
pathetic incidents are commonly well conceiTred, bat as c 
monly over-drawn, and over-coloared. To-day, they s< 
times tempt smiles she little meant to provoka 

« Evelina^s ** feelings on first meeting her father, (wh* 
not the least wicked among the many bad fi^thers in fioti 
are beyond natare, and beyond dnty seen in it*s most aac 
regard. ** The conflict scene,** between mother and soi 
'< Cecilia^** for which Miss Barney said she '' wrote the w 
book,'* seems to as to merit the warm objections made 
by Mr. Grisp. The criticism of Barke on '* Cecilia,** i 
good now as a hnndred years ago. The masqaeradc 
thoaght too long, and that something might be spared 1 
HarreFs grand assembly; he did not like Morrice*s part at 
Pantheon ; and he wished the conclnsion either more hi 
or more miserable ; ** for in a work of imagination," saic 
** there is no medinm.*' Again, '< Yoa hare crowded in 
few small volnmes an incredible variety of characters ; i 
of them well planned, well sapported, and well contra 
with each other. If there be any faalt in this respect, i 
one in which yon are in no great danger of being imiti 
Jostly as yoar characters are drawn, perhaps they are 
nameroas.** 

After all, when we tax Miss Barney with exaggeration 
may tell oarselves that Mrs. Delvile reminded Mrs. Thra 
her own mother,^ and that one man was foand like " Alba 
and another, who said he himself was a " Briggs ! ** 

It is on her keen perception of whatsoever was comic, thn 
all grades, from the diverting to the hnmoaroas,' and ob 
lively power of bringing it before as, that the fame of Fra 
Barney mast rest ; thoagh she has mach more, if we 8e< 
with an attention little likely to be given to-day. She 

* " When I read the lady's ** (Mrs. Del vile's) " character in my own < 
ing-room, I catch myself looking at my mother's picture every mon 
yours is so like her in many things.** 

* Her couTersation showed these gifts as much as did her fa 
Dr. Bumey told Mr. Crisp, that Frances had given him an aocx>i 
a ridiculous family in her neighbourhood, " with so much humour, 
painting, such description, such fun, that in her mouth it was a p 
oomedy." 



ISTEOPUCTIOH. 3tIS» 

MJoyment of the lodicroas •speots of vulgarity, iiiiited 
ft Mnse of ttie distresi and irritatioii iaSicted by the 
r on delioBte min<tB, peculiar to herself. 

~a a French pla; in which the hero, bent on biB 
nra caucems, is molested at every step bj imperttncDt, 
itnportaiiabe pc>.'ple. Sach ore the main " motives " of 
"Evelina," and of "Cecilia." Whatsoever is inopportaDe 
Mhlls ifao'e heroines — the doubtfiil poeition, the vnlgar Idns- 
foDc, the insolent admirers of oue ; the jarring guardiaae, the 
bnntere of the fortvme. and hinderers of the marriage of the 
other, arn all arranged to produce oontrarieties which rjee to 
the tj»gi-comic. A Hecoudary object is to gire those pictures 
of maimerH which were Dccept<!d by society as not unfair re- 
presentations of it'9 own snrfucc. 

Uiu Bnruey's knowledge of society widened between 1778 
bad 1782. In " Cecilia," and in " Camilla," she ^ves us the 
liamoon of the '■ (on," bb distingnished from mere common- 
plsca Guliioa. t-he shows ue tho " Insen»ibiluU " (as she 
calls ibem, beginning already to make a jargon of her own, 
rSoach ber uext class consists of the " JargonuU ") ; there 
-V IfMides the " Vuluhle," and the " SupereiUovt." 
I'he " IitMHtHiUittt " and the •' Superciliooi" naturally mn 
><-to the " Banuyi*" of the noit generation, even as Mr. 
Jloadows is the forerunner in her writings of a much greater 
coicomb. Sir Sediey Glarendal, in " Camilla." 

Uisi Lorolles, the" FoI^Hfl," says of Mr. Meadows ; "Why, 
Iii-'a at the very bead oTthe ton. There's nothing in the world 
I faahioaable as Ittking no notice of things, and never seeing 
< '-iple, and saying nothing at all, and never bearing a word, 
riijd not knowing one's owu acqnaiataoce, and always finding 
faalt ; »U the (on do so, and I assure you, as to Mr. Meadows, 
be** M esMBsirely court«d by everybody, that if ho does but 
■ftf ft ■jtlable, he thinks it such an immense favonr, yoo've no 

In "Camilla "(1796) the " (on" has mn into revolutionary 
nUDDorm. " It ouiists of impertinence, insolence, and nn. 
bOBDded Rreedom and ease, with a short, abrupt, dry manner 
of apmoh ; aod in taking the liberty to ask any question that 
ocean npon other people's aS'airs and opinions — even npoa 
tiuir JDOOm^s and expenses — nay, eren upon their oRe." 

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that of it*8 clothes. In *' Cecilia ** we meet with the follies of 
to-day in hoop and sacqne, or in bag-wig and raffles. 

Still we may observe that Miss Bnmey has no ** Jargamutt" 
of the Fine Arts ; no Mrs. Cimabne Brown of the eighteenth 
century ; no " Vvrtuoti;'* no " Cogno9cenH** — ^not even » rmp- 
tnrist of music. Her ^^Jargoniaia ** are talkers of slang; some 
of which survives them. Captain Aresby woald be " glad to 
have the honour to cut.** He finds things " killing to » point ; 
killing past resuscitation — abominably horrid.** One man is 
** the most petrifying fellow he ever was ohsidS by.** French 
phrases overrun English talk, as in Mrs. (Sore's defunct novels. 

Shortly speaking, we may say that Frances Bnmey wrote 
** Evelina ** for her own pleasure, and that of her sister Susan, 
with very little thought of the public ; that she wrote 
" Cecilia '* at bidding, vrith a distinct strain upon her to be 
equal to the place she held in the estimation of a highly- 
polished society, above which, but out of which, towered Buries 
and Johnson ; ** Camilla ** was written, among the cares of a 
nursery, to gain money. All through it we see timid looks 
fixed on Windsor. Will *' the sweet Queen ** approve? can be 
heard through every sentence. '* Camilla ** was to be ** sketches 
of character and morals put in action — not a romance,** because 
the word novel had long stood in the way of ** Cecilia** at Windsor. 
Now, " the sweet Queen,*' if we may judge by what she read 
with Miss Knight and with Miss Bnmey, had a preference for 
dull books. In suiting her taste, Madame D* Arblay condemned 
" Camilla ** to neglect unsoftened by any hope (^ a reprint ; 
although over 3,000 guineas were raised by its sale, and Ifiss 
Austen lifted her pen in its behalf.^ There is in it a general 
decline and fall of the writer's powers. It should have been 
called '*The Vacillations of Edgar Mandelbert ; ** that hero, 
" too, too amiable Edgar,** wavers between thinking Camilla 
an angel of beauty and goodness, and a mere frivolous and 
faithless coquette two-and-twenty times. It is true he hai 
five volumes through which to waver. He would not have 
had one chance of doubting if he, or any other character in 
the book, had had the most ordinary share of sense. There ii 
a silly, good-natured Baronet in " Camilla,** who put Queen 

I Bfias Austen took firom the last aentenoe of" Cedlia," the nsiiie of 
her novel, *' Pride and Prejadice." 




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I mind of soiue gentleman ebe hiid kuown in 

:iibnrg before the item e«veuteou. Sir Hagh might, 

I, hare been eucb a mau as the object of this almost 

e rocollectiou ; but ho could never hdvo boon a York- 

•iureman, [LsUadameD'Arblajmadeit oat. After "Camilla," 

•• the combinationB for another long work did not occur " to 

iiCT : " tncidente for dnunas did." Only one of the playa 

Tsr nliiah ehe wasted time waa ever acl«d, and it failed. 

' ):cn rerf poor, over forty, aad a married moman, she with- 

.^'■n from repreeentation a comedj, for which Sheridan was 

' have paid her foor hundred ponnds, out of deference to her 

I'utber, who fc&red another failnra. Her noble obedience, in 

which General D'Arbiay concurred, rttiaca her mnch higher 

than her play might have done. Many b-tforta have been 

made to aooonut for the strange style of writing into which 

she fell in middle life. None seem to na fully to explain ho 

eiagulv a change. 1^'ive years at Wiudsor.' and over twenty- 

flva of spe&king Freuoh, may have done mnch to spoil her 

r:ij;liBh, which was never very secure, becauBO it was not 

..^ed on Latin ; but we think the germ of evil may be traced 

Df. Buroey. Above all men she admired ber father, and 

: : f lyle. as a part of himself. She wrote to him, " I, like Mr. 

■ lurtoey, claas your English with the very first class." 

We bave said before that Dr. Unniey wrote clear aod easy 

■iigUeh wbeo be did not make metaphors. Let us show how 

i ■- wrote when ho tried that dangerous eiperiment : — " Tonr 

loss would be the most painful and severe amputation which 

tni»fbrtuu« coald perform opon my atlectious." Again, " lb 

hna tic«ii vary well said of mental wounds that they mast 

^ . ^igeatt like those of the body, before they can be bealed. The 

^^■MlUce of ueoeesity can alone, perhaps, in some cases, bring 

^^BbUiU dig«Btion ; bnt we should not impede it by canstics or 

l^fano^res." It seems strange that a woman who bad so 

'- 'itrmir ft sense of the ridiculous should have fallen into a 



irt. 



k depressing /<»/," intUMi of fittatg, 



8ba littdkl Windsor unang hybrids. Miu Knizht layi of a Ulibup of 
"^IMJ— y. who bad been ■ CiiaoD of Windior, Bed pnioeplor lo tbe Daka 
gfKiMitt " Uving much at Windsor .... he had imbibed the bad ityls 



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style 80 absurd as that of <' Oainill%** of the * Wanderer,** of the 
** Memoirs of Dr. Barney," and of ihe ''Diary ** and " Lettera" 
from about the year 1800, onwards. That she was unoonscioas of 
it*s defects, the following smart rebuke to her son will show : — 

*' Easily, too easily, I oonoeive the melancholy reflections 
that were awakened by the sight of our dear, dear cottage; 
yet your expressions upon it*s view lose much of their efiect fay 
being overstrained, recTierchis, and designing to be pathetio- 
We never touch others, my dear Alex., when we study to show 
we are touched ourselves. I beg you when you write to me^ 
to let your pen paint your thoughts as they rise, not as yoa 
seek or ■ labour to embellish them. I remember you once wrote 
me a letter so very fine firom Cambridge, that, if it had noi 
made me laugh, it would have made me sick.** 

This was written in 1815, when she herself was in full flow 
of Euphuism. 

Why dwell on breaches of law of which the culprit was 
unaware P There is neither pleasure nor profit in noting faolta 
of style which do not afiect the best parts of her best books. 

When all is said that can be said, to lessen or to lower her, 
the place of Frances Bumey remains assured, as that between 
Henry Fielding and Samuel Bichardson,who died in 1754 and 
in 1761 ; and Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen, bom in 1767 
and in 1775. 



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E Trill not onmber our text with b notice of anothsr 
ittack on Madame D'Arblay by the Bsme writer, in the 
^Aitnc review. This time it was aft^r her death. In 1812 
three volnmea of her "Diary" had been published by her 
iiicce. In Na CXL. of the " Quarterly Eeview," there is a 
uotioe of them, bearing the same relation to honest critioism 
that tihooting your landlor : from behind a hed);e does to 
1«gilIniato warftire. Tho "gr.atly overcharged datailH," of 
1^, are, in 1842, Heightened into " factitions details " and 
" fnlso colonring." "The sopproBaion of dates," (to conceal 
the frreat age of five-and- twenty !) baa become " The enireme 
youth o/ the auihor was an elaborate dee«pt{on on the part of 
herself and her friends. We beg leave to refer to our former 
article for the details of this mancenvring -, suffice it here to 
rvpcftt that it was at the outset represented that 'Evelina' 
n* the nork of a girl of seventeen. ... It was so con- 
"~ tly aiserteil that uo one, vre believe, doabted its tmtb 
itil the pnblicotion of the " Memoirs of Dr. Bumey.* " The 
'er asserts that Madjime D'Arblay mnat all ber life have 
embarrassed by this original deviation from tmtb. Then 
we mnst have been Dr. Barney, and Dr. Charles, and tho 
Admiral I Dr. Johnson would have "felled" this man with a 
folio, llie sword of Burke would have leaped from it's scab. 
Tho words of Macanlay were the sword of Barke. 
r, if pBople are to answer for what is said of them, there is 
iport much more common than that Miis Bumey wrote 
Flina" at seventeen. It is, that Croker, moved by no 
of good, Kiorched the Lynn regiater, tbot he might 
ODtiaf a lady of eighty by stating in a review, that fifty .five 
before she had not pabliahed her true age. We have 



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oonelves heard it said, perhaps with hmnonroiis exaggeration, 
that Groker went to Lynn, ontside a stage-coach, on a win* 
ter*s night, in severe weather, to search for this rosty weapon 
of vengeance. An odd thing is, that in this article of 1842, 
Groker avows that ''the entry ** (of Frances Bnmey*s baptism,) 
was procured with *' some pains/* yet admits that in 1833 ha 
had given the month as July, when, on her niece's showing, 
it was Jane. He repeats the blander, ** July,** in his last edition 
of Bosweirs « Johnson,** in 1847. 

What could Groker know of the ''outset?** Was a dspa* 
tation of Bumeys to go to Galway, where Groker was bora 
two years after the publication of " Evelina ; ** and assure the 
babe in his cradle that rumour was mistaken in snaking oat 
their Fanny to be only seventeen ; or was it to be done in 
1800, when he came to London as a student of law P In this 
base article, he speaks of Madame D* Arblay as being ** deceit- 
ful,** — ** perhaps malicious ; ** and a mere " menial ** at Court ; 
and gives a warning, almost a menace, to the Editor, to pub- 
lish no more of the " Diary.** This is not worth the ink wo 
spend on it, yet we have known people who have been led by 
this review, and by the former, to judge Madame D*Arblay*B 
" Diary ** before, or without, reading it. 

As some small proof that those who had more concern 
than Groker in the statements made by Madame D* Arblay, 
did not find her wanting in faithfulness to fact, in loyal feel- 
ing, or in propriety of taste, let us print what we heard from 
the late Dr. Peacock, Dean of Ely. The Duke of Sussex told 
Dean Peacock that he and the other surviving children <ji 
King George and Queen Gharlotte, had been much alarmed 
on learning that the " Diaiy of Madame D* Arblay ** was about 
to be published; but on reading it they were very much 
pleased ; " though I think,** (the Duke added,) " that she 
is rather hard on poor old Schwellenberg ! ** It is not to be 
supposed that Princes and Princesses were barked at by the 
person whom Macaulay called " an old hag,** and whom Miss 
Barney nicknamed " Oerhera.*^ 



SOU£ readers Taay romember Mis. Delany, who plftjed ft 
moUier'B port toUisa Burneyforuearlytwoof those weary 
fito je*rs which were wasted lit Windsor, They ttmy think 
Miss Boroey was too prolix in praise of a lady, who, thoogU 
of *■ greftt politeuesB and iugunnity, and of cm auoiirected 
piety," ' ia little known oxcejit tbroagh Miss Bumey herself. 
If i»^)fuse, bw praise was sinoero. She spoke of her acquain- 
Uu)o« with Mrs. Delany, aa of •• a great blesEing," in a journal 
only meant tor her sister Sasan, and for her best friend, Mrs. 
Look, tea years after she had written,—" This faUl mouth 
I maa bereft of" (Mrs. Delaoy) ■' the most revered of friends, 
and, p^rhkpe, the moet perfect of women." Let ns cite the 
editor of Mrs. Delauy'a " Correspondence " as to the valne 
set by Mrs. Detany ou Mise Barney. — 

** III Aogaet, 178S, Mrs. Delany (writing to Mrs. FraQces 
Hamilton.) says of Miss Bnraey, who was staying with her 
daring ber illness ; — ' I have bad in the house with me ever 
since my nephews were obliged to leavo me, Miss Bnmey (the 
anthor of" Evelina" and '■ Cecilia"), which, eicellent as they 
are, are her meanest praise. Her admirable nnderstonding, 
tender affection, and sweetness of manners, make hervalnable 
to ftll those who have the happiness to know her.' Mrs, De* 
lany also says that it was a satisfaction lo her to have had Miss 
Sorney ' as a companion for Misa Port '' during her own illness 
•t that period.' " 

Again, Mrs. Delany to Mrs. Port, Windsor, December 21at, 
: — " Miss Bnriiey is still with me, but leaves me in the 
:mng of Jannary. She is, indeed, a most valoable com> 
^knioti, and on Mary'i aceotmt? as well as my own, I am happy 
to baTe OS mach of her company as I can." 

Ooce ngalti. writing on the 3rd of Jaly to Mrs. Frances 
Hamilton, Mrs. Delany aays: — " lamsnreyonarenaqnatnted 

■ Ksbnp Hiird. 

' Geor^ioB Mary Ann Port (ciklled " M>ry " by her gmt-maot, Mn. 
DifUor) ycaa bora on [he IGth of Septemller, 1771. Ud her falber's 
eutrannuig his nmrnns, »he was taken by Mrs. Delany, who brongbt hnr 
ap &om Van a^ i( acvon bi that of BixtKea. Aller tbe death of Un, 
Delany, od the I5th of April, 1788, Uisa Port liied with her maternal 
unclei, ootil she married Mr. BaiyBTnin WidiliDgton, on the igtb of 
Fatanarf, 17S9. Slw diedon the ISth of Jaauary, 18S0. 



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wiUi the norel entitled ' Cecilia.' mach bdmired for its BOiut 
vuioty of choTMter, delicacy of seatimcot. te., Ac. Then i 
nothing good, amiable, and agreeable, mentioQed in the boal 
that is Dot possessed b)r the author of it, Miss Borue;. 1 
have now been acquainted with her three jean; her extmai 
diffidence of herself, iiotwithstondiug hor great genius, 
th« applanse she h&s met with, odds lustre to all bor 
lenoes, and all improve on acqaaintaiice." 

Now Mrs. Delanj'B cuttings oat of paper, and paatinga a 
lajers of colonrod paper over each other, to imitate flowera 
and making cornices of sheHe stuck into plaster, to adoro i 
private cbapel, were clever tricks of hand, bat tax ftttm miis 
of art. Like ber cheuille-floircre on the chapel -cnsluoas, tiiai 
are rather to be excused than contmendod. Those who havi 
eeen how ill Ladj Di Beauclerk drew, and read how higUl 
the was praiaed, maj conjecture what were the paintings a 
Mrs. Delanj, a mere amatenr, at a time when liefuolds him 
self was a echoolboj in his art. She rests ou her good jadg 
ment, and knowledge of manners, and character. Thait abi 
bad a good judgment, or much knowledge of character, n 
TirtuftUy denied by her remote coilaWral oonneiioa and 
whovirtuallycontradictsalHhat hergreat-graiid-anntev 
of Miss Buniey, in rancourons notes and comments throngli 
out one of the thick volnmes of her cnmbrons siz. Wliy b 
this? It teems to be becanse, in the short notice of Mre. Ds 
lanj given in the "Memoirs of Dr. Bumey," and in the foUn 
deUuls of the " Diary of Madame D'Arblaj," Mrs. Delan; ^ 
peare Be poor ; as losing help towards her housekeeping wbc 
the DaohesB- Do wager of Portland died in 1785 ; and as beinf 
eet at ease by the King, who gave her three hnndred a yei 
and the ose of a fiimisbed house in Windsor. This was : 
State-secret, first made known by Madame D'Arblaj in 18! 

This e<Utor herself prints a letter from Mr. Gilpin (of t 
'' Forest Scenery ") to Mrs. Delany, in which he congratolatM 
ber on the kindness of the Sing. He says, if he hftd been I 
Jacobite, it would have turned biro to King George^ Tl ' 
highly olTenda Lady Llaiiovor. who rcbokea the shade of 11 
Gilpin' for presumptioo, with which she, who corrects b 

'a tetlera. tW he n 






gmt-gnnd-aiiat, should first have taxed b^molf. How nnd 
wbjr Mrs. Belaay got her pensioa, ttos. in 1832, on old atory, 
of lb» ■' Old Aimanack " Idnd, How little Madame D'ArbUy 
tiionghl ic Kould give pain, wbeo put in print, is abonn by 
ber making friendly mention of the grcat-niecc. Miss Port, 
then Uis. Woddingtou. more iban ont^e in the tjjit, and 
Bending a copy of her book to Mrs. Delany's old waiting- 
woman. If Mrs. Waddington doubted what she read, as 
macb ae abo may Imve disliked it, there was Madame D'Arblay. 
bcr dew friend^-her correBpoadoiit whom she had iropor- 
taned to write to her for at Ipost twelve yeara (from 1788 to 
1802), who WB8 seeing her, and writing to her on terma of 
vanu friondehip in 1813, and, for anything we know, later 
■till, ready to erplain from her "Diaries'' things which she 
doabtcdi And having at eighty, as at eighteen, "the fear of 
doing wrong" ' as her *' leading principle." 

As nothing seems to have been written to Madame D'Ar- 
blay in 13J2. or to the editor of her "Diary" in 1842, by Mrs. 
Waddington.' we may take it for granted that nothing could 
he written. Indeed, how can tlOBO "Diaries" of Madame 
D'Arblay, which are more trustworthy fay far than the 
meininify of auy one ; which were good evidence theu, and 
woold ho now, in any court of justice, uuless impugned by 
other jonruals etjually trustworthy, be contested f 

We have examined this sfTtur of Mrs. Dclauy's pension with 
nioro out* llian it is worth. It is now of no concern to any- 
oae. ezoept sofiv as it alfectathathigh" veracity" of Madame 



Ite pnarni day\ and ibat tlio notice uid enoiuroscmcat Justly awarded 
btuttalant*, made him saraetimea for^t bis own position or that of 
~ Mb* aililrvued. The nbore lelter 1% an irutonce of this." — Editor'* 
:, p. 306, Tol. ri, of Mrs. Dalaoy'a " Corwipondence." Ml". 
va not alone in hia presamplion : — Mri. MiinlogU, on the ICth 
mb«r,17SS, wrote to MiBB Blimey of this pension : " Their Majei 
Bt bare been ti> Mrs. Delany the beat lupporl in afflic- 
_ .. . orld nmid give ; their acta were princely, but the lenti- 

IBta tbay hare shewn io'their raannnr are angelical.'' 
1 Hadama D'Arhlaj. 

■ It U aaid ibal Mrs. Wndrlin^n wrote lo Mn. t>elany'a old wklijng- 
to aak ber if her own deur friend, Madame D'Arblay, bad (old the 
If aa, it was anlikeagentlewomsD. We do not notice thiiwoitins- 
't latter, bomuse it wai unfair to print il without printing tb« 

WIBHt^ttMMWtg. ?t<wUwotfciiigtnit,hwwwr. 




xlir KPILOGUI. 

D*Arblaj, which Dr. Johnson said, more than once, he, strict 
as he was, had '* never found failing.** We think Ladj Llan* 
over has exaggerated in her own mind what was said hj 
Madame D'Arblaj, then tried to confute more than was stated. 

It is not nnlikelj that, in the forty jears and more, b»> 
tween 1785 and 18i32, the story of Mrs. Delany's pensum 
had floated into a golden family-legend, in which a beaatifiil, 
wise, and venerable lady was waffced to Windsor, for meriti^ 
sake alone, to sit by a virtuous king and queen, telling 
them her tales of old time ; revering, but revered. TUs 
legend is ''invested with the organic weakness of tradi- 
tion.** ^ The same may be said of a myth of the next genem- 
tion, in which a lovely Mrs. Waddington is shown as restoring, 
by that " personal influence ** (with Queen Charlotte) which 
there is no sign she ever had, a pension to Madame D* Arblay, 
which there is no sign had ever ceased. The world has 
legends enough to live upon so long as it may last ; let as, so 
far as we can, stop the making of more. Let us stop them in 
the very making ; it is the only way. 

Can anyone suppose that Eang George gave Mrs. Delany a 
house, furnished even to ** pickles and preserves,'* and three hon* 
dred a year to keep it up, unless he knew she was in some dis- 
tress for money P Bespect for her character, and pleasure in her 
answers to his '* What P whatP ** doubtless counted for muoL 
There may have been some thought, besides, of pleasing the 
House of Bentinck, by settling a difficult afiair. Mrs. Delany 
would not accept from the Duke of Portland that home for the 
summer, and whatsoever else she may have taken, from her old 
friend, his mother. A daughter of the Duchess, Lady Wey- 
mouth, was a Lady of the Bed-chamber : through her the offer 
of the pension was made to Mrs. Delany. We say it may 
have been to please the House of Bentinck, for we find that 
through her own connexions Mrs. Delany could not get even 
an Lrish bishopric for her second husband, the learned Dean 
of Down. She was eighty-five in 1785, and it could not last 
for long. 

Mrs. Delany*s editor seeks to shake the credit of Miss 
Bumey, who, if found inexact in other things, might be so 
about the money-matters of her great-grand-aunt. She tries 

* Lord Besoonsfield. 



■ HLOGCK. XlT 

(tatiiig, in a Diaiy writtea for her clerer 
r— who, •ocordicg lo the witty Comte de Norbonae. 
I wM " tpiritatiU," ae irellas all that wm "doutoi" 
derer Dnddj Crisp, an old rriend of this Duchess 
I. UtlU)^ thftt ware not !- — that she met people when 
, uiil was praiaed by Mrs. Delanj and the Dncbesa 
li*d DOl even read ber book I Tbis is set in tbe 
lit* ft Bolenui way, ae tbe " State of the Caee, with 
t«r " (Miae Barney's) "first iuteiriew vritb tbe 
Portland-" Indeed, tbe index is almost Crokerian, 
da of an aiuciiitj in Croker's tndoi to Boswell's 
' Uucanlay, Thomoa iiabiugtou, his blanderlng 
Mia-atatemeuts of Misa DDrney,"is a very fair 
f Croker. 

tbe first of Croker's disgraceful articles on 
'Arlriay, and commcnids it as a " very jnst notioe, 
fotlovs Croker will find mare's-nestB. This 
tbe Caati ~ is a mare's-nest of some sixe. Tbe 
tlial she bai " often been totd by ber mother " 
Kagtan),** that Mrs. Delany was induced, lome tim» 
m1 berself received Miss Barney, to gratify the 
ining the Duchess of Portland's tmunlUng con- 
tbo anthoreBs of 'Evelina' presented to her.'' 
other's memory was at (anlt — no wouder, she was 
jaan uM when Miss Barney &rsb met Mrs. 
I Uw DucboBH of Portland, on one and tbe same 
J, tbe 19th of Jaunary, ITSS.' She had beard, 
I nonlh before, of the admiration of these ladies, 
mf wer* reading one of ber books for the third 
r»8thorD*ceniber, 1782, Sir Joshua Reynolds told 
beard this at a party given by the Duchess of 
X wttich ho wished she had been present The 
t pOiDl is to prove they bad not read tbe book 

Kaid tbcj praised in January, 178'!, until the De- 
•kme year. We give this singular passage for 
rsMcfera who might take the editor's part of Mrs. 
DoRMpoodence " upon trust: — 

iQtcci mentions having read 'Evelina' on eao- 




xlri KpiLOODK. 

COBBive evenings after tea, and reoords bariag ' fini^ad 

• Evelina,' 5th Dec. 1783, and the DncKess of Portland hftrii 
written that eveulng to Mra. Boscawen to aay that they l 

* gone through £., the hook ehc bod desired ihem U> rM 
There is not one word oT eneomiam repeated on tlie part or ll 
Ducheas of Portland, whose imlimiUd compliments to '" 
Bamey will be remembered to have been recorded in Mx 
D'Arblay'a " Diary," as having been nttcred ia referenm 
her noTei twelve mouth* previotuly, and rtpeeially with rag 
to ' Evelina,' of which the Dnchesa of Portland it said to b 
uttered the following words: 'Of the morality of the b 
(cried the DncheBs) we Bhall indeed now gire Mibb But; 
her due, <n itriking, «o pure, so genuine, >o inttrudiveU' " 

Now could any one believe that before making, by ii 
tion, Buch charges of nntruth against Madame D'ArbLay, ft 
editor, however inexpert, would not have looked at I 
" Diary ? " There ahe would have seen that, t 
told, " Evelina " waa never named by the DacheBs of Portlui 
or by Mrs. Delany, on that flth of January, 17H3. The g 
old ladisB spoke of " Cenlia." Thrice had they wept a 
''Cecilia," before they had read ''Evelina" at all; eo t 
they were nearly ail years behind Mrs. Cholmondeloy, H 
Thtnle, Mr, Boacawen, and Mrs. Montagu, wliea they tM 
•■ Evelina " read by Miss Hamillon iji December, 1783. V 
are the words "which the Doohess of Portland i*t»ld to b 
nttcred," not cited as they stand in the " Diary of Mm 
D'Arblay f ' If copied correctly, they Bpoil the under-lini 
of the paragraph we have called singular, by showing it « 
of " Cecilia " the ladies Bpoke — " The Harreb " being ft r 
lees couple of fashion in " Cecilia : " — 

" ' The Barrels I O, then the Barrels ! ' cried Mrs. Delfti 

" ' If yon epeok of the Harrels, and of the morality of t 
book,' cried the Dachesa, with a solemn sort of Toioe, '< 
■hall, indeed, never give Miss Burney her due : so Btrilda 
BO pare, bo genuine, ao iuHtractive.' " 

It was trifling with the readcra. and buyers, of the '' 
nspondence of Mrs. Delany," to turn this aeotence into fa 
Kfaininar, and to distort it's meaning by clumsy o 




Ifiti 

■ lUKK 

■ pboe 



Anntbar atory told by thii edltar if the most p»ltry, th» 
Tory pettiest wiecdote we ever saw in print. It ia treated ■■ 
If it were an Engliib " Affnira du Collier " of little less impor- 
tban tbat fital afiair in France ;— 
Ura. DcUny .... hod not seen enongb of ber " 
Bnmey) " to ba aware how utterly nnfit ahewaa for any 
rwjairing punotoality, neataees. or mannal dexterity ; 
(Queen Charlotte aeed to complaiQ to Airs. Delauj that Mies 
Burney could Dot leern to tie tbe bow of her necklaoe on 
Coart-daya without giving her paia by gettiug the hair at the 
back of tbe nock tied in with it.") 

Now, HisB Boroey did not tie tbe bow of tbe Qaeea'a neck- 
Ince OD Court-days. One of tbe Bed-cbaiaber women, for whose 
guil^ bkCDe we will not seek, must have hurt tbat " Sweet 
QnDBii." On Court-days, a bell wasmog for a Bed-cbamber- 
wonuui, wb» tied ou tbe necklace, banded tbe fan, and the 
gloves, and carried the royal train to tbe ante-room, where 
a I«dy of tbe Bed-chamber took the cororoand of tbe queenly 
skirti. 

It Miss Bunioy ever committ«d " Jxie-Majfite" (in it's 
first meaning.) it most have boon on oommon-dayfl, not on 
Coorl-daf B ; bat bow the story is spoilt when '' Conrt-dayH " 
are taken out of tbe senUinoo 1 Bren with Coart-days left in 
it, is it not like one of those stories lold by Misfi Carolina 
WUbelmtna Amelia Skeggs, to which Mr. Borchell cried 
- Ftadgo" Y 

Tbe editor once or twine calls Mi«e Burney, " ooe of Queca 
Cbarlotlc's dresBers." If she had referred to " Debrett*!! Boyal 
fi^alendar," fbr the years in wbicb Atigs Barney bold office, 
■ba woatd there have fonnd: — 

•' Keepebs op the Robes, 
-MBS. 8CHWELLENBERGBN, MES. F. BURNEY." 

Tbe aaaiataot. or Wardrobe Woman, Mrs. Thielky (or 

*■ ' Ab. Ma'kni,' cried Mrs. D«lany archly, ' and doe* your Grace re- 
BwmlKr pmeitiag you noold Dever reud " CecilU " ? ' 

" ' Yo,' laid ibo, laiwtung, ' I declared that five volumes could never 
t.' (iiitclwil. but since I begsn 1 hare read it three times." 

Thn M«au lo be what an irapeHect meranry made into unwiUingueis 

id to Ibe autlior; ■till, •> Dr. Johnson eaid to ioiiid man, 

Hunt of your owu tute or undencanil lag, if 

a m «d i M h »b>wt— ■Cawlifc' "— " Jtaif </ 



gmm 



I 



xlviii sprixOGUB. 

Tliielcke), was thn •< real acting person," Miee BarnPj, u 
says, " tho apparent one." Mrs. Schwellenberg nnd 1 
Bnmej alirays received al tea, and often at dinner, nil 
gentlemen and mac; of the ladioa, who nere invited 
WindBQT, " as only a select few could cat with the King . 
Qaeec ; Bud those few, ladies — no men, of wbat rank boo 
aittinK in the Qneen's presence.'' 

It woBid have beea singnlarlj importiuent in the King> 
Qaeen to Bet mere dresBerK to entertain Bishops, Lords, i 
Commons and Iheir wives. 

Ab for the " neatness and manaal deiteritj "(!.'! ), ben 
tha opinion of the wife of an Irish Bishop, given to B^ 
Burnoy before momiug- prayer, in the chapel at WindMri 
*• Well ; the Queen, to be ture, it a great dtai better ilr«M«ji 
»h« tued to be t hut, for all that, I really think it is bnt su 
thing for you ! — Dear 1 I think it's something so oat of 
way for ynu ! — I oan't thitik bow you set aboat it at Brat. 
mnst hare been very droll to you at first." ' 

Lady Llanover priotB some very trifling UDt«B trota ] 
Barney to a Mary Hamilton, niece of the well-known 

' Let ua pluuk oae or two of Ijidy LlanQvef's weeda of am 
" Asllie daDgliterafamasic 
position whslevar !" Might wo not tl 
Hying : '' The Queen trUl give run a 
yon »re not rich," . , . "When 
when you may mako yonr curtsey." 

Lii>r ItsMionii: " Misi Barney bad an midefined aurt of ueleb 
won by her talents." 

Has. iiCHWEtJ.KNBEBO (BpeBkingbefuTS MIss Bumey) t "I woti*ll 
DOtbiag what yon eall novels, wbat you call romaoces. what fun 
hialories, — I might not read such what you call atuff, — not 1 1 " 

UViat oat mrillM Aji llie betteT!- of Mn. 8. mi La>ty LA 

JaRRAvsTEHi " Itisonly 'Cevilia,'DrCunUia,'ui 'Belindai' • 
short, only same work in which the greatest powenof the mindanr 
ptaved, io wMch most thoroagh knowledge of human nature, iha haffp 
debneation of il*i itaTietiM, ^e livelieat efluiions of wit ana blutnot 
eoDTeyed to the world." — 

Loao Btbok lu Mr. Mcsrat. " Dtc. ST, ISIt 

" Lord BoIUnd n laid up with the gonl, and would feel obllgad If; 
could obtain, and acnd ai K»n at Doiaibte, Madame IfArblay^ (cr ■ 
Miss Edgnwonh's) n*w wurk. J know (hey arc not out ; but It to] 
haps pusaiblo for jour Majaly ... 



d Mrs. StibwaUea 
. . . TbeQtiHn 
lUthe gown, I will tdl 



L 



•uing purcbaee. ai yd. 
eel M Madame lyArbla] 



IPIL0GI7E. sliz 

Britiih Atnbueador tt Naplea.' Thfff 
worth Um prinliDg, but thej ore nsed bb pega, on 
ikuin rigotuttle. 

ttttbtm* nolea Uui Bomej nUer* b timid wieb that 
kt MS "the Tom." "The PoTtlnnd Vase"! cries the 
•bow that MisH Soraey was not on mch a 
Wiik the Daehess of PortUad ai to enjoy any cer- 
uoa of that ethnic and naboly '' Qrail." If the 
onked into Madame D'Arblaj's " Diary," ahs 
baTD fotiod it was iht Sumilion Fom, which 
h«d miiwd sBMcg, one day, and hoped to Bee 
TlUa would have spoilt her argumeut. 
if all comea a miierable oavil about same triBing 
m iMqaeathed to Miss Bamey by Mrs. Delanj. 
I: *'MJBBBTiniey quoted the eipreaaious appended 
ita made to Dr. Herd, the Biahop of Exeter, the 
and Mr. Maaou, the poet, as addressed to 
Wliat Miaa Barney did say, writing to her sister,' 
bof," (that is, these words.) "were ordered to be seat 
U>0 porb^t of SaccharisBa, and two medallions of 
they were originally written to accompany the 
»lbe Btabop of Worceatw. Dr. Bard, as yon may per- 
ba a^Uibal it was desired they mightalao be copied : — 
B Ihia liberty, that my mnch-eeteemed and respected 
af aoiiMiumeB reooUeot a pertoQ who was so sensible 
taimr ot [his] [her] Eriendabip, and who delighted so 
bar oooversatioa and works." 



Delany send* 
. lbs wturn of B "(Uy •oinSniWly 

/atj Ita BoniMqueiiiKa loo ntDcb tn eipnw. oiut 
to dDjuU» tolhefldiTof good wuhntliWiliiuypToie 
mag Umca who i* o bleating to all." " The Editor" 
tosxpkin thiidalc, M Ihe IHIh of Jbd. wu Ibo binli- 
• OiHliiItat uaA tib Judb, ofGcorgDlIl.' Iineierndkoa 
M tba binhday of Hiu Bamihon might bo " ioflnilely Taln- 

," kc, p. 304, ToL ii., Jan. lb, VSt :—" Tbere «u m world 

tha temiatr ihoM my not going lo te« lbs H^initloa Taw, 

—^ b may kaiv bMn lb* th* artfrward* aold lo tba Ducheo of 

igSiiW, lUnillcvn ; but it wu bis wlwn HUa Bumey wiabed 



1(7," kt, p. 1st, ToL i». 



i 



1 XPILOQUl. 

Why should these minate oftvils ever have been madef 
There is much more of this editor's rigmarole whidi some- 
times amounts to railing; bat we are of Hooker's mind, '*to 
railing I answer nothing; ** above all, todamoar raised round 
graves. 



MATiAira D*Abblat to MSflL LOGK, 1796 : 

fThe Queen) " has behayed like an angel to me, firam the trying tiaa 
to ber of my marriage with a i^renchman."^ 

MATiAint D'ASBIAT TO MbS. (WADDDIOiaH), JuiTB, 1797 : — 

** 1% was a very sweet thcxight to make my little namesake write to 
me,"* 

THIS *' little namesake** was Franoes Waddington, bom 
on the 4ith of March, 1791 ; married to the famous Hansen 
on the 1st of July, 1817. Her letters and journals have been 
edited, and her life written by Mr. Augustus Hare. 

On page 71, voL L of this Life we find the following extract 
firom the journal of Miss Waddington : — 

** Jime 5, 1805l 

"The Queen** (Charlotte) *' spoke very gradoosly to 
mamma^ and made inquiries after Madame D*Arblay.** 

To this, the following note is appended : — 

*^ Because the pension of Madame D'Arblay, which had 
oeased on her marriage and residence in France, had been re- 
stored on the representation and personal influence of Mrs. 
Waddington, who made known her reduced circumstances to 
Queen Charlotte.** No authority b given for these state- 
ments, all of which we believe to be incorrect. 

We must first remark that Madame D*Arblay had been 
nearly nine years married before she went to France at alL 
Between the two events, there is not even the paaae of a 
comma in the note we have cited. 

It is certain that she was paid her pension during those nine 
years ; it is as certain that it did not cease on her going to 
France, nor, so far as is known, did it ever eeam, aliAioagtL for 
two years (firom the spring of 1803 to the end o^ May 1805 ) 

» ** Diary of Madame lyArblay," p. 78, voL fi 
• *« Diary," &c, p. 109, vol. ti. 



IFIL06U1. Li 

she had no remittances of money from England from anj soarce 
whatsoeyer. This eorers the whole time, as dealt with in the 
note we have cited, between the marriage of Madame D'Arfolaj, 
in 1793, and Miss Waddington*s visit to Windsor, in 180-S. 

Let na show that this hindrance of pajment, caused bj the 
war, is the grain of truth oat of which have sprouted these 
figments. We believe Mr. Hare to have taken some family 
legend of the Waddingtons upon trust, and put it into pri^t 
in this note without testing it*8 truth. 

Before marrying, Miss Bumey made herself sure that this 
hundred a year would not be withdrawn. Who spoke, or 
wrote, for her to the Queen, we are not told ; but she married, 
with the Bqyal sanction, upon that hundred a year.^ Tliia 
was on the 31st of July, 17d3. On the 2nd of August, she 
wrote to teU her ** sweet friend,** Mrs. Waddington, of her 
marriage, that she might spare her ** weak nerves and tender 
heart a surprise almost too strong for them.** Mrs. Waddi n ^.ou 
had not long left London, where she had all but met the 
Chevalier D*Arblay. She was an exacting friend, claiming to 
know all Miss Bumey did, yet she had not been told of thin 
courtship. " Such/* wrote Madame D'Arblay, "was the u:.- 
certain^ of my situation, from prudential obstacles, that I 
dared venture at no confidence." ' In 1796. Madame D'Arbla^ 
dedicated ^ Camilla ** to the Queen, who, thereupon, joined the 
King in giving her what was then called ** a compliment '* of 
a hundred guineas, in return for golden words of loyal affect io:.. 

' See the << Diary of Madame D'Arblay," p. 425, toL tL 
« "Diary of Madame D'Arblay," p. 430, toI. v. p. 16, toL vi. 
That Mn. Waddington teased Madame D'Arblay to write her full 
•cooanta of all she did may be seen in the " Diary." At page 32, vol. 
tL, we find a letter in answer to " a dry reproof" from Mrs. Wadding- 
ton for not haring been tokl of the production of a tragedy by Madame 
D'Arblay. At p. 44, vol. ri , we find Matlame D'ArbJay writing to 
Mrs. Waddington: "Let me hasten to tell joa something of my^t-If 
that I shall be very sony yon should hear from any other, as your U") 
maoeptiUe mind would be hurt again, ami that would grieve me quir*; 
to the hearts" Again, at p. 109, vol. ri., in answer to nresh complaiiits 
of the ahortnesa of her letters, Madame lyArblay writes to Mrs. Wad- 
diagton : — ** Yon ask me what information any of my late letters have 
giren yoo, except of my health and affection. .... It appears to me, 
perhaps wrongly, that yon hare wrought yourself into a fit of fancied 
resentment agamst a socoession of short letters, which could only buve 
bem merited by ktters that were unfriendly.** 



lii teiLoaci. 

In 1797 and 1798 there ore proofs in her "Diarx" 
WM in receipt of her pension.' It ia dear she wo* 
bv^oor, h&ving long private interriews with tbe (joei 
ever she went to Coort. Before gmng to Franoe in 
bad a long farewell-audience of the Qneen, and Uadk 
the Eng and the ?rince«eee. Slio wrobe letten tm 
to Uise Flanto, for liie Qaeeu's reading. 

She went for a jear, or eighteen months, ovlj, bat 
over ten years. The '• Short Poaee," (as old folks dsi 
the " Peace of AmieuH.") was signed in Harcli. 1602 
month before ebe sailed, and bmkaa bj BnonaparM in 
of 1803, — just as she waa thinking that she might U 
return to EnEland in the autnmn. 

We bare a letter from Jladame D'Arblay to Dr. 
bearing the date of the 29th of May, IBOS. In it. (be 
father that General D'Arblaj boa obtained bis hal 
£6S I0«. yearly, and that, as " all their retovratfrotn 
had ceaied with Iha peace," and little was left of what 
brooght over, he had, afler mneh seeking, obtunet 
appointment.' Letters were then sent by way of G 
BO that it is very unlikely Dr. Bumey had recMved l1 
on the 5th of Jane, when the Waddingtons were at V 
but the Queen knew that Mrg. Waddington wrote to 
D'Arblay ; and, it may be, knew she gaw Dr. Ban 
dined with tbe Waddingtons, six days later — on th< 
Jnno; therefore, "the Queen made inquiries after 
D'Arblay." 

About this time, Dr. Bumey wrote to his dangltte 
heralistof those friends whoyct UTed,and still thouf 
He says ...... "Mrs. Waddington," (who is last on 

'• and many more of your faithful Totaries. still live, a 
see tno without argoat inquiries after joo." AIL Uie 
iabric of this note may have been raised on the ja 
most have been felt for Uadame D'Arblay bj the Qd 
Mre. WaddingtiOu, and all her " other failhfid TOtari* 
on th^r wonder bow she contrived to live when i 
communication with England was barT«d by the 1 
' Tltej did not know that Genetal D'Arblay had reoo 



ji 



KFILOGUI. liii 



pfocnred, soy mesziB of liiiiig. All thej knew was, ih^t 
neither her pension, nor the profits of her books, had re»?.-ie<i 
her between April, 1803, and Jane, 19&5. 

It is not to be sn|^ioeed that her bankers did not find ceaii* 
to remit money to her later on. That letter of May the 2^^ 
1805, oontains her last mention of porerty. 

In 1812, she escapes to England. There and then she is 
on her old footing with the Qoeen and the 



^ ••XI 



spends three days out of the fire thejr are in town with them 
at St. James's Fslaoe in Febrnary, 1813. She is with them 
again in May, she is ** rsoeiTed more grsdonsly than ever if 
that be possible,** and so on, nntil, jvt before the Q^eezis 
death, in 1817, she visits her 6id and dear mistress erery daj 
at Bath. We hare read that some one, when the phrase t^^s 
as norel as it is absnrd, asked Lord Flonket what a man. who 
had styled his boo^c " ^pencmal narradve,^ ooold mean ? ** We 
lawyers,** replied Lord Plonket, ''nse pencmal. as distinct fr<:=i 
reoiL" In this sense, we most nnderstand the ** persot^ ii.. 
flnence"of Mrs. Waddington, who left Windsor (»e Miss P— 
in April, 1788.^ In Aagnst at the same year, we find 2<L:?§ 
Barney writing : — .... " I had no room ** . . . 'a: 
Cheltenham,) "^whatsoerer at my own disposal, in s:::h a 
manner as to enable my having the happiness to receive anj :f 
my private firiends ; even Miss PPort^, thoo^ known to all ihe 
Boyal Family, I oonld never venture to invite except ^hen. 
they were abroad.** ^ This looks not like inflnecce ; co? dc^s 
any influence make itself manifest throogh the ffigns of 
welcome granted to Mrs. Waddington at Windsor. Tnej 
are less than we shoold have expected, seeing that she had 

* For fectcrs to Mn. Waddington* Me the " Diarjr of MadrLn:^ 
IfArfafaiy,'' pp. li, 13, 133, 147, ITO, 355, toL r.; pp. U, 32, 44. Irj, 
voL tL ; p. 8. ToL yrvL Sheis the Mi» P. of the ' Diary." Intelligent 
might form s fmir notion of ber character and s:taat>:r. fr -m 
kind letters of advice, withoat baring seen the sketch bj Mr. 
Hare; which, on the wh'Ok, fits into, and explains *he^ 
iecftos : **" Her too maceptible mind" — " Her too agitated mind " — ;s :he 
fslgecC of Madame IVArbiaj's warnings. ..." Goard jourse'.: all 
joo caa ficom rmmimatiMg tyo deeply^ and from indulging ererr rl?:n^ 
fTM?*f^^j whether ofpctin. or of pleasure. Toa are all mftde ap w-.ih p r>^ 
pmiitira to both ; I see it with coocem. ret with added tenderness : see 
It abo fcax9df, and it cmn do no erii" — ** Diary of Madanu I/Ar^/.ii^^ ,'■ 
p. 13, vaJL T. 
> •Dlary,''p. 216, toL iv. 



hv IPILOQUB. 

spent three years under the eyes of the Boyal IVunily, and 
left Windsor as a lovely and interesting*' girl of sixteen^* 
who had lost her best friend, and had, as it were, no home.^ 
Mr. Hare does not show her as going to Windsor at all, be- 
tween 1788 and that 5th of Jane, 1^, when Bliss fielding 
said : " I have no doubt they would send for you, if ^ey knew 
you were here.** ^ They ** did, and Mrs. Waddington saw the 
Queen, with all the Princesses, and a great many more ladies. 
The Queen ''made some remarks on Mamma's having two 
such great girls,** asked after Madame D*Arblay, then said 
" she would not detain us any longer.** Mr. Hare tells us 
Mrs. Waddington went to see her old friends at Windsor, 
in 1806, 1807, 1808 ; but she is not shown to have seen the 
Queen, except once on the terrace only, "in an amaiing 
crowd," in 1807. 

It would be slaying the slain to proceed. 

At page 400, vol i., of the ** Life of Baroness Bunsen,** we 
find some very harsh and crude remarks by that lady on the 
" Memoirs of Dr. Bumey.** The book may have reached her 
in the company of Groker*s review of it, and of the comments 
of some of her own kindred on what had given them oflEbnoe 
in the notice of Mrs. Delany by Madame D*Arblay. Madame 
Bunsen*B wrath is uttered in the language of the conventicle : 
''blasphemous*' and "unchristian,** are, however, grotesque 
words to use to anything, written anywhere, by Madame 
D*Arblay, whom Johnson asked to pray for him in his last 
illness. 

We never, to our knowledge, saw any of the Bumeys, but 
we are ready to tilt with our pen for the writer who has 
given us so much pleasure as the famous Frances, against 
Groker — '* not quite a felon, yet but half a knight;** against 
the discourteous and inexact editor of " Mrs. Delany'a Cor- 
respondence/* and against whosoever put incorrect infor- 
mation before Mr. Augustus Hare, who was worthy of better 
usage. 

* See Mr. Hare*8 own aooount of her anhappy situation, in the ^ 
of Baroness Bunscn.*' 



{ORIGINAL inscription:] 
To [Db. Subnet]. 



Oh, Author of my being ! — fiur more dear 
To me than light, than nooriahment, or rest^ 

Hygeia's bleesings, Baptnre's burning tear. 
Or the life-blood that mantles in my breast 1 

If in my heart the love of Virtue glows, 
'Twas planted there by an unerring rule ; 

From thy example the pure flame arose. 

Thy life, my precept, — thy good works, my schooL 

Could my weak pow'rs thy num*rou8 yirtues trace. 
By filial love each fear should be repressed ; 

The blush of Incapacity Fd chaoe. 

And stand, Becorder of thy worth, oonfess*d : 

But since my niggard stars that gift refhse, 
Concealment is the only boon I claim ; 

Obscure be still the unsuccessful Muse, 

Who cannot raise, but would not sink, thy fame. 

Oh ! of my life at once the source and joy ! 

If e*er thy eyes these feeble lines survey, 
Let not their folly their intent destroy ; 

Acoept the tribute— but forget the lay. 



[ORIGINAL DEDICATIOS:: 
TO THE AUTHOBS 



OF THB 



MOKTHLY A5D CRITICAL 



'I 'HE libertj which I aAe ir ad»K=:r x v^l -» r^^-z r 
-*■ pfodocDOQ of % Um idje soKrt. •■d idL-crtBi mt^* t-'it 
w<»ider, and probablj yocsr eocaecpL I "W"!! zi-jl jir^*^»- 
with the fatilitj of sfiouogxi!. i^ira^fr t;>x. t-'jct -smi!: '.>'. 
briflfiy admowledge the Bccrrci cf sj ^biuk!.' -. jsr. '.7 i 
preznatiire exercue of ik^i jmatr'rw' -mijes, I hvx vZl vf^j»^. 1 
me, I should lessen iss beceroiSQee. icd ':« i ^ j^^ e Mr r v, - ; 
own condBmnAtaon. 



Withoat nmme. whhoai rKfx=uBMKxe^ ac^i 



■^, 



ilike to snooese mnd disenoe. y^ viioes. ram. I ic zxrr,^rr.j 
Bpfdj for patronage, as to ifac^t vio t^-:!je:£7 TmSact *J:«%-::i' 
sdTes Inspectora of all lizervj iierfsy^ar-neg ? 



The extensire plan of joar 
not confined to works of nsilisj cr i=.zK.^ir:j. ii wzmLj ^-'^r 
to those of firiToloQS amcj^ae^:^ — acd. j«? worse \:Jk:. 
birdoaa, dnllnes s,— enc our a ^ ea oe v> leek fc?* j<»r \:r'r>f.' 
tion, since, — perfaapa for inj sma ! — it isuiitm Tstb V« "jt.; 



lyiii DIDIGITIOV. 

annotatioiiB. To resent, therefore, this offering, however in- 
significant, would ill become the nniTersality of ]roar under- 
taking ; thoagh not to despise it may, alas ! be out of your 
power. 

The language of adulation, and the incense of flatteiy, 
though the natural inheritance, and constant resource, from 
time immemorial, of the Dedicator, to me offer nothing but the 
wistfiil regret that I dare not invoke their aid. Sinister 
views would be imputed to all I could say; since, thus 
situated, to extol your judgment, would seem the effect of art^ 
and to celebrate your impartiality, be attributed to sus- 
pecting it. 

As magistrates of the press, and Censors for the public, — 
to which you are bound by the sacred ties of int^grily to 
exert the most i|pirited impartiality, and to which your 
suffrages should carry the marks of pure, dauntless, irre- 
fragable truth — ^to appeal for your Mebct, were to solicit your 
dishonour; and therefore, — though *tis sweeter than frank- 
incense, — ^more grateful to the senses than all the odoroui 
perfiounes of Arabia, — and though 

It droppeth like the gentle rain from hearen 
Upon the place beneath, 

I court it not ! to your justice alone I am intitled, and by that 
I must abide. Your engagements are not to the supplicating 
authors; but to the candid public, which will not frdl to 
crave 

The penalty and forfeit of your bond. 

No hackneyed writer, inured to abuse, and caUons to 
oritioiBm, here braves your severity ; — ^neither does a half- 
starved garretteer, 

Oblig'd by hunge r and request of friends,— 



tmploro your lenitj : j-oureiamitifttiou will bo alike aabiassed 
bj partiality and prejudice ; — no refractory nmrmnring will 
follow your Miurare, no private interest bo gratified by yonr 
pnuse. 

LetnottbeanKioaRBOlioitiide with which I recommend myaelf 
to yonr notice, earpose me to yonr dariBion. Remeiaber, Gentle- 
men, you were all young writers once.nnd the mostexperienood 
TOteran of yonr corps may, by recollecting hie first pablication, 
reuoTate tuBfirBt terrors, andiearntoallowformiue. Forthougb 
Cborage is one of the noblest virtues of this nether sphere ; 
and thonghBcarcoly more requisite in tbefield of battle, to guard 
the figbtiug hero from diajp-ace, than in the private oommorce 
of Ihe world, to ward oS that littleneaa of eoul which leads, 
by ttepa imperceptible, to all the base train of tlie inferior 
pauions, and by which the too timid mind is betrayed iitto a 
•errility derogatory to the dignity of human nature ! yet is it 
a virtae of no necessity in a eitoation such as mino ; a eitna- 
tion which removes, even from cowardice itself, the sting of 
ignouuny ; — for surely that courage may easily be dispensed 
with, which would rather excite disgust than admiration t 

^^^bcd> it \e the peculiar privilege of an author, to rob terror 

^^■BDtempt, and pasillanimity of reproach. 

Mtrt Ut me rett — and snatch myself, while I yet am able, 
from the fascination of Egotism : — a monster who has more 
TOfaiiea than ever did homage to the most popular deity 
of antiquity; and whose singular quality is, that while he 
excites a blind and involuntary adoratiou in almost every 
individual, hi^ influence is aniversally disallowed, his power 
nnivemlly contemned, and bis worship, even by his followers, 
never raeutioned but with abhoiroQce. 

lu addressing you jointly, I mean but to mark the generous 
MBtiments by which Liberal critidsm, to the otter auuihilatioii 



DIDIGATIOV. 



of envy, jealoaej, and all selfiBh viewB, oa^ht to be di 

tingoiBhed. 

I have the hoaoar to be, 

Gentlemzk, 

Yonr meet obedient 

Humble Servant, 



[ORIGINAL PREFACE.'] 

T N tfa« repablio of letters, there ia no member of siioh inferior 
-'' rank, or who is eo much disdained by his brethren of the 
quill, as the hotuble Novelist: uor is his fate less hEird in the 
world at large, since, among the whole claas of nriters, per- 
haps not one can be n&med of which the Totarioa aro mora 
LiimerouB but less respectable. 

Yet, while in the annals of thoae few of our predecessora, to 
Khom this species of writing is indebted for being sayed from 
roQtempt. and rescued from depravity, we can trace auch 
iiMaes as Bcasseau, Johnson,' Mariv-aux, Fielding, Richardson, 
&ud Smollett, no nuut need blash at starting from the same 
post, though many, na;, moat men, may aigh at finding 
ihenuelTee distanced. 

The following lettera are preaonted ta the Public — forauoh, 
by noTel writers, novel readere will be called, — with a very 
lingql&r mixtare of timidity and confidence, resnltiag fraoL 
the piecnliar aitaation of the editor; who, though trembling 
for tbeir aocceaa from a oonadonsneBS of their imperfectionBi 
y«t fe*n not being inTOlved in their disgrace, while happily 
wrmpped np in a mantle of impenetrable obscarity. 

To draw eharacters from nature, though not from life, and 
to mark the manners of the times, is the attempted plan of 
tbe roUowing letters. For this porpoee, a young female, 
edncMM) iu the most seclnded retirement, makes, at the age 
of aeveateen, her Srat ap|>Barance apon tbe great and bnsy 

' BowaTCT tilpcrioT the capw-itiea io which ihex great wrttrara dcaerva 
U ba oaaaldetwd, thoj muat pinion in« that, fur ibe dignity of my >dI>- 
" aivtk thakoihonof Bawdaa uid Kloiteu Nan" ' 



i 



Ixii PBITACl. 

stage of life ; with a yirtaooB mind, a onltiTated nndentand- 
ing, and a feeling heart, her ignoranoe of the fonna, and in- 
experience in the manners of the world, ocoaBion aJl the little 
incidents which these volumes record, and which form the 
natural progression of the life of a young woman of obacors 
birth, bat conspioaoos beaaty, for the first liz mcmtiui aAor 
her Entrance into the vforld. 

Perhaps, were it possible to effect the total extirpation of 
novels, oar joang ladies in general, and boarding-school 
damsels in particalar, might profit firom thmr annihilation; 
but since the distemper they have spread seems inoorabk^ 
since their contagion bids defiance to the medicine of adyioe 
or reprehension, and since they are foond to baffle all the 
mental art of physic, save what is prescribed by the slow 
regimen of Time, and bitter diet of Experience ; sorely all 
attempts to contribute to the number of those which may be 
read, if not with advantage, at least without injury, ooght 
rather to be encouraged than contemned. 

Let me, therefore, prepare for disappointment those who, 
in the perusal of these sheets, entertain the gentle expectation 
of being transported to the fantastic regions of Bomance, 
where Rction is coloured by all the gay tints of loxorioai 
Imagination, where Beason is an outcast, and w^ere the sab- 
limity of the MarveUoue rejects all aid Arom sober Probability. 
The heroine of these memoirs, young, artless, and inexpe- 
rienced, is 

No fikoltless Monster that the world ne'er saw ; 

but the offspring of Nature, and of Nature in her simplest 
attire. 

In all the Arts, the value of copies can only be propor- 
tioned to the scarcity of originals: among sculptors and 
painters, a fine statue, or a beautiful picture, of some great 
master, may deservedly employ the imitative talents of young 
and inferior artists, that their appropriation to one spot may 



PBIFACB. Ixiii 

noi wholly prevent the more general expansion of their 
ezoellenoe ; bat, among aathors, the reverse is the case, since 
the noblest prodnctions of literature are almost equally attain- 
able with the meanest. In books, therefore, imitation cannot 
be shunned too seduloosly; for the very perfection of a 
model which is fireqnently seen, serves bat more forcibly to 
marie the inferiority of a copy. 

To avmd what is common, without adopting what is nn- 
natimlymnst limit the ambition of the vulgar herd of authors : 
however aealoos, therefore, my veneration of the great writers 
I hftve mentioned, however I may feel myself enlightened by 
the knowledge of Johnson, charmed with the eloquence of 
Ronsseaii, softened by the pathetic powers of Bichardsou, 
and exhilarated by the wit of Fielding and humour of 
Smollett ; I yet presume not to attempt pursuing the same 
ground which they have tracked ; whence, though they may 
have deared the weeds, they have also culled the flowers ; 
and, though they have rendered the path plain, they have 
left it barren. 

The candour of my readers I have not the impertinence to 
doabt, and to their indulgence I am sensible I have no claim ; 
I have, therefore, only to intreat, that my own words may not 
pronoanoe my condemnation ; and that what I have here ven- 
tared to say in regard to imitation, may be understood as it 
is meant, in a general sense, and not be imputed to an 
opinion of my own originality, which I have not the vanity, 
the folly, or the blindness, to entertain. 

Whatever may be the fate of these letters, the editor is 
satisfied they will meet with justice ; and commits them to 
the press, though hopeless of fame, yet not regardless of 
censore. 



v« 



V 



EVELINA.* 

LETTER I. 

LADT HOWABD TO TBI BIT. MB. TILLAB8. 

Howa/rd QravSf Keni. 

CAN anj thing, mj good Sir, be more painfal to a friendly 
mind, than a neoessify of commnnicating disagreeable 
intelligence ? Indeed it is sometimes difficult to determine, 
whether the relator or the receiver of evil tidings is most to 
be pitied. 

I have jnst had a letter from Madame Duval; she is 
totallj at a loss in what manner to behave ; she seems de- 
sirous to repair the wrongs she has done, yet wishes the 
world to believe her blameless. She would fain cast upon 
another the odium of those misfortunes for which she alone 
is answerable. Her letter is violent, sometimes abusive, and 
that of you ! — you, to whom she is under obligations which 
are greater even than her faults, but to whose advice she 
wickedly imputes all the sufferings of her much injured. 
danghtCT, the late Lady Belmont. The chief purport of her 
writing I will acquaint you with ; the letter itself is not 
worthy your notice. 

» TTu tiiU, " Evelina.**—** Why, they Bay," continued he (Mr. Lort), 
** that it's an aoooitnt of a young lady's first entrance into company, and 
of the scrapes she gets into ; and they say that there's a great deal of 
character in it, but I hare not cared to look into it, because the name is 
•o foolish—' Erelina ! ' " 

« Why foolish, sir ? " cried Dr. Johnson. " Where's the folly of it ? " 

Mrs. Thrale then explained the name from Eyelyn, according to my 
own meaning. 

** Well,*' said Dr. Johnson, ** if that was the reason, it is a very good 

1."— Mwy 4/ Madame l/ArbUiy. 

B 




She tells me that she has, for maaj jean jmek, 
oontinaal expectation of making a jonmej to B 
wliicli preTeoted her writing for infortnution coi 
this melancholy subject, bj giving her hopea of 
personal inqoiriea; bnt family occturencea hare sttU d»> 
toined her in France, which country she now eees no pn* 
peot of qnitting. She has, therefore, lately nsod her ntmuA 
endearoora to obtain a Cnithfnl acconnt of whatever rel&ted 
to her Ht-advieed daoghter ; the result of which giving bw 
aome reaeon to apprehend, that, apon her death>bed, aha 
beqoeathed an infant orphan to the world, she moat 
gracioaaly saya, that if yov, with whom she imdentand* tha 
child is placed, will procore authentic proofs of its relation- 
ship to her, you may send it to Paris, where she will pro- ^ 
perly p^o^^de for it. 

This woman is, ucdoabtedly, at length, self-convicted oi 
har moat nnnatural behaviour : it is evident, from her 
writing, that she is still as vulgar and illiterate as VtikflS 
her first husband, Mr. Evelyn, had the weakness to many 
her ; nor does she at all apologue for addressing hereotf to 
me, though I was only once in her company. 

Her letter has excited in my daughter Mirvaq, a 
desire to be informed of the motivES which induced M 
Duval to abandon the unfortunate Lady Belmont, aJ 
time when a mothcr'a protection wils peculiarly neaev 
for her peace and her reputation. Notwith a landing 1 1 
personally acquainted with all the parties conoemed 
that aFFair, the eubject always appeai^ of too delicato 
nature to be spoken of with the principala ; I tautao 
therefore, satis^ Mrs. Mirvan otherwise than by appljin) 

By saying that yon moA/ send the child, Madame Qn 
aims at con/arrini}, where she most inoei obligation. I [ 
tend not to give you advice ; yon, to whose generODB | 
lection this helpless orphan is indebted for every thing, M 
the best and only judge of what she ooght to do ; bat I U 
much concerned at the troable and nneasinees which 
unworthy woman may occasion yon. 

My daughter and my grandchild join with me in d 
ing to be most kindly remembered to the amiable girl 
tiiey bid me remind you, that the annua) visit to " 



LETTER II. 



" ■ T-n-«, wblcli we were formerly promiBed, haa been diBCon- 
.Mtd for moie than foor years. 

I am, dear Sir, witii great regard, 

IYonr most obedient friend and Bervant, 
M. Howard. 
Hit. TILUIIM TO LU>T 

Berry Sill, BaraeUhirv. 

YOUB Ladyship did bnt too well foi-esee the perplexity 
and nDeaeinena of which Madame DavsJ's letter htu 
been urodnctiTe. However, I ought rather to be thaiikfai 
that I hare bo man; years remained nninolested, than repine 
ai lay present embcmraagment ; since it proves, at leaet, that 
tiiia wrvtciied nomoji is at length awakened to remorse. 

Id regard to my answer, 1 must humbly reqne^it your 
IiAdysbip to write to this effect ; " That- 1 woold not, apon 
any account, intentionally offend Madame Dural ; but Uiat 
I havoweigbty.noy unanswerable reasons for detaining her 
grand -dan gbter at present in England ; the principnl of 
which is, that it was the earnest desire of one to whose will 
ahc owes implicit duty. Madame DnvoJ may be assured, 
that ahe meets with Uie utmost attention and tenderness ; 
that her edncation, however short of my wishes, almost 
exeeeda my abilitiea ; and I flatter myself, when the time 
arrivea tfaat she shsJl pay her duty to her grand-mother, 
Ma<laiiig Duval will find no reason to be dissatisfied with 
what baa been done for ber." 

ToBT ladyship will not, I am sure, be surprised at this 
at)8w«r. Madame Daval is by do means a proper com- 
panioD or guardian for a yonng woman : she is at once no- 
educalad and unprincipled ; ongentlo in temper, and un- 
aiaiable in her manners- I have long Icnown that she hae 

Knnad^d herself to barbonr on aversion for me — Un- 
ppy woDian ! I can only regard her as an object ( 



m 



9 Dot hesitate at a request from Mrs. Mirvan ; 



4 ITBUNA. 

m complying with it, I shall, for her own sake, be as con- 
cise as I possibly can ; since the cmel transactionB which 
preceded the birth of my ward, can afford no entertun- 
ment to a mmd so humane as her's. 

Your Ladyship may probably have heard, that I had ths 
honour to accompany Mr. Evelyn, the grandfather of my 
young charge, when upon his travels, in the oapacitj of a 
tutor. His unhappy marriage, immediately upon hia return 
to England, with Madame Duval, then a waiting-girl at a 
tavern, contrary to the advice and entreaties of all fail 
friends, among whom I was myself the most urgent^ induced 
him to abandon his native land, and fix his abode in France.-^ 
Thither he was followed by shame and repentance ; feelinfli ■ 
which his heart was not framed to support ; for, notwiui- ■ 
standing he had been too weak to resist the aUnrements of 
beauty, which nature, though a niggard to her of evoy 
other boon, had with a lavish hand bestowed on his wife; 
yet he was a young man of excellent character, and, tin 
thus unaccountably infatuated, of unblemished condnct 
He survived this ill-judged marriage but two years. Upon 
his death-bed, with an unsteady hand, he wrote me the fol- 
lowing note : 

" My friend, forget your resentment, in favour of your 
humanity ; — a father, trembling for the wel&re of his <mild, 
bequeathes her to your care. — O Yillars ! hear ! pily ! and 
relieve me ! " 

Had my circumstances permitted me, I shonld-'hara 
answered these words by an immediate journey to Ppym| 
but I was obliged to act by the agency of a friend, whonw 
upon the spot, and present at the opening of the wilL 

Mr. Evelyn left to me a legacy of a thousand pounds, and 
the sole guardianship of his daughter's person till hef 
eighteenth year ; conjuring me, in the most affecting terms, 
to take the charge of her education till she was able to act 
with propriety for herself ; bat, in regard to fortune, he left 
her wholly dependent on her mother, to whose tenderness 
he earnestly recommended her. • 

Thus, though he would not, to a woman low-fared end 
illiberal as Mrs. Evelyn, trust the conduct and morals of 
his daughter, he nevertheless thought proper to secure to 
her the respect and duty which, from her own child. 



awl>mlj ber dos ; but, onbappil;, it never occurred to 
kuD Uwt tbe nuitber. on h«ir port, coatd fuil in afFection or 

Mm Ere^. Stuiinra, frnrn the BCrtrad to tbe eighteenth 
Liir o( h*r life, wiut bronght op aader niy care, and, except 
■ lien »t sabauL under ray roof, I need not BpeeJc to your 
!.:i.iy«hip of tbe rirtnes of that eicellent young creiitare, 
sbe Imed mp as ber fbther ; nor was Mrs. ViUant luas v&lned 
b; ber ; wbilc to me she became ao doar, that ber loss nae 
blti* 1«H KfHJniiig tf;&n that wbicb I have eince Bastained 
<■( Mn. VUl&n beraeU. 

At tb*t |KT)od of her life we parted ; her mother, then I 
arned to JJoosieur Dnval. "ent for her lo Parie. How / 
'«> h«T« I WJice regretf«d that 1 did not accompany her 
liiithar I Protected and supported by me, tbe misery and 
" <rbicb awaited her might perhaps have been 

Bnt, to be brief — Madame Dural, at the instiga- 
D of ber hasb»nd, eejuestly, or rather tyrannically, en- 
Hvaond to «Bect a imion between Mjga-Errfyninii-oiM— 
' ^_^^t^bMc&_And,wbeD6hefoiindberpowerinadeqQate 
U> h«rMt«mpt, enraged ac ber non-compliance, ehe treated 
Lit with ibc grCBSesl onkindness, and threatened her with 
:',.*«rty and min. 

Mtw Ereljn, to whom wrath and violence bad hitherto 

-T^a atnofcen, wyyn grew weary of sncb usage ; and rashly, 

< -.d wHboitt B wjDicBB. consented to a private marrta^ with 

■•.r Jobti Belmontla very profligate yonng man, who had 

,^1 loo iiiiniylallj found means to insinnaUi himself into 

' fikvour. Ho promised to condact her to England — he 

1. — O, Madam, yon know tbe rest ! — Disappointed of the 

: rmwbcvxpocU^, by the inexorable ranconrof theDnvala,' 

f mfaBKnalT bnrat tbe certificate of their marriage, and< 

• awd tbat uiey bad ever bevii united. 

Sbc flew lo me fnr protection. Witb what mixed tmna- ' 

r'Vta of Jay and anguish did 1 again see ber ! By my 

uJnoc, aba eDdesTonrnt Ui procnre proofs of her marriage 

fact m vain ; ber erednli^ bad be«n no match for his art. 

Etbij body believed ber innocent, from the gailtless lenor 

f ber iin«]>otted youth, and from the known bbertinism of 

t r h«b*n»i bete«yer. Yet her sufferingfl were too acute 

: r LfT tender fnuno; and the same moment that gave birtb 



6 IVIIiUIA. 

to her in&nt, put an end at onoe to the bchtowb and the 
life of its mother. 

The rage of Madame Duval at her elopement^ abated not 
while this injured yiotim of cruelty jet drew breath. She 
probably intCTided, in time, to have pardoned her ; but tinie 
was not allowed. When she was informed of her death, I 
have been told, that the agonies of grief and remarse, wUh 
which she was seized, occasioned her a severe fit of iUnesi. 
But, from the time of her recovery to the date of her letter 
to your Ladyship, I had never heard that she manifested 
any desire to be made acquainted with the drcamstanoes 
which attended the death of Lady Belmont, and the birth 
of her helpless child. 

That child, Madam, shall never, while life is lent me^ 
know the loss she has sustained. I have cherished, soo- 
coured, and supported her, from her earliest infanqy to her 
sixteenth year ; and so amply has she repaid my care and 
affection, tiiat my fondest wish is now drcumBcribed by 
the desire of bestowing her on one who may be eensible of 
her worth, and then sinking to eternal rest in her arms. 

Thus it has happened, that the education of the father, 

^ daughter, and g^rand-daughter, has devolved on me. What 

' infinite misery have the two first caused me ! Should the 

fate of the dear survivor be equally adverse, how wretched 

will be the end of my cares — iJie end of my days ! 

Even had Madame Duval merited the cnarge she daimi^ 
I fear my fortitude would have been unequal to such a 
parting ; but, being such as she is, not only my affeotion, 
but my humanity, recoils, at the barbarous idea c^ deserting 
the sacred trust reposed in me. Indeed, I could but ill 
support her former yearly visits to the respectable manaioa 
at Howard Grove : pardon me, dear Madam, and do not 
think me insensible of the honour which your Ladyahip'a 
condescension confers upon us both; but so deep ia the 
impression which the misfortunes of her mother have made 
on my heart, that she does not, even for a moment, quit mv 
sight, without exciting apprehensions and terrors whi<m 
almost overpower me. Such, Madam, is my tendemeBB, 
and such my weakness ! — But she is the ozdy tie I have 
upon earth, and I trust to your Ladyship's goodness not to 
judge of my feelings with severity. 



[ beg leare to present my humble reapecta to Mrs. and 
m Hirvan ; and baTe the honour to be, 

I, your Ladyship's moat obedient 

and most humble aervajit, 
Artbcs VrLUJia. 




LETTER m. 

pTnttea some taontht after ihe lut.] 

UDT HOWARD TO IHI BIT. UB. TILUBS. 

Dear and M«v. Sir, Howard Grove, itareh 8. 

YOUB lagt letter gave me infimte pleasure: after so 
Itmg and t«dious an ilhieas, how grateful to 3ronr9elf 
and to your friends most be yonr returning' health ! Ton 
have the hearty wishes of every individual of this place for 
ita continuance and increase. 

Will you not think I take advantage of your acknow- 
ledged recovery, if I once more venture to mention yM 
pnpU and Howard Grove together ? Tet jon must rem«i_ 
ber the jntdence with which we Bubmitted to yonr desire of 
not parting with her during the bad state ol yonr bealth, 
tbo' tt waa with m.nch relnctance we forbore to solicit her 
compftDy. My gran d-daogh tor, in particular, has scarce 
been able to repress ber eagerness to again meet the friend 
of her infancy ; and, for my own part, it is very strongly 
ray wish to manifest the regard I had for the unfortunate 
Lady Belmont, by proving serviceable to her child ; wbiob 
ie«mfl to me the best respect that can be paid to her 
memory. Permit me, therefore, to lay before yon a plao 
wbiob Mrs. Mirvan and 1 have formed, in oonsequence of 
yonr restoration to health. 

I wonid not frighten yoa ; — bnt do yon think you conld 
bear to PM"* with yonr yonng companion for two or three 
tnontihs r Mrs. Mirvan proposes to spend the ensuing "v 
spring in London, wLither, for the first time, my grand- 
^Sd will accompany her: Now, my good friend, it is very ' 
auxMstljr their wish to enlarge and eniiTen their par^ 1^ 



8 lYKiIKi* 

the addition of yonr amiable ward, who would duae, 
eqnallj with her own daughter, the care and attentioa o£ 
Mn. Mirvan. Do not start at this proposal ; it is tbna 
that she should see something of the world. When jaang 
people are too rigidly sequestered from it, their Uvdj and 
romantic imaginations paint it to them as a paradise d 
which they have been begoiled ; bat when they are shown 
it properly, and in due time, they see it sncfa as it really is, 
equally shared by pain and pleasure, hope and disappoint- 
ment. 

You have nothing to apprehend from her meeting wUh 
Sir John Belmont, as that abandoned man is now aSiroad, 
and not expected home this year. 

Well, my good Sir, what say you to our scheme P I hm 
it will meet with your approbation ; but if it should not, he 
assured I can never object to any dedsion of one who is so 
much respected and esteemed as Mr. YiOars, by 

His most faithful, humble servant, 

M. HowAU). 



LETTER IV. 

MB. VILULBS TO LADT HOWABD. 

Berry EiH March 12. 

I AM grieved, Madam, to appear obstinate, and I blnah 
to incur the imputation of selfishness. In detaining my 
young charge thus long with myself in the country, loon- 
sulted not solely my own inclination. Destined, in all 
probability, to possess a very moderate fortune, I wished to 
contract hei* views to something within it. The mind is 
but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded 
to dissipation : it has been my study to guard her against 
their d^usions, by preparing her to ezped^^ — and to despise 
them. But the time draws on for experience and observa- 
tion to take the place of instruction : if I have, in some mea- 
sure, rendered her capable of using one with discretion, and 
making the other with improvement, I shall rejoice myaelf 
with tibe assurance of having largely contributed to her 
welfare. She is now of an age that happiness is eager to 




3, — let ber then enjoy it ! I commit her to tlie protec- 
tion of jroor Ladyship, and oaly hope she may be fonnd 
worthy half the goodness I am satiafied she wiU meet with 
at yonr hospitnble manaion. 

Tbne far. Madam, I cheerfully submit to yonr dpaire. 
In confiding my ward to the caro of Lady Howard, I can 
feel no nneofineGS from her ahsence, but what will aiiEO 
£roin the loss of her company, since 1 shall be as well con- 
vinced of her safety as ft she wera under m.y own rool — 
But can your Ladyship be serious in proposing to introduce 
her to the gaieties of a London life ? Permit me to ask, 
for what end, or for what purpose ? A youthful mind is 
seldom totally free from auibition ; to curb that, is the first 
stvp to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to 
increase enjoynient. I apprehend nothing more than too 
\inach raising her hopes and her views, which the n&tnral 
Tivacity^f her disposition woald render but too easy to 
Meet, frhe town-ooquiuntance of Mrs. Mirran are all in 
the circle of high life ; this artless young creature, with 
too much beauty to escape notice, has too much sensibility 
to be ittdiffereut to it ; but she hiLS too Uttle wealth to. be 
sought with propriety by men of the fashionable world. J 

Consider, Madam, the peculiaj' cruelty of her eituation, 
Only child of a wealthy Baronet, whose person she has 
never seen, whose character she has reasou to abhor, and 
whose name she is forbidden to claim ;loutitled as she is to 
lawfully inherit his fortune and estate, is there any proba- 
bility that he will properly own her ?} And while he con- 
tinnes to perserere in disavowing his marriage with Miss 
Evelyn, she shall never, at the expense of her mother's 
hoDonr, receive a part of her right as the donation of his 
bounty. 

And as to Mr. Evelyn's estate, I have no donbt but that 
Madame Duval and her relations will dispose of it among 
themselves. 

It seems, therefore, as if this deserted child, though 
legally heiress of two Ini^ fortunes, must owe all her 
rationid expectations to adoption and friendship. Tet her 
income will be such as may make her happy, if she is dis- 
posed to be BO in private hfe i though it will by no meutis 
allow her to enjoy the luxury of a Loudon iiue lady. 



10 wfWLax. 

I^iMiBsMixTan, then, Madam, flhine in all iiie splendoiir 
of liigh life ; bat Buffer mj child still to enjoy the pkaaurei 
of hnmble retirement, wiSti a mind to which groator yiewi 
are unknown. 

I hope this reasoning will be honoored with vonr appro- 
bation; and I have ^ anotiier motive winiJft baa soma 
weight with me : I would not willingly give oiflBBnoa to aqr 
human being ; and sorely Madame Dnval might aoonae me 
of injustice, if, while I refose to let her grand-daughter 
wait apon her, I consent that she shoold join a ptrty of 
pleasure to London. 

In sending her to Howard Grove, not one of tiiese 
scraples arise ; and therefore Mrs. CHnton, a most worlliy 
woman, formerly her nurse, and now my housekBeper, ahau 
attend her thither next week. 

Though I have always called her by the name of AnTiUeb 
and reported in this neighbonrhood that her ftither, n^ 
intimate friend, left her to my goardianship ; yet I have 
thought it necessary she should herself be acquainted wiih 
the melancholy circumstances attending her birth: for 
though I am very desirous of guarding her from curiosity 
and impertinence, by concealmg her name, family, and 
story, yet I would not leave it in the power of chanoe to 
shock her gentle nature with a tale of so much aorrow. 

You must not, Madam, expect too much from my papQ ; 
she is quite a little rustic, and knows nothing of theworid; 
and though her education has been the best I could bestow 
in this retired place, to which Dorchester, the nearest 
town, is seven miles distant, yet I shall not be sniprised if 
you fihould discover in her a thousand deficiencies of wiiidi 
I have never dreamt. She must be very much altered 
since she was last at Howard Ghx)ve. — ^Bnt I will say 
nothing of her ; I leave her to your Ladyship's own obser- 
vations, of which I beg a ^thful relation ; and am. 
Dear Madam, 

with great respect, 
Your obedient and most humble Servanti 

Abthub Yillass. 



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LETTER V 

HE. TILLAKB TO UDT 



Rlam, March 18. 
iter will be delivered to yon by my child, — the 
jf my adoption, — my affection 1 Unblest with 

)■■!} natural friend, she merits a thousand. ^I send her to 
. .Ill innocent as an angelJnnd artless as parity itself; and 
; send you with her the heart of yotir friend, the only hope 
he has on earth, the subject of his tenderest thonghts, and 
the object of hia latest cares. She is one, Madam, for 
whom alone I have lately wished to lire ; and she is one 
whom to serve I would with transport die ! Restore her 
bnt to me all innocence as jon receive her, and the fondest 
hope at my heart will be amply gratified. 

A. YlLLiRS. 

tieor and Bev- S'T, 
HB Bolemn manner in which yon have committed yonr 
.L ohild to mr care, baa in some measure damped the 
pleasoro which I receive from the trast, as it makes me 
fear that yon suffer from yonr compliance, in which case I 
shall very sincerely blame myself for the earnestness with 
which I have requested this favour: bnt remember, my 
good Sir, ehe is within a few days summons; and be aesured, 
I will not detain her a moment longer than yoa wish. 

Ton desire my opinion of her. 

She is a little angel ! 1 cannot wonder that yon sought 
to nionopoliEe her : neither ought you, at finding it impos* 
Bible. 

Her face and person answer my most refined ideas of 
complete beauty : and this, though a snbjeot of praise leas 
important to yon, or, to me than auy other, is yet so strik- 
* '. it ii not possible to pass it nnnoticed. Had I not 



LETTER VI. 

LADY HOWARD TO TBB BBV. UB. TILLABB. 



Sotea/rd Orooe. 



12 BVILniA. 

known from whom she received her education, I should ti 
first sight of so perfect a face, have been in pain for her 
understanding ; since it has been long and jnsuy renuyrked, 
that f oUj has ever sought alliance with beonty. 

She has the same gentleness in her manners. Hie mne 
natural graces in her motions, that I f ormerlj so miudi ad* 
mired in her mother. Her character seems trolj ingeonooi 
and simple ; and at the same time that natoze nas him nil 
her with an excellent understanding and great qiiickiieaB of 
parts, she has a certain air of inexperience and innooency 
that is extremely interesting. 

You have no reason to regret the retirement in whioli she 
has lived ; since that politeness which is aoquized bj an ac- 
quaintance with high life, is in her so well supplied bj t 
natural desire of obliging, joined to a deportment infinitdj 
engaging. 

1^1 observe, with great satisfaction, a growing affection be- 
tween tlus amiable girl and my grand-daughter, whose 
heart is as free from selfishness or conceit, as that of her 
young friend is from all guile.) Their regard may bemutu- 
aUy useful, since much is to ee expected from emnlatian 
where nothing is to be feared from envy. I would have 
them love each other as sisters, and reciprocally supply the 
place of that tender and happy relationship to which neither 
of them has a natural claim. 

Be satisfied, my good Sir, that your child shall meet with 
the same attention as our own. We all join in most hearty 
wishes for your health and happiness, and in returning onr 
sincere thanks for the favour you have conferred on na. 

I am, dear Sir, 

Your most faithful servant^ 

M. HOWABD. 



LETTER VII. 

LIDT HOWARD TO THE RSV. MR. VILLARS. 

Howard Grove^ March 26. 
E not alarmed, my worthy friend, at my so speedily 



-D troubling you again ; I seldom use the ceremony (2 
waiting for answers, or writing with any regularity, and I 



batre u preaent tnuaedmte oocabion fur begging your 



Mr*. MirvBti luw jnjt r«ceived & leUer from her long ab- I 
■est hoHtiMid, cout&imug the welcome newB of his hoping I 
to remch Ixmiion by the beginning of noxl week. Mj | 
dsogtiler uiii the Captain LaTe been separated almost seven 
t, mad it would (lirrcfon? be needless to say what joy, fior- 
aBraDsitlyconfiision, his at present unexpected 
UMKtHoward Grove, Mrs. Mirran, you cannot 
■fli go inateotly Ui town to meet him ; her daughter 
r » wnmi J obligations to attend her ; I grieve that 

BOt- 

1 sow, my good Sir, I almost blnsh to proceed ; — but,! 
»y I aak — will yon permit — that your child may/ 
t them ? Do not think ob unreasonable, bat con-\ 
sa&r indocemente which conspire to make Ijon- 
KAs biqipivst place at present she can be is. The joyful 
noo of Uie journey ; the gaiety of the whole party, op- 
d to tha iluil life she must lead, if left here with & BoU* 
void wuninii for her sole companion, while she so well 
■ ibc checrfnlneas and felicity enjoyed by the rest of 
nily, — are cimimBUuices that seem to merit your con- 
»tioa. Un- Mirvan desires me to assure yon, that 
M wnJc it all sfae ftslca, as she is certain that the Captain, 
' r.-^ h»it^ LoDdon, wiQ be eager to rerisit How&rd Grove ; 
^d Maria m ao very ©arnest in wishiag to have the com- 
pMij oi her (liend, that, if yon are inexorable, she will be 
denrived of half the pleasure she otherwise hopes to re- 
mvc. 

UowvTvr, I will not, my good Sir, deceive yon into an 
' 'WnioB that they intend to live in a retired manner, as that 
ijiaot bo fairly cixpeuted. I But you have no reason to be 
..iiOBj cOBoeming Madame Duval; she has not anv cor- 
-"powknt in England, and obtains no intelligence bnt by 
rnnoB report. She mnsL Iw a stranger to the name your 
'jli bc«n\ and, eien should she hear of this excuraion, so 
' ^nrt a time as a week or less spent in town upon so par- 
'■— frr Ki ooowion, thongb previoos to their meeting, can- 
:...t be eooMnied into diareapect to herself. 

Jlrs. Mtrvaa desires me to assure yon, that if you will 
1 ji^ her. hrr tuti children ahall equally share her time 



14 SYBLOTA. 

and her attention. She has sent a oommiasion to a friend 
in town to take a house for her ; and while she waiia for an 
answer concerning it, I shall for one from you to our peti- 
tion. However, jonr child is writing herself ; and tliati I 
doubt not, will more avail than all we can poaaiblj uve. 

My daughter desires her best compliments to yoa ^, Ab 
says, von will grant her request, but not eUe, 

Adieu, my dear Sir, we all hope every thing from jonr 
goodness. 

M. HowAU). 

LETTER VnL 

IVILINA TO THB BIT. MB. VILLABS. 

Howard Qrove^ Monk 26. 



THIS house seems to be the house of joy; every &oe 
a smile, and a laugh is at every body's servioe. It is 
quite amusing to walk about and see the general confiuion ; 
a room leading to the garden is fitting up for Captain Mir- 
van's study. Lady Howard does not sit a moment in a 
place ; Miss Mirvan is making caps ; every body ao bnsy ! 
— saeh flying from room to room ! — so many orders given, 
and retracted, and given again ! nothing but harry and per- 
turbation. 

Well bat, my dear Sir, I am desired to make a zeqnest 
to you. I hope you will not think me an encroacher ; Lady 
Howard insists upon my writing ! — ^yet I hardly know how 
to go on ; a petition implies a want, — and have yoa left me 
one ? No, indeed. 

I am half ashamed of myself for beginning this letter. 
But these dear ladies are so pressing — I cannot, for my bfe, 
resist wishing for the pleasures they ofEer me, — ^provided 
you do not disapprove Uiem. 
/ They are to make a very short stay in town. The Gap- 
tain will meet them in a day or two. Mrs. Mirvan and 
her sweet daughter both go ; what a happy party ! Yet I 
am not very eager to accompany them : at least I shall be 
contented to remain where I am, if yoa desire that I 
should. 

Assured, my dearest Sir, of year goodness, year bounty, 



ITELIVA. ]5 

Wid your indulgent kmdaesB, ought I to form a wisli that 
has not yonr Banction ? Decide lor ine, tlierefore, withoot 
the least apprehenstoa that I shall be uneasy or diacon- 
t«ut«d. While I am yet in BDspense. pcrhcips I may hope; 
bat I am most certain, that when you have once determined 
[ shall not repine. 

They tell me that London is now in fiill splendour. Two 
play-houaee are open, — the Opera-house,— Banelagh, — and 
the Pantheon. — Ton Bee I have learned all their names. 
Honerer, pray don't enppose that I make any point of 
going, for I shall hardly si^h, to see them, depart witboat 
me, though I shall probably never meet with such anotber 
opporttinity. And, indeed, their domestic happiness will 
be BO great, — it is nBtnral to wish to partake of it. 

\ believe I am bewitched ! I made a resolution, when I 
1, that I would not be urgent ( but my pen — or rather 

Fthonghts, will not Buffer me to keep it — for I acknow- 
s, I moat acknowledge, I cannot help wishing for your 

K almost repent already that I have made this confession ; 
r forget Uiat y<jn have read it, if this journey is dis- 
stng to you. But I will not write any longer ; for the 
e I think of this aSair, the leas indlSerent to it I find 

Adien, my most honoured, moat reverenced, most beloved 
father ! for by what other name can I call you ? I have no 
happiness or sorrow, no hope or fear, but what your kind. 
neas bestows, or your displeasure may cause. Ton will not, 
I WB rare, send a refusal without reasons unanswerable, 
^^^ tfaeniore I shall cheerfully acquiesce. Yet I hope — I 
^^^■e JOB will be able to pn-mit me to go 1 
^^^H I am, with the ntmoEt affection, 

^^^F gratitude, and duty, your 

^^^ EVBLINA 

I cannot to you sign Ahtillb, and what other name 
may 1 claim F 




16 BYELIHA 



LETTEB 

MB. YILLABS TO BYBLIVA. 

Berry EiO, MarA 28. 

TO resiBt the nrgencj of intreaty, is a power wlddi I bate 
not jet acquired : I aiiii not at an aathoxily which de- 
prives joa of liberty, jet I would &in graide myself by a 
prudence which should save me the pangs of repentance. 
Your impatience to fly to a place which your imagination has 
painted to you in colours so attractiye, surprises me not ; I 
have only to hope, that the liveliness of your fancy may not 
deceive you : to refuse, would be raising it still fa^;her. To 
see my Evelina happy, is to see myself without a wish : go 
then, my child ; and may that Heaven, which alone can direct, 
preserve and strengthen you ! To that, my love, will I daily 
ofEer prayers for your felicity. O may it g^uard, watch over 
you, defend you from danger, save you from distresa, and 
keep vice a.s distant from your person as from your heart ! 
And to me, may it grant, the ultimate blessing of closing these 
aged eyes in the arms of one so dear — so deservedly beloved! 

Abthub Yillabs.^ 



LETTER X. 

BVBLINA to THB RIV. MR. V1LLAB8. 

Queen Ann Street, Lcmdim, Saiwrday, Jpril %, 

THIS moment arrived. Just going to Dnuy Lane' 
Theatre. The celebrated Mr. Garrick pezfonns 
Ranger. I am quite in ecstacy. So is Miss Mirvan. How 
fortunate that he should liappen to play ! We would not 

> CrUiciam of* Evelina.''—'' Before I had read half the first volmw 
I wad much surprised, and I confess delighted ; and most espeeumy with 
the letters of Mr. Vijlars." — Dr, Bdrmbt. 
\ This is given as an instance that the pages fretted by the tears of one 
\y\ generation are the least interesting to another. 

* Drwi^ Lane Theatre. — The second theatre of that name, built bj 
Wren ; new-faced by the brothers Adam for Garridc : opened by luD, 
with a prologue by Dr. Johnson, in 1747. 



17 

M Ifei. Uirvan rest till she consented to go. Her chief 
objection was to oar dress, for wo have had no time to 
Londotiiie oarEelTea ; bnt we teased her into comphaoee, 
and so ve ai-e to eit in some obscure place that she may 
not be seen. As to me, I shonld be alike tinkiiowii in the 
mnrt oonepicooas or taoet private part of the house. 

I cui 'write no more now. 1 ha.ve hardly time to breathe 
— only juBt this, the hooBes and streets aie not quite so 
raperb as I expected. However, I have seen nothing yet, 
so I ought not to judge. 

Well ; adiea, my dearest Sir, for the present ; I conld 
not forbear wnticg & few words instantly on my arrivaJ, 
thongb I snppose my letter of thanks for your consent is 
still on the rood. 

Saturday Night. 

O, my dear Sir, in what raptures am I returned ? Well 
may Mr. Garrick ' bo so celebrated, so universally admired — 
I had not any idea of so great a performer. 

Such ease ! such vivacity in his manner ! such grace in 
his motions ! such fire and meaning in his eyes ! — 1 could 
hardly believe ho had studied a written part, for every word 
seemed to be uttered from the impulse of the moment. 

Hifl action — at once so gracefoJ and so free ! — his Toioa 
— BO clear, so melodious, yet so wonderfnlly » 
tones ! — Such animation ! — every look speaks! 

I would have given the world to have had the whole play 
acted orer again. And when he danced — 0, how I envied 
Glannda ! I almost wished to have jumped on the atageand 
joined tbena. 

I am nfmid yon will think me mad, so I won't say any 
more ; yet, I raally believe Mr, (Jarrick would make you 
mad too if yon could see him. I intondto aak Mrs. Mirvan 
to go to the play every night while we stay in town. She 
is extremely kind to me ; and Maria, her charming daugh- 
ter, is the Bweeti'st gir! in the world. 

I Gurick louk ieavBof the IM|^ on the 10th of Judo, 177S, one year 
utd k h^bi-fonllip publioittuinor" KvelinK." Ranger uid Clviuda bt« 
dianctiin iu "Ths Suiipicioui Huiband,'' ii comed/ by Dr. Benjanun 
□□•HIer. tha jAjriiciin. 1747. Oarrrck died in Ii74 ; with hi&i, acoonl- 
lai; to Dr. Dumey.tha antbar't RMher, "Nature and ShaknpaarologMhn 



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r 



I shall write to yon every eveniog ail that pane* ii 
daj, ajid thalia tWaame manner a8,U I could see, I «hoali 
t«U jou. 

TUb morning we went to Portland chapel ; and a 
wards we walked in the Mall of St. Janes s Park,' k 
by no means answered mj expectations : it is a long si 
walk of dirty gravel, very uneaay to the feet; and at ei 
end, instead of on open pcoapect, nothing is to be seen fai 
liODaes built of brick. When Mrs. Mirv&n pointed oat t] 
Palace to me— I think I wa,s never much more sarpRsed- 

However, the walk was very ^reeable to ns ; every bo^ 
looked gay, and seemed pleased ; and the ladies fnvn m 
mach drieesed, that Miss Mirvan and I could do nothingbn: 
look at them. Mrs. Mirvan met several of her friends. No 
wonder, for I never saw so many people assembled togvtfaar 
before. I looked aboat for some of my acquaintance, bat ii 
vain ; for I saw not one person tbit I knew, which is v 
odd, for ail the world seemed there. 

Mrs. Mirvan says we are not to walk in the Pu^ I 
next Sunday, even if we should be in town, bccanse then ii 
better company in Kensington Gardens ;' bnt really, if yo 
had seen how much every body was dressed, yon wonJd no 
think that possible. 

Jiomdaif. 

We are to go this evening to a private ball, given by Mn 
Stanley, a very foAhionable lady of Mrs. Mirran's scqu 
tance. 

We have been a^ehop-ping as Mrs, Mirvan calls it, mU tl 
morning, to buy silks, caps, gauzes, and so forth. 

The shops are really very entertaining, especiallT tbg 
mercers ; there seem to be six or seven men belongtng '-^ 
each shop ; and every one took care, by bowing and smirj 

■ TU MaU e/Sc. Janu^t Parity" Whea I pat Uic NtU in ib> >nali 
it ia prodigkHu la ne tho DBmber of luliea wnlkiug Uure." — Swnrr i 



'"-*«:, 



I wftik, with TObei nf rvloui dyn bopttacl, 
bum kfw • iDotiiig luUp.bed, 

-' itlj diuMktgbw. 



BVtLIDt. 



19 



ing, to be noticed. We werecondnctedfromoneto unother, 
and can'ied from room to room with ho much ceremony, that 
nt Qret I was almost afmid te go on. 

I thought lahonldnevorhavocboBenasilk; for they pro-, 
" need 90 many, I knew not which to fix upon ; and they re- 
I'Tomended them all eh) strongly, that I fancy they tliou^'ht 
1 only wanted perauaMon to buy every thing they showed 1 
And, ludeed, they took so much trouble, that I was' 
DSt asfaarued I could not. 
|k.At the milliners, the ladies we met were ao mach dressed, 
i I Bhonld rather have imagined they were making visite 
n purchases. But what most diverted me was, Uint we 
B moK freqneutJy served by men than by womeo ; and 
10 finical, so afiected ! they seemed to understand ,' 
f part of a woman's dress better ih&a we do onrselvee ; . 
■ snd tbey recommended caps and ribbands with an air of so 
maob importance, that I wished to ask them how long thejr 
hikd Ittft off wearing' them. 

Tbe dispatch with which they work in these groat shops 
isamasiiig, for they have promised me a complete suit of linen 
against the evening. 

] have just had my hair dressed. Yon can't think bow 
oddly my head feels ; full of powder and black pins, and a 
great cushion on tbe top of it. I believe you wonld hardly 
know me, for my face looks quite different to what it did 
before my hair was dressed- When I shall be able to make 
use of a comb for myself I cannot tell ; for my hair is 
much entangled, .fri" fed they call it, that I fear it will ba ^ 
very difficult. 

J. am half afraid of this ball to-night; for, yon know, I 
ha.ve never danced bat at school : however, Miss Mirvan aays 
there \a nothing in it. Yet I wish it was over. 

Adieu, mj dear Sir ; pray eicose the wretched stuff I 
write ; perbaps I may improve by being in this town, and 
then uy lettors will be less onworthy your reading. Mean 
tiino, I am. 

Your dutiful and afiectioDat«, 
though unpolished, 

EvKLrai. 
Poor Htu llirvan cannot wear one of tbe caps she made, 
* f dieas hoc bair too large for them. 



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HrXLtKA IK CONTINCATlOir. 

Quetm Am Strai, /Ifril i, T k i aJ of SternMg. 

I HATE a TSflt deal to s&y, ami shall gire all this monua^ 
to my pea. Afi to my plan of writuig ev^ery evemng' Uu 
adveotares of the day, I find it impracticable ; for th« diver- 
sions here are so very late, that if I begin my letters after 
them, I coold not go to bed at all. 

We past a most extraordinary evening. A pritaU bail 
this waa called, so I expected to have seen about four Or flvi> 
ooaple ; bat Lord ! my dear Sir, I believe I saw half the 
world ! Two very lai^ rooms were fall of company ; in oU 
were cards for the elderly ladies, and in the other were tii#i 
dancers. My rripT'ifft llirvan, for she always calls mo haj 
child, said she would sit with Uaria. and me till w* % 
provided with partners, &nd then join the card-plajerB. 

The gentlemen, as they passed and repassed, looked ac 
they thought we were quite at their disposal, and only mi 
ing for the hononr of their commands ; and they auinteKJj 
abont, in a careless indolent manner, as if with 
keep ns in suspense. I don't speak of this in regard to', 
Uirvau and myself only, but to the ladies ' 
I thought it so provoking, thnt I determined ia 
mind ^at, far from humouring snch airs, I 
not dance at all, than with any one who should 
Bie ready to accopt the first partner who wool 
to take me. 
y Hot long aiter, a young man, who had for 
looked at us with a kind of negligent impertineixcs, 
rasoed on tiptoe towards me ; he had a set smile on hia ' 
and his dress was so foppish, that I reaUy believe ha 
wished to be stared at ; and yet he was very ugly. 

Bowing almost to the ground with a sort of swing, uai 
waving lua hand with the greatest conceit, after a short acci 
silly pause, he said, "Madam — may I presume?" — and 
stopt, offering to take my hand. I drew it back, bat oosld 
Bcaroe forbear laughing. " Allow me, Madam," oonttoiwd 



fittBCS. 



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STILUfA. 21 

lie, affectfldlf breaking oS every half moment, " the bononr 
snd Imppisess — if I am not 3o utihappf as to address yon too 
late — to have the happineas and honour — " ' 

Again he woald have taken my hand ; but, bowing my 
head, I begged to be excused, and turned to MoBe Mirvaa to 
toaceal my laughter. He then desired (o know if I had 
Already engaged myself to aoiae more fortnnate man ? I 
udd No, and that I believed I should not dance at alL He 
would keep himself, he told nie, disengaged, in hopes I 
should relent ; and then, uttering some ridiculous speeches 
of sorrow imd disappointment, thougb his face still wore the 
eftme invariable smile, he retreated. 

It 90 happened, afi we have since recollected, that daring 
tiiia little dialogue Mrs. Mirvan waflconvevsingwith the lady 
{ the house. And very soon after, another gentleman, who 
med uibout six-and- twenty years old, gaily but not fop- 
bly dressed, and indeed extremely tumdeome, with an air 
Pmixed poUtenees and gallantry, desired to know if I vaa 
ngB^d, or would honour him with my hand. So he was 
pli-aaed to say, though I am sore 1 know not what hononr 
hn could receive from me ', but these sort of expressions, 1 
find, art) used ae words of course, without any distinction of 
^^■iTBons, or study of propriety. 

^^^Weil, I bowed, and I am sure 1 coloured ; for indeed I 

^^Hu frightened at the thonghte of dajicing before so many 

^^Bople, all etrangera, and, which was worse, iciih a stranger : 

however, thai was unavoidable ; for, though I looked round 

the room several times, I could uot see one person that I 

knew. And so he took my hand, and led me to join in the 

The minuets were over before we arrived, for we were 
kc^ late by the milliners making us wait for our things. 

H© aetunod very desirous oE entering into conversation 
with ma ; but I was seized with such a panic, that I could 
hardly speak a word, and nothing but the shame of so soon 
chwiguig my mind prevented my returning to my seat, and 
dwHning to ditnoe at &11. 

' Pritalt BniU — II >eenia that, Bt privaw baUa, g«nl1eman might uk 
kdin Ui dwiM, without uif inttnductioa. pBrLners were umetiniea 
dbwii^ Bitlieend of (■very scooodduice. At other times the nme coaplo 
~ * d K^thar tliB wholsevenisg. 




22 iriLDTA. 

He appeared to be Burprised at my tenor, which I beliefe 
was but too apparent: however, he asked no qpeatiQoi, 
though I fear he must think it very strange^ for I did Boi 
choose to tell him it was owing to myneyer befora danring 
but with a school-girl. 

His conversarfion was sensible and spirited ; his air» and 
address were open and noble ; his manners gentle, attentbre^ 
and infinitely engaging ; his person is all elegance, and his 
countenance the most animated and expressiYe I have ever 



In a short time we were joined by Miss Mirran, who 
stood next couple to us. But how was I startled when she 
whispered me that my partner was a nobleman ! This gave 
me a new alarm : how will he be provoked, thought I, when 
lie finds what a simple rustic he has honoured with his 
choice ! one whose ignorance of the world makes her per- 
petually fear doing something wrong ! 

That he should be so much my superior every way, quite 
disconcerted me ; and you will suppose my spirits were not 
much raised, when I heard a lady, in passing us, say, " This 
is ihe most difficult dance I ever saw." 

« dear, then," cried Maria to her partner, ** with your 
leave, I'll sit down till the next." 

"So will I too, then," cried I, "for I am sure I can 
hardly stand." 

" But you must speak to your partner first," answered 
she ; for he had turned aside to talk with some gentlemen. 
However, I had not sufficient courage to address him ; and 
so away we all three tript, and seated ourselves at another 
end of the room. 

But, unfortunately for me, Miss Mirvan soon after 

suffered herself to be prevailed upon to attempt the dance ; 

/ and just as she rose to go, she cried, *' My dear, yonder is 

your partner, L^2fiLjQcxiUfik walking about the room in 

search of you. 

<' Don't leave me then, dear girl I " cried I ; but she was 
obliged to go. And now I was more uneasy than ever ; I 
would have given the world to have seen Mrs. Mirvan, and 
begged of her to make my apologies ; for what^ thought I, 
can I possibly say to him in excuse for running away ? he 
must either conclude me a fool, or half mad ; for any one 



bronght up in the great world, and accnatomed to its ways, 
can ^ve no idea of snoh sort of feara as mine. 

Mjr oonfasion mcreased wliea I observed that he waa 
every whore Beeking me, with apparent perplexity and sor- 
prise ; but when, at last, I saw him move towards the place 
where I sat, I was ready to sink with shame and distresa 
I found it absolutely impossible to keep my seat, because I 
cwald not think of a word to say for myself ; and 8o I roae, 
ftnd walked hastily towards the card-room, resolviiig to sta/ I 
with Mrs. MirToa the rest of the evening, and not to danos I 
at hII. Bnt before I could find her, Lord Orville saw and 
Approached me. 

lie begged to know if I was not well ? Ton may easily [ 
im&gine how much I was embarrassed. I made no aoswi 
but hung my head hke a fool, and looked on my fan. 

He llicn, with an air the most rospoctfally soriouB, aeti 
if he had been so nnbappy as lo oSend me f 

" No, indeed ! " cried I ; and. in hopes of changing the 
discourse, and preventing his further inquiries, I desired to 
know if be bad seen the young lady who had been converB- 
iag with me ? 

No ; — but would I honour him with any oomraands to 
herP 

■■ 0, by no means ! " 

Was there any other person with whom I wished to 
ape«kP 

I said no, before I knew I had answered at aU. 

Should he hare the pleasure of bringiog me any refreil)- 
tneatP 

I bowed, almost involuntarily. And away he flew. 

I w«s quite ashamed of being so troublesome, and so 
mach above myself as these seeming airs made me appear; 
but indeed I was too much confused to think or act with 
any consisUnicy. 

If he had not been as swift as lightning, I don't know 
whether I shcinld not have stolen away again ; bnt he re- 
tamed in a moment. When I had draiik a glass of lemon- 
ade, he hoped, he said, that I would again honour him with 
my bnnd, as a new dance was jnst bogun. I had not the 
presence of mind to say a single word, and so I let him ODoe 
a lead me to the place I had lelt. 







Shocked to find tow aiUy, how childish a part 1 I 
acted, aiy former fears of dancing before sach a oompan;,! 
and with sneh a partner, returned more forcibly than e<rc 
1 Bnppose he perceived my iineasinesB ; for he intrcated o 
to sit down again if dancing naa disagreeable to me. Bi 
I was qiiit« satisfied with the follf I had already abewti; j 
and therefore declined bis offer, though I was really m 
able to stand. 

Under snch conecioas dieadvanbigeB, yon may tBtatr 
imagine, mj dear Sir, bow ill I acquitted mysolf. But, ' 
though I both expected and deserved to find him very mvA 
mortified and displeased at his ill fortune in the choaee ba 
had made ; yet, to my very great relirf, he appeared to ba 
eren. cont^ited, and very mach aesist«d and enronrnged bh. 
These people in high life have too much pre6en<.'« of mind, 
I believe, to seem disconcerted, or oat of hamoor, liowvTer 
they may feel : for had I been the person of the must cm* 
eeqnence in the roam, I could not have met with mon 
attention and respect. 

When the dance waa over, Beeing me etill very modi 
flmried, he led me to a seat, eaying that he would not so&r 
me to fatigue myself from politeness. 

And then, if my capacity, or eren if my spirits hod b 
better, in how animated a conversation might I have bMS J 
engaged 1 it was then I saw that the rank of Lord C "* 
was his least recommendation, his understanding a 
manners being far more difitingaisbed. His remaa * 
the company in general were so apt, bo jnst, so Kn 
almost surprised myself that they did not reanii 
bnt, indeed, 1 was too well convinced of the ridioa 
I had myself played before so nice an observer, i 
to enjoy his pleasantry : so self -compass ion gave a 
for others. Yet I had not the courage to attempt i 
defend tbem, or to raUy in my turn ; bat listened. Ii 
silent HnbarrasHment. 

When he found this, he changed the subject, and b 
of |ntblic places, and public pet^ormers ; but ' 
oovared that I was totally ignorant of them. 

He then, very ingeniously, turned the discourse to i 
amusemeute and occupations of the country. 

It DOW Gtmck me, that he wae resolved to try whether a 



Dot T waa capable of iaUcmg upon any Bnbject. This put so 
great a conatmint upon my thoughts, that I wae unable to 
go farther than a moiioayllahle, and not eren go far, when I 
1 could possibly avoid it. 

We were sttttag in this manner, he conversing with all 
gaiety. I looking down with all fooliahnesa, when that fop 
tclio bad first asked mo to dance, with & most ridicnlons 
solemnity approached, and, niter a profound bow or two, 
Baid, "' 1 humbly beg pardon, Madam, — and of yon too, my 
Lord, — for breaking in npon such agreeable conversation — 
which must, doubtless, bo more delectable — than what I 
havB the honour to offer — but — " 

I intermpted him — I blnsh for my folly, — with laughing ; 
yet I could not help it ; for, added to the man's stately 
foppiahneSB, (and he actoally took snnS between every thtee 
wordo) when I looked round at Lord OrviUe, I saw such 
extreme enrprise in his face, — the cause of which appeared 
CO abtmrd, that I conld not for my life preserve my gravity. 

I bad DOt lan^hed before from the time I had left Miss 
Mirvan, and 1 had much better have cried then ; Lord 
Orville actually stared at me ; the bean, I know not his 
name, looked quite enraged. " Refrain — Madam," said he, 
with an important air, " a few moments refrain ! — I have 
but a sentence to trottble yon with. — May I knuw to what 
accident I must attribute nob baring the honour of yonr 

"Accident, Sir! " repeated I, much astonished. 

" Yes, accident, Madam ; — for surely, — I must take the 
liberty to obaerve^pardon me. Madam, — it ought to be no 
nrauDon one — that should tempt a lady — so young a one 
too, — to be guilty of ill-manners." 

A oonfnaed idea now for the first time entered my head, 
of aomething I had heard of the rnlea of an assembly ; bat 
I was never at one before, — I have only danced at school, — » 
and ao giddy and heedless I was, that I bad not onoe con> ^ 
eider^d the impropriety of refoGing one partner, and aft«r- . 
wards acceptdng another. I was thnnderatruck at the re- ^ 
oollectjou : but, while these thoughts were mBhing into my 
faead. Lord Orville, with some warmth, said, " This Lady, 
Sir, is incapable of meritLng snch an accusation ! " 
_ The croatare — for 1 am very angry with him— 



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Idw how, and with a grin the most toAliciona I ever m^j 
" Mr Lord," said he, " for be it from me to aeetue the Indj',' 
for uaving the diac^mmeat to distingtush uid prefer — thi* 
snperior attmctiouB of joiir Lordship." 

Again be bowed, and w&lked off. 

Was ever anj thing bo prnvokiug f I waa leadr to dit 
wUh shame. " What a coxcomb ! " exclaimed Lard Orvilk: 
while I, without knowing what I did, rose hastiljr, maA 
moving off, "I tan't imagine," oricd I, "where Mis. Miran 
has hid herself I " 

" Give me leave to see," answered he. I bowed udilM 
down agtun, not daring to meet his eyes ; for ' 
think of me, between mj blonder, and the i 
ference ? 

He returned in a moment, and told me that MMi' 
was at cards, bnt would be glad to bm me ; and I 
immediately. There was bat one chair vacant; so, t< 
great relief. Lord Orville presently left ns. I then 
Mrs. Mirvan my disasters ; and she good-natnrcdly 
lieraelf for not having better inetmcted me ; bnt said, 
had taken it for granted that I most know snch com 
cnstoms. However, the man may, I think, be satisfied ' 
his pretty speech, and cany his resentment : ' " 

In a short time Lord Orvitle returned, 
with the beat grace I conld. to go down another > 
I had had time to recollect myself; and therefore 
to nse some exertion, and, if possible, appear less af 
I had hitherto done ; for it occnrred to me, that, ' 
canl as I was, compared to a man of his rank 
yet, sinre he bad been so nnf ortanat« as to make 
me for a [lartner, why I should endearonr to make tiw I 
of it. 

The datice, however, was short, and he spoke very- little ; 
so I had no opportnnity of potting my resolntion in 
tjoe. Ho was satiafied, I suppose, with bis former rai 
less efforts to draw me ont : or, rather, I fancied, h« 
been inquiring who I wag. This again disconoertt.'d Be;] 
and the Bptrits I had determined to exert, again failed i 
Tired, ashamed, and mortified, I begged to sit down till 
returned home, which I did soon aft«r. Lord Orville ^&A 
me the honour to hand me to the coach, (aUdng all tba 



'tf tit» bononr I had done him! those faahiooabls 

I Welt, my dear Sir, was it not a Btrojige evening P I 
* i not help being thus p&rticalar, becanBe, to me, ereij-a 
2 is so new. But it is now time to conclude. ' 
k all lore and daty, yoor 



LETTER XII. 



■TILIKA IN 

Tuviday, April S. 
EBiE is to be no end to the tronblee of last night. 
t have this moment, between persnasion and laughtar, 
ad from Maria the most cimons dialogue that ever I 
Ton will at first be startled at my vanity ; bnt, my 
f Sir, have patience 1 

k DjnsthaTe passed while I was sitting with Mrs. Mirva 
" ! Cftrd-room. Maria was taking some refreshmei 
V Lord Orville advancing for the same purpose b' 
J bnt he did not know her, though she immediately r^ 
ICted him. Presently after, a very gny-!ookicg t 
Iping hastily up to him, cried, " Why, my Lord, i 
e you done with your lovely pnrtner ? " 
" Noihvnt] ! " answered Lord Orville with a smilo ai 
shrng. 

" By Jove," cried the man, " she is the most beantU 
crektiire I ever saw in my life ! ' 

Lord Orville, as lio well might, laughed ; but answer 
" Tes, a pret^ modest- looking girl." 

" my Lord ! " cried the madman, " she is an angel 1 
" A »(«ni one," returned he. 

" Why ay, my Lord, how stands she as to that ? She 
looka kll tntoUigenoe and expression." 

"A poor weak girl I " answered Lord Orville, shaking 
his head. 

" By Jove," cried the other, " I am glad to hear it ! " 
At that mument, the same odiona creature who had been 
tomar tormentor, joined them. Addressing Lord 



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So BTIUXi. 

Orrflle vritb jpreat respect, he aaid, " 1 beg pardon, my I 
— if I vea — ae I fear might be the ca£e — nthsr too m 
in m^ ceusnre of the l&ily who is hoBoared nith yoor 
tection — but, my Lord, ill-breeding is apt to provoko » B 

" lU-breeding ! '' cried atj nnkoomi cbkmpioti, ' 
possible ! that elegant face can never be bo rile m math 

" O Sir, ae to that," auEwered be, " jaa most (Jloir « 
jadge ; for thoagb I pay aH deference to jonr opinioc — a 
other things, — jet I hope you will grant and ' ' " 

your Lordahip also — that I am not totally di 
judge of good or iil-manners." 

" I va& so wholly ignorajit," said Iiord Orville, gm«)^ 
" of the provocation yoa might have had, that I ooald 
bat be sttrprised at yonr eingolar resentment." 

*' It was far from my intention," answered he, 
yoar lordship ; bat, really, for a person who ia 
give benelf sach airs, — I own I conld not con 
pasaon. For, my Lord, thongb I have made 
inquiry — I cannot ]eam who she is." 

" By what I can make ont," cried 
most be a conntry parson's daughter." 

" He ! he ! he ! very good, 'pen hononr ! " cried the lop 
— " well, flo I conld have awom by her manoera." 

And then, delighted at his own wit, he langhed, and 
away, as I snppose, to repeat it. 

" Bat what the dence is all thin ? " demanded An ol 

"Why a very foolish affair," answered Lord OrnUs 
"yonr Helen first refused this coxcomb, and then — A^nrmA 
with me. This is all I con gather of it." 

" 0, Orville," returned he, " yon are a happy man ! — Bat 
ill-bred ? — I can never believe it I And she looks too nn- 
Bifale to be ignoraid." 

" Whether ignorant or mischievous, I will not pretend ta 
determine ; but certain it is, she attended to all f could 
to her, though I have really fatigued myaelf with frail 
endeavours to entertain her, with the meet imraoTi 
gravity ; but no sooner did Lovel begin his comjJiaint, 
sfae was seized with a fit of laughing, first affroatin^ 
poor bean, and then enjoying hia mortification." 

" Ha ! ha ! ha ! why there is some gmittt in tlutt oaf 
Lord, though perhaps rather — mttie." 




29 

• Haria was called to dance, and so heard no mare. 
rw, tell me, my dear Sir, did you ever know aoy thing 
• provoking? " A poor ineak girl f "" iiinorant or mw- 
im« / " What mortifying words ! I am resols-ed, hov- 
, that I Trill never again be tempted to go to ui 
mbly. I wish I had been in Dorsetebtre. 
Well, after this, yon will not be anrpriaed that Lord Or- 
■, llle contented himBelf with an inquiry after oar healtha 
i 19 morning, by his servant, without troubling himBelf to 
■ -.11, aa MiKs Mirvan had told me he would ; bnt perhaps it 
■jiay be only a country custom. 

1 would not live here for the world. I care not how bood 
we leave town. London soon grows tiresome. I wish the 
(yaptain would come. Urs. Mirvan talks of the opera £or 
tUs eveniDg ; however, I am very indifferent about it. 

Wednesday Morning. 

Well, my dear Bir, I have been plea§ed against roy wiU, 
I could almoBt say ; for I mnst own I went out in very ill 
hnmoar, which I think you cannot wonder, at: but the 
mnaiv and the singing were charming ; they soothed mo 
into a pleasure the moat grateful, the best suited to my 
present disposition in the world. I hope to persuade Mrs. 
Mirvan to go again on Saturday. I wish the. opera was 
every night. It is, of all enterttunments, the sweetest and 
most deUghtfnl. Some of the songs seemed to melt my 
vory Bonl. It was what they call a lerioue opera, aa the 
comic first singer was ill.' 

To-night we go to Kanelugh.* If any of those three 

■ n< OpmL'-Tbe first Opera-IIouie in the HBymorkct. built &nd 
MUbliiihnl by Sir John V^nbrugh, ftnbiMol and drimatist, opened, 

I;o^. burnt down, i:89. 

• fioMiajA.— Aplaoeofpublioenterwinmenl, ereol*d(«tfC. 1740)011 
thcnUoritHigUilcniofs'illBof Viununi Rnneliwh , at CI.eliea. Tha 

ErlnclpKl room (tbe Rotuada], begun in 1741, and opened for public 
reaknnian lh« atli of AprJ, 174S, wa> lai feel in diameter, witli M) 
"rcbaim bi Um (wntre, anil tienufWea all round. The cbtef amuae- 
iiikiit wu prooMfudine (u il vbs called) round and round (he nireulnr area 
'- I'lir, uiu taliiiig refnuhinmila in the boxoi. while ibe orcbeilra.exe- 
: L.<l diflbraot pi«n of muaic Ii wu a kind of "Vauiholl under 

■ t" waniiad witb cuaJ firsa. Tbo Rotunda is loiU to hove b«en nro- 
jerlod by I^oy, tlia pauntcd of Drur;' Lane Theatre. The MHp drmll. 



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90 STILIHl. 

geuUeitien who oonTarsed so freely aboat me shoold !•' I 
Ihere — bat I won't tliink of it. 

Well, my dear Sir, we went to Banelogh- Itia 
in(f place ; and tbe brilliancy 'of the lights, on my fint e 
tfftnc«, made me almoHt tliink I was in aatae in 
eastle or fairy poUce, for all looked like inagio to n 

The very first person I saw was Lord Orrille. I tdt a 
confused ! — bat ha did not see me. After tea, Mrs. Mima 1 
being tired, Maria and I walked round the room afeoe. J 
Then again we aaw him, standing by the orcbestn^^ 
too, stopt to bear a singer. He bowed to me ; 
and I am sore I coloured. We soon walked o 
our sitoation : however, he did not follow na ! : 
passed by the orchestra again, he was gone, 
in tbe conrse of the evening, we met him several (a 
be was always with some party, and never 
though whenever he chanced to meet my t 
descended to bow. 

I cannot but be hurt at the opinion he e 
It is true my own behavionr incurred it — yet fa 
the most agreeable, and, seemingly, the moat a 
in the world, and therefore it is that I am f 
ttionght ill of by him : for of whose esteem a 
mmbitioDB, if not of those who moat merit our o 
it is too late to reflect upon this now. Well, I 
it. — However, I think I have done with BfisemblieS. 

This morning was destined for seeiiig sight*, lau 
curious shops, and so forth ; but my head ached, and I H 
not in a humour to be amused, anil so I made them bo wiL_ 
out me, though very nnwillingly. They are all kiDoneK. j 

And now I am sorry 1 did not accompany thera, t 
know not what to do with myselL I hud resolved not t 
go to the play to-night; but I believe I ehaU. In e 
hardly oa« whether I do or not. 



DDea.TuHt , ,. ._ 

of the Knighu of tbeBatLin ISOI.wu rinntk 
> part of Chela^ Hoapiul gtrden, betwePa C 
lo the esM of tlie HoipitaL Ho tnot Kmtim 



31 

ight I had done wrong ! Mrs. Stirvim and Muia 
hkre be«a hall the town otci-, iind so entertaiiied ! — while 
I, [ik« ft fuol, slaid at home to do nothing. And, at the 
ftacUoa in Fall-moll, who should they meet but Lord 
OrriUe. He sat next to Mrs. Mirviin, and they talked a 
groat detl together ; but ahe gave mo no acooimt of the 



I may Dever bare anch another opportonity of seeing 
London ; I am qnite sorry that I was not of the party ; but 
I dcCETTe this mortification, for baviag indulged my ill- 
hnmoor. 

Thursday Night. 

We are just returned froni the play, which waa King 
Lear, and bos made me Tery sod. We did not see any 
body we knew. 

Well, adien, it ia too late to write more. 

Friday. 

Captain Mirran is arrived. I Lave not spirits to give an 
account of his introdndjon, for he has really shocked me. 
I do not like him. He seema to be surly, vulgar, and dis- ' 
agreeable.' 

Almost the same moment that Maria was presented to 
him, be began some rnde jests upon the bad ebape of ber 
nose, and called her a tail ill-formed thing. She bore it 
with the utmost good bamour ; but that kind and sweet- 
tempered womnn, Mrs. Mirvan, deserved a betttT lot. I 
am amazed she would marry him. 

For my own part, I have been so sh y, that I have hardly 
spoken to him, or he to me. I cannot imagine why the 
Enmilj was no rejoiced at his return. If he had spent bia 
whole life abroad, I should have supposed thuy might 
rather tiKve been thankful than sorrowful. However, I 
hope tiiey do not think so Ul of him as I do. At leaat, 
I am Bare they have too much prudence to make it known. 

■ CAaroettr^Capltiiii iViniui.— "I barelliiilocciDiforl mi!,— ibal Um 
taara 1 «• uf Ma-capuini, the leu reason 1 have to be uliaioed of Cip- 
taia SIIttui ; far they hkra all so irroalslible ■ prapenally to wutloo 
lDiichi*f| to routiOK hbuk, and dHtesling old wnnien, that I quits i*. 
joitm I shoiml the &»k to no one 'ere printed, lest I should bava bean 
prerallsd upon to sonen his cbuulrr. — Diaiy and LetUri qf Atadamt 
ijrjrilaf, pun liii., Maj, 1T80. 



32 lYXLIKA. 

Saiwrday NighL 

We have been to the opera, and I am still more pl oM e d 
than I was on Tuesday. I conld have thought mysdf in 
Paradise, but for the continual talking of the oompai^ 
around me. We sat in the pit, where everybody was 
dressed in so high a siyle, that if I had been less deliglitad 
with the performance, my eyes would have found me suffi- 
cient entertainment from looking at the ladies. 

I was very glad I did not sit next the Captain ; for he 
oould not bear the music or singers, and was eadzemsly 
gross in his observations on both. When the opera was 
over, we went into a place called the cofFee-room, wliere 
ladies, as well as gentlemen, assemble. There are all lortB 
of refreshments, and the company walk about, and ekat 
with the same ease and freedom as in a private room. 

On Monday we go to a ridotto, and on Wednesday we 
return to Howard Grove. The Captain says he won't stay 
here to be smoked with fiUh any longer ; but^ having been 
seven years smoked with a humvng sun^ he will retire to the 
oountiy, and sink into a, fair weather chap. 

Adieu, my dear Sir. 



LETTER Xin. 

EVILINA IN CONTINUATION. 

My dear Sir, Tuesday^ April 12. 

WE came home from the ridotto ^ so late, or rather so 
early, that it was not possible for me to write. In- 
deed we did not ^o— you will be frightened to hear it — till 
past eleven o'clock : but nobody does. A terrible reverse 
of the order of nature ! We sleep with the sun, and wake 
with the moon. 

The room was very magnificent, the lights and deooca- 
tions were brilliant, and the company gay and splendid. 
But I should have told you, that I made many objectLons to 
being of the party, according to the resolution I had formed. 
However, Maria laughed me out of my scruples, and so onoe 
again I went to an assembly. 

' The Bidotto was a dancing assembly in paUic rooms. 




BTFMMA. 33 

m MJrraa danced n mitiiiet ; but I had not t>he courage 

pUonr her example. In our walks I saw Lord Orrille, 

B (]iiit« alnne, but did not observe ns. Yet, as be 

pled of no party, I tboQB;ht it wna not imposaible that he 

Alt join us ; and though I did not insh much to dance 

3! — yet, as I wua more acqoointed with him than with 

f other person in the room, I mtiBt own I coald not help 

tfiiBking it would be infinitely more desirable to dance ag;ain 

it.h him tlian with an entire stranger. To be Bare, after 

I that bad pasRed, it was very ridiculouB fo suppose it even 

jmlmble that Lord Orville would again hononr me with his 

i-lioice ; yet I am compelled to confess my absurdity, by way 

of taplajning what follows, 

MiseMirranwBS soon engaged; andpresently after a very 
faehionnble gay looking man. who seemed about thirty years 
erf age, oddraescd himself to me, and begged to have the 
bonoDT of dancing with nia Now Maria's partner was a 
genUeman of Mrs. Mirran's acquaintance ; for she had told 
OS it was highly improper for young women to dance with 
straagerB at any pnbb'c assembly. Indeed it was by no 
meaiis my wish so to do : yet I did not like to con&ie 
myself from dancing at all ; neither did I dare refuse this 
gentleman as I tiad dooe Mf.ljov^l, and then, if any ao- 
fjaaintonce should offer, accept hira ; and bo, all theee / 
reasons combining, induced me to tell him — yet I blush to ^y 
write it to yon ! — that I was aheod'j engaged; by which I 
meant t« keep myw-lf at bber^ to dance, or not, as matters 
should fall out. 

I suppose my consciousness betrayed my artifice, for he 

liMked at me as if incrednJotis ; and, instead of being satis- 

tii'd with my answer and leaving me, according to my ezpec- 

tat,ion, ho walked at my side, and, with the greatest ease 

iniaginablc, began a conversation in the free style which 

^^^ply hdongs to old and intimate acquaintatico. But, what 

^^^■1 most provoking, he asked me a thousand qnestions con- 

^^^■■ing ihejiaftner Ui Kkom I was engaged. And at last he 

^^Hb, "\b it really possible tha,t a man whom you have 

I^^UDOored wiUi your acceptance can fad to be at hand to 

proBt from your goodness ? " 

I fett extremely foolish ; and begged Mrs. Mirvan to lead 
to a Mat ; which she very obHgingty did. The Captain sat 



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34 ITILIKl. 

next her ; and to my great surprise, tliis g^tleman thonglik 
proper to follow, and seat himself next to me. 

'^What an insensible!" continued he; "why, Madain, 
yon are missing the most deb'ghtfnl dance in the world !— 
The man must be either mad or a fool — ^Which do you ihp 
dine to think him yourself ? " 

*' Neither, Sir," answered I, in some confusion. 

He begged my pardon for the freedom of his suppoflitioii, 
saying, '* I really was off my guard, from astonishment thai 
any man can be so much and so unaccountably his own 
enemy. But where. Madam, can he possibly be ! — htm he 
left the room ! — or has not he been in it ?" 

*' Indeed, Sir," said I peevishly, " I know nothing ai 
him." 

" I don't wonder that you are disconcerted. Madam ; it is 
really very provoking. The best part of the evening wiD 
be absolutely lost. He deserves not that you should wait 
for him." 

" I do not. Sir," said I, " and I beg you not to—" 

" Mortifying, indeed, Madam," interrupted he, " a lady 
to wait for a gentleman ! — fie ! — careless fellow ! — ^Whai 
can detain him ? — Will you give me leave to seek hixn P" 

" If you please, Sir," answered I, quite terrified lest Mia. 
Mirvan should attend to him ; for she looked very much sur- 
prised at seeing me enter into conversation with a stranger. 

" With all my heart," cried he ; " pray, what coat has 
he on?" 

" Indeed I never looked at it." 

" Out upon him ! " cried he ; " What ! did he address yon 
in a coat not worth looking at ? — What a shabby wretch ! " 

How ridiculous ! I really could not help laughing, which 
I fear encouraged him, for he went on. 

" Charming creature ! — and can you really bear ill usage 
with so much sweetness P Can you, like paUence an a 
monument, smile in the midst of disappointment P — ^For my 
part, though I am not the offended person, my indignation 
IS so great, that I long to kick the fellow round the room ! 
— unless, indeed, — (hesitating and looking earnestly at me^) 
unless, indeed, — ^it is a partner of your own creating f " 

I was dreadfully abashed, and could not make any 
answer. 



■TtI.Di*. 3S 

f But bo!" cried he (agiun, and witli tranatli,) "It 
t be that yon ue Ki crD«l ! Softness itself is punUd 
^joar eysB.— Too conld not, surely, have the tnrbarityio 
ntonly ta trifle with my miseiy." 

[ tunioii &<ns.y fi-om this nonsetiae with. K*l dugiiat. 
I. Mirran saw my coniaaioo, bat nas perpieted wh^t to 
1e of il, and I could not explain to her the c&iCBe, iaX the 
lain Bhonld bear me. I therefore ■pnpoatd to walkj 
P consented, and we all rose ; but, woidd yon bdiere it t 
8 mvx had the aasuranee to rise tooi. and wmlk ckee bf __ 
f side, aa if of my p&rty ! 

'* Now," cried he, " I hope we shall see this ingiate- — I* -- 
'i he^" — poiDting to an old roac who was lame, "or 
And in this manner he asked me of whioerer wia 
1 or ngly in the room. I made no sort of bbbwvt : and 
knt he found that I was resolutely silent, and waUnd oa 
I mnch as I ctmld without obserring bim, be tinHfi'y 
■nped his foot, and cried oat in a passion, " Fool ! idiot I 

ll tDTned hastily toward him : " O, Uadam," mtrftifrrf 
" forgire my rehemence ; bat I am distracted to Uiink 
■B ithoald exist a wretch who can slig^ a Hrwinfl tor 
tob I would forfeit my life ! — O that I cosid bvt tneei 
I, I would soon — Bnt I grow aogiy ; pardon b^ **-a— 
:itiB are violent, and yonr iDJonw aXect me ! " 
_ a to apprehend he wu a nmlinMi, sad atacvd ai 
n with the utmost astonishment- " 1 see joa are aumi, 
iladaci," said he; "geoeroas csvstare! — bnt don't faa 
ainnncd, I am cool again, I am indeed, — opon my aevl 1 
am ; — I intrcat yon, most loTely of mortals 1 I uttnat yoa 
to be easy." 

" Indeed, Sir," said I Tciy Bericnaly, **I Bait iamtt 
npon your leaving me ; yon are ijnite a at 
I am both nntiBed, and averse to yoor li 

This teemed to have some eflEect oo kim. He m^e bw 
ft low bow, begged my pardon, and vowed b* wovld aet tor 
'* p world ufTeud me. 

1, Sir, yoa must leaTe me," criad I. "I wan gosc, 

I am gone I " with a moat tape*] ait; a^ ha 

rched away at a qolclc pace, oat of ai^t is a aoaaiA^ 



36 XTSLIKA. 

but before I had time to congratalate mjself , he was again 
at mj elbow. 

*' And could you really let me go, and not be sony ? — 
Cskn you see me suffer torments inexpressible, and yet retain 
all your favour for that miscreant who flies youp — ^Un- 
g^teful puppy ! — I could bastinado him !" 

" For Heaven's sake, my dear," cried Mrs. Miryan, " who 
is he talking of ? " 

** Indeed — I do not know, Madam," said I ; *' but I wish 
he would leave me." 

'** What's all that there ?" cried the Captain. 

The man made a low bow, and said, " Only, Sir, a alight 
objection which this young lady makes to dancing with me, 
and which I am endeavouring to obviate. I shall think 
myself greatly honoured if you will intercede for me.** 

" That lady, Sir," said the Captain coldly, " is her own 
mistress." And he walked sullenly on. 

" You, Madam," said the man (who looked delighted, to 
Mrs. !Mirvan), "you, I hope, wiQ have the goodness to 
speak for me." 

" Sir," answered she gravely, " I have not the pleasare 
of being acquainted with you." 

" I hope when you have. Ma'am," cried he, undaunted, 
" you will honour me with your approbation : but, while I 
am yet unknown to you, it would be truly generous in you 
to countenance me ; and I flatter myself. Madam, that you 
will not have cause to repent it." 

Mrs. Mirvan, with an embarrassed air, replied, **I do 
not at all mean. Sir, to doubt your being a gentleman, — 
but—" 

" But what, Madam ? — that doubt removed, why a hU T' 

" Well, Sir," said Mrs. Mirvan (with a good humoured 
smile), " I will even treat you with your own plainness, and 
try what effect that will have on you : I must therefore tell 
you, once for all — " 

" O pardon me, Madam ! " interrupted he, eagerly, ** you 
must not proceed with those words once for aU; no, if I 
have been too plain^ and though a man^ deserve a rebuke, 
remember, dear ladies, that if you copy, you ought in jnstioe 
to excuse me." 

We both star«id at the man's strange behaviour. 



STILIHA. 37 

" Be nobler than your sex," oontinned he, tomiiig to me, 
**' honour me with one dance, and give np the ingrate who 
has merited so ill jour patience." 

Mrs. Mirvan looked with astonishment at ns botli. 

*^Who does he speak of, my dear? — ^jon nerer men- 
tioned—" 

" O, Madam ! " exclaimed he, ^ he was not worth m^fi>- 
tioning — it is pity he was ever thought of; bat let cs 
forget his existence. One dance is all I solicit. Permit me, 
Madam, the honour of this yoong lady's hand ; it will be a 
favour I shall ever most gratefolly acknowledge." 

*' Sir," answered she, ^ favours and strangers have with 
me no connection." 

" If yon have hitherto," said he, " confined yoor benevo- 
lence to your intimate friends, soffer me to be the first lor 
whom yoor charity is enlarged." 

" Well, Sir, I know not what to say to yon, — bat — " 

He stopt her hut with so many urgent entreatiis^, tL^t 
she at last told me, I most either go down one daxtoe, ';r 
avoid his importunities by returning home. I hesitavri 
which alternative to choose; but this impetuous man '<x\ 
length prevailed, and I was obliged to consent to danoe wjtr; 
liim. 

And thus was my deviation from truth punishcad ; ai.d 
thus did this man's determined boldness conquer. 

During the dance, before we were too much engager] hi 
it for conversation, he was extremely provoking alx^nt mj 
partner, and tried every means in his power to make Jiifi 
own that I had deceived him ; which, though I would v*j\ wj 
far humble myself as to acknowledge, was indeed but t/^o 
obvious. 

Lord OrviQe, I fancy, did not dance at all. He sc^iXie^i 
to have a large acquaintance, and joined several difT^reLt 
parties : but you will eaeily suppose, I was not much plea^^d 
to see him, in a few minutes after I was gone, walk towards 
the place I had just left, and bow to and join Mrs. Mirvaij ! 

How unlucky I thought myself, that I had not lozij^er 
withstood this stranger*s importunities ! The moment we 
had gcme down the dance, I was hairtgning away from him ; 
but he stopt me, and said, that I could by no means return 
to my party without giving offence, before we had d//t%^. '/ar 



38 iTiLniA. 

didy of walking vp the dance. As I know nothing at all of 
these roles and enstoms, I was obliged to sabmit to his 
directions ; bnt I iBucj I looked rather oneasj, for he took 
notice of my inattention, sajing, in his free way, ** Wlience 
that anxiety? — ^Why are those lovely eyes peqwrtually 
-averted ? " 

*'I wish yon would say no more to me. Sir," oried I 
peevishly ; ** you have - already destroyed aU my hapinness 
for this evening." 

" Good Heaven ! what is it I have done ? — How haT6 I 
merited this scorn ? *' 

" Yon have tormented me to death ; you have forced me 
from my friends, and intruded yonrse& npon me, against 
my will, for a partner." 

*' Sorely, my dear Madam, we ought to be better friends, 
since there seems to be something of sympathy in the frank- 
ness of our dispositions. — And yet, were you not an angel — 
how do you think I could brook such contempt ? " 

" If I have offended you," cried I, " you have but to leave 
me — and O how I wish you would ! " 

" My dear creature," said he, half laughing, " why where 
could you be educated ? " 

" TVliere I most sincerely wish I now was ! " 

" How conscious you must be, all beautiful that yoa are, 
that those charming airs serve only to heighten the Uoom 
of your complexion ! " 

''Your freedom. Sir, where you are more acquainted, 
may perhaps be less disagreeable ; but to me — " 

" You do me justice," cried he, interrupting me, " yes, I 
do indeed improve upon acquaintance ; you will hereafter 
be quite charmed with me." 

"Hereafter, Sir, I hope I shall never — " 

" O hush ! — ^hush ! — have you forgot the situation in 
which I found you ? — ^Have you forgot, that when deserted, I 
pursued you, — when betrayed, I adored you ? — ^but for mi 

" But for you. Sir, I might perhaps have been happy. 

" What then, am I to conclude that, hui far me^ your 
partner would have appeared ? — ^poor fellow ! — and did my 
presence awe him ? " 

" I wish his presence, Sir, could awe you ! " 

" His presence ! — ^perhaps then you see him ? " 






39 

** Peiliaps, Sir, I do," cried I, quite w eM ied of his 
raillerj. 

''Where? where? — lor HeaTen'e mke whew me the 
wretch!" 

"Wretch, Sir!" 

" O, a Tarj sayage ! — a eneakiiig, ahame-fMsed, deipicable 
pappy 



I know not what bewitched me — bat mj pride was hurt, 
and my spiritB were tired, and — in short, I had liie foLj, 
looking at Lord Onrille, to repeat, " DetpicahUfjaa think r " 

His eyes instant^ followed mine; ^'Wl^, is HuU tie 
gentleman?" 

I made no answer ; I coold not affirm, and I would nvt 
deny : — ^f or I hoped to be reUered from his tfaiffiiiji; bj Lij 



The very moment we had done what he caDed our datj, 
I eagerly desired to retam to Mrs. Mirran. 

" To yonr partner^ I presame, Madam ? " said he, rerr 
grayety. 

This qoite confounded me. I dreaded kst this mi^ 
chievons man, ignorant of his rank, should addresi hiirj^^.i 
to Lord OrviQe, and say something which might expc/s«& iz^j 
artifioe. Fool ! to involTe mrself in such difficult :e« ! I 
now feared what I had before wisLed ; and therefore ; v> 
avoid Lord Chrille, I was obliged myself to prr/po$e go:r.;f 
down another dance, though I was ready to sink with ii\i>.'^*c 
while I spoke. 

" But your partner, Ma*am ? " said he, a&cting a \':r7 
solemn air, " perhi^ he may resent my detaining yoa : if 
yon win give me l^Te to ask his consent " 

" Not for the universe." 

" Who is he, Madam ? " 

I wished myself a hundred miles off. He repeated his 
question, '' What is his name ? " 

" Nothing — nobody — I don't know — " 

He assumed a most important solemnity : *' How ! — not 
know ? — Give me leave, my dear Madam, to recommend 
this caution to you : Never dance in public with a stran:.'< r, 
— ^with one whose name you are unacquainted with, — who ziijuy 
be a mere adventurer, — a man of no character, consider to 
what impertinence you may expose yourself." 



40 STILINA. 

Was ever anything so ridicalouB P I oonld not help 
laughing, in spite of mj vexation. 

At this instant, Mrs. Mirvan, followed bj Lord Orville, 
walked np to ns. Yon will easilj believe it was not difficult 
for me to recover mj gravity ; but what was my co pat enu^ 
tion, when this strange man, destined to be the Boovnge of 
my artifice, exclaimed, ** Ha ! my Lord Orville ! — ^I ig ot es t 
I did not know your Lordship. What can I say tat my 
nsnrpation ? — Yet, faith, my Lord, sach a prise was not to 
be neglected." 

My shame and ccnfosion were unspeakable. Who 
could have supposed or foreseen that this man knew Lord 
Orville ? But falsehood is not more unjustifiable than un- 
safe. 

Lord Orville — ^well he might — ^looked all amaaement. 

'' The philosophic coldness of your Lordship,'* oontinned 
this odious creature, '* every man is not endowed with. I 
have used my utmost endeavours to entertain this lady, 
though I fear without success ; and your lordship will not 
be a little flattered, if acquainted with the difficulty which 
attended my procuring the honour of only one dance." 
Then, turning to me, who was sinking with shame, while 
Lord Ornlle stood motionless, and Mrs. Mirvan astonished, 
— ^he suddenly seized my hand, saying, ** Think, my Lord, 
what must be my reluctance to resign this fsar hand to your 
Lordship ! " 

Li the same instant, Lord Orville took it of him; I 
coloured violently, and made an effort to recover it. *' Yon 
do me too much honour. Sir," cried he, (with an air of 
gallantry, pressing it to his lips before he let it go ;) ** how- 
ever, I shsill be happy to profit by it, if this lady," turning 
to Mrs. Mirvan, '* will permit me to seek for her party." 

To compel him thus to dance, I could not endure ; and 
eagerly called out, '* By no means — not for the world ! — I 
must beg " 

" Will you honour me, Madam, with your conunands," 
cried my tormentor ; " may I seek the lady's party P " 

" No, Sir," answered I, turning from him. 

" What shall be done, my dear " said Mrs. Mirvan. 

" Nothing, Ma*am ; — any thing, I mean " 

" But do you dance, or not you see his Lordship waits."* 



not — I beg tliat — I would not for the worid — I 

Wght to— to " 

lot speak ; bat that coafiilent mnn, det«nniciDg 
wlietLer or not 1 had deceived him. Bud to Lord 
[o stood SQspeadod, " Hy Lord, ttiia affair, wfaicti 
IS perplexed, I mil bricSj- explain : — thia 
Bed to me another dance,— riiothing oonld hftte 
re happy, — I only wiahedlfor your Lord^p's 
vhiob, if no^ gnuitedj,^ill, 1 am pemttded, 
btng right." 

1 tritb indignation. "Ko, Sir — it iiyoarabaRice, 
looe, can set every thing right" 
eayen's sake, my dear," cried Hn. Utrran, who 
[iiiger contain her sorpriae, " what doe* all lUi 
er« you pre-engaged ? — had Lord Orrill*^^" 
tdam," cried I, " only— only I did not know thAt 

I — and so, — andso I thought — I intended — I " 

rered by all that had paawd, I had not ■trangth 

py mortifying explaiiation ; — my BpiriU qnJte 

ud 1 burst into tears. 

seemed shocked and anuoed. 

B &e matter, my dearest love ? " cried Mn. Mir- 



tve I done ! " exclaimed my eril genius, and ran 
or » glaoB of water. 

^ a lunt woB snfficient for Lord Orrille, vbo 
all I wonld have explained. He imtnoliatclT 
U, and said in • low voice, " Be not durtroaed, 
; 1 shaQ ever think my name hononred by 
!( ue of iL" 

MsuM nlieved me. A gecoal morronr had 
■■HirvaB, who flew instantly to mg ; while Lord 
oamt Mn. Hirraa had taken the wat^r, led 
away. 

laven's sake, dear ICadam," ctied I, " lei me go 
indeed I cannot stay heore any looger." 
■O go," cried my kind Uaca. 
■ Oaptaio, what will be say — I had better go 
air." 

OOOBBBted, and J rose to deeart. Lord Or- 



> deeart. 

The fin 



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42 lYILIHA. 

attention I but ill merited from liim, led me to » chair; 
while the other followed, pestering me with apologies. I 
wished to hare made mine to Lord OrviUe, bat was too 
much ashamed. 

It was about one o'clock. Mrs. Mirvaxi's aervanta aaw 
me home. 

And now, — ^what again shall ever tempt me to an aasom- 
blj P I dread to hear what jou will think of me, my moat 
dear and honoured Sir : yon will need your utmost paitialiij 
to receive me without displeasure. 

This morning Lord Orville has sent to inquire after our 
health ; and Sir Clement WillQughby, for that, I find, is the 
name of my persecutor, has called ; but I would not go 
down stairs till he was gone. 

And now, my dear Sir, I can somewhat account for the 
strange, proYoking, and ridiculous conduct of this Sir 
Clement last night ; for Miss Mirvsin says he is the Taiy 
man with whom she heard Lord Orville conversing at Mrs. 
Stanley's, when I was spoken of in so mortifying a manner. 
He was pleased to say he was glad to hear I was a fool ; 
and therefore, I suppose, he concluded he might talk as 
much nonsense as he pleased to me : however, I am very 
indilPorent as to his opinion ; — ^but for Lord OrvillOy — if then 
he thought me an idiot, now, I am sure, he must sappoae 
me both bold and presuming. Make use of his name h — 
what impertinence — he can never know how it happenedv 
— ^he can only imag^e it was from an excess of vanity; 
— well, however, I shall leave this bad oiiy to-monoW| and 
never again will I enter it. 

The Captain intends to take us to-night to the Fantoocim. 
I cannot bear that Captain ; I can mve you no idea how 
gross he is. I heartily rejoice that he was not present at 
the disagreeable conclusion of yesterday's adventure, for I 
am sure he would have contributed to my confusion ; which 
might, perhaps, have diverted him, as he seldom or never 
smiles but at some other person's ezpence. 

And here I conclude my London letters, — and without 
any regret; for I am too inexperienced and ignorant to 
conduct myself with propriety in this town, where eveiy 
thing is new to me, and many things are unaccouiitafale 
and perplexing. 




*AXva,tar dear Sir; HRavnn restore me safely to you ! 

wiftb I ma to go imniMluitely to Berry Hill ; yet the 
Fjsb is nngniutttl to Mrs. Mirvaa, and therefore I will 
nPHB it. I sbftD write ftn nrcoont of the Fantoccini from 
bwid Onrre. Wa bA*« not been to half the pnblic 
hwi* tha* &n! UDW open, thnagli I dtire aay yoa will think 

rto bIL But they are almost u innnmerable 
wiio fill tiem. 



LETTER XIV. 



KVILnU Dl COHnSDATIOK. 



H 



Queen Ann Street, April 13. 
OW mach will yon be surprised, my deareet Sir, at 
neviTin^ anotber letter, from London, of your Eve- 
k'a writiBg! Bat, believe me, it was not my fault, 
it my happinesB, that I am still bere : ourjonmny 
' by an accident equally nneipected and ' 



W» wvbX la 



t last night to see the Fantoccini, where we had 
p cntirrtainment from the performance of a. little 
r ic French and Itnlian, by pnppete, so admimkly 
•d, that they both astonished and diverted ue all, 
t the Captain, who lias a iised tuid most prejudiced 
d <rf wIiabiTEr ia not Englisb. 
Wlim it <nu orer, wbiie we waited for the conch, a t«dl 
r ironuui bmbed quickly post ns, cailing out, " My i 
• ■ -lldoP- ' 

V what imuU yon do P " cried tbe Captain. 
h Joi, Monnrmr," answered she, " I have lost my 
~' ' 'b ttia place I don't know nobody." 

iDtbing foreign in her accent, though it 

kto diacoTcr wKctbi-r she was an English or a 

Sbf was very well dressed ; and seemed 

tnn what to do, that Mre, Mirran proposed 

O^itata to aatiat faor. 

■M l)Br!"crMnl be, "ay, witli all my heart; — let 
i]| bcr o 00*1^.'' 




44 lYlLINA. 

There was not one to be had, and it rained very fut. , 

^* Mon Dieu ! " exclaimed the stranger, " what shall be- 
come of me ? Je suis au desetpoir ! " 

'' Dear Sir," cried Miss Mirvan, '' praj let ns take tiie 
poor ladj into our coach. She is quite alonei and a 
foreigner-^—'* 

" She's never the better for that," answered he : " aha 
may be a woman of the town, for any thing yon know.** 

" She does not appear such,*' said Mrs. Mirvan; "and 
indeed she seems so much distressed, that we shall but 
follow the golden role, if we carry her to her lodgings." 

" You are mighty fond of new acquaintance," rdtaniad 
he ; ^* but first let us know if she be going our way." 

tlpon enquiry, we found that she lived in Oxford Boad ; 
and, after some disputing, the Captain surlily, and with a 
very bad grace, consented to admit her into his ooach; 
though he soon convinced us, that he was determined aha 
should not be too much obliged to him, for he seemed 
absolutely bent upon quarrelling with her : for which 
strange inhospitaUty I can assign no other reason, than 
that she appeared to be a foreigner. 

The conversation began, by her telling us, that she had 
been in England only two days ; that the gentlemen be- 
longing to her were Parisians, and had left her to see for a 
hackney-coach, as her own carriage was abroad ; and tiiat 
she had waited for them till she was quite frightened, and 
concluded that they had lost themselves. 

'^ And pray," said the Captain, *' why did you go to a 
public place without an Englishman ? " 

'' Ma foii Sir," answered she, '* because none of my a^ 
quaintance is in town." 

" Why then," said he, " 1*11 tell you what, your best way 
is to go out of it yourself." 

" Pardi, Monsieur,'* returned she, " and so I shall i for, I 

Promise you, I think the English a parcel of bmtee ; and 
'11 go back to France as fast as I can, for I would not Uts 
among none of you." 

"Who wants you ? " cried the Captain : " do you rap- 
pose, Madam French, we have not enough of other natkai 
to pick our pockets already ? I'll warrant you, there's no 
need for you for to put in your oar." 



■TKUU. 45 

mr pockeU, Sir ! I wish nobody nnntetl to pick 
*A DO tnnre than T An ; and I'll promise yoa 
ftfe aHtn^b. Bat tberu's ro nation under tbe 
it the EngU&h for iU-politeiteSB ; for my part, I 
ry tight ^ them; aud so I sIielII ouly jnst visit 
qmliljr or two of my partjcnlar acquaintance, 
thrnH fTu twck ag&iii to Fr&nce." 
," cried he ; " anJ then go to the devij together, 
be filt^ voyag« for the French and the quality." 
taiko ar«, however," cried the Btranger with great 
to admit none of your vulgar nnmannered 

" ivtamcd be, coolly, " we shan't dispnte 
wtth yon; yon uid the qnality may have the 
>yoBr»dTe9." 

■ ot changing the snbject of a converBfttion which 
MTiry alarming, Miss Mirvan called ont, " Lord, 
ttwr aua drires : " 

tsi&d. Moil," G»id her father, " I'll warrant yon 
r faat numgb to-moi-row, when yon are going to 

iward Oiore ! " exclaimed the stmnger, " why, - 
do JDO know Lady Howard ? " 
WMt if we do ? " answered he ; " that's nothing 
bs'a noMi of ymir quality, I'll promise yon." 
laid jDU that P " cried she ; " you don't know 
the matter ! besides, yon're the ill-bredest 
SB : and as to your knowing Lady Howard, 
oo trach a tlung ; unless, indeed, yon are 



wearing terribly, said, with great fair, 
mnch sooner b» taken for her wash* 

iadMid 1 — Ha, ha, ba ! why you 
! did yon over see a wash-woman in snch a 
?— Besides, I'm no such mean person, for I'm ! 
idr Howard, and as rich too ; and beeidoa, I'n 
i Bagland (o visit her." 

ty ipkre yourself that there trouble," said the 
M tuM panpers enough al>oat bur already." 
I, IClter ! — no more a paupw than yoarself , nor 



S: 



1 



46 ITXLIKA. 

60 mncli neither ; — but yoa are a low, dirty fellow, and I 
shan't stoop to take no more notice of yon." 

" Dirty fellow ! " exclaimed the Captain, seixiiig both 
her wrists, " hark yon, Mrs. Frog, yon*d best hold your 
tongue ; for I must make bold to tell yon, if yoa dont, 
that I shall make no ceremony of tripping you oat cf the 
window, and there yon may lie in the mnd till some cf jaur 
Monseers come to help you out of it." 

Their increasing passion quite terrified ns; and Mrs. 
Mirvskn was beginning to remonstrate with the Captain, 
when we were all silenced by what follows. 

" Let me go, villain that you are, let me go, or I'U pro- 
mise you I'll get you put to prison for this usage. I'm no 
common person, I assure you ; and, ma foi^ I'll go to Jiia- 
tice Fielding ^ about you ; for I'm a person of faahion, and 
I'll make you know it, or my name a'n't Duval." 

I heard no more : amazed, frightened, and unspeakably 
shocked, an involuntary exclamation of Oracious Heaiven! 
escaped me, and, more dead than alive, I sunk into Mrs. 
Mirvan's arms. But let me draw a veil over a aoene too 
cruel for a heart so compassionately tender as your's ; it is 
sufficient that you know this supposed foreigner proved to 
bo Madame Duval, — the grandmother of ypurEvg^xuh ! 

0, Sir, to discover so near a relation in a woman, who 
had thus introduced herself ! — what would become of me, 
were it not for you, my protector, my friend, and mr 
refuge ? 

My extreme concern, and Mrs. Mirvan's surprise, inmie- 
diately betrayed me. But I will not shock yon with the 
manner of her acknowledging me, or the bittemeas, the 
gro88ne$8 — I cannot otherwise express myself, — ^with which 
she spoke of those unhappy past transactions yon have so 

^ Justice Fielding, — Sir John Fielding, half brother of the flunoos 
Henry : and, like him, a humane and wise magistrate, ■'*^^**g to 
crime by other means than punishment. He soooeeded Sma 
Justice of the Peace for Westminster. Though blind from his 
taa wrote several pamphlets; he tried to induce Garrick not tt 
the ** Beggar's Op«ra" acted, for the same reasons that led the Loid 
Chamberlain to forbid ** Jack Sheppard " in our own time. He died at 
Brompton, in the same year (1780) that his house in Bow Street was 
pulled down, and his goo<ls burned in the street by a nU)b]e whkh tku 
showed its ta^f spirit. » 




pakbeticaQf related to me. All ihe misery of a mncb 
injoiod parent, dijar, though nerer Been, regretted, though 
never known, crowded ao furcibly njinn my memory, that 
tb^ rendered this interriew — one only ciceptcd — the most 
afflicting I can ever know. 

When we etopt at her lodgings, ehe deaired me to accom* 
pany her intg the honse. and eaid she could easily procnra 
a room for me to sleep in, Alarmed and trembling, I 
tamed to Mrs. Mirvaa. " My daughter, Madam," said 
that sweet woman, " cannot so abruptly part with her yonng 
friend t you must allow a little time to wean them from 
each other." 

" Pardon me, Ma'am," answered Madame Dnval, (who, 
Crom the time of her being known, somewhat softened her 
inftmi«rs) *' Miss can't possibly be so nearly connected to 
this cbild as I am." 

" Ho matter for that," cried the Captain, (who espoused 
my cause to satisfy his own pique, tho' an awkward apology 
had paased between them) " she was sent to as ; and so, 
it'n Me, we don't choose for to part with her." 

I promised lo wait upon her at what time she pleased 
the nest day ; and, after a short debate, she desired me to 
brvakfaot with her, and we proceeded to Queen Ann 
Street. 

What an iinforttinat« adTcntnrc I I conid not close my 

ejeo the whole night. A thousand times I wished I had 

CLtur left B«Ty Hill : however, my return thither shall be 

acoelervtwd lo the utmost of my power ; and, once more in 

thml abode of trunquil happiness, I will suiTer no tempts- 

J40n lo allure me elsewhere. 

^^^3Cra. Mirran was so kind as to accompany me to Madame 

^fwral's homo this morning. The Captain, too, ofiered his 

Hplnioe ; which 1 declined, from a fear she should suppose I 

■ -"^Beuit to insult her. 

She frowned most terribly upon Mrs. Mirvan ; but she 
reoeiTod ne with aa much teudeniess as 1 believe she is^ 
o^oMe ol feeling. Indeed, onr meeting seems really fd^ 
h*T« affected her ; for when, overcome by the TarietJ of 
emotions which the sight of her occasioned, t almost fainted 
in her anas, she burst into tears, and said, " let me not lose 
rmy poor daoghter a second time ! " This g^xpected 




48 lYlLIKA. 

hmnanity softened me extremely ; bat she Teiy soon exxaM 
my warmest indignation, by the nngratefnl mentian she 
made of the best of men, my dear and most generoos bene- 
factor. ' However, grief and anger mntnally gave way to 
terror, upon her avowing the intention of her visiting Eng- 
land was to make me retam with her to France. Thu, 
she said, was a plan she had formed from the instant she 
had heard of my birth ; which, she protested, did not reach 
her ears till I most have becai twelve years of age; bat 
Monsiear Daval, who she declared was the worst hosband 
in the world, woold not permit her to do any thing she 
wished : he had been dead bat three months ; which had 
been employed in arranging certain affairs, thafc wero no 
sooner settled, than she set ofE for England. She was al- 
ready oat of mooming, for she said nobody here oonld teU 
how long she had been a widow. 

She must have been married very early in life : what her 
age is I do not know ; but she really looks to be less than 
fifty. She dresses very gaily, paints very high, and the 
traces of former beauty are still veiy visible in her &oe. 

I know not when, or how, this visit would have ended, 
had not the Captain called for Mrs. Mirvan, and abeohitdiy 
insisted upon my attending her. He is become, very sad- 
denly, so warmly my friend, that I quite dread his offidoos- 
ness. Mrs. Mirvan, however, whose principal stady seems 
to be healing those wounds which her husband inflicts, ap- 
peased Madame Duval's wrath, by a very polite invitation 
to drink tea, and spend the evening here. Not witfaoat 
great difficulty was the Captain prevailed upon to defer his 
journey some time longer ; but what could be done P It 
would have been indecent for me to have quitted t^wn the 
very mstant I discovered that Madame Duval was in it; 
and to have staid here solely under her protection — ^Mrs. 
Mirvan, thank Heaven, was too kind for such a thought. 
That she should follow us to Howard Grove, I mnost 
equally dreaded. It is therefore determined, that we re- 
main in London for some days, or a week : though tiie 
Captain has declared that the old French iiag^ as he is 
pleased to call her, shall fare never the better for it. 

My only hope is to get safe to Berry Hill ; where, coun- 
selled and sheltered by you, I shall have nothing more to 



Adion, mj ever dear and most honoored Sir I I shall 
h»T« no happiness till I am again with 7011. 



^^^ MB. TILLARS TO KYMLISA. 

Berry EiU, April 16. 
T'S the belief and hope that mj Evelina ncmld, ere now, 
'■ have bid adieu to London, I had intended to have da- 
. rred writing, till I heard of her return to Howard Grovs j ' 
■ xt the letter I have this moment received, with int«lligenoa 
' :' Uadame Daval's arrival in England, demands an I'li- ' 

Her jonmey hither equally CTierea and alarms me. How 
inneh did 1 pity my child, when I read of a discovery a£ 
oaoe Ml unexpected and unwished ! I have long dreaded 
tltia meeting and its consequence ; to clcum you seemft 
natundly to follow acknowledging yon. I am well ao 

? sainted with her disposition, and have for many years 
ireecen the conbeet which now threatens as. 
Omel as are the circumBtances of this aE^ur, yon mnat 
not, my love, suffer it to doprees your spirits ; remember, 
that while life is lent me, I will devote it to your service; 
— mil for fntnre time, I will make anch provision as aht" 
IU|pn to me most conducive to your future happJnes 
^^Kem <d my protection, and relying on my tendemeaa, M^ 
^^H.i'FP'^^^''"" "^ Madame Dnv^ disturb your peaca : 
■ "conduct yourself towards her with all the respect and de- 
^frmjce due to so near a relation, remembering always, that 
tlie fiiilaro of duty on her part, can bynomeana jnatily any 
B«g1oct on yonr's. Indeed, the more forcibly yon are struck 
wtth in^iraprioties and misconduct in another, the greater 
•botild be your observance and diligence to avoid even thtt 1 
tibmiow of similar errors. Be careful, therefore, that 1 
raaisanMs of attention, no indifference of obliging, maks 
known to ber the independence I aesnre you of ; but when 
■Iio 6jea the time for her leaving England, trust to me th* 
ta«k of refusing your attending her : disagreeable to my> 




50 BVXLINA. 

self, I own, it will be ; yet to yoa it would be improper, if 
not impossible. 

In regard to her opinion of me, I am more soiry thia 
surprised at her determined blindness ; the palliation which 
she feels the want of, for her own conduct, leads her to 
seek for failings in all who were concerned in those nn- 
happj transactions which she has so mnch reason to 
lament. And this, as it is the cause, so we must in some 
measure consider it as the excuse of her inveteracy. 

How grateful to me are your wishes to return to Beny 
TTill ! Your lengthened stay in London, and the dissipa- 
tion in which I Snd you are involved, fill me with nneasi- 
ness. I mean not, however, that I would have you sequester 
yourself from the party to which you belong, since Mrs. 
Mirvan might thence infer a reproof which your youth and 
her kindness would render inexcusabla I will not, thera- 
fore, enlarge upon this subject; but content myself with 
telling you, that I shall heartily rejoice when I hear of 
your safe arrival at Howard Grove, for which place I hope 
you will be preparing at the time you receive this letter. 

I cannot too much thank you, my best Evelina, far the 
minuteness of your communications. Continue to me this 
Indulgence, for I should be miserable if in ignorance of 
your proceedings. 

How new to you is the scene of life in which you are en- 
gaged ! — balls — plays— operas — ^ridottos ! — Ah, my child I 
at your return hither, how will you bear the change ? My 
heart trembles for your future tranquillity. — ^Yet I will 
hope every thing from the unsullied whiteness of your soful, 
and the native liveliness of your disposition. 

I am sure I need not say, how much more I was pleased 
with the mistakes of your inexperience at the private bal], 
than with the attempted adoption of more fashionable man- 
ners at the ridotto. But your confusion and mortificati<nis 
were such as to entirely silence all reproofs on my part. 

I hope you will see no more of Sir Clement Willoughby, 
whose conversation and boldness are extremely disgustful 
to me. I was gratified by the good nature of Lord Orville, 
upon your making use of his name ; but I hope you will 
never again put it to such a trial. 

Heaven bless thee, my dear child ! and grant that neiiher 



misfortnct) hot vim may ever rob thee of thiit gaiety of 
bearC, wticb, reaulting from innoceDCe, while it censtitntoa 
» own, coutribataa also to tiie felicity of all who know 



Mm Of 

I 



ASTHCR VlLUlRS. 



LETTER XVI. 



D THS BJTT. MB. VILLIRS. 



DRFOBE 

^Ktbatit 

IStodmert. 



Queen Ann Street, 
Thursdoif mona-ng, April 14. 
EFOBE our dinner was over yeaterday, Madame Duval 
im« to tea; though it will lefisen your surprise, to 
iat it was near five o'clock, for we never dine till the 
•ImoRt over. She was asked into another room while 
ibte WHS cleared , and then was invited to partake of 

B attended by a French gentleman, whom ehe in- i 
trodiiiced by the name of Monsieur Da Bois : Mrs. Mirvan ' 
" ' «dthan both with her usntil politeness; but the Cap- 
toket] »ery much displeased ; and after a short silence, 
lBt«nily Bnid to Madame Duval, " Pray, who asked yon 
g that there spark with you F " 
" cried she, " I never go no where vrithout him." 
r ehort siloDce ensued, which was terminated by 
Psptoin's turning roughly to the foreigner, and saying, , 
lyoil know, Mmneer, that yon are the first Frenchman 
t !«t coma into my honse ? " 

' Detu-Dn Bois made a profonnd br>w. He speaks no 
I, tmd understands it so imperfectly, that he might 
pij iltingine he had received a compliment. 
. Mirran endeavoured to divert the Captain's ill- 
T, by starting new subjects : but he left to her all 
dw tn>nblo a! supporting them, and leant buck in hia choir 
'"" ' jT silence, except when any opportunity offered of 
Bume s:ireaam upon the French. Finding her 
I U> render the evening agreeable were fmitless. Mrs. 
n pfoposed a party to Banelagh, Madame Duval 
mj ooneented to it ; and the Captcii, though he r&ile& 



52 SYILINA. 

against the dissipation of the women, did notoppoBe it ; and 
therefore Maiia and I ran up stairs to dress onrselyea. 

Before we were readj, word was brought ns that Sir 
Clement Willooghbj was in the drawing^-roo^L. He intio- 
duced himself nnder the pretence of inquiring after all our 
healths, and entered the room with the easy air of an old 
acquaintance ; though Mrs. Mirvan confesses that he seemed 
embarrassed when he found how coldly he was receiTed, not 
only by the Captain, but by herself. 

I was extremely disconcerted at the thoughts of seeing 
this man again, and did not go down stairs till I was called 
to tea. He was then deeply engaged in a discourse upon 
French manners with Madame Duval and the Caption; 
and the subject seemed so entirely to engross him, that he 
did not, at first, observe my entrance into the room. Thflir 
conversation was supported with great vehemence; the 
Captain roughly maintaining the superiority of the Bnglish 
in every particular, and Madame Duval warmly refusing to 
allow of it in any ; while Sir Clement exerted all his powers 
of argument and of ridicule, to second and strengthen what- 
ever was advanced by the Captain : for he had the sagacity 
to discover, that he could take no method so efEectnal for 
making the master of the house his friend, as to make 
Madame Duval his enemy; and indeed, in a very short 
time, he had reason to congratulate himself upon his suo 
cessful discernment. 

As soon as he saw me, he made a most respectful bow, 
and hoped I had not suffered from the fatigue of the lidotto : 
I made no other answer than a slight inclination of the head, 
for I was very much ashamed of that whole afbdr. He then 
returned to the disputants; where he managed the argu- 
ment so skilfully, at once provoking Madame Duval, and 
delighting the Captain, that I could not forbear adnKning 
his address, though I condemned his subtlety. Mrs. Mirran, 
dreading such violent antagonists, attempted frequently to 
change the subject ; and she might have succeeded, but for 
the interposition of Sir Clement, who would not suffer it to 
be given up, and supported it with such humour and satire, 
that he seems to have won the Captain's heart; thoo^ 
their united forces so enraged and overpowered Madame 
Duval, that she really trembled with passion. 



' T was vtvf rUmJ when Mrs. Mirvan said it was tinwi i 
gone. Sir Clement arose b> take leave ; but the Cnpta 
verjr cordially inriietl him to join our party ; he h(u! a 
icut, he said, but wonld give it np to have 



_ J little ponfttsion CDBoed in regard to out manner of 

fcUng off. Mrs. Mirvan offered Madame Daval a place in 

her conch, and proposed that we fonr females ehoold go all 
togctlier; however, this she reject«d, declaring she would 
by no miituis go so for withoat a gentleman, and wonderiot; 
«a polite a lady CDold make lo English a proposal. Sir 
CleiDent Willonghby said, his chariot waa waiting at the 
door, and begged to know if it covild be of any nse. It was 
' * t decided, that a hackney-coach shoold be called for 
iear Dn Bois and Madame Dnval, in which the Capta' 
I, at hia reqncst, Sir Clement, went also ; Mrs. a ' " 
n and I had a peaceful and comfortable ride by o 

^1 donbt not bnt they qoarrelled all the way ; 
ire nwt at Ranelagh every one eeemed out of hnmour; and 
thongb wc joined parties, poor iladame Daval was avoided 
u mach as possible by all bnt me. 

Tbo room was so very ranch crowded, that bnt for the 

mtcommoD asGidai^ of Sir Clement Willonghby, we shonid 

not have been able to procnre a box (which is the name 

given to the arched recesses that are appropriated for Veer 

parties) till half the company hod retired. As we were 

taking poaoeflEion of our places, some ladies of Mrs. Mirv&n's 

BOqnatutance stopped to speak to her, and persnaded her to 

^jg/ce a nntnd with thera. When she retnmed to us, what 

^^■M tny aurpme, to see that Lord Orville had joined her 

^^^Kty 1 1'l>e ladies walked on : Mrs. Mirvan seated herself, 

H|Bd nude a alight, though reepectfnl, invitation to Lord ^ 

^'wrille to drink his tea with oa j which, to my no email 

< 1 .cfllt-niation, he accepted. 

i fell a ootifnsion nn^peakable at again seeing him, from 

tbe racoUectiou of the ridotto adventure : nor did my sitoa- '' 

s loMen it i for 1 was scat«d between Madame Dnval usd 

r Clement, who seemed as Uttlo as myself to desire Lord 

Id's presence. Indeed, the continual wrangling and 

idiilff of Captain Idirvan and Madame Dnval madsl 



64 lYILIVA. 

! me blush that I belonged to them. And poor Mrs. MirvBa 
I and her amiable daughter had still less reason to be satisfied. 

A general silence ensued after he was seated : his appeiz«» 
ance, from different motiyes, gave an universal restraint to 
every bodj. What his own reasons were for honouring us 
with his company, I cannot imagine ; unless, indeed, hehad 
a curiosity to know whether I should invent any new imp 
pertinence concerning him. 

The first speech was made by Madame Duval, who said, 
'' It's quite a shocking thing to see ladies come to so genteel 
a place as Banelagh with hats on ; it has a monstrous vulgar 
look : I can't think what they wear them for. Theore is no 
such a thing to be seen in Paris." ^ 

" Indeed," cried Sir Clement, " I must own myself no 
advocate for hats ; I am sorry ihe ladies ever invented or 
adopted so tantalizing a fashion : for, where there is beaidy, 
they only serve to shade it ; and, where there is none, to 
excite a most unavailing curiosity. I fancy they were 
originally worn by some young and whimsical coquette.*^ 

''More Hkely," answered the Captain, "they were in- 
vented by some wrinkled old hag, who'd a mind for to keep 
the young fellows in chace, let them be never so weary." 

"I don't know what you may do in England," cried 
Madame Duval, " but I ^ow in Paris no woman needn't 
be at such a trouble as that to be taken very genteel notioe 

" Why, will you pretend for to say," returned the Cap- 
tain, " that they don't distinguish the old from the young 
there as well as here ? " 

'' They don't make no distinguishments at all," said she; 
" they're vastly too polite." 

'' More fools they ! " cried the Captain, sneeringly. 

" Would to Heaven," cried Sir Clement, " that, for our 
own sakes, we Englishmen too were blest with so accom- 
modating a blindness ! " 

" Why the devil do you make such a prayer as that ? " 



' Hati, — The fashion of wesrinp; bats seems to have been poshed bj 
the ladies to an excess which almost put Madame Dnnd in the right. 
A few years later they dressed for the day in hata— Miss Bnoiey lat 
down to tea with the Equerries at WindAor in her hat, at her hmini^ 
** Cecilia," had sat down in her hat to dinner. 




; " thorn are the 6ret foolish words 
bat 1 anppose you're not much oaed 
Did yon ever make a prayer before, 

" A7. now," cried M»>lame Dnval, " that's another of tlie 
Lnpnlilgn MT W of ;od Eoiflish, to ^o to taildng of sacti 
.Ibtuf^ as that: now in Paris nobody never says nothing | 
~ BBt Tvli^on, no more than aboat politics." 

*• WhT thoii." answered he, " it's a sign they take do more 

• of tfaeir eoola than of their country, (ind so both one 
1 t'other go to old Nick." 

"Well, if thi^ do," said she, " who's the worse, so long 

p lliai dcm't My m^lhing about it ? it's the tiresomest thing 

tbtt world to' be always talking of them sort of things, 

i nobody that's ever been abroad troubles their heads 

ttbcm." 

r then," cri«d the Captain, "since you know so 
f llie matter, be so good as to t«ll as what they do 
tLeir beads about ? — Hey, Sir Clement ! han't we 
• r^it to know that much F " 

"A vecy oomprabensirc (^neEtion," said Sir Clement, 
■*Bad I expect Btoch instraction from the ludy's answer." 

"Come, Madam," continnod the Cnptain, "never flinoh; 
§ptmk at onee -, don't stop for thinking." 

**I Mssra yon I an not going," answered she; "for tie 
to what they do do, why they've enough to do, I promise 
JOB, -what inth one thing or another." 

" Bat wialt what do they do, these famous Monseers T " 
demanded the Captain ; " can't yon tetl ns ? do they game ? 
— or drink t — or tiddla ?— or are they jockeys ? — or do they 
■pend aQ their time in flnmmering old women ? " 

* Ai to that. Sir — but indeed I shan't trouble myself to 
uumrsnch a parDol of low questions, eo don't aak me no 
i^v* abont H." And then, to mj great vexation, taming 
to Lord OrriUc, she said, " Pmy, Sir, was yon ever in 

H«only bowed- 

■* And pr»y, Sir, how did you like it ? " 
Thia eomtprrketinTc ijuintion, as Sir Clement would have 
nlled tt, tluioKh it cutk' him smile, also made him beeitate; 
■, hia answer waa expressive of his npprobatioD. 



66 lYELINA. 

" I thonght you would like it, Sir, because yon. look lo 
like a gentleman. As to the Captain, and as to tiiat oHier 
gentleman, whj thej may very well not like what they don't 
know : for I suppose, Sir, you was never abroad P " 

"Only three years. Ma'am," answered Sir ClemeDiti 
drily. 

'*Well, that's very surprising! I should never hsfa 
thought it : however, I dare say you only kept compiny 
with the English." 

" Why, pray, who shotdd he keep company with P *' cried 
the Captain : '* what, I suppose you'd have him awhamed of 
his own nation, like some other people not a thousand miles 
off, on purpose to make his own nation ashamed of 
him?" 

"I'm sure it would be a very good thing if yoa'd go 
abroad yourself." 

"How will you make out that, hey, Madam P come, 
please to tell me, where would be the good of that P " 

" Where ! why a great deal. They'd make quite another 
person of you." 

" What, I suppose you'd have me to learn to cut capers ? 
— and dress like a monkey? — and palaver in French 
gibberish ? — ^hey, would you ? — And powder, and daub, and 
make myself up, like some other folks ? " 

" I would have you to learn to be more politer^ Sir, and 
not to talk to ladies in such a rude, old-fashion way as this. 
You^ Sir, as have been in Paris," again addressing hersdf 
to Lord Orville, " can tell this Englilsh gentleman now he'd 
be despised, if he was to talk in such an ungenteel manner 
as this before any foreigners. Why, there isn't a hair- 
dresser, nor a shoemaker, nor nobody, that wouldn't blush 
to be in your company." 

« Why, look ye, Madam," answered the Captain, " aa to 
your haLr-pinchers and shoe-blacks, you may puff off their 
manners, and welcome ; and I am heartily glad you like 'em 
so well : but as to me, since you must needs make so free 
of your advice, I must e'en tell you, I never kept company 
with any sucli gentry." 

" Come, ladies and gentlemen," said Mrs. Mirvan, ^* as 
many of you as have done tea, I invite to walk with me." 
Maria and I started up instantly ; Lord Orville followed \ 



KT«,n«. 57 

•mA 1 qiwBtion wbetbor we were not half round the room 
ere the angry dispotnots knew that we liiijl left the box. 

As iho baabaud of Mrs. MirTHn hitd borne so Iai^ n 
a m this dtgngreeuble ultercattou, Lord Orville forbore 
i tmy csonunente opon it; so that the Hnbject was 
Mt«l^ dropt, tuid ttiB conrerBatiou became calmly 
^jciable, and polittly cheerfnl, mid, to every body but me, 
iaast bare beeti highlj agreealJe : — bnt, as to myself, I wbbX 
9o eagprly desirons of making Bome apology to Lord Orville, 
for the impertinence of which he must have thought me 
gniltv kt the ridotto, and yet so utterly unable to aesiime 
sufficient coarage to apeak to him , concerning an affair in 
which I had so terribly exposed myself, that I hardly 
Tentorod to say a word all the time we were waitings 
Besides, the knowledge of his contemptnoos opinion haunted 
and dispirited mo, and made mo fear he might possibly 
miseonstrae whatever I should say. So that, far from en- 
ioying a conversation which might, at any other time, 
have delighted me, I continoed eUent, uncomfortable, and 
ashamed. O, Sir, shaU I ever again involve myself in bo 
f ouliah an embarrassment P I am sure that, if I do, I shall 
deBerve yet greater mortification. 

We were not joined by the rest of the party till we had 
taken three or four turns rouud the room ; and then thajr 
were so quarrelsome, that Mrs. Mirvan complained of beiiuf 
fati^ed, and proposed going home. No one dissenteoi 
Loni Orville joined another party, having first made sn 
offer of his servicea, which the gentlemen declined, and we 
proceeded to an outward room, where we waited for the car- 
riage*. It WM settled that we should return to town in the 
sune loanDer we came to Ranelagh ; and, accordingly, 
MonsieaF Du Bois handed Madame Duval into a hackney- 
coach, and waa jast preparing to follow her, when she 
BfTeamed, and jumped hastily out, declaring she was wefc 
through all her clothes. Indeed, upon examination the 
coach waa fonnd to lie in a dismal condition ■ for the 
weather proved very liad, and the rain had, though I know 
Dot bow, made its way into the carriage. 

Mrs. and Uiss Mirvan, and myself, were already disposed 

of as faeTore ; but no auoner did the Captain bear this ac- 

\ timti, without any ceremony, he was so civil m 



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UDniedMt«ly take possesBion of the vacant sent in bia ix>i 
coach, leaving Madame Duval and MooBieur Do Boit t 
take care of thorosrlves. Aa to Sir Clement Willangfabj 
Ids oTCn cbariot was is irajting. 

I inetantly begged penaiBaion to offer Madotne Utinl id 
own place, and made a motion to gtt oot ; bat Urs. Mtr 
stepped mo, aaying, that I should then be obljgtsl Ut n 
,to town with only the foreigner, or Sir Clement, 
/ " never mind the old beldatno," cried the ( 
" she's weatber-proof, I'll answer for her ; and besidiMf a 
we are all, I hope, English, why she'll meet ivith no woe 
than she expects from ns." 

" I do not mean to defend her," said Mrs. ICrvan ; " fai 
indeed, aa she belongs to our party, we cannot, witfi U 
decent^, leave the place till she is, by some means, a 
loodated." 

" Lord, my dear," cried the Captain, whom the i 
of Madame Dnval hud pat into very good hnmoor, ' 
she'll break her heart if sbe meets with any civility fi 
filthy Englishman." 

Mrs. Mirvan, however, prevailed ; and we all got ontfl 
the coach, to wait til! Madame Duval conid meet wibhfll "^ 
better carriage. We fonnd her, attended hy J 
Do Bois, standing amongst tlie servants, and vet 
wiping her negligee,' and endeavouring to save it fi 
stained by the wet, as she said it was a new Ljtj 
Sir Clement Willoughby offered her the nse of fa 
bnt she had been too mach piqued by his raiUerj^ 
it. We waited some time, but in rain ; for no f 
coach could be procured. The Captain, a( last, 1 
snadcd to accompany Sir Clement himself, and mft 
females were handed into Mrs. Mirvan's carriage, tii«a 
not before Madame Dnval had insisted npon c 
room for Monsienr Da Bois, to which tLe CaptMtn c 
consented in preference to being incommoded hy him is B 
Clement's chariot. 

Ottr party drove off first, We were silent and n 
for the difficnltiea attending this arrangement hod 1 



9 bngBtd ksd fatigued. Unsocialil?, I mnst own, 
. iaaad ; bat xerj short waa the duration of our 
E«« wo had not procoeiled thirty yardii beforo every 
heard ni aime — {or the coach bix^e down ! 
lodnded, of coarse, that we were all half- 
r tlui ririloit shrielu that seemed to come from 
Tbf chariot was st<jpped, the servants came 
s, tad ye were taken oat of the carriage, 
D at &Q hurt. The night was dark and 
J acaroe toached the grooiid when I was/ 
f from it by Sir Clement WiJlonghby, who/ 
rioB to aaaiat me, tfaoogh he did not wair 
I U gmded, but carried me in his arms back to 

iqtund v«ry eamoMly if 1 wae not hurt by the acci- 
■] usttred lura I waa perfectly saie, and free frotn 
I atid deainnl be would leave me. and retam to the 
I ihe party, for I wag very nneasy lo know whether 
id beoi equally fortunate. He told me he waa happy 
r hoDonred with my commands, and would joyfully 
!m ; but tufilated u]K>n first conducting tne to a 
I, ■• I had not wholly cecaped being wet. He 
k jogwd my objcctiona ; but made me follow him to 
»t, where we found an eiceltent, fire, and some 
kitiog for carriages. I readily accepted a seat, 
^ged he would go. 

■ go, iDd««d. be did ; bot he returned in a moment, 
Uut tliat tlic rain was more violent than ever, and 

■ h»d aent his servantA to oSer their assistance, and 
t U« Jfi'natu of my situation. I vras very mod that 
' i not go himself ; botM my ncquainteace with him 

>a7 ahgbt, I did not think proper to urge liim con- 
■ hii iouiuation. 

\ Iw drew n chair close lo mine ; and. after again 
» 1 did, said, in a low voice, " Tou will pardon 
ft Afiville, if the eagerness I feel to vindicate my- 
m to EDat«h this op[X)rtunity of making siuccro 
B far the impertijieBce with which 1 tor- 
e last ridotto. I can aesure you, Madam, 
ne and sorrowful i>etiiteut ever since ; bat 
B hoae«t]y what encouraged me ti 



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He stopt, but I said nothing ; for I thonglit iiiBtaiitlj of 
the conversation Miss Mirvan had overheard, and anppoie d 
he was going to tell me himself what part Lord OrviUa had 
borne in it ; and really I did not wish to hear it repeated. 
Indeed, the rest of his speech convinces me that Badi was 
his intention ; with what view I know not^ except to make 
a merit of his defending me. 

" And yet," he continaed, " my excnse mar oidj expose 
my own credulity, and want of judgment and penetration. 
I will, therefore, merely beseech your pardon, and hope that 
some future time — " « 

Just then the door was opened by Sir Clement's serfiai^ 
and I had the pleasure of seeing the Captain, Mrs. and Mm 
Mirvan, enter the room. 

" ho ! " cried the former, " you have got a good winn 
berth here; but we shall beat up your quarters. Here, 
Lucy, Moll, come to the fire, and dry your trumpery. But, 
hey-day — ^why, where's old Madame French P " 

*' Grood Ctod" cried I, '^ is not Madame Duval then with 
you?" 

" With me ! No,— thank God." 

I was very uneasy to know what might have become of 
her ; and, if they would have suffered me, I should have 
gone out in search of her myself ; but all the servantB were 
dispatched to find her ; and the Captain said, we might be 
very sure her French beau would take care of her. 

We waited some time without any tidings, and were booh 
the only party in the room. My uneasiness increaaed so 
much tiiat Sir Clement now miiBLde a voluntary offer of 
seeking her. However, the same moment that he opened 
the door with this design, she presented herself at it, at- 
tended by Monsieur Du Bois. 

'' I was this instant, Madam," said he, " coming to see for 
you. 

" You are mighty good, truly," cried she, " to oome when 
all the mischief's over." 

She then entered, — in such a condition ! — entirely covered 
with mud, and in so great a rage, it was with difficulty ahe 
could speak. We all expressed our concern, and offeored 
our assistance — except the Captain, who no sooner beheld 
her than he burst out into a loud laugh. 



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Wb endeBTDored, by oar enquinM and condolemeDts, to 
•rot her atteniJing to him ; and she wae for some time 
Wliotlj' en^oeged b; her anger and her distress, that we 
_Kcede(l withont mach trouble. We begged her to inform 
I how thiB accident had bappcoed, "How!" repeated 
■!)«, — " why it was aU along of your all going away, — and 
then poor MocBienr Dii Bois — bnt it wasn't his fault, — for 
bs's «a had off aa me. " 

AU eyea were then tntned to Monsieur Do Bois, whoee 
dotliea were in the same iniBerable plight with those ot 
Uadome Dnvai, and who, wet, ahiveriog, and diBconeolate, 
h«cl cT^t to the fire. 

The Captain laughed yet more heartily ; while Mrs. 
Mimtn. ashamed of his rudeness, repeated her inqoiries to 
Uadame DoTal j who answered, " Why, aa we were Becoming 
along, all in the rain. Monsieur Da Bois was bo obliging, 
thongjh I'm snre it was an unlucky obligingness for me, as 
to lift me up in his arms to carry me over a place that was 
nckle-decp ia mud ; but instead of my being ever the better 
for it. just sfl we were in the worst part, — I'm sore I wish 
we had boon fifty miles off, — for somehow or other his foot 
altpt, — ftt least, T suppose so, — thongh T can't think how it 
happened, for I'm no such great weight ; — bnt, however 
that wae, down we both came, together, all in the mud ; and 
the more we tried to get up, the more deeper we got 
0OT«red wiUi the nastiness — and my new Lyons negligee, 

*^ qoite spoilt ! — however, it's well wo got up at aJl, for 
Haight have laid there till now, for aaght you all cared ; 
body never came near na." 
This recital pnt the Captain into an ecstacy; he went 
fmm th« lady to the gentleman, and from the gentleman to 
the lady, to enjoy alternately the eight of their difltress. 
Ho wally shouted with pleasure j and, shaking Monsieur 
Da Bois strenoously by the hand, wished him joy of Laving 
lovehed Enyluh gnyimd ; and then he held a candle to Ma- 
dara« DdtoI, that he might have a more complete view of 
her disaster, declaring repeatedly, that he had never been 
better pleased in his life. 

The rage of poor Madame Duval was unspeakable ; she 
daabed the candle out of his hand, stamping upon the floor, 
"Urtlart, spat in his face. 



62 iriLivA. 

This action seemed immediately to calm them boUi, as 
the joy of the Captain was converted into resentment^ and 
the wrath of Madame Daval into fear : for he pnt his hands 
upon her shoulders, and gave her so violent a shake, thai 
she screamed out for help ; assuring her, at the same time^ 
that if she had heen one ounce less old, or less ugly, she 
should have had it all retomed in her own face. 

Monsieur Du Bois, who had seated himself Tory quietly 
at the fire, approached them, and expostulated very wannly 
with the Captain ; but he was neither understood nor v^ 
garded ; and Madame Duval was not released till she quite 
sobbed with passion. 

When they were parted, I intreated her to permit the 
woman who has the charge of the ladies cloaks to assist in 
drying her clothes ; she consented, and we did what wis 
possible to save her from catching cold. We were obliged 
to wait in this disagreeable situation near an hour before a 
hackney-coach could be found ; and then we were disposed 
in the same manner as before our accident 

I am going this morning to see poor Madame Duval, and 
to inquire after her health, which I think must have suf- 
fered by her last night's misfortunes ; though, indeed, she 
seems to be naturally strong and hearty. 

Adieu, my dear Sir, till to-morrow. 



LETTER XVII. 

IVSLINA IN CONTINUATIOH. 

Friday MorrUng, AprU 15. 

SIB Clement Willoughby called here yesterday at noon, 
and Captain Mirvan invited him to dinner. For my 
part I spent the day in a manner the most uncomfortable 
imaginable. 

I found Madame Duval at breakfast in bed, though. Mon- 
sieur Du Bois was in the chamber ; which so much, asto- 
nished me, that I was, involuntarily, retiring, without con- 
sidering how odd an appearance my retreat would have, 
when Madame Duval called me back, and laughed very 
heartily at my ignorance of foreign customs. 



Vbe contcnatt'vn, however, very soon took a more 
scnrioaii tnm ; fgr sbo begtu, with great l)itt«riiBSB, to in- 
rragh agmsst tbe barhirow brutaUly vf thai fellow Ike Cap- 
tain, and the horrible ill-breeding of the English in general; 
ditdiuiiig, ahe shouJd m&ke her escape with &il expedition 
from sa beastli/ a nation. Bat nothing can he more Btrangelj 
absurd, than to hear politeness recoEumended in langnage so 
ramigiumt to it as that of Madame Daval. 

Sho latnentcd, very moumfQlly, the fat« of her Lyona 
aOk ; and protested she had rather have parted with all 
the reat of her wardrobe, because it was the first gown sha 
had bought t« wear apou leaving ofi her weeds. She haa 
a recy bad cold, and Monsicnr Du Boiit is so hoarse, he can 
hardly speak. 

She insisted upon my staying with her alt day ; as she 
intended, &hs said, t« introdace me to some of my own rela- 
tiona. I would very fain have excused myself, bnt she did 
not allow me any choice. 

Till the arrival of these relations, one continued series of 
questions on her side, and of ansn-t^rs on mine, Slled tip all 
the time we passed together. Her curiosity was insatiable ; 
she inquired into every action of niy life, and every parties* 
Inr that had fallen under my observation in the lives of all 
I knevr. Again, she was so cruel as to avow the most in- 
veterate rancour against the sole benefactor her deserted 
child and grand-child have met with ; and such was the io- 
dignation her ingratitude raised, that I would actually have 

aoitted her ptresence and house, had she not, in a manner 
te most peremptoiy, absolutely forbid me. But what, 
eood Heaven I can induce her to sach shocking injustice F 
O, my friend and father ! I have no command of myself 
when this sobject is started. 

She talked very much of taking mo to Paris, and said I 
greatly want«d the polish of a French education. She la- 
tn«nt«d that I had been brought up in the country, which, she 
obeervedi had given me a very humphiniah air. However, 
Bhsbidmenot despair, for she hod known many girls much 
vorse tlian me, who had become very fine ladies after a few 
yew rcsideitve abroad ; and she particularly instanced a 
Uias PoQy Moore, daughter of a chandler's -shop woman, 
a accident not worth relating, happened to be eent 



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to pKris, vhere, from am awkn&rd £U-bred girl, ehs so mix 
improved, that she has since been token for a woixwd i 
qnalitj- 

. The relations to whom she woe pleofied to introdnoe m 
'' <X)nHiBted of a Mr. Branghton, who is her Dephen, and Uim 
of his childreD, the el<£st of which is b son, aad tlw ti 
younger are danghtera. 

Mr. Branghton appears about forty years of age. B 
does not seem to want a common anderetandicg, thoogli 1 
is very contmcted and prejadiced : he has spent his who 
time in tfao city, and I believe feels a great contempt f( 
all who reside elsewhere. 

His son Heenis weaker in his nnderstandtng, umI ma 
gay in his t«ioper ; but his gaiety is that of a foolish, ovn 
grown school-boy, whose mirth consists in noise and distal 
bance. He disdaina his father for his close itltention to boi 
neSB, and love of money ; though he seems liiioself to fanv D 
talents, spirit, or generosity, to make him saperiorto either, 
TTin chief delight appears to be tormenting and ridtciiGag 
his staters ; who, in retnm, most heartily despise him. 

Miss Branghton, the eldest daughter, is by no means n^y: 
bat looks prond, ill-tempered, and conccit«d. She ' ' 
the city, though without knowing why ; for it 
disoorer she hiis lived no where else. 

UisB Polly Branghton is rather pretty, very foolish, 
ignorant, very giddy, and, 1 believe, very good-natored. 

The first half -hour was allotted to niuKnif fAcTrue^vM . 
foTtahle; for they complained of having had a very dirty 
walk, as they came on foot from Snow Hill, where Mr. 
Bnngbton keeps a silver-smith's shop; and lh« yonnn 
ladies had not only their coat« to brush, and shoes to ixfJ 
but to adjnet their hea4-dress, which their bonneta 
totally discomposed. 

The manner in which Madame Daval w&a pleased to u 
ta^>dn.ce me to this family extremely shocked me. " Hor 
my de&ie,"Baid she, "here's a relation yon little thought ofi 
I bnt yon must know, my poor daught«r Caroline had Ihil 
I child aft«T she run away from me, — thongh I neTer knmr 
nothing of it, not I, for a long while after ; for tbisnr look 

to keep it a secret from me, thongh the poor chud ha* 
a friend in the world besides." 




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a aeema very lender-hearted, aaat," said Mtas PoUj' ; j 
" tmd to be sore ehe's not to blame for her mama's mtdnti- ' 
hiliieas, for abe cooldn't help it." 

" Lard, no," &nsnered she, "and I never toolc no notice 
of it to her : for, indeed, its to that, my own poor daoghter 
wam't BO mach to blame as yon may think ; for she'd never 
lisre gone astray, if it hod not been for that meddling old 
parsor J told yon of." 

*' If aunt pleases," said yonng Mr. Brang'hton, " we'll 
talk o' soinewbat else, for Mifla looks very uneasy- like." 

The next subject that was chosen was the age of the 
three yoang BranghtoitB and myself. The eon is twenty ; 
the daoghters upon heajing that I was seventeen, said that 
waa just the age of Miss Polly ; bat their brother, after a 
long dispnte, proved that she was two years older, to the 
great anger of both sisters, who agreed that he was very 
ill-natured and spitefnl. 

When this point was settled, the qnestion was put. 
Which was tallest ?— We were desired to measnre, as the 
Branghtons were all of different opinions. None of them, 
however, di)>pDt«d tny being the tallest in the company ; 
but, in regard to one another, they were extremely qnarrel- 
aomo : the brother insisted upon their meaauring fair, ajid 
not with headt and keelt ; bat they would by uo means con- 
cent to lose those privileges of our sex ; and therefore the 
yoiaag nan was cah, as shortest ; thoagh he appealed to all 
preaent upon the injustice of tlie decree. 

This ceremony over, the young ladies begun, veiy freely, 
(o aXMnioe my drese, and to interrogate me coacemiag it. 
" Thi« apron's your own work, I suppose, Mies ? bnt these 
sprigs a'o't in fashion now. Pray, if it is not impertinent, 
what might you give a yard for this lutestring t-^Vo yon 
mak* your own caps. Miss ? " and many other questions 
equally interesting and well-bred. 

They tben asked me how I liked London f and whether I 
shoold not think the country a very duU place, when I re- 
tamed thither P " Miss must try if she uan't get a good 
hoshand," eaid Mr. Braughton, " and then she may stay and. 
lire here." ' 

The nest topic was public places, or rather the theatna, 
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bJI the actors and actresses were discossed ; tlifl jonng n 
here took the lead, and seemed to be very coovBTsuit oi 
the subject. Bat daring this time, i>hat was my n 
and, sniFer me to add, my indignation, when I foi 
some words I occasionally beard, that Madame 1 
Bnt«rtalaing Mr. Branghton 'with all the most a 
crael particulars of my eitnation ! The eJdest i 
was soon drawn to tbem by the recital ; the yoi 
the eon still kept their places ; intonding, I beliere, fei 
me, thongh the conversation was all their own. 

In a few minutes, Miss Branghton, coming suddenly 
to her eistsr, exclaimed, " Lord, Polly, only think ! 
never saw her papa ! " 

" Lord, how odd ! " cried the other ; " why, tjien, 1 
suppose yon wouldn't know him ? " 

This was quite too much for me ; I rose hastily, and fi 
out of the room : but I soon regretted I had so little o 
mand of myself; for the two sisters both followed, an 
sisted upon comforting me, notwithstanding my ea 
intreaties to be left alone. 

As soon as I returned to the company, 'M'i"Ta'n(» I 
said, " Why, my dear, what was the matter with yua ? i 
did you run away so Y " 

This question almost made me run ngaio, for I It 
how to answer it. But, is it not rery extraordinaij, 1 
she can put me in situations bo shocking, ajid then * 
to find me sensible of ajiy concern ? 

Mr. Bmnghton junior now inquired of me, whether I 
had seen the Tower, or St. Paul's church ? and apoo my I 
answering in the negative, they proposed mnking ft P^Vm 
to shew theni to me. Among other queelions, ther i' 
asked, if I had erer seen aveh a thing at an i/pera / I » 
them I had. " Well," said Mr. Bnmghtoa, " 1 ncTer • 
one in my life, so long as I've lived in Loudon ; ai 
never desire to see one, if 1 live here as much lougw." 

" Lord, papa," cried Miaii Polly, " why not ? you Biigbt 
as well for once, for the cariosity of tJie thing; 1 
Miss Pomfret saw one, and she says it was very pret^.** 

"Miss will think us very vulgar," said Miss Brai 
" to live in London, and never have be«n to an opera ; 
nofaultofmine,IaaEnreyoD,MiBs,OQlypa[uiduu'tliki)b>p 



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■TILINA ni COKTINDITIOS. 



BfSLIHA^. 67 

Tlifi remit was, tiiat n party was proposed, and agreed 
to, for some early opportunity. I did not dare L'oatmdiot 
tliero ; but I said tli»t my time, while I remained in town, 
was Bt tlio disposal of Mrs. Mirvan. However, I atn snre 
I will cot attend them, if I can poasiblj avoid bo doing. 
WTien we parted. Madame Duval dcBired to see me the 
;t day ; and the Branghtons told me. that the first time 
'eat towards Snow Hill, they ahould be very glad if I 
d vail apon them. 
wiah we may not meet again till that time arrives. 

I shall not be very ambitions of being known 
•o Hay more of my relations, if they have any resemblanoe 
to those whose acqnaintance I have been introduced to 
aixeadj. 

Risi finished my letter to yoa this morning, when 
t Tapping at the door made me ran down stairs ; 
Hid who shoold I see in the drawing-room, bat — Lord 
Orville ! 

He was quite alone, for the family had not assembled to 
br«&Idaat. He inqoired, first of mine, then of the health 
of Ifn. and Miss Mirvan, with a degree of concern that 
rather surprised me, till he said that he had jnst been in- 
formed of the accident we had met with at Ranelagh- He 
tixproesed his sorrow upon the occasion with the utmont 
poLieuess. and lamented that he had not been so foHnnate 
as to hear of it in time to offer hla services. " Bat I think," 
be added, " Sir Clement Willoughby had the honour of 
^^MMting you F " 

^^^tf^Be was with Captain Mirvan, my Lord." 
^^^pl had heard of his being of yonr party." 
^^^p hope that flighty man has not been telling Lord Orville 
^^■e only assisted me ! however, he did not parsiie the sub- 
ject ; but said, " This accident, though extremely nufortu- 
nale, will not, I hope, be the means of frightening you from 
tng Kaoelagh with your presence in fatnre ? " 



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"Onr time, mj Lord, for Londoo, is alaioat expncd 

already." 

" Indeed ! do yon leave town so very soon ? " 

" O yes, my Lord, oar Etay has iJrcady exceeded obt 

intentione." 

" Are you, then, so particularly partial to the ooontiT F " 
" We merely came to town, my Lord, to meet Capttia 

" And does ili&B AiiTille feel no concern at the idea of 
the many moumez's her absence will occasion ? " 

" 0, my Lord, — -I'm aiire yon don't think — " I atopt 
there ; for, indeed, I hardly knew what I vrns gmag to Mj. 
My foolish embarrassment, I snppose, was the cawaw it 
what followed ; for he came to me, and took my hand> W^- 
ing, "I do think, that whoever hae once seen Miae AnnDe, 
mnst receive an impression never to be forgotten." 

This compliment, — from Lord Orville, — so surprised BU, 
Ihat I could not apeak ; but felt myself change colour, and 
stood for some momente silent, and looking down : how* 
ever, the instant I recollected my situation, I withdrew my 
hand, and told him that I would sec if Mrs. Afirvan was 
not dressed. He did not oppose me — so away I went. 

1 met them all on the stairs, and returned with them to 
breakfast. 

1 have since been extremely angry with myself (or ne- 
glecting 80 excellent an opportunity of apologizing tor my 
behavioor at the ridott« : bat, to own the troth, that affair 
never once occurred to me during the £hortfe[«-a-t^ which 
we had together. Snt, if ever ne should happen to be •» 
aitnated again, 1 will certainly mention it ; for I am inel- 
presaibly concerned at the thought of his harboimng an 
opinion that I am bold or impertinent, and I could almost 
kill myself for having given him the shadow of a reaaao 
for so shocking an idea. 

Bat was it not very odd that he should make me sncli a 
complinient ? I expected it not from him ; — but gallautiy, 
I b^eve, is common to all men, whatever other qualilica 
they may bare in particular. 

Our breakfast was the most agreeable meal, if it Day b* 
called a men/, that we have had since we came to town. In- 
ileed, bat for Madame Duval, I should like London extreou^. 



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The conversation of Lord Orrille ia reaUy delightful. 
His manners are so elegant, eo gentle, so tinaasmning, that 
they at ontre engage este«m, and diffuse compliLcence. Far 
from being indolently aatiafied with his own accomplish- 
ueuta, aa I hxve already obEcrved many men here are, 
though without any prct«naious to his merit, he is most as- 
siduonaly attentive to pleoee and to serve all who are in his 
Doiapany ; and, thongh his saccese ia invariable, be never 
manifeeta the smalleat degree of conscionsnesB. 

I coold wish that you, my dearest Sir, knew Lord Or- 
<rill«, brcBnse t am snre yoa woald love him ; and I have 
felt that wish for no other person I have 6oen since I came 
to London. I sometimes imagine, that when his youth is i 
fliOirm, his vivacity abated, and his life is devoted to retire- 
ment, he will, perhaps, resemble him whom I moat love and j 
hoooor. E^a present sweetness, politeness, and diffidence, 
(leem to promise in future the same benevolence, dignitj, 
and goodness. But I must not expatiate upon thia Bnbject. 

When Lord Orvillo was gone, — and he made but a very 
short visit. — I was preparing, moat reluctantly, to wait 
□poD Madame Duvi ; bnt Mrs. Mirvan proposed to the 
Captain, that she shonid be invited to dinner in Queen 
Ann Street ; and he readily consented, for he said be wished 
to ask after her Lyons negligee. 

The invitation is accepted, and we expect her every mo- 
ment. But to me, it is very strange, that a woman who ia 
the nncontrolled mifitreaa of her time, fortune, and actions, 
sboold choose to expose herself voluntarily to the mdeness 
of a man who is openly determined to make licr bis sport. , 
Bnt she has very few acquaintance ; and, I fancy, scarce 
knows how to employ herself. 

How great is my obligation to Mrs. Mirvan, for bestowing 
her time in a manner so disagreeable to herself, merely to 
promote my happiness ! Eveiy dispute in which her un- 
deserving husband engages, is productive of pain and un- 
»wincss to herself ; of this I am so sensible, that I even be- 
sought her not to send to Madame Duval ; but she declared 
she conid not bear to have me pass all my time, while in 
town, with her only. Indeed she oonld not b^moro kind 
to ne, were she yoor daughter. 



LETTER XIX. 



ITILIKi IN 



Saturday Morning, April 16. 

MADAME Dayal was accompantod by Monxieiu* Dt 
Boia. I aja Borprised tLat she Bhoald cIidom to ia- 



^^f trodnce him where he is ao unwelcome ; and, indeed, it 

strango that thej shonld be bo conslanUj together ; tbocgh 
I believe I should not have taken notice of it, bnt that Cl^h 
tain Mirvan is perpetually rallying me npon my j 

They were both received by Mrs. Mirvan with her 
good-breeding ; bat the Captain, most provokingly, attecked 
her immodiBtely, saying, " Now, Madam, yon that hsTt 
Ii>red abroad, please to tell me thiaJieTe : Which did jwi 
like beat, the warm room at HB"°'°g". or the ooU hoik yon 
went into afterwards P thoogh, I assore yon, yon look M 
well, that I ahoiUd advise yon to take another dip-" 

"Mafoi. Sir,'" cried she, "nobody asked for joar adnCB, 
BO yoa may as well keep it to yourself : besides, it's ao ss<^ 
great joke, to be splashed, and to catch cold, and spoil all 
one's things, whatever yoa may think of it." 

" Splaihed, quoth-a ! — why I thought yon were soused aU 
over. — Come, come, don't mince the matter, never spoil a 
good story ; you know you hadn't a dry thread about you — 
'Fore George, I shall never think on't withoat hallooUigl 

»Bach a poor forlorn, draggletailed — gentleuxmian ! and noor 
ilomeer French, here, like a drowsed rat, by your aide ! — " 
"Well, the worse pickle we was in, so much the woi 
in yon not to help us ; for you knowed where we were brt 
enough, becanse, while I laid in the mud, I'm pretty son 
1 httbrd yoa snigger : so it's like enough you jostled 



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down Tonraelf ; for Monsieur Dn Boib says, that he is I 
he had a great jolt given him, or he shouldn't have felL" 

Mrs. Cbolmoadelej'B fkroorite u Madame Do**) ; aba aOB li 
tram mominK (o nigbt; and ma /oit ererjiwdy ahe Me*.' 
O'AMai/'t Ilmnj, Part ui.. Sept- 1778, 



trtLotA. 71 

The CftptAin Uaghed bo in-jnoderately, that he really 
gave me also » GOfipicioa that he was not entirely innout'nt 
of thechajge: however, he disclainied it very peremptorily. 

" Wty then," contiuoed she, " if you didn't do that, why 
didn't yoa come to help as P " 

" Who, I P — what, do you snppoae I bad forgot I wm aa 
Englithman, a filthy, beastly Engluhman ? " 

" Very well, Sir. very well ; bat I was a fool to expect 
any better, for it's all of a piece with the rest ; yoii know, 
yOQ wanted to iUng me out of the coach'Window, the very 
fint time ever I see yoa : but I'll never go to Banelaeb 
with Jon BO more, that I'm resolved ; for I dare say, if the ' 
horaea bad ronn'd over me, as 1 laiil in that DOfitiness, yoa'd 
nSTer have stirred a st«p to save mi." 

" laird, DO, to be sure, Ma'am, not for the world ! I know 
TOor opinion of oar nation too well, to affront yon by snp- 
posing u FrenchmaTi wonld want my assistance to protect 
yOD. Did yon think that Monseer here, and I had changed 
cbu^cteTB, and that be should pop you into the mod, and I 
help yoa ont of it p Ha, ha, ha ! " 

" O very well, Sir, laugh on, it's like yonr mannere ; 
however, if poor Monsieur Da Bois hadn't met with that 
onlocky accident himself I shouldn't have wiinted nobody's 
help." 

•' 0, I promise you. Madam, you'd never have bad mine ; 
I ksew my distance better : and aa to your being a littlu 
docked, or so, why, to be sore, Monsecr and yoa settled 
that between yonrselves ; ao it was no business of mine." 

" What, then, I suppose yon want to make me believe as 
Monsieor dn Bois served me that trick o' purpose P " 

"0' purpose! ay, certainly; whoever doubted that? 
Do jrou think a Frenchman ever made a blander ? If he 
had been some clumsy-footed Engliih fellow, indeed, it 
might have been accidental ; but what the devil signifies all 
yoor hopping and capering with your danclng-maateri^ if 
jfon can't balance yourselves upright ? " 

In the midst of this dialogue. Sir Clement Willoughby 
made bi> appearance- He aSects to enter the house with 
the 6fiedom of au old acquaintance ; und this very eon- 
lUH, whieb, to me, ia astonishing, is what most parbou- 
E him to the Captain. Indeed, he seems 




ver^ BQCcessfnlly to stndj' all the bnmoors of that gmtle> 

After having heartily welcomed him, " Yon are jnst 
come in time, mj boy," said he, " to setUe a UtUa 
of a dispute between thia here genUeiroman and I ; do yon 
know she hae been trying to persnade me, Uiat she did sot 
above half like the dncking llonteer gave Iter t'othttr 

" I should have hoped," said Sir Clement, with the atiDO«l 
gravity, " that the fneadship sabsisting betwL-i-ii titat lady 
and gentleman would have guarded tLem against atif 
actions professedly disagreeable to each other : bnt^ pto> 
bably, tbey might not have discassed the matter previooalj ; 
in which case the gentleman, I mnst own, sei-niB to ht,n 
been guilty of inattention, since, in my hnmble opinioa.it 
was his basiness first to have inqoired whether the Udj ftt' 
ferred soft or hard ground, before he dropt her." 

"O very fine, gentlemen, very fine," cried Madame Onnl, 
" yon may try to set ns together by the eare as mnch aa jott 
will 1 bat I'm not soch an ignorant person as to be nude a 
fool of so easily ; so yon needn't talk no more abont it> (or 
I sees into your designs." 

Monsieur Du Bois, who was juat able to discorer the 
subject npon which the conversation turned, made his de- 
fence, in French, with great solemnity ; he hoped, he said, 
that the company would at least acknowledge he did not 
come from a nation of brutes ; and consequently, that to 
wilfully oSend any lady was, to him, utterly imposaible ; but 
that, on the contrary, in ende&vouring, as w&s his da^, to 
save and guard her, be bad himself euffered, in a manner 
which he would forbear to relate, but nhich, he greatly »p- 
prehended, he Ehould feel the ill eSecte of for many montiu : 
and then, with a countenance exceedingly lengtbenedt h» 
added, that he hoped it would not be attributed to bitn 
&B national prejudice, when he owned that he mnst, to th* 
I beet of bis memory, aver, that bis unfortunate fall waa 
, owing to a sudden but violent push, which, he was shocked 
\ to say, some malevolent person, with a design to his injniy, 
mnst certainly have given him ; but whether with a viaw 
to mortify him, by making him let the lady fall, or wheiliai' 
merely to spoil his clothes, he conld not pretend tc ^~' ' — 




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FThis divpatation was, at last, condaded bj Mrs. Mirvan's 
uiig' that we shoiild all go to Coi's Moseam.' Nobod}' 
I, and carriages were immediatelj ordered. 
a our way down stairs, Madame Dnvol, in a very pas- 
Bianate mannei*, Rud, " Mafoi, if I woalda't give fiftj gnineiui i 
only to know who gave as that shove ! " 

This Mnseoni is very afltonishing, and very superb ; yet 
' 'ifforded me bnt little pleasure, for it is a mere ahow, 
' "tigfa a wonderful one. 
.Sir Clement Willonghby, in onr walk round the room, 
»alied mo what my opinion was of this brilliant spectacle ! 

** It is very fine, and very ingenious," answered I j " and 
jet — I don't know how it ib — bnt I seem to viUs toTne- 
Iking." 

" EiceUcntly answered .' " cried he ; " you have exactly 
dofined my own feelings, though in a manner I should never 
hSTie arrived at. Bnt I was certain your taste was too well 
fonoMl, to be pleased at the expence of your under- 
Rtaadiog." 

" Pardi," cried Madftme Duval, " I hope you two ia diffi- 
caltmongh I I'msoreif you don't like this yon like nothing; 

' Co^t .Viumn. — Junes Cox, an fngeatoQS jeweller and dockoulur 
in Shoe Luw, bad a Hnaeum in Spring Garileaa, oF which Catatogum tot 
1 7T), and tT74, are lo be found io Qte BriLish Muoeum. The Eaat India 
Oampanj Kb>s bim an order for two cloukn Ut be neat to the Emperor of 
China. Ir we maj judge from Mason's lines, Cox did hia work in a 
waj well luilcd to Chinese taste. 

" So when ^reat Cox, at hii mechanic call, 

Bids orient pearls from goldea dragons &I1, 

Each liltie dragonet, with braien grin. 

Gape* fur the precious prin, and gulpi it io. 

Tet when we peep behind the magic scene, 

One mailer-wheel directs the whole machine ; 

The lelf-ssme pearls, in nice gradHtinn all, 

Aroond one common centre, rise and full." 

BFUTLE to Db. SHEBBEAaB. 

AboDt a hui>dr«d jeara after Ihis present lotho Emperor of China, ons ■ 
of thaaa clucks wis tsk<Tn at the spoiiing of the Sammer Palace atPekin, 
nnd brought back to England. For unce. we agree with Madame Duiat. 
Uiss BumcT — throngh Evetijia and Lord Qrrille— is too hard on the in- 
ir«nti<nu» of the olerer Mr. Cox. He did not prosper, and bis stock was 
d of t)/ a loUerjr, permitted hj a speaial act paascd far the pur- 



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74 BTILINA. 

for H'b the prtmdest, prettiest, finest sight tfaat ever I 
England." 

" What," cried the Captain, with a sneer, " I sappoaa tUifl 
may he in your French taste P it's like enough, tor it's lUl | 
Icieluhav! work. Bnt pr'ythee, friend," taming to tiw per- 
son who explained the devices, " will yon tell me tbe *m oI 
all this P for I'm not enough of a conjnmr to find it out." 

" Use, indeed ! " repeated Madame Dnval, disdoinfiallj ; 
" Lord, if every thing's to be caefnl ! — " 

" Why, Sir, as to that. Sir," said onr conductor, " the iii> 
gennity of the mechanism. — the beauty of the workmaoHhip 
— the— -undoubtedly. Sir, any person of taste mAj easilj 
cem the ntility of such extraordiniuy perfarmaace*." 

" Why then, Sir," answered the Captain, " your 
of taste must be either a coxcomb, or a Frenchman; tAai^t< 
{or the matter of that, 'tis the same thing." 

Joat tiien onr attention was attracted by a pin* 
which, snddenly opening, discovered a nest of birds, wl 
immediately began to sing. " Well," cried Madame DsTal. 
" this is prettier than all the rest ! I declare, in all my 
travels, I never see nothing eleganter." 

" Hark ye, friend," said the Captain, " hast never anotber 
pine-apple ? " 

'■ Sir ? " 

" Becaose. if thon hast, pr'ytliee give it oa witfaaot tbe 
birds ; for, d'ye see. I'm no Frenchman, and sfaonld relish 
something more substantial." 

This entertainment concluded with a concert of meclmi- 
oal music : I cannot explain bow it was produced, but the 
effect was pleasing. Madame Duval was in ecstasies; ud 
the Captain Song himself into so many ridicoloos dist«)r- 
tioQB, by way of mimicking her, that be engaged the atten- 
tion of all the company ; and. in the midst of the perfor- 
mance of the Coronation Anthem, while Madame Davnl wai> 
affecting to beat time, and uttering many expressions of de>l 
light, he called suddenly for salts, which a lady, apnn- 
hending some distress, politely handed to him, and wnitlit 
instantly applying to the nostrils of poor Madame DbvsI. 
she involuntarily snnffed np such a tjaantity. that tlw 
and sorprise made her scream aloud. Wheo sfaereoon 
she reproached him with her usual veliemenoe ; bnt ha 




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75 



tested he had taken that measure ont of pure friendship, as 
he ooDolnded. from her raptures, that she was g'oini; into 
hjsterice. This eionse bj no means appeased her, and they 
bad a violent qnarrel ; bat the only effect her anger had on 
the Captain, ^as to increase his diversion. Indeed, ' 
taogha and talks so terribly lond in public, that he ' 
'inently makes us ashamed of beton^ng to him. 

Madame Dnval, notwithstanding her wrath, made no 
raple of retaming to dine in Queen Ann Street. Mrs, 
■ iLrran had secured places for the ploy at Druiy-Lane 
i'beatre, and, though erer nneasy in her company, she very 
politely invited Madame Dnval to be of onr party ; however, 
she had a bad eold and choee to nnrse it. I was sorry fot 
her indispoeitioa ; but 1 knew not Low to be sorry she did 
not accompany ns, for she is — 1 must not say what, but very 
QsUlca other people. 



■ LETTER XX. 

BVKLIN» IN COKTraOlTIOH. 

On& places were in the front row of a side-box. Sir 
Clement Willoughby, who knew onr intention, waa at 
the door of the theatre, and handed ns from the carri^e. 

We had not been seated five minutes before Lord OrviJIe, 

whom we saw in the stage-box, came to ns ; and he honoured 

OS with his company all the evening ; Miss Mirvan and I 

botli rejoiced that Madam Dnval was absent, as we hoped 

for the enjoyment of some conversation, uninterrupted by 

her qnUTBls with the Captain i but I soon found that her 

I pccMOoe would hare made very little alteration ; for so far j 

I m» I from daring to speak, that I knew not where even to / 

'look: 

The play wao Love for Love ; ' and though it is franght 
with wit and entertttinment I hope I shall never see it 
rejnwented again ; for it is so extremely indelicate— to 
Qse the softest word I can — that Miss Mirvan and I were 



Cwierttr'B 



imv^y of " Lots fur Love," It 



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76 ■TEUMA. 

perpetnallf out of conntenajice, and oonld neiUiBr e 
any observations ouraelTcs, nor Tentnre to listen to t 
of oUiers. Thia was the more provoking, aa Lord Omlle 
waa in eicellent spiritB, and eiceedingly enterUdaing. 

WLen tte play was over, I flattered myself I shoatd be 
able to look about me with less restraint, as we intended to 
stay the farce ; but the cnxtoin had hardly dropped, « 
Uie box-door opened, and in came , Mr. L ogei, ttie tn*il l:^ 
whoso foppery and impertduence I was so mach b 
the baJl where I first saw Lord Orville. 

I turned away my head, and began talking to Misa IGr- 
van ; for I was desiroas to avoid speaking to him — bat in 
rain ; for, as soon as he had made his compliments to Lord 
Orrille and Sir Clement Willonghby, who retnmed than 
very coldly, ha bent his head forward and said to me, " 1 
hope, Ua'am, yon have enjoyed your health siDce I had the 
honour — I beg ten thousand pardons, but, I protest I «n« 
going to say the honour of dunetn^ with you — hawerer, I 
mean the hononr of seeing yon dance ? " 

He spoke with a self-complacent^ that convinced a 
be had studied this address, by way of making reprisals for 
my conduct at the bait ; I therefore bowed slightly, but 
made no answer- 
After a short silence he again called my attention, by say- 
ing, in an easy, negligent way, '" I think. Ma'am, yon m 
never in town before ? " 

■' No, Sir." 

" So I did presume. Doabtless, Ma'am, every ibiag matt 
be infinitely novel to yon. Our customs, our mannen, Uid 
te» etiquettes de nmu autres, can have veiy httle resemblaDOO 
to those yon have been osed to. I imagine. Ma'am, yovr 
retirement is at no very small distance from the c^itiu f " 

I was BO mnch disconcerted at this sneering speedi, ifaM 
I said not a word ; though I hare since thought my t 
both stimolated and dehghted him. 

"The air we breathe here, however. Ma'am," coDtia 
be, very conceitedly, " though foreign to that you bava b 
accustomed to, has not I hope be^ at variance witK jou) 
health ? " 

"Mr. Lovel," said LordOrville, " could not your agwhwn 
•pared that queetion P " 



77 

PO, raj- Lord," answered he, "if health were the only 
le of a ladj's bloom, my e^e, I grant, ha4 been infallible 
a the first glanoe ; but — " 

*Coino, corae," cried Mrs. Mirvan, "I miiBt beg no in- 
Btuuadona of thut sort ; Uisa Anville's colour, &s joa have 
BQCoessfally tried, may, yon see, be heightened ; but, I ae- 
aare yoo, it wonld bo past your skill to lessen it." 

" 'Pon honour. Uadain," returned be, " you wrong me ; I 
(.•resnmed not to infer that rouge yvaa the only Buccedanoum 
for health ; but, really, I have known bo many different 
caoaes for a lady's colour, sneh bb flushing — anger — mauvaixi 
Aonto — and so forth, that I never dare decide to which it 
mny be owing." 

"Aa to Buch canses as them thore." cried the Captain, 
" tli^ mttflt belong to those that they keep company with." 

" V"e»y tme. Captain," said Sir Clement ; " the natoinl J 
nuaplezioD has nothing to do with occasioiiat sallies of ths4^ 
piSBionB, or any accidental causes." 

" Ho, truly," returned the Captain : " for now here's 
why I look like any other man ; just now ; and yet, if yon 
were to put me in a pasaion, 'fore George, you'd soon see me 
have as £ne a high colonr as any painted Jeeebel in all this 
pl»(^, be she never so bedaubed." 

" But," said Lord Orville, " the diffarenoe of natural and 
of artificial colour seems to me very easily discerned ; that 
of nature is mottled, and vaiying; that of art let, and too 
smooth ; it wants that animation, that glow, that indetoril)- 
able (ometiiny, which, even now that I see it, wholly Bor- 
posses all my powers of expression." 

" Your Lordship," Bud Sir Clement, " is universally 
acknowledged to be a eonrwUieur in beau^." 

"And yon. Sir Clement," returned he, "an enthtmatt." 

" I am proud to own it," cried Sir Clement ; " in such B 
caase, and before such objects, enthusiasm is simply the 
oouBecinenco of not being blind." 

"Pr'ythce, a truce with all this palavering," cried tbe 
C^toin : " the women are rain enough already ; no need 
for to puff 'em np more." 

" We mast all submit to the commanding officer," said 
« Sir Clement : " therefore, let iis call another subject. Pray, 
I, bow bare you bewi entertained with the play ? " 




rait,**lin 



[ "Want of entert^nment," said Urs. Mirras,** 
Caolt -, bat I own there are objections (o It^ wbich 1 4 
be glad to see removed." 

" I could hare veotnred to answer for the UdieS)' 
Lord Orville, " since I am saro thia is not s pl&J thl 
be honoared witb their approbation." 

" What, I suppose it is not sentimeotal enough ! '' 

I the Captain, " or else it is too psod for them ; ft 

I toaintam it's one of the best comedies in oar Ungnaft^ 

more wit in one scene than there is in all the new 

pnt together." 

"For my part," said Mr. Lovel, " I confesa I ■ 
listen to the players ; one bas so mach to do, in Idj 
about and finding out one's acquaintance, tbat, loJI 
has no time to mind the stage. Pray," moat ■""" 
firing his eyes upon a diamond ring on his I'"' 
" pray — what waa the play to-night ? " 

'Why, what the D— 1," cried the C&pbun, ' 
come to the play without knowing what it ia P " 

" O yea. Sir, yes, very frequently : 1 have n 
. play-bills ; one merely comes to meet oue'a 
shew that one's alive." 

" Ha, ha, ha ! — and so," cried the Captain, " i 
9 five shillings a-night just to shew you're alive I 
( &ith, my friends should all think me dead ttnd 
ground before I'd be at that expence for 'em. Ho* 
ever — this here yon may take from me— they'll finj 
out fast enough if you have any thing to give 'bbl.^ 
so you've been here all this time, and don't knotr wlJ 
play was?" ] 

" Why, really, Sir, a ptay requires so muoh stihna 
it is scarce possible to keep awake if one UstOBsJ 
indeed, by the time it is evening, one has beoD 80 taM 
with dining, — or wine, — or the faoo^e, — or etodyin^H^ 
it is — it is perfectly an impossibility. But, now I Ifc- 
it, I believe I have a bill in my pocket ; O, ay. hen b 
Love for Love, ay, — true, ba, ha ! — how could I j 
stupid ! " 

" O, easily enough, as to that, I warrant you," a 
Cftptain ; " but, by my soul, this is one of the be ' 
ever beard ! — Come to a play, and not know ^i^ 




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Me TDD wonlds't have found it ont, if thcj had 
with k scmpiog of fiddlers, or an opera P — 
-Why, now, T sbonld have thought you might 
iom« notice of one Mr. Tattle, tbnt is in this 

im, which caused a general smile, made him 
t, turning to the Captain with a look of conceit, 
ied that he had a retort ready, he said, " Pray, 

leare to aslc — What do yov think of one Mr, 

dso in this play P " 
bun, T^cnrding him with the utmost contempt, 
n A loud voice, " Think of him ! — why, I think 
And then, staring fnll in his face, he struck 
the groond with a -violence that made him start, 
t, howerer, choose to take aoy notice of this : 
; hit his nails eome time in manifest confusion, 



'err qsick to me, and in a sneering tone of 
" For mr part, 1 was most struck with tbe 
b^ ladr. Hiss Prne ; pray what do you think of 
,?" ' 

I Sir," cried I, Tery much provoked, " I think — 
> not think any thing about hor." 
eally, Ma'iun, yon prodigiously surprise me ! — 
'ett qu' une fai;iin de jiarler f — tbonffh 
'our pardon, for probubly you do not under- 

iswer, for I thought his railencss intolerable ; 
it, with great warmth, said, " I am surprised 
m p i ywe such an object as Miss Vtxxb would 
kttvntton of Uisa Anvitte even for a moment." 
returned this fop, '" 'tia the first character in 
■•o well drawn ! — so much the thing ! — such 
breeding — such rural ignorance ! ha, ho, ha ! — 
mnably hit off, 'pon honour ! " 
InuMt hare cried, that such impertinence should 
al me ; and ret, chagrined as 1 was, I could 
d Lord Orvilfe and this man at the stune time, 
ho cnuse 1 had given uf die- 

the play," said Lord Orrille, 
itioned to these ladies is Angelica." 



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80 BriLtXl. 

" Angelica," cried Sir Clement, "us aobk girl ; Ae IriM 
her lover severely, but she renmrds bim genenKulf ." 

" Tet, in a triaJ so long," Eaid Mrs. Minrmn, " them eeemi 
rftther U>o mocli cunscioiisness of her power." 

" Since my opinion hae the suictioii of Mrs. Mirraii,' 
added Lord OrviUe, " I will venture to say, that An^^elica 
I beetowB her hand i-ather with the air of a bcnefuitnM 
I than with tbe tenderness of a mistress. Oeneroeitjr with' 
out delicacy, like wit. wiihoot^j^dgOUia^ generally ^res u 
mnch pain as pleamiro. The nnoertainty in wlueh she 
keeps Yalectine, and her manner of trifling with hit 
tempra", give no very favoorable idea of her own." 

"Well, my liord," said Mr. Lovel, "it mnst, however, 
be owned, that nncertainU- is not the Um among oar Wire 
at present; nay, indeed, I think they Bay, — though fBitk," 
taking a pinch of snuff, "I hope it is not true — but IbejT 
say, that ice now are most shy and backward." 

The cnrtain then drew np, and onr conversation 
Mr. Level, finding we chose to attend t« the playeis, lefi 
the box. How strange it is. Sir, that this man, not con- 
tented with the IbLTge share of foppery and nonaeuse whicib 
he has from nature, shoald think proper to afieot yet more ! 
for what he said of Tattle and of Mies Prue, convinced au) 
that he really had listened to the play, thoogb he was mt 
ridicnlons and foolish as to pretend ignorance. 

But how maliiiious and impertinent is this oraabnre to 
talk to me in such a manner ! I am sore I bopo I shall 
never see him again. I should have despised him hcAitilj 
as a fop. had he never spoken to me at all ; but now, tliat 
he thinks proper to resent hia supposed ill-usage, I am 
really qnite afraid of him. 

The entertainment was, The Deuce is in Him;' wUah 
Lord OrviUe observed to be the most finished and 
petite piice that was ever written in Eugliah. 

In oar way home, Mrs. Mirvan put me into wn 
stemation by saying, it was evident, from the 

■ TIte Dma u in Him. — A fane in two ai^. by Gwrg* CoIdma, I^ 
tAAai. Itwu brought out atDrury I^ne in No'cmber, 176^ !(*■«■ 
lo bara been oompouDded with skill Bma two of M&rmoDtel's mIm, Mad 
from ■ aiory in tile " UmttoD Magacine." King, tba comediao, «•■ nrj 
popular in eha put of faille, tke ofaatwritiK apothecary. 



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vrhic^ tins Mr. Level horbonrB of m; oondoct, that he 
would thinlc it a provocation Enfficicntly important for a 
duf 1, if his (Courage equ&Ucd his wruth. 

1 sm terrified at the very idea. Good Heaven ! that a 
man bo weak and frivolons shonld be bo revengefnl ! How- 
erer, U bravetj wonld have excited him to affront Lord 
Orrille. how mnch reaaon liave I to rejoice that cowardice 
nmkm him contented with venting liie spleen upon me ! 
But w« ahall leave town soon, and, I hope, see him no more. 

It was fiome couBolation to me to hear from Miss Mirvan, 
that, while he waa Bpeaking to me so cavalierly. Lord 
Orville regarded hiin with great indignation. 

Bnt, really, I think there onght to be a book of the laws 
ttnd CQstoms d-lO'-mode, presented to all young people upon 
their first iDtrodactioo into pnbho company. 

To-night wo go to the opera, where I expect very great 
plearare. We shall have the same party as at the play ; 
for Lord Orvillc said be should be there, and woald look 
for OB. 



LETTER XXI. 

HV inttMA 

I KT HAVE! a Tolome to write of the adventnres of yesterday. 
A In the aftemooD, — at Berry Hill I shonld have said 
the wwwtny, for it was almost six o'clock, — while Mies 
UirTSo and I were dressing for the opera, and in hij^ 
spirits from the expectation of great entertainment and 
plMsare, we heard a carriage stop at the door, and ooti- 
clndod that Sir Clement Willoughby, with his nsnal ae- 
■iduitj, WAS come to attend as to the Uaymarket ; bat, in 
a few momentfl, what was oar sarprise to see our chuaber 
door flung open, and the two Miss Braughtons enter the 
rootn ! They advanGed to me with great familiarity, saying, 
" How do you do, Cousin ? — so we've canght you at the 
glaaa ! — w«Q, I'm determined I'll t«ll my brotlicr of that ! " 
Uiw Mirvah, who liad never before seen them, and could 
sot at firat imagine who tbey were, looked so mnch aeto- 
* " 1 1 was ready to langh myself, till tbe eldest said, 







" We're com« to take jon ta the open. Hiss ; pftp^ M>d laj 
brother are below, and we are to call for jroor grand-iDABu 
as we go along." 

" I am yery sorrj." answered I, " tliat y<n ahoold faa*« 
taken so. roach troable, as I am engaged ali«ndj." 

" Engaged ! Lord, Miss, never mind that," cried Hn 
youngest; "this young lady will malie yonr excuses I dl 
ny; it's only doing aa one would be done by, yoa know. 

" Indeed Ua'atn," said Miss Mirvan, " I shall myaelf 
very aorry to be deprived of Uisa Anville's company this 
evening." 

"Well, Miss, that is not so very good-natund in yoa.' 
said UisB Brangbton, " considering we only come to gir« 
oar coaein pleasure; it's no good to us; it's all opon her 
accoont ; for we ciame, I don't know bow much roBnd 
about to take her ap." 

■* I am exti«mely obliged to yon," sfud I, " 
sorry yon have lost so much time ; bat I cannot poeaiblj beto 
it, for I engaged myself withont knowing yon would okD. 

"LordjWbat sigmfiea that'''"said Itliss Polly, "you're 
no old maid, and so yoa needn't be so very formal : bceidMi 
I dare aay those yoa are engaged to a'n't half eo near r«l»ted 
to yoa as we are." 

" 1 mnst beg you not to press me any further, for I 
assure yon it is not in my power to attend yon." 

" Why, we came all out of the d^ on purpose 
yonr grand-mama expects you ; — and, pray, what 
say to her P " 

" Tell her, if yoa please, that I am much 
but that I am pre-engaged." 

" And who to P " dem&nded the abrupt Miss Braaglitai 

" To Mrs. Mirvan, — and a large party." 

" And, pray, what are you all going to do, that it 
be sanh a mighty matter for you to oome along with as 

" We are all going to — to the opera." 

" dear, if that be all, why can't we go attogeither ? " 

I was extremely disconcerted at this forward and tj 
behaviour, and yet their mdenees veiy much leaBeoM 
concern at refusing them. Indeed, their dress was sue 
would have rendered their scheme of accompanyit^ 
party impracticable, even if I had desired it ; and ihiB, 



: beadas. 




._,' did not thjemsetves fmd it oat, 1 woa obliged, 
in terms tlie least mortifyiag I conld tLink of, to tell 
ihem. 

Tfae^ wore very macb cliagrised, and asked where I 
should sit. 

'■ In the pit," Answered L 

'■ In the pit ! " repeated Miaa Branghton ; " well, really, 
I most own, I shoald never have supposed that my gown 
wu not good enuagh for the pit : but come, Polly, let's go ; 
if Miss does cot think us fine enough for her, why to bo 
Buro she xaay choose." 

Snrpriaed at this ignorance, I would have explained to 
them, that the pit at the opera required the same dress uk 
the boxes; bat they were bo lauch affronted they would 
not heiir me ; and, in great displeasore, left the room, say- 
ing, they wonld not have troubled me, only they thoa^hb 1 
ihould not be ao proad with my own relations, and that 
they had at least as good a right to my company as 
straDgt^TB. 

I endeavonred to apologize, and would have sent a long 
tnettsage to Madame Dnval : bnt they hastened away with- 
out listening to me ; and I conld not follow them down 
rtuira, bocaose I whs not dressed. The last words I heard 
them say were, '* Well, her grandmama will be in a fine 
pttsmon, that's one good thing." 

Though I waa extremely mad at thU visit, yet I so heartily 
rejoioed at their going, that I would not suffer myself to 
tlunk gravely :iboat it. 

Soon after, Sir Clement actually came, and we all went 
down stairs. Mrs. Mirvan ordered tea ; and we were 
engaged in a very bvely conversation, when the servant 
uinotinced Madame Duval, who instantly followed him into 
ifaa njom. 

Her face was the coluor of scarlet, and her eyes sparkled 
with fnry. She came up to me with a hasty step, sa,yiDg, 
" Soy Mum, yon refoscs to come to me, do you ? And pmy 
who are yon, to dare to disobey me ? " 

I wa» ijoite frightened ; — I made no answer ; — I even 
att£inpt«d to rise, aiid coold not, bnt sat still, muC« and 
motionleu. 

JSvery body tmt Miss Mirvan eeemed in the ntmost 



84 ITILIXA. 

astomslunent ; and the Captain riBing and approadiing 
Madame Daval, with a voice of aathority, aaid^ ** Whj, 
how now, Mrs. Turkey-cock, what's put yoa into thia here 
fluster ? " 

" It's nothing to yon," answered she, " wo j€fa maj ai 
well hold jour tongue ; for I shaVt be called to no aocxnmt 
by you, I assure you.** 

*' There you're out, Madam Fury," retnmed he; *^fat 
you must Imow, I never suffer any body to be in a paanon 
in my house, but myself.** 

" But you shall,'* cried she, in a great rage ; " lor 111 be 
in as great a passion as ever I please, withoat asking your 
leave : so don*t give yourself no more airs aboat it. Atid 
as for you Miss,*' again advancing to me, " I order yoa to 
follow me this moment, or else 111 make you repent it all 
your life." And, with these words, she flung ont of the 
room. 

I was in such extreme terror, at being addressed and 
threatened in a manner to which I am so wholly nnnsed, 
that I almost thought I should have feinted. 

'' Don't be alarmed, my love,** cried Mrs. Miiran, '* bat 
stay where you are, and I will follow Madame Daval, and 
try to bring her to reason." 

Miss Mirvan took my hand, and most kindly endeavonred 
to raise my spirits. Sir Clement, too, approached me, with 
an air so interested in my distress, that I could not bat 
feel myself obliged to him ; and, taking my other band, 
said, '* For Heaven's sake, my dear Madam, compose yoor- 
self : surely the violence of such a wretch ought merely to 
move your contempt ; she can have no right, I imagine, to 
lay her commands upon you, and I only wish that yoa 
would allow me to speak to her." 

" O no ! not for the world ! — indeed, I believe^ — I am 
afraid — I had better follow her." 

" Follow her ! Good God, my dear Miss Anville, woald 
you trust yourself with a mad woman P for what dse can 
you call a creature whose passions are so insolent P No, 
no ; send her word at once to leave the house, and tell her 
you desire that she will never see you again." 

" O Sir ! you don't know who you talk of ! — ^it wonid 
ill become me to send Madame Duval such a message." 



■YBLDU. 8lj 

I" But •"fty," fTJed he, (tooldng very iuqoiaitiTe,) "why 
■bonld you scmple to treat her as she deserves? " 
I then found that hia aim wiLs to discover the nature of 
her connection with, me ; bat I felt bo macb ashamed of my 
near relationship to her, that I conld not persuade myself 
U> anawt^r him, and 0017 tntreated that he noald leave hei- 
to Mrs. Mirvan, who just then entered the room. 

Before she could apeak to me, the Captain called out, 
" Well, Goody, what have you done with Madame French V 
ia she cooled a little P cause if she ben't, I've just thought 
of ft most eicellent device to bring her to." 

" ity dear Evelina," said Mrs. Mirvan, "I have beeu 
rainly endeavouring to appease her ; I pleaded your engage- 
ment, luid promised your future attendance : but I am sorry 
to sttT, my love, that I fear her rage will end in a total 
brmtm (which I think you bad better avoid) if she is any 
fnribcir opposed." 

" Then 1 will go to her, Madam," cried I ; " and, indeed, 
it ia now no matter, for I should not be able to recover my 
spirita sufficiently to enjoy much pleasure anij where this 
ereaing,'' 

Sir Clement began a very warm expostulation and in- 
u«aty, that I wonld not go ; but I begged him lo desist, 
and told him, Tory honestly, that, if my complinnco were 
not indiitpensably necessary, I should require no persuasion 
lo Bttty. He then took my hand, to lead me down stairs ; 
bnt tlio Cuntnin desired him to be quiet, saying he would 
'Bqiiire me himself, " because " ho added, (exultingly rubbing 
his hands) "I have a wipe ready for the old lady, which 
nwv sBTve ber to chew as she goes along." 

fte found her in the parlour, " you're como at last, 
Miaa. are you ? — fine airs you give yourself, indeed ! — ma 
foi, if yoQ hadn't come, you might have staid, I assure yon, 
and hare been a beggar for your pains." 

" Heyday, Madam," cried the Captain, (prancing for- 
ward, with a look of great glee) " what, a'n't you got out of 
tivt th«re pasEion yet P why then, I'll tell you what to do 
U> ootil yourself ; call upon your old friend, Moiueer Slippery, 
mho WM with you at Banelogh, and give my service to him, 
■ed (ell him, if he sets any store by your health, that I diisire 
I such ano^ier souae as he did before : ha*U 




do J 

»7> ■ 

im, ■ 

I'll ^J 



86 iTiLnrA. 

know what I mean, and 111 wamoit yoa he'll do't^ for mj 
sake.'* 

" Let him, if he dares ! " cried Madame Daral ; " bat 1 
shan't stay to answer jon no more ; jon are a mlgar fellow ; 
— and so, child, let ns leave him to himaelL** 

'' Hark je. Madam," cried the Captain, '* joa'd best not 
call names ; becanse, d'je see, if joa do, I flhall make bold 
to shew yon the door." 

She changed colour, and saying, " Pardi^ I can shew it 
myself," hurried out of the room, and I followed her into a 
hackney-coach. Bat, before we drove off, the Captain, 
looking out of the parlour window, called out " D'ye hear, 
Madam, don't forget my message to Ifoiuaer.'* 

You will believe our ride was not the moat agxeeaUe in 
the world ; indeed, it would be difficult to say which war 
least pleased, Madame Duval or me, though the reasons of 
our discontent were so different : however, Madame Dnral 
soon got the start of me ; for we had hardly turned oat of [ 
Queen Ann Street, when a man, running fall speed, stopt 
the coach. He came up to the window, and I saw he was 
the Captain's servant. He had a broad grin on his face, and 
panted for breath. Madame Duval demanded his business : 
'* Madam," answered he, " my master desires his compli- 
ments to you, and — and — and he says he wishes it well over 
with vou. He ! he ! he ! — " 

Madame Duval instantly darted forward, and gave him 
a violent blow on the face ; " Take that back for your 
answer, sirrah," cried she, '' and learn not to grin at your 
Ijetters another time. Coachman, drive on ! " 

The servant was in a violent passion, and swore tenibly ; 
but we were soon out of hearing. 

The rage of Madame Duval was greater than ever; and 
she inveighed against the Captain with such fuiy, that I 
was even apprehensive she would have returned to his 
house, purposely to reproach him, which she repeatedly 
threatened to do ; nor would she, I believe, have hesitated 
H moment, but that, notwithstanding her violence, he hafi 
really made her afraid of him. 

When we came to her lodgings we found all the Braogh- 
tons in the passage, impatiently waiting for oa with the 
door open. 




Only see, Iiere's Uus ! " cried tlie brother. 

Weit, 1 deolva t thought ae mach I " said the younger 

" Why, Miaa," said Mr. Branghton, " 1 think yoo 
mi^ht UB well have come with yonr cousins at once ; if s 
tbrvwing money in tiha dirt, to pay two coaches for one 
fare." 

" Lord, father," cried the sod, " make no words abont 
thftt ; for 111 pay for the coach that Miss had." 

" 0, I know very well," answered Mr. Branghton, " that 
yon'pB always more ready to spend thnn to earn." 

I thcD int«rfered, and begged that I might myself be 
allowed to pay the fare, as the eipence was incorred upon 
my accotmt ; they all said w>, and proposed that the same 
coach should carry ns to the operct. 

While this passed, the Miss Branghtons were examining 
my dress, which, indeed, was very improper for my compnny ; 
and, as I was extremely unwilling to be so conspicnous 
amongst them, I requested Madame Duval to borrow a hat 
ur bonnet for me of the people of the honae. But she Iipver 
wearB either herself, and thinks them very Iln^lUh and bar- 
barons ; therefore she insisled that I shoiild go full dressed, 
aa I had prepared myself for the pit, though I made many 
otnMtJons. 

Wb wera then all crowded into the same carriage ; but 
whea wo arrived at the opera-hoase, I contrived to pay the 
co«chman. They made a great many speechee ; but Mr. 
Brmnghton'sreflection had determined me not to be indebted 
to bim. 

If I hod not been too much chagrined to laugh. I should 
have been extremely diverted at their ignorance of whatever 
belongs to an opera. In the first place they could not tell 
at what door wo ought to enter, and we wandered about for 
Some time, withont knowing which way to turn : they did 
T>i>t choose to apply to me. though I was the only person of 
the pwty who had ever before been at an opera ; becanae 
tlioy were unwilling to suppose that their country antsin, U 
'iher wen pleased to call me, should be better acquainted 
wita any London pnblic place than themselves. I was very 
indifferent and oarekes upon this subject ; bat not a little 
1^^ finding that my dress, so different from that of 



the company to which I hclonged, iittawited general B(rt)B^ 
and otwervatioD. 

In a short time, however, we arrived at one of thn door- 
keeper's bars. Mr. firanghton demondeil for what [Mrt of 
the honse they took money P Th«y answered, the pit ; and 
r^arded ns all with great earnestness. The aon then 
■dvarndiig, said " Sir, if yon please, I bc^ that I aukj treat 
Ifiss." 

" We'll settle that another time," answered Hr. Braagli- 
ton, and pat down a, gninea. 

Two tickets of admission were given to him. 

Ur. Branghton, in his tnm, now stared at the doar<keeper. 
and demanded what he meant by giving hiia only twu 
tickets for a gninea. 

" Only two. Sir ! " said the man ; " why, don't yon knon 
that the tickets are half-a-guinea each ? " 

" HaIf-»-gainea each ! " repeated Mr. Branghlon, " wh^. 
I nerer heard of such a thing in my life ! And {)ny> &r, 
how many will they admit P " 

" Jnat as nsoal, Sir. iine person each." 

" But one person for half-a-gninea !^ — why, I oatf want 
to sit in tlie pit, friend." 

"Had not the ladies better sit in the gBUeiy, Sir; for 
they'll hardly choose to go into the pit with their hats on ?" 

" O, OB to that," cried Uiss Branghton, " if our hate am 
too high, we'll take them oS when we get in. I aJn'st 
mind it, for I did my hair on pnrpose." 

Another party then approaching, the door-keeper OonU 
no longer atl*nd to Mr. Branghton ; who, taking up the 
gninea, told him it should be long enongh before bo'd sea it 
again, and walked away. 

The yonng ladies, in some confusion, expressed their sar> 
prise that their papa shonld not know the open prioBiL 
which, for their parts, they had read in the papers a tlMMi- 
■and times. 

" The price of stocks," said he, " is enoogh for me to aee 
after; and 1 took it for granted it was the same thing here 
as at the play-bonse." 

"I knew well enough what the price was," said the eooi 
" but I wonld not speak, because I thought periiapa titoj'A 
talce less, as we're snch a large party." 




■TBLINI. 8!^ 

> BtstcTB both Inagbed veiy contonptDonaly at this 
t, and asked liim if ao ever lieard of people's abating any 
^ at ft public place P 

'. don't know Hhetber I have or no." answered he; 
" bat I am sore if they wonld, yoa'd hke it §o mach the 

" Very true, Tom," cried Mr. Branghton ; " tell ( 
woman that any thing is reasonable, and she'll be sure U 
hate it^" 

" WeU," said Miss PoUy, " 1 hope that aunt and Mia 
will be of oar side, for papa always taies part with Tom," 

" Come, come," cried Madame Duval, '' if yon stand talk- 
ing here, we sha'n't get no place at ail." 

Mr. Bmngbton then enqoired the way to the gallery : 
and, when we came to the door-keeper, demanded what 
wu to pfty. 

" The Qsnol price, Sir," said the man. 

"Then give me change," cried Mr. Branghton, again 
potting down hia gninea. 

" For how many. Sir ? " 

" Why — let's see, for six." 

" For six, Sir ? why, you've given me but a guinea." 

" But a goinea ! why,now much would yon have ? I Bnp> 
pOM it i'n't half-a-gninea a piece here too ? " 

" Ho, Sir, only five shillings." 

Mr. Branghton again took np his unfortunate guinea, 
und protested he would submit to no such impositiou. 1 
t^M-n proposed that we should return home, but Madame 
Unval would not consent ; and we were conducted, by a 
woman who sells books of the opera, to another gallery- 
door, where, after some disputing, Mr. Branghton at la^ 
paid, and we all went up stairs. 

Madame Dnval complained very much ot the ta'onble of 
going so high : hut Mr. Branghton desired her not to hold 
the place too cheap ; " for, whatever you think," cried he, 
" I asBoie yon I paid pit price i so don't suppose I come 
here to save my money." 

"Well, to be sure, ' said Miss Branghton, "there's do 
judging of a place by the oal«ide, elne, I must needs say* 
there's nothing very extraordinary in the stair-case." 

k we entered the gallery, their amasement aad 




90 imiMA. 

diflappointment became genenJ. For a few ximtBiitB, they 
looked at one another wiUioat spealdiigy and then thej all 
broke silence at once. 

'' Lord, papa," exclaimed Miss P0II7, " why, 70a hare 
brought ns to the one-ahilling gaDery I " 

" 1*11 be glad to give joa two shillingB, Uiongh,** answered 
he, " to pay. I was never so fooled ont of my money be- 
fore, since the hour of my birth. Either the door-keeper's 
a knave, or this is the greatest imposition that ever was 
pat upon the public." 

" Mafoiy^ cried Madame Duval, *' I never sat in sach a 
mean place in ail my life ; — ^why, it's as high — ^we aha'n't 
see nothing." 

'' I thought at the time," said Mr. Bnmghton, <*ihat 
three shilling^ was an exorbitant price for a place in the 
gallery : but as we'd been asked so much at the other doors, 
why I paid it without many words ; but then, to be sure, 
thinks I, it can never be like any other gallery, we shall see 
some criftkum-cranhum or other for our money ; bat I find 
it's as arrant a take-in as ever I met with." 

"Why, it's as like the twelve-penny gallery at Dnuy 
Lane," cried the son, " as two peas are to one another. I 
never knew father so bit before." 

*' Lord," said Miss Branghton, '^ I thought it would have 
been quite a fine place, — all over, I don't know what, — and 
done quite in taste." 

In this manner they continued to express their diiwatia' 
faction till the curtain drew up ; after which their obeerfa- 
tions were very curious. They made no allowance for the 
customs, or even for the language, of another ooontxy ; but 
formed all their remarks upon comparisons with the ISngliiih 
theatre. 

Notwithstanding my vexation at having been forced into 
a party so very disagreeable, and that, too, from one so 
much — so very much the contrary — ^yet, would they have 
suffered me to listen, I should have forgotten every thing 
unpleasant, and felt nothing but delight in hearing the sweet 
voice of Signer Millico, the first singer ; but they tormented 
me with continual talking. 

" What a jabbering they make ! " cried Mr. Branghton, 
" there's no knowing a word they say. Pray, whai^s the 




KTELIKA. 91 

n tbey can't, na well wb^ in Englisfa ? — bat I BQppoBP 

bfisB folks woald not, like it, if thej cooid nnderatasd it." 

'' How nnnnlnml their action is !" said the son: "whj', 
r, who ever saw nn Enf^liahmati pat himself in aach out* 
he-w&y poBtares ? "' 
P* For mv pari," said Mias Polly, "' I think it's veiy pretty, 
II1I7 I don^t know what it means." 

"Lord, what does that signify," cried her sister; "mayn't 
one like a thing without being so veiy particnlar ? — Yon 
may see that Miss likes it, and I don't suppose she knowB 
more of the matter than we do." 

A gentleman, soon after, was so obliging as to make 
tDom in the front row for Miss Branghton and me. We had 
DO sooner seated ourselves, than Miss Branghton excl&imed, 
■' Good gracions ! only see ! — why, Polly, alt the people in 
the pit are withoat hats, dressed hke any thing ! " 

"Lord, so they are," cried Miss Polly; "well, I never 
saw the like !— it's worth coming to the opera, if one saw 
nothing else." 

1 was then able to distingnish the happy party I had left; I . 
and I saw that Lord Orville had seated lumself next to Mrs. \ 
Mirvan. Sir Clement had his eyes pcrpetnally cast towards \ 
the fire shilling gallery, where 1 sappose he conclnded that I 
vre were seated ; however, before the opera was over, I have ' 
rMBOD to believe that he had discovered me, high and dia- 

Vt u I wa^ from him. Probably he distingtiished me by 

f head-dreas. 
t the end of the first a«t, as the green cnrtain dropped 
Iprepare for the dance, they imagined that the opera was 
Ve ; and Mr. Branghton expressed great indignation thai 
Bluid been trkked out of his money with so little trouble. 

pow, if any Englishman was to do such an impudent 

ag aa this," said he, " why, he'd bo pelted ; — but here, 
ono of these oatlandish gentry may do just what he pleases, 
and come on, and squeak out a song or two, and then pocket 
your money without further ceremony," 
' However, so determined he was to be dissatisfied, that, be- 
fore the conclusion of the third act, he foand still more 
fault with the opera for being too long; and wondered 
viiothcr they thoitght their singing good enough to serve us 
* f sapper. 



I 

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Diuing tha 



t TOUDg Ur- 



of & aong of £ 



the Becond act, joaag Ur- BraoghUin said. " It' 
that that fellow's going to aing another song' ! — \ 
Dothisg but sin^Qg .' — I wonder when they'll 

This aong, which w&b alow and pathetic, can^t aH laf 
attention, and I leaned my head forward to aroid t"»""i>g 
their obseirations, that I loight list«n without intermptaon : 
but, upon tamiiig roand, when the aong wu over, I foond 
that I was the object of general diversioa to tha whok 
party ; for the Mias Branghtone were tituring, and ibe two 
genUemen making aigns and faces at me, impljing tfaeir 
contempt of my aSectutJoo. 

This discovery determined me to appear as tnatteoliraai 
themBelvea ; but I was very much provoked at being thnx 
prevented enjoying the only pfeasore, wkich, in SBCih n 
party, wa« within my power. 

" So Miss," said Mr. Branghton. " yon're quite in tlir 
fashion, I see ; — so yon like operas ? well, I'm not so polil* ; 
I can't like nonsense, let it be never so mnch the tastft" 

" Bnt pray, SlisB," said the son, " what makee that foDow 
look so doleful while he iB singing F " 

"Probably becanse the character he performs is in diatren." 

" Why, then, I think he might as well let alone siagiBg 
till he's in better cue : it's out of all natnre for a man to 
be piping when he's in distress- For my part, I never siBg 
bnt when I'm merry ; yet I love a song as well as most 

When the cnrtain dropt they all rejoiced. 

"How do ^culikeitP" — and "How do you like it?" puaed 
from one to another with looks of the utmost cODtot&iit. 
" As for me," said Mr. Branghton, " they've caught me onoe ; 
bat if ever tbey da again, I'll give 'em leave to aing toe to 
Bedlam for my pains : for Ruch a iteap of stuff never did I 
hear : there isn't one ounce of sense in the whole opera, 
nothing bnt one continaed squeaking and squalling tram 
beginning to end." 

"If I had been in the pit," said Madame Dnvnl, " I 
should have liked it vastly, for mnsio is my passian j bot 
sitting in such a place as this, is quite unbearable." 

Mi^ Branghton, looking at me, declared, that she wmbm 
gmited enOD^ to admire it. 



EVELINA. 93 

MuB Polly confessed, that, if they would but sing Engliik, 
he would like it very inell. 
Tbe brother wished he conid raise a riot in the hooao, be- 
then he might get his money ag&in. 
Ill, fmoUy, they oil agreed that it woa monatroui 







ring the laat dance, I perceived standing near the 

pBlh^-door, Sir Clement Willonghby. I was extremely 
vexed, and woold have given the world to have avoided 
being seen by him : my chief olqection was, from the ap- 
pebensioa that he would hear Miss Branghton call ma 
Ek. — 1 fear yon will think this London jonmey haa - 
e me grow very proud j bat indeed this f anuly is so low- / 
i and vnlgar, that I should be equally ashamed of snoh 
mneotiou in the country, or any where. And really I 
1 already been bo much chagrined that Sir Clement had 
Bl a witi.ess of Mndame Duval's power over me, that 
»n\d not bear to be exposed to any farther mortifi- 
'>n. 
a iii6 seats cleared, by parties going away, Sir Clement 
reached nearer lo as. The Hifis Branghhms observed 

I surprise, what a fine gentleman was come into the 

HJ^Iery ; and they gave me great reason to expect, that they 
woold endeavoDT to attract his notice, by familiarity with 
me, whenever he should join ns ; and so I formed a sort of 
) prevent any conversation. I'm afraid yon will 
ink it wrong ; and ao I do myself now ; — but, at the 
'le, I only considered how I might avoid immediate 
nilistion. 

K>n BS he was within two seats of ua, he spnke to 
I am very happy, Misa Anville, tn have foand yon, 
i the Indies below have each an humble attendant, and 
n come to offer my earvicea here." 
n," cried I, (not without hesitating) "if you 
pleaac, — I will join them." 

" Will yon (Ulow me the honour of conducting yon ? " 
cried be engcrly ; and, instantly taking my hand, he would 
havci marched uwny with me: but I turned to Madame 
Dnval. iind snid, " As our pnrty ia bo lai^e, Madame, if you 
will gire ine louvt, I will go down to Mrs. Mirran, that I 
' vun in Ihe uoaoh." 



94 lYlLIHA. 

And then, without waiting for an answer, I BoffBred Sir 
Clement to hand me oat of the gallery. 

Madame Daval, I doabt not» will be very aagzy ; and so 
I am with myself now, and therefore I cannot be soipizised : 
but Mr. Branghton, I am snre, will easily comfort himself, 
in having escaped ike additional ooach-expenoe of oarxyin^ 
me to Qneen Ann Street; as to his daughters, they had 
no time to speak ; but I saw they were in utter amass- 
ment. 

My intention was to join Mrs. Mirvan, and aooompany 
her home. Sir Clement was in high spirits and good- 
humour; and all the way we went, I was fool enough 
to rejoice in secret at the success of my plan; nor was 
it till I got down stairs, and amidst the servants, that 
any difficulty occurred to me of meeting with my 
friends. 

I then asked Sir Clement, how I should contrive to 
acquaint Mrs. Mirvan that I had left Madame Duval ? 

" I fear it will be almost impossible to find her," answered 
he ; '* but you can have no objection to permitting me to see 
you safe home." 

He then desired his servant, who was waiting, to order 
his chariot to draw up. 

This quite startled me; I turned to him hastily, and 
said that I could not think of going away without Mrs. 
Mirvan. 

" But how can we meet with her ? " cried he ; " you will 
not choose to go into the pit yourself ; I cannot send a 
servant there ; and it is impossible for t?i€ to go and leave 
you alone." 

The truth of this was indisputable, and totally silenced 
me. Yet, as soon as I could recollect myself, I determined 
not to go into his chariot, and told him I believed I had 
best return to my party up stairs. 

He would not hear of this ; and eamestiy intreated me not 
to withdraw the trust I had reposed in him. 

While he was speaking, I saw Lord Orville, with several 
ladies and gentiemen, coming from the pit passage : unfor- 
tunately he saw me too, and, leaving his company, advanced 
instantiy towards me, and, with an air and voice of surprise, 
gaid, *' Ut>od Gt)d, do I see Miss AnviUe ! " 



I new moat severelj feit the folly of m; plan, and die 
nwkwardnesa of my aitoation : however. I hasteued to teU 
h'lDx, thougli in u hesitating manner, ihtit I vtaa waiting for 
Hn. Mirran; bnt what waa my diBappointmont, when he 
RC(iu&iiit«d me that she waa alrrady gone home ! 

I was ineipreagibly distressed ; to soSer Lord OrWlle to 
think me satisfied with the single protection of Sir CIcmeut 
Willoughby, 1 cuold not bear ; yet I was more than evei' 
averse to returning to a party which I dreaded his seeing. 
I stood some moments in saspense, and could not help ex- 
claiming, " Good Heaven, what can I do ! " 

" Why, my dear madam," cried Sir Clement, " should yon 
be thiu uneasy 'f-~yoa will reach Queen Ann Street almost 
as soon aa Mrs. Mirran, and I am sure you cannot doubt 
being ae safe." 

I made no answer, and Lord Orville Ihea said, "My 
ooocb is here ; and my servants are ready to take any com- 
mands Miss Anville will hononr me with for them. I shall 
myself go borne in a chair, and therefore " 

Mow grateful did I feel for a proposal so considerate, and 
...jde with 8o much dehcacy 1 I should gladly have ac- 
I Lj.ied it, had I been permitted, but Sir Clement would not 
iet him even finish his speech; he intt-iTXipted blra with 
evident displeasure, and said, " My Lord, my own chariot 
Is now at the door." 

And jnst then ttie servant came, and told him the car- 
nage was ready. He begged to have the honour of con* 
dacting me to it, and would have taken my hnndi but I 
drew it back, saying, " I can't — I can't indeed ! pray go by 
jTooiscIf — and as to me, let me have a chair." 

*' Impossible," cried he with vehemence, " I cannot think 
of tmsting yon with strange chairmen, — I camvot answer it 
to '}lliv. Mirvan ; — come, dear Madam, we shall be home in 
fire ininntea." 

Again I stood suspended. With what joy would I thf-n 
li»T800mpromisedwithmy pride, to have been once more with 
Uadame Daval and the J) ran gh tons, provided I had not met 
wiib Lord Orville ! However, I fiatter myself that he not 
ooly saw but pitied my embarrassment ; for he said in a tone 
of voice unusually softened, " To oHur my services in the 
• of Sir CtemcQt Willoughby would be snperflnoos j 



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bnt I hope 1 need not aesore Hies AnviUe how 1 
wonld make me to be of the leaat use to ber." 

I oonrteied ray thanks. Sir Clemeot, with gre&t 
neas, pressed me to go ; and while I wae tbaa 
dehlwratiug what to do, the dance, I snppose, 
the people crowded down stairs. Had Lord Orville tli«n 
l-Bp^tcd his offer, 1 would have aot^pted it notwithstanding 
Sir Clement's repugnance ; but I fancy be tbongbt it wosM 
be impertinent. In a very few minntes I bewd M*-!""" 
Duval's voice, as she descended from the gallery. '^WeD,' 
cried I hastily, " if I must go — " I stopt j bnt Sir 
immediately handed me into his chariot, called ont, " Qiwm 
Ann Street," and then jumped in himself. Lord OrriBaj 
intb a bow and a half smile, wished me good night. 

Uy concern was so great at being seen and left by Lmd 
OrviUe in bo strange a sitnation, that I shoold have t 
best pleased to have remained wholly silent daring oar 
home ; bat Sir Clement took care to prerent that 

He began by mskiiig many complaints of my nawiUing* 
ness to tmst myself with him, and begged to knaw «l 
conld be the reason ? This question so mnch embarr 
me, that I cooJd not teU what to answer ; bnt only 
that I waa sorry to have taken np bo ranch of hie time 

"0 Miss Anvilla," cried he, taking my hand, "if yon 
knew with what transport I wonld dedicat«to yoa not obXj 
the present bnt all the future time allotted to me, yon wcala 
not injure me by making such on apology." 

I oould not think of a word to say to this, nor to a gnat 
many other equally tine speeches with which he ran on; 
thongh I would fain have withdrawn my faaad, and ntailB 
almost contixtual attempts ; but in vain, for he actnJlj' 
gt«eped it between boUi his, without any regard to mj 
resistance. 

Soon after, he said that he believed the ooachniaii WMI, 
going the wrong way ; and he called to bis 
and gave him directions. Then again addreaain^ 
to me, " How often, how a«aidnoa§Iy have 1 eooglit 
opportQnitT of speakiiig to you, without the 
that bmte. Captain Mirran I fortune haa now 
fevoored me with one ; and permit me," again Kwng 
hand, " permit me to nse it in tailing yon that I adon yoa.' 







i r]iute tfumderstmck at tHs abrapt and luiex- 
pecttd declnration. For some momenta I woa eilent ; bnt 
Tf lira I recoTwed from my snqarise, I mid, " Indeed, Sir, 
if yon were detenained to make me repent leaving my own 
party so (ooliahly, yon have very wbI] sncceeded." 

" My dearest life," cried he, " is it poaaible you can be so 
craol 't Can yoar natnre and your couitenanoe be so 
totollr opposite P Can the Bweet bloom apon those charm- 
ing dieelcs, which appears as much the result of good- 
hnmimr as of beauty — " 

" O, Sir," cried I, interrupting him, "this is very fine; 
bnt I had Itoped we had had enongh of this sort of convsT' 
satton at the Bidotto, and I did not expect yon woold 
BO soon reenine it." 

What I then said, my sweet reproacher, vraa the effect 

ft mistaken, a piiifane idea, that yoar nnderslanding held 
Oompetitioa with yonr facanty ; but now, now that 

find you equally incomparable in both, all words, all 
OMrers of speech, are too feeble to express the admiration I 
leel of your excellencies." 

" Indeed.*' cried I, " if your thoughts bad any connection 
with your hingnage, yon vonld never suppose that I conld 
give credit to praise so very mnch above my desert." 

This speech, which I made very gravely, occasioned still 
stronger protestations ; which he continued to poor forth, 
and I continued to disclaim, till I began to wonder that ws 
wer« not in Qneen A'^" Street, and begged he would desire 
the coachman to drive faster. 

'■ And doea this httle moment," cried he, " which is the 
fint of happiness 1 have ever known, does it already appear 
00 very long to you P " 

" I am o&oid the man has mistaken the way," answered 
I, " or «lse we should ere now have been at our joomey'a 
end. I most beg yon will epeak to him." 

" And con yon think me so mnch my own enemy P — ^if 
my ffood genins hae inspired the man with a desire of pn)< 
loagnig my happiness, can yon expect that I should counter* 
act its indulgence i " 

I now be^m to apprehend that he had himself ordered 
tiie man to go a wrong way ; and I was so mnch alarmed 
that, the very instant it occurred to me, I let 



dofwn the glass, and mad« a sadden effort to open tli 
dtariot-door myself, with a vien of jtunping into tie st -* 
but he canght hold of me, excl&imiQg, " For Hearea's i 
what is the matter P " 

" I^I don't know," cried I (qaite out of brcatli), *' bv 
I am enre the man goes wryng ; and if you will not fpe 
to him, I am determined I *ill ^t out mj-Betf." 

"Yon amaze me," answered he (still holding me), ' 
oannot imagine what yon apprehend. Snrely you oao htl 
no donbts of my hononr ? " 

Be drew me towards him afi he spoke. 1 waa frightCM 
dreadfully, and could hardly say, " No, Sir, no, — nou ^^ 
all ; only Mrs. Mirvan, — I think she will be xmatitj." 

" Whence this alarm, my dearest angel ? — What f/m j 
fear ? — my life is at your devotion, and caa jroo, tb 
donbt my protection ? " 

And BO saying, he passionately kiased my haiiil. 

Never, in my whole life, have I been 80 terrified. I faral 
I forcibly from him, and, patting my head oat of the wj 

called aloud to the man to stop. Where we then i 

know not ; bat I saw not a human being, or I should hkl 
called for help. 

Sir Clement, with great earnestness, eodeaTOnrad I 
appease and compose me : " Tf joa do not intend to n 
me," cried I ; " for mercy's, for pity's sake, let mc g 
oat ! " 

" Compose yonr spirits, my dearest life," cried lie, •*•! 
I will do every thing yoa wonld have me." And tiica I 
called to the man himself, and bid him make haal« 
Qneen Ann Street. "This etnpid fellow," continued I 
" has certainly miatjiken my orders ; hnt I ho])eyon aroiu 
fnlly satisfied." 

I made no answer, but kept my head at the m 
watching wliicb way he drove, bnt without any comfbrtt 
myself, aa I was quite nnociiuiunted with either the ri ' 
or the wrong. 

Sir Clement now ponred forth abundant prot««tatioa>i 
hononr, and asanrnnces of respect, intreating my pardoo ftr 
.having offended me, iind beseeching my gond optnioi '' 
I waa (juitc silent, having too mach apprrheusion to 
reproadies, and too maob anger to speak without^ 



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ETELINA. 99 

B nuumer we went throtigb Beveral etreet^s, till at 
laat, to my grest terror, he saddonly ordered the toait to 
stop, and said, " Miss Auville, we are now within twenty 
yards of jour house ; bat I cannot bear to part with jou, 
till yon generonslj forgive me for the offence yon hare 
lalct'n, and promise not to make it known to the Mirrana." 

I hesitated between fear and indignation. 

" Toar reluctance to apeak redoubles my contrition for 

feviKs displeased jon, since it shews the reliance I might 
ve on a promise which yoa will not give without con- 
si dw«tLoa." 

*' I am very, very much distressed," cried I ; " yon ask a 
promise which job must be sensible I ought not to grant, 
and yet dm* not refuse." 

" Drive on ! " cried he to the coachman ; " Miss An- 

-iriOe, I will not compel you ; I wiil eiact no promise, hot 
^^knst wholly to your generosity." 

PHk This r&ther softened me ; which advantage he no sooner 
' Itfoveived, than he determined to avail himself of; for he 
flung liimself on his knees, and pleaded with so much sub- 
Riiauon, that I was really obliged to forgive him, because 
hie homiliation made me quite iishamed : and, after that, he 
would not let me rest till I gave him my word ihat I would 
not oomploiu of him to Mrs, Mirvan. 

My own folly and pride, which had put me in his power, .^ 
were pleas which I could not but attend to in hia favour. \ 
However, I shall take very particular care never to be again 
ttlooe with bim. 

When, at last, we ajrived at our house. I was so overjoyed, 
that I should certainly have pardoned bim then, if I had 
not before. As he handed me np stairs, bo scolded bis ser- 
vant alond, and very angrily, for having gone so much out 

of the way. Miss Mirvan ran out to meet me ; and who 

should I see behind her, bat Lord Orville ! 

AH my joy now vanished, and gave place to shame and 
confosioa ; for I could not endure that be should know how 1 [ 
long a time Sir Clement and I had been together, aince I 
wan not at liberty to assign any reason for it. 

They all expressed great satisfaction at seeing me ; and 
Boid they had been extremely uneasy and surprised that I 
was BO long coming home, aa they bad heard from tiord 



100 



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' Orrille tiiat I was not with Mad&me Dnra]. Sir CletnsBt, 
in an aSected passion, said, that his hoohj of a serrxnt h»d 
miennderBtood his orders, and was driving lu to the upper 
end of Piccadilly. For nxy part, 1 obIt colonml ; for 
thoQgh I wonJd cot forfeit my word. I yet tlbAtmed to 
confirm a tale in which I had myself no b^ief. 

Lord OrTillc, with great politeneea, coognttBlated me, 
that the troubles of the evening had so hftp^f eoded ; and 
said, that he had foasd it impoBsible to letam home, before 
he enquired after my safety. 

In a very short time he took hia leave, and Sir Gkineot 
followed him. As soon as they were gone, Mra. Mirrao, 
though with great softness, blamed me for having qoitln] 
Madame Dnval. I assnred her, and with tmth, tut for 
the future I would be more pmdent. 

The adventoree of the evening bo much disconcerted 
that I could not sleep all night, I am under the moet cruel 
apprehensions lest Lord OrviUe should suppose my I 
the gaUety-stairs with Sir Clement was a ooncertod 
and even that our continuing so long together in his chariot 
was with my approbation, since I did not say a wonl on 
the subject, nor express any dissatisfaction nt the coadunan' 
pretended bluoder. 

Yet his coming hither to wait our arrival, thoo^ it 
seems to imply some doubt, shews also some anxietj. In- 
deed, Miss Mirvan says, that he appeared erirem^i/ ■t^riw", 
nay. oneaay and impatient for my retnm. If I did not fear 
to flatter myself, I should think it not impossible bat that 
he had a suspicion of Sir Clement's design, and wu tliere> 
fore concerned for my safety. 

What a long letter is tlus ! however, I shall not writt 
many more from London ; for the Captain said lliis man- 
ing, that he would leave town on Tneeday next. Manama 
Duval will dine here to-day, and then she is to be tolil hia 
inteution. 

I am very much amazed that she accepted Mrs. Mirrao's 
invitation, as she was in such wrath yeet«rday. I fear that 
to-day I shall myself be the principal object of her diaplea- 
snre ; but 1 must submit patiently, for I cannot defcud 
myself. 

Adieu, my daarost Sir- Should this letter be prodactira 




LETTER XXII. 

ITILINA IN C 



of ftny nnflosmess to yon, more llian ever shall I repent the 
JiM^Iew impradence wfaich it recites. 

(JlfOTidoy Morning, April 18. 
BS, MULYAK has jaet commiuucated to me aji anec- 
dote concemiog Lord Orville, which ha.s much aar- 
prised, half pleased, and hall pained me. 

While they were sitting together during the opei-a, ha 
told her that he had been greatly concerned at the imperti- 
nence which the young lady iinder her protection had 
suffered from Mr. Lnvel ; but that ho had the pleoaare of 
SMiiriDg her, she had no fnture disturbance to apprehend 
Erom him. 

Mrs. Mirvan, with great eiigemeBS, begged he would 
explain himself ; and said she hoped he had not thonght so 
insignificant an affair worthy his aorioas attention. 

'• ThOTe is nothing," auswered he, " which requires more 
[immediate notice than impertinence, for it ever encroaches 
wbeo it is tolemted." He then added, that he believed he 
ooght to apologize for the liberty he hud taken in int«rfer> 
iitg ; bat that, as he regarded himself in the light of a party 
eOMMTTMif. from having had the hononr of dancing with Misa 
Anville, he could not possibly reconcile to himself a patient 
tientrality. 

He then proceeded to tell her, that he had waited upon 
Mr. Lovel the moruing after the play; that the visit had 
proved an amicable one, but the particalars were neither 
entertaining nor necessary i he only assured her. Miss An- 
vtUb mi^t be perfectly easy, since Mr. Lovel had engyiged 
his honour never more to mention, or even to hint at what , . 
had passed at Ure. Stanley's assembly. 

Mrs. Mirvan expressed her satisfaction at this conctnsion, 
and thanked him for his polite attentian to her yoang 
iiiead. 

V It wonld be needless," said he, " to request iWt ftwa 



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102 KTtLtMA. 

affiUT may never tranapire, smce Mrs. Uuran cfttumt bvt 
Bee the necessity of keeping it inviolably secret; bat T 
thought it iii(7Uinbent upon me, as the yonng l»djr is ntider 
yonr protection, to aasnre both yon and her of Mr. Lorel'i 
fntnre respect." 

Had I known of this visit previous to Lord OrriUe's 
making it, what dreadful aneiiHinesa would it have 
Yet that he should so mnch interest himself in Becmag na 
from offence, gives me, I must own, sn interDal plekSiOTi 
greater than I can express ; for I feared he had too oon- 
temptuons an opinion of me, to take any trooble npoa af 
account. Though, aftci all, this interference might nl* 
be to satisfy his own delicacy, than from thinking 'k-«U at 

Bnt how cool, how quiet is tme courage ! WhOj 
seeing Lord OrviUe at the play, would have 
resentment would have hazarded hia life ? yet his 
was evident, though his real braveiy and fais 
eqnally guarded him from entering into any 
OUT presence. 

Hadame Duval, as I expected, was most terribly aagifl 
yesterday : she scolded me for, I believe, two lionn, ot' 
account of having left her; find protested she bad beea M 
mncb surprised At my going, without giving her tine to 
answer, that she hai'dly knew whether she was awske or 
Bsteep. Bnt she assured me that if ever I did so again, she 
would never more take me into public. And she expreesttd 
an equal degree of displeasure against Sir Clement, oocMue 
ha had not even spoken to her, and because ho was alwnyi 
of the Captain's side in an argument. The Capteio, 
boond in honour, warmly defended him, and then fi " 
a dispute in the usual style. 

After dinner, Mrs. Mirvan introduced the subject of 
leaving London. Hoditnie Duval said she should stay 
month or two longer. The Captain told her she was 
come, bnt that he and his family should go into tbe 
on Tuesday morning. 

A most disagreeable scene followed. Madame Dnval ii 
BJated npon keeping me with her ; but Mrs. Klirvan aiii 
that as 1 was actually engaged on a visit to L&dv Hoi 
who had only consented to my leaving her for a tvw daj 
she could not think of returning without 







■TELIKA. lt>3 

iiKpe, if the CaptAiD had not int«rfered, the good' 
[ and mildneM of Mrs. Mirvan might have had 
ect apOQ Mndame Duval ; biit he pasgej no ifppor- 
if prorokiDg her ; and therefore made bo mauj grvBS 
nod rude speeches, all of which she retorted, that, ia cou- 
uluflion. she vowed she would aooner go to law in right of 
her relatiousbip, than that I ehonld be taken awa^ from her. 
I heard this account front Mrs. Mirvan, who was bo kindly 
considerate as to give me a pretence for quitting the room 
^ soon aa this dilute began, lest Madame Duval shoold 
refer to me, and inaiat on mj oljedience. 

The final result of the conversation was, that, to soften 
Butters for the present, Uadame Duval Btoald make one in 
the par^ to Howard Grove, whither we are positively to 
a next Wednesday. And though we are none of ns satis- 
l with this plan, we know not how to form a better. 
Urs. Mirvan is now writing to Lady Howard, to oxcooe 
Dging this tmexpected gnest, and prevent the disagree- 
B sarprise which most otherwise attend her reception, 
'a dfiar lady seems eternally studying my happinesa and 
uitBge. 

o-night we go to the Pantheon, which is the last divBP- 
k we nhall partake of in London ; for to-n 



n moment, my dearest Sir, I have received your Idnd 

If yoQ thought OB too dissipated the first week, I almost 
fear to know what yoa will think of ns this second ; — how- 
erer, the Pantheon this evening will probably be the last 
poblic place which I shall ever see. 

The nssnianco of your support and protection in regard 
to Madame Doval, though what I never donbted, excites 
f utmost gratatnde. How, indeed, cherished nndcr yonr 
~, the happy object of yonr constant indulgence, how 
i I have home to become tbe slave of her tyrannical 
u>un V — Pardon me that I speak so hai-dly of \er; hat 
r the idea of passing my days with her oecars to 
o comparison which naturally follows, takes from m* 
t forbearance which, I believe, I owe her. 

e ftlniady displeased with Sir Clement : to be saie, 




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104 XTBLIXl. 

then, luB behaviour after the opera wiJI not mal:e his pnet 
with yon. Indeed the more I reflect upon it, tba more 
angry I am. I was entirely in his power, and it was cmel 

in him to cause tne so mnch terror. 

O, my dearest Sir, were I hot worthy the praj e w and 
the wiahee yon offer for me, the ntmost ambition of my henrt 
wonJd be fully satisfied ! bat I greatly fear yon wilt find me, 
now that I am out of the reach of yonr assisting pmdence, 
more weak and imperfect than yon coald have expected. 

I have not now time to write another word, for I must 
itely hasten to dress for the evening. 



LETTER XXin. 

ITILIKA 15 COHTtKUATIOR. 

Qaeea Ann Street, Tuetday, April 19. 
a something to me half melancholy in writing 
account of our last adventures in London. How- 
ever, as this day is merely appropriated to packing 
preparations for onr joomey, and ae I shall shortly bars 
no more adventnres to writ«, I think I may aa well complete 
my town jonmal at once : and, when yon have it mil to- 
gether, I hope, my dear Sir, you will send me your obser> 
vations and thonghta upon it to Howard Qruve. 

A.bont eight o'clock we went to the Pantheon, ' I was 
ertremely struck with the beaaty of the building, which 
greatly surpaased whatever I could have expected of 
imagined. Yet it has more the appearance of a chapel thui 
of a place of diversion ; and, though I was quite channed. 
with the magnificence of the room, I felt that I could not 
be as gay and thoaghtleas there as at Banel^h ; for then; 
is something in it which rather inspires awe and solcontu^, 

' Tit Ftmthten.—A the&tre and public prameoule— a kind oT IMml 
Ranelagh, builc by Joudss WysCt. ll "U opened in Juiuuy, 1}?S. ■ 
Dr. JohiKm liniieil ii wiih BoswelL Tbe; agreed in thinkinf; it Hittriorfl 
to Ranelagh. Kidotlus niere held at ihe Fanihmn. Hub bnildteg *** ■ 
bnrnt down in January, 1793. Tha present boildiog i* Ox Uurd «f tk»M 




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than mirth and pleasure. However, perhaps it may only 
liATe tlis effect upon each a ngvice as myself. 

I abould have said, that oar party consisted only of Cap* 
taiD, Mn. and Miss Mirrnn, as Madame Dnvnl spent the 
day in the city; — which I own I cotJd not lajnent. 

There was a great deal of company ; bat the first person 
we saw was Sir Clement Willonghby. He addressed na 
with his nsnaJ ease, and joined as for the whole evening. I 
felt myself very oneosy in his presence ; for I conld not 
look at him, nor hear him speak, without recollecting the 
chanot adventure ; but, to my great amazement, I observed 
that he looked ^itnie withoat the least apparent discomposnro, 
though, certuinly, he onght not to think of his behavioor 
withoat blushing. 1 really wish I had not foi^ven him, 
and then he could not have ventured to speak to me any 

There was an exceeding good concert, but too much talk, 
ing to hear it well. Indeed I am quite astonished to find 
bow little music is attended to in silence ; for, though every 
body seems to admire, hardly any body listens. 

We did not see Lord Orville till we went into the tea- 
room, whiah is large, low, and under ground, aud serves 
merely as a foil to the apartments above ; he then sat next 
to US. He seemed to belong to a large partr, chiefly of 
ladies ; but, among the gentlemen attending them, I per- 
ceived Mr. Lovel. 

I was extremely irresolute whether or not I onght to 
make any acknowledgments to Lord Orville for bis generous 
conduct in securing mefromihefntnre impertinence of that 
man ; and I thought, that, as he had seemed to allow Mrs. 
Mirvan to acquaint me, though no one else, of the measures 
which he had taken, he might perhaps suppose me ungrate- 
ful if silent: however, 1 might have spared myself the, 
trouble of deliberating, as I never once had the shadow ofl 
an opportunity of speaking unheard by Sir Clement. Onl 
the contrary, he was so exceedingly officious and forward, 
. t^t I could not say a word to any body but insUntly he 
I bent his head forward, with on air of profound attention, as I 
I if I had addressed myself wholly to him ; and yet I never | 
I once looked at him, and would not have spoken to bim on ' 
I any account. 



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Indeed, Utb. Mirr&n herself, though Qnacqiiainled wtft 
the behaviour of Sir Clement aft«r the op««, says it ia out 
li^bt for a joon^ woman to be seen so f reqaently in pnblic 
trtth the- same gentleman; and, if o>ar etnj i 
be lengthened, she would endeavour t 
Captain the impropriety of allowing hie c( 
for Sir Clement with ail his easinest, conld n 
Dslly of our parties, if the Captain ^as I 
company. 

At the same table with Lord Orville sat a gontletnan,— • 
I call Him BO only beeanee he jcos at the same table, — whis 
aboost from the moment I was sented, fixed his ejoa stead* 
faetly on my face, and never once removed them to any 
other object during tea-time, notwithstanding my dislike of 
his staring mnst, 1 am sure, hnve been very evident. I was 
quite snrprised, that a man, whose boldness was so offeD>ir«k 
oould have gained admission into a party of which Lord 
Orville made one; for I natumlly concluded hint to t 
some low-bred, uneducated man ; and I thought my id) 
was indubitably confirmed, when I heard him say to Sir 
Clement Willoughby, in an a/udible wkUper, — which is ft 
moda of speech very distressing and diBagreen-ble to by- 
standers, — " For Heaven's sake, WiUonghby, who i '' 
lovely creature ? " 

But what was my amazement, when, liFteningnttcntiTely 
for the answer, though my bead was turned another way^ 
I heard Sir Clement say, " T am Gorry I cannot inform you 
Lordship, hut I am ignorant myself." 

Lordthip ! bow extraordtnaiy I that a iwblenuxn, 
tomed, in all probability, to the first rank of company ia 
the kingdom, from his earliest infancy, can possibly be <' 
fioient in good manners, however faulty in morals and 
ctples I Even Sir Clement Willoughby appeared m 
in comparison with this person, 

During tea, & conversation was commenced upon tl 
timfis, fashions, and public places, in which the company i 
both tables joined. It begun by Sir Clement's inquiring' 
Miaa Kirvan and of me, if the Pantheon bad answered oi 
expeotationa. 

We botli readily agreed that it bad greatly ex< 



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•*Ajr, to be Fare," said tbe Captain, " why, jtm don't 
■appose they'd confess they didn't like its do yon ? What- 
trrer's tbe fashion, they maat like, of cotme ; — or else, I'd be 
bound for it, they'd own, that there never waa snch a doll 
placfl B8 this here invented." 

" And has, then, this bnilding," said Lord OrriUe, " no 
merit that may serve to leesen your censore ? Will not 
yoBT eye. Sir, speak soraething in its fnvonr ? " 

" Eye ! " cried the Lord, (I don't know his niime,) " and 
is there any eye here, that can find pleasure in looking at 
deiwl waits or statnes. when ench heavenly living objects aa 
I now see demand all their admiration ? " 

" 0, certainly," said Ijord Orville, " the lifeless symnii 
of architecture, however beaatifiil the design and proport 
no man would be so mad as to pot in competition with til*' 
nnimated charms of nature: but when, as to-night, the eye 
may be rdgalod ut the same time, and in one view, with all 
tha excellence of art, and alt the perfection of nature, I can* 
t think that either SoSer by being seen together." 
" T grant, my Lord," said Sir Ciement, " tliat the oool 
mpassioned philosophy may view both with equal 
hention, and equal safety ; but, where the he&rt is not m 
U guarded, it is apt to interfere, and render, even to the 
t, &I1 objects but one insipid and uninteresting." 
" Aye, Aye," cried the Captain, " you may talk what 
fill of joor eye here, and your eye there, and, for the 
matter of that, to be sure yon have two, — but we all Icnow 
they both squint one way." 

" Far be it from me," said Lord Orville, " to dispute the 
magnetic power of beauty, which irresistibly draws and 
Mtncte whAt«ver has soul and sympathy r and I am happy 
to acknowledge, tliat though wc have now no godt to oocapy 
a mansion professedly bnilt for them, yet we have secured 
Uieir better halves, for we have goAdaaa to whom we aQ 
noet wilUnglj bow down." And then, with a T«riy droll 
&ir, be made a profooud reverence to the ladiea> 

" They'd need to be godJesaes with a veaeeaoce," Kud 

" )tain, " for they're mortal dear to loot at How- 

r, 1 should be glad to know what yon can see in e'er 

e among them that's worth half-a-gninoa for a sight." 

" a-guinoa ! " exclaiuivd that aame Lord, " I would 



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giv» half I MB worth for a sight of only one, provided I 
make my own uhoioe. And, prithee, how can moovj bt 
better employed than in the service of fine women ? " 

" If the ladies of his own party can pardon the Captam'a 
speech," eaid Sir Clement, " I think he has a fair claim to 
the forgiveneas of all." 

" Then yon depend verj much, as I doubt not bnt jtn 
may," said Lord Orrille, "ttpon the general Bweetness at 
the sex ; — but, as to the ladies of the Captain's par^, Qyef 
may easily pardon, for they cannot be hnrt." 

" But they must have a devilish good conceit of tliemi> 
Belvee, though," said the Captain, "to believe all tbaL 
HowBomever, whether or no, I should be glad to be told 
Borne of yon, who seem to be knowing in them things, wl 
kind of diversion can be found in each a place as thia htT% 
for one who has had, long ago, hifl fnll of face-honling?" 

Every body laughed, bat nobody spoke. 

" Why, look yon there now," continued the Captaind 
" you're all at a dead stand ! — not a man among you oaa 
answer that there question. Why, then, I must make bdd 
to conclude, that you all come here for no manner of paf- 
pose but to stare at one another's pretty faces : — thoo^ 
for the matter of that, half of 'em are plaguy ngly'i — atii* 
as to t'other half, — I believe it's none of C)od*i 
feotory." 

" What the ladies may come hither for. Sir," said Ur 
Lovel, (stroking bis ruffles, and looking down,) " it woali 
ill become m to determine ; but as to we men, doubtless wi 
Ota have no other view than to admire them." 

"If I ben't mistaken," cried the Capt^n, (looting 
«etly in his face,) " you are that same pereon we mr 
Lore for Love t'other night ; ben't you ? " 

Mr. Lovel bowed. 

"Why, then, Gentlemen," continued he, with a 
laugh, " I must tell you a most excellent good joke 
all was over, as sure as yon're alive, he asked wn 
play was ! Ha, ha, ha ! " 

"Sir," said Mr. Lovel, colouring, "if yon were as 
a town-life as I am, — which, I presume, is not 
rasely the case, — I fancy you would not find ao lani 
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[ what, ie it cammon ? " repeated the Captain ; 
" wbr then, 'foro George, Bcich chaps ar« more St to be sent 
to acliool, and 'well disciplmed with a cat-o'-nin&- tails, than 
to poke their beads into a phiy-boase. Wlij-, a plaj is the 
ooij thing loft, now-a-davs, that has a grain ot sense in it ; 
for as to all the rest of joar poblio places, d'je see^ if 
they were aJl put together, I wonlda't give that for 'em ! " 
(snappiDg his fingers.) "And now we're talking of them 
sort of things, there's yoar operas, — 1 should like to know, 
now, what anr of you can find to say for them." 

Lord Omlle, who wbs most able to have answered, 
seemed by no means to think the Captain worthy an arga- 
naent, upon a subject concerning which he bad neither 
knowledge nor feeling : bat, tnming to as, be said, " The 
ladles are silent, and we seem to have engrossed the con- 
Teraation to onrselvea, in which we are mnch more our own 
enemies than theirs. Bnt," addressing himself to Miss 
&tlrvan and me, " I am most deairoos to bear the opinions 
of these young ladies, to whom all public places must, as 
yet, be new." 

We both, and with eagerness, declared that we had 
received as much, if not more pleasure, at the opera than 
any where : bnt wo bad better have been silent ; for the 
Captain, qnite displeased, eaid, " What signifies asking 
them girls P Do yon think they know their own minds yet i* 
Ask 'em after any thing that's called diversion, and you're 
sure they'll say it's vastly fine — they are a set of parrots, 
and spe&k by rote, for they all say the same thing: bat ask 
'em how they hke making puddings and pies, and I'll 
warrant yoo'll pose 'ero. As to them opEras, I desire I 
may hoar no more of their liking snch nonsense ; and for 
you, Uoll," (to his daoghter,) " I charge yon, as yoa 

Iv^oe my favonr, that^oa'll never again be so impertinent 
ae to have a taste of your owii~before my face. 'There are 
fools enongb in tbe world, without your adding to their 
nnmber. Ill have no daughter of mine aflfect them sort of 
mt^rims. It is a shame they a'n't put down; and if I'd 
mj wiU, Uiere'a not a magistrate in this town bat shoald 
be knocked on the head for suffering them. If you've a 
i to praise any thing, why you may praise a play, and 
i, for I like it myself." 




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Ud mtLDU. 

This raproof effectnalljr silenced ns both for tba ZHI at 
the eveoing. Nay, indeed, for some tninatos it soeaaad to 
eilence every body else ; till Hr. Lorel, not wiUing lo low 
an opportunity of retaming the Captain's saroam. mU, 
" Why, really Sir, it is but natural to be moet pleaMd witll 
what is most familiar ; and. I tliink, of &11 our divenioB^ 
there is not one so mnch in cororoon between as and i ' 
try as a play. Not a village bat has its bonu 
diane ; and ae for the stage bosiness, why it mK_ 
eqnaUj done any where ; and even is regard to «^.j 
canaille, confined as we all are within the sea ' ' " 
theatre, there is no place where the distanc 
obvious." 

While the Captain seemed considering for M^^ 
meaning. Lord Orville, probably with a view lo p 
finding it, changed the subject to Coz'e MoBeom, . 
what ha thought of it P 

"Think ! — " said he, "why I think aa how it i'n't WDrth 
thinking about. I like no such jemoraetct. It is only fit, 
in my mind, for monkeys : — though, for aught I loww, 
tliey too might turn np their noses at it." 

"May we ask your Lordship's own opinion ? " said lira. 
Wirvan. 

" The mechanism," answered he, " is wonderfolly ii 
genions ; I am Sony it is turned to no better accoont ; but i 
its purport is so frivolous, so verr remote from all atm at | 
insbuction or utility, that the sight of so fine a show ool/ { 
leaves a Hgret on the mind, that so much work, 
much ingenui^, should not be better bestowed." 

" The truth is," said the Captain, '' that In all 
town, so fuU as it is of folks of all sorts, there i'a't i 
as one public place, besides the play-housei, wl 
tiiat's to say, a man who m a man, onght not to be 
to shew his face. T'otiier day they got me to a ' 
but, I believe, it will be long enough before they get 
another. I knew no more what to do with myself, 
my ship's company had been metamorphosed into '. 
men. Then, again, there's yonr famous Bandagh, 
yoD make such a fuss about ; — why what a dull pliMB 
that 1 — it's the worst of all." 

" Banelagh dull I " — " Banelagfa doll I " — was eobc 



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Ill 

from neatli to month ; and oU the l&dtos, as if of one 
aocoH, T«gtirded the Captain with looks of the most ironicBl 

" As to Banelagh," said Hr. Lovel, " most indabitably, 
Uiongb the price is plebeian, it is by no means adapted to 
the plL'beiuu taste. It requires a certain acqaalatance with 
liigh life, and — and — and Bomething of — of — something 
d'an vrai goit, to be really sensible of its merit. Those 
whose— whose connections, and so forth, are not among la 
gen» comme il Jaut, caa feel nothing bat ennui at snch a 
gilaoe tut Ranelagh." 

■■Raneiagh!" cried Lord , "0, 'tis the divinest 

place nadar heaven, or, indeed, — for augbb I 

know " 

"0 yon cieatnre ! " cried a pretty, bat affected yonng 
lady, patting him with her fan, " jou sha'n't talk so ; I 
know what you are going to say ; bat, poeitiTcly, 1 wo'n't 
sit by yon, if you're so wicked." 

" And how can one sit by yoo, and be good ? " said he, 
■' wben only to look at you is traongh to make one wicked — 
or wish to be so ? " 

" Fi«, my Lord ! " rctnmed she, " you are really insnfEer- 
able. I don't think I shall speak to you again these seven 
years." 

" What a metamorphoais," cried Lord Orrille, " should 
yon make a patriarch of bis Lordship." 

" "^ I year* ! " said he, " dear Madam, bo contented 
even years, 



with tailing me yon will not speak to u 
and I will endeAVOnr to submit." 

" O, Terj well, my Lord," answered »i 
end of onr gpealcing to each otlier aa e: 
I'll promise to agree to your time." 

" You know, dear Madam," said he 
" yon know T only live in your sight." 

" yen, my Lord, 1 have long know 
begin to fear we shall be too lato for 
mwning." 

10 no. Madam," said Mr. Level, looking at his watch, 
10 bat jast past ten." 
Ko more!" cried she, "O then we shall do veiy 



le, " pray date the 
Jrrly as you please, 

'. sipping his tea, 

>wn that. But I 
Ronelngh this 



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An the ladies now Btarted np, and declared tbej hail no 
time to lose. 

"Why, what the D 1," cried the Captain, leaning 

foTward with both his amiG on the tablt^ " are j(»i going to 
Ranelagh at this time of night ? " 

The ladies looked at one another, and smiled. 

" To Ranelagh ? " cried Lord , " yes, and I liopa 

voQ are going too; for we cannot possibly ezcoM tluM 
ladies." 

" I go to Ranelagh ?— if I do, I'll be ." 

Every body now stood np ; and the strangmr Lord, 
coming roond to me, said, " You go, I hope ? " 

"Ho, my Lord, I believe not" 

"0 yon cannot, must not be so barhapoos." Aikd hft 
toolc my hand, and ran on, saying sock fine speechea and 
compliments, that I might almost have supposed myself a 
goddess, and him a pagan paying me adoration. Am boob 
as I possibly could, I drew back my hand ; but he fra- 
qnently, in tjic coarse of conversation, contrived to take it 
again, thongh it was extremely disagreeable to me ; and 
the more so, as I saw that Lord OrviUe had his eyes 
fixed npon OS, with a gravity of attention that made 

And, surely, my dear Sir, it was a great liber^ in tins 
lord, notwithstanding his rank, to treat me bo f redy. 
to Sir Clement, he seamed in misery. 

They all endeavoured to prevail with the Captain to jota 
the Banelagh party ; and this lord told me, in a low voioe, 
that it vxu tearing kit heart out to go without me. 

Daring this conversation Sir. Level came forward, and 
assuming a look of sarprise, made me a bow, and inqaired 
how I did, protesting upon his honour, that be had not 
seen me before, or would sooner have paid his respecrta 

Though his polit«nes3 was evidently constrained, jret I 
was very glad to be thus assured of living nothing nan 
to fear from him. 

The Captain, far from listening to tiieir penuasioDfl at 
aicoompanying them to Banelagh, was qnite in a paasioa a) 
the proposal, and vowed he would sooner go to the Btatk- 
hole in Caleutta. 




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" SiiV' «u<^ Lord , " ii the ladies will take their tea 

Ai. RADclsgh, fou mny dejiend npon onr eetdng them saie 
home ; far we shoJl all be proud of tbe honoar of attending 
^jhe m ." 

" May be so," said the Captain, " bnt I'll tell yon what, 

jne of these plaoea ben't enough for them to-night, why 

morrow they shall go to ne'er a one." 
■iW« instantly declared ourselves very ready to go home, 
^ It is not for yonrselTes thatwo petition," said Lord , 

nt for Bi ; if yon have any charity, you will not be so 
s to deny ns ; we only beg yon to prolong our happi- 
ir a few minutes, — the favour is bat a small one for 
yon to grant, though so great a one for ns to receive." 

''To tell yon a piece of my mind," said the Captain, 
surlily, " 1 think you might as well not give the girls so 
much of this palaver: they'll take it all for gospel. As to 
Moll, why sho'a well eoongh, but nothing extraordinary j 
though, perhaps, yon may persuade her that her pug nose 
is all the fashion ; and as to the other, why she's good 
white and red to be sore ; but what of that P — I'll warrant 
Bho'U moulder away as fast as her neighbours." 

" Is there," cried Lord , " another man in this plaoe, 

wb:0, seeing such objectA, could make such a speech ? " 

" As to that there," returned the Captain, "1 don't 
know whether there be or no, and, to make free, I don't 
rare ; for 1 sha'n't go for to model myself by any of these 
fair-weather chaps, who dare not bo mncb as say their 
Bools are their own, — ^d, for aught I know, no more they 
ben't. I'm almost as much ashamed of my countrymen as 
if I was a Frenuhroan, and I believe in my heart there i'n't 
a pin to choose between them ; and, before long, we shall 
hear the very sailors talking that lingo, and see never a 
swabber without a bag and a sword." 

" lie, he, he I — well, 'pon honor," cried Mr. Lovel, 
" yon gentlemen of the ocean have a most severe way of 
jud^g." 

" Severe ! 'fore George, that is impossible ; for, to cut 
the matter shorty the men, as they call themselves, are no 
bettor than monkeys ; and as to the women, why they are 
mcro dolls. So now you've got my opinion of this subject : 
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The ladies, who were yery impatient to be gone^ made 
their courtsies, and tripped away, followed bj all the gentle- 
men of their party, except the lord before mentioned, and. 
Lord Orville, who stayed to make inqoiiies of Mrs. Mirran 
concerning onr leaving town ; and then saying, with his 
nsnal politeness, something ciyil to each of ns, with a vary 
grave air he quitted ns. 

Lord remained some minutes longer, which he 

spent in maldng a profusion of compliments to me; by 
which he prevented my hearing distinctly what Lord Orville 
said, to my great vexation, especially as he looked — ^I 
thought so, at least — as if displeased at his particolarily of 
behaviour to me. 

In going to an outward room to wait for the carriage, I 
walked, and could not possibly avoid it^ between this noble- 
man and Sir Clement WiUoughby ; and, when the servant 
said the coach stopped the way, though the latter offered 
me his hand, which I should much have preferred, this 
same lord, without auy ceremony, took mine himself ; and 
8ir Clement, with a look extremely provoked, conducted 
jirs. Mirvan. 

Li all ranks and all stations of life, how strangely do 
characters and manners differ ! Lord Orville, with a polite- 
ness which knows no intermission, and makes no distinc- 
tion, is as unassuming and modest as if he had never 
with the great, and was totally ignorant of every qnalifii 
tion he possesses ; this other lord, though lavish of com- 
pliments and fine speeches, seems to me an entire stranger 
to real good-breeding : whoever strikes his fancy, engrosses 
his whole attention. He is forward and bold ; has an air 
of haughtiness towards men, and a look of libertinism 
towards women ; and his conscious quality seems to have 
given him a freedom in his way of speaking to either sex, 
that is veiy little short of rudeness. 

When we returned home, we were all low-spirited. The 
evening's entertainment had displeased the Captain ; and 
his displeasure, I believe, disconcerted us all. 

And here I thought to have concluded my letter ; but, 
to my great surprise, just now we had a visit from Lord 
Orville. He called, he said, to pay his respects to ns before 
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; hbA, when Mrs. Mirvan told him we were goiog 
into the cotintiy without any view of again qaittlng it, ho 
expressed Lis concern in such terma — so polite, so fiattering, 
BO serions— that I could hardly forbear being sorrr mjaelf, 
Wtre I to go immediately to Berry HiU, I am sure'l should 
feel nothing but joy j — but, now we are joined by this 
Ctkptain, and Maditme Dnval, I must own I expect very 
little pleasure at Howard Gtotc. 

Before Lord Orvilla went. Sir Clement Willonghby 
csJletl. He was more grave than I had ever seen him ; 
and made several attempts to apeak to me in a, low voice, 
and to osGure me thiit his regret upon the occasion of onr 
journey was entirely upon my account. But I wae not in 
spirits, and could not beaj" to be teased by him. However, 
he has 80 well paid his court to Gapta.in MirvBJi, that 
he gave him a very hearty invitation to the Grove. At 
this he brightened, — and just then Lord Orville took leave. 

No doubt but he was disgusted at this ill-timed, ill-bred 
partiality ; for surely it was very wrong to make an invita- 
tion before Lord Orvilie in which he was not incladed I I 
was so much chagrined, that, as soon as he went, I left 
the room ; and I shall not go dotm stairs till Sir Clement 
is gone. 

Lord Orville ctuinot but observe his assiduous endeavours 
to iiigTB.tiate himself into my favour ; and docs not this ez- 
ti»TBgant civility of Captain Mirvan give him reason to 

npose that it meet* with our general approbation ? I can- 

■ think upon this subject withontinespressible uneasiness -, 

is yet I can think of nothing else. 

__FAiiien, my dearest Sir. Pray write to me immediately. 

Bow nuwy long letters has this one short fortnight pro- 

dooed I More than 1 may probably ever write again. I 

fear I shall have tired you with reading them; bat you 

ii now have time to rest, for I shall find but little to say 

■, most honoured Sir, with all the folliee and 
rfeotions which I have thus faithfully recounted, can 
i with unabated kindness, suffer me to sign mysetf 
Your dutiful and most affectionate 

EvKlOtlP 




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«0GQ0n to xlowisrd ' 
i| griflred bftd she known tb 
- reridenne in tbe great woi 
inexpressiblj alarming ; ai 
and relieving my fears, 1 
since the time of jonr dati 
j H Sir Clement Willouglib 

'ut I .;; I man : I am extremely irrit 

i\ aion be pretends for yon ba; 

the manner and the opporti 
it, are bordering npon insnlt 
His nnworthy behavionr 
that, had not yonr vehement 
i.\ street wonld have been the 

r ' have ordered his chariot. O, 

' for yonr escape ! I need not 

yonr indiscretion and want of 
yooraelf with a man so littl 
gaiety and fligbtiness shonld 
The nobleman yon met 
forward as yon describe hii 
henaion ; a man who appears 
makes Ids attack with so lit 
whoy to a mind snch as my 
bat with the disgnst which h 
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KTILIK*. 117 

ig Anzietj for yon ftfter the opera, prove him to be a man 
! sense uid of feeling. Donbtlese he thought there was 
I &ncl] rcBAon to tremble for your safety while exposed to 
the power of Sir Clemcot ; and he acted with a regard to 
real honour, that will always incline me to think well of 
him, in so immediately acquainting the Mirvan family with 
your situation. Many men of this age, from a false and 
pretended delicacy to a friend, would have quietly pursned 
I their own affairs, and thought it moro honourable to leave J 
an unanepecting young creature to the mercy of a libertine, I 
tbtua b> risk bis displeasure by taking met^ures for her 
I eecurily. 

Tour e^-ident concern at leaving London is very natural, 
and yet it afflicts me. I ever dreaded your being too much 
pleaded with a life of dissipation, which youth and vivacity 
render but loo alluring ; and 1 almost regret the consent 
for your jonmey, which I had not the resolution to with- 
. hold. 

Alas, my child, the artlegsneea of your nature, and the 
\ simplicity of your education, alike unfit you for the thorny 
Ipathfi of the great and busy world. The supposed obscurity 
of your birth and situation, makes you liable to a thousand 
Idiiiigreeahle adventures. Not only my views, bat my hopes 
for TDttT future life, have ever centered in the country. 
ShalJ I own to yon, that, however I may differ from Cap- 
twQ Mirvan in other respecte, yet my opinion of the town, 
its nutnnerB, inhabitants, and diversions, is much upon a 
level with bis own ? Indeed it is the general harbour of 
fnad and of foUy, of duplicity and of impertinence ; and I 
~~' *i few things more fervently, than that yon may have 
rn a laatiog leave of it. 

emember, however, thnt I only speak in regard to a 
ilic and disai]>ated life ; in private families we may 
btless find as much goodness, honesty, and virtue, in 
London aa in the country. 

If contented with a retired station, I still hope I shall 
live to £eo my Evelina the ornament of her neighbourhood, 
and the pride and delight of her family ; giving and re< 
oviving joy from euch society as may best deserve her aSec- 
tiaiii Mkd employing herself in such useful and innocent oo> 
^■■Imkim may secure and merit the tond«Te&t. ' 



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LETTER XX 

lYILIKA TO THB BIV. M 

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NO, mj dear Sir, no : the work of 
8iich as it was, ever nnworth 
labour ; bat not more so now — at 1( 
before that fortnight which has so n: 

And jet I mnst confess, that I 8 
here at present as I was ere I went to 
18 in the place, not in me. Captain 
DnTBl have rained Howard Ghroye. 
reigned here is distarbed, onr scheme 
ol ufe is altered, and oar comfort is d 
sappose London to be the scarce of th< 
excnndon been anj where else, so dis 
to oar hooaehold mast have caused th 
return. 

I was sure yon would be displeai 
Willoaghbj, and therefore I am by i 
what yoa say of him ; but for Lord C 
had greatly feared that my weak ai 
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pmwfil prerionB to our jonmey hither, encept a very violent 

Snarrel between Captain Miryan and Madame Dnval, As 
..le CAptsin intended to tnifel on horseback, he had settled 
ih»t vre foor femaies should make ase of his coach. Madame 
Dtivkl did not come to Qnccn Ann Street till the Cfirriagv 
btul waited some time at the door ; and then, attended by 
Monaieor Da Bole, she mode her appearance. 

The Captain, impatient to be gone, would not suffer thorn 
to ent«r the honse, hot insisted that we should immediately 
get into the coach. We obeyed ; bat were no sooner seated, 
than Madame Dnval said, " Come, Monsieur Da Bois, 
these girls can make very good room for yon : sit closer, 
children." 

Mrs. Mirvan looked quite confounded ; and M. Du Bois, 
aft«r maldng some apologies about crowding ns, actually 
got into the coach, on the side with Miss Mirvan and me. 
Bat no sooner was be seated, than the Captain, vvho hod 
observed this transaction very qnietly, walked up to the 

Edoor, saying, " What, neither with jour leave, nor 
or leave P " 
Da Bois seemed rather shocked, and began to ja&ko 
lanoe of excoses : but the Captain neither nndtrstood 
nor regarded him, and, very roughly, said, " Look'ee 
Montetr, this here mny be a French fashion for aught I 
know,— but give and take is fair in all nations ; and so 
now, d'ye see, I'll make bold to show yon an English one." 
And then, seizing his wrist, he made him jomp out of the 

M. Da Bois Instantly pat his hand npon his sword, and 
^^hpAtened to resent this indignity. The Captain, holding 
^^|h lus stiok, bid him draw at his peril. Mrs. Mirvan, 
^^Hptly alarmed, got out of the coach, and, standing 
^^Boreeii them, tutreated her husband to re-enter th« 

'• None of your clack ! " cried he angrily ; " what the 
D — 1. do you sappose I can't manage a Frenchman 7 " 

Uoantime, Madame Duval called out to M. Du Bois, " EH, 
laut»»-U, moH ami, ne le eorrigei pa> ; c'ett vne vilame hSle qm 
«'an vavt f<U la peine." 

" Monsituir !e Captltune," cried M. Du Bois, "voulet- 
« dfimandet pardon f " 



l20 iyiliha. 

'^ O ho, jou demand pardon, do yon P " said the Gapiaiii, 
^ I tbooght as mnch ; I thought yoa*d come to ; — so j<m 
haye lost yonr relish for an Ei^lish salntationy have yoa ? " 
ginit t in g np to him with looks of defiance. 

A crowd was now gathering, and Mrs. Mirvan again be- 
sought her husband to go into the house. 

'^ Why, what a plague is the woman afraid of ? — ^Didjoa 
eTer know a Frenchman that could not take an affront ? — 
I warrant Monseer knows what he is about ; — don't yon 

M. Dn Bois, not nnderstanding him, only said, ''pJott-tZ, 
Momiemrr" 

**• No, nor disk me neither," answered the Captain ; ^ bat, 
be that as it may, what signifies oar parleying here? If 
yon TO any thing to propose, speak at once ; if not, why let 
as go on oar joamey withoat more ado." 

''^ParbleUy je nentends rien, mei ! " cried M. Da Bois^ 
shrogging ap his shoalders, and ItTfrlring Yfirj difrmflii 

Mrs. MLrran then advanced to him, and said in French, 
that she was sure the Captain had not any intention to 
affront him, and begged he wonld desist from a dispate 
which coald only be productive of mataal misanderstand- 
ing, as neither of them knew the langoage of the other. 

This sensible remonstrance had the desired effect; and 
M. da Bois, making a bow to every one except the Captain, 
very wisely gave np the point, and took leave. 

We then hoped to proceed quietly on oar joamey ; bat 
the turbulent Captain would not yet permit us. He ap- 
proached Madame Duval with an exulting air, and said, 
*' Why, how's this, Madam ? what, has your champion de- 
serted you ? why, I thought you told me, that yoa old 
gentlewomen had it all your own way among them French 
sparks ? " 

"As to that, Sir," answered she, " it's not of no conse- 
quence what you thought ; for a person who can behave in 
such a low way, may think what he pleases for me, for I 
sha*n't mind." 

"Why then, Mistress, since you must needs make so 
frtje," cried he, " please to tell me the reason why yoa took 
the liberty for to ask any of your followers into my coach 
withoat my leave ? Answer me to that." 



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" Why, then, pray, Sir," retoiTied she, " tell me the reaaon 
why yon took the liberty to treat the gentlcm&D in sacb. aii 
impolite way, as to take and poll hiia "neck and heels ont ? 
I'm Bore he hadn't done nothing to affront yon, nor nobody 
cUe ; nnd I don't know what great hnrt he would h&ve 
done yon, by jnst sitting still in the coach : he wonld not 
have eat it.' 

" What, do yon think, then, that my horses have nothing 
Ui do hot to carry about yonr snivelling Frenchmen ? If 
yon do, Uadam, I must make bold to tell yon, yon are ontt 
_jCur 111 see 'em haog'd first." 

B " More brute yon, then ! for they've never carried nobody 
' if so good." 

"Why, look'ee. Madam, if yoa must needs provoke me, 

1 tell yon a piece of my mind : yon must know, I can 

t ae far into a miUstone as another tnan ; and so, if yon 
thonght for to fob me ofi with one of your smirking French 
pai^iee for a Eon-in-law, why yoa'll find yonreelf in a 
hobble, that's all." 

" Sir, you're a bnt I won't say what ; — bnt I pro- 
test I hadn't no such a tlionght, no more hadn't Monsieur 
Dq BoiB." 

" My dear," said Mrs. Mirvan, " we shall be very late." 

" Well, well," answered he, " get away then ; off with 
ytm as fast as yon can, it's high time. As to Molly, she's 
fine lady enough in all conscience ; I want none of your 
French ohaps to make her worse." 

And so flaying he mounted his horse and we drove off. 
And 1 coold not but think, with regret, of the different 
feelings we experienced npon leaving London, to what bad 
belonged to oar entering it. 

Ihuing the jonmey Madame Dnval was so very violent 
against the Captain, that she obliged Mrs. Mirvan to tell 
her, thai', when in her presence, she mnst beg her to choose 
»omo other subject of discoorse. 

We bad a most affectionate reception from Lady Howardt 
whoeo tdndness and hospitality cannot foil of making eveiy 
body happy who is disposed so to be. 

Adien, my dearoat Sir. I hope, thongh 1 have hitherto 
neglected to mention it, thut yon have always remembered 

e to whoever has made any iniguir; concerning me. 



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LETTER XXVI. 

ITILINA TO THE BIT. MS. YHXiJU. 

Howard Qrove^ Aprd 27. 

OMY dear Sir, I now write in the greatert nneafliness ! 
9 Madame Duval has made a proposal which terrifies 
me to death, and which was as nnezpected as it is shockiiig. 

She had been employed for some hours this afternoon in 
reading letters from London : and, just abont tea-time, she 
sent for me into her room, and said, with a look of great 
satisfaction, " Come here, child, I've got some very good 
news to tell jon : something that will-snrprise yon. 111 give 
yon my word, for you ha'n't no notion of it." 

I begged her to explain herself; and then, in terms 
which I cannot repeat, she said she had been considering 
what a shame it was to see me such a poor country, shame- 
faced thing, when I ought to be a fine lady ; and that she 
had long, and upon several occasions, blushed for me, though 
she must own the fault was none of mine: for nothing 
better could be expected from a girl who had been so im- 
mured. However, she assured me she had, at length, hit 
upon a plan, which would maJke quite another creature of 
me. 

I waited, without much impatience, to hear what this 
preface led to; but I was soon awakened to more lively 
sensations, when she acquainted me, that her intention was 
to prove my birthright, and to claim, by law, the inheri- 
tance of my real family ! 

It would be impossible for me to express my extreme 
consternation when she thus unfolded her scheme. My 
surprise and terror were equally great ; I could say nothing : 
I heard her with a silence which I had not the power to 
break. 

She then expatiated very warmly upon the advantages 
I should reap from her plan ; talked in a high strle of my 
future grandeur ; assured me how heartily I should despise 
ahnost every body and every thing I had hitherto seen; 
predicted my marrying into some family of the first rank 



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m the Idngdom ; and, finally. Raid I ehonld spend a few i 
months in Paris, trhere mj edncation and manners might J 
rei-eiTe tlieir lost polish. 

■" She enlarged also upon the delight she should have, in 
«oannuni wiUi mj^elf, from mortifying the pride of certain 
people, and showing them that she was not to be slighted 
wita impDnilr. 

la the midst of this disconrse, I was relieved by a snm- 
moBfl to te«- Madame Duval was in great Bpirita ; bat my 
emotion was too painfnl for concealment, and every body 
ODqaired into the canee. I wonld fain have waived the snb- 
jeot, but Madame Dnval was determined to make it pablio, 
Bbe told them that she had it in her head to make tomethvny I 
of nte, huA that they should soon call me by another namft 
than that of Anville; and yet tliat she was not going to 
bare the child married neither. 

I could not endure to hear her proceed, and waa going 
to Imv« the room j which, when liady Howard perceived, 
■bo bogged Uadame Duval would defer her intelligence to 
8(m« otb«r opportunity : but she was bo eager to com- 
msaioate her scheme, that she could bear no delay ; and 
thsnfove t,hey sofFered me to go without opposition. In- 
fija»A, whenever my situation or affairs are mentioned by ' 
Uadvne Duval, she speaks of them with such blantneas 
and BeTDrity, that I cannot be enjoined a task more cruel 
thwi to he«r her. 

I was bfterwards acqnitinted with eome particnlars of the 
ooDTeTSKtion by Miaa Mirvon ; who told me that Madame 
Daral informed them of her phm with the atmoet com- 
nlaoency, and seemed to think herseU very fortunate in 
Laving suggested it ; bat, soon after, she accidentally be- 
tmyed, that she bad been instigated to the scheme 1^ her 
nflatjons the Brangbtons, whose letters, which she received 

-lirty, 6ist mentioned the proposal. She declared that 
"onld have nothing to do with any roti/ndaiiov.t laar/i, 
fO opciJy and iostjintly to law, in order to prove my 
■., rtt.l tiiime. and title to the eetate of my ancestors, 

■ "Hinwnt find officlons in these Branghtons, to 
1 in my cfincems ! Ton can hardly imagine 
,. iiaoca thia plin has made in the family. The 
i^utcnqnirhig into any particnlars of the ftfiaw, 



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twins nor fean but M I do. i 
imJk to mjt nor ereii wliat to ii 
my fate pecnliarlj cruel, to have 
that one to be beiiished for ever 
I have but too well known anc 
separation. And yet, you may i 
I can express, the internal angi 
presses my heart, when I reflect up 
that most occasion a &ther never 
after the health, the welfaie, or e 
O Sir, to me the loss is nothin 
i most benevolently have you gua. 

irfl bat for A*m, I gpieve indeed! — 

£' ^ merely of all filial p^i hut of al 

tihink upon this subject^ and not I 
Again I must repeat, I know : 
for me, therefore, my dearest Sir, 
mmdy that knows not which way i 
gnided by your wisdom and nnen 



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',.- -rntinelf : but I know yon have too onaffected a love 
tie*, to be partially tenacionn o£ yonr own judgment, 
liudame IhiTftl has been proposing a Bcheme which has 
yni ua all ill commotion, and against which, at firat, in 
(nmmoii with the rest of my family, I exclaimed ; but, 
npon more mature consideration, I own my objections hare 
almost wholly Tanished. 

TIlis scheme is no other than to commence a lawsnit 
i Sir iTohn Belmont, to prove the vahdity of 

.;■' with MiSB Evelyn; the necessary conseqnence of 

'ji.li proof will be, securing his fortune and estate to 
, Jii lighter. 

And why, my dear Sir, should not this be ? I know 
tb&t, upon first hearing, such a plan conveys ideas that 
mast BhiM:lE yon ; but I know, too, that yonr mind is 
raporior to being governed by prejudices, or to opposing 
any important can^ie on account of a few disagreeable at- 
tendant circumstances. 

Your lovely charge, now firat entering into life, has 
merit which ought not to be buried in obscurity. She 
■eems bom for an ornament to the world. Nature haa 
been bountiful to her of whatever she had to bestow ; and 
the peculiar attention yon have given to her education, haa 
formed her mind to a degree of excellence, that in one so 
loang I have scarce ever seen eqnalled. Fortune alone 
has hitherto been sparing of her gifts ; and she, too, now 
opens the way which leads to all that is left to wish for 
her. 

What your reasons may have been, my good Sir, for so 
carofally concealing the birth, name, and pretensions of 
Uus amiable girl, and forbearing to make any claim upon 
Sir John Belmont, I am totally a stronger to ; but, without 
kitoimgT^respect tbem, from the high opinion that I have of 
yonr chiktacter and judgment: but I hope they are not in- 
nipcrable ; for I cannot but think, that it was never de- 
ngned for one who seema meant to grace the world, to have 
her life devoted to retirement. 

Saroly Sir John Belmont, wretch as he boa shown him- 
self, could never aee bis accomplished daughter, and not be 
pnKiti to own her, and eager to aecsre her the iuheritance 
' TlUB fortuDA. The admiration siie met with in town, 




126 KTILZVA. 

I( -ihoiigli merelj the effect of her external attractionfl» wai 
j / each, that Mrs. Mirvan aBsnres me, she would have had 
the most splendid offers, had there not seemed to be ■omA 
mysterj in r^^ard to her birtib, which, she was well bh 
formed was assiduonsljrj Chongh vainlj, ende a vonred to bi 
discovered. j 

Can it be right, my dear Sir, that this promising yomig 
creature should be deprived of the fortune and rani 
of life to which she ia lawfully intitled, and which yon 
have prepared her to support and to use so nobly P To de- 
spise riches may, indeed, be philosophic ; bat to diapenae 
tiiem worthily must, surely, be more beneficial to man- 
kind. 

Perhaps a few years, or indeed a much shorter time, may 
make this scheme impracticable : Sir John, tho' yet yoong, 
leads a life too dissipated for long duration ; and wLan too 
late, we may regret that something was not sooner done : 
for it will be next to impossible, after he is gone, to settle 
or prove anything with his heirs and executors. 

Pardon the earnestness with which I write my sense of 
this affair ; but your charming ward has made me so 
warmly her friend, that I cannot be indifferent apon a sub- 
ject of such importance to her future life. 

Adieu, my dear Sir ; — send me speedily an answer to this 
remonstrance, and believe me to be, <fec. 

M. Howard. 



LETTER XXVm. 

MB. VILLARS TO LADY HOWARD. 

Berry HiU, May 2. 

YOUR letter. Madam, has opened a source of anxiety, to 
which I look forward with dread, and which, to see 
closed, I scarcely dare expect. I am unwilling to oppose 
my opiuion to that of your Ladyship ; nor, indeed, can I, 
but by arguments which I believe will rather rank me as a 
hermit, ignorant of the world, and fit only for my cell, thau 
as a proper guardian, in an age such as this, for an accom- 
plished young woman. Yet, thus called upon, it behovet 



ITIUNA. 127 

■ — |fcin, and endavonr to vindicate, tliti reasons by 
'l I h»ve been hithprto gnided. 

m moUwr of llu» dear chilil, — who was ltd to deatrac- 
Llty har own imiiradencc, the hiu-dueas of heart of | 
piM) Dura], and tbe Tilbut; of Sir Jolui lielmont, — waa 
I wtnX"hBr dnD^hter is aow, the best beloved of mj \ 
mai her memarj, bu long as my onu holds, I shaU \ 
ind honour ! On the fatal daj that her gentle ' 
innaion, and not many boars ore she cea-sed to 
J I lobniuilj plighted my faith, That her child if 
\, Aomli ktUAH no father bid myself, or her aeknowtedged 

i, Uadun, inppose that I fosnd mach diJScolty 
J to this promise, and forb«aring to make any 
1 Sir John Belmont. Conld I feel an aftectioa 
il pBtflmal for Ihis~poor sofierer, ajid not abominate 
tv^yvF Conld I wi§h to deliver to him, who had bo 
f iMll^ed the mother, the helpless and imiocent o&- 
>, who, horn in so mach Borrow, seemed inlitled to all 
e teademess of pity P 
For Bttsy joars, the name alone of that man, accidentally 
yofan in my heoriDg, almost divested me of my Chris- 
id Karce could I forbear to ezccmte him. Yet I 
t, neither did 1 desire, to deprive him of his child, 
ilh any appearance of contrition, or, indeed, of 
_, aDdeavonred to become less unworthy snoh » 
f } — bnt he is a stranger to all parental feelings, and , 
'' Mvage insensibility, forborne to enquire even / 
tence of this sweet orphan, though the situation ' 
tBJimd wife was bat too well known to him. 

' h to be ac(|uainted with my intentions. — I mnst 

_e they were auch as 1 now perceive woatd not be 

d with yonr Ladyship's approbation ; for tboagh I 

» thought of presenting Evelina to her father, 

g the jiutice which is her doe, yet, at other 

E l»va both disdained and feared the application; 

' ' \ il shonld be rofuBcd ; and feared, test it 

• ftceeptcdl 

f BdnODt, who was firmly persuaded of her ap- 

1, frequently and eameally besought me, 

a a femule, I would not abandon her to 



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infto % fgoJA, of mimyi ilitiBin 
iioBt and Bh. 

Dnring the childhood of Eve! 
plans for the security of her bi 
times rejected them. I was in i 
the desire that she should haTi 
apprehension that, while I impi 
endaDffer her mind. However, i 
formea, and her disposition to I 
abated ; the road before me see 
oate, and I thought I could pei 
the wrong : for when I obserre 
ingenuous simplicitj of her nat 
gnitoless and mnooent soul ha. 
pare and disinterested as herse. 
i\- opea to eveiy impression with 

might aaeail it; — ^men did I flat 
my own inclination, and to sec 
same thing ; since, to expose her 
ineyitaUr encircling a house of 
ptted and unprincipled, without i 
or aaj prudent ana sensible fern 
than snilering her to stumble int 

the ann is in its meridian. M' 

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g nAtely to odiimttA o»%<i *^ -i.- 



EVELIKA. 189 

h haa resalted from them- It now remouis to 
^ time to come. 
), indeed, I am seosible of difficnitiea which I 

r of anrmoontiiig oocordin^ to my wishes. I 
igheBl deferancfi to yoor Ladyahip's opiaioo, 
Btremely painful to me not to coacnrvrith ; — yet 
I acquainted with yonr goodness, that I presume 
jwonld DOt be absolutely impossible for me to 
payments aa might lead you to think with me, 
l^niig creature's chance of happiness seems less 
I retirement, than it woold be in the gay and 
^orld. Bat why should I perplex your ladyship 
JBng that can turn to so little account'' for, 
nnrgnmenta, what perstiasionB, can I make ose 
(prospect of saccess, to such a woman as Madams t 
^ character and the violence of her disposition, i 
kne from wi airing the attempt ; she is too igno- 1 
pnction, too obstinate for intreaty, and too weak 

p, therefore, enter into a contest from which I 
kg to expect but attercation and impertinence. 
bnld I discoBs the efiect of sound with the deaf, 
B of colours with the blind, as aim at iUnmi- 
I uonTiction a mind so warped by prejudice, ao 
lavo of unruly and illiberal passions. Unused 
I control, persuasion would bat harden, and op- 
I yield, therefore, to the necessity 
my reluctant acquiescence ; and shall now 
thoughts upon considering of aacb methods for 
ing this enterprize, as may be most condncivo 
la of iny child, and least liable to wound her 

Bait, therefore, I wholly and absolutely diaap- 

L my dear Madam, forgive the freedom of on 
[jown myself greatly surprised, that you coald, 
BOment, listen to a plan so violent, ao public, so 
Wgnaut to all female delicacy P I am satisfied 
nip has nob weighed this project. There wsa a 
||When to assert the innocence of Lady Belmont, 
KmIo the world the wrony$, not gvUI, bj wbii^b 



130 XTZLZSA. 

■he Bc&red. I pr op cwed, naj attempted, a «rgw^lMF plea: 
but thfT. iH AfiBtstmnoe and enoonragement was denied. 
How crael to the remembranoe I bear of her woea ia this 
tardy reaentmexit of Madame IhiTal ! She waa deaf to the 
Toioe cf Xanire, though she has Iw^^i'lr^^nffd to that of 
AznbitioiL. I 

Xever can I consent to hare this dear and timid gixl ! 
brought forward to the notice of the world bj such a ! 
method ; a method which will sabject her to all the imper^, 
tinenoe of cariosity, the sneera of conjecture, and the stings I 
of ridicole. And for what ? — ^the attainment of wealtkj 
which she does not want, and the gratification of Tsnity 
which she does not f eeL A child to appear against a father ! 
— no. Madam, old and infirm as I am, I would even yeTsboiier 
conTey her myself to some remote part of the world, though 
I were sore of dying in the expedition. 

Far different had been the motives which wonld have 
stimtdatcd her unhappy mother to snch a proceeding ; all 
her felicity in this world was irretrievably lost; h^ life 
was become abnrthen to her ; and her fair fame, which she 
had early been tanght to prize above all other things, had 
received a mortal wound : therefore, to clear her own 
honour, and to secure from blemish the birth of her child, 
was all the good which fortune had reserved herself the 
power of bestowing. But even this last consolation was 
withheld from her ! 

Let milder measures be adopted : and — since it must be 
so — let application be made to Sir John Belmont : but as 
to a law-suit, I hope, upon this subject, never more to hear 
it mentioned. 

With Madame Duval, all pleas of delicacy wonld be in- 
effectual ; her scheme must be opposed by arguments better 
suited to her understanding. I will not, therefore, talk of 
its impropriety, but endeavour to prove its inutility. Have 
the goodness, then, to tell her, that her own intentions 
would be frustrated by her plan ; since, shoxdd the law- 
suit be commenced, and even should the cause be gained. 
Sir John Belmont would still have it in his power, and, if 
irritated, no doubt in his inclination, to cut off her grand- 
daughter with a shilling. 

She cannot do better herself than to remain qniet and 



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_tlie_aflair ; the long and mutnal animosity 

eea her and Sir John will make her interference 
«ly prodoctivB of debates and Ul-wiJt, Neither would 
■Ave Erelina appear till aammoned. And aa to myself, 
noirt wholly decline ocfinfj : though I will, with nnwearied J 
deirot« all mj- thonghtit to giving cotmsel ; bat, in I 
, I hare neither inclination nor Bpirita adequate to 
^ing pt^raonallj with this man. 
_jr opinion is, that he would pay more respect to a lettw 
II joar Ladyship npon this subject, than from any other 
ioh- I. therefore, advise and hope, that you will yonr- 
"•If take the trouble of writing to him, in order to open 
; '' aiEair. When he shall be inclined to see ICvehna, I 
.. ;i-i! for liim a posthumous letter, which bis much injured 
lady left t« be presented to him, if ever such a meeting 
Bhonld take place. 

The views of the Bronghtons, in snggesting this scheme, 
Rre obvionaly interested. They hope, by securing ta Kvelina 
the forlnnQ of h^" father, to induce Madame Duval to 
eettie her own npon themselves. In this, however, they 
would probably be mistaken ; for little minds have ever 
ft propensity to bestow their wealth npon those who are 
alnady in affluence ; and, therefore, the less her grand* 
child requires her assistance, the more gladly ahe will I 
give it. I 

I have bat one thing more to add, from which, however, 
I can by no means recede : my word so solemnly given to 
Lady Belmont, that her child should never be owned bnt 
with her self, mnst be inviolably adhered to. 

Iftca, dear MmTain, with great respect, 
Tour Ladyship's most obedient servant, 
Abtbob YaLAftB. 



LETTER XXIX. 



H 



vs. VILLABS TO EVILINA. 

Berry Bill, May 2. 



OW ifincerely do I eympathise in the aneasinees and 
hich my beloved Evelina baa bo mnch 
ta feci 1 The cmel scheme in agitation is et^nally 



1S2 SYiLnrA. 

repagnant to my judgment and mj incHxialion ; — jot to 
oppose it seems impracticable. To follow the dictates of 
mj own lieart, I should instantlj lecall yoa to myself, and 
never more consent to your being separated from me ; but 
the manners and opinion of the world demand a different 
condnct. Hope, however, for the best, and be satiflfied you 
shaU meet with no indignity ; if yon are not received into 
your own family as yon ooght to be, and with the distinc- 
tion that is vonr due, yon shall leave it for ever ; and once 
again restored to my protection, secure your own tranquil- 
lity, and make, as you have hitherto done, all the happiness 
of my life. 

AbtHTTB VlLLlBS. 



LETTER XXX. 

lyiLINA TO THI RIV. MR. VILLIRS. 

Howard Orovey May 6. 

THE die is thrown, and I attend the event in trembling ! 
Lady Howard has written to Paris, and sent her letter 
to town, to be forwarded in the ambassador's packet ; and, 
in less than a fortnight, therefore, she expects an answer. 
0, Sir, with what anxious impatience shall I wait its arrival ! 
upon it seems to depend the fate of my future life. My 
solicitude is so great, and my suspense so painful, that I 
cannot rest a moment in peace, or turn my thoughts into 
any other channel. 

Deeply interested as I now am in the event, most sincerely 
do I regret that the plan was ever proposed. Methinks it 
cajinot end to my satisfaction : for eitlier I must be torn 
from the arms of my more than father, — or I must have the 
misery of being finally convinced, that I am cruelly rejected 
by him who has the natural claim to that dear title ; a title, 
which to T\Tite, mention, or think of, fills my whole soul 
with filial tenderness. 

The subject is discussed here eternally. Captain Mirvan 
and Madame Duval, as usual, quarrel whenever it is started : 
but I am so wholly engrossed by my own reflections, that 
I cannot even listen to them. My imagination changes the 




133 



) perpetuftllj : one mornent, I am embraced by a kind 
and relenting pureiit, who takee mo to tliat iieai-t from 
wtjch I luive hitherto been banished, and suppht'atefl, 
throogli me, peace and forgiveness from the ashea of my 
motJier ! — at another, he regards me with detestation, con- 
siders me as the living iniage of an injured saint, and re- 
ptilflus me with horror ! — But 1 will not afflict yon with the 
molaDcholy phantasms of my brain ; I will endeavour to 
<;ompose my mind to a more tranqnil state, and forbear to 
write Bgnin till I have in some measure sacceeded. 

Maj Heaven hless yon, my dearest Sir ! and long, long 
joaj it oontinoe yon on earth, to blees 

Toot grateful 

EVILUU. 



LETTER XXXI. 



LUT BOWABD TO 8 



S BfiLMONT, B4BT. 



»ir, Soward Grove, May 6. 

OU will, doubtless, be surprised at receiving a letter 
from one who had for so short a period the hoaonr of 
ronr ac(|aaintance, and that at so great a distance of time; 
bat the motive which has induced me to take this liberty is 
of eo delicate a natore, that were I to commence nmkiiig 
apologies for my officioasnese, I fear my letter wonld be too 
long for your patienue. 

You have, probably, already conjectured the Bnbjeci 
opoa which 1 mean to treat. My regard for Mr. Evelyn, 
mad liis ontiahlo daughter, was well known to yon : nor can 
I «Ter oeaae to be interested in whatever belongs to their 
meiDOty or family, 

I muat own myself somewhat distressed in what manner 
to inlrodaoe the purjjort of my writing; yet as I think 
that, ID aSftirs of this kind, frankness is the first requisite 
to a good understanding between the parties concerned, I 
will oeilber torment you nor myself with panctiliouB cero- 
muaip*, but proceed instantly and openly to the businesB 
wfltiuh DccmsionB my giving you this trouble. 

Ivnman e. Sir, it would be superfluoas to tell you^ that 



I 



I 



1S4 ETELHIA. 

jonr eMd resides still in Dor^tsIiiTV, and » still luidtT 
protection of the Reverend Mr. "ViUars, in whose boow 
was born : for, though no enqairiea oonoemitig hw lm« 
reached his ears, or mine, I cun nevM" suppose it poaBtdt 
Toa htiye forborne to nuike tliem. It onJj rettinins, tbvroi 
fore, to tell you, that your daughter is now grown op ; that 
she hoa been edncated with the utmost core, and tlie ntmcal 
mccess ; and that she ia now a moat deserving, aocomjiliahMl, 
and amiable yonng woman. 

Whatever may be yonr view for her fatnro destinatiion ia 
life, it seems time to declare it. She ia greatly admind; 
and, I donbt not, will be very much sought after : it ia 
proper, therefore, that her future expectations, and yoor 
pleosore oonceming her, should be made known. 

Believe me, Sir, she merits your utmost attention aad 
regard. You could not see and know her, and remain i 
iDOred by those sensations of affection which belong to 
near and tender a relationship. She is the lovely tbm 
bianco of her lovely mother; — pardon. Sir, the kbei^ t 
take in mentioning that unfortunate lady ; bnt I thtak it 
behoves me. upon this occaaion, to shew the esteem I fvll 
for her : allow me, therefore, to say, and be not offeod«d Afe 
my freedom, that the memoiy of that excellent lady bna bat 
too long remained under the aspersions of ctdtmiEy ; nueljr 
it ia time to vindicate her fame; — and how can that M 
done in a manner moie eligible, more grateful to her friend^ 
or more honourable to yourself, than by openly receiving M 
yonr child, the daugMer of the late Lady Belmont t 
The venerable man who has had the care of her e 
deserves yonr warmest acknowledgments, for the 
ting pains ho has taken, and the attention he baa ahewn in 
the discharge of his trust. Indeed she has been pecuiiarly 
fortunate in meeting with such a friend and gaardian : a 

I more worthy man, or one whose character seems sflarer to 

|_ perfection, does not exist. 

Permit me to assore yon, Sir, she will am ply repay wbat- 
ever regard and favour yon may hereafter shew her, hy tiin 
comfort and happiness you cannot fail to find in ber affec* 
tion and duty. To be owned properli/ by you is Ifao fint 
wish of her lieart ; and, I am sure, that to merit yonr appro* 
battoo will be the first stndy of her life. 



I tmt that yon will think this addreBs impertinent ; bat 
Btost rest npon the goodness of my intention to plead my 

I am. Sir, 
Tour most obedient bumble aervont, 

M. HowiBD. 



LETTER XXXII. 

KyiLIKl TO TBI BZV. KB. TILLiKS. 

Hotoard Grove, Kent, iSay 10. 
\ boose baa been enlivened to-day by the arriTal of a 
Loudon TiBitor ; and the necessity I have been ander 
- laling the nneasinees of my mind, has made me exert 

10 effectnally, that I even think it is really diminished ; 
t, my tboughtB are not, so totally, bo very aniiously, 

ntpied by one subject only as they jatcly Trere. 

" was strolling this morning with Miss Mirran, down a 

i ftbont a mile from the G-rore, when we beard the 

Lg of borses ; and, fearing the narrowness of tbe 

we were turning hastily back, but stopped npon 

» Toice call ont, " Fray, Ladies, don't be frightened, 

11 walk my horse." We turned again, and then saw 
lent Will on ghby. He dismounted i andapproach- 

fl with the reins in his hand, presently recollected ns. 
1 Heaven," pried he, with his nsnnl tjuickneas, " do I 
B Anville ? — and yon loo. Miss Mirvun p " 
He immediately ordered bis servant to take charge of his 
faorae ; and then, advancing to ns, t^ook a hand of each, 
wbich he pressed to his lips, and said a thousand fine things 
caaceming bis good fortune, oar improved looks, and tbe 
charms of the country, when inhabited by such rural deities. 
" Tbe town. Ladies, haa languished since your absence ; — or, 
ni Ic^rt, I hare so much languished myself, aa to be abso- 
lotely insensible to all it had to oSer. One refreshing 
brerae, auch as I now enjoy, awakens me to new rigour, 
life, and spirit. Bat I never before had the good Inck to 
" mtry In snob perfection." 



186 BTSLIKA 

*' Has not almost every body left town. Sir P " aaid Miae 
Jurvan. 

'' I am ashamed to answer yon, Madam — but indeed it is 
as fall as ever, and will continne so till after the hirth-day. 
However, yon Ladies were so little seen, that there are bat 
few who Imow what it has lost. For my own part^ I felt it 
too sensibly, to be able to endnre the place any longer.'* 

"Is there any body remaining there, that we were 
acqnainted with ? " cried I. 

" O yes, Ma'am." And then he named two or three 
persons we have seen when with him ; bnt he did not men- 
tion Lord Orville, and I woold not ask him, lest he should 
think me cnrions. Perhaps, if he stays here some time, he 
may speak of him by accident. 

He was proceeding in this complimentary style, when we 
were met by the Captain; who no sooner perceived Sir 
Clement, than he hastened np to him, gave him a hearty 
shake of the hand, a cordial slap on i£e back, and some 
other eqnally gentle tokens of satisfaction, assnring him of 
his great joy at his visits and declaring he was as glad to 
see him as if he had been a messenger who broaght news 
that a French ship was sank. Sir Clement, on the other 
side, expressed himself with eqnal warmth ; and protested 
he had been so eager to pay his respects to Captain Mirvan, 
that he had left London in its fall Instre, and a thoosand 
engagements nnanswered, merely to give bimadf that 
pleasore. 

'* We shall have rare sport," said the Captain ; ^ for, do 
yon know, the old French-woman is among ns? 'Fore 
George, I have scarce made any nse of her yet^ by reason I 
have had nobody with me that oonld enjoy a joke : how- 
somever, it shall go hard bnt we'll have some diversion 



now." 



Sir Clement very mnch approved of the propooal ; and 
we then went into the honse, where he had a very grave 
reception from Mrs. Mirvan, who is by no means pleased 
with his visit, and a look of mnch discontent from Madame 
Dnval, who said to me in a low voice, '* I'd as soon have 
seen Old Nick as that man, for he's the most impertinentest 
person in the world, and isn't never of my side." 

The Captain is now actaally occnpied in contriving some 



LETTER XXXIII. 

ITlLrai a CONTINUATION. 



KTZLfNA. 137 

scheme, wUcb, he saye, is to pay the old Dowager r^; and 
•o eo^ and delighted is he at the idea, that he can scnrcsl j 
restrain hiB raptures saffictentty to conceal his design even 
from herself. I wish, however, since I do not dsj'o pat 
Ma d a me Daval apon her gnard, that ho had the delicacy 
act to acquaint me with his intention. 

mm isay \zik. 

U^ I 'mE Captain's operations arc begun, — and, I hope, 
■^ ended ; for, indeed, poor Madiime Duval has already 
bat too mach reason to regret Sir Clement's visit to Howard 
Gro»e- 

Testerday morning, dnring breakfnat, as the CeLptain was 
reading the newspaper. Sir Clement suddenly begged to 
iook u it, saying, he wanted to know if there was any ao- 
coiint of a transaction, at which he had been present the 
evening before his journey hither, concerning a poor French- 
man, who had got into a scrape which might cost him his 
life. 

The Captain demanded particulars ; and then Sir Cle- 
ment told a long story of being with a party of coonti; 
b-iends at the Tower, and hearing a man call oat for mercy 
is French ; and that, when he inquired into the ocoaaion of 
hia distress, he was informed that he had been taken up 
apon suspicion of treasonable practices against the govern- 
ment. " The poor fellow," continued he, " no sooner found 
that I spoke French, than he besought me to hear him, 
prot«BtiDg that he had no evil designs ; tluit he bad been 
bat a short time in England, and only waited the return of 
a lady from the country to quit it for over." 

Madame Duval changed colour, and listened with the 
ot<no6t attention. 

" Kow, though I bv no means approve ai so many 
■ continnallj flocking into our country," added he, 
t himfielf to the Captain, "yet I could not hsl^ 



138 ITIUKl. 

pitying the poor wretch, becanse he did not know enough 
of English to make his defence ; however^ I found it im- 
possible to assist him ; for the mob wonld not snffar ma to 
interfere. In truth, I am afraid he was but xooghlj 
handled." 

" Why, did they duck him ? " said the Captain. 

'' Something of that sort," answered he. 

** So much the better ! so much the better ! " cried the 
Captain, " an impudent French puppj ! I'll bet yon what 
yon will he was a rascal. I only wish all his oonntiymen 
were served the same." 

'' I wish yon had been in his place, with all my soul ! " 
cried Madame Dnvol, warmly ; — " bat prttT> Sir, did'n't no- 
body know who this poor gentleman was r " 

" Why I did hear his name," answered Sir Clement, *^ bat 
I cannot recollect it." 

**It wasn't — it wasn't — Da Bois?" stazninered oat 
Madame Daval. 

" The very name ! " answered he : " yes. Da Bois, I re- 
member it now." 

Madame Daval 's cap fell from her hand, as she repeated 
" Da Bois ! Monsiear Da Bois, did yoa say ? " 

" Da Bois ! why, that's my friend," cried the Captain, 
" that's Monseer Slippery, i'n't it ? — ^Why, he's plagay fond 
of sousing work ; howsomever, I'll be sworn they gave him 
his fill of "it." 

" And I'll be sworn," cried Madame Duval, " that you're 
a — ^but I don't believe nothing about it, so you needn't be 
so overjoyed, for I dare say it was no more Monsiear Da 
Bois than I am." 

" I thought at the time," said Sir Clement, very gravely, 
" that I had seen the gentleman before ; and now I recollect, 
I think it was in company with you, Madame." 

"With me, Sir ? " cried Madame Duval. 

" Say you so ? " said the Captain ; " why then it must be 

he, as sure as you're alive ! ^Well, but, my good friend, 

what will they do vrith poor Monseer T " 

" It is difficult to say," answered Sir Clement, very 
thoughtfully ; " but I should suppose, that if he has not 
good friends to appear for him, he will be in a very nnplea- 
sant situation ; for these are serious sorts of a&irs." 




" yfby, do jou tMuk they'll haag him ? " demanded tha 
C*ptiiin. 

Sir Clement sbook liis ke»d, but made no answer. 

Maditine Daval eonJd no logger oontain her ngitation; aha 
started from her chair, repaitiiig, with a voice half-choked, 
" Hang him ! — they can't,— they eha'n't — let them at their 
peril ! — -However, it's all ftdse, and I won't holieve a word 
of it; — but I'll go to town this very moment, and Bee M. 
Du Bois myself ; — I won't wait for nothing." 

Ura, Mirvan begged her not to be alarmed ; bnt she flew 
out of the room, and up stairs into her own apartment. 
Ladj Howard blamed both the gentlemen for having been 
so abrupt, and followed ber. I wonld have accompanied 
her, but the Captain stopped me ; and, having first langhed 
very heartily, said he was going to read his commission to 
bis ship's com pan J. 

"Now, do you aee,"8aid he, "as to Lady Howard, I sba'n't 
pretend for to enliist her into my service, and so I shall e'en 
leave ber to make it out as well as she can ; but as to all yoo, 
I expect obedience and submission to orders : I am now 
upon a haiardouH expedition, having undertaken to convoy 
a ctB«y vessel to the shore of Mortification ; so, d'ye see, il 
any of yon have anything to propose that will forward the 
entarpriee,— why speak and welcome ; bnt if any of yon, 
that are of my chosen crew, capitulate, or enter into anj 
treaty with the enemy, — I shall look upon you as mutinying, 
and torn you adrift." 

Having finished this harangne, which was interlarded 
with many exprcesioos, and aea-phrasea, that 1 cannot recol< 
leet, bii gave Sir Clement a wink of intelligence, and left oa 
to ourstlves. 

Indeed, notwithstanding the attempts I so frequently 
make of writing some of the Captain's conversation, I can 
only give yon a faint idea of bis language ; for almost every 
other word he ntters is lu^ompanied by an oath, which, I 
am sure, noold be as unpleasant for you to read, as for me 
to write : and, besides, ha makes nse of a thousand sea-terms, 
which are to mo qnite unintelligible. 

i'oor Madame Davtd sent to inquire at all probable places, 
whether she could be conveyed to town in any stage-c^oach : 
bat thd Captain's servant brought her for answer, that no 



140 iTiLnuL 

London stage wonld pass near Howard (hove tiU to-day. 
She then sent to order a chaise ; bat was aooik assnved, that 
no horses could be procnied. She was so much i«fl«»fi| bj 
these disappointments, that she threatened to set out for town 
on foot ; and it was with difficulty that Ladj Howard dis- 
suaded her from this mad scheme. 

The whole morning was filled up with these i«q[nSin^ff- 
But when we were all assembled to dinner, she endeaTOored 
to appear perfectly unconcerned, and repeatedly psotested 
that she gave not any credit to the report^ aa far as it 
regarded M. Du Bois, being very certain that be waa not 
the person in question. 

The Captain used the most provoking efforts to convince 
her that she deceived herself ; while Sir Clement^ with more 
art, though not less malice, affected to be of her opinion; 
but, at the same time that he pretended to relieve her un- 
easiness, by saying that he doubted not having mistaken the 
name, he took care to enlarge upon the danger to which the 
unknown gentleman was exposed, and expressed great concern 
at his perilous situation. 

Dinner was hardly removed, when a letter was delivered 
to Madame Duval. The moment she had read it, she hastfly 
demanded from whom it came. 

"A country boy brought it," answered the servant^ " bat 
he would not wait." 

*^ Run after him this instant ! " cried she, " and be sure 
you bring him back. Mon Dieu ! quelle avenbwre I queferai' 
ief' 

"What's the matter P what's the matter ? " said the Cap- 
tain. 

** Why nothing — nothing's the matter. wum Diev .' '* 

And she rose, and walked about the room. 

" Why, what, — has Monseer sent to you ? " continued the 
Captain : " is that there letter from him ? " 

" No, — it i'n't ; — besides, if it is, it's nothing to you." 

" O then, I'm sure it is ! Pray now, Madam, don*t be 
so close ; come tell us all about it, — what does he say ? how 
did he relish the horse-pond ? — which did he find best, sous- 
ing single or dovhle ? Tore George, 'twas plaguy unlucky 
you was not with him ! " 

** It's no such a thing, Sir," cried she, very angrily ; " and 




ITBI.IXA. 141 

lo'r* «o vary fond of & horse-pond, I wish yon'd put 
self intu one, and not be alwajB Ei thinking about other 
nle*B bein^ aerred so." 

rbe man then came in to acquEtint her the^ could not 
overtake the boj. She scolded violenllf, and was in snch 
pertnrliation, that Lady Howard interfered, and bogged to 
know the cause of her oneaaiiieas, and whether she conld 
ueist her. 

S£ad>ine Daral oast her ejes npon the Captain and Sir 
Clement, and said she shoald be glad to epeak to her Lady- 
ship without go many witnesses. 

" Well, then. Miss Anville," said the Captain, turning to 
me, " do roQ and Molly go into another room, and Btay 
there till Mrs. Dnval has opened her mind to as." 

" So yon may think, Sir," cried she, " bnt who's fool then f 
no, no, yoa needn't troohle yonrself to make a ninny of me 
nettber, for I'm not BO easHy taken in, I'll assure yon," 

Lady Howard then invited her into the dreesing-room, 
sad I was desired to attend her. 

As Boon a» wehadshiitthedooi:',"0 my Lady, "exclaimed 
Mmlinti^ Daval, " here's the most cruelest thing in the world 
biw happened ! — bnt that Captain is such a beast, I can't say 
nothing before him, — bnt it's all true ! poor M. Du Bois is 
tooked np ! " 

Lady Howard begged her to be comforted, saying that, 
as M. Da Bois was certainly innocent, there could be no 
donbt of his ability to clear himself. 

" To be sure, my Lady," answered she, " I know he is 
innocent ; and to be sore they'll never be so wicked aa to 
KttTi g him for nothing ? " 

"CertaiiJy not," replied Lady Howard; "you have no 
reason to be uneasy. This is not a conntry where punish- 
ment ia inflicted without proof" 

" Very true, my Lady : but the worst thing is this ; I 
cuinat hear that that fellow the Captain should know about 
it : for if he does, I sha'n't never hear the last of it ; — no 
taoi^ won't poor M. Bu Bois." 

" Well, well," said Lady Howard, " shew me the letter, 
and I will endeayour to advise you." 

The letter was then produced. It waa signed by the 
'vk of a country justice; who acquainted her, Uiat a 



Itt tTXLRU. 

prisoner, than npoa trial tor sospicion of bvMonabI* prac- 
tioas against the goremment, was just upon tii« point of 
being committed to jail ; bat baving declared tltM fa* WM 
known to her, this clerk had been prevailed npon tn wrh^ ia 
order to enquire if ebe really ooold apeak to tha !•>»;»— j-t^r and 
familj of a. Prenchmsui who colled Utmaolf Pierre Dn Bait. 

When I heard the letter, I vne qnite tunased at ita nifimM. 
So improbable did it seem, that m fereigner sfaonlil bo tkkea 
before a caantry jnstii^e of peace, for a crime of bo daageroai 
ft ustnre, that I oannot imii^iiie how Ua>dame DnvnJ oooU 
be abinaed. even for a moment. Bat, with all her Tiolanoe 
of temper, I see that ehe is easily frightened, and in Eact, 
tBon cowardly than many who have not half her spirit ; and 
BO little doed she reflect npon circnmstancea, or prolMbilitj, 
th&t she is continually tbe dnpe of her own — I oaght not lo 
say igitorame^ bat yet I can think of no other word. 

I believe that Lady Howard, from tbe beginning o( Uw 
transaction, eoBpected gome contrinmce of the Captun; aad 
this letter, I am sore, mast confirm ber snspicion : however, 
tbcmgh she is not at all pleased with hia frolic, yet ehe wonld 
BOt harord the conseqnenca of discorering' his designs : her 
looks, her manner, and her character, made me dnw tbb 
conclastDD from her apparent perplexity ; for not a word 
did ebe say that implied imy donbt of the anth ^tit- j ^y nf 
tbe letter. Indeed Uiere seems to be a sort of tacit Kgre^- 
ment between her and the Capt&in, that ehe sbonld not 
appear to be acqaaintod with bis scbemee ; by which moUM 
she nt once avoids qnajrels, and snpports her digni^. 

While she woe considering what to propose, Hadun* Dn- 
thI begged to have the ose of her Ladyship's oh«riot, tfaat 
she miffht go immediately to tlie assistance of her fnend. 
Lady Howard politely aaeared her, that it ahoold be ex- 
tremely at ber service ; and then Madame Dnval beeoogbt 
ber not to own to tbe Captain what had happened, prateit- 
ing that ehe coold not endnre he should know poor 31. IHi 
Boia had met with so onfortnnate an accident, l^dy 
Howard could not help smiling, tbongh she readily pnimtted 
not to inform, the Captain of the affair. As to me, die d»> 
sired my attendance ; which I was by no means rejoiced at, 
aa I was certain tb&t she was going apon a fmitleas emnd. 

I was then commissioned to order ^le ciiariot. 




143 

Al the foot, of the stairs I met the Captain, who waa most 
impatiently wniting the peaolt of the conference. In an in- 
stADt we were joined by Sir Clement. A thousand inqniries 
were then made conceming Madame Dnval's opinion of the 
letter, and her intentionB upon it : and when I would have 
left them. Sir Cltiment, pretending equal oagemeBS with the 
Cnptnin, cnaght my hand, and repeatedly delaiued me, to 
ksk Bome frivolous qoestion, to the imswer of which he mnat 
be totuUy indifferent. At length, however, I broke from 
them : tLey retired into the parlour, and I executed my 

_ The carriage was bood ready ; and Madame DuvaJ, having 
1 Lady Howard to say she was not well, stole softly 
D etiiirs, desiring me to follow her. The chariot was 
d at the garden-door ; and, when we were seated, she 
. 1 the nmD, according to the clerk's directionu, to drive to 
Bf. J natioe Tyreli'e, asking, at the same time, bow many 
ff "Eelived ? 

I expected he would bave answered, that he knew of no 
racb person ; but, to my great surpriBe, he said, '' Why, 
'Squire Tyrell lives about nine miles beyond the park." 

" Drive fa^t, then," cried she, " and you sha'n't be no 
womc for it." 

During our ride, which was extremely tedious, she tor- 
mented henelf with a thoosand fears for M. Dn Bois'a 
Bufety; and piqued herself very much upon having escaped 
Tinii'*i^ by the Captain, not only that she avoided his triumph, 
bnt because she knew him to be so much U.DuBois's enemy, 
tlutt she was sure he would prejudice the justice against him, 
and endeavour to take away his life. For m.y part, I was 
qiitt« ashamed of being engaged in go ridiculous an affair, 
mxiA oould only think of the absurd appearance we should 
nuike npOD onr arrival at Mr. Tyrell's. 

When we had t>eea out near two hours, and expected 
I moment to stop at the place of our destination, I 
d that Lady Howard's servant, who attended us on 
ck, rode on forward till he was out of sight: and 
BOOH aft«r returning, came up to the chariot window, and 
deliTeiing & note to Madnmc Duvitl, said he hcid met n boy 
who was juBt coming with it to Howard Qrove, from the 
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of 
UnwlstiiiBl bere ireVe oomi 

y^ SEe then gave me the not 
she need not trouble herself 
priaoner had had the addresfi 
her npon this fortunate incidei 
oemed at having rode so far 
pleaaodthan provoked. Howe 
make what haste he could he 
s to letam before the Captaii] 

Vt i I»«»d. 

r The ouriage tamed about ; i 

f for near an hour, that I began 1 

I be ■offBied to proceed to How 

1 noi l ea tati on, when snddenlj, the 

I aie we going right P " 

<" Why, I aVt sure," said the 
we tamed wrong.' 
' ''What do joa mean by thi 

Daval : ^^why, if yoa kee yoar 
dark.** 

** I think we ahoald torn to il 
<« T6 the left !" answered the 
■ore we ahoald tarn to the right 
•* Ton bad better mftV* o^^- 



us 

" Wby, that's the direct London road," retnrDed tbo 
footman, "and will lend ns twenty miles about." 

" Pardi," cried Madame Duval, "why, they won't go 
MW w«y COP t'other ! and now we're come all this jaunt for 
nothing, 1 sappose we shan't get homo to-night ! " 

" Let's go buck to the pablic-house," said the footman, 
" Mid Ask for a gaide." 

" No, no," Eaid the other, " if we stay here a, few minutes, 
somebody or other will pass by ; und tlie horses are almost 
knocked np already." 

- " Well, I protest," oried Madame Dura!, " I'd give & 
gninen to see them sots both horse-whipped ! As sore sa 
I'm alire they're dmnk ! Ten to one bat they'll overtam 
ns next ! " 

After much debating, they at length agreed to go on till 
we came to some inn, or met with a passenger who ooald 
direct us. We soon arriyed at a, farm-house, and the foot- 
man alighted, and went into it. 

In a. few minates he returned, and told us we might pro- 
ceed, for that he had procured a direction : " But," added 
lu, " it sooma there are some tfaieres hereaboota ; and so 
the beat way will be for you to leave your watches and 
parses with the farmer, whom I know very well, and who 
ifi &□ houest man, and a tenant of my Lady's." 

"Thieves!" oried Madame Duval, looking aghast; 
" the Lord help us ! — I've no doubt but we shall be all 
mordered \ " 

The farmer Ciome up to us, and we gave him all we were 
worth, and the servanta followed oor example. We then 
proceeded ; and Madame Duval's anger so entirely Bubpided, 
that, in the mildest manner imaginable, she iutroated tliem. 
to make haste, and promised to t«l! their Lady how diligent 
and obliging they had been. She perpetually stopped them, 
to ask if they apprehended any danger ; and wsa at length 
BO much overpowered by her fears, that she made the foot- 
man fiut«n his horse to the back of the carriage, and tlien 
come and seat himself within it. My endeavoora to en- 
Coonge her were fruitless : she sat in the middle, held the 
man by the arm, and protested that if be did but save her 
lif A she would make his fortune. Her aneasiness gave me 
■MAjgnccm, and it was with the utmost difficulty I forbore 



146 lYILIKA. 

to acqnaint her that she was imposed upoii ; but the mntnal 
fear of the Captain's resentment to me, and of her own to 
him, neither of which wonld have any moderation, deterred 
me. As to the footman, he was evidently in torture from 
restraining his laughter ; and I observed thai he was &e- 
qnentlj obliged to make most horrid gnmaces, from pre- 
tended fear, in order to conceal his nsibilitj. 

Very soon after, " The robbers are coming ! " cried the 
coachman. 

The footman opened the door, and jumped out of the 
chariot. 

Madame Daval gave a lond scream. 
I could no longer preserve mj silence. " For Heaven*! 
sake, my dear Madam," said I, " don't be alarmed, — you 
are in no danger, — ^you are quite safe, — there is notmng 

but " 

Here the chariot was stopped by two men in masks; 
who at each side put in their hands as if for our purses. 
Madame Duval sunk to the bottom of the chariot, and 
implored their mercy. I shrieked involuntarily, although 
prepared for the attack : one of them held me fast, wb^ 
the other tore poor Madame Duval out of the carriage, in 
spite of her cries, threats, and resistance. 

I was really frightened, and trembled exceedingly. 
*' My angel ! " cried the man who held me, " you cannot 
surely be alarmed, — do you not know me ? — I shall hold 
myself in eternal abhorrence, if I have reaUy terrified 
you. 

"Indeed, Sir Clement, you have," cried I: — "but, for 
Heaven's sake, where is Madame Duval ? — ^why is she 
forced away ? " 

" She is perfectly safe ; the Captain has her in charge : 
but suffer me now, my adored Miss Anville, to take the 
only opportunity that is allowed me, to speak upon another, 
a much dearer, much sweeter subject." 

And then he hastily came into the chariot, and seated 
himself next to me. I would fain have disengaged myself 
from him, but he would not let me : " Deny me not, most 
charming of women," cried he, " deny me not this onlj 
moment that is lent me, to pour forth my soul into your 
gentle oars, — to tell you how much I suffer from your ab> 



■TILIKA. 147 

r inoc^ I dreftd your displeasure, — &ad liow 
Uj I un affected by jmir coldness ! " 
p' O, Sir, this is □□ time for sacb lan^foage ; — pray leave 
r»y Ro to tho wtlief of HiuJome Dnval, — I cannot bear 
ba abuDlil be treated with Bacb indignitj." 
{And will TOO, — can yon commnnd my absence ? — 
lay I spenk to yon, if not now ? — Does the Captain 
r me U> broitbe » raunient oat of Lis si^ht P — and are 
tlioBaatid impertinent peopto for ever at yoor 
?'• 

^Indeed, Sir Clement, you mnst change jonr style, or I 
T sot b«ar you. Tbe imperUnent people yon mean are 
r toy best friends ; and yon wonld not, if joa really 
1 n« well, speak of thom 80 disrespeclfnlly." 
^Wt«b Ton well ! — O, Mies Anville, point but out to me 
■Tt !■> wiui manner, I may conrince you of the fervonr 
Bij' pHsion ; — tell me but what services yon will accept 
B mo, — uid yoD Bball find my life, my fortune, my whole 
J aft jotir darotion." 

{I TCnt ftothing. Sir, that you can offer; — I beg yon 
fto talk to me bo — so strangely. Pray leave me ; and 
man ymirself you cannot take any method so eoc- 
I lo ahow any regard for me, as entering into 

■ ao frightful to Madame Dnval, and so disugreeable 

■ acbeme was tbe CaptaJn'a : I even opposed it : 
k, I own, I oonld not refoae myself the so long-wished- 

tnetB of speaking to yon once more, withunt so 
— yonr Jriaidi to watch me. And I_had flattered 
bat tbn noto 1 ch&rged tbe footman to give yon, 
i lum prevented the aliirm yon have received." 
** Van, Sir, yon have now, I hope, said enough ; and, if 
R frill aot |{t> yonrself to see for Madame Dnval, at lust 
K&r ma to inquire what is become of her." 
~ And when may I speuk to you again ? " 
"Xo matter when, — I don't know, — perliapa — " 
" Parltapc what, my angel ? " 

'* Parfa«{w atorr, Sir, if you torment me thus." 

~H«rrarI O, Miss ADvillc, how cruel, how piercing to 
ny K^ i* that ioy word ! — Indeed I oannot endnre tacb 




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148 

*'TIiea, Sir, jon must sot proroke it. Pnj Iht* ib» 
directly." 

" I will, Mbj^mh : bnt let me, »t leftst, owke a tnerjl at 
my obedience, — allow me to bnpe tbat j on wi]], in fnsn^ 
be less ayeree to trusting yooreeli foi ' 
with me." 

I was Enrprised at the £reedoin of this request ; bot, whila 
I hesit&ted how to answer it, the other mask, cua* o{i ta 
the chariot-door, and, in a voice almost stifled with Ua^ttw, 
B&id, " I've done for her ! — the old back is wife j — bnt wb 
must sheer off directlj, or we BhoU be nil aground." 

Sir Clement instantly left me, moant«d his borae, and 
rode oB. The Captain having given some directions to the 
servanie, followed him. 

I was both nnea^T and impatient to know the hte of 
Madame Dnval, and iminDdiately got oat of the chariot to 
seek her. I desired the footman to show me which w»y 
ehe was gone ; he pointed with his Gnger by waj of uuwvr. 
and I saw that he dared not trast hie voice to make «ay 
other. I walked on at a verj quick pace, and sooio, to my 
great consternation, perceived the poor ladj seated aprigkl 
in a ditch. I flew to her with anfoigned concern at Mr 
eitoBtion. She was sobbing, naj, almost roaring, and in 
the utmost agony of rage and terror. As eoo« aa aha MW 
me, Bhe redoubled her cries ; but her voice wns ao brolon. 
I could not understand a word she said. I ma ao nBch 
shocked, that it was with difficulty I forbore r'Ttlaim' 
against the cruelty of the Cuptnin for thus wantonfj 
treating her ; and I could not forgive myself for hftTta^ 
passively soSered the deception. I need my ntmoat to- 
deavours to comfort her, assuring ber of onr present mtttj, 
aad begging her to rise and retnm to the chariot. 

Almost bursting with passion, she pointed to her feat, snd 
with frightful violence she actually tore the ground with 
her hands. 

I then saw that her feet were tied together with astray 
rope, which was fastened to the upper breach of a tjwe, etna 
with a hedge whii^h ran along the ditch when! she sat. I 
endeavoured to untie the knot ; bat soon found it wsa 
infinitely beyond my strength. I was, therefore, ohligtfd lo 

ily to the footman ; but, being very unwilling to add to 



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tlief eaw ber ; but oot all mj remonatmicee oonld prevul 
npoD her to g«t into the carriage, till afae hftd mcwt reh^ 
meotly reproached them both for not reBcoing bar. Tia 
footman, fixing his eyes on the groand, as if feuM of imntn 
tmsting hiciBelf to look at her, protested tbnt tbo robUtn 
had vowed thej' would shoot him if be moved an indt, luid 
that one of them hud stayed to watch the chariot, wbQa tba 
other carried her o£F, adding, that the rescon of llutir b»- 
hsTuig BO barbaroiiBly, was to revenge onr having Mcand 
our psrseB. NotnithBtanding her anger, she gs-vo imnirfliiUn 
credit to what he said ; tmd really inniigined that her wank 
of money bad irritated the pretended robbera to trmi b«r 
with sncb cruelty. 1 determined, therefore, to bo CMrefnDy 
npon my guBj-d not to betray the imposition, which ooold 
now answer no other purpose, than oocaaioning nn invpar- 
abte breach between her and the Captain. 

Just aa we were seated in the chariot, she disoovernd tha 
loss which her head bad enstained, and called oot, "Mj 
God I what is become of my bair ? — why, the villain * 
stole all my corb ! " 

She then ordered tbe man to mn and eee if be coaU find 
anyof tbem in the ditch. He went, and presently rvtormng; 
produced a great quantity of bttir, in such a nas^ ooni*' 
that I waa aniazcd she wonld tuke it ; and the msa, 
delivered it to her, found it impossible to keep bis Oi 
nance ; which she no sooner observed, than all her Btormy 
paasions were again raised. Sbe flung the battered curia m 
his face, saying, " Sirrah, what do yon grin for f I wisb 
you'd been served so yourself, and yoo wouldn't hare foiond 
it no such joke : you are the impudenteet fellow ever I m 
and if I find yon dare grin at me any more, I sbalt make 
ceremony of boiing your ears." 

Satisfied with the threat, the man hastily retired, and 
drove on. 

Her anger now eubaiding into grief, she began m 
sorrowfully to lament her case. " I believe," slio crii 
" never nobody was bo nnlucky as I am ! and so bcov, 
cause I ha'n't bad misfortunes enough already, that pnppjj 
baa made me lose my curls ! — Why, I can't see aowicj 
without them : — only look at me, — I was never so bad off in 
my life befon. Pardi, if I'd Icnow'd as mnob, VA havw 




^^^M ITILIN*. 151 

V or ihree set« with me ; but I'd never a thoaght 
hing aa thiB." 

her nuw eomewhat pacified. I ventui-ed toaakan 
her Bilreatarc, which 1 will endeavour to wnto 

ihild, all this miBfortTme comes of that puppy's 
leave our monej behind as ; for, aa sooa bb tha 
I did put nothing in his hands, helag^d me out 
iot by main force, and I verily tbooght he'd huve 
[ne. He was as etronp as a lion ; I was no more 
Is than a child, Bot I believe never nobody was 
before; for he dragged me down the rond, pulling 
g me all the way, as if 'd no more feeling than a 
a sure 1 wish I could see that man out up and 
dive I however, he'il cnme to the gallows, that's 
bine. So soon aa we'd got out of sight of tha 
lugn he needn't have been afraid, for if he'd beat 
immj, those cowardly feliowa wouldn't have said 
ii~'8o, when I was got there, what does he do, 
k sadden he takes me hy both the shoulders, and 
e snoh a shaie ! — Mon Dieu ! 1 shall never forget 
to be an hundred, I'm sure I dare say I'm out 
over. And, though I made as much noise as 
A, ha took no more notice of it than nothing at 
lera he stood, shaking me in that manner, as if he 
it for a wager- I'm determined, if it coats me 
bnne, I*U see that villain hanged. Ho shall be 
if there's e'er a justice in Enghmd. So when he 
me til] he was tired, and I felt all over like a 
nit saying never a word, be takes and pops me 
teh ! I'm sure, I thought he'd have murdered me, 
I ever I thought any thing in my life ; for he kept 
ae about, as if he thought nothing too bad for ma. 
I'm resolved I'll never leave ray purse behind ma 
longest day I have to live. So when he couldn't 
me DO longer, he holds out his hands again for 
r; bat he was as cunning as could be, for he 
ipeak a word, because I shouldn't swear to his 
rover, that sba'n't save him, for I'll swear to him 
1 the year, if I can but catch Imn. So, when I 
bkad no money, he fell to jerking me agun, jost 



152 XTILIKA. 

as if be had bat tbat moment begun ! And, after tbat^ he 

got me close by a tree, and out of bis pocket bepfii]]B agieat 

cord ! — It's a wonder I did not swoon away ; for as Bore as 

you're alive, be was going to bang me to that tree. I 

screamed like any thing mad, and told him if be would but 

spare my life, I'd never prosecute him, nor tell nobodT wbat 

/he'd done to me : so be stood some time quite in a Drown 

/study, i^ihinking what he should do. And so, after tbat^ 

f he forced me to sit down in the ditch, and be tied my feet 

* together, just as you see them ; and then, as if be bad noi 

done enough, he twitched off my cap, and, witboat saying 

nothing, got on his horse and left me in that oondxtion ; 

thinking, I suppose, that I might lie there and perisb.'* 

Though this narrative almost compelled me to langb, yet 
I I was r^Jly irritated with the Captain, for carrying bis loye 
of tormenting, — sport, he calls it, — to such bu'bcaoiis and 
unjustifiable extremes. I consoled and soothed her, as well 
as I was able ; and told her, that since M. Dn Bois bad 
escaped, I hoped, when she recovered from her fright, all 
would end weU. 

" Fright, child ! " repeated she, " why that's not half ;— 
I promise you, I wish it was ; but here I'm bruised from top 
to toe, and it's well if ever I have the right use of my Hmbs 
again. However, I'm glad the villain got nothing bat bis 
trouble for his pains. But here the worst is to come, for I 
can't go out, because I've got no curls, and so hell be 
escaped before I can get to the justice to stop him. I'm. 
resolved I'll tell Lady Howard how her man served me ; 
for if he hadn't made me fling 'em away, I dare say I could 
have pinned them up well enough for tiie country." 

'* Perhaps Lady Howard may be able to lend you a cap 
that will wear without them." 

" Lady Howard, indeed ! why, do you think I'd wear one 
of her dowdies ? No, I'll promise you, I sha'n't put on no 
such disguisement. It's the unluckiest thing in the world 
that I did not make the man pick up the curls again ; but 
he put me in such a passion, I could not think of nothing. 
I know I can't get none at Howard Grove for love nor 
money ; for of all the stupid places ever I see, that Howard 
Grove is the worst ; there's never no getting nothing one 
wants." 



XTKLKA. 1S3 

I of converution lasted till we arriTed at oar 

d ; and then a new distress occarred t Hadamo 

>r ta ipealc to Lad^ Howard and Mrs. Mirvan, 

t her misforhmea ; Imt she could not endure 

IT the Captain should fiee her in ftuch die- 

^ _ o mid thenr were so ill-natured, that instead of 

■Tt tiuj' woald nnlj make a jeat of her di!!a9l«rB. 

B sent me first into the house, to wait for an 

jr of their being ont of the way, that she might 

> stoira nnobeerved. In this I succeeded, na the 

a thought it most pradeot not to seem watching 

J thoagh they both contrived to divert themseivos 

b peepinfT at her as she passed. 

\t matt inunediatelj to bed, where she had her supper. 

f Howard and Mrs. Uirvan both of them Tory kuidly 

her, and listened to her tale with compaseionats 

; while ^liss Uirvan and I retired to our own room, 

^ 1 WM verj glad to end the tronblea of the day in s 

B mnversation. 
^ Captaia'a raptures, daring supper, at the succesB of 
"~ , w«n) bonndlesa, 1 spoke afterwards to Mrs. Mir- 
b tbe openaesa which her kindness encourages, and . 
* r to remonstrate with him upon the cruelty of 
{ Xadame Duval so causelessly. She promised | 
I first opportunity of startdng the subject ; but 
m »t pnacat bo much elated, that he woidd not 
'^"-n to her with any patience. Howerer, should he make 
■ asw ■Borta to niofest her, I can by no means consent 
i>« pMBiw. Had I imagined he woold have been so 
(lulsDt, I woold have rialced hia anger in her defence much 

She bM kspt b«r bed all day, and deohu-ea she is almost 

Adion. my dear Sir. What a long lott«r have I written 1 
I ooold shnoat hacj I aent tt yon from London I 



154 BYBLDU. 



LETTER XXXIV. 

BTILIVA m COKTDfUATIOV. 

Howa/rd Orove^ May 15. 

THIS insatiable Captain, if left to himBalf, would not, I 
believe, rest, till he had tormented Madame DayaJ iiito 
a fever. He seems to have no delight bat in terrifying or 
provoking her ; and all his thonghts apparently tani upon 
inventing such methods as may do it most effectnaUj. 

She had her breakfast again in bed yesterday moniiiig ; 
bat daring oars, the Captain, with a veiy significant look 
at Sir Clement, gave as to anderstand, that he thought she 
had now rested long enough to bear the hardships of a fresh 
campaign. 

His meaning was obvious ; and, therefore, I resolved to 
endeavour immediately to put a stop to his intended exploits. 
When breakfast was over, I followed Mrs. Mirvan out of 
the parlour, and begged her to lose no time in pleading the 
cause of Madame Duval with the Captain. "My love," 
answered she, '* I have already expostulated with hun ; but 
all I can say is fruitless, while his favourite, Sir Clement, 
contrives to urge him on." 

" Then I will go and speak to Sir Clement," said I, " for 
I know he will desist if I request him." 

'* Have a care, my dear ! " said she, smiling ; '' it is some- 
times dangerous to make requests to men who are too de- 
sirous of receiving them.** 

" Well then, my dear Madam, will you give me leave to 
speak myself to the Captain ? ** 

" Willingly ; nay, I will accompany you to him." 

I thanked her, and we went to seek him. He was walking 
in the garden with Sir Clement. Mrs. Mirvan most oblig- 
ingly made an opening for my purpose, by saying, " Mr. 
Mirvan, I have brought a petitioner with me." 

" Why, what*s the matter now ? ** cried he. 

I was fearful of making him angry, and stammered very 
much, when I told him, I hoped he had no new plan im 
alarming Madame Puval. 



Etou. ISG 

! " cried he ; " why, yon don't eoppose the old 
io agom, do yoo P Not but what it was a very 
udy I donbt she wouldn't bit«." 

Sir," ^d 1, " she hoa already suffered too much ; 

yon will [urdou me, if I lake the liberty of 
that I think it my duty to do all in my power to 

'aeJng ngsin so much terrified." 

^oamineaa instantly clouded his fuoe, and, 

■l bom me, be said, I might do us I pleased, 
; ahonld much sooner repent than repair my 

mnch disconcerted at this rebofE to att«mpb 
f answer ; and finding that Sir Clement warmly 
ly canse, I walked away, and left them to discnas 
Dgether. 

Fnui, who never speaks to the Captain when be 
imonr, was glad to follow me, and with her usual 
Bade a thousand apologies for her husband's ill- 
left her, I went to Madame DuTsl, who was 
Wid employed in examining' the clothes she had 
of her ill usage, 
sight ! " cried she. " Come, hero child, — only 
BO long as I've lived, I never see so mnch bft- 
^, all my things are spoilt; and, what's wors^ 
waa aa good as new. Here's the second negligie 
led in this manner I — I'm enre I was a fool to pat 
ch a lonesome place as this ; however, if I stay 
ton years, I'll never put on another good gown, 
iBolved." 
ro let the maid try If she can iron it out, or clean 

»1I only make bad woree. — But look here, now, 
ak 1 Mo>i Di&n ! why it looks like a dish-cloat I 
Boluckinesses that ever I met, this is the worst 1 

know, I boDght it bat the day before I left 
leeidee, into the baj-gitin, my cap's quite gone : 
villain twitched it, I don't know ; but 1 never 

of it from that time to this. Now yon most 
was the becomingeat cap I had in the world, for 
' ik ribbon in it; and, to tell yon 



1£6 BVEMM. 

the tmth, if I hadn't thonght to hara seen M. Dn Vti 
CO more have put it on than I'd have Boira ; for aa to 
one wears in each & stnpid place as this, it signifies do 
than nothing at all," 

She thea told me, that she bud been thinking all njgfa 
contriyance to hinder the Captain from finding ont her h 
cnrle ; which was, haring a large ga.iiEe handKerchiaf pi 
over her head as a hood, and saying she had the tootb 

" To tell yon the tmth," added she, " I believe that 
tajn is one of the worst men in the world ; he's ftf 
makinga joke of me ; and as to his being a gentli 
no more manners than a bear, for he's always Dpon tlw 
when one's in distress ; and, I declare, I'd rvttier he 
Miy thing to than langhed at. for. to my mind, it's at 
other the disagreeebleet thing in the world." 

Mtb. Mirran, 1 found, had been endeavonringto dial 
her from the design she had formed of having reoooe 
the law, in order to find ont the supposed robbera ; ttt 
dreads a discovery of the Captain, dnring Madame Dl 
stay at Howard Orove, aa it conld not fsil being proda 
of infinite commotion. Shehas, therefore, tatengTeaft; 
to show the inntility of applying to justice, nnlesa Am 
more able to describe the offenders against whom sbe D 
appear ; and has assored her, that ae she neither heftrcl 
voices, nor saw their fncofi, she cannot pOBSfbly aire 
their persons, or obtain any redress. 

Uadame Duval, in telling me this, extremely Uau 
her hard fate, that she was thns prevented from revss 
her injuries ; which, however, she vowed she would ni 
persuaded to pocket tamely : " becuuse," added she, " if 
'" " aa these are let to have their own way, and noi 
> notice of their impudence, they'll maks no 
nothing at all of tying people in ditcheH,BiM] 
things as that ; however, I shall consult with M. Dn 
L as 1 can ferret ont where he's hid himself, 
ve a right to his advice, for it's all along ol 
gaping abont nt the Tower that I've met with ibaee 
fortnnes.'' 

"M. Do Bois," said I, "will, I am sore, be vwy i 
when he hears what has happened." 

" And what good will that do now ? — that woglt 




■nuiu. 157 

_. y clothes ; I can tall him, I a'n't mncfa obliged to him, 
Dgh it's no fault of his ; — vet it i'n't tbe less proToldnger 
Uat- I'm sore, if be had been there, to hare seea me 
ni in that mtumer, and pat oeek and heels into a ditch, 
1 no more have thought it wua me tban tbe Pope of 
gu. I'll promise yon, whatever yoa mny think of it, I 
I'o't hAve no rest, night nor day, till 1 find ODt that 
■new" 

'I b&Ta no doubt, Uadum, bat 70a will sooD discover bim." 

' Pardi, if I do, I'll hang bitn, ae sort! as fate ! — bni 

iit's the oddeot, is, that he aboald take snch a vpeaai 

'Trainst ma above all the rest ! it was as mach for no- 

■^ oonld be^ for I don't know what I had dose, ao 

...ular bad, to be oaed in that manner: I'm xara, I 
ii.'i given him no offence, as 1 know of, for I nev«r aee 

iinx all the time ; and as to screaming a little, I think 
. reiy bard if one mnsn't do sach a thing as that, wben 
I's pot in fear of one's life." 

During this converMktion, she endeavoored to adjust ber 
ul*dr«ts, bat could not at all please benelf . Indeed, bad 
tot been present, I ehoald hare thought it impoMtbfe for 
romu, at her time of life, to be so very difficult in regard 
draas. What she may have in view, I cannot iraagioe ; ' 
b the labour of the toilett« seems the chief basinesE <S her I 
li. 

When I left her, in my way down stairs, 1 met Sir Cfe- 
at; who, with great eamestneas, said he must not be 
lied the hoDoor of a moment's conversation with me : and 
m, wilhoal waiting for an answer, he led me to the gar- 
■■: ; nt the door of which, however, I abaolotely insisted 
"lopping. 
'<«nied veiy Berious, and said, in a grave tone of voiee, 

I length, Miss Anville, I flatter myself 1 have hit tipoM 

expedient that will oblige you ; and therefore, though it 
lafttfa to myealf, I will pat it in pnictioe." 
I begged him to explain himself. 

" 1 mm your desire of saving Madame Duval, and narce 
lid I nfnua giving tbe bratiil Captain my real opinion 
faia sarage conduct ; but I am unwilling to aaarrel with 
B^jMt I ehonld be denied eutmnce into a houM which 
e been endeavonring to prevail with him 




158 BTILIHA. 

to give np his absurd new scheme, but I find him impeD^ 
trable : — I have therefore determined to make a praienoe for 
suddenly leaving this place, dear as it is to me, and con- 
taining all I most admire and adore ; — and I will stej in 
town till the violence of this boobyish humour is afaaiad." 

He stopped ; bat I was silent, for I knew not what I 
ought to saj. He took mj hand, which he pressed to his 
lips, saying, '* And must I then. Miss Anville, must I quit 
jou — sacrifice volnntarilj mj greatest felicity; — and yet 
not be honoured with one word, one look of approbation ? " 

I withdrew mj hand, and said with a half laugh, ^ Yon 
know so well. Sir Clement, the value of the favours you 
confer, that it would be superfluous for me to point it oat/* 

" Charming, charming g^l ! how does your wit, your 
understanding, rise upon me daily ; and must I, oan I part 
with you ? — will no other method " 

" O, Sir, do you so soon repent the good oflSoe you had 
planned for Madame Duval ? " 

" For Madame Duval ! — cruel creature, and will you not 
even suffer me to place to your account the sacrifice I am 
about to make ? '* 

'* You must place it. Sir, to what account you please ; but 
I am too much in haste now to stay here any longer." 

And then I would have left him ; but he held me, and 
rather impatiently said, " If, then, I cannot be so happy as 
to oblige youy Miss Anville, you must not be surprised should 
I seek to oblige myself. If my scheme is not honoured with 
your approbation, for which alone it was formed, why should 
I, to my own infinite dissatisfaction, pursue it ? " 

We were then, for a few minutes, both silent ; I was really 
unwilling he should give up a plan which would so effectually 
break into the Captain's designs, and, at the same time, save 
me the pain of disoblig^g him ; and I should instantly and 
thankfully have accepted his offered civility, had not Mrs. 
Mirvan's caution made me fearful. However, when he 
pressed me to speak, I said, in an ironical voice, " I had 
thought. Sir, that the very strong sense you have yourself 
of the favour you propose to me, would sufficiently have re- 
paid you ; but, as I was mistaken, I must thank yon myself. 
And now," making a low courtesy, " I hope, Sir, you are 
satisfied." 



ETBLUIA. 159 

' Lordiotuf thf pex — " lie began ; bat I forced myself 
-^ btm, and mo np Bt&ira. 

.-^ton &ft«r Minn .Mirrkn told me that Sir Clement bad 
joat nveired > letter, wliicli obliged him imtantly to leavd 
tte OniTs. and that he had lictunlly ordered a chaiaB. I 
IboB •oqBAint«d her with the real 8tnt« of the aSaix. la- 
dead, I aoBCcaJ nothing from her ; she ie so gentle nud sweet- 
tMiinii|iiil. (fant it gives me great pleasure to place an eatira 
canfidrnteo in her. 

A& di&no', I mast own, wo all missed him ; for thoagb 
ttv tightixtem of his behaviour to me, when we axe b; onr- 
' , XM Tory diBtr«estng ; yet, in liirgo companiee, and 
il eonverealicFn, he is extremely eatartaining and agree- 
As lo ttui Captiun, he htia been so macb chagrined at 
tni«, that he has scarce spoken a word since be 
A Madame Dnral, who mode her first pnblic ap- 
tioce her accident, woe quite in raptnres that she 
. IseeiBghim. 
_ _ ■ nonej which we left at the f ann-honse has been re- 
^^raad to BS- What pains th« Captain must have takes to 
arrvBov and managv the advenliLres which he chose we 
■ i'Tula raast with! fet he mast certainly be discovered; 
Uadama Dnval is .already very mucL perplexed, at having 
L:r«d & letter tliis morning from M. Du Bois, in which 
raalces DO mention of hia imprisonuient. However, she 
•^ to littla nupidon, that she impnt«s his silence npon the 
-TcbiBoft to bis fean that the letter might be intercepted. 
% ot o>Do opportnnity conld I meet with, while Sir Clement 
■ Imtv, to enquire after bis friend Lord Orville : but I 
It it was stranga hu should never mention him nnasked. 
1 i«thor wonder thai M™. Itirvan herself did not 
• tlie i&biect, for she always seemed particularly 
■ to bin. 

r, ODM more, all my thoughts involuntarily torn 

Xbt I BO soon expect from Paris. This visit of 

L haa, however, somewhat diverted my faara ; 

, 1 am vn7 glad he nade it at tlua time. 

rSir. 







160 lYILIKl. 



LETTER XXXV. 

8IB JOHN BXLMONT TO LADT HOWABD. 

^ ■- . — - 

Madam, Pant, Ifay 11. 

I HAVE this moment the honour of yonr LadyBhip'! 
letter, and I will not wait another, before I return an 
answer. 

It seldom happens that a man, though extolled as a saint, 
is reallj without blemish ; or that another, thoogb reriled 
as a deyil, is reallj withoat hnmanitj. Perhaps the time ifl 
not yery distant, when I maj have uie honour to oonTince 
jour Ladyship of this truth, in regard to Mr. Villan and 
myself. 

As to the young lady, whom Mr. Villars so obligingly 
proposes presenting to me, I wish her all the happiness to 
which, by your ladyship's account, she seems entitled ; and, 
if she has a third part of the merit of her to whom you com- 
pare her, I doubt not but Mr. Villars will be more success- 
ful in eveiy other application he may make for her advan- 
tage, than he can ever be in any with which he may be 
pleased to favour me. 

I have the honour to be Mn/^i^ni^ 
Your Ladyship's most humble, 
and most obedient servant, 

JOHH BXLMOVT. 



LETTER XXXVT. 

IVILINA TO THB BIV. HB. VILULBS. 

Howard Orove, May 18. 

WELL, my dear Sir, all is now over! the letter so 
anxiously expected is at length arrived, and my doom 
is fixed. The various feelings which oppress me, I have 
not language to describe ; nor need I — ^you know my hearty 
you have yourself formed it — and its sensations upon this 
occasion you may but too readily imagine. 




Ontca^t as I &m, and rejected for erer bv him to «rb»n 
I of right lidoBg — shall I now implore your continned pr^ 
tectinu ? — No, no ; — J will cot oSetid your goierond heart, 
whieh, open to distress, has no wish bnt to relievv H, with 
an Applicalioa that would seem to imply a doobt. I am 
luiire eeoore tb&n ever of your kindcees, eince yoa now 
know upon that is my §ole dependeaoe. 

I endoaTonr to bear this stroke with composure, and in 
taeh tt manner as ii I had already received yoar connae) 
and oonsoifttion. Yet, at times, my emotions ■« almoM too 
mnch for me. O, Sir, what a letter for a parent to mite 1 
Unst I not myself be deaf to the voice of natore, if I could 
endnreto be thosabsolately abandoned wiciiontregretr Idais 
not even to yea, nor would I, cooid I help it, to mjrtd^ 
acknowledge all that I ihiok ; for, indeed, I have mmwitiiiini 
BBiitiinentA apon this rejectdoii, which my slroDg«st senae at 
dnty ean scarcely correct. Yet, snffer me to uk — nu^ifc 
not thia answer have been softened ? — was it not eacnigb tt 
disditiin me for ever, without treating me with caavemfHf 
and wounding me with derision ? 

Bnt whili! I am thna thinking of myself I foi^et bow 
much more he is the object of sorrow than I am ! Alia t 
what amends can he make himself for Ui^angsiah li« i| ' 
hoarding up for time to come ! Uy heart bleedi for iam, 
wfaetmer this reflection occura to me. 

What is said of ^ou, my protector, my friend, in hnm 
factor! 1 dare not tmst myself to comment apon. Or ado M 
Heaven ! what a retnm for goodness so nnpaiallcied I 

1 wonld £un etidearonr to divert my thooglrta from dtM 
snbjecti bnt evi-u that is not in my power; for, aSictiac 
as this letter is to me, I find that it will not b« aUowad Itt i 
conclude the aSaie, though it doea all my «xpectalii)ai ; i 
Jd adame Da\-al has determined not to 1« it reat hen. Bl 
hoard the lett«r in great wrath, and prote«(«d she woaU a 
be so easily answered ; ehe regretted her facility in kavii 
been prevailed npon to yield the direction of ihia a&ir ' 
tiioae who knew not how to manage it, and towm) A«il 
would henelf tmdertake and oondact tt in fnlv*. 
It it in vain that I hare pWdod agamat her r 
and bcaoagbt ber to forbear an atUkck whctt aha Im o 
'aexpeetbuiicaGntmient: especially a« than Ma&ato\M% ' 



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162 KTILIHA. 

bint, that Lady Howard will one day be more openly deiiH 
with* She will not bear me : she is fnrionaly bent upon a 
project which is terrible to think of ; — for she means to go 
nerself to Paris, take me with her, and there, face to faee^ 
demand jnstice ! 

How to appease or to persuade her, I know not ; batfor 
the nniverse would I not be dragged, in such a manner, to 
an interview so awful, with a parent I have never yet be- 
held ! 

Lady Howard and Mrs. Mirvan are both of them infinitely 
shocked at the present situation of afiburs, and they seem to 
be even more kind to me than ever ; and my dear Maria, 
who is the friend of my heart, uses her utniost efEorts to 
console me ; and, when she fails in her design, with still 
greater kindness she sympathises in my soirow. 

I very much rejoice, however, that Sir Clement WO^ 
loughby bad left us before this letter arrived. I am sure 
the general confusion of the house would otherwise have 
betrayed to him the whole of a tale which I now, more 
than ever, wish to have buried in oblivion. 

Lady Howard thinks I ought not to disoblige Madame 
Duval, yet she acknowledges the impropriety of my aooom- 
panying her abroad upon such an enterprise. Indeed, L 
would rather die than force myself into his presence. But 
so vehement is Madame Duval, that she would instantly 
have compelled me to attend her to town, in her way to 
Paris, had not Lady Howard so far exerted herself, as to 
declare she could by no means consent to my quitting her 
house, till she gave me up to you, by whose permission I 
had entered it. 

She was extremely angry at this denial ; and the Captain, 
by his sneers and raillery, so much increased her rage, that 
she has positively declared, should your next letter dispute 
her authority to guide me by her own pleasure, she will, 
without hesitation, make a journey to Berry Hill, and teach 
you to know who she is. 

Should she put this threat in execution, nothing could 
give me greater uneasiness : for her violence and volubility 
would almost distract you. 

Unable as I am to act for myself, or to judge what con- 
duct I ought to pursue, how grateful do I feel myself, that 




I have each a f^de and director to counsel and vnstract m* 
AA ToarmU ! 

Adi«D, my dearest Sir ! Heaven, I trust, will merer M 
me live to be repnlaed, and derided by you, to wbotm I au^ 
BOW ai^ myself, whoUy jonr 

ISmau, 



LETTER XXXVn. 

UR. TILURB TO ETELISA. 

Berry HOI, ifay 21. 

!BT not my Evelina be depressed by a stroke of fortnas 

^ for wbtch alie is not responsible. No breach oT dit^ 

foar part baa imnured the ankiadiiesa whicb has been 

n yoQj nor have yoa, by any act of imprndmce, [«»■ 

1 eitber censure or reproach. Let me intieat yon, 

T^vafore, mj dearest cbild, to support ynnrBeU with that 

ifpBnsge which your innoceDcy ought to inspire : and let all 

Am afflietioti you allow yonrself be for him only who, not 

faaving that support, most one day be but too tererely ecn- 

KJble how much he wnnte it. 

The hint ihrowa out coacernin^ myself is wholly nma- 
telligible to me ; my heart, I dare own, fully acquiti me of 
rice; but witlwui hlemish, 1 have never veatniW to pro- 
nonnoe myself- However, it seems his intention to be 
hereafter more explicit ; and lAcn,— should anything apptar, 
that has on tay pnrt contributed to those mi«fortaae> wt 
lament, lot. me nt least say, that tbe most partial of my 
friends ciuinot be so much astonished as I shiUl mywlf beat 
such a discovery. 

Tbo mention, ulso, of any fiihire applicatUmt I may nakflv 
is eqntiHy beyond my comprehension. But IwilliMt dweO | 
npon a iubject, which nJmoat compb from ma ntSecth 
that cannot but be wounding to » heart so formad for filial 
Icnderncas as my ETclina'a. There is an air of anratcfj 
Ikniaghoat the letter, the explanation of which I willawatt 



^B^aux, 



of Madame Duval ii 



such aa nnf^hv W T«ar 



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164 lYILIHA. 

sonably expected from a woman so little innred to dis- 
appointment, and so totally incapable of oonsidering the 
delicacy of yonr situation. Yonr aversenesa to her plan 
gives me pleasure, for it exactly corresponds with mj own. 
Why will she not make the journey she projects by herself? 
She would not have even the wish of an opposition to en- 
counter. And then, once more, might my child and myself 
be left to the quiet enjoyment of that peaceful happiness, 
which she alone has interrupted. As to her coming hither, 
I could, indeed, dispense with such a visit ; but, if she will 
not be satisfied with my refusal by letter, I most sabmit to 
the task of giving it her in person. 

My impatience for your return is increased by your ac- 
count of Sir Clement Willoughby's visit to Howard Qrove. 
I am but little surprised at the perseverance of his aasidDi- 
, ties to interest you in his favour ; but I am very much hurt 
I that you should be exposed to addresses, which, by their 
f privacy, have an air that shocks me. You cannot, my love, 
be too circumspect ; the slightest carelessness on your part 
will be taken advantage of by a man of his disposition. It 
is not sufficient for you to be reserved : his conduct even 
calls for your resentment; and should he again, as will 
doubtless be his endeavour, contrive to solicit your &vour 
in private, let your disdain and displeasure be so marked, 
as to constrain a change in his behaviour. Though, indeed, 
should his visit be repeated while you remain at the Ghrove, 
Lady Howard must pardon me if I shorten yours. 

Adieu, my child. You will always make my respects to 
the hospitable family to which we are so much obliged. 



LETTER XXXVni. 

ME. TILLARS TO LADT HOWARD. 

Decu- Madam f Berry HxQ, May 27. 

T BELIEVE your Ladyship will not be surprised at hear- 
J- ing I have had a visit from Madame Duval, as I doubt 
not her having made known her intention before she left 
Howard Grove. I would gladly have excused myself this 



meeting, could I Lave aroided it deoeuLly ; bat, ntter wa 
lon^ a jonmey, it was not possible to refuse her admittaDOe. 

She told me, that slie came to Berry Hill , in conseqaeDce 
of » letter 1 had sent to her grand-dnQghter, in lifbtcb I had 
forbid her going to Paris. Very ronghlj she then caUe>d 
me to accoont for the authority which I had assomed ; and. 
had I been disposed to hare argued with ber, ahe woold 
very ftngrily have disputed the right by which I used it. 
But I declined all debating. I therefore listened very 
quietly, till she had so much fatigued herself with talking, 
that sho was glad, in her turn, to be silent. And then, I 
begged to know the purport of her viait. 

She answered, that she came to make me relinquish the 
power I had usurped over her graud-daught«r ; and assured 
me she would not quit the place till she succeeded. 

Bat I will not trouble your Ladyship with the particulars 
of Ibis disagreeable conversation ; nor should I, but on ao- 
ooont of the reeoit, have chosen so unpleasant a subject for 
~ penaal. However, I will be as concise as I possibly 
that the better occupations of your Ladyship's time 
be lt«8 impeded. 
_ she found me inexorable in refusing Evelina's at- 

tending her t« Paris, she peremptorily insisted that she 
should at least live with her in London till Sir John Bel- 
mont's return. 1 remonstrated against this scheme nith 
ftll the energy in my power ; but the contest was vain ; she 
loet her patience, and I my time. She declared, that if I 
was resolute in opposing her, she would inslantJy moke a 
will, in which she would leave all her fortune to strangers, 
;b, otherwise, she intended her grand-daught«r forhi 



ooont' 

E! 

^■Wh< 



To mo, 1 own, this threat seemed of httle conseqnenosfl 
I bftve ioag accustomed myself to think, that, with a coBWiy 
pctCDCnr. of which she is sure, my child might bo as happy 
as i& toe possession of millions ; bnt the incertitude of her 
futarolatedettTs me from following implicitly the dictates of 
lay praacnt judgment. The connections she may hereafter 
form, the style of life for which she may be destined, and 
the future family to which she may belong, are conaidera- 
tioiui which give but too mnch weight to the menaces of 
"*'* ''~~e Dani. In short, Madam, after a discourao infi^ . 



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166 lYILIKA. 

nitelj tedious, I was obliged, though yeiy relactBntJy, to 
oompromise with this ungovemable woman, by oonaenting 
that Evelina should pass one month with her. 

I never made a concession with so bad a grace, or so 
much regret. The violence and vulgarity of this woman, 
her total ignorance of propriety, the family to which she is 
related, and the company she is likely to keep, are objectionB 
so forcible to her having the charge of this dear child, that 
nothing less than my diffidence of the right I have of 
depriving her of so large a fortune, would have induced 
me to listen to her proposal. Indeed we parted, at last, 
equally discontented ; she at what I had refused, I at what 
I had granted. 

It now only remains for me to return your Ladyship my 
humble acknowledgments for the kindness which you have 
so liberally shown to my ward ; and to beg you would have 
the goodness to part with her when Madame Duval thinks 
proper to claim the promise which she has extorted from me. 

I am, 

Dear Madam, &c. 

Arthur Villabs. 



LETTER XXXIX. 

11 R. VILLA RS TO EVELINA. 

Berry Hill, May 28. 

WITH a reluctance which occasions me inexpressible 
uneasiness, I have been almost compelled to consent 
that my Evelina should quit the protection of the hospitable 
and respectable Lady Howard, and accompany Madame 
Duval to a city which I had hoped she would never again 
lave entered. But alas, my dear child, we are the slaves 
of custom, the dupes of prejudice, and dare not stem the 
torrent of an opposing world, even though our judgments 
condemn our compliance ! However, since the die is cast, we 
must endeavour to make the best of it. 

You will have occasion, in the course of the month yoa 
are to pass with Madame Duval, for all the drouniBpeotiaii 






or t;i^ z-wz. n^rz- 

tc-= :«=,-- -. 
self; r--:---::^ 



dear L-^tL 



i K -lU- ^i- =. T - 



»»T13- r -nz ; 



O^. 



ySCE mm. =- i-^^jr^ -- 
cern. I qiiirwc it itn.- .i.:^- :-_: 

witL the m'.*; £iv-«-,:Lr c— — -r- 
how to jj»rt will Kt-ra- »i-— 
donlJed mine, 5ii r-ti^ -i :- 
STCiy post : and I iiJt- rrr-. -■ 
and almost the same coi^it-^:-^. 
of to fonrself. 

The Captain was verr t-1-1 1: 
poor Madame Dnval tt> -.Ke j.-- 
oside, jnst before we got i:::o *^r 
ItisB AnTille, I've a faTonr for v 



168 



■TILmA. 



» 



tiiat you wiD write ns word how Uie old ecntlovronun fi 
herself, wben she aee« it ivas oU & trick j and wbM tH* 
French Inbher ssys to it, and all about it." 

I acsweied that 1 would obey him. thongh I wsa v 
little pleAsed vritfa the commisBion, which, ta me, ww higUjr 
improper ; tmt he will either tr«at me ab an i<y(Vi 
or moke me a purij' in his fnslic, 

Ae soon as we drore away, HadamR Daval, with m 
Battsfaction, exclaimed, " Dieu merci, we've.<gt)t off at laatl 
I'm sure 1 never desire to see thiit, place ngntn. It'i ft 
wonder I've got away alive ; for I believe I've bad th» 
worst lack ever was known, from the time I set tnj taH 
upon the threshold. 1 know 1 wiah I'd never a g 
Besides, into the bargain, it's ths most duUeet place ui all 
Christendom : there's never no divereionH, nor sothba 
at all." 

Then she bewailed M. Da Bots ; concerning whose adven- 
tares she continaed to make varioos conjectares dcnngti)* 
rest of our jonmej. 

When I asked her what part of London she sbonld ri 
ia, abe told me that Hr. Brangbton was to m«et a* st u 
inn, and would condact ns to a lodging. Atoordingljr, in 
proceeded to a hoase in Biahopsgate Street, and wer« M hf 
awaiter into a room where we found Mr. Branghtoo- 

He received ns very civilly ; but seemed rather EOrpriMd 
at seeing me, saying, " Why, I didn't think of yonr hnaging 
Uise ; however, she's very welcome." 

" I'll tell you how it was." f;aid Madame Daval : "yoa 
must know I've a mind to take the girl to Paris, that A» 
may see something of the world, and improve htr«elf a littb ; 
besides, I've another reason, that you and I will tslk mors 
abont. Bot, do you. know, that meddling old parson, as t 
told yOQ of, would not let her go: however, I'm resolvedly 
be even with him ; for I shall take herou with mc, witlMOi 
BB;fing never a word more to nobody." 

I started at this intimation, which very mnoh iniiminJ 
me. Bnt, I am very glad she has discovered bra- intMitiaib 
as I shall be carefully upon my guard not to vcntan ban 
town with her. 

Mr. Branghton then hoped we liad passed our tim * aa 
ably in the country. 



BTILDUL Ir^ 

" O Lord, oonsin," cried she, " Tre been iht ^jaes^rJusR 
creature in the world ! I*ni sure all the hens iz. LcEi^rc 
fliha'n't drag me into the conntrr again of ' 
how do yon think IVe been serred r — onhr g 
** Indeed, cousin, I can't pretend 10 do ThiL^ 
" Why then 111 tell yon. Do yon know I're beec r:cosc 
— that is, the villain wonld hare robbed ae if ~ 
only I'd secured all my money." 

'' Why then, consin, I think yonr los cs&'i '. 
very groftt" 

" O Lord, you don't know what you're a sariz^g ; jnt'rt 
talking in the unthinkingest manner in the wcfTjd : w^^-. in 
was all along of not having no money that I izkci whl tJuk: 
misfortune." 

" How's that, cousin ? I don't see what greai tz-t^vt- 
tune you can have met with, if you'd secared aZ j'.zz 
money. 

" That's because yon don't know nothfrg c?f ti*t =atvt ■ 
for there the villain came to the chaise : ik£.d. h 
hadn't got nothing to give hinu thoiigr: 
right to our money than the man in the zz^'yjz^ tk. d^ t-ji 
know, he fell into the greatest pafision er^r x-s^ ^lyt. s:,: 
abused me in such a manner, and prt zne ir. a civ.l*. ti : 
got a rope o' purpose to hang me ; — and I :=i n?*. r i-jtr. 
wasn't misfortune enough^ why I don't 'ki^-jw -m'z^;^ _».' 

** This is a hard case, indeed, oonsin- Bst wry d'.^i : 
you go to Justice Fielding P " 

<< O as to that, I'm a going to him directij : ':rz\ i-^ljt I 
want first to see poor M. Du Bois ; for tLe oddert *V— y ' -.f 
all is, that he has wrote to me, and never sa^d z/x.i^i::^ 
of where he is, nor what's become of Lim, nor r^- r.fl - ^ 
else." 

" M. Du Bois ! why, he's at my house at iiit rtrr 
time." 

•* M. Du Bois at your house ! welL I deciaft tii* if Vj«: 
surprisingest part of aU : However, 1 afesnr^ jcu, I tii.Mr 
he miffht have oomed for me, as well as jox wuio^r:::^ 
what I have gone through on his account ; (f^r, Vj VfeD tv^ •- 4 
truth, it was all along c^ him that I met with t>.<4 a^auc'^*. 
80 I don't take it very kind of him, I promiae yoB.^ 



f" ■»,- •-.■'« 



ttuND. ftdoffyandallfor tli0st] 
jon ne^ he don't bo madi — "% 
— ^However, he may get so 
another time ; for, if he's tali 
1*11 never go after him no mo 

This occasioned an explana 
Madame Dnval, to her ntter \ 
Bois had never left London 
Mr. Branghton believe that h 
or met with anj kind of accid 

Almost instantly the who 
■eemed to rush upon her mim 
oeivablj violent. She asked i 
lireath ; bat, f ortonatelj, was i 
ambamasment, which must o 
knowledge of the deceit. "EU 
and ahe vowed she would go t 
Fielding, and inquire what poi 
inflict npon the Captain for hifi 

I believe we were an hour i 
poor Madame Dnval conld alio' 
bat her own story ; at length, 1 
her, that M. Dn Bois, and all h 
for her at his hoose. A hackne 

-^ we DTOCeedlMl fn St*/^"' XT:n 



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They had waited some time for Madame Duval, bnt I found 
ihej had not any ezpectatioii that I shonld aocompan j her ; 
and the young ladies, I believe, were rather more surprised 
than pleased when I made my appearance ; for they seemed 
hurt that I should see their apa^rtment. Indeed, I would 
willingly have saved them that pain, had it been in my 
power. 

The first person who saw me was M. Du Bois, " Ah, man 
Dieu I " exclaimed he, " voUa Mademoiselle ! " 

'* Gkx)dnees," cried young Branghton, "if there isn't 
Miss!" 

'* Lord, so there is ! " said Miss Polly ; *' well, I'm sure I 
should never have dreamed of Miss's coming." 

" Nor I neither, I'm sure,*' cried Miss Branghton, " or 
else I would not have been in this room to see her : I'm 
quite ashamed about it ; — only not thinking of seeing any 
body but my axmt — however, Tom, it's all your fault ; for, 
you know very well I wanted to borrow Mr. Smith's room, 
only you were so grumpy you would not let me." 

" Lord, what signifies ? " said the brother ; " I dare be 
sworn Miss has been up two pair of stairs before now ; — 
ha'n't you. Miss ? " 

I begged that I might not give them the least disturbance ; 
and assured them that I had not any choice in regard to 
what room we sat in. 

" Well," said Miss Polly, " when you come next, Miss, 
we'll have Mr. Smith's room : and it's a very pretty one, 
and only up one pair of stairs, and nicely furnished, and 
every thing." 

" To say the truth," said Miss Branghton, '* I thought that 
my cousin would not, upon any account, have come to town 
in the summer-time ; for it's not at all the fashion ; — so, to 
be sure, thinks I, she'll stay till September, when the play. 
houses open." 

This was my reception, which I believe you will not call 
a very eordi^d one. Madame Duval, who, after having 
severely reprimanded M. Du Bois for his negligence, was 
just entering upon the story of her misfortunes, now wholly 
engaged the company. 

M. Du Bois listened to her with a look of the utmost 
horror, repeatedly lifting up his eyes and hands, and 



^72 ITKLINl. 

exclaiming, " cid ! quel harhare ! " The jonng ladifli 
gave her Uie most earnest attention ; but their brother, and 
the yonng man, kept a broad grin npon their faces during 
the whole recital. She was, however, too much engaged 
to observe them; but, when she mentioned having been 
tied in a ditch, young Branghton, no longer able to oon- 
tain himself, burst into a loud laugh, declaring that 
he had never heard any thing so funny in his life ! His 
laugh was heartily re-echoed by his friend ; the Miss Brangh- 
tons could not resist the example ; and poor Madame 
Duval, to her extreme amazement, was absolutely over- 
powered and stopped by the violence of their mirth. 

For some minutes the room seemed quite in an npiroar ; 
the rage of Madame Duval, the astonishment of M. Da Bois, 
and the angry interrogatories of Mr. Branghton, on one 
side ; the con^'ulsive tittering of the sisters, and the loud 
laughs of the young men, on the other, occasioned such 
noise, passion and confusion, that had any one stopped an 
instant on the stairs, he must have concluded himaplf in 
Bedlam. At length, however, the father brought them to 
order ; and, half- laughing, half -frightened, they made Ma- 
dame Duval some very awkward apologies. But she would 
not be prevailed upon to continue her narrative, till they 
had protested they were laughing at the Captain, and not 
at her. Appeased by this, she resumed her story; which 
by the help of stuffing handkerchiefs into their moutha, the 
young people heard with tolerable decency. 

Every body agreed, that the ill-usage the Captain had 
given her was actionable ; and Mr. Branghton said, he was 
sure she might recover what damages she pleased, since she 
had been put in fear of her life. 

She then, with great delight, declared, that she would lose 
no time in satisfying her revenge, and vowed she wonld not 
be contented with less than half his fortune : " For though," 
she said, '* I don't put no value upon the money, beciuue, 
Dieu merciy I ha'n*t no want of it, yet I don't wish for no- 
thing so much as to punish that fellow; for, I*m sure, 
whatever's the cause of it, he owes me a great grudge, 
and I know no more what it's for than you do ; but he's 
always been doing me one spite or other ever since I knew 
him." 



irXLECA. 



^ » 



Soon after tea. Miss Branghion lock a:: :>c^nrrrzrr' *: 
tell me, in a whisper, that the joazg =:ia^ I firr irv t ji-^ 
of her sister's, that his name was Bravr,«Zxf 'sae za 
haberdasher : with manr other imjrJ.iA2ac* zf i^ = 



I r*T - ■• 



stances and family ; and then she d£c3arEidb£T'zrsErk-T«?&::i 
to the thoughts c^ snch a match : hsi fc-ii£«f. izas i^? sj'rr? 
had no manner of spirit or aznb:t£<zi. tbr«zz^ f re iar zxtl 
she wonld ten times rather die a& €^ sacrd. tc 
anj person bat a gentleman. '' A£.d. f :t '""^t zs 
added she, "I believe PoUv herse^ d:^'i ac» 231! 
him, only she's in snch a hnrry. beca-gtf-, I szpzrjsL. sz^ • l 
mind to be married before me; hoir€T*r. si*'i ''^^ '■"t:- 
come ; for, I'm sure, I don't care a pir.'? pir: wbeiirfr I 
ever marry at all ; — it's all one to me." 

Some time after this. Miss PoUj ccctt:tsc v -kC r^- 
story. She assured me, with much trrt^riz^. lifct ii*r £:.*"-*r 
was in a great fright lest she should be n^rriri f?ffi ■ r-: 
I make her believe that I will," cor.tfr.'^-rd *1* : - tvir I ai"^ 
dearly to plague her a little : thoii^ I ittilkrt I ire. * in- 
tend to have Mr. Brown in reality : — I'n rzr* 1 L-jl ' ixr 
him half well enough,^-do you. Miss r " 

" It is not possible for me to judge c^ 'zz£ =*mt" sa^i I 
as I am enturely a stranger to him." 
But what do you think of him. Miss r '* 
Why, really, I — I don't knoir."' 

" But do you think him handsoTne ? 5c=be pccciis 7>^:x 
him to have a good pretty person ; — ^t^t I'n K^t f :? r.- 
part, I think he's monstrous ugly :^-doi;'i vcv. V-^ ' ^ 

" I am no judge, — but I think his pence is T?rr — -rfrr 
well." 

" Fcry ircB .' — ^Why, pray Miss," in a XfXJt of Ttxacsr.^ 
" what i^ult can you find with it r ^ 

<' O, none at all ! " 

" I'm sure you must be very ill-narared if tt?s ci-iLi 
Now there's Biddy says she thinks nothing of hisi. — be: I 
know it's all out of spite. You must know. Miss, ft xia£>« 
her as mad as can be that I should have a lover h^r/rt h^ 
but she's BO proud that nobody will court her, zeA I cfv 
tell her shell die an old maid. But the thizig xl e1^ utA 
taken it into her head to have a liking for Mr. S=:iiL u 
lodges on ^ first floor ; but, Lord, hell never faav^ ur 






174 



■TKLDtiL. 




fur he's qoite a fine gentleniui ; ami besides, Mr. Bnnr 
beard him say one day, Ui»t he'd nerer atmrj aa long M h 
lived, for he'd uo opinion of jnatrimony." 

'' And did jou tell your sister this ? " 

" 0, to be sure, I told her dtreotl; ; Lot she did Dot nsBi 
me ; however, if she will be a, tool she roaat." 

This extreme want of affectiou and good-natnie iaamml 
tbe distaste 1 already felt for these nmumable aistent imi 
ft confidence so entirely unsottcited and nimeceMaiy, &)» 
fostod equally their tolly and tlieir want of d«>cary.' 

I wBA very glad when the time for oar deperting an 
iir. Branghton said oar lodgings were in Holboni, lliM ■ 
mighlbosearhiBboDse, andneighbonrly. Heai 
Bs lo tUem himself. 

Our rooms are large, and not inconvenient ; e 
ia an hosier. I am sure 1 have a thoasand rvosona to r 
jaii« that I am bo little known : for my present ntuatioM 
ta, in evtiry respect, very nnenyiable ; and I would not, fcr 
the world, be seen by any Sicquaintance of Mrs. Mima. 

This morning, Madiuiic Dnvtbl, attended by alt the Branfub 
actually went to a Justice in the neighbourhood, to 19 
the Captain's ill aeage of her. I bod grent difficoliy 

ncusing myself from being of tbe ]»rty, wliieh wOok 
very serioas concern. Indeed, I wM «X' 
, though at home, till 1 lieard tlw nsaoll « 
^plication, for I dread to think of the oneaoiiu 

■ n* ff-ryVr" " If fou Jo tell Mrs, TLmle, wna't ' 
«BM arWiB I can )i»t* k«pt company, to deKcibi locb a ' 
'. Brovn, ftad totno oihan ? Iiide«d, (Ibai 

lyaU iWDcmbor irDT posiing liilf-iiii-boiir ai a tli . , 

~i faiu (0 bad."— MiM BtrnKKT lo Dit Bciu(>:i. A/jitS, II 
M« (on lUnking o^ Sir ? whr do yon gai ugi Wim lb* d 



""^iCt. 



jamaonar— Kan 



c aboat In iho middls of mtal* [- 



e waoUla 



Mr. Biuwell, and iriUi •< 



A ttpaukum. 8Sr f r«ptiod 

ltatliBBr»n(titui, Slrr^ 

Whw( ban ,nia llva), Sir!" vried Dr. Johntoa, laogWac, 

1 <\<in)*iiT hill' r,iu krpt, DOt to know what a Branghloa laF' 

' ~ I'jfM to &[r*. TbntU. " Fray, ma'aK, whiM 
.,'ourlotcll mn 1 bit «una aalmal kn-l 



« Una, Xas^u: .if.-ni II, IT"* 



175 



mch an afFair would occasion tbe amiablo Mrs. Mlrrao. 
But, fortnnfttely, Madame l>nval hae received vety lit(J« 
esoooragoinent to proceed in her design ; for she La.9 been 
informed, that, as she neither heard the voice, nor saw tlia 
face of the person sospected, she will find diScnl^ to coat 
bisa npon eonjeeUtre, and will have but little prolntbility of 
gsioing her cause, njoleee she can procure witneseeB of the 
traaBOctioii. Mr. Branghton, therefore, who baa considered 
oil the circDmstancee of the affair, is of opinion, that the law- 
•uit will not only be expensive, but tedious and haaardona, 
and hoa advised agniast it. Madame Duval, though -verj 
unwillingly, hae acqnieeced in his decision ; but vows, that if 
erer she is so a&ronted again, she wil! be revenged, even if 
she ruins herself. 1 am extremely glad that this ridiculoua 
advemture seems now likely to end without more eerions 

Adieo, mydearest Sir. Mj direction is at Mr. DawkinX 
k hosier in High Holbom. 



T HAVE 



LETTER XLI. 



I HA Vis no words, my ewecl friend, to express the thank- 
fnlness I foel for the nnboanded kindness which yon, 
much- honoured Lady Howard, 
ss can I find language to tell 
ycm with what reluctance 1 parted from such dear and 
Kenerons friends, whose goodness reflects, at once, so much 
bottour on their own hearts, and on her to whom it has been 
Ki Lberally bestowed. But 1 will not repeat what I have 
Blreadj written to the kind Mrs. Mirvnn ; I wUl remem- 
ber joar admonitions, and confine to ray own breast that 
gratitude with which you have filled it, and teach jaj pen 
la dwell upon sulijecls less painful to my generous corre- 
•pondcnt. 

0, Maria 1 London now seems no longer the same place 
; CTwy thiag U 



I <riMlr«Iltttfr«aiajBdwmn<A hmnnMB; 



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176 BntLiKi. 

new tad strutge to me; even the town itself lua tioi lb 
same aspect,— My sitiiatiiim eo altered ! — my home ao d 
rent ! — tny companions so changed ! — But jon well It! 
my aversencss to this tourney. 

Indeed, to me, London now seems a dMort : tltat gay 
baaj appearotico it so lately wore, is now sncceeded br 
look of gloom, fatigue, and lassitude ; tho ftir sceina riw 
nant, the heat is ixitense, the dust intolerable, and lbs d 
habitants illiterate and under-bred. At least, rood is d 
^e of things in the pari of the town where I at unH 

Tell me, roy dear Maria, do you nersr retrace tB fni 
memory the time we passed here when together P to i^ 
it recurs for ever 1 And yet I think I rather rscoDMl : 
dream, or some viBiunary fancy, than a reality. — Tlist ' 
ahoold ever have been known to Lord Orville, — Ual '. 
ehonld have spoken to — have danced with him, — m 
now a romantic illoaion : and that elegant politAnas, ' 
flattering attention, that high-bred delicacy, which so a 
distiiigaished him above all other men, and which Hi 
us with such admiration, I now retrace the remetnbn 
of rather as belonging to an object of ideal 
formed by my own imagination, thna to a being of U 
same race and nature aa those with whom I at prgiuiil a 

I have no news for you. my dear Misa Hirvau ; fnr ■ 
that I conld ventore to Bay of Madame DnviU I have «[ " 
written to yoor sweet mother ; and as to adventares, I hsi 
none to record. Situated as I now am, I hcnrtily bnpe 
shall not meet with any ) my wish is ta remain qiiiirt ■ 
unnoticed. 

Adieu ! excose the gravity of this letter ; o&d belian n 
your moat sincerely 

AfEection&t« and obliged 

Etxlika Amtuu. 



LETTER XLIL 



) THI KIT. MK. VILLASa. 



fKSTBRDAY 
and epeod t 



mOTTungire r 



Holhom, Jttns 9. 
oived on mvitatioD to dine 



s at the door ; and the 6 
1 know, aistera k'n't drea 



BotB, who \ 
Hill. 

Tonng Ilrsnghton receired a 
words be spoke were, " " 
yet." 

Then, hnriTuig us into the honae, lie said to n 
Hifls, ;oa flbkll go up stairs and catch '«□>, — I dve aajr 
th^'re at the glass," 

H« woold have taken m; band ; but I declined this 
cirility, and begged to follow Uadame Daval. 

Mr. BraDghton then appeared, and led the way Hmad^ 
W« went, ae before, up two pair of stairs ; bat themomoidT 
the father opened the door, the dAaght«rs both gave a load -n 
,m- We ail stopped ; and then Miss Brangbton called ' 
" Lord, Papa, what do joa bring the compaoj np here 
why, Polly and I a'n't half dreMed." 

*'Uore8hame for yon," answered he ; " here's yonr aont* 

f DooaiQ, and M. Dn Bois, all waiting, and ne'er a r 
e them to." 

f Who'd have tboaght of tbeir coming bo boob ?" t 
^^ : " I am surv for my part I thoaght Uiss was OMd tvfl 
nothing bat quality hours." 

" Why, I slut'n't be ready this half-boor yel," a 
Polly ; " can 'I they stay in the shop till we're dnaaed ? " 

Ur. BraogbtoD waaTeiyangryiandscoldedtheiDT] 
howerer, we were obliged to descend, and atooU were n 
cured for as in the shop, where we fonnd the brother, « 
was highly delighted, he said, that his naterv had h 
eaUh«d { and he tboaght proper to enteHaio nte with m k 
acoeast of tbeir tadioosness, and the man/ qoMn^ tl 
all had together. 

Whoa, at length, Uieae ladies were eqsipped to their m 



178 

fiBM^on, they made their appeanmoe ; bat before aoj oonrBr- 
sation was snJEfered to pass between tbem and na, tiiflj bad 
a long and most disagreeable dialogue mih their fauMHr, to 
whose reprimands, though so justly incurred, thcj replied 
with the utmost pertness, while their brother all fha tima 
laughed aloud. 

The moment they perceived this, they were so much pro> 
yoked, that, instead of maVing any apologifls to IfailiBae 
Duval, they next began a quanrel with him. ^Tom, wbai 
do you laugh for P I wonder what business yoa bafe to ba 
always a laughing when Papa scolds us ? " 

" Then what business have you to be such a wldla gsttott 
on your clothes P You're never ready, you know wefi 
enough." 

** Lord, Sir, I wonder what's that to yoa ! I widi joo'd 
mind your own a&irs, and not trouble yourself about oom 
How should a boy like you know any thing ? " 

" A boy, indeed ! not such a boy, neither : 111 warrant 
you'll be glad to be as young when you come to be old 
maids." 

This sort of dialogue we were amused with till dinner 
was ready, when we again mounted up two pair of stairs. 

In our way, Miss Polly told me that her sister had asksd 
Mr. Smith for his room to dine in, but he had refused to 
lend it ; '* because, " she said, ** one day it happened to be a 
little greased : however, we shall have it to drink tea in, 
and then, perhaps, you may see him ; and I assure yoa he's 
quite like one of the quality, and dresses as fine, uid goes 
to balls and dances, and every thing, quite in taste ; and 
besides, Miss, he keeps a foot-boy of his own too." 

The dinner was ill-served, ill-cooked, and ill-managed. 
The maid who waited had so often to go down stairs for 
something that was forgotten, that the Branghtoma mre 
perpetually obliged to rise from table themselves, to get 
plates, knives and forks, bread or beer. Had they been 
ynthout pretensions, all this would have seemed of no eoa* 
sequence ; but they aimed at appearing to advantage, and 
even fancied they succeeded. However, the most dina^^mriaHn 
part of our fare was that the whole family oontinaa]^ di^ 
puted whose turn it was to rise, and whose to be adowod 
to sit still 



1*9 

TThon thia meal wa« over, Madame Dnval, ever eager to 
diacoorsc npon her traneU, entered into an iirgument witU 
Kt. BraDf>'litj>n, and, in broken English, M. Du Bois, can- 
osmiiig the French nation : and Miea Polly, then address- 
ing herself to me, said " Don't you iJiInk, Miss, it's very 
doU sitting np Etairs hero ? we'd better go down to ehop, 
nnd then wb ahnli see the people go by." 

" Lord, Poll," said the brother, " you're always wanting 
' I \ie etaring and gaping ; and I'm sure yoa needn't be so 
■ iid of dhowing Tonrself, for you're ugly eaongh to frighten 

" tTgly, indeed ! I wonder which is befit, yon or me. Bot, 
I t*ll yon what, Tom, yoa've no need to give yourself such 
airs ; for, if yon do, I'll t«ll Mies of — yon know what " 

" Who cares if you do P you may tell what yoa will ; I 
Ijii't mind " 

■ Indeed." cried I, " I do not desire to hear any socrete." 

■ O, bnt I'm resolved I'll tell yon, because Tom's 90 TOTy 
Bpitefol. You must know, Miss, t'other night " 

** Poll," cried the brother, " if yoa tell of that, Miss shall 
kzunr all about your meeting young Brown, — you know 
wbcm \ — So I'll be quits with yora one way or other." 

Hin Polly coloured, and again proposed our going down 
stain till Mr. Smith's room was ready for our reception. 

"Aye, BO we will," said Mies Branghton ; "I'll assure yon, 
txnaaa, we have some very genteel people pass by onr shop 
Bomctimefl. Polly and I alwnys go and ait there when wa'vo 
oleoned onnelvcs." 

** Tm, Miw," cried the brother, " they do nothing else aU 
day long, when father don't scold them. Bat the beet taa 
is, when they've got all their dirty things on, and all their 
hair about their ears, sometimes I send yonng Brows np 
Kt»irs to them : and then there's saoh a fuss ! — Then, tbi^ 
hide themsdvM, and ran away, and sqneal and aqoall, liu 
key thing mad : and so then I puts the two cttts into tlw 
room, and I gives them a good whipping, and ao thai atts 
them a smuJling too ; so there's such a noise and neh an 
Bproatr! — 'Lord, yoa can't think. Miss, what fun it ia! " 

This ocaudoned a fresh quarrel with the sivtOTs ; at the 
ecd of which, it was at length decided that we abonld ^ 
to the shop. 



i 



I 

I 



a^MA iMMMHiffiiffiry niyBdxtaifeioBL s In 
UMf YiB sfeMFiddf waAf inilrfng % 
retoed. Ab I found be was pen 
I could not forbear enqniring ^ 

" Lord ! " answered Miss Brs 
a poor Scotcb poet." 

"For my part,*' said Miss 1 
starved, for I don't find be bas 

" Live npon ! " cried tbe brot 
know, so be maj liye upon lean 

" Aye, and good enongb for bi 
ton ; " for be's as prond as be's 

" like enoogb," replied tbe l 
yoa won't find be will live witbo 
catoh a Scotcbman at tbat if you 
bere for wbat tbey can get." 

*' I'm BQie," said Miss Brangb 
sack a fool as to let bim stay in 
bell never pay for bis lodging." 

** Wbj, no more be woold, it be 
yoa know tbe bill bas been pat n 
^a abonld bear of a person tbat 
it is a Yerj good one, for all it's i 

I answeared, tbat as I bad no s 
bad not any cbanoe of assisting 



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if meat since he left tliar table. Thiej aoift, tbst 
iraj-fl Appeared rery low-spirited ; bet for the laat 
had bc«n duller than ever ; and. >1I of a snddeo, 
it bimself into mooniiiig, tboogb tbfy knev not 
, nor for what ; bat, they Gopposed it was only (cv 
ice, as no person bad ever been to ^ee or enquire 
ince bis residence amongst them : and therwere 
W Terr poor, a£ he bad not paid for his lodgings 
and, finally, they concloded he was a 
■e baU-craxy, because they had, at diSereni <■""—, 
(pa of poetry in his room. 

len prodnced some unfinished Ter^ea, written on 
«B of paper, nnconnected, and of a most melas- 
i. Among tbem was the fi«gment of an ode, 
my reqnest, they lent me to copy ; and as yoo 
(pe like to see it, I will write it now. 

O LIFE ! tbon lin^rering dream of gnti, of pain, 
And erciy ill that N^atore can sustain. 

Strange, mntable, and wild ! 
Kow flattering with Hope most fair, 
Depressing now with fell Despair, 

The nurse of Guilt, the slave of Pride, 

That, like a wayward child. 
Who, to himself a foe, 
Sees joy alone in what's denied, 
In what is granted, woe ! 
O tbon poor, feeble, fieeting pow'r, 
By Vice eedoc'd, by Folly woo'd, 
Sj Mis'ry, Shame, Bemorse, porsa'd j 
And as thy toilsome steps proceed. 
Seeming to Yoath the fairest fiow'r, 
Proring to Age the rankest weed, 

A gilded bat a bitter pill, 
Of Taried, great, and complicated ill ! 

lines are harsh, bnt they indicate an internal 

ttiess, which I own, afEecte me. Sorely this young 

It be inTolTed in misfortunes of no common natnre 

imagine what can induce him to remain with 

family, where be is, most nnwortbily, despised 



162 

for being poor, and most illiberail; detected for hnuig 
Scotchmiiii, He tatty, indeed, have motiTea, wluoh ba cuuid 
sonnoant, for submitting to such n sitiuttion. Wbtten 
tbey are, I moat heartily pity him, and canooi bat wiili i 
were in my power to afTord him some relief. 

During this conversation, Mr. Smith's foot-bof cum 
Miss Branghton. and informed her, that his ctaater taiii 
might have the room now when she liked it, for that ba « 
presently going oat. 

This very genteel measage, thongh it perfectly ■ 
the Miss Branghtons, by no means ndded to my dcain e 
being introduced to tliis gentleman : and npon tiicir risa| 
with intention to accept his offer, 1 begged they would exc 
my attending them, and said 1 woold sit with ?' '" 
DuTal till the tea was ready. 

1 therefore once more n'ent up two pair of EtturswithyiiQa 
BranghtoR, who insisted npou accompanyiRg mo ; and tha 
we remained till Mr. Smith's foot-bnjr snnunoned U9 lo tn 
when I followed Madame Doval into the d icing. niom. 

The Miss Branghtona were seated at one windiiw, n& 
Mr. Smith was lolling indolently on t of the '>tber. Tbtr 
itU approached ns at onr entrance; and Mr. Smith, pni 
bably to show he waa master of the apartment, moti oA 
cioosly handed mo to a great chair at the npper end flf tli 
room, without taking any notice of Madame Duval, t31 
rose and oSered her my own seat. 

Leaving the rest of the company to enterlain themaelnri 
he very abruptly began to address himself to me, in a glijl 
of gallantry equally new and disagreeable to me. It i 
tme, no man can possibly pay me grotiler complimeiiU, oi 
make more fine speeches, than Sir Clomenl: Willonghby 
yet his language, though too flowei;, is always thai of * 
gentleman ; and his address and manners are bo TTry 
superior to those of the inhabitants of this bouse, that, lo 
make any comparison between him and Mr. Smith, wdbU 
bo extremely unjust. This latter seems vary d«airoiu of 
appearing a man of gaiety and spirit: bnl hia rirucaty^ 
BO low-bred, and his whole behaviour so forward and ^ 
agreeable, that I should prefer tlie company of iwBam- 
itmlf, even tia that goddess ia desonbed by Pop«, to tMrf 
lUt* tprightli/ yonn); n 



XTBLDCA. 183 

Ho mmdo manj apologiea that lie had not lent hia room 
for oar dinner, vhicb be said, he should oertoinly lutre 
dan«> had he Been me first: and he assnred me, that whan 
I caioa Kgoin, he ahoald be very glad U> oblige me. 

I told him, and with sinceritj', that ereiy port of the 
bODM was equally indifferent to me. 

"Why. Ma'am, the troth is, Miss Biddy and Polly taka 
no can of any tkicg ; else. I'm sore, they should be always 
««loome to my room ; for I'm never so happy as in obliging 
tho Iftdies, — that's my character. Ma'am : — bat, really, the 
laai time they had it, erery thing was made so greasy and 
ao naety, that, upon my word, to a nmn who wishes to 
IttTe things a little genteel, it was quite cmel. Kow, as 
lO yon, Ua'&m, it's qaite another thing, for I should not 
mind if every thing I had was spoilt, for the sake of having 
ths pteastm to oblige yon; and I oasore you, Ma'am, tt 
makes me quite happy Uiat I have a room good enough to 
noca-njoa," 

Thia eWant speech was followed by many others, ao 
much in the same style, that to write them would be 
■iwrflwona ; and as he did not allow me a moment to 
■peak to any other person, the rest of the evening was con> 
ranwd ia a painful attention to this irksome ycrong man, 
who aeeined to intend appearing before me to the utmost 
adrantAge. 

Adien. my dear Sir. I fear you will be sick of reading 
abont this family ; yet I must write of them, or not of any, 
■iiioe I mis with no other. Happy shall I be when I quit 
them all, and agnin retnm to Ben; Hill. 



LBTTEE XLm. 
muu. a GOMTnnuTioir. 

JuMlOth. 

'fi^ morning Mr. Smith c^led, on pvrpMe, be laid, to 

offer me a ticket for the next Hampstaad •awmbly. 

him, but denired to be ezciued accepting it : bo 

, however, be denied, nor umrtred; tod, in ft 




*~ liiiiwidli Sit/' loluiuBd. I« ** 
■ ttiipo a ed yoa woiodd offetr a tiob 
be accepted ; but it would ansi 
the reaflons which make me de 
possiblj be removed." 

ThiB speech seemed very mn 

I could not be concerned at, s 

treated by him with so much £ 

•^ last, oonvinced that his applica^ 

he addressed hiTnaftlf to Madao 
would interfere in his favour ; o 
pvocure another ticket for hersel 

**Mafoi, Sir/' answered she 

weH have had the complaisance 

aamre you, I don't approve of n< 

f joa may keep your tickets to yc 

none of em." 

This rebuke almost overset him 
and said that he should certainly 
but that he had no notion the 5 
fused him, and, on the contraiy 
would have asBisted him to persni 

This ezcnae appeased her ; an( 
■noeesafnlly, tha^ to mv crreat c 



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ETILIXt. 182 

diBt ihe declared, when be was gone, he was the prettiest 
yxjaag DLan she had Rcen Gince she c&me to Kuvlaiid. 

Aa sooD as I could find an oppDrtnnitj, I ventiired, in 
the most hnmble maimer, to intrnt Madfune Dnral would 
not inidst upon my attending her to thii) ball ; and repre- 
seut«d to lier, aa well aa I was able^ the im^ogriety of my 
aoccpting any present from a yoang man so entirely un- 
known to me : bat she langhed at my Bcmples ; called me 
« foolish, ignorant conntry-girl ; and said she shonld make 
it her basiness to teach me something of the world. 

This ball ia to be next week. I am sure it is not moro 
improper for, th&n unpleasant to me, and I will nse every 
possible endeaTonr to avoid it. Perhaps I may apply to 
MisB Br&nghton for advice, as I believe she will be willing 
Xo nesist me, from diali Icing, equally with myself, that I 
should danoe with Mr. Smith. 

June llik. 

O, my dear Sir ! I have been shocked to death ; and yet 
at the same time delighted beyond expression, in the hope 
that I have happily b^n the instrument of saving a human 
cnstnre from deetmction. 

This morning Madame Duval said she would invite the 
Branghfon family to return our visit to-morrow ; and, not 
choofung to rise herself, — for she generally spends the 
morning in bed, — she desired me to wait upon them with 
her message. M. Ihi Bois, who jnst then called, insisted 
upon attending me- 

llr. Branght«n was in the shop, and told ns that his son 
■nd daughter were oat ; but desired me to step up stairs, 
■a ho very soon expect«d them home. This I did, leaving 
M. Dn Bois below. I went into the room where we had 
dined tlia day before ; and, by a wonderful chance, I hap- 
pened BO to seat myself, that I had a view of the stairs, 
and yH cottid not be seen from them. 

Id about ten minntes time, I saw, passmg by the door, 
with a look perturbed and afErighted, the same young man 
I menLioned in my last letter. Not heeding, as I suppose, 
how he went, in turning the corner of the stwre, which are 
narrow and winding, hia foot slipped and ho fell ; but 
intly riatng, I plainly perceived the end of 



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186 ITILIXA. 

pistol, wliich started from his pookei by hitiang againsl 
tlie stairs. 

I was inezpressiblj shocked. All that I liad heard of 
his misery occurring to mj memory, made me coaadode 
that he was, at that very moment, nieditafcing nuGidel 
Stmck with the dreadful idea, all my strength se e me d to 
fail me. He moved on slowly, yet I soon lost sight of him ; 
I sat motionless with terror; all power of actum forsook 
me ; and I grew almost stiff with norror ; till reooilectiiig 
that it was yet possible to prevent the fatal deed, all my 
faculties seemed to return, with the hope of saving him. 

My first thought was to fly to Mr. Branghton; but I 
feared, that an instant of time lost might for ever be med ; 
and, therefore, guided by the impulse of my apprehensions, 
as well as I was able I followed him up stfurs, stepping 
very softly, and obliged to support myself by the banmsters. 

When I came within a few stairs of the landing-place I 
stopped ; for I could then see into his room, as he hkd not 
yet shut tbn door. 

He had put the pistol upon a table, and had his hand in 
his pocket, whence, in a few moments, he took out another: 
he then emptied something on the table from a small leather 
bag ; after which, taking up both the pistols, one in each 
hand, he dropt hastily upon his knees, and called oat, " O, 
Grod ! — ^forgive me ! '* 

In a moment strength and courage seemed lent to me as 
by inspiration : I started, and rushing precipitately into 
the room, just caught his arm, and then, overcome by my 
own fears, I fell down at his side breathless and senseless. 
My recovery, however, was, I believe, almost instantaneous; 
and then the sight of this unhappy man, regarding me 
with a look of unutterable astonishment, mixed with con- 
cem, presently restored to me my recollection. I aiose» 
though with difficulty ; he did the same ; the pistols, as I 
soon saw, were both on the floor. 

Unwilling to leave them, and, indeed, too weak to move, 
I leant one hand on the table, and then stood perfectly 
still; while he, his eyes cast wildly towards me, seemed 
too infinitely amazed to be capable of either speech or 
action. 

I believe we were some minutes in Ibis e nir a o pdinaiy 



187 

lilaBliaB} but, as ntj Btrength retorned, I felt myself botb 
ubamed and awkward, and moved towards the door. Pale 
taA motiotdess, he snffered me to pass, without changing 
^^^H poBtnro, or attermg & syllable ; and, indeed, 
^^^B tie Idok'd a bbiodleis imi^ of despur. — Pont. 

^^^fwliea I Kfiched the door, I tamed roimd ; I looked 
^^^ftpfnllj" at the pistols, and, impelled by an eniotion I conid 
not repruis, I hastily stepped back, with an intention of 
aim"ing them away : bat tieir wretched owner, perceiTing 
my design, and recovering irom his Bstoniahment, darting 
Middenly down, eeized them both himeelf. 

Wild with fright, and Bcarce knowing what I did, I 
cftoght, almost involimtarily, hold of both his arms, and 
vxebumed, " O, Sir ! have mercy on yooreelf ! " 

Tbe guOty pistols fell from his h&nda, which, disengaging 
from me, he fervently clasped, and cried, " Sweet Heaven ! 
is this thj angel P " 

Enomiraged by ench gentlenees, I again attempted to take 
the piatoU ; bnt, with a look half fronttc, he again prevented 
me, nying, " What woald yon do? " 

" Awaken yoa," I cried, with a courage I now wonder at, 
" to worthier thooghts, and rescee yoa from, perdition-" 

I then soiled the pistols ; he said not & word, — he made 
DO flflort to stop me ; — I glided qoick by him, and tottered 
down ataire ere he had recovered from the extremeet ftmaze- 

The moment I reached again the ropm I had so fearfnlly 
left, I threw away the pistols, and flinging myself on the 
fint ehair, gave free vent to the feelinge I had moat pain- 
fully stifled, in a violent burst of tearv, which, indeed, 
proved a happy relief to me. 

In this aituation I remained some time ; bnt when, ut 
length, 1 lifted ap my head, the firet object I saw was the 
poor man who b&d occasioned my terror, standing, as if 
petrified, at the door, and gasing at me with eyes of wild 
wonder. 

I vtarted from the choir ; bnt tremliled so excessively, 
(list I aliDoet instantly sunk again into it. He then, though 
witliout advancing, Ukd, in a faultering voice, said, " Who- 
•MT. QC whatever you are, relieve me, I pray you, from ths 



188 lYILDIA. 

Buspenoe nnder which my soul laboon— And USL me if indari 
I do not dream ? " 

To this address, so smgnlar^and so solemn, I had not than 
the presence of mind to frame any answer; bat as I pra- 
sentlj perceived that his eyes tnmed from me to the pislolsy 
and that he seemed to intend regaining them, I eocerted all 
my strength, and saying, ** O, for Heaven's sake fo ribe ar ! ** 
I rose and took them myself. 

'* Do my senses deceive me ! ** cried he, " do I live— P and 
do you f " 

As he spoke he advanced towards me ; and I, still gnaid- 
ing the pistols, retreated, saying, *' No, no— you mnat not— 
most not have them ! " 

''Why — for what purpose, tell me!— doyoa withhold 
them ? "— 

"To give you time to think; — ^tosave yon from etornal 
misery ; — and, I hope, to reserve you for mercy and for- 
giveness.'* 

" Wonderful ! " cried he, with uplifted hands and eyes, 
" most wonderful ! " 

For some time he seemed wrapped in deep thooght^ tiD 
a sudden noise of tongues below announcing the approach 
of the Branghtons, made him start from his reverie : he 
sprung hastily forward, — dropt on one knee,— Kaiaght 
hold of my gown, which he pressed to his lips ; and then, 
quick as lightning, he rose, and flew up stairs to hia own 
room. 

There was something in the whole of this extraordinary 
and shocking adventure, really too afEecting to be borne ; 
and so entirely had I spent my spirits, and exhansted my 
courage, that before the Branghtons reached me, I had snnk 
on the ground without sense or motion. 

I believe I must have been a very horrid sight to them 
on their entrance into the room ; for to all appearance, I 
seemed to have suffered a violent death, either by my own 
rashness, or the cruelty of some murderer, as the pistols 
had fallen close by my side. 

How soon I recovered I know not ; but, probably I was 
more indebted to the loudness of their cries than to fhar 
assistance; for they all concluded that I was dead, and, 
for some time, did not make any effort to revive me. 



199 



Scarcely coald I recollect vihere, or indeed what, I was, 
tm thej poured npOQ me such a torreiit of qnestioiia and 
«nqtiirie8, that I \td£ almost etntmed with tiieir Tociferation. 
Howerer, u bood, and as well u 1 was able, I ende^Toiirad 
to ntiutf their cariosity-, hy reconiitiiig what bad happened 
as clearly ae was in m; power. They all looked agfakst at 
the tecit&l ; but, not being well enough ta enter into any 
ducmaions, 1 begged to have a chair called, and to reCnrB 
instantly home; 

Before I left tliem, I recommended, with gnat earnect- 
neaa, a Tigilunt observance of their unhappy lodger ; and 
that they woald take care to keep from him, if poanble^ all 
means of self-destruction. 

M. Dn Bois, who seemed extremely coaoerned at my 
indisposition, walked by tlie side of the chair, and saw toe 
safe to my own apartment. 

The reehnesa and the misery of this ill-fated yoong mao 
engross nil my thonghl^. If indeed, he is bent Ttpoo de- 
Btrqring liimseif, all efforts to save him will be fruitless. 
How ranch do I wish it were in my power to djscover tlie 
nature of the malady which thaa maddens him aad to offer 
or to ptncnre deviation to bia sofferings ! I am sore, my 
dcarext Sir, yon will be mncb concerned for Uiis poor man ; 
and, were yon here. I doubt not bnt yon would End some 
meibod of awakening him from the error which blinds him, 
and of pouring the balm of peace and comfort into his 
afflicted soul! 



LETTEH XLIT. 



Dl COHTIHUlTtOX. 



SoHiom, Jtau \3tk. 

\;'EST£RDAT aU the Braugbtooa dined bera. Oar 
. oonTanation was almost wholly concerning the adrciu 
tnro of tlio day before, ilr. BrangUton aaid, that his fintt 
thought was instantly to torn liia lodger ont of doon, 
" Ijnt," oontiBiwd he, " his killing himself in my house 
dlOvU bring' mm into any trunble : bat thso I was afiaid 



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to b> Of ly lorlwd my won H^ 
I ft singf iriUflliy to mj pflHain kn 
giniiaM, and told me lie would 
and a good deal more such sor 
keep it till lie could pay me." 

" It is ten to one, father/' sai 
came ^drlj by it.** 

" Veay likely not," answered 
great difference, for I shall be a 
<• all one." 

What principles ! I coold ha 

*' I'm determined,*' said the a 

tonitj to a&ront him soon, no^ 

i beoaoaeoftheairshegayehimael 

And pray how was that, chi 
Why, yon never knew such 
made, faeoMiM one day at dinnc 
that I Bnpposed he had never go 
life before he came to England 
paBsioD as yon can't think: bm 
notioe of it : for to be sore, ihh 
gentleman, or he'd never go to b 
ever, he won't pat his tricks npo 

"Wen," said Miss Polly, "1 
czeature to what lie was. and ha 



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1 BOTC," said MiBB Branghton, "Uiae i§ weloome; 
■ 1117 p&rli I ehould be quite ashamed of gdcIi s 
y conqiu^t." 

b was tlir conversation till t«a-time, nlien the appear- 
£ Mr. Smith gave a new turn to the diBcoaret-. 
a Branphlon desired me to remark with what a rmart 
• entered the room, and asked me if he had not very 
alUy look ? 

" criod he, adraaciiig to ne, " you ladies moat sot 
t; wherever I go I always make it a rule to 
e ladies." 

3 then, handing Misa Branghton to the next chair, he 
d hitnself between ne. 

PFell, now, ladieg, I think we sit very well. What say 
^ for my part I think it was a very good motion." 
'{ my consin likes it," said Uiaa Branghton, " I'm sure 
o objection." 

'' cried he, " I alwaye study what the ladies Jike, — 
■ my first thought. And, indeed, it is hat natural that 
■i«^oald like but to sit hy the gentlemen, for what can 



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e another P 



Bay ! " cned young Branghton ; " 0, never too think 
" t, they'll find enough to aay, I'll be sworn. Ton know 

levor tired of talking." 

:, Tom," said Mr. Smith, " don't be severe 
) ladies ; when I'm by, yon know I always take 

', when Uias Branghton offered me some cake, 
a. of gallantry said, " Well, if I was that lady, I'd 
ke any thing from a woman." 
y not. Sir ? " 

a I should be afraid of being poisoned for bi 

o is aerere upon the ladies now f" said I, 

ly, really, Ma'am, it was a shp of the tongoe ; I did 

Old to say saeh a thing ; but one can't always be 00 

*, the conversation turning apon pnblic ptaoaa, 
uked if I had ever been to Qeorge'i al 



r heard the place mentioned." 



192 ITBLDIA. 

« Didn't jou, Miss," cried heettgerfy; '^whj^tikmijaa^w 
a deal of fun to come, I'll promiBe 70a ; aiud, I tul jam 
what, I'll treat yon there some Sunday, soon. 80 nofw. Bid 
and Poll, be sure jon don't tell Mjbs aboat the oiudzs, and 
all that, for I've a mind to snrpriee her ; and if I paj, I 
think IVe a right to have it my own way." 

'' G^eorge's at Hampstead ! " repeated Mr. Smith oontemp- 
tnoufilj; how came yon to think the yoong lady would 
like to go to such a low place as that ! Bat^ W^Jf ^^**''^ 
have yon ever been to Don Saltero's at Chelsea ? " ^ 

"No, Sir." 

" No ! — ^nay, then I mnst insist on haying tiie pleasure ol 
conducting you there before long. I assure yon, Ma*am, 
many genteel people go, or else, I giye you my word, Jahoold 
not recommend it." 

" Pray, cousin,*' said Mr. Branghton, ** haye you been at 
Sadler's Wells yet ? " « 

" No, Sir." 

" No ! why, then you've seen nothing ! " 

" Pray, Miss," said the son, " how do you like the Tower 
of London ? " 

" I have never been to it. Sir." 

" GK)odnes8 ! " exclaimed he, " not seen the Tower ! — ^why, 
may be, you ha*n't been o' top of the Monument^ neither ? " 

" No, indeed, I have not." 

" Why, then, you might as well not have come to London 
for aught I see, for youVe been no where." 

" Pray, Miss," said Polly, " have you been all oyer Paol s 
Church yet ? " 

"No, Ma'am." 

" WeU, but, Ma'am," said Mr. Smith, " how do yoa like 
Vauzhall and Mary bone ? " 

" I never saw either, Sir." 

" No— God bless me ! — ^you really surprise me^— -wl^ 



^ Don Saltero's, Cheyne Walk, ChelaM. A oofiee4io«iM and 

opened in 1695 by one Salter, a barber, nidcnamed *' Don Saltavo." Ht 
drew teeth, wrote reraes, and had a coUeotioo of cnriositiea which vm 
diapened bjr sale in 1799. 

* Sadler^ Wells, named from a ipring of mineral water, di acwma dhy 
one Sadler in 1683, In the garden of a hooae he had newly 
M '' Sadler's Mnsio-Hal]." 



BVSLtHA. 193 

V&nxhall u the fitst pleamire in life ! — I know nothing like 
;[. — ^Well, Ma'am, you mnBt have been with strange people, 
iinic«i, not to have tiikan you to Yaoihall. Why yoa hsTO 
eoea nothing of London ret. However, we inost try li toa 
c&n't make yon amends. 

In the cooreu ot this eaieekUm. many other places were 
mentioned, ot which 1 have foi^tten the names ; but the 
looks of surprise and contempt that my repealed negatiret 
incnrred were Teiy diverting. 

" Come," said Mr. Smith, aft«r t«A, "as this lady haa 
been with Buch a queer set of people, let's show het the 
difference ; suppose we go somewhere to-night ! — I lore to 
ilo things with spirit ! — Come, ladies, where shall we go ? 
Pur m; part I shoold like Foote's' — bat the ladies moak 
choose ; I never speak myself." 

Well, Ur. Smith is alvrays in sach spirits ! " said MiM 
Dghton. 

Why. yes. Ma'am, yee, thank God, pretty good spiriti ; 
— I have not yet the cares of the world upon me i — I m 
not marrvrf, — ha, ha, ha 1 — yon'U excuse me, ladies, — but I 
fan't help langbing I " - ■ - 

No objection being made, to my great relief we all pro- 
ceeded lo the little theatre in the SGiymorket, where I wm 
extremely entertained by the performance of the Minor and 
the Commissary.' 

They all returned hither to snpper. 

The little thntre in the Uajmuket [lo called to muii it oat fan 
„ ot Vuihru^, O'er the way), wu opened b 1720, U ww muM^ 
Ibirtv yewti; Foote, ui Bn«ll«it mimic, ui ictor, um! tha udhorcf 

• - •'' " '-J other pUy>. In 1777, Foots (old hit bcsoM U> tb* 

_ diedia tb« tame year. Thii tlu*tra wsi Htitnt ta 

to, and the pnwnl baaae oeeneA in 16S1. 
- r*» Mmw '■ and '■ TV CoBiniMOfy.'—" Thi! Minor "•!• by Pool*, 
u Am brought out in loo acta at Dublin {17U)), whwa ll «m 
cewM- la tha same year ihc author n-wrota it, polliBg il tets 
•eta, and prodnced it al the Uaymarket, vfaara ll km nrj tatnm 
Tha Minor" wai ciIoriDr4 Foole'i beat piece, iboosb it gate past 
the Method iilj.—-' The ComDiiaaar; ' ma aLo a thm aft 
Foot*. It waa pmduoid at the flaymarictt fa tTM 
Ota Comrm laary — Zachary Fnnfoa. TH^flP 
MM estent Uhen from ItoMuft a^ 





LETTER XLV. 



iTiLiKA IN cosrnnJAHOir. 



VTESTEBDAY moniiiig Msdamo Dnv&l a^ain aent o 
*■ Mr. Branghton'B, attended by M. Dn Bern, to n 
eome part; for the eTeuicg', because she had bad the vapon 
tike preceding day from staying at home. 

As I entered the shop, I perceived the nnfortnnateXoi 
Briton seated in a comer, with a book in bis hand. 3 
cast bia melancholy eyes np as we came in; and, I beliei 
immediately recoUected tuv face — for he Btart«d, and d 
ooioQT. I delivered Mada.meDnral's message to Ur.B ^ 
ton, who told me I ahonld find Polly np staira, but tltat tl 
others were gone ont. 

Up stftira, therefore, I went ; and, 8eat«d oi 
vritb Mr. Brown at her side, sat Wini Polly. I bit a li 
awkward at diatorbing them, and mnc^ more so at tbeir 
havioar afterwards ; for, ae soon as the oommoa enqsi 
were over, Mr. Brown grew so fond and so fooliah, that 
was extremely disgusted. Polly, all tlie time, only rebok 
him with, " La, now, Mr. Brown, do be quiet, can't yen f- 
yon should not behave so before company. — Why, no 
what will Miss think of me ? " — While her looka ptain 
showed not merely the pleasnre, bnt the pride whidt ■ 
took in his caresses. 

I did not by any means think it neoeasary to ptmiah 
self by witnessing their t«iidcmess ; and therefore te 
them I wonld see if Miss Brangfaton were retomed h 
I soon left them, and again descended into the shop. 

" So, Miss, yonVe L'ome again," said Mr. Bran^hto 
" what, I sappoge you've a mind to sit a little in thi ' 
and see how the world goes, hey, Misa ? " 

I made no answer ; and M. Dn Boia instantlj fa 
me a chair. 

The onhappy etranger, who bad risen at my tntr 
again seated himself ; and* though his head leant Un 



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conld BOt help ohserriDg, his ejts wcb« mo«t 
3 earnestly turned towards me. 
oia, as welt as bis broken English would allow 
roared to entertain as till the Tetoni of Mil 

. ^ and her brother. 

" Lord, bow tired I am ! " cried the fanner ; " I hare soi 
a foot to Btaod npon." And, then, without anj cercmonjr, 
■ ijlhs flung hetseli into the chair from which I bad ruen u 
oeire her. 

"Toa tired ! " said the brother ; " why, then, what naat 
^Iw. that hare walked twice as far ? " And, with eqnal 
, he paid the same compliment to M. Dn Beta 
b his Btfter bad done to me. 

dtairs and three Gtools completed the fsmititra of 

1 shop ; and Mr. Branghton, mho chose to keep hti own 

^ leat liiinself , desired U. Da Boie to take another ; and tha 

Keeiog that I was withoat any, called ont to the Kixaitgm, 

" Come, Ms. Macartney, lend na jonr BtooL" 

Shocked at their mdenesB, I declined the offer ; and, 
approarhing Mias Brangbton, said, " If yon will be bo good 
aa to make room for ms on your chair, there will be no oc- 
caeioD to dietorb that gentleman." 

" Lord, what signifies that ? " cried the brother ; " be haa 
had hia share of sittiiig, I'll be sworn." ' 

"And, if he has not," said the sister, "he has achair npi 
stairs i and the shop is oar own, I hope." 

This grossneae bo inach disgnsted me, that I took tte 
atool, and carrying it back to Mr. Macartney mjaelf, 
turned him thanks as civilly as I could for hia polif 
but said that I had rather stand. 

He looked at me as if nnaccustomed to such attestjo8( 
bowed very respectfaUy, bat neither spoke nor yet mad« 
use of it, 

I Boon fonnd that I was an object of derision to all pr»- 
sout, except M. Du Boia ; and, therefore, I begged Mr. 
SmnghlAQ would give me an answer for Madame Dnval, m 
I WHS in haste to retorn. 

" Well, then, Tom, — Biddy, where have yon a mind to go 
to-night P yonr aont and Miss want to be abroad and 
amongst them." 

" Why then, Papa," said Miss BrasghtOD, " we'll go to 




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" x'u nu joa wbaA, Tom, : 

m makB joa repent it^ — du 

Jnrt tlien Mr. Smith came 

to intend passing throngli ; I: 
and began a most courteous 
testing, that, had he known 
oome down sooner. ''Bnt, 
" what is the reason you stac 
me the seat from which I hsA 

" Mr. Smith, yon are come 
Branghton, '' to end a dispute 
•boat where they shall all go 

" O fie, Tom, — dispute wit 
''NoWy as for me, I'm for t 
jonng lady is of the party; 
another to me, so that it be bi 
would go any where with yo 
indeed* it were to church ; — ha 
Ma'am; bnt^ really, I never 
panon ; — ha^ ha, ha ! — Beallj 
lor being so rude ; but I c 
life!'' 

" I was just saying, Mr. Si 
''that I should like to go to 
where should you like to go ? ' 



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■nppoae it would be laLher hot at the coftee-honae : — how- 
ercr, prnT, ladiea, settle it among ^onreelTes ; — Vm agree- 
^le to ffltateTer 5011 choosa" 

It was ess; for me bo discover, that thiam&o, witk aQ hia 
jNuude of eonformiiy, objects to every thing that is not pro- 
posed hj himself : bat be ia bo mnch admired hj this family 
for bis gentU^, that he thinka himself a complete fbe 
gectloman 1 

" Come," said Mr. Branghton, "the best waj will be to 
pat it to the vote, and then every bodv will speak their 
minds. Biddj^, call Poll down stairs. We'll start tair." 

" Iiord, Papa," said Mies Branghton, " why can't jon m 
well send Tom? — ^yon'ro always seodicg me of the 
errands " 

A dispute then ensaed, bat Uiss Branghton was obhged 

\Vben Mr. Brown and Miss Polly made their appeaiaBoe^ 
the latter ottered many complainta of having beni called, 
saving, she did not want to come, and was very well where 

"Now, ladies, yonr votes," cried Ur. Smith ; "and so^ 
Ma'am (to me), we'll begin with yon. What place shall 
yoo like best ? " and then, in a whisper, he added, " I assore 
yon. I shall say the same as yon do, whether I like it or 

I said, that as I wa« ignorant what choice was in my 
power, I must beg to hear their decisions first This was 
rclactantly assented to ; and then Uiss Branghton vot«d 
fur Saltero's CoSeO'honse ; her sister, for a party to Mothar 

^^ed Cap's;' the brother for White- Conduit Hoose; Mr. 

^^Htown, for Bagvigge Wells ; ^ Mr. Bmngbton, for Sadler'i 

^^■ells ; and Mr. Smith, for VauxhaU. 

^^H" Well now. Ma'am," said Mr. Smith, " we have all spoken, 

^^Bld BO yon must give the casting vote. Come, what will 

^^Km fix npon ? 

^^m " Sir," answered I, " I was to speak lait." 

< JKrfW RtJeap-i.-At tfac end of Bigb Straei, Cuatdm Town. It 
hs* been rebuilt, uid li oalj 1 pablic-haiue. 

> Bao'iggt WflU, Cold Bai/i Field:— A kind at mlnar Vknball. 
tDii/ftt frwtfifllpd fbiaurJ^j b/ the lower ain of 11 * 



They all looked at me, as i 
they had heard me right : bi 
prifle g9,Ye way to a rude bni 

Very much displeased, I 
was not ready to go, I wonlc 
■elf. 

O yes, he said, he was alw] 

lir. Smith then, adyanciiig 
and begged me not to leave tib 
tug's ^£n. 

*' I nave nothing, Sir," said 

mtention to stay at home ; and 

' ' I . be so good as to send Mftdam 

flxed upon, when it is conyeni 

And then, inalring a slight 

How mncli does my di^gnsl 
pity for poor Mr. Macartney ! 
om avoid so doing ; but I am 
portnnity in my power to show 
whose misfdrtojdes with this h 
jeet of soom. I was, howeye 
I)a Bois, who, far fpom -ini^^ 



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m ftffair, luid assnred him I ehanld not mjvit^ 3a waa aa 
officious, thiit be would not bepieTBOedapovtoTrtiiiBban^ 
tiU be Imd waJked wiOj us to Mr. Dawkins'*. 

Madame Daval was very madi displcAsed that I farongfat 
tier so little satisfaction. White- Condait Hooae wm kk 
last fixod upon ; and, notwithBtaoding ibj great dislike ot 
such jiartiiie and sach pl&ceft, I waa obliged to m 
them. 

Very disagreeable, and mnch acoording to my < 
tions, the evening proved. There were many pM^ i 
smart and gandj', and bo pert end low-bred, thmt I oo«! 
bardly endare bemg Bmonget them ; bat tbe pai^ to irineh, 
uofortanately, I belonged, eeemed all atitome. 



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■nLDIl TO THI EXr. HK. TILI.UI. 



'^^/ESTERDAY Mr. Smith canied hia point of m^Ung % 
*- partf for Vsaxhall,' consisting of Madame DbtsI, U. 
Dn Buis, all the BTanghtons, Mr. Brown, hitnu ^lf, — -v^ 
nte ! — for I Snd all endearonrs Tain to escape any tfaiag 
which these people desire I shonld not. 

There were twenty diepntes prFvioas to our setting oot; 
first, as to the time <^ oar going : Mr. Brangbton, his son, 
and ronng Brown, were for six o'clock ; and all the ladies 
and Mr. Smith were for eight; — the latter, howerer, bob- 

Then, aa to the way we should go ; some were for a boat) 
othora for A coach, and Mr. Branghlon himself was for 
waUdng 1 but the boat at length waa decided npon. Indeed 
this was the only port of tbe expedition that was agreeable 
to me \ for the Thames was delightfully pleasant. 

■ Vaoxball, oiKC New Spring Gardeiu, > fuhionable plicc nf jnitille 
nvirl rnim leei ttnost lo tbe end of tbe nign of GeoT)r* lU. Tli« 
pTic« oT ailmiHioD wu dim ibiiling ap to tbi lamDiiir of 1798, •)>« il 



' The garden ia very pretty, bnt too fonDftl ; I 
hsTe been better pleased, hod it ctmststod less of 

traJke, where 

Gmve nodf &t ffove, each ailsj hM its bnillitr. 



The treea, the ntuneroiiB lights, and the company to ._ 
circle round the orchestrs make a most brilliant ftcd n 
appearance ; and had 1 been with a partr less ciiM grt-— M 
to me, I should have thoaght it a place formed for aoiB 
tion and pleasure. There was a concert ; in the coorM 
which a hantboifi concerto was bo charmicg'lj played, tU 
could have thought myself upon enchanted giwind, had I hi 
Bpirit^ more g«ntlc to associate with. The hantbois ia t 
open air is heavenly. 

Mr. Smith endeaTOured to attach himeelf to mev wi 
Buoh officious assidnity and impertinent freedom, that 
qnito sickened me. Indeed M. Dn Bois was the only ebi 
of the party to whom, volnutarily, I ever addressed myttU 
He is civil and reapectfnl, and I have fonnd nobody <to 
BJnoe I left Howard Grove. His English ia very b*d j h 
I prefer it to speaking French myseli, which I dan a 
veatore to do. I converse with him frequently, both 
disengage myself from others, and to oblige Ml ' 
Duval, who ia always pleased when he is attended to. 

As we were walking abont the orchestra, I heard a 
ring ; and, in a moment, Mr. Smith, flying np to mn, 
my hand, and, with a motion too quick to he rcaiKtod, 
away widi me many yards before I had breath to m^ 
meaning, though I struggled, as well sa I could, to gi^ ' 



At last, however, I insisted upon stopping : " Sim 
ping, Ma'am ! " cried he, " why we must run onor wvihu 
lose the cascade ! 



And then again he hurried me away, mixing with kct 
of people, all running with so much velocity, that I a 
not imagine what had raised snob an oJarm. We i 
BOOH followed by the rest of the party; and my e_.,_. 
and ignorance proved a source of diverBioa to them ■ 
which was not exhansted the whole evening. Tona) 
Branghton, in particnhu-, Unshed till he oonid b«r4(] 
stand, 






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m at the eascadle I thongbt extremely pretty, and 
i tSoct >bikiiig and lively. 

« not the only snrpriee which wae to divert 

t mj expense ; for they led me about the guden 

Ij to enioy my first sight of Tarions other deceptdooB. 

t ten o c^clc. Mr. Smith having chosen a box in a 

1 plwK, we bU went to anpper. Mach 

loimd with every thiag that was ordered, though 

aot ft morael of any thing was left; and the deameas of 
the proTutona. with conjectures upon what profit was made 
hy Umn, Ripplied diacourse daring the whole meal. 

Whoo wine and cyder were brought, Mr. Smith said, 
^<-iir krt'i enjoy ourselves; now is the time, or never. 
' 11, U&'am, knd how do yon like Vanxhall P " 
■ Lika it I " cried young Brangbton ; " why, how can she 
help bking it t she has never seen snch a place before, that 
rU aa«ww for." 

" for my portt" sud Miaa Branghton, " 1 like it because 
■• -.n not mlgnr." 

Thla most liavo been a fine treat for yon. Miss," said 
- Bnnghton ; " why, I suppose you waa never so happy 
^ kU yonr life before ? " 

' STonrsd to express my Batisfaction with some 
. jn^ I believe, they were much amazed at my 

lOWHit to stay in town till the last night," said 
Ion; "and then, it's my belief, she'd say 
A it 1 Why, Lord, it's the best night of any ; 
I a riot, — and there the folks mn aboat, — sad 
h squealing sud squalling ! — and, tlierev bU 
toheoke, — and the women run gldniper scamper. 
K wold not take five guineas to miss the last 

f gUd when they all grew tired of sitting, and 
'ter to pay Uie bill. The Miss Branghtons 
mtk on while the gentlemen settled the 
ad mt to accompany them ; which, how- 

y do as yon please," said Madame Duval ; 
1 pcomiM you, I sba'n't go nowhere withont 



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*' No more, I Bnppoee, will my eoium," 
BrangUoD, looking reproachfully towards iir. 

This reSection, which I feared would fiattor hlMl 
mode me most unfortamitelr reqaeet Uadmne Dbi 
miasion to attend them. She granted it; and 
went, having promised to meet in the room. 

To the room, therefore, I wonld immcdiatalj havogoii*: 
bnt the sisters agreed that they would Grot have a lUtU 
fleaiare ,- and they tittered and talked ao lond, that they 
attracted nniversal notice, 

" Lord, Polly," said the eldest, "sappoee we were to take 
a torn in the dark walks ! " 

" Aye, do,'' answered she; " and then we'll bideonnehn^ 
«nd then Mr. Brown will think we are lost." 

I remonstrated very warmly against this plan, teUlBg 
th«m it wonld endanger onr miaaiag tite rest of t^ fMftf 
all the evening, 

" O dear," cried Miss Bronghton, " I thought how uneasy 
Miss would be without a beau ! '' 

This impertinence I did not think worth answering ; and, 
qnite by compnlsion, I followed them down a long aUey,m 
which there was hardly any light. 

By the time we came near tho end, a large fwrtj of 
gentlemen, apparently very riotons, and who were huloiv 
ing, leaning on one another, and laughing immodetatalyi. 
seemed to rush suddenly from behind some boeB, ud. 
meeting us face to face, pnt their arms at their sidaa, and 
formed a kind of circle, which first stopped our prnrnoting. 
and then oar retreating, for we were presently eaturalT on- 
closed. The Miss Branghtons screamed aloud, uid I wm 
frightened exceedingly ; our screams were answered wilk 
bursts of luiight«r, and for some minntcB we war« kvpi 
prisoners, till at last one of them, rudely seizing bold of ni^i 
said I was a pretty little creature. 

Terrified to death, I straggled with such vehetnenoa to 
disengage mjaelf from him, that I succeeded, in epito ofkii 
efforts to detain mo ; and immediately, and with a avriftnos 
which fear only could have given me, I flew rather Urut laa 
Dp the walk, hoping to secure my safely by retnnunv lo 
the tights and company we had so foolishly left : bul haait 
I oonld possibly accomplish my purpoae, I wu moi by- 




* purtT "' men, one of whom placed himsetf so 
Unctif m nxy way, calling oat, " Whither so fast, mj 
fa>n f " — that I ooald onlj have proceeded by nmiung into 

,t both my hande, by diffefreot persons, were 

t bold of, uid one of them , in a moat familiar manner, 

a next, to accompany me in a race ; while 

t of Ae party stood stUl and langbed. 

t distrBct«d witli terror, and 

^, that I could not speak ; till another, ad- 

i, I <ru ae handsome as an tngel, and desired 

B puty. I then jast articntated, " For Heaven'! 

Nam, lot me pass I " 

' tiien rufiliing suddenly forward, exclaimed, 
nd earth I what voict- Is that ?—" 
"The TMce of the prettiest little actress I hare seen Qiia 
a^e," answered one of my persecators. 

" No, — no, — no — " I panled out, "I am no actress — pray 
1st me go, — pray let me pass—" 

"Bjr all tDAt's tacred," cried the same voice, which I 
&n KOBw for Sir Clement Willonghby's, " 'tiB herself 1 " 

•* Sir Clanisnt Willonghby ! " cried I. " O, Sir, assist — ^^ 
■Mist B«— or I sbail die with terror I " 

" OmUnavn," cried he, disengaging them all from me 
IB «ll ioatnit, " pray leave this lady to me." 

Load I)Hik4u proceeded from every moath, and two or 

tbrm nid WiUintghby has off the luek ! But one of them, 

tB ft pBaioiiate manner, vowed he would not give ine up, 

far taat he had the Srst right to me, and would Bap]x>rt it. 

■* Ton are miataken." said Sir Clement, " this lady is — 

-^11 explain mywlf to you another time ; bat^ I assore you, 

- M« all mistaken." 

And tiiea taking my willing hand, he led me off, amidst 
-.ae load aoclatnatiuns, laughter, and gross merriment of tua 
ospertioe&t companions. 

As MOB as we had eec^ied from them. Sir Clement, with 
ank* of mpriw, exclaimed, " Uy dearest creature, what 
*, what Bttasgv revolntion, has broaght yon to each 

my sitnation. and extremely mortified to be 
* by him, I was for some time silent ; wad 



a not as thia ? 
Aabaaed of 



fwented my sooner noticmg, |m 
tnow not how, into another c^ 
the pkce whither I meant to bxj,! 
" Good God I " I cried, " X' 
yoa going ? " 

" Where," answered he, '■ we 
Astoniahed at this speech, I a 
I would go no farther, 

" And why not, my angel ? 
my hand. 

My heart beat with resentment -j 
me with all my strength, s ' 
me with snch inBolence p 
" Lisolence ! " repeated he. 
''Yes, Sir Clement, itmUiuia; 
^had a claim for protaction,- 

"By Heaven," cried he. with 1 
me ;— why, teU me,— why do I a 
place for Miss AnrilJe ?— these . 
DO companion I—by aU that's 
my senses I " 

Extremely offended at this speed 

tim : and, not deigning to maksl 

, towards that part of the garden i' 

ft ughta and commin.' 



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I ooold not bear Uiie Btrango coarmer of epeakuig; it 
aii^ niy Terjr aool alitidder,~and I buret into tears. 

He flnr to me, and actuaUy dang himself at mj feet, as 
if regutUeae who might see him, eajisg, " 0, Miss AuviJle, 
— toTatitct (rf women, — forgive my, — my — I beseech yoa 
if gi v w me ; — if I have oSesded — if I have liart you— I conld 
kill nywiU al the thought ! — " 

" So matter, Sir, no matter," cried I ; " if I can but 
ftnd tuT (riands, — 1 will never Bpeak to — never see you 

** Good God ! — good Heaven ! — my dearest life, what is 
it I bftTH done ? — what is it I have said ? — " 

Yoa be«t W>w, Sir, u-hat and why : but dom't hold me 
WPgone ; and do you ! " 
" jikit ttU yon forgive me !^I cannot part with you in 
atmiKT." 

" For thame, for ahamc, Sir ! " cried I, indignantly, " do 
JOB nip{n*c I Bm to be thus compelled P — do yon take 
•d*»Btw« of the absence of my friends to affront me ? " 

"No, Madam," cried be, riaing : " I would sooner forfeit 
mf Ufa than act bo mean a part Bnt you have flong me 
into anuucmcnt nnspeakable, and you wUl not condescend 
to Uttta to my reqneet of giving me some explanation." 
" Tho manner, Sir," said I, " in which you spoke that 
' ■, and will make, me acorn to answer it,'' 
1 will own to joQ, I expected not sQclr die- 
ii from Mias Anville." 
" Perbapa, Sir, if you had, yon would leea Toluntorily 
fasra nented it." 
** Mj deanat life, anrely it most be known to you, that 
'OM not breathe who adores yon bo passionately, 
ly, so tenderly aa I do ! — Why, then, will you 
ik in pv|dexing me ? — in l^eping me in snspenae ? — 
g me with doubt ? " 

u perplexing you! — yon are much mia- 
^Tonr auBjienite, your doubts, your perptexitiee, — 
f Toor own creating ; and, believe me, Sir, they may 
t, bttt tbey can never delight me :— but aa yon have 
imrMlf taiBcd, yon must yourself aatisfy, them." 
" Good God 1 — that ancb hanghtineaa and auch awcetncM 



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t made no answer ; bot qaickening mj paoe I WBOndd 
silently andsnllenly, till this most impetnoDa of men, iDAtcl 
ing mj hand, which he gt«sped nith violence, beeraglit n 
to forgive him with each earnestness of Bupplicaboo, t* 
merely to escape his importonitaes, I was forced to • 
and in some meosore to grant tbe pardon he 
though it was accorded with a very ill grace : 
I knew not how to resist the hnmilitj of his int 
ueTer shall I recollect the occasion he gava ■ 
pleaenre, without feeling it renewed. 

We now Boon arrived in the midst of the g 
and, my own safety being then insnred, I gww t 
nneasy for the Miss Branghtons, whose danger, bowi 
impmdently incurred by their own folly, I too ««U I 
how to tremble for. To this consideration aU my pridA a 

I heart yielded, and I determined to seek my party with tl 
utmost speed ; thongh not withont a sigh did I recoUeet tl 
froitlees attempt I had made after the opera, of o 
from this man my unfortunate connections, which I i 
now obliged to make known. 
I hastened, therefore, to the room, with a view of wk 
ing jonng Brangfaton to the aid of his sisters. In a t _ 
short time I perceived Madame Daval, and the rest, loolp 
ing at one of the paintings. 
I must own to yon honestly, my dear Sir, that an in 
voluntary repugnance seized me at presenting sach « set (a 
Sir Clement, — he who had been nsed to see meinpMttM 
different ! — My paoe slackened afi I approached thiant, — I 
they presently perceived me. 
"Ah, llademoiielle .' " cried M. Du BoiB,"QM^a 
eharmS de vena voir ! " 
" Pray, Miss," cried Mr. Brown, " where's 'iiiaa Polly P ' 
"Why, Miss, you've been a long while gone," said III 
Branghton ; " we thought yaa'd been lost. Bat whal hax 
yon dons with your cousins P " 
I hesitated, — for Sir Clement regarded me wHh &loak C 
wonder. 
" Pardi," cried Madame Duval, " I shan't let yoa Ii 
me again in a harry. Wl^, here we'v* been ta toA : 
fright i — and all the while, I suppose, you've been *^fn^-ti^ 
nothing about the matter." ^^ 



aor 



Vdl," B&id yotmgBTanglitoti, "aalOBguHiaisci 
back, I don't mind ; for ae Ut Bid and PoU, thej emit I 
care of themselvea. Bnttbe beat jokvis, Ur. Snutb isgi 
all aboot & lookiiig for yon." 

These Bpeechea were made almoM in a breath : but w 
At last, they waited for aa aaawer, I told tbein, tlwt, h 
waUdcg ap one of the long alleys, we had been tr' ' ' 
end separated. 

" The long bUbjs I " repeated Hr. Bnngbton, " and, F>^ 1 
what had yon to do in the long alleya? why, to ba a 
yon mnat aU of yon have had a mind to be affronted ! " 

This apeecL was not more impertiiient to me, than : 
ptisiag to Sir Clement, who regarded all the par^ wiA { 
evident RatoniBhmeot. Howerer, I totd yonng Brangbtaa^ J 
uo time oagbt to be lost, f<H' thai his siMers migfal 
hifl inunedittte ptotaction. 

" But how will they get it P " cried thia bmtal brathcvt-l 
" if UieyVe a mind to behare in snch a manner aa that) ■ 
tiuiy ought to protect themseWeB; and so they may for 






Well," said the simple Mr. Brown, " whether yon go or 
I think I may aa well see aft«r Uiss Polly." 

The father then interfering, insisted that his aoa ihoald 
accompany him ; and away they went. 

It was now that Uadame Dnrol first perceircd Sir Cl^ 
ment ; to whom, turning with a look of great diapleaanre, 
she angrily said, " Mafai, so yon are comed here, of all Ha 
people in the world ! — I wonder, child, yon would let such 
a — such a ftrrum aa that keep company with yon." 

" 1 am very sorry, Madam," said Sir Clement, in a tone 
of Bnrprist', " if I have been eo nnfortnnate as to oSend you ; 
but 1 believe you will not regret the bononr I now have of 
stttfnding Uias Anville, when you hear that I have been so 
happy aa to do her some service." 

Jost as Madame Daval, with her nsnal ifa foi, was be- 
ginning to reply, the attention of Sir Clement was wholly 
drawn from her, by the appearance of Mr. Smith, who, 
coming saddenly behind me, and freely pntting his hands on 
my shoulders, cried, " ho, my little runaway, have I found 
yoa tX last ? I have been scampering all over the garden* 
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above groand. — ^Bat how conld you be so crual as to leaTe 

TlflP" 

I tnmed ronxid to him, and looked with a degiee of oob- 
tempt that I hoped wonld Have qiiieted him : bat be bad 
not the sense to nnderstand me ; and, attempimg to tdka 
mj hand, he added, ** Such a demnre-looking ladj m joa 
are, who'd have thought of your leading one such a danoef 
— Come, now, don't be so 007 ; only think what a tionble I 
have had in nmning after yon ! " 

" The trouble. Sir," said I^x*' was of jour own dioioe,— 
not mine." And I walked round to the other side of 
Madame Duval. 

Perhaps I was too proud ; — but I could not endue that 
Sir Clement, whose eyes followed him with looks of the 
most surprised curiosity, should witness his unwelcome 
familiarity. 

Upon my removal he came up to me, and, in a low vmee, 
said, " You are not) then, mth the Mirvans P " 

" No, Sir." 

" And, pray, — ^may I ask, — have you left them long ? " 

" No, Sir." 

** How unfortunate I am ! — ^but yesterday I sent to 
acquaint the Captain I should reach the Qrove by to-mor- 
row noon ! However, I shall get away as fast as possible. 
Shall you be long in town ? " 

« I beHeve not. Sir." 

"And then, when you leave it — which way — ^will you 
allow me to ask, which way you shall travel ? " 

" Indeed, — I don't know." 

" Not know ! — ^But do you return to the Mirvans any 
more ? '* 

" I— I can't tell, Sir." 

And then I addressed myself to Madame Duval, with 
such a pretended earnestness, that he was obliged to be 
silent. 

As he cannot but observe the great change in my aitna- 
tion, which he knows not how to account for, there is some- 
thing in all these questions, and this unrestrained curiositT, 
that I did not expect from a man who, when he pleases, can 
be so well-bred as Sir Clement Willoughby. * He seems dis- 
posed to think that the alteration in my companions autho- 



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9{h> ■■ kHeisticni in his maanerg. It is true, he iiMe «lwsyi 
treated me with ancoiniiioii freedom, bnt nerer befora iriih 
eo diBTCspectfal un ubruptcess. This obsemtion, which b* 
luM giTeti inc cause to moke, of his changing teiih the tid«, j 
has rank him more in tny opinion thui asj' other part of 
bis oonilnct. 

Yet I conld almost havL' Unghed when I looked at Mr. 
8initii, who DO sooner saw me addressed b^ Sir Clement, 
than, nitnating aloof from the company, be seemed to loM 
11 once all his happy self -efficiency and conceit: looking 
now lU the baronet, cow at himself ; anryeying. witK sottow 
f ol «;es, his dress ; strack with his air, his geetorea, his 
ourf giuetj, he gazed at him with envious admiration, and 
Boemid himself, with conpciooa inferiority, to shriak into 
nothing.' 

Soon after, Mr. Brown, mnning up to us, called oot, " La, 
what, i'nt Miss Polly eome yet P " 

" Come," said Mr. Branghton ; " why, I thought job went 
'" fetch her yourself, didn't you ? " 

■" Tea, but I couldn't find her ; — yet I daresay I'to been 
r half the garden." 
Half ? bnt why did not you go over it all ? " 

" Why, so I will ; but only I thonght I'd just come and 
see if she was here first." 

" Bat where's Tom ? " 

" Why, I don't know ; for he would not stay with in«, all 
as ever I could say : for we met some yoong gentlames ol 
his acqnainlancc, und bo he bid me go and look by myself; 
for he mid, says he, I oan divert myself better another way, 
■ays he." 

This acGontit being given, away again went this silly 
roong man ; and Mr, Branghton, extremely incensed, said 
be would go and see after them himself. 

" So, now," cried Madame Duval, " he's gone too ! why, 
at tliia ntt, we ahitll have to wait for one or other of them 
alt night ! " 

Obaerring that Sir Clement seemed dis|>08ed to renew 

' " Dt. JnhnniD nid thrt Mr. Smitb'a mlpBr penllltly wu «dniir«bly 
pMtnyBdi and wheii Sir CtemetM joins Itasm, b« wid, Ibere itu a 
■hads or character prndlgiouily well tanked."— Diary o/Uadomt I/Ar- 

Kart L, Augum 3, 1778. 




II 1- J I ,■■*■ 

!■■, «d Digged to kiKT 

r I im ■Mended," aaid I 

bmr vncj thing in them ptf 

fmd at pictona, Ua'am ; and 

pnCtj pMAm is * — • wviy — u 

**So ^ I too," Bnid Uftdnrnt 
Wl wm who tiikt is meant for," 

-Ttet!— WI17, that, Ib'uo, 
ttink how I onne to be bo Btn) 
kk nanw ; — cikI jret, I know it 
hunuiu, he's ■> OmeraJ, Ma'am 

I M*r Sir Ctement bit« his 

"Well," s&id Uadame DaM 

' oT«r I see ! " 
*& aoBDis so cspital a figun 

' kt I imagine be mi 

irwaj." 

" Toi, Kr, yee," answered Mr, 

■nd hiriilj delisted at being 

perfeo^ right; — bat I canfioi 

iMme; — pe^apa, Sir. von tni" 




211 

;, whom hu liwl rcscaed from a party of ifiBoIont 

g men ; but lie liuJ not yet bcbn able tg £iid the eldest. 

^ Polly was really frightened, and declared she wonid 

»r go uito the dark wnlka again. Her father, leaving 

t with us, went in quest of her sister. 

liile ahe was relating her adventnrea, to which nobody 
tened more attentively than Sir Clement, we saw Mr. 
■own enter the room. " 0, la I " cried Miss Polly, " let 
me hide myself, and don't tell him I'm come." 

She thoQ placed herself behind Madame DnvaJ, in snch a 
manner that she could not be seen. 

" So Miss Polly is not come yet ! " said the simple swain : 
rell, I caji't tbiik where she can be ! I've been a looking, 
i looking, and looking all about, and can't find her sU I 
ado." 

"Well, bnt, Mr. Brown," said Mr. Smith, "sha'n't yoa 
b Kod look for the lady again ? " 
" Yea, Sir," snjd he, sitting down ; " but 1 mnat rest me 
"ttle bit first. You can't think how tired I am." 
" fie^ Mr. Brown, fie," cried Mr. Smitb, winking at us, 
.red of looking for a lady ! Go, go, for shame ! " 
■ So I wUI, Sir, presently ; bat you'd be tired too, if jon 
d walked so far: besides, I think she's gone out of the 
gnrden, or«laeImnst have seen something or other of her." 
A he, Tte, he! of the tittering Polly, now betrayed her, 
and 80 ended this ingenioas lilUe artifice. 

At last appeared Mr. Branghton and Miss Biddy, who, 
with a face of mixed anger and confusion, addressing herself 
to me, said, " So, Miss, so you ran away from me 1 Well, 
K-e if I don't do as much by you some day or other ! Bat I 
■.iiooght how it woold be; you'd no mind to leave the 
. .ntltinen, though you mn away from me." 

I wu GO much surprised at this atUck, that I could not 
EinAWBT her for very amazement ; and she proceeded to tell 
us lu>w ill she had been used, and that two young men had 
been mak'pg her walk up and down the dark walks by 
MiaolDt« force, and as fastasevcr they could tear ho r along i 
r particulan, which I will not tire you with 
I conclusion, looking at Mr. Smith, she taid, 
i, thonght 1, at leaat Edl the company will be 
n 1 little expected to find you all here, 




212 STILINA. 

talking as comfortably as ever you can. Howerery I know 
I may thank my consin for it ! " 

" I£ you mean me. Madam," said I, ve^ much Bhocked, 
" I am quite ignorant in what manner I can have been 
accessary to your distress." 

" Why, by running away so. If you'd stayed with us, m 
answer for it Mr. Smith and M. Du Bois would have come 
to look for us ; but I suppose they could not leare your 
ladyship." 

The foUy and unreasonableness of this speech would 
admit of no answer. But what a scene was this for Sir 
Clement ! his surprise was evident ; and I must acknow- 
ledge my confusion was equally great. 

We had now to wait for young Branghton, who did not 
appear for some time ; and during this interval it was with 
difficulty that I avoided Sir Clement, who was on the rack 
of curiosity, and dying to speak to me. 

When, at last, the hopeful youth returned, a long and 
frightful quarrel ensued between him and his father, in 
which his sisters occasionally joined, concerning his neglect ; 
and he defended himself oidy by a brutal mirth, which he 
indulged at tlieir expense. 

Every one now seemed inclined to depart, — when, as 
usual, a dispute arose upon the way of our going, whether 
in a coach or a boat. After much debating, it was deter- 
mined that we should make two parties, one by the water 
and the other by land; for Madame Duval declared she 
would not, upon any account, go into a boat at night. 

Sir Clement then said, that if she had no carriage in 
waiting, he should be happy to see her and me safe home, as 
his was in readiness. 

Fury started into her eyes, and passion inBamed eveiy 
feature, as she answered, " Pardi, no — you may take care 
of yourself, if you please ; but as to me, I promise you I 
sha'n't tmst myself with no such person." 

He pretended not to comprehend her meaning ; yet, to 
waive a discussion, acquiesced in her refusal. The coach- 
party fixed upon, consisted of Madame Duval, M. Du Bois, 
Miss Branghton, and myself. 

I now began to rejoice, in private, that at least our lodg- 
ings would be neither seen nor known by Sir Clemflnt. 



ITXLDEA. 

We 80on met with a hacknej-ocMch, into tLic^ ht 
me, and then took leaye. 

Ifffti^ftTTifl Duval having already given ibt 
direction, he mounted the box, and we Beit jzs* crLv^z:z :£. 
when Sir Clemen t exclaimed. ** By Hfia-; 
ooach I had in waiting for myself ! ' ' 

" This coach, yonr honour ! " said the 
int. 

Sir Clement, however, swore that ii vac ; 
the man, begging his pardon, said he Lad reaZj f: 
that he was engaged. 

I have no doubt but that this scheme oce=mc o: 1=2. li 
the moment, and that he made some sigii Vj liit 



(^ »^ 



which induced him to support it ; for there 3 z^x 'Sjt jssbs: 
probability that the accident really LappeiiedL t§ 21 -^ zlxje: 
likely his own chariot was in waiting. 

The man then opened the coach-dccir, acd Sdr CVtz«g.i 
advancing to it, said, '' I don't believe ue?*: ii hZiiniar 
carriage to be had, or I would not in?.:-n=:k>5£ vdc : i^tl w 
it may be disagreeable to you to wars Lsre azy Ii^^tk. I -jrr 
you will not get out, for you shall be «s dc-wi usS-'j^t I u- 
carried home, if you will be so good as to rjuc£ a Irszo^ t-xjzi. 

And so saying, in he jumped, and seasai 'lzzlmz^ ''jr.-r^^^ 
M. Du Bois and me, while our a£toni£h:riez.i a* Tl«i -vL:^ 
transaction was too great for speecL He iLec 'jt^^s^ '.zjz 
coachman to drive on, according to the cis^acdt ia 'ia»i 
already received. 

For the first ten minutes no one "cttered a -r-jri , 4^1 
then, Madame Duval, no longer able 10 trjz/iktL. lutrvird. 
exclaimed, " Ma /oi, if this isn't one ci iht sl'jp^ im^ir- 
dentcst things ever I see ! " 

Sir Clement, regardless of this reboxe. atvi^de^ olj ^- 
me ; however, I answered nothing he said, -■•'ijSc. I 'X'l^i 
possibly avoid so doing. Miss Bransrhtoc: zi^i^ kt^Ti. 
attempts to attract his notice, but in vain, irjz 'ut wj-^i 1,-,- 
take the trouble of paying her any regard. 

Madame Duval, during the rest cd the ride, ai.c.'^fti^ 
herself to M. Du Bois in French, and in tott dci^ru^*^ 
exclaimed, with great vehemence, agaiut Jxticuatk li: 
aasuranoe. 

I waa extremely glad when I tlion^it oax yxttj^ n.'^'\ 



214 iTiLiirA. 

be nearly at an end, for my sitoation was rery nneasj to 
me, as Sir Clement perpetoallj endeayonred to take mj 
hand. I looked ont of the coach- window, to see if we wen 
near home : Sir Clement, stooping oyer me, did the same ; 
and then, in a yoice of infinite wonder, called out, '* Whsfe 

the d — 1 is the man driving to ? Whj we are in Broad 

Street, St. Giles's I " 

" O, he's very right," cried Madame Dnval, " so never 
tronble your head about that ; for I sha'n't go by no direc- 
tions of yonr's, I promise you." 

When, at last, we stopped at an hosier's in JELxgh HcJbotn, 
— Sir Clement said nothing, but his eyes, I saw, were very 
busily employed in viewing the place, and the situation c^ 
the house. The coach, he said, belonged to him, and there- 
fore he insisted upon paying for it ; and then he took leave. 
M. Du Bois walked home with Miss Branghton, and Madame 
Duval and I retired to our apartments. 

How disagreeable an evening's adventure ! not one of the 
party seemed satisfied, except Sir Clement, who was in high 
spirits : but Madame Duval was enraged at meeting with 
him ; !Mr. Branghton, angry with his children ; the frolic 
of the Miss Branghtons had exceeded their plan, and ended 
in their own distress ; their brother was provoked that there 
had been no riot ; Mr. Brown was tired, and Mr. Smith 
mortified. As to myself, I must acknowledge, nothing 
could be more disagreeable to me, than being seen by Sir 
Clement Willoughby with a party at once so vulgar in 
themselves and so familiar to me. 

And you, too, my dear Sir, will, I know, be sorry that I 
have met him ; however, there is no apprehension of his 
visiting here, as Madame Duval is far too angry to admit 
him. 

LETTER XLVII. 

EVELINA TO THE REV. MR. VILLAES. 

Holhorn, June \Sth, 

MADAJME DUVAL rose very late this morning, and, 
at one o'clock, we had but just breakfasted, when Miss 
Branghton, her brother, Mr. Smith, and Monsieur Du ~ 
called to enquire after our healths. 



KTELIKI. 



21S 



, III defy you to forget him," answered his 
ce you had seen him : he is the finest gentle- 
eaw ID my life ; don't yoa think bo, Mr. 



Tina oivility in yonng Bmn^bton. I ranch euapeot, wae 
merely the r&snlt of his father's conunands ; hot his Sisfer 
and Mr. Smith, I soon found, had motives of their own. 
Scarce had tJiey spoken to Madame DnvaJ, when, adTanciug' 
GAgerly lo me, " Pray, Ma'am," said Mr, Smith, " who was 
that gentleman ? " 

"Pray, cousin," cried Miss Branght«n, "was not he 
the same gentleman yon ran away with that night at the 

"Goodness! that he was," said yonng Branghton ; "and, 
I declare, sfi soon as ever I saw him, I thought I knew his 
face." 

■■ I'm Bar. 
8tst«r, " if 01 
inan I ever 
Smith ? " 

" Why, yoa won't give the lady time to speak," said 
Mr. Smith. — "Pray, Ma'am, what is the gentleman's 
nameP " 

" Willoaghby, Sir." 

" WilloQghl^ ! I think I haTs heard the name. Pray, 
Ua'am, is he married ? " 

" Lord, no, that he is not," cried Miss Branghton ; " he 
looks too smart by a great deal for a married man. Pmy, 
cousin, how did you get acquainted with him ? " 

" P»y, Miss," said young Branghton, in the same broilb, 
" what's his business r " 

" Indeed I don't know," answered I. 

" Something very gent«el, I diu« say," added Miss 
BraDghton, " because he dresses eo fine." 

"It ought to be something that brin^ in a good inoom*," 
said Mr. Smith i '' f(ir I'm sore ho did not get that suit of 
clothes he had on under thirty or forty pounds ; for 1 know 
the price of clothes pretty well. — Pray, Ma'am, can joa ttD 
me what ho ha* a-year? " 

" Don't talk no more about him." cried Madamo Dotal, 
" for I don't hke to hear his name : I beli«TC he's 
the worst persona in the world ; fortbungh I nvrer did 
no manner of harm, nor so much as hurt a hair of bis hrMJ. 
1 know he wiut an accomplice with that GsUow, Ci ' 
liirran, to take away my lite," 




216 iTKLnu. 

Everybody, bol myself, now crowding aroand 
explanation, a violent rapping at the strvet-door WM 
heard ; anil, ^fi(JlO□t any previona notice, in thm mi' 
her narration, Sir Clement Willonghby entered th« 
They all started ; and, with looka of gailty 
as u they feared his resentment far baring listened 
Uadame Dnval, they scrambled for cbairx, and 
were all formally seated. 

Sir Clement, aft«r a general bow, singling 
Dural, said witb his nsoal easiness, " I have 
the honour of waiting on yon, Madame, to 
have any commands to Howard Grove, whitber 
to-morrow morning." 

Then, seeing the gtonn that gathered in her 
he allowed ber time to answer, he addre^od ~ 
— " And if you. Madam, have any with wbicb 
bononr me, I shall be bappy to execnte tbem." 

"None at all, Sir." 

"None! — not to Miss Mirvan ! — no message! nolettert 

" I wrote to Misa Mirvan yesterday by the post." 
* " My application sboold have been earlier, bad I SOOB 
known yoar address." 

" Ma fcri," cried Madame Dnva!, recovering from b 
fltuprise, " I believe never nobody saw the like of thia ( " 

" Of what. Madam ? " cried tbe ondannted Sir CleraN 
toming quick towards ber ; '■ 1 hope ni 
yon ! " 

" Tou don't hope no sncb a thing 1 " cried she, ha 
choked with passion, and rismg from bur chair. Thili 
motion was followed by tbe rest ; and in a mootent, 
body stood np. 

Still Sir Clement was not abashed i affecting (o tnali 
bow of aekmniiled^ient to the company in general, ba a 
" Pray — I beg — Ladies, — Gentlemen, — pray don't lei 
distarb yon, pray keep yonr seats." 

"Pray, Sir," said Miss Branghton,movingachair 
him, " won't you sit down yourself? " 

" Ton are extremely good, Ma'am : — rather than 
■ny disturbance — " 

And BO saying, this strange man seated himself, w did,i 
as iastsjit, eveiy body else, eren Madame Davat 




orerpowered by his boldness, seemed too full for 



e then, and with as mncli composare &s if he had been 
'Oted ^est, b^an to dlHCOurse on the weather, — itg 
inty, — the heat of the public piftcoa in sommer, — 
mptiness of the town, — and other snch coinmon topics. 
Fbbody, however, answered him ; Mr. Smith eeemed 
afnid, young Bmnghton aehninoil, M. Da Bois amazed, 
Uadame Daval enraged, and myseK detemuDed not to 
interfere. All thnt he could obtain, was the notice of MisB 
BranghtoD, whose nods, smiles, and attention, had some 
appearance oF entering into conversation with him. 

At length, growing tired, I suppose, of engaging Bvtaj 
body's eyes, and nobody's tongne, addressing himself to 
Madame I>nval and to me, he said, " I regard myself aa i 
peculiarly iinfDrtanBt«, Ladies, in having fixed npon a timaj 
for my visit to Howard Grove, when yoa are i' 

" So I Etippose, Sir, so I sappose," cried Kadame DotbI; I 
hastily lifitng, and the next moment as hastily seating her* J 
self ; — " yon '11 be wanting of somebody to make jonr gams | 
of, and so yon may think to get me there again ; — bnt, I 
promise vou. Sir, yon won't find it ao easy a matter to maka 
IDC a fool ; and besides that," raising her voice, " I've foond 
jruti ont, 1 assure yon j so if ever yon go to play yonr tiicka 
a me again, I'll make no more ado, bnt go diracUj to & 
e of peace ; so. Sir, if yon can't think of nothing but _ 
ig people ride nbont the conntry at all hoora of dm J 
:, jnst for yonr diversion, why, yon 11 find I knovK 
:«B as well as Justice Tyrrell." 

T Clement was evidently embarrassed at this attack} 
lie aSect«d a look of surprise, and protested he did not 
lATstAnd her meaning. 

"Well," cried she, " if I don't wonder where people a 

' got snch impudence ! if joa'll saj that, yonll say any tbingi I 

bowffver, if yo« eweiu- till yon 're black in the face, I ■baV't^ 

bdieve yon ; for nobody eh&'n't pergnade me ont of mj | 

seosee, that I'm resolved.'' 

'' Uonhtless not, ilodam," answered he with soma t 
totion : "and I hi^ yon do notsnspect lorer Ittd sscfa an J 
' ,tioo 1 my respect for yon — " 



^aitaxi 



218 iTiLnrA. 

'* O, Sir, you're vastly polite all of a sadden ! but I know 
wliat it's all for ! it's oidy for wliat yoa can get ! — Ton 
oonld treat me like nobody at Howard QroYe ; bat now yon 
see I've a honse of my own, yoa'ye a mind to wheedle yoar- 
self into it ; but I sees your design, so yoa needn't tnmble 
yoorself to take no more trouble about that, far yon shall 
never get nothing at my house, — ^not so much aa a diah of 
tea : — so now, Sir, you see I can play you trick for trick." 

There was something so extremely gross in this npeedk^ 
that it even disconcerted Sir Clement, who was too modi 
confounded to make any answer. 

It was curious to observe the effect which his iimlimniw 
ment, added to the freedom with which VaiJMn^ Daval 
addressed him, had upon the rest of the company. Eveiy 
one, who before seemed at a loss how or if at all, to oecapy 
a ch|Lir, now filled it with the most easy composure : and 
Mr. Smith, whose countenance had exhibited the most 
striking picture of mortified envy, now began to recover his 
usual expression of satisfied conceit. Young Branghton, 
too, who had been apparently awed by the presence of 
so fine a gentleman, was again himself, rude and familiar : 
while his mouth was wide distended into a broad grin, at 
hearing his aunt give the beau sttch a trimming, 

Madame Duval, encouraged by this success, looked 
around her with an air of triumph, and continued her 
harangue. " And so. Sir, I suppose you thought to have 
. had it all your own way, and to have corned here as 
often as you pleased, and to have got me to Howard Grove 
. again, on purpose to have served me as you did before ; bat 
' you shall see I*m as cunning as you ; so you may go and 
find somebody else to use in that mxmner, and to put year 
mask on, and to make a fool of; for as to me, if yoa 
go to tell me your stories about the Tower again, for a 
month together, I'll never believe 'm no more : and I'll pro- 
mise you. Sir, if you think I like such jokes, you'll find I'm 
no such person." 

"I assure you, Ma'am, — upon my honour, — I really 
don't comprehend — I fancy there is some misunder- 
standing — " 

'' What, I suppose you'U tell me next you don't know 
nothing of the matter ? " 



^B. 8ir Cle 



Tot a TTOrd, npon my hononr." 
Sir Clement, tbonght I, is it thus jou prise your 

^Pardi," cried Madam DotvlI. ''this is the most pro- 
vokingest pftrt of all ! why, yon might as weU tell ra« 
I don't know tny own name." 

" Here is certtiinlj some mistake ; for I ftfisnre yon, 

"Don't assare me nothing," cried Madame DnT&l, 
nuHing hor voice; "I know what I'm saying, and bo 
do yon too ; for did not yon tell me nil that about the 
Tower, and abont M. Dn Boia ? — why, M. Dn BoIb naan't 
nertir tliere, nor nigh it, and so it was all yonr own inven- 

" May there not be two personB of the Bame name ? ths 
miatake was bnt natural—" 

" Don't tell rae of no mistake, for it was all on porpose ; 
beaideB, did not yon come, all in a mask, to the chariot-door, 
and help to get me put in that ditch ? — I'll promise yon, 
I*»e had ibo greatMt mind in the world to take the law of 
yoa ever ginco ; and if ever yon do Bfl much again, so I will, 
I aasare yoQ ! '' 

Here Miss Brangbton tittered, Mr. Smith smiled contemp- 
taoofily, and yonng Branghton thmst his handkerchief into 
hia month to stop hie langhter. 

The situation of Sir Clement, who saw all that passed, 
becwne now very awkward even to himself, and he stam- 
mered very ranch in aaying, " Surely, Madam — Bnrelyyon — 
yoo cannot do me the—the injustice to think—that I had 
»ny shu« in thci — tfce^the misfortune which — " 

"Mafoi, Sir," cried Madame Dnval, with increaaiag 
pOMfion, "yon'd best not stand talking to me at that ntte : 
t know it was yon ; and if you stay there, a provoking ma 
in anch n manner, I'll send for a constable this minnte." 

Tonng Branghton, at these words, in spite of all his 
efforts, burst into a loud laugh ; nor could either hia sister 
or Mr, Smith, though with more moderation, forbear join- 
ing in his mirth. 

Sir Clement darted his eyes towards them with looks of 
thfi most tmgry contempt ; and then told Madame Duval, 
**' L lie iTOold not now dctJiin hsr to m;ike bis vindica- 



220 irxLori. 

tion, but would wait on her some time when she wai 

alone. 

" O Pardi, Sir," cried she, ** I don't desire none of your 
company ; and if yon wasn't the most boldest person in tlie 
world, yon wonld not dare look me in the face." 

The ha, ha, ha's ! and he, he, he's ! grew more and more 
uncontrollable, as if the restraint, from which they had 
burst, had added to their violence. Sir Clement could no 
longer endure being the object who excited them; and, 
having no answer ready for Madame Duval, he hastilj 
stalked towards Mr. Smith and young Branghton, and 
sternly demanded what they laughed at ? 

Struck by the air of importance which he assumed, and 
alarmed at the angry tone of his voice, their meiriment 
ceased as instantaneously as if it had been directed by 
clock-work ; and they stared foolishly, now at bim^ now at 
each other, without making any answer but a simple 
''Nothing, Sir." 

** O pour le coup" cried Madame Duval, " this is too 
much ! Pray, Sir, what business have you to come here a 
ordering people that comes to see me ? I suppose next no- 
body must laugh but yourself ! " 

" With me, Madam," said Sir Clement, bowing, " a lad^ 
may do any thing, and consequently there is no liberty in 
which I shall not be happy to indulge you : — ^but it hu 
never been my custom to give the same licence to genUemen" 

Then, advancing to me, who had sat very quietly on a 
window during this scene, he said, " Miss Anville, I may at 
least acquaint our friends at Howard Grove that I had the 
honour of leaving you in good health." And then, lowering 
his voice, he added, "For Heaven's sake, my dearest 
creature, who are these people ? and how came you so 
strangely situated ? " 

" I beg my respects to all the family, Sir," answered It 
aloud ; " and I hope you will find them well." 

He looked at me reproachfully, but kissed my hand ; and 
then, bowing to Madame Duval and Miss Branghtony passed 
hastily by tfie men, and made his exit 

I fancy he will not be very eager to repeat his visit ; for 
I should imagine he has rarely, if ever, been before in a 
situation so awkward and disagreeable. 



IVBtlKA. 221 

' Vad&me DuTal liaa been all gpirita and exultation ever 
tODce lie weut, dud only wishus Cuptain Mirvan would call, 
U)&t bLd might do the tame by him. Mr. Smith, apon hear- 
iag that ho was a baronet, and seeing him drive off in ft 
veiy bcantifnl chariot, declared that he would not have 
taaglic>d upon anj account, had he known his rank ; and 
nigT«ttod eitremelj having miseed such an opportnnitf of 
BUikiiig BO Rented an acywivaiance. Yoimg Branghton 
Toved, tliat if he had known as much, he would have tukei 
for kiM ojirtrrm .- and bis sister has sung his praises ever^ince, 
protesting she thought all along he was a man of quality hy 
his look. 



^M LETTER XLYIII. 

^^P BTILIHA IN CONTIHrHATIOII. 

Juite%\a. 

THE last three evenings have passed tolerably quiet, iae 
the Taozhall adventures had given Madame Bnval % 
anrfeit of public places : home, however, soon growing 
tireaoine, she determined to-night, she said, to reUeve her 
ennui by some amusement ; and it was therefore settled, 
that we Bhoold call open the Branghtons at their hoose, 
Uid tbenoe proceed to Marybone Gardens. 

Bnt, before we reached Snow Hill, we were caught in a 
shower of nun : we htirried into the shop, where the first 
object I saw was Mr. Macartney, with a book in his hand, 
seated in the same corner where I saw him la«t ; but his 
looks were still more wretched than before, his face yet 
tkinBer, and hia eyes sunk almost hoUow into his hewL 
He lifted them up as we entered, and I even thought that 
they emitted a gleam of joy : involuntarily I made to him 
toy first conrteey ; he rose and bowed with a precipitatioo 
that uuuufwted sorprise and confusion. 

In a few minates we were joined by all the family, azotpt 
Mr. Smith, who fortunately was engaged. 

Had an the futare prosperity of oar lives depandad Bpon 
1^ Jgood or bad weather of this ereiuDg, it eocJd not mt« 



222 ITKLISA. 

been treated as it BQbject of greuter unpra-tanoe. 
never any thing wnB so unlucky!'' — " Lord, how pron 

— " It might ruin for ever, if it would bold Dp now,"- 
and sacli t-spresBiODS, with many aiudouB observatiou a 
the kennels, filled np &U the couTerBatioa till the b' 

And then a. very wana debate arose, whether wo 
pojtsae unr plan, or defer it to some finer evening. 
Miss BranghtoiiB were for the fonner; tLeir fatSer «M 
Bore it would rain again ; Madame Dnval, thon^ aha 6> 
tested retnniing honie, yet dreaded the dampness of th*' 
gardens. 

M. Dn Boia then proposed going to the top of the hi 
to examine whether tha cloads looked threatening or 
able: Miss Branghton, starting at this proposal, sai 
mifht go to Mr. Macartney's room, if they would, bat 
to her's. 

This was enough for the brother ; who, with a lond 
declared he would have some/un ; and immediateljr 
way, c&lling to as all to follow. His sisters both nn ^ta, 
but no one elae moved, 

In a few minutes young Branghton, coming half war 
down Etairs, called out, " Lord, why don't you all odmaF 
why, here's Poll's things all about Uie room ! " 

Mr. Branghton then went ; and Madame Danl, lAo 
cannot bear to be excluded from whatever is going turm anl, , 
was handed up stairs by M. Du Boia. 

I hesitated a few moments whether or not to join Ihcmi; 
but, soon perceiving that Mr. Macartney had dropped hit 
book, and that I engrossed his whole attention, I prepan^ 
from mere embarrassment, to foUow them. 

As I went, I heard him move from his chair, and walk 
slowly after me. Believing that he wished to speak to 
and earnestly desiring myself to know if, by yoor 
could possihly be of any service to liiia, I first slaokeMd : 
pace, and then turned back. But, though 1 tlina o 
half-way, he seemed to want courage or resolution ta 
me ; for, when he saw me returning, with a look 
disordered, he retreated haatily from me. 

Not knowing what I ought to do, I went to tb* 
door, where I stood some time, hoping he wonld ba aUa 





!* himself ; bat, on the contrary, liis Ekgitatdon in- 
sed erery momeut ; he walked up aud down the room 
t m qnick bat Dxist*>ajlj psee, seeming equally distreased 
1 iiresolate ; and, at length, with a, deep sigh, he Bung 
umU into a chair. 
11 was 80 mnch affected by the appearftnce of such extrems 
l^oilfa, (hat I could remain no kinger in the room : 1 
Mraforo glided by liim and went ap stairs ; but, ere I had 
gOQ«fiTe8tepa,he precipitatelyfollowedme, and, inabroken 
Toice, c&iled oat " Madam ! — for Heaven's sake — " 

He stopped ; but I instantly descended, restraining, as 
well as I was able, the fainees of my own concern. I wuted 
Bovxe time, in painful expectation, for his speaking : all that 
I had beard of his poverty occurring ta me, I was npon the 
pcnnt of presenting him my purse ; but the fear of mistaldrig 
or eluding him deterred mc. Finding, however, that he 
cxmtinaed silent, I ventured to say, " Did yon — Sir, wish to 
Rpeak to me ? " 

" I did," cried he with quickneas, " hot now — I can- 
not! — " 

" Perhaps, 8ir, another time, — perhaps if yon recollect 
jronrsolf — " 

" Another time F " repeated he moumfnlly ; " alas ! I 
look not forward but to misery and despair ! " 

"0, Sir," cried I, eitremely shocked, "you must not 
talk tfans ! — If you forsake yourself, how can yon eipect — " 
X stopped. " Tell me, tell me," cried he, with eagerDees, 
Bwlio yoB ore ? — whence yon come P — and by what strange 
a you seem to be BJ:'bitress and ruler of the destiny of 
• wretch as I am P " ^ 

!* Wontd to Heaven," cried I, " I could serve you ! " 
■ Ton can ! " 

find how ? Pray tell me how ? " 

B To t«ll you — is death to me I yet I wHl tell you. — I 
< a riylU to yonr assistance, — you have deprived me 
e only resource to which I could apply, — and there- 

'• pray spenk," cried I, patting my hand into d 
dcet; "they will be down stairs in a moment ! " 
" I will, Madam. — Can you — will you — I think yoo will ! 
f I then — " he stopped and paused; "say, will yon " 



22i KTBLIKA. 

— then, enddenlj' tnnuDg from me, " Great 
not speftk ! " and he went back to the shop. 

I now pot njy parse in my hand, snd following 
" If, indeed, Sir, I can assist yoo, why should you d«nj 
BO great a satisfaction ? Will yon permit mc to — " 

I dared not go on; hnt with ft countenance veiy 
softened, he approached me and said, " Tonr voice, Mi 
is the Toiee of compassion ! — such a roioe m thees e«ti 
long been strangers to ! " 

JuGt then young Br&ttghi<]n called ont rehementlj tl 
to come Qp stairs. I seized the opportnoity of 
away : and therefor© saying, " Heaven, Sir, p 
comfort yoQ ! " I let fall my parse upon the gpo on d 
daring to present it to him, and ran ap stairs with 
utmost swiftness. 

Toowelldolknowyoa, my ever honoured Sir, to fear; 
displeasare for this action : T mast, however, aasnre jn 
shall need no fresh snpply during my stay in town, 
am at little eipense, and hope soon to refnm to Hoi 
Grove. 

Soon, did I say ! when not a fortnight is yet expitt 
the long and tedious month I mnst linger oat here! 

I had many witticisms to endare from the BTKn|;|li< 
npon acconnt of my staying so long with the SeeteS fl 
as they call him ; hnt I attended to them very Uttle, lo 
whole heart was filled with pity and concern. I wai 
glad to End the Marybone scheme was deferred, ai 
shower of rain having pat a stop to the dissensioD ajM 
enbjcct ; the rest of the evening was employed ill xaa 
lent quarrelling between Miss Folly and her 1>roU)a 
acconnt of the discoTery made by the latter of the lU 
her apartment. 

We came home early; and 1 have stolen from '. 
Duval and U. Da Bois, who is here for ever, to 
my best friend. 

I am most sincerely rejoiced, that this opportonte 
oSered for my contribnting what little relief was u 
power to this unhappy man ; and I hope it will be an" 
to enable him to pay his debts to this pitiless tamSf, 



LETTBB XLIX. 

BTBLDIA. 

Berry Em. 

ISPLEASHBE ? my Evelina !— jon have but dene 
yonr dnty ; jou have bot sbowii that hmoftnitj witfa- 
ont which 1 shoald blasb tn own my child. It is mine, 
howerer, to see that yonr generosity be not repraftwd by 
yoar suffering from indulging it ; I remit to jon, tfaerefbv^ 
not merely a token of my approbation, bat an acknowledg- 
miotit of my deaire to participate in your cfaari^. 

O my child, were my fortane eqo&l to my confidence in 
thy benevolence, with what transport ahonld I, thimigfa ihj 
means, derot« it to the rehef of indigient Tirtoe ! yet let ns 
not repine at the limitation of oar power; for while osr 
bonnty is proportioned to our ability, the diAnnce of tlia 
^TGktHr or less donation can weigh bat little in tlie acale of 
jnstice. 

In reading your accoont of the misgnided man, wtioee 
misery has so largely excited yonr compaaaion, I am led to 
apprehend that bis onhappy sitnation is len tbe elbet d 
misfortune than of miacondact. If be ia rednoed to tbak 
state of poverty represented In the Branghto&s, he ahooU 
endeavoor, by activity and industry, to retrieve his aSairt, 
and not pasa his time in idle reading in the very shop of hit 
creditor. 

The pistol soene made me shudder ; the ooofBge with 
which yon porsaed this desperate man, at oooe deHgfated 
and teirified me. Be ever thns, my dearest Evelina, daaat. 
leea in the caose of distress ! let no weak fcora, no timid 
doubts, deter yon from the exertion of yonr duty, accordinff 
to the follest senae of it that Nature has iraplanled in your 
mind. Though gentleness and modesty are the peonliar 
atthbatee of your eex, yet fortitude aiid firmnau, whan 
odTttsioD demands them, are virtues aa noble and ae be- 
coming in women as in men : the right line of conduct 1* 
the same for both sexea, tboDgb the manner in which it ia 



M to Sir Clement Willo 
expreu nj indignatioii U b 
•nJenble, uid the i«,pli„tio 
imtole me to a degree of „ 
"y. '™'»* worn-ont paaooni 
penencine. Ton mm* eonn 
™«gaie., from the pliahilitr • 
olfmd joa with i„p,^t^ 'l^ 

»JI..forj„„ avowed reiili 

Ul-bred and duagreeable, are , 
■"on. dupleaeare : yet I mi 
''°1^'"»i«P"«<ilotbei,rS, 
Tbeveydajtbattbialedion, 
Mnj;imlon to town, who will 
"reve. Tour A,; the„ will 
■i"!? an mcreaong impatieooi 



o TH^m 



wo first and greatest bleesings of life, oerer haa ■ 



) to deplore their Ubb ; 
ioa of ft pjireiit's tenderness, i 



r, but from » 



V for lliem, had r 



■ has abe feh timi 
r indnlgciuw i , 
griensBttlw J 
Aio§t thankfall; do I receiTe the token of joar l 
approbation, and most stadionslj will I emAatvoar ao to I 
dispoeo of it, as maj merit your generoos confideaoe in mf J 
condsct. 

Tour donbts concemiug Mr. Macartoej gire me Ma 
ooeasiiiMs. Indeed, Sir, he has not the appettnaoe < 
a maa whose Borrows are the eSect of gnilt But I hope^ 
before I leave town, to be better acquainted with hia aito*- 
tion, and enabled, with more certainty of his worth, to le- 
conuneud him to your faToor. 

I am very wilJjng to reliuquiah all acqaamtance witli 
Sir Clement Willoaghby, ss far as it may depend npon mj- 
self so to do ; bat, indeed I know not how I abo'ald be aUe 
lo absolutely /or!ii(i Aim my njW. 

IHisa Uinnn, in her last letter, informs me that he ia now 
; Hawnrd GroTe, where he continues in hif h farovr wiA i 
' ji^ Captain, and is the life and spirit of tAe boKse. Hf '1 
■ LDP, Mcce 1 wrote last, haa paased very q;aietly, I' * 
Uuval having been kept at home by a bad ooia, 
the Bniuglitona by bad weather. The yonng msa, iai 
hna called two or three times ; and his behaTioKr, t' 
equally absurd, is more onaceoantable than r 
very httle, takes hardly any notice of M»j*»n>« DoTal, i_ 
noTer looks at me without a broad grin. SoBwtiiiHi 1 
approochea me, as if with intention to comntiLBKate in 
g«nce of importance ; and then, saddenly Bbapfiag » 
Isugha rudely in my face- 

O how happy shall I be, when the wor^j Jin. C 
arrives I 



/•HwSM. 



iMterdaj uonun^, Mr. Smith called to tu^gnaini u 
Hampeteftd assembly was to be held thu «veBtne ; 
1 be preaeuted Madame Duval with one tiyhl 
ight another to me. 1 thanked hin^ for hia 
lity, but told him I was surpnaed be had ta 
ea my having already declined goiog to Um ball 



228 



" Lord, Ma'am," cried he, " how should I ( _ _ 
was in earuoat P come, como, don't be cmaa ; him's 
' Orendioama ready to take care of joa, so yoa caa kan i 
fair objection, for she'll see that I don't mnairaf withj 
Besides, Ma'am, I got the tickets on pnrpoae." 

" If yon were determined. Sir," said I, " in 
this offer, to allow me no choice of refusal o 
most think myself less obliged to your intention ti 
wiUtng to do." 

" Dear Ma'am," cried he, "yon're so smart, G 
speaking lo yon ;~indeed yon are monstrons snuu 
bnt come, yoor Grandmama shall ask yon, and ti 
yon '11 not be so cmel." 

Madame Daval was very ready to interfere ; abe doi 
me to make no fnrther opposition, said she ahonld go I 
self, and insisted npon my accompanying her. It wm 
vain that I remonstrated ; I only incurred her anger : i 
Mr. Smith having given both the tickets to Madame Da 
with an air of trinmph, said he should call early in t 
evening, and took leave. 

I was mnch chagrined at being thna c 
even the shadow of an obligation Ut bo i 
man ; bnt I determined that nothing should j 
me to dance with him, however my refusal t 
offence. 

In the afternoon, when he returned, it was evident ti 
lie purposed to both charm and astonish me by his ■ 
ance : he was dressed in a very showy manner, but w 
any taste ; and tlio inel^ant Bmartness of Iiis sir and i 
portment, his visible strnggle against education to j 
the Gne gentleman, added to his freqnent conscioas g 
ata dress to which he was but tittle accnstomed, verj a 
ta&lly destroyed his aim of figuring, and rendered nil 1 
efforts useless.' 

'"Iknow Mr. Smith, "cried Mrs. Tbrale, ■" very wdl,— lal 
bilD befure me itl the HumpsleBil Ball, dr«ssi>d in s irtdta ^ 
tambour wustcoat, worked in green Bilk. Poor Mr. Snrard Ij 
wa made him bo mad t'othsr Sty '. ' Wbj, Seward,' wid be, 'T 
nniandrewnll whryoaonlj i*a,Dta Uunbonriruslcoal lolo4 
Km\iii\'"^Diary<jMaaa^ VArilay. I'wt IL, Aae, 23, 1T78. 

" Ub, f DU kre a ilr little rogue : — whst s Holbourn besa jm b 
dtawn .' Barrf Fielding never drew m good a uhaiactar I Bncb a Bi 



229 

Daring; tea entered Mies Braughton and her brother. 1 
WM sorry to observe the consteraation of the former, when 
she perceiTed Mr. Smith. I had intended appljing to her 
for advice upon this occaaion, bnt had been aiwap detemd 
by her disagreeable abraptnees. Having cast her eyee 
several times from Mr. Smith to me, with manifest die- 
plMeore, she seated herself sullenly in the window, scarce 
answenng Madame Dnval'a enqniriea ; and when I spoke to 
her, taming ahsolutely awny from me. 

Mr. Smith, delighted at this mark of his importance, sat 
indolently qniet on bis chair, endeavouring by his looks 
rather to display, than to conceal, his inward satisfaction, 

" Good gracioDiS 1 " cried young Branghton, " why, yon'ro 
all as fine as five-pence ! Why, where are yon going ? " 

" To the Hampstead ball," answered Mr. Smith. 

" To a ball ! " cried he, " Why, what, is aunt going to a 
baU? Ha, ha, ha!" 

" Yes, to be snre," cried Madame Duval j " I don't know 
nothing need hinder me." 

"And pray, aunt, will you dance too ? " 

*' Perhaps I may ; but I suppose. Sir, that's none of your 
businesB, whether I do or not," 

" Lord I well, I ahould like to go ! I should like to see 
aunt dance of all things ! But the joke is, I don't believe 
shell get ever a partner." 

"Tou're the moat radeat boy ever I see," cried Madame 
Huval, angrily : " bnt, I promise you, I'll tell your father 
" hat you say, for I've no notion of such vulgameBs." 

" Why. Lord, aunt, what are yon so angry for ? there's 
BO Bpeaking a word, bnt jou fly into a passion ; you're 
aa bad as Biddy, or Poll, for that, for you're always a- 
scolding." 

*' I desire, Tom," cried Miaa Branghton, " you'd speak for 

u-self, and not make ao free with my name." 

'• There, now, she's up ! there's nolbing but quarrelling 
I the women ; it's my belief they like it better than 
a and drink," 
I "Fie, Tom," cried Mr. Smith, "you never i 



w."— Dm. 3mauion.—ViiiD'M)laj^*IHarj/,Pvt 




your maimers before the ladies : I'm Kiro you neier li 
ttm speak so rude to them." 

" Why, Lord, you are a beau i but that's aothtng to in 
So, if yoa'Te a mind, you may be bo polite m to duoa wit 
aunt yourself." Theu, with a. loud latigb, lie dedand 
would bo good _/i*ji to see them. 

"Let it be never so good, or never Bob&d,"criod 
Duval, "you won't see nothing of it,I promiwyoa; to J 
don't let me hear no more of euch vul^r pieces of f 001 i 
1 assure yon, I don't like it. And as to my dancilig 1 
Mr . Smith, you may see wonderfnller tlunga tlnn thii 
day in the week." 

"Why, as to that, Ma'am," said Mr. Smith, looWngB 
Burprieed, "I aln-ays thought yon intended to play at a 
and so I thought to dauce with the young Udj." 

I gladly seized this opportunity to make my 
tbat I should not dance at all. 

" Not dance at all ! " repeated Miss BnnghtoD ; " 
that's a likely matter tmlj, when people go to balli.** 

" I wish she mayn't," said the brother ; " 'cwue thai 
Smith will have nobody but aunt for a partner. Loid,1 
mad Le'll be ! " 

" O, as to that," said Mr. Smith, " I don't At ttl lia 
prevailing with the young lady, if onoe I get bar to 
i-oom." 

" Indeed, Sir," cried I, much offended by hi* «IH 
" you are mistaken ; and therefore I beg leave to tmdeo 
you, as you may be assured my resolntiDn will not idtA'. 

" Then, pray. Miss, if it ia not impertineat," cried S^ 
Branghton, sneeringly, " what do you go for ? " 

" Merely and solely," answered I, "to comply wilh 
request of Madame Dnval." 

" Miss," cried young Branghton, " Bid only wiafaMit 
she, for ^e baa cast a sheep's eye at Mr. Smith tkii ) 
while." 

"Tom," cried the sister, rising, "Vn tiut gi ea faU n 
in the world to bos your ears I How dara yon iiy' 
a thing of me ! " 

" No, bang it, Tom, no, that's wrong," saici Mr. Em 
eimporing ; " it is indeed, to tell the lady's Micretx.— 
never mind him. Miss Biddy, for I won't beliare him." 



rriLtNJL. 231 

" Whj, I know Bid would give Her ears to go," retorned 
he brother ; " bnt only Mr. Smith Ukee Mise beet, — bo doea 
'■Terr body elBC." 

While thesiatergaTetiima very angry &nawer, Mr. Smith 
Hid to me in a Jow voice, " Whj now, Ma'vn, how canyon 
lie M cruel as to be fio mnch handeomer than your conrana ? 
Nobody can look at them when yon are by." 

" M'"-* ," cried yonng Branghton, " whatever he says to 
jOD don't mind him, for be means no good; I'll give yon 
my word for it. he'U never many yon ; for he has toid lae 
again and again, he'll never marry as long as he lives ; be- 
sidea, if he'd any mind to be married, there's Bid wonld 
hftTe had him long ago, and thanked him too." 

" Come> come, Tom, don't tetl secrets ; yoa'U make the 
ladies afiwd of me: bat I assnre yon," lowering his voice, 
" if 1 did marry, it shonld be your consin." 

Skaaid be ! did you ever, my dear Sir, hear snch nn- 

antborised freedom p I looked at him with a contempt I did 
not wish to repress, and wnlked to the otter end of the room. 

Tery soon after Air. Smith sent for a hackney -coacb- 
Wfaen I wonld have taken leave of Mise Branghton, she 
turned angrily from me, without muking any answer. 6be 
soppoaes, perhaps, that I have rather sought, than eod«^ 
vonred to avoid, the notice and civilities <^ tJiis oonoeitod 
young man. 

The ball was at the Iok^ ro-mt at HampEtead. 

This room seems very well named, for I believe it wocld 
bc' difljcnlt to find any other epithet which might witb 
propriety diartingniah it, as it is without ornament, elegance, 
or any tort of Bingnlarity, and merely to be marked by it'a 



ill. Smith's ehagiin was very erident ; but as aha |i^ no 
re«rd to it, he was neoeaaitated to lead h«r ooL 

I WM, however, fay no means plcMed. when ahs mii ibt 
wM datenained to dance a miatKt. Indeed, I wm qsite 
aatooUted, not hrnwimg had tbe but idea abe wobM ban 
oounued to, Bttdt kaa propoaed, neli HI edtOatton of bar 
She had some troohl* to Bake far iatiBtiaw 



I 



S3S 

known, as Mr. Smitli wns rather STerae to apealnsg lo Uu 
muter of the oeremomes. 

Dnring this mintiet, how mnch did I rajoic« ta bKD| 
BorroiiDded only with strangers ! She dimced in a Btjta m 
uncommon ; her age, her showy dress, and an nnoaBal onaa 
titj of T(ruge, drew upon her the eyes, and I fear tite danaioB 
of the whole company. Whom she danced with, I kam 
not ; hut Mr. Smith was so ill'brcd as to langh at her vet] 
openly, aixA to speak of her with as much ridicule aa wm o 
hu power. Bot I wonld neither look at, nor list«iD to hin 
nor woiJd I sufEer him to proceed with any speech whiob b 
began, expreeaive of hia relation at being fbroed to di 
with her. 1 told him, very gTavely, that eomplainl* ■ 
su^asobject might, with less impropriety, bo made to V 
person in the room than to me. 

When she retamed to uB, she distressed me Tety a 
by ssloDg what I thooght of her minnet I spoke u ariUj 
SB I Gonld i bat the coldness of my compliment etident)] 
disappointed her. She then called upon Mr. Smilh U 
secure a good place among the counliy dancers ; And away 
they went, thongh not before he had taken the liberty b 
Bay to me in a tow voice, " I protest to you. Ma'am, I thai! 
be qait« out of cotmtenance, if any of my acqanisteiMS 
ahonld see me dancing with the old lady ! " 

For a few moments I very much rejoiced at being idicfa^ 
from this troableeome man ; bnt scarce had I time to ocn- 
gmtalate myself, before I was accosted by another, vfau 
oeggad the favour of Kopping a danee with mo. 

I told tdm that I ahonld not dance at all ; hot be tl 

f roper to importune me, very freely, not to be so cmet ; 
was obliged to assnme no little haughtinesa before I cfM 
satisfy him I was aerious. 

After this, I was addressed much in the same man 
by sereral other young men ; of whom the appeaniwo ai 
language were equally inelegnnt and low-bred; " ' 



jet, so gr^ai was my apprehension of this interixreMIOB, 
that I am snre, my dear Sir, yon woold bft^-e langhad had' 
n how proudly grate I appeared. 



^^^P KTILINA. 233 

bt Trbettier to be glad or Sony, when Madame 
tfr. Smith retained. The latter instantlj re- 
iresoDie intreaties, and Uad&me Darat said ahe 
I the cord-table ; and as sixm as she wan accom- 
e desired us to join the dancers. 
tronbla joo witii the argninents which foUowed. 
leased me till I was ivearj' of resistance ; and I 
Bt have been obliged to submit, had I not for- 
90lleot«d the a&ir of Mr. Lovel, and told my 
that it was impossible 1 should dance with him. 
shed it, as I had refused several persons in his 

lot contented with being extremely chagrined ; 
I liberty, openly and warmly, to expostulate witJi 
t having said I was engaged. 

disregard with which, involuntarily, I heard 
lim soon change the subject. In truth, I had 
o attend to hiin ; for all jny thoughts were 
re-tT«cing the transactions of tlie two former 
ieh I had been present. The party. — the con- 
he company — O how greut the contrast 1 
! time, however, he contrived to draw my atten- 
elf, by his extreme impertinence ; for he diose 
^t he called his admtraiion of me, in terms so 
miiliar, that he forced me to express my diit- 
h equal plainness. 

was I surprised, when I found he had the 
'hat else can I call it F — to impute my reaent- 
inbta of his honour : for he said, " My dear 

mnat be a little patient ; I assure yon I have 
fns, I have not upon my word ; but, really, 
eeolring upon such a thing as matrimony all at 
with the loss of one's liberty, and what witb 
it all one's acquaintance, — I assure you, Ha'am, 
Irst lady who ever m.ade me even demur npou 
. for, after aU, my dear Ma'am, marriage is the 

iuion, 8ir," answered I, " of either the married ] 
> Ufe, can be of no manner of conseqtience to i 
— ' — ) I would by no means tronble you to 
~~.t merits," 



I 



S3« 

"Why, really, K&'am, as to 7011T Uang a little ont a 
Borte, I must own I can't wonder at it; for, (o be « 
marri^e is all in all with the ladies ; bat witii na g< 
it's qnit« ciQOther thing! Ifow only pnt yoanelf is 1 
place ; — sappose you had soch a, Ixrge acqn&iattnc* 
gentlemen as I have, — and that yon had always iwn ued I 
to appear a tittle — a little smart among them, — wl^, noWi 
how should yoa like to let yottraelf down all at c 
married man ? " 

I coold not t«ll what to answer ; so nrach conceit and ■ 
mnch ignorance, both sst«mabed and silanoed lae. 

" I assare yon Ma'am," added he, "there is not ool 

Biddy, though I should h&ve BCOraed to mentioa 

lier brother had not blab'd, for I'm quite porticnlar ii 
ing ladiee' secrets, — bnt there are a groat many otha 

that have been proposed to me ; bnt I i 

twice of any of them, that is, not in a teriom 
may very well bs proud," offering to take my I 
I assure you, there is nobody so likely to catch c 
jonreelf." 

" Sir," cried I, drawing myself bsclt as b 
could, " yon are totally mistaken, if you imof 
given me anj pride I felt not before, by tliis c 
on the contr&ry,yon mnst allow me to tell you, I findil'li 
hnmiliatiug to bear with it any longer." 

I then placed myself behind the chair of Modsme J} 
who, when she heard of the partners 1 had refused, p 
my ignorance of the world, but no longer insisted a 
duicing. 

Indeed, the estreme vanity of this man, makxiB n 
a spirit which I did not, till now, know that ] 
but I cannot endure that he shonld think me at h 

The rest of the evening passed very quietly, a 
did not again attempt speaking to me ; except, ii 
we had left the room, and while Kadame Dnval m 
herself in the coach, he said, in nyoioe of pique, "1 
I take the trouble to get any tickets for a yot 
make a bargain before-hand, that she shan't t 
to her grandniother." 

We came home very safe ; and thas sadsd Uiia ao V 
projected and most disagreeable affair. 



iTBLtxA cc coxnmin'sx. 



ifr. MMoriHty io Mim AmiHr. 
r Mad&m, 

iBSSXii vttii the deepest, ibt bo^ heart 
" d hnmaiutf^ with wliidi jm hne i 
^ni nnhaOTj stzanger, bDow a^ « 
^^^ to offer JOB mj Id 

ID TOUT panloD for the (snor I h 
•, Mjidam, iiT» : I bare bow, Baeas, k ■§«•* 
), riace I slioald not willing^ qait the mvtti, «U» I 
■old from the needj aad rTiitfMtJ iht Ah» cf Aig 
' f which a dispofiitioD k> nobio wvold lahii p '— bcasv 

B benevolenoo with which jroa fan* imtmw^ttd f^ma^i 

f ofikiiv, induces me to snppoae job wocU wiA tn W 

linted with the cause of that ilnijii imIiiwi bo^ wtek 

|[ aofitched me, and the pariicBhn ol tkM mamtf af 

li jon have so woDden&Bjr boai « witaaL Ta^ m 

Kexplanatioii irill require tb^ I AatiA ilirvlg* nMh <( 

V the most delicate, I mut i&ttaat Jim to ngwl Aai 

1 thong^h I forfoew to BotiaB thB aa^ if 



B brought Dp in Sootlui^ 
I the sole care of me, wae aa ' 
Wone relation in that coonti;. 
*B time. The retirement ia wldcfa 

e from oor natoral frionda, abe ofMn telA 
Kt of an on conquerable mdutcboljr inA 
I eeixed upon the sodden loss of mj fathv, Maag 
ra I was bom 
i AberdMn, where I finished mj Hir-iH"!!!. I 



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I 



friendsliip with a yo&ng nmn ot fortmae, wliicli I e 
tu the chief happiness of my life : — ^bnt, when be qatUedki 
stndiefi, I oocaiderei] it a^ my chief tniaf ortane j te I 
inunediately prepiired, by direction of his frienda, t 
the tour of Enrope. As I was designed for the cbnrdi, ai 
had no prospect even of maintenance but from my own il 
dnstry, I scarce dared permit even a wish of uicoompaiiyi 
him. It is tme, he would joyfoUy have borae my e: 
bnt my affection was as free from mMsseas aa his owa ; 
I made a determination the most solemn, nevvr to loMB 
di gni ty by submitting to pecnniaiy obligatioos- 

We corresponded with ^reat regnlari^, and the I 
unbounded confidence, for the space of two years, wba 
arrived at Lyons La his way home. 

He wrote me thence the most pressing invitatton ta 
bim at Paris, where he intended to remain 
desire to comply with his request, and shorten o 
was BO earnest, that my mother, too indulgent b 
lent me whut assistance was in her power, and, ii 
moment, I set out for that capital. 

My meeting with this dear friend was the hapi 
of my life : he introduced me to all his acqnaiuta 
so quickly did time seem to pass at that deltghtf 
that the six weeks I had allotted for my stay i 
ere I was sensible I had missed so many days, 
now own, that the company of my friend waa i ^ 
subject of my felicity : 1 became acquainted with » j 
lady, daaght«r of an Englishman of distinction, with wbt 
I formed an attachment, which I have a tbonaaitd ti 
vowed, a thousand times sincerely thoaght, wonld be 1m 
aa my life. She had but just quitted a convent in wha 
she had been plaoed when a child, and though Engliaj 
birth, she could scarcely speak her native tongnage. 
person and disposition were equally engaging ; bat ducAyj 
adored her for the greatness of the expectations, whiid 
my sake, she was willing to resign. 

When the time for my residence in Paris expired, I « 
almost distracted at the idea of quitting her ; yet I hid M 
the courage to make our attachment known to bar h'' ~ 
who might reasonably form for her snch riewB u 1 
make him reject, with a contempt which I conld noi bi 



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:hink of, such an offer as mine. Tet I hftd free aocess to '^ 
- L^ house, whor« she seemed to be left ulmost wholly to tlia 1 
^cidsace of an old serviLnt. who was jaj fast friend. 

Bot, to be brief, the sadilen and unexpected return of her 
fatlier, one fatal afternooii, proved the b^imung of the 
misery which has ever since devoured me. I doabt not but 
bs bad listened to our conret^ation ; for he darted into tha 
r<v}ni with the rage of a madman. Heaveni ! what a Bcene 
lilowed! — what abnsiTe langn^e did the shame ofaclan- 
<:t-stiiieaffatr,andtbeconacioiiBneBfi of acting ill, induce me to 
I . i-ook 1 At length, howeTpr, his fury exceeded m j patience, 
lie called me a beggarly, cownrdly Scotchman. Fired at 
the words, I drew my sword ; he, with equal alertnesB, drew 
liis ; for he was not an old man, bnt, oa the contrary, strong 
utd able tta myself. In vain his daagbter pleaded; — in 
"a did L repentant of my anger, retreat — his reproaches 
'inoed; mjself, my country, were loaded with infamy, till, 
mger constraining my rage, — we fought, — and he fell '. ' 
At that moment I could almost have destroyed myself! 
Tbo yoiutg lady fainted with terror ; the old servimt, drawQ 
V OS by Uie noise of the scuffle, entreftted me to escape, and 
i to bring iotelligence of what should pass to my 
nta- The disturbance which I heard niaed in tlw 
e obliged mo to comply : and, in a state of niad taeoB' 
fnhlT wrolchtHl, I tore myself away. 
Hy friend, whom I found at home, boob diaoorared tfce 
_ 0leafliur. It was near midnight before tbe w( 
Sho tjitd me that Ler master was lirii^. aad 
mistresB restored to ber sErases. Tlie ■ty^rtt d 
my tearing Parts, while any daaf^ n 
I ' iHied by my friend : the servaiitpra 

whaterer passed, and he to tnaaoift to na kr ■ 

-•n. Thus drcnmstanoed, widi tk ■ 

-;-iid, 1 eSerted my deoaxtm han Var», tad, »tt k 
-'•T, I rriuraedtoScotluid. I woold E ' ' 
, the nay, that I mi^U have batn bcot Uw a 
, y conoHma ; bnt tba low gtUc at mf fnaaBm 4mm 
ti)At sati rf a c ti on . 

llw miaeiable litsatua tt mtj wemi wm ••« d 
Tsred by my motbor; nor voaU Am sot tfl X^— 
«i(«d tlw euuc ~ - - 






I 

I 



tion wliich astonished me ; — the rutroe of thepartintoi 
geemed to strike her with horror: — bnt when I 
fought, and he fell; — " My son," cried she, "yoo 1 
mudered yonr father ! " and she sunk bt-eathlws Vl 
CODunenta, Madam, npon such a scene aa this, ironid to j« 
be SDperflnoufi, and to me ngonunng ; I cannot, for botii o 
sftkea, be too concise. When she recovered, ahe c 
all the paiticnloTs of a tale wbioh she Iiad b 
have Tevoaled. — Alae ! the loss she had bc 
father was not by death ! — bound to her by no 
of bononr, he had voluntarily deaerted her I— 
in Scotland was not the effect of choice, — she m 
tbitherbyafainilybuttoojnatlyinoensed. — Pat ' 
tliat I cannot be more explicit ! 

My eensee. in the gre^nees of my misery, t 
soak me, and, for more tbao a week, I was wholly d 
My unfortunate mother was yet more to be pitied ; for ■ 
pined with unmitigated Borrow, eternally reproaching hi 
self for the danger to which her too strict silence hu 8 
posed me. When I recovered my reason, my impi 
bear from Paris almost deprived me of it again ; and tfaoc 
the length of time I waited for letters might jostly ba tU 
bated to contrary winds, I conid not bear the delay, i 
was twenty times npon the point of returning thitber at al 
hazarda. At length, however, several lett«ra arrived ■ 
once, and from the moat insupportable of my affliGtioaa J 
waa then relieved ; for they acquciinted me that the harm 
of parricide were not in reserve for me. Tbey informed a 
also, that aa soon as the wound was healed, a jonmay won! 
be made to England, where my unhappy titter was to ba n 
ceived by an aunt, with whom ahe was to live. 

This intelligence somewhat quieted the violenee of b 
sorrows. I instantly formed a plan of meeting tbea i 
London, and, by revealing the whole dreadful story, i 
vincing this irritated parent that be bad nothing mora ti 
•Pprehend fronL his daughl«r'8 unfortunate choice. V. 
mother oonsented, and gave me a letter to prove t 
of my assertions. Aa I conld bnt ill afford to n: 

ioumey, I travelled in the cheapest way that was 
took an obsoure lodging, — I need not, Madam, teD jot, i 
where, — and boarded with the people of the booae. 



Here I limgTiiahed, week after woek, vainly hoping for 
the rariral of my familif ; bat my impetuosity had blinded 
me to the imprudence of which I wns guilty in qnittiiig 
Scotland ao hastily. My wounded father, aiter his recovery, 
rel^»ad ; and when I bad waited in the moat comfortless 
situation for aii weeks, my friend wrote me word, thnt the 
yaaraesy wm yet deferred for some time longer. 

My finances were then nearly exhumated ; and I was 
obliged, thongh moat nnwillingly, to be^ further assistance 
from my mother, that I might retnm to Scotland. Ob, 
Hadam ! — my answer was not from herself ; — it wob writ- 
ten by a lady who had long been ber companion, and ao- 
qnainted me that she bad been taken suddenly ill of a 
fever, — and was no more ! 

The compasaionate natnre of which yon have given ench 
noble proo&, assares me I need not, if I conld, paint to yon 
thoKQgiiiah of a mind overwhelmed with such accomolated 



Inclosed was a letter to a near relation, which she hod, 
dnring ber illness, with much dtfBculty, written ; and in 
wbiob, with the strongest maternal tenderness, she described 
n^ depkHuble situation, and intreated his interest to procore 
me some preferment. Tet ao sunk was I by misfortune, 
that a fortaaight elapsed before I had the courage or spirit 
to attempt dehroFing this letter. I was then compelled to 
it by want. To make my appearance with some decency, I 
WM necoBsitated myself to tite melancholy task of changiag 
my coloured clothes for a suit of monming; — and then I 
proceeded to seek my relation. 

I WBB informed he was not in town. 

In this dtsperate situation, the pride of my heart, which 
hitherto l.nd not bowed to adversity, gave way ; and I de- 
termined to intreat the assistaDce of my friend, whose of- 
fered serrioes I had a thonaand times rejected. Yet, Madam, 
Bohard is it to root from the mind its favourite principles or 
prejudices, call tirem which yon please, that I lingered another 
week ere I hod the resolotion to send away a letter, which I 
Kf^arded as the desth of my independence. 

At loogtb, reduced to my last shilling, dunned insolently 
by the people of the house, and almost famished, I sealed 
tUs fatal letter -, and, with a heavy heart, determined to 



S40 ITELINA. 

taJce it to the post-office. Bat Hi. Br&ngbton and b 
suffered me not to pasa through their shop irilh impiuutj'H 
they toBiilt^d me groEsly, and threat«aud me vitb iDipri* 
ment, if I did not iamunliatoly iatiafy their dem&ndB. Sti 
to the Bool, I bid them have bat a day'i patienoe, and fls 
from, tbem in a state of mind too terrible for descriptiOB. 1 

My letter which I dow fonnd woald be received too h ' 
to «ave me from disgi-ace, I tore into a tbonfiand pieces ; a 
scarce could I refrain trom putting an inatantaneooa, a 
anliceneed, period to my existence. 

In tbiadisorderof my senses, I formed tbe horrible plan o^ 
tuniinff foot-pad i for which purpose I returned to my k ' 
iag, and coUected whatever of my apparel I could part n 
which I immediately sold, and with the prodat 
a brace of pistole, powder and shot. I hope, however, y 
will believe me, when I most solemnly assore yon, niy a 
intention was to frighlpn the pasEengera 1 shoold asaanlt w 
theee dangerous weapons ; which I had not loaded bat b 
a resolution, — a dreadful oue, I own, — to saTe mytelf b 
an ignominioas death if seised. And, indeed, I though^ ^ 
that if I conld bnt procure money sufficient to pay Mti 
Branghtos, and make a joorjiey to Scotland, I aboold am 
be able, by the public papers, to discover whom I bad i 
jnred, and to make private retribution. 

Bat, Madam, new to every species of villainy, my [i 
torbation was so great, that I could with difficulty sapi| 
myself ; yet the Branghtons observed it not as I ] 
tbrongh the shop. 

Here I stop : — what followed is better known to y> 
Bnt no time can ever efface from my memory that a 
when, in the very action of preparing for my own i 
tioD, or the lawless seizure of the property of others, y 

Imshed into the room and arrested my arm ! — It i 
an awful moment ! — the hand of Providence seei 
tervene between me and eternity : I beheld j 
angel ! — I thought you dropt from the clouds ! — ' 
indeed, had never presented to my view a form bo ^ 
— What wouder, then, that a spectacle so astoniabi 
to a man disordered as I was, appear too beanti^ 
human P 

And now, Madam, that i have performed thia (: 



241 

task, tbe more gnitcfal one remains of rewarding, aa far aa 
I: in my power, your generouH goodnesa, by assBring you 
; shall not be thrown away. Joa have awakened me to 
I sense of the false pride by which I have been actnated ; — 
a. pride which, while it scorned assistance from a friend, 
scrupled not to compel it from a stranger, though at the 
hoEard of reducing tLat stranger to a eitnatioo as destitute 
BS my own. Tet, oh ! how violent was the etrnggle which 
tore my con£icting soul ere I could persuade myself to 
profit by the benevolence which you were so evidently 
di^oeed to exert in my favour ! 

By means of a ring, tbe gift of my much- regretted 
mother, I have for the present satisfied Mr. Brangbton; 
and, by means of your compassion, I bope to support myself 
either till I hear from my friend, to whom at length I bave 
written, or till tbe relation of my mother returns to town. 

To talk to you. Madam, of paying my debt, would bo 
vain ; I never cau ! tbe service you have done me exceeds 
all power of return : you have restored me to my senses ; 
yon have taugbt me to curb those passions which bereft me 
of them ) and, since I cannot avoid calamity, to bear it as a 
man ! An interposition so wonderfully circumstanced can 
never bo recollected without benefit. Tet allow me to say, 
the pecniviary part of my obligation must be settled by my 
first abibty. 

1 am. Madam, with the most profound respect, and keart- 

X gratitude, 

Your obedient, 

and devoted bumble eerrant, 

J. HjLOJLRTMtr. 



LETTER, LH. 



BVir.INA IK 

nolbont, July 1. — 6 o'clock v 
\ SIB, wbat an adventure have I to write ! — all night it 
a occupied my tbougbts, and I am now risen thus 
early to write it to yon. 

Yesterday it was settled that we sbould spend the even- 






B4S 

ing in Hftrybone Qftrdens,' where M. Tom, ft ceMmM 
foreigner, waa to eiliibit some fire-works. The party BOB* 
sisted of Mad&me Doral, all the BranghtoDS, U. Pa Boia, 
Ur. Smith, and Mr. Brown. 

We were almost the first peraons who entered the Owrdau^ 
Ht. Branghtou hftving declared he woold faflre all he cmU 
get for hit monsy, which, at best, was onlj fooled smj ai 
Bni^ Billj and idle places. 

We walked in paitiea, and reiy much detaobed from on* 
ftuother. Mr. Brown and Miaa PoUy led the way by tb 
Belrea ; Misa Branghton and ^fr. Smith followed ; and 
latter seemed determined to be revenged for my beharionr 
at the ball, by transferring all his former attention for 
to Hiss Branghton, who reoeiyed it with an air ot exulta- 
tion ; and very frequently they each of them, thongh tna 
different mottTes, looked back, to discover whethCT I ob- 
served their good intelligence. Madame Duval walked 
with M. Da Bois, and Mr. Branghton by himself ; bat his 
son wonld willingly have attached himself wholly to 
Baying frequently, " Come, Miss, let's you and I havtt a littla 
fun t^ether: you see they have all left as, so now left 
leave them." Bnt I begged to be excused, and went to Uw 
other side of Madame Duval. 

This Garden, as it is called, is neither stnldsg for mij 
nificeace nor for beauty ; and we werv all so doll nd 
langaid, that I was extremely glad when we wer9 nm- 
moned to the orchestra, upon the opening of a concert; la 
the oonrae of which I had the pleafinre of hearing a ooooarto 
f on the violin by Mr. Barthelemon, who to me eeema a plajw 
' of exquisite fancy, feeling, and variety. 

When notice was given as that the fire-works were pr^ 
paring, we harried along to secure good places for tbp sight; 
bat very soon we were so encircled and incommoded by the 
crowd, that Mr. Smith proposed the ladies should roaks in- 
terest for a form to stand apon : this was soon < Sected ; 
and the men then left as to accommodate tbemselTea 

' JWtwyMoM Gardtni, uid bowling-grMn. " 7tli Maf, IGSa. nan 
we kbroiu] lo MuTowbane, uid th«I« wdkeil in ihrgirdBn.llwftlttM* 
I ever w»« there, end » preliy place iti»."— Prp»«, 

MoTjIebone Gudcsi. after expenenciiig the o*]iriM of pabUo h^ ■■ 
mndi aaBuiaUghor Vaiubtll. wervgnnUf dos^ in tT;T-S. 






\xMtar t s^jing, they would retntn the moment the «xlubi' 
tJoo was over. 

The fire-work was reallj beaatifoli and told, with won- 
derful iiig«iiiiity, the atoty of Orphene and Eurydice : bat, 
at the moment of the faul look which separated them for 
ever, there was snch an explosion of fire, and bo horrible & 
noise, that we all, as of one accord, jumpt hastily from tiw 
form, and ran away some paces, fearing that we were in i 
danger of mischief, from the innnmerable sparks of Gx6 I 
which glittered in the air. 

For a moment or two I neither knew nor considered 
whither I bad nm ; but my recollection wels soon awakened 
by a stranger's addressing me with, " Come along with nie,X 
my dear, and I'll take care of you." 

I started i and then, to my great terror, perceived that I 
bad ontrnn all my companions, and saw not one human ' 
being I knew ! With all the apeed in my power, and 
forgetful of my first fright, I hastened back to the place I 
hiul left ; — but fonnd the form occupied by a new set 
of people. 

Id vain, from side to aide, I looked for some face I knew ; 
I found myself in the midst of a, crowd, yet without party, 
friend, or acquaintance. I walked in disordered haste £ram 
place to place, without knowing' which way to turn, or 
whither I went. Every other moment I was spoken to by 
some bold and unfeeling man ; to whom my distress, which I 
think must be very apparent, only furniehed a pretence for 
impertinent witticisms, or free gallantry. 

At last a young officer, marching fiercely up to me, said, 
" Yon are a sweet pretty co'esture, and I enlist you in my 
service ; " and then, with great violence, he seised my hand. 
I screamed aload with fear ; and forcibly snatching itaway, 
I ran hastily np to two ladies, and cried, " for Heaven's sal^ 
dear ladies, afford me some protection ! " 

Tbey heard me with a load laugh, but very readily said, 
" Ay, let her walk between na ; " and encb of them ioo1t hold 
of an arm. 

Then, in a drawling, ironical tone of roice, they asked 
irhat had frightened my UUle Ladyship f I told them my ad- 
venture very simply, and intre/ited they would have the 
goodness to assist me in finding my friends. 



SM ETELtN*. 

yes, to be Bore, they Baifl, I Bbonld not wttai for 
whilst I was ffiiii them. Mine, I said, would bo very 
fal for auy civilities with which they might iamar 
Bat imagine, my dear Sir, how 1 most have b«n i 
foonded, when I observed, that every other word I b| 
produced a load langh J However, I will not dwell npi 
conrersation, which boou, to my inexpressible horror, i 
Tiuced me I had sought protection from insnlt, of those 
were themselves most likely to offer it ! Ton, m; d< 
Sir, I well know, will both feel for, and pity mj 
frtiich I have no words to describe. 

Had I been at liberty, I sbonld have instantly mi 
from them when I made the shocking discovery : 
they held me fast, tltat was utterly impOBsible : an 
was my dread of their reeontment or abuse that I did 
dare mak4 iny open attempt to escape. 

They naked me a thousand qneationa, accompanied by al 
maay haDoos, of who I was, what I was, and wfaence I 
came P My answers were very incoherent ; — bnt what, good 
Heaven, were my emotions, when, a few momenta after* 
wards, I perceived advancing our way^ — Lcrd Orville ! 

Never shall I foi^t what I fdt at thiLt instant : had I, 
indeed, been sank to the gntlty stato which stich companiomi 
might lead him to sospect, I could scarce have had feelinga 
more cruelly depressing. 

However, to my infinite joy, he passed ns withoat distia- 
gaishing me ; though I saw that in a careless manniBr, hit 
eyes surveyed the party. 

As soon aa be was gone, one of these tmbappy wcRncn 
aaid, " Do yon know that yonng fellow ? " 

Not t hinking it passible she should mean Lord OrriOa hf 
anch a term, I readily answered, " No, Uadam." 

" Why then," answered she, " yoa have a monstrous good 
stare, for a little country Miss." 

1 now found I had mistaken her, but was glad to avoid 
an explanation. 

A few minatcs after, what was my delight to htu tb* 
voice of Ur. Brown, who called ont, " Lord, i'n'l tliat 3tiM 



what's her n 

" Thank God," cried I. s 
both, " thank God, I have fo 



r springing frOBt t 



iTILIHA. 215 

B was, howerer, alone ; and, witbcmt knowing 
t took bold of his arm. 

Eiss," cried be, " weVe had sucli a bnnt jou 
i Bome of them thought yon was gone home : 
uye X, I don't think, says I, tbat she's like to 
»lone, says I." 

gentleman belongs to you. Miss, does lie p " 
be women. 

I^m," answered I, " and I now thank yon for 
r; but aa I am safe, will not give you auy 
tie." 

I slightly, and wonld have walked away ; but, 
bonately, Madame Duval and the two Misa 
Just then joined na. 

legam to make a. thousand enqniriea ; to which 
{irered, that I tad been obliged to these two 
Iklking with me, and would tell tbeta more 
\ : for, though I felt great comparative courage, 
|0 much intimidated by tbeir presence, to dare 

esa, I ventured once more to wish them good 
[proposed eeeking Mr. Brangbton. These nn- 
^ listened to all that was said with a Iriiid of 
jwity, and seemed determined not t^ take any 
Hy vexation was terribly augmented when, after 
ipered something to each other, they veij^ 
iclared, that they intended joining our party ! 
ke of them very boldly took hold of my arm, 
ther, going round, seized that of Mr. Brown ; 
Boat forcibly, we were moved on between them, 
I by Madame Duval and the Miss Branghtons. 
be very difficult to say which was greatest, my 
t- Brown's conBternatioa ; who ventured not to 
^t resistance, though hia uneasiness made him 
pst as much as myself, I would instantly have 
my arm ; bnt it was held bo tight I could not 
Bd poor Mr. Brown was circumstanced in the 
pr on the other side ; for I heard him say, 
lun, there's no need to squeeze one's arm so ! 

■aittiation, — for we had not taken three 
u— we again met Lord Orvillo '. — \kA -- 



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846 ITBI.IIU. 

Bot agnin did he pit» quietly hv hb ; — unhappily I cmt^ 
bis eye ; — both mine immediatelj were bent to the g^nnB 
bat he approached me, and we ail stopped. 

I then looked up. He bowed. Good God. with wl 
ezpresBiTe eyes did he i«gard me I Never were surprise aai 
ooncem so strongly m&rked i^yes, my dew Sir, he lookei _ 
greatly concerned; and that, the retnMnbmioe of tiut, lAi 
the ooly consolation I feel for od ereniog the moat paiuhil 
of my life. 

liVnat he first said I know not ; for, indeed, I seemed to 
have neither ears nor understanding ; bat I recollect that 1 
on^ conrteied in eilence. He paused for an instant, u if 
— I believe bo, — as if unwilling to pass on ; and then, 
finding the whole party detained, he again bowed, and took 
leave. 

Indeed, my dear Sir, I thought I should have fiJated ; M 
great was my emotion, from shame, veiatioD, and a tboit- , 
sand other feelings, for which I have no expressions. I 
absolutely tore myself from the woman's arm ; and then, 
disengaging myself from that of Mr. Brown, I weal 1o 
HkJainw Duval, and besought that she would not saffar m* 
to be again parted from her. 

I fancy — that Lord Orville saw whiit passed ; for acarcei 
was 1 at liberty, ere he returned. Methonght, my dear So 
the ploasnre, the snrpriBO of that moment, reonmpetuod 
for all the chagrin I hnd before feJt : for do yoo not thiol 
I that his return manifestG, from a character so quiet, SO 
served as Lord Orville's, something like solicitude 
i oonoems F such itt lea^t was the interpretation I tnvoli 
(arily made upon again seeing him. 

Witha politeness to which I have been sometimo tmt li 
used, he apologized for returning ; and then inqnirod 
the health of Mra. Mirvan, and the reet of tlie Bt 
Gwve family. The flattering conjectnre which I 
just acknowledged, bad so wonderfully restored 
that I believe I never answered him s 
so little constraint. Very short, howevi 
of this conversation ; for we were boot 
interrupted. 

The Uias Branghtons, thongh they 
diately the characters of the women to whom I 



J readily, and i 



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fortim&tely applied, were, nevertheless, eo weak and fooliali, 
aa merelj to titter at their behaviour. As to Madame 
DoTal, she was for some time bo strangely imposed npoit, 
that she thoaght they were two real fine ladies. Indeed, it 
is wonderful to eee how easily and how frequently she is de- 
ceived. Onr disturbance, however, arose froia young Brown, 
who was now between the two women, by whom his arms 
vrare absolately pinioned to his sides : for a few minutes his 
complaints had been only murmured ; but he now called out 
aloud, " Goodness, Ladies, you hurt me like any thing ! 
why, I can't walk at ail, if yon keep pinching my 
arms so ! " 

Thia speech raised a lond laugh in the women, and 
redoubled the tittering of the Miss BranghtonB. For my 
own part, I was most cmelly confused : while the counte- 
nance of Lord Orville manifested a sort of indignant as- 
tonishment ; and, from that moment, he spoke to me no 
more till be took leave. 

Madam« Duval, who now began to suspect her company, 
proposed our taking the first box we saw empty, be- 
speaking a supper, and waiting till Mr. Branghton should 
Kndns. 

Miss Polly mentioned one she had rem&rkcd, to which 
we all turned. Madame DuvaJ instantly seated herself; 
and the two bold women, forcing the frightened Mr. Brown 
to go between them, followed her example. 

Lord Orville, with an air of gravity that wounded my 
very soul, then wished me good night. I said not a word ; 
but my face, if it had ojiy connection with my heart, must 
have looked melancholy indeed : and so I have some reasoD 
to believe it did ; for be added, with much more softness, 
though no less dignity, " Will Miss Anville allow me to ask 
her addreea, and to pay my respects to her before I leave 
town?" 

bow I changed colour at this unexpected request I — 
yet, wb&t vroB the mortification I soSered in answering, 
■' My Lord, 1 am — in Holbom 1 " 

Ge then bowed and left us. 

What, what can he think of this adventure I how 
strangely, bow cruelly have all appearances turned f^inst 
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slioald instantly Itave expl^ned to him tbe aoHdent wWd I 
occasioned my being in such terrible company ; — but I Iikts 1 
none ! 

As to the rest of the evening, I cannot relate the portici 
Ian of what passed; for, to yon, I only Trrite of what ] 
think J and I can think of nothing bnt this nnfort 
tiua dJBgTacefnl meeting. These two wretched i 
continoed to torment ns all, but especially poor Mr. I 
who seemed to afford them uncommon dirersion, till i 
were discorered by Mr. Brnnghton, who «^ry soon fonnd 
meanB to release tis from their peraecntions, by frightenjnfl 
them away. We stayed bnt a short time after they Irft a~ 
which was all employed in eiplanation. 

Whatever may be the constroction which Lord OrvilU 
may pot Dpon this afiair, to me it cannot fail of being n 
foTonrable; to be seen — graciotu Henven ! to be seen 

company with two women of snch ehnracter ! Ho« 

Tainlj, how proudly have I wished to avoid meeting bin 
when only with the Branghtons and Madame Dnv»l ; — bo) 
now, how joyfal should I be had he seen me to 
disadvantage ! — ^Holbom, too ! what a direction ! fae wfac 
had always — bnt I will not torment yon, my dearest Siti 
with any more of my mortifying conjectures and appn * 
sions : perhaps he may call, — add then I shall have m 
portonity of explaining to him all the most ehockiitg p 
of the adventnre. And yet, a« I did not tell him aAjg 
honse I lived, he may not be able to diecover ma ; 
said, in Holbom ; and he, who I suppose saw mj ta 
ment, forbore to ask any other direction- 
Well, I must take my chance ! 
Tet let me, in jostice to Lord Orville, and in jm 
the high opinion I have always entertained of hu fa 
and delicacy, — let mo observe the difference of his beliftTiot 
when nearly in the same sitaation, to that of Sir C 
Willonghby. He had, at least, equal <: 
me in Iub opinion, and to mortify and sink me io an* ovnd 

bat far different was hia condnct : perplexed, indood, fai 

looked, and much surprised; — but it was benevolently, n 
with insolence. I am even inclined to think, that be enoldj 
not see a yonng creature whom he had so lately known in • 
hitler sphere, appear bo soddenly, so straogely, so d' 



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fnUj filtered in her sitaation, without Bome pity and oon- 
cem. Bat whatever might he his doabts and snspioions, far 
from enSering them to inflnenoe his behavionr, he spoke, 
he looked with the same politenees and attention with 
which he had always honoored me when ooontenajiced by 
Mrs. Uirvfin. 

Once again, let me drop this enbject. 

In every mortification, every disturbance, how grateful 
to my heM% how sweet to my recollection, is the certainty ' 
of your never-failing tenderness, sympathy, and protei)> 
tion ! Oh, Sir, could I upon this subject, could I write as 
I feel, — how animated would be the language of your 
devoted £til»a. 



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KTILIXA IN CON'TlNrATION. 



IHolbom, Jviy Id. 
ISTLE5S, tmeasy, and without either spirit or courage 
to employ myself, from the time I had finished my 
last lettciT, I indolently seated myself at the window, where, 
white I waited Mada.me Dnval's sumntoDS to breakfast, I 
perceived, among the carriages which passed by, a coronet- . 
coach, and, in a few minntca, from the window of it. Lord 
Orvillel I instantly retreated, but not, I believe, unseen] t 
for the coach immediately drove up to our door. ' 

Indeed, my dear Sir, I most own I was greatly agitated t 
the idea of iTeceiving Lord Orville by myself, — the know- 
ledge that his visit was entirely to me, — the wish of ex- 
phuning the unfortunate adventure of yesterday, — and the 
mortificatioa of my present circnmstances, — all these 
thoughts, occurring to me nearly at the same time, oc- 
casioned me more anxiety, oonfosion, and perplexity, than 
I can poasibly express. 

I believe he meant to send np hia name ; but the majd, 
nnnsed to such a ceremony, forgot it by the way, and only 
told me, that a great Lord was below, and desired to see 
me ; and, the next moment, he appeared himwll 




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If, formerly, when in tbe circle of ki^h life, i 
tomed to ita maimerB, I so mack admired and C 
the gra£e, tbe elegance of Lord Orville, thii 

thej most strike me now, now, when 

frtm that splendid circle, I lire with those to wfaom e 
civility is unknown, and deoomni a stranger ! 

I am sure I received him very awkwardly ; depressed, b 
a situation so disagreeable — coold I do oUierwise ? Whe 
his first enquiries were made, " I think myself very forts- 1 
nate," he said, " in meeting with Mies AnvTlle at hoiae, K 
still more bo in finding her disengaged." 

I only coarteied. He then talked of Mrs. Mirvnn, a 
how long 1 had been in town, and other such ( 
qaestiona ; which happily gave me time to r 
my embui-rassmeot. Afterwhich he said, " If Miss A 
will aUow me the honour of sitting by her a fi 
(for we were both standing) I will venture 1 
the motive wliicb, next to enqniring after her h 
prompted me to wait on her thus early." 

We were then both seated [ and, after a short jl 
said, " How to apologize for bo great a liberty a 
npon the point of taking, I know not ;— shall j 
fore, rely wholly upon yonr goodness, and i 
at all?" 

I only bowed. 

" I should be extremely sorry to appear im 
yat hardly know how to avoid it." 

"Impertinent! O, my Lord," cried I. eagerly, "that. 1 
am sure, is impossible ! " 

" Ton are very good," answered he, " and encourage n 
to be ingenuous " 

Again he stopped ; bat my expectation was too f 
for speech. At last, without looking at me, in a 
voice, and hesitating manner, he said, " Were thoatt li 
with whom I saw you last night ever in your c 

"No, my Lord," cried I, rising and colooringT 
" nor will they ever be again." 

He rose too ; and, with an air of the roost condes 
coDcem, said, " Pardon, Madam, the abntptnece of ( 
question which I knew not how to introditce as I o * ' 



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fOti toe which I Itave no excuse to offer bnt my reapeet 
for Mrs. Mirvan, joined to the sLacorest wiahee for jonr 
bappinesa : yet I fear I have gODO too far ! " 

" I am Teiy sensible of the honour of your lordship's 
attention," said I ; " bnt " 

" Permit me to assore yon," cried he, finding I hesitated, 
" that ofGcionsness is not my characteristic ; and that 1 
would by no means hare risked your displeasure, had I not 
been fully satisfied yon were too generons to be offended 
withoat a real caaso of offence." 

" Offended ! " cried I, " no, my Lord, I am ooly grieved 
— grieved, indeed ! to find myself in a situation SO unfortu- 
nate as to be obliged to lanke explanation b, which cannot 
but mortify and shock me." 

" It is I aione," cried he, with some eagerness, " who am 
shocked, as it is I who deserre to be mortified. I ieck do 
explanation, for I have no doubt; but in niistakinfj^ m«, 
Mias AnviUe injures herself : allow me ihenrfore, trulcly 
and openly, to tell you the intention of my Ti«it." 

I bowed, and we both returned to oar Mata. 

" I will own myself to have been greatly sarpriMd." am- 
tinned he, " when I met you yeaterdsy tnoisK, in vmtftMf 
with two persons who I was aenaible tseritad not Um haaattt 
of your notice : nor was it easy for »• to ooojaetvn Am 
cause of your being so situated ; yet, bdier* ne, mf taetr- 
titode did not for a moment do you iajarj. I ma wtjijliij 
that their chorncterB must be nnlciwwn t» yew J aadi tbos^bl. 
with concern, of the ahock yon wovM awteta wbm yon 
discovered their unworthineaa. I aboabl sot, bomrr^ 
upon so short an acgnaintMicc, im<n «Mupeil t' ' ** 
of iatimBcy, in giving my "*"*'*■* i 
delicate a Bubject, had I not katm 
■iater of innocence, and tlwnfora fMrad ; 
deceived. AsomeHuDgwhicb leovUnet n 
to the freedom I hare tak«n to outtwa yo. 
not easily forfpra myself if I bav* tnHB ao « 
to give you pain." 

The pride which his fint quvUoa ti*d axflitad, ■._ .. 

sided into delight and gra titu da; and I ioataotly iaUte>l 
to him, Bj well ns I oonld, tha aeeidwit w" ' ' ' 

J joining the nnhapi^ woman with «l 



He listened with &a attention eo flattering, seeined bo mw 
iiit«reet«d doriiig the recital, and, when I had done, thank 
me in terms bo polite, for what he wu pleased to call d 
coDdeecemioD, that I was almost ashamed either to look a 
or hear him. 

Soon after tlie maid came to tell me, that Madame Doval I 
desired to hare breakfast made in her own room. I 

" I fear," cried Lord OrriUe^ instantly rising, " that 1 1 
have introded upon your time ; — jet who, so situated, oonld'l 
do otherwise ? " Then, taking my hand, " Will Miss AnriUa I 
allow me thos to seal my peace ? " he pressed it to lua Ups I 
and took leave. 

Generous, noble Lord Orville ! how diaint«rest«d h 
daot ! bow delicate )iis whole beharioor '. willing to : 
yet afraid to wound me ! — Can I ever, in fntnt«, reg 
adventnre I met with at Marybone, since it has 1 
dactiveof arislt so flattering? Had mymortifica' 
still more bomiliating, my terrors still mo: 
a mark of esteem — may I not call it i 
Orrille, wonld have made me ample amei 

And indeed, my dear Sir, I reqoire some consolation in 
my present very disagreeable sitnation ; for, si 
two incidents have happened, that, had not my t 
been particularly elated, would greatly have di«ooDC 

During breakfast, Madame Duval, veiy abmptly, i 
if I shonld like to be married P and added, that Mr. Bta 
ton had been proposing a match for me with his I 
Surprised, and, I must own, provoked, I assured het t 
in Uiinking of me, Mr. Branghton would very vainly li 
bis time- 

" Why," cried she, " I have had grander views for y 
myself, if once I could get you to Paris, and make yon b 
owned; but if I can't do that, and you can do u ' 
why, as yon are both my relationa, I think to leave i 
fortune between yon ; and then, if you marry, you a 
need want for nothing." 

I begged her not to pursue the subject, as, I a 
Mr. Bruighton was totally diBagn<eable lo t 
CQDtanued h&r admonitioDB and reflections, w: 
disregard of whatever I could answer. She e 



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Tery peremptorily, neither wholly to disooarage, nop yet to 
nt;ccpt Mr. Branghton'e offer, till she saw what could be 
dono for me : the young man, ehe added, hod often intended 
to speak to mo himself, bat, not well knowing how to intro- 
dace the subject, he had desired her to pave the way for 

I Bcrapled not, warmly and freely, to declare my aveTBion 
to this propos&l ; but it was to no eSect ; she cODclnded, 
jast as she had begun, by Eaying, that I ahonld not have 
him. if I could do better. 

Nothing, however, ahan persnade mo to liatcn to any 
other person concerning this odious affair. 

My second canse of uneasiness arises, very onespectedly, 
from M. Du Bois; who, to my infinite surprise, upon M&> 
dame Onval's quitting the room after dinner, put into my 
luutd a not«, and immediately left the house. 

This note contains au open declaration of an attachment 
to me ; which, be says, be should never have presumed to 
have acknowledged, had be not beeu informed that Madame 
Dnval destined my band to yonng Brangbtoa, — a match 
which he cannot endure to think of. He beseeches me 
enmeBtly to pardon his temerity ; professes the most in- 
violable respect; and commits his fate to time, patienoe, 
.ind pity. 

This conduct in M. Dn Bois gives mo real concern, as I 
was disposed to think very well of him. It will not, how- 
erur, be difficult to diaconrage him ; and therefore, I shall 
not acquaint Madame Dnval of his letter, as I have reason 
to believe it would greatly displease her. 

SIR, bow much oneaoinesB mnst I suffer, to constar- 
balance one short morning of happiness ! 
Yesterday the Branghtous proposed a party to Kensing- 
ton Gardens; and, as usual, Ikladame Dnval inaiated upon 
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We went in » backnej-cooch to Piccadilly, and Uua 
a walk throogh Hjde Park ; which in any other compuxf 
would have been delightful. I was much pleased with 
Kensiiigton Qaidens, and think them infinitely preft 
to tbo»e of Tanzhall. 

Yonng Branghton was extremely trotiblesoiiiQ ; he in*; 
sisted upon walking by my aide, and talked witii dm 
by compnlaiDn; however, my reserve and coldneea p««- 
vented hie entering open the hatefnl subject which Mait^wm 
Duval bad prepared me to apprehend. Once, indeed, whem 
I was accidentally a few yards before the rest, he said, " I 
anppoae. Miss, aunt has told yon about — you know what ? — 
ha'n't she.MisB?" — But I turned from him without 
any answer. Neither Mr. Smith nor Mr. Brown 
the party ; and poor M. Da Bois, when he found tl 
avoided him, looked so melancholy, that I was really 
for him. 

While we were etrolline round the garden, I peroeiTe^ 
walking with a party of Udies at some distance, iMrd 
Oirvflle ! I instantly retreated behind Miss BrBogbtoti, 
kept ont of sight till we had passed him ; for I dimdel 
being seen by him again in a public walk with a par^ at 
which I waa ashamed. 

Happily I succeeded in my design, and saw no mora at 
him ; for a sudden and violent shower of rain made ns all 
hasten out of the gardene. We ran till we came to a bumUI 
green-ehop, where we begged shelter. Here we found 
selves in company with two footmen, whom the rain hadJ 
diiven into the shop. Their livery I thought I had bef 
seen ; end, upon looking from the window, I perceived 
same npon a coachman belonging to a carriage, which I: 
immediately recollected to be Lord Orville'a. 

Fearing to be known, I whispered Miss Brangfatoo 
to apeak my name- Had I considered but a nu 
shoald have been sensible of the inutili^ of such a 
since not one of the party call me by any other 
than that of Coutin or of Mitt ; bat I a 
volved in some distress or dilgmma from my own 

This request excited very strongly her curiosity : Bad ■) 
attacked me with such eagerness and blnntcess of c 



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^mt I conld not avoid telling her the reaecn of my maJdnff 
it, and, consequently, that I was known to Lord OrviUsi ' 
an dcWnow lodgment wliich proved the most nnfortunata m 
the world ; for she would not reat till ehe had drawn fnoa 
me the oircumatances attending my firyt moloDg the ac- 
qtibmt&nce. Then, calling to her sister, she aaid, " Lord, 
Polly, only think t Wibb has danced with a Lord ! " 

"Well," cried Polly, "that's a thing I should never J, 
have thought of ! And pray, Mies, what djd he say to you ?" ' 

Tills qnestiun was mach aoooer asked than anewered; 
tind they both became so very inquisitive and earnest, thftt 
they soon drew the attention of Madame Duval and the 
reat of the party; to whom, in a very short time, they 
repeated all they had gathered from me. 

" Goodnesa, then," cried young Branghton, "if I waa 
Miss, if I woald not make free with his Lordship's coach, 
to take me to town." 

" Why, ay," said the father, " there wonld be some se 
in that; that woald be making some nse of a Lord's 
qaaiiiianc«, for it wonld save ns coach-hire." 

"Lord, Mies," cried Polly, "I wish yon would; for I 
Hhoald like of aU things to ride in a coronet- coach." 

"I promise yoa," said Madame Duvali "^I^glad yoa've 
thoaght of it, for I don't see no ohjectiou ; — so let's hav8 
tlie coachman called." 

" Not for the world," cried I, very much alarmed : " in- 
deed it is ntteriy impossible." 

" Why 80 P " demanded Mr. Braaghton : " pray, where'a 
the good of your knowing a Lord, if yon 're never the better 
for him P " 

" Ma/oi, child," said Madame Dnval, " you don't know 
no more of the world than if yon was a baby. Pray, Sir, 
(to one of the footmen) tell that coachman to draw up, for 
I watit« to Epeok to him." 

The man fitared, but did not move. " Pray, pray, id^ 
dame," aaid I, "pray, Mr. Branghton, have the goodness fo ] 
give op this plan ; I know but very little of his Lordship, 1 
and cannot, upon any account, take so great a liberty." 

" Don't say nothing about it," said Madame Duval, " lor 
J fibali have it my own way : so, if you won't call the 
ooRcbman, Sir, I'U promise yon I'll call him myself." 






The footman, very impertinently, laogbed aod 1 
npcm his heel. Madame Duval, extremely irritated, ran o 
in tlie rain, and beckoned the coachman, who ttutftnllj 
obeyed her Biunmons. Shocked bejond all expre 
flew after her, and entreated ber, with the ntmosi j 
neaa, to let as return in a hacknej coach : — butt (| 
is impenetrable to peraoaaion ! She told the man al 
him to carry her directly to town, and that s 
answer for him to Lord OnoUe. The man, with a n 
thanked her, bnt said he shonld answer for himaolf ; 
was driving off; when another footmiui came np to b 
with information that his Lord was gone into KfiOaingloll^ 
Palace, and would not want him for an hour or two. 

"Why, then, friend," said Mr. Branghton (for we 
followed by all the party), " where will be the grecit barm of i| 
your taking us to town ? " 

" Besides," said the bod, " I'll promise yon a pot of b 
for my own share." 

These epoeches had no other answer from the o 
than a lond langh, which was echoed by the insolent foot* I 
men. I rejoiced at their resistance ; taongh I was certain I 
that, if tbeir Lord bad witnessed their im pertinence, thef J 
would have been instantly diamisoed his service. 

" Pardi," cried Madame Daval, " if I don't think all tl 
footmen are the most impndentest fellows in tbe kingdom m 
Bat I'll promise you III have yonr master told of your ai' 
BO yoo'll get no good by 'em." 

" Why, pray," said the coachman, rather alarmed, " i 
my Lord give yon leave to u^e tbe coach ? " 

"It's no matter for that," answered she; "I'm mui 
he's a gentleman, he'd let ns have it sooner than wa shool 
be wet to the skin ; bnt I'll promise you he shall know h 
sanoy you've been, for this yonng lady knows him i 
well." 

"Ay, that she does," said Miss Polly; 
danced with him too." 

Oh, how I repented my foolish i 
men bit their lips, and looked at one another ii 
fnaion. This was perceived by onr party ; who, 1 
advantage of it, protested they would write Lord ( 
word of their ill behaviour witboat delay. Tht£ qui 



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startled them ; and one of the footmen offered to run to the 
palace, and ask hia Lord's permifision for oar L:iving the 
carriage. 

This proposal really made me tremble, &nd tlio Braugb- 
tons all hung back apon it ; bnt Madajne Duval is never to 
be diasnaded from a scheme she has once formed. " Do 
90," cried she; "and give this child's compliments to your 
master ; and tell him, as we ha'n't no coach here, we ahonld 
be glad to go jast as far ae Holbom in his." 

" No, no, no 1 " cried I ; " don't go, — I know nothing of 
his Lordship, — I send no message, — I have nothing to say 
to him ! " 

The men, very mach perplexed, conld with difficulty 
restmin themselves from resuming their impertinent mirth. 
Madame Duval scolded me very angrily, and then desired 
them to go directly. " Pray, then," said the coachman^ 
" what name is to be given to my Lord f " 

" Anville," aiwwered Madame Duval j "tell him ] 
Anville wanta the coach ; the yonng lady be danced with ' 

1 was really in an agony; bnt the winds could not have 
been more deaf to me, than those to whom I pleaded I and 
therefore the footman, urged by the repeated threat* of 
Madame DuvaJ, and perhaps recollecting the name himself, 
actuaUy went to the palace with this strange message 1 

He returned in a few minutes ; and, bowing to me with 
the greatest respect, said, " My Lord desires his complimeatfl,. J 
and hia carriage will be always at Miss Anville'a aervice."" 

I was BO mnch affected by this politeness, and chagrined 
at the whole affair, that I could scarce refrain from teaiv,d 
Madame Duval, and the Miss Branghtons eagerly jumped:! 
into the coach, and desired me to follow. 1 would rath« I 
have Bubmitted to the severest pumahment ; but all reaia- 1 
tancc wns vain. 

During the whole ride I ssxid not a word • howftver, the 
rest of the party were so talkative, that my silence was very 
immaterial. We stopped at our lodgings; but, whMi 
Madame Duval and I aligbtod, the Brangbtons asked if 
they could not be curried on to Snow-Hill f The servant^ 
now all civility, made no objection. Semonstntnoes from 
me wonld, I too well knew, be fruitless; and therofort^ 



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iritli a heavy heart, I retired to my room, and lefl Ij 

their omu direction. 

Seldom have I passed b, nigbt in great«r 

So lately to have cleared myself in the good opinion of 1 
/ Orville, — so soon to forfeit it! — to give him reason to i 
I pcee I preaamed to boafit of his acqaaintance ! — toimliUi 
I hie haviag danced with me ! — to take with him a liJierty 
- ahonld have blushed to have taken with the most iniiouil 

of my friends ! — to treat with such impertinent freodoa 

one who has bonoured me with such distincruiabed reispect 

— Indeed, Sir, I could have met with no accidwit that it 

so cruelly have tormented me ! 

If such were, then, my feelings, imagine, — for I ca 

deecribe, what I saSered dnring the scene I am mow g 

This morning, while I nas alone in the dining-r 
young Braaghton called. He entered with b most impof 
tant air ; and, strutting np to me, said, " Mies, Lord Orril 
sends his compliments to you." 

" Lord Orville ! " repeated I, much amaxed. 

" Yes, Miss, Lord Orville ; for I know his Loi^lahip oon 
as well 03 yon. — And a very civil gentleman he is, for k 
he's a Lord." 

" For Heaven's sake," cried I, " explain yourself, " 

" Why, you mast know. Miss, after we left yon, we nu 
with a little misfortnne ; but I don't mind it now, tor it' 
&U tm^ed oat for the best : bat, jast ae we were o-going a 
Snow-Hill, plomp we comes against a cart, with each 
jogg it almost pulled the coach-wheel off. However, 1 
i'n't the worst ; for, as I went to opea the door in a burn 
o-thinkingtbe coach wonld be broke down, as ill-Lack wmu 
have it, I never minded that the glass was np, ajtd n 
poked my head fairly through it. — Only see. Miss, how Vn 
cut my forehead ! " 

A much worse accident to himself would not, I bdi 
at that moment have given me any concern for him : I 
ever, he proceeded with his account, for I wntf too II 
oonfoauded to inten'upt him. 

" Goodness, Miss, we were in such a stew, as, utd Um 
aervanla. and all, as you can't think ; for, boddoa Ibe &!*■ 
being broke, the coachman said bow tbe coach wouldn't U 



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safe to go back to Kenaington. So tre didn't know -nhat 
U> do ; however, the footmen said they'd 9^ and tell liis 
Lordship what had happened- So th^ father grew ijuiti' 
nueiisy like, for fear of his Lordship's taking offence, and 
prejadicin^ ns in our bu^nesa ; so he said I should go this 
morning and ask his pardon, cause of having broke the glass. 

I So then I asked the footmen the direction, and they told . 

/ me be lived in Berkeley-square ; so this morning I went,— r / 

[ and I soou found out the house." 

" You did ! " cried I, quite out of breath with apprehen- 

" Yes, Hiss, and a very fine hooae it is. — Did yon erev 
6oe it P •' 

" No." 

" No ! — why, then, Miss, I know more of his Lordship 
than yon do, for all you knew him first So, when I came 
to the door, I was in a peck of troubles, a-thinking what I 
should say to him : however, the servants had no mind I 
should see him ; for they told me he was busy, but I might 
leave my message. So I was just a-coming away, when 1 
bvthought myself to say I came from you." 

"From me.'" 

" Yes, Miss, for you know, why should I have such ji 
long walk as that for nothing ? So I says to the porter, eayn 
J, tell his Lordship, says 1, one nautn to speak to him an 
comes from one Miss Anville, says I." 

" Good God," cried I, " and by what authority did yon 
take such a liberty ? " 

" Goodness, Miss, don't he in such a hurry, for you'll hv 
as glad as me, when yon hear how well it all turned out. 
So tbcD they made way for me, and s^d bis Lordship would 
soe me directly : and there I was led throagb such a heap 
of servants, and so many rooms, that my heart quite m.is- 
g»ve me ; for I thought, thinks I, he'll bo so proud he'll 
hardly let me speak ; but he's no more proud than I am, 
luid he was as civil as if I'd been a Icrrd myself. So then I 
suid, I hoped he wouldn't take it amiss about the glass, for 
it was quite an accident ; but he bid me not mention it, for 
it did not signify. And then he said he hoped you got 
safe homo, and wasn't frightened ; and so I said yes, and 1 
your duty to him." 



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" My dnty to him ! " exclaimed I, — " &nd who gsvB y 
leRve ? — who desired you ? " 

" 0, 1 did it oat of my ovrn head, just to make lum tliiok 
I came from yon. But I shonld h&ve totd yoa Itefurc, ho* 
the footman said he was going out of town to-motraii 
evening, and that his Gteter was soon to be married, anc 
that he was a'Ordcrmg a heap of things for that ; so il 
Home into my bead, as he was so aSable, that I'd ask hia 
for his custom. So I says, says I. my Lord, says I, if youi 
Lordship i'n't engaged particnl^rly, my father is a sSnr 
smith, and he'll be very prond to serve you, says 1 ; « 
Miss Anville, aa danced with yon, is his cooatn, and aho'i 
my cousin too, and she'd be very mnch obligated to j 

" Too'll drive me wild," cried I, starting from my « 
" you have done me an irreparable injoiy ; — bat I wQl h 
no more I " — and then I ran into my own room. 

I was half frantic, I really raved i the good opinion 
Lord Orrille seemed now inetrievably lost : a funt h 
which in the morning I had vainly encouraged, that ! 
mi^ht see bim again, and explain the transaction, wboDj 
vamahed, now I found he was so soon to leave town : aiu 
I could not but conclude, that, for the rest of my life, li 
would regard me as on object of utter contempt. 

The very idea was a dagger to my heart! — I oonld U 
support it, and — but I biush to proceed — I feai" yonr < 
approbation ; yet 1 sbonid not l>e conscious of har 
merited it, but that the repngnauce I feel to >«lat« i 
you what I have done, makes me suspect I most han 
erred. Will you forgive me, if I own that \ tint wrote * 
aecoimt of this transaction to Miss Mirvan f — and that ] 
even thonght of coacedlvng it from yon F — Short-livod, how 
ever, was the nngratefol idea, and sooner will t risk t' 
justice of yonr displeasnre, than nnworthiJy betr^ ya 
generous confidence. 

Ton are now probably prepared for what foUowa- 
is a letter—a hasty letter, tlUt, in the height of my a 
tion, I wrote to Lord Orville. 
"My Lord. 

" I am so infinitely ashamed of the applicaUoD mad 
yesterday for your Lordship's carriage in my name, and • 



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gnatly ahoeked &t heajing how macli it was injared, that 
I cannot forbear writing a feiw lines, to clear myself from 
the impntutioD of an impertineuce whicti I l^loeli to be me- 
pected of, find to acquaint yon, that the reqcest for yonr 
(Carriage was made against my consent, and the visit with 
vhich yon. were importuned this morning withoat my 
knowledge. 

" I am inexpressibly coDcemed at having been the iustm* 
ment, however innocently, of so mnch trouble to yonr Lord> 
ship ; bat I beg yon to believe, that the reading these linex 
is tiits only part of it which I have given voluntnrily. I am, 

" Tour Lordship's most htunble servant, 

" Etelihi Akvillb." 

I applied to the maid of the house to get this noto con- 
veyed to Berkeley -square ; but scarce bad I parted with il, 
before I regretted having written at all ; and I was flying 
down stairs to recover it, when the voice of Sir Clemeni 
WUIonghby stopped me. As Madame Duval had ordered 
we should be denied to him, I was obliged to return np 
stairs ; and after he was gone, my application was too lat«, 
as the m^d bad given it to a poller. 

My time did not pass very serenely while he was gone ; 
however, he brought me no answer, bat that Lord Orrille 
was not at home. Whether or not he will take the tronhle 
to send any, — or whether he will condescend to call, — or 
whether the affair will rest as it is, I know not ; — but, in 
being ignorant, am most cruelly anxiona. 

tMy4tk. 
on may now, my dear Sir, send Mrs. Clinton for yonr 
Evelina with as mnch speed as she can conveniently 
make the jonrney, for no further opposition will be made to 
ber leaving this town ; happy had it perhaps been for her 
h*d she never enterad it 1 



LETTER LV. 

ETXLIKA IN CONTIUniTIDB. 






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Tbiii mnming Unilune Daval desired mn to go to S 
Hill, vith on invitAtion to th« Bmnghtons knd Mr. Smitl 
to (pend the evening with ber ; aod she desirud M . Dn H 
who breiikbstEd with ns, to ftccompanj me. I vine ■wry 
unwilling to ohej ber, as I octther wisbed to walk witb Si, 
Dn Bois, nor yet to meet, joung Brangbton. And, indeed, 
nnotbcr. s. yet more powerful reason, added to my relmy 
tanoe j — for I tbought it possible thAt Lord Orville might 
send some nnfiwer, or perLips might call, daring my ■' 
sence; howerer, I did not dare dispnte her command^ 

Poor M. Dn Bois spoke not a word during onr wbUq 
which was, I beheve, equally unpleasant to us both. Wt 
foond all the family assembled in the shop, Mr. Smith, thi 
moment he perceived me, addressed himself to Miss Brangk- 
ton, whom be entertained with all the gallantry in bvs power, 
I rejoice to find that my conduct at the Hampstead Imll ha 
Itad BO good an eScct. But young Bmnghton was CX 
tremely troublesome ; he reptatedly Unghed in my foce, mu 
looked so impertinently significant, that I was obliged fa 
jrive up my reserve to M. Dn Bois, and enter into a 
lion with bim merely to avoid sach boldness. 

"Miss," said Mr. Branghton, "I'm sorry to hea 
my son that yon -wasn't pleased with wbnt we dii 
that Lord Orville : bnt I ahould like to know what it « 
I yon found fault with, for we did all for the t>cst." 

" Goodness ! " cried the son, " why, if you'd seen Mr 
von'd have been Enrprised — she went out of the nxim quits 
in a hn«, like—" , 

" It is too late, now,'' said I, " to reason upon this mb- I 
ject ; but, for the future, I must take tbo Uber^ lo n 
that my name may never be made use of witbont my k 
ledge. May I tell Madam:e Duval that yoa will do li 
Favour to accept her invitation ? " 

"Aa to me, Ma'am," said Mr. Smith. " I am mni 
liged to the old lady, but I have no mind to be t«kmt in 1> 
lier again ; you'll escuse me, Ma'am." 

All the rest promised to come, and I then took Wtv^ 
bnt, as I left the shop. I h««^ Mr. BranghUm say, " Tai 
courage, Tom. she's only coy." And, before I had * 
ton yards, the youth followed. 

I was so much offended that I would not loakftt bim, I 



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Ixigwa to converse with M. Da Bois, who was now more 
liToly than 1 had ever before seen him j for, most nnfortn- 
nately, he m lain ter prated the reason of my attention to 

The first intelligence I received when I came home, was. 
that two gentlemen had c&lled, and left cards, I eagerly 
enquired for them, and read the names of Lord Onille and 
Sir Clement Willoughby. I by no means regretted that I J 
tnissed seeing the latter, but perhaps I may all my life re- I 
i^t that I misEed the former ; for probably he has now 
left town, — and I may see him no more ! 

"My goodness," cried yonng Branghton, mdely looking 
OTcr me, " only think of that Lord's coming all this way I 
It's my bchef he'd got some order ready for father, and so 
he'd n mind to call and ask yon if I'd told hi m the tmth." 

" Pray, Betl^," cried I, " how long has he been gone P " 

"Not two minntes, Ma'am." 

" Why then, I'll lay yon any wager," said young Bnmgh- 
ion, " he Sftw yon and I a-walking np Holborn Hill ." 

■■ God forbid ! " cried I, impatiently ; and, too mncl) 
chagrined to bear with any more of his remarks, I ran up 
stain; but I heard him say to M. Du Bois, "Miss is eo 
rA this morning, that I think I had better not speak to 



n»wachi 



I wish M. Dn Bois had taken the same resolution ; but 
chose to follow me into the dining-room, which he foond 
empty. 

"Vmu ne Caimei done piu, ce garfon, MademoUeUe ! " 

" Me I " cried I, " no, I detest him I " for I waa sick at 

" AK h* me r«7i(f» la wt / " cried he ; and, flinging himself 
lit my feet, he bad jost cangbt my hand as the door waa 
oponed by Madame Duval. 

Hastily, and with marks of guilty confusion in his face, 
be arose ; bat the rage of that lady quite amaied me I Ad- 
vancing to the retreating M. Do Boia, she began, in French, 
attack, which herertreme wrath and wonderfolTolnbility 
idered unintelligible; yet I understood but too 
lier reproaches convinced me she had herself 
baing the object of his offeotum. 




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He defended himself id s weak and evasive 
and, npon her commandiug' hita from her eight, 
readily withdrew: and then, with vel gTent«r violcncs, she 
npbraided me with having seduced his heart, called me an 
tiDfiTateftil, designing girl, and protested she would nettlwr 
take me to Paris, nor any more interest herself in my 
afhurs, unless I would instantly agree to many yoong 
Braughton. 

Frightened as I had been at her vehemence, this proposal 
reetoKd all my courage ; and I frankly told her, that in tfais 
point I never uonld obey her. More imtftted than ever, abe 
ordered me to qnit the room. 

Snch is the present sitttation of affairs. I shall excue 
myself from seeing the Branghtons this afternoon : indeed, 
I never wish to see them again. 1 am aorry, however is* 
nocently, that I have displeased Madame Dnval ; yet I aliall 
be very glad to qnit this town, for 1 believe it does not now 
contain one person I ever wish to again meet. Had I bnt Been 
Lord Orville, I should regret nothing ; I could then ban 
more folly explained what I so hastily wrote ; yet it will 
always be a pleasure to mo to recollect that he oalled, slnoe 
I flatter myself it was in coDseqnence of his being satisfied 
with my letter. 

Adieu, my dear Sir ; the time now approaches when I bop*' 
once more bo receive your blessing, and to owe all my j^y, 
all my happiness, to your kindness. 



LETTER LVl. 

ME. VILLABB 10 EVEtIN*. 

Berry SHI, July 7lh. 
"Xl WELCOME, tbrtoe welcome, my darling Evelina, U 
* * the arms of the tmeat, the fondest of your friends ! 
Mfs_- .Clinton, who shall hasten to yon with these linea, will 
conduct yon directly hither; for I can consent no loiter ta 
be parted from the child of my bosom ! — the comfort of my , 
age I — the sweet solace of all my infirmities 1 Tour worthvl 
friends at Howard Grove most pardon me that 1 rob 
of the viitit yon proposed to make them before your : 



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to Berry Hill, for I find toy fortitude unequal to n longer 
wpan'tioD. 

I have much to say to you, many commentfi to wake apon 
u- late letters, somo parts of which gire me no little nn- 
ineas ; bat I will reeerre my remarks for onr faCnre cod- 
nations. Hasten, then, to the spot of thy nativity, the 
pWode of thy yonth, where never yet care or sorrow had 

power to annoy thee. that they might ever be banished 

this peaceful dwelling \ 

Adieu, my dearest Evelina ! I pray bat that thy Batiafac* 
^on at our approaching meeting may bear any comparison 
••' jritlmine! 

Arthur Yill&bs. 






LETTBB LVn. 

STSLDIA TO HISS UlRTAH. 



Berry Rai, Jain lith. ' 
Y sweet Uaria will be much surprised, and I nm willing 
to flatter myself, concerned, when, inat«ad of her friend, 
ehe receives this letter ; — this cold, this inanimate letter, 
which will bnt ill express the feelings of the heart which 
indites it. 

When I wrote to you last Friday, I was in hourly expeo- 
tAtioa of seeingMrs. Clinton, witb whom I intended to have 
set out for Howard Grove. Mrs. Clinton came ; bat my 
plan was necessarily altered, for she broaght mo a letter, — 
the swoeteet that ever was penned, from the best and 
kindest friend that ever orpfaan was blessed with, requiring 
my immediate att«n^uice at Beny Hill. 

I obeyed, ^ — and pardon me if I own 1 obeyed withoat 
reluctance : after so long a separation, should I not else 
liave been the most nngratefn] at mortals P — And yet, — oh, 
Maria ! though I vfUhed to leave Loudon, the gratification 
of mj wish afforded m.e no happiness ! and though I felt an 
impatience inexpressible to retnm hither, no words, no lan- 
guage, cnn explain the heaviness of ^eart with which 1 
moda 1^ joDmey. I believe you would hardly have known 




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me ; — indeed, I bardty know mneU . Perbaps, h>d T fi 
seen you, in your kind and eTinp&tbising bosom I mtgl 
iwve venttired to bare reposed every secret of mr aool ;- 
nnd ihea — bat let me pnrsne my jonnial. 

Htb. Clinton delivered Madame Cava) a, 1ett«r from U 
Vfllard, which requested her leave for mv retnm ; ka 
indeed, it was very readily accorded : yet, when she ftniii 
by my wilUn^ess to quit town, that M. Dq BoIs was rettll; 
indifferent to me, ehe somewhat Koftened in my fiivoor ; »a 
declared, that, hnt for punishing his folly in thinking 
sash a child, she woatd not have oonaentud to my beioj 
ngsin bnried in the conn try. 

All the Branghtons called to take leave of me ; bat I w 
not write a word more about them : indeed I cannot, will 
imy patience, think of that family, to whoae f 
and impertinence is owing all the oneaaiiieea I at t 
moment BnSer ! 

So great was the depression of my spirits npon the n 
that it was with difficnlty I could pem^de the wortby "S 
Clinton I was not 111; bat, alas ! the sitaation of my m 
was sach as would have rendered any mere bodily pftin, b 
comparison, even enviable ! 

And yet, when we arrived at Berry Hill , — when the cfai 
stopped at this place, — how did my heart throb with joy !— 
and when, through the window, I beheld the deanet, tt 
most venerable of men, with uplifted hands, retuniofr, i 
I doubt not, thanks for my safe arrival, — good God 1 I 
thought it would have burst my bosom ! — I open 
chaise-door myself; I flew, — for my feet did not s 
touch the ground, — into the parlour : he bad risen !• 
m« : but the ntoment I appeared be sunk into his c 
att«ring, with a deep sigh, thongh fais face h 
deUght, " My God, I thank thee ! " 

I sprung forward ; and, with a plensure that I; 
upon agony, I embraced his knees, I kissed his bands, 1 
wept over them, bat conld not speak : while be, now rai ~ 
his eyes in thankfulness towards heaven, now bowing d 
liis reverend head, and folding me in his arms, could su 
articulate the blessings with which his kind and beuBvolent 
lieart overflowed. 

0, Hiss Mirvan, to be so beleved by the best of auea,-^ 



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mlA T not be happy P — Should I have one wiah bbtb that 
meriting his goodness ? — Tot think mo not ungratefnJ ; 
leed I Mn not, although the int«ruiil eadness of -mj mind 
nnfil« me, at present, for enjoying as I ought the boonties 
of Providence. 

I cannot jonmnlijie, cannot arrange my idoaa into order. 

How little hn« situation to do with happiness ! I had 
flattered myself, that, when restored to Berry Hill, I should 
lie restored to tranquillity : foj- otherwise have I found it, 
for never yet had tranquillity and Evelina so little inter- 
course. 

I blush for what I have written. Can yoo, Maria, for- 
gixe my gravity ? but I restrain it so much, and so pain- 
fully, in the presence of Mr. ViUare, that I know not how to 
deny myself the eonsolatioo of indulging it to you. 

Adieu, my dear Miss Mirran, 

Yet one thing I must add : do not let the serionsnesa of 
this letter deceive yon ; do not impute to a wrong caase the 
melancholy I confess, by supposing that the heart of your 
friend monms a. too great susceptibility : no, indeed ! believe 
lue it never was, never can be, more assuredly her own than 
at this moment. So witness in all truth, 

I Your affectionate 

Evelina. 



a will make my eicoseB to the honoured Iiody Howard, 
I to your dear mother. 



LETTER LYin. 

ICTILINA TO HISS XIBVA 



Berry BUI, Jidt/ Zltt. 
/on SMJUfle me of mystery, and charge me with reserve: 
- I cannot doubt but I must have merited the accusa- 
tion ; yet, to clear myself, — yon know not how painful will 
be the taalc. But I cannot reaiet your kind intreatiee ; — 
indeed I do not wish to resist them; foryour friendship and 
uffection will soothe my chagrin. Had it arisen from any 
other cause, cot a moment would I have deferred the com- 
pinniotion you ask ; — but as it is, I would, were it possible, 



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not only conceal it from all the world, bnt endcAVonr tt 
disbelieve it mjself . Yet since I mtMf t«n yon, why trifli 
mtli your impatience P 

I know not bow to come to the point ; twen^ iitBei 
hare I attempted it in rain ; — but I will forc« myself b 
proceed. 

Oil, Miss Mirv&n, could yoa ever have beliered, tbkt om 
who seemed formed as a pattern for his f ello w-ci ealuins, « 
a model of perfection, — one whose elegance snrpasBed aU de 
scription, — whose sweetneaa of manners disgraced oil eoi» 
parison : — oh, Miss Uiiran, could you ever have bclicveii 
that Lord OrwHe, would have treated me with indignity ? 

Never, never again will I trust to appearances ; — neve; 
confide in my own weak judgment; — never believe thai 
person to be good who seems tc be amiable ! What cruel 
maxims are we taught by a knowledge of the world !- 
while my own reSections absorb me, I forget you are still 
in BospenBe. 

I had just finished the last letter which I wrote to ya« 
from London, when the maid of the house bronght me aniotai 
It was given to her, she Boid, by a footman, who told her he 
would call the next day for an answer. 

This note, — but let it speak for itself. 

" To Mist AnviUe. 
" With transport, moat charming of thy sex, did I 
the letter with which you yesterday morning favoured urn. 
1 am sorry the aSalr of the carriage shonld have giren nm 
any concern, but I am highly flattered by the anxie^ 
yon express so kindly. Believe me, my lovely girl, I MB 
truly sensible of the honour of your good opinion, and fed 
myself deeply penetrated with love and gratitnde. The 
correspondence yon have so sweetly commenced, I shall 
be proud of continuing ; and I hope the strong lense T 
have of the favour you do me will prevent your withdraw, 
ing it. Assure yourself, that I desire nothing more ardoitly' 
than to ponr forth my thanks at yonr feet, and to offer thM»' 
vows which are so justly the tnbatc of your citarms and 
accomplishments. In yonr next I intreiit you In aoqaftlDt 
me how long you shall remnin in town. The servant, wboa 
I shall commission to call for an answer, Itaa ordera Ittrids 



^^B UTELIKA. 2G'.i 

^^KtBt with b to me. My imp»tieace for hie arrival will be 

^B|B7 grant, tbaagb inferior to that with whioh I bam to toll 

^^yaa, in pereon, how much I atn, my sweet girl, your grateful 

admirer. " Ortilli." 

What a letter I how has my prond heart swelled every 
line I have copied I What I wrote to him yon know ; tell 
me, then, my dear friend, do yon think it merited Each an 
answer F — and that I have deservedly incorred the liberty he 
ha^ taken P I meant nothing but a simple apology, which I 
thought as mnch dae to my own character a« to his ; yet by 
the construction ho seems to have pnt upon it, should you 
not have imagined it contained the avowal of Bentimenta 
which might indeed have provoked his contempt ? 

The moment the letter was delivered to me, I retired to 
my awn room to read it ; and so eager waa my first pemBal, 
thkt, — I am ashamed to own, — it gave me no Hensation bat 
of delight. UnsuspicioDB of any impropriety from Lord 
Orville, I perceived not immediately the impertinence it 
implied, — I only marked the expressions of his own re- 
gard i and 1 was so much Burprised, that I was unable for 
aome time to compose myself, or read it again : — I could 
only walk np and down tbe room, repeating to myself, 
" Qood God, is it possible ? — am I then loved by Lord 
Orville P " 

But this dream was soon over, and 1 awoke to far dif- 
Terent feelingB. Upon a second reading 1 thongbt every 
word changed, — it did not seem the same letter, — I could 
not find one sentence that I could look at without blushing : 
my astonishment was extreme, and it was succeeded by tbe 
ntoiDst indignation. 

It, as 1 am very ready to acknowledge, I erred in writing 
lo Lord Orville, was it for him to pnnish the error ? If he 
was offended, could be not have been silent p If be thongbt 
my letter ill-judged, should he not have pitied my ignor- 
ance P have considered my youth, and allowed for my in- 

Oh. ilaria I how have 1 been deceived in this man ! 
Words have no power to tell the high opinion I had of 
him i to that was owing tbe nnfortnnate solicitude which 
ipted my writing ; a solicitude I muHt for ever repent ! 






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Tet perhaps I have rather nason to rajotce U 
Bmce this affair faae ebown me his real dkpoeitiaa 
moTed that partiaUty which, covering his every i 
tton, left only his virtues and good qnalitits ea^ 
Tieir. Had the deception continned much longer, had i 
mind received any additional prejadioe in hia Earonr, w 
knawa whither my mistaken ideas might have led me t I 
deed I fe^ I was in greater danger than I apprvfaeodeit 
or can now think of (rithoat trembling ; — for, oh, if tliii 
weak heart of mine had been penetrated with too deep ai 
impression of his merit, — my peace and happineea had we) 
lost for ever. 

I would fain encourage more cheerful thoughts, ( 
drive from my mind the melancholy that has taken poa 
sion of it ; but I cannot succeed : for, added to the humiti 
ating feelings which so powerfolly oppress me, I bava j 
another cause of concern ; — alas, my dear Uaria, I ha^< 
broken the tranquillity of the beat of men ! 

I have never had the conrage to show him this croe 
letter; I could not hear so greatly to depreciate in i' 
opinion, one whom I had, with infinite anxiety, nused in 
myself, Indeed, my first determination was to confine ti 
chagrin totally to my own bosom ; but your friendly m 
quiries have drawn it from me ; and now I wish I h: 
made no concealment from the beginning, since I know n 
how to account for a gravity, which not all my coidearotir 
can entirety hide or repress. 

My greatest appreheosion is, lest he should imagine tJ 
my residence in Loudon has given me a distaste to 1 
country. Every body I see takes notice of my being alter 
and looking pEile and ill. I should be very indifferwtt to al 
such observations, did I not perceive that they draw spa 
me the eyes of Mr. YUlars, which glisten with aSeotiMMUi 



H be 

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This morning, in speaking of my London expedition h 
mentioned Lord OrviUe. I felt so much disturbed, thM 
would instantly have changed the subject; but he i 
not allow me, and, very unexpectedly, he began his pamg] 
ric, eitolling in strong terms, his roanly and hooosno) 
behaviour in regard to the Marybone adrentni«. Jf^ 
cheeks glowed with indignation every word he epokBi- 



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BO l&tolf a§ I had myself fancied Iiim the noblest of his eec, 
now that I was bo well conviiiced of my mistake, I coalj 
not bear to hear his undfiserred [iraiaes uttered by one so 
really gooJ, bo nnanapecting, Bo pure of heart. 

'^Vhat he thought of my Bilenco and nneaainess I fear to 
know ; bnt 1 hope he will mention the subject no moi-c. I 
will not, however, with nngrateful indolence, give w.iy to a 
aadnesa which I find infections to him who meriU the moat 
cheerfnl exertion of my spirita. I am thnjikfal that be has 
forborne to probe my wonud ; and I will endeavour to heal 
it by the consciousness that I have not deserved the indignity 
I have received. Yet I cannot but lament to find myself in 
a world bo deceitful, where wo mast suspect what we see, 
difitrost what we hear, and doubt even what we feel I 

^B Bemj Sill, Jidij 2Qth. 

^^^T MUST own myself somewhat distressed how to answer 
-*- your raillery ; yet, bdieve me, my dear Maria, yottT 
snggestions are those of fancy), not of trulh. I am un- ^ 
consciona of the weakness you suspect ; yet, to dispel yoop 
doubt«, I will animate myself more than over to con<[uer my 
chagTin, and to recoTer my spirits. 

You wonder, you say, since my heart takes no part in 
thb affair, why it should make me 80 unhappy ? And can 
yon, ftoqnninted as you are with the high opinion I enter- 
mined of Lord Orvilie, can you wonder that bo groat a dis- 
appointment in his character should affect me ? Indeed, 
had BO stmnga a letter been sent to me from any body, it 
(lould not have failed shocking me; how much more sen- 
sibly, then, mQHt I fe^ suoh an afEront, when received from 
the man in the world I had imagined least capable of 
giving it? 

You are glad I made no reply ; assnre yourself, my dear 
frionil, had this letter been the most respectful that could 
be WTitt«ii, the clandefitine air given to it, by hia propOHal 



LETTER LLX. 



BTELIKA IN COKTINTATION. 



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S72 KTKLIHA. 

of fiendinf; tus servant for m^ answer, iostoad of bsnafF 
I dii«ct«il to hia honse, would effectually liava prcTcnlcil t 
' writing. Indeed, I have an aversion the most eiaccre bi 
mysteries, all private actions ; however foolishly nod btamM 
■My, in regard to this letter, I have deviated from tbe o 
paUi which, from my earliest infancy, 1 waa taaght to ixt 

He talks of my having eommertced a correrpondettee witl 
him : and could Lord Orville indeed believe I bad snch i 
design ? believe me eo forward, so bold, so strangely ridioi 
! loua P I know not if his man called or not ; bat I rejai 
that I qaitted Loodon before he came, and without Wrin^ 
any meesage for him. What, indeed, coold I have wud 
it would have been a condoacenBion veiy anmerit«d to hani 
taken any, the least notice of snch a letter. 

Never ehall I cccise to wonder bow he could write it. 01^ 
Maria ! what, whnt conld indnce bim so ransele^y r 
wound and aiEront one who wonid sooner have died tJu 

wilfully offended him f How morti^dng a freeuoBi 

style ! bow cmel an implication conveyed by his lAiuubi ai 
expressiona of gratitndet Is it not astonishing, that ai 
man can appear bo modest, who is so vain P 

Every hour I regret the secrecy I have observed with m 
beloved Mr. Yillars ; I know not what bewitched me, but 
felt at first a repugnance to publishing this affair liiat ] 
oonld not snrmonnt ; — and now, I am ashamed of coEifQM)B| 
tliat I have any thing to confess ! Tot I deserve to be p""^^ 
ished for the false dehcacy which occasioned my ailet 
since, if Lord Orville himself was cont«nt«d to forfeit hi»^ 
character, was it for me, almost at the ezpence of my O 
to support it f 

Yet I believe I shonld be very easy, now 
is over, and now that I see the whole aSrur with, ti 
ment it merits, did not all my good Frtenda ia ( 
hoDrhood, who think me extremely altered, tease I 
my gravity, and torment Mr. Viltara with observ 
my dejection and falling away. The subject ia 
started, than a deep gloom overspreads his venei 
tenance, and he looks at me with a tendemcss » 
cbaly. that I know not how to endnre the < 
exciting it. 

Mra. Selwyn, a huly of Ini^ fortune, who 1 




thma ratlen from Beny Hil), aad who has alwTi}^ honoured 
me with very diBtingnishin^ marks of regard, is going, in a 
short time, to Bristol, and baa proposed to Mr. YilJars to 
take me with her for the reooveiy of mj health. He seemed 
rerv mnch distressed whether to consent or refuse ; but 1, 
without any hesitation, warmly opposed the scheme, protest- 
iii^ my health could no where be better than in tlua pore 
air. He h^d the goodness to thank nie for this readiness to 
at ly with htm ; bat he is all goodness ! Oh, that it were in my 
power to be indeed what, in the kindness of his heart, he haa 
called me, the comfort ot hb age, and solace of bia infirmities I 

Never do I wish to be again separated from him. If 
here I am grave, elsewhere I should be unhappy. lu hia 
presence, with a vety little eitortion, all the cheerfulneas of 
my disposition seems ready to return ; the benevolence of 
his connt^inancQ reanimates, the harmony of his temper com- 
poses, the purity of his eharact«r edifies me ! I owe to him 
every thing ! and, far from finding my debt of gratitude a 
weight, the first pride, the first pleaaure of my life, is the 
I'ocollection of the obligatiooB conferred npon me by a good- 
ness so nneqanlled. 

Once, indeed, I thought there existed another, — who, 
I when time had wintered o'er kit lockt, would have shone forth ' 
j'.mong his fellow-oreatnrBS with the same brightness of worth 
which dignifies my honoured Mr. Villars ; a brightaess how 
superior in value to that which results from mere quickness 
of parts, wit, or imagination I a brightness, which, not con- 
tented with merely diffnsing smiles, and gaining admiration 
from the sallies of the spirits, reflects a real and a glorious 
lustre upon all mankind ! Oh, how great was my error ! 
Iiow ill did I jndge ! how cruelly have I been deceived ! 

I will not go to Bristol, though ilrs. Selwyn is very 
urgent witli me ;- — bat I desire not to see any more of the 
world I the few months I have already passed in it, have 
uufficed to give me a disgust even to ite name. 

I hope, too, I shall see Lord OrviJle no more : accastomed. 
from my first knowledge of him, to re^^d him as a heing 
taperior to Aw race, hie presence, perhaps, might banish my 
roaentmcDt, and t might forget his ill conduct; for oh, 
Maria ! — I should not know how to see Lord Orville — and 
Co think of displeasure ! 




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_ As ■ sister I loved him ; — I conld hftT« eni 
witli eveiy thoaglit of my heart, had he deigned to wish 
oonfidenoe ; bo eteadj did I think his hotunir, so 
hifl delicaoy, and so aroiaible his nature ! I hare a 
times imagined that the whale stadr of his life, and w 
purport of his reflections, tended solely to the ^ood 
happiness of others : but I will talk, — write, — think erf 

^^m ao more ! 

^^H Adieu, mj dear friend ! 

^^B nord 
^^^ hoira 



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LETTER liX. 

KTBLIXA IB COnrnrTATTON. 

Berrj, ffiH, Au^uil lOrt. 

Yon oomplain of mj silence, Jny de^r Miss Ifirvaa (— I 
bat what have I to write ? Narrative does not o^r, I 
nor does a tivel; imagination snpplj tbe deficiency. I havch I 
hoiraver, at present, sufficient matter for a tetter, ii 
a oonrersation I had jest«rday with. Mr. Villan. 

Out bieakfost had been the most cheerful we have 1 
since my return hither ; and when it was over, he did &o4,l 
as nsoa), retire to hie etody. but continued to convene with 1 
ms while I worked. We might, probably, have passed all I 
the morning thus sociably, but for the entrance of a fanner, r 
who came to solicit advice concerning some domestic) al~ 
Thn' withdrew together into the study. 

^e moment I was alone my spirits failed me ; 
tioD with which I had supported them had fatigl 
mind ; I Song away my work, and, leaning my I 
the table, gave way to a -bain of disagreeable raJ 
which, bursting from the restraint that had smollierad 1 
them, filled me with nnnsoal sadness. 

This WM my situation, when, looking towards tJiS.j 
which was open, I perceived Mr. Villara, who was m 
regaiding me. " Is Farmer Smith gone. Sir p " i 
hastily rising, and snatching up my work. 



jmt 



"Don't let me disturb joa," said he, graveij ; " I will go 
again to my Btndy." 

" Will jou, Sir ? — I was in hopes yon were coroing to dt 
here." 

" In hopes I — and why, Evelina, shonld yon hope it ? " 

This question was so onexpet-'ted, that I knew not bow 
to tinswer it ; but, as I saw he was moving away, I followed, 
and begged him to return, "No, my dear, no," said he, 
with a forced smile, " I only intermpt your meditations." 

Again I knew not whnt to say ; and while I hesitated, he 
retired. My heart was with him, bnt I had not the oonraga 
to follow. The idea of an explanation, brought on in so 
serious a manner, frightened me. I recollected the iiu , 
ference ymi bad drawn from, my nneaaineas, and I feared 
that he might make a similar interpretation. 

Solitary and thoughtful, I passed the rest of the moming 
in my own room. At dinner I again attempted to be cheer- 
ful ; but iir. Villars himself was grave, and I had not snf • 
licient sptrita to support a conversation merely by my own 
efforts. As soon as dinner was over, he took a book, and I 
walked to the window. I believe I remained necir an hour 
in this situation. All my thoughts were directed to con- 
sidering how I might dispel the doubts which 1 appre- 
hended Mr. Villaxs }iad formed, without acknowledging a 
eircumstance which I had suffered so much pain merely to 
ooRceal. But while I was thus plajining for the future, I 
forgot the present ; and ho intent was I npon the subjeot 
which occnpied me, that the strange appearance of my an> 
Bsaal inactivity and extreme thoaghtfnhiess never occurred 
to me. Bnt when, at last, I recollected myself, and turned 
roond, I saw that Mr. Villara, who had parted with Ha 
book, was wholly engrossed in attending to me. I started 
from my reverie, and, hardly knowing what I said, asked 
if he had been reading ? 

He paused a moment, and then replied, " Yes, my child ; 
— a book that both afflicts and perplexes me." 

He means me, thought I ; and therefore I made no 

■* What if we read it together ? " continued he, "willyoa 
ataat tne to clear its obscurity ? " 

i what to say ) bitt I sighed involnotariLy ffcna 



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276 KTiLisi*. 

the bottom of atj heart. He roec, and kp[ 
nid, with emotion, " My child, I can n 
witnem of thy sorrow, — is not thy sorro' 
ought I to be s stroager to the canse, when ] 
BjrxnpBithixe in the effect P " 

" Cause, Sir ! '' cried I, grefttly alarmed, " what c 
— ^I don't know, — I can't tell — I — " 

" Fear not," said he, kindly, " to unboBom thyself to d 
my dearest Evelina ; open to me thy whole heart, — it 
have DO feelings for which I will not make allowance. 
me, therefore, what it is that thus afflicts us both ; and n 
knows but I may suggest some means of relief ? " 

" Yon are too, too good," cried 1, greatly embarraG 
'• btit indeed I know not what you mean." 

" I pee," said he, " it is painM fo yoo to speak : bu]^ 
then, I endeaToar to sare yon by gaeiseing ? " 

" Impossible ! impossible ! " cried I, eagerly ; '' 
living could ever gneag, ever suppose — " I stopped abniptlfl 
for I then recollected I was acknowledging something i 
to be gaeseed : however, he noticed not my mistake. 

" At least let me try," answered he, mildly ; " perhaj: 
may be a better diviner than yon imagine : if I goeos e* 
thing that is probable, snrely I most approach ne^rUwn 
reason. Be honest, then, ray love, and spe&k witiiout t«> 1 
serre ; — does not the country, after so mnch gaiety, bo u 
rariety, does it not appear insipid and tiieeomo P " 

" No, indeed 1 I love it more than ever, and mora tlua ' 
ever do I wish I had never, never quitted it ! " 

" Oh, my child ! that I had not permitted the jaanuj I 
My judgment always opposed it, bnt mjresotntioo wasBOk 
proof agunst persuasion." 

" I blush, indeed," cried I, " to recollect my carofli 
— bat I have been my own punisher ! " 

*' It is too late now," answered he, " to reflect upon t 
subject ; let US endeavour to avoid repentance for th« tj* 
to c»me, and we shall not have erred without reaping ai 
inetraction." Then, seating lumself, and making i 
by him, he continued, " I must now guess again : 
yon r^Tet the loss of those friends yon knew in town ;- 
perhaps you miss their socie^, and fear you may ai 
no more P — perhaps Lord Orville " 



277 






^I could not keep my Beat ; but, rising Lostily, a 
r, ask me nothing more ! — (or I have nothing to own,^ 
thing to soy ; — my gravity has been merely accide&lal, 
and I can give no reason for it at all. — Shall I fetch yon 
another book ? — or will you have this again ? " 

For some minntes he waa totally silent, and I pretended 
to employ myaulf in looking for a book. At laat, with a deep 
sigh, " I Bee." said he, " I see but too plainly, that though 
Evelina is retnmed, — I have lost my child ! " 

"No, Sir, no," cried I. inexpreesibly shocked, " Bhe in 
more yonr's than ever ! Withont yoo, the world would be 
a des»t to her, and life a burthen : — forgive her, then, and, 
— if yon can, — condescend to be, once more, the con£dant 
of all her thonghts." 

fe"How highly I valne, how greatly I wish for her confi- 
ice," retnmed he, "she cannot but know; — ^yettoextorl, 
tear it from her, — -my justice, my affection both revolt at 
I idea. 1 am sorry that I wns bo earnest with yon j — 
^ leave me, my dear, leave me, and compose yourself ; we will 
moot t^ain at tea." 

" Do joq then refnse to hear me ? " 
" Ko, bat I abhor to compel yon. I have long seen that 
your mind has been ill at ease, and mine ha« largely par- 
taken of your concern : I forbore to question you ; for I 
hoped that time and absence, from whatever excited your 
uneaainess, might best operate in silence : bot, alas ! yonr 
affliction seems only to angment, — yoar health declines, — 
your look alters ! — Oh, Evelina, my aged heart bleeds to 
see the change !— bleeds to behold the darling it had 
cherished, the prop it had reared for its sapport, when 
bowed down by years and infirmities, sinking itself onder 
the pressure of interna] grief ! — struggling to hide what iir 
should seek to participate ! — But go, my dear, go to yonr 
own room ; we both want composure, and we will talk of 
this matt«r some other time." 

" Oh, Sir," cried I, penetrated to the sool, " bid me not 
t(MTe you ! — think me not so lost to feeling, to giati- 

" Not a word of that," interrupted he : " it pains me you 
should think upon that subject ; pains me yon should ever 
rnmember that you have not a natnrel, an W«ditary righ< 



278 ITILIKA. 



to every thing wiihm mj power. ImeutiiottoaABetTom 
thus, — ^I hoped to have soothed yon ! — bat my anxiety be- 
trayed me to an urgency that has distreBsedyon. CoaBfort 
yourself, my love ; and doabt not but that time inU stand 
your friend, and all will end welL" 

I burst into tears : with, difficulty had I so long re- 
strained them ; for my heart, while it glowed with tender- 
ness and gratitude, was oppressed with a sense of its own 
onworthiness. " Yon are all, all goodness ! " cried I, in a 
voice scarce andible ; " little as I deserve, — ^onable as I am 
to repay, sach Irindness, — yet my whole soul feels, — thanks 
yon Mr it ! " 

^ My dearest child," cried he, " I cannot bear to see thy 
tears ; — ^for my sake dry them : such a sight is too mnch 
for me : think of that, Evelina, and take comfort^ I charge 
thee!" 

'' Say then," cried I, kneeling at his feet, " say then that 
you forgive me ! that yon pardon my reserve, — ^that yon 
will again sofFer me to tell yon my most secret thoognts, 
and rely upon my promise never more to forfeit yoor confi- 
dence ! my father ! — ^my protector ! — my ever-hononred, 

—ever-loved — ^my best and only friend ! — say yon forgive 
yonr Evelina, and she will study better to deserve your 
goodness !" 

He raised, he embraced me : he called me his sole jov, 
his only earthly hope, and the child of his bosom! He 
folded me to his heart ; and, while I wept from the fulness 
of mine, with words of sweetest kindness and consolation, 
he soothed and tranquillised me. 

Dear to my remembrance will ever be that moment when, 
banishing the reserve I had so foolishly planned, and so 
painfully supported, I was restored to the confidence of the 
best of men ! 

When at length we were again quietly and composedly 
seated by each other, and Mr. Villars waited for the expla- 
nation I had begged him to hear, I found myself extremely 
embarrassed how te introduce the subject which must lead 
to it. He saw my distress ; and with a kind of benevolen 
pleasantry, asked me if I would let him gueis anymore P I 
assented in silence. 

'' ShaU I, then, go back to wherel left off ? " 



279 

" If — if you please ; — I believe so, — " said I, Btammering 

" Well, then, my love, I think I was speaking of the re- 
gret it mas natnral yon ahonld feel apon quitting those from 
whom yon had received civility and kindness, with so little 
oertaintj of ever seeing tfaem again, or being able to return 
their good offices. These are circnmstances that afford but 
melancholy reflections to young minds ; and the affectionate 
diapoHition of my Evelina, open to all social feelings, muat 
be hart more than usual by such considerations. — You are 
sileiit, my dear. Shall I name those whom I think most 
worthy the regret I speak of ? We eball then see if oar 
opinions coincide." 

Still I Baid nothing, and he continned. 

" In your London journal, nobody appears in a more 
amiable, a more respectable light than Lord Orville ; and 
perhaps— — — " 

" I knew what you would say," cried I, hastily, "and I 
have long feared where your suspicions would fall ; but tm- | 
deed. Sir, you are mistaken : I hate Lord Orville,— 
the last man in the world in whose favour I shonld b 
jodioed." 

I stopped ; (or Mr. Villars looked at me with such in- 
finite Borpriae, that my own warmth made me blush. 

" You hate Lord Orville ! " repeated he. 

I could make no answer; bat took from my pooket-book 
the letter, and giving it to him, " See, Sir," said I, "how 
differently the same man can talk and write f " 

He read it three times before he apokcj and then said, 
" I am BO much astonished, that I know not what I read. 
When had yon this letter P " 

I told him. Again he read it, and, after conaidering its 
contents some time, said, " I can form but one oonjectara 
concerning this most extroordinaiy perform&noe : M moat 
certainly have been intoiicnted when he wrote it." 

'' Lonl Orville intoxicated ! " repeated I : " onoe I 
thi>agbt him a Etr.iDger to all intemperance ; — but it is 
very possible, for I can believe any thing now." 

" That a man who hod behaved with so striot aregard to 
delicacy," continued Mr. Villars, " and who, as far as occa- 
sion had allowed, manifested sentiments the most honoar- 
sble, shoold thus insolently, thus wsntouly, insult a modsst 



; but in- 1 1 
e, — he is | \ 
i be pro- ) ■ 



280 ITILOUU 

yonxigifoiium, in Ids perfect senaea, I ouuiofeiliuikpoMpMe. 
!Biit| mj dioar^ joa should have indoaed this letter in an 
empty cover, and have retomed it to him again : Bach a 
reaentment would at once have become yomr dharaeter, 
and have given him an opportonity, in acme measnie^ of 
clearing hia own. He conld not well have read thia letter 
the next morning without being sensible of the impropriety 
of having written it." 

Oh, Maria ! why had I not this thooght P I might then 
have received some apology ; the mortification wonld then 
have been Aw, not mine. It is true, he could not have rein- 
stated hiTHBelf so highly in my opinion as I had once 
ignorantly placed him, since the conviction of such intem- 
perance would have levelled him with the rest of his imper- 
fect race ; yet my hnmbled pride might have been oonaoled 
by his acknowledgments. 

But why shonld I allow myself to be humbled by a man 
who can suffer his reason to be thus abjectly debased, when 
I am exalted by one who knows no vice, and scarcely a 
failing, but by hearsay ? To think of his kindness, and re- 
flect upon his praises, might animate and comfort me even 
in the midst of affliction. '* Your indignation," said he, 
" is the result of virtue ; you ^mcied Lord Orville was 
without fault — he had the appearance of infinite worthi- 
ness, and you supposed his character accorded with his 
appearance: guileless yourself, how could you prepare 
against the duplicity of another ? Your disappointment 
has but been proportioned to your expectations, and you 
have chiefly owed its severity to the innocence which hid its 
approach." 

I will bid these words dwell ever in my memory, and 
they shall cheer, comfort, and enliven me ! This conversa- 
tion, though extremely afCecting to me at the time it passed, 
has relieved my mind from much anxiety. Concealment, 
my dear Maria, is the foe of tranquillity : however I may 
err in future, I will never be disingenuous in acknow- 
ledging my errors. To you and to Mr. Yillars I vow an 
unremitting confidence. 

And yet, though I am more at ease, I am far from well : 
I have been some time writing this letter ; but I hope I shall 
aend yon aoon a more cheerful one. 



ITELIKA 281 

Adieu, my sweet friend. I intreat yoa Dot to acqaaiot 
even yonr dear mother with this affair j Lord Orville is a 
fevotirite with her, and why should I pnblieh that he 
dcservea not that hononr ? 



LETTEE LXL 



Bristol SotwelU, AaguH 28lh. 

YOU will be agftin sarprised, my dear Maria, at Heeinp 
whence I date my letter : bnt I have been very ill, and 
Mr. Villarf) was so mnch alarmed, that he not only insisted 
npoD my accompanying Mrs, Selwyn hither, hnt earnestly 
desired she would hiiaten her intended joamey. 

We travelled very slowly, and 1 did not find myself 
BO much fatigued aji I eipected. We are situated upon a 
most delightful spot ; the prospect is beautiful, the air pare, 
and the weather very favourable to invalids. I am already 
better, and I doubt not but I shall soon be well ; ae well, in 
regard to mere health, as I wish to be. 

I caimot express the reluctance with which I parted from 
my revered Mr. V illara : it was not like that parting which, 
laat April, preceded my journey to Howard Grove, when, 
all expectation and hope, though I wept, I rejoiced, and, 
though I sincerely grieved to leave him, I yet wished to be 
gone : the sorrow I now felt was unmixed with any livelier 
seoaatioa ; expectation was vanished, and hope I had none ! 
All that I held most dear upon earth I quitted ; and th&t 
upon an emnd, to the BUccees of which I was totally in- 
difierent, the re-establisbmcnt of my health. Had it been 
to have seen my aweet Maria, or her dear mother, I should 
not have repined. 

Mrs. Selwyn is very kind and attentive to me. She is 
extrem ely clever : her understanding, indeed, may be called 
truuouUne : but, unfortunately, her manners deserve the 
snme epithet ; for, in studying to acquire the knowledge of 
the other sex, she haa lost all the softness of her own. Xu 



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ng&rd to myself, however, a« I have neither 
ineliiiation to argue with her, I have never been 
hart at her want of gentleness ; a virtQewhicb, 
seems so essential a part of the female ohamcter, 
myself more awkward, and leas at ease, with a « 
wants it, than I do with a man. She is not a fin 
with Mr. Tillars, who has often been dieg^sted at 
merciful propeDsity to satire : bat his anxiety ths 
tty the efiect of the Bristol watdrs, overcame his 
committing me to her care. Mrs. Clinton is also 
that I shall be as well attended as his atn 
desire. 

I will continne to write to yoa, my dear Miss 
with as mach constancy as if I had no other corresp 
thoDgh, daring my absence from Beny Hill, mi 
may, perhaps, be shortened on accooat of the mim 
the jonmal which I most write to my beloved Mr. 
hat yoD, who know his expectations, and how 
bind me to folfil them, will I am sare, r&ther ' 
n to yoorseU, than any negligence to him. 



LETTER LXn. 

XTBLDIA TO THK BET. MS. TOUBS. 

Britiol Bohedh, 8^L ISik. 

THE first fortnight that I passed here w«a so qniei, ■ 
serene, that it gave me reason to expect a settled c * 
during my etay ; but if I may now jodge of the time 
Dome, by the present state of my mind, the calm will 1 
BDCoeeded by a storm, of which I dread the violet>ce I 

This morning, in my way to the pnmp-room with 1 
Selwyn, wo were both very mnch incommoded by tl 
gentlemen, who were sauntering by the side of the An 
langhing and talking very loud, and lounging so Hinagn 
ably, that we knew not how to pass them. They all thn 
fixed their eyes very boldly upon me, alternately lookia 
onder my hat, and nhisperiug one another. Mra. St 
wjn Msnmed an air of uncommon sternness, and aud, ** Tfl 



wQl please, gentlemen, either to proceed y onnelTea, or to 
suffer us." 

" Oh ! Ma'am," cried one of them, " w© wfl] snffer you 
(vith tiie greatest pleasure in life." 

" Tou will Buffer ua both," answered she, " or I am maoh 
mistaken ; you had better, therefore, make way quietly ; for 
I ahoold be sorry to give my eervant the troable of teaching 
you better manners." 

Her commanding air struck them, yet they all chose to 
laugh ; and one of them wished the fellow would begin bia 
lesaon, that he might have the pleasure of rolling him into 
the Avon ; while another, advancing to me with a freedom 
which made me start, said, '• By my soul I did not know 
yon! — bnt I am sure I cannot be mistaken; — hadnot I the 
honour of seeing you once at the Pantheon ? " 

I then reoollected the nobleman, who, at that place, had 
BO much embarrassed me. I oourtaied without speaking. 
They all bowed, and making, though in a very easy manner, 
an npoiogy to Mrs. Selwyn, they sufEered us to pass on, bnt 
chose to accompany ns. 

" And where." continued this Lord, " can yon so long have 
hid yourself P do yon know I have been in search of yoa 
this age ? I could neither find you out, nor hear of you : 
not a creature coold inform me what waa become of yon. 
I cannot imagine where yon could be immured. I was at 
two or three public places every night, in hopes of meeting 
you. Pray, did yon leave town ? " 

" Tes, my Lord." 

" So early in the season ! — what could poeaibly induce 
yon to go before the birth-day ? " 

" I had nothing, my Lord, to do with the birth-day." 

" By my soul, all the women who had, may rejoice yoa 
were away. Have yon been here any time ? " 

" Not above a fortnight, my Lord." 

" A. fortnight ! — how unlucky tJiat I did not meet yon 
sooner I but I have had a run of ill luck ever since I came. 
How long shall yon stay ? " 

" Indeed, my Lord, I don't know." 

" Six weeks I hope ; for 1 shall wish the place at the devQ 
when yon go." 

"Do yoa, then, flatter yonreelf, my Lord," said M«. 



284 lYBLIKA. 

Selwyn, wKo had hitherto listened in aflent contempt, 
" that yoa shall see such a heantifnl spot as this, when joq 
visit the dominions of the devil ? " 

" Ha, ha, ha ! Faith, my Lord,'* said one of his com- 
panions, who still walked with ns, though the other had 
taken leave, ** the lady is rather hard npon yon." 

** Not at all," answered Mrs. Selwyn ; " for as I cannot 
donbt hnt his Lordship's rank and interest will secnre him 
a place there, it wonld be reflecting on his nnderstanding, 
to suppose he should not wish to enlarge and beautify lus 
dwelling." 

Much as I was disgusted with this Lord, I must own 
Mrs. Selwyn's severity rather surprised me : but yon, who 
have so often observed it, will not wonder she took so fair 
an opportunity of indulging her humour. 

" As to places,*' returned he, totally unmoved, " I am so 
indifferent to them, that the devil take me if I care which 
way I go ! objects^ indeed, I am not so easy about ; and, 
therefore, I expect, that those angels with whose beauty I 
asm 80 much enraptured in this world, will have the goodness 
to afford me some little consolation in the other." 

" What, my Lord ! " cried Mrs. Selwyn, " would yon wish 
to degrade the habitation of your friend, by admitting into 
it the insipid company of the upper regions ? " 

" What do you do with yourself this evening ? " said his 
Lordship, turning to me. 

" I shall be at home, my Lord." 

" 0, d-propos, — where are you ? " 

" Young ladies, my Lord," said Mrs. Selwyn, " are no 
where." 

^' Prithee," whispered his Lordship, " is that queer woman 
yoQT mother?" 

Good Heavens, Sir, what words for such a question ! 

" No, my Lord." 

" Your maiden aunt then ? " 

" No." 

'' Whoever she is, I wish she would mind her own a&irs : 
I don't know what the devil a woman lives for after thirty : 
she is only in other folk's way. Shall you be at the assem- 
bly?" 

" I believe not, my Lord." 



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" No ! — why tfaen, how in the world can yon contrive to 
pass yonr time ? " 

" In a m&nner which your Lordship will think very ex- 
traordinary," cried Mrs. Selwyn, "for the yonng lady 

" Ha, ha, ha ! Egad, my Lord," cried the facetione oom- 
panion, " you. are got into bad hands." 

"Yon had better, Ma'am," answered he, "attack Jack 
Coverley here, for yon will make nothing of mo." 

" Of you, my Lord," cried she, " Heaven forbid I ahoold 
ever entertain so idle an eipectiition ! I only talk, like a 
^illy woman, for the soke of talking ; bnt I have by no 
Tueans so low an opinion of yonr Lordship, as to suppose 
yoQ vulnerable to censnre." 

"Do, pray. Ma'am," cried he, "turn to Jack Coverley; 
he's the very man for you ; — he'd be a wit himself if he was 
not too moi&st." 

" Prithee, my Lord, bo quiet," returned the other ; " if the 
lady is contented to bestow all her favours npon you, why 
eboald you make such a point of my going snacks ? " 

" Don't be apprehensive, gentlemen," said Mrs. Selwyn, 
drily, " I am not romantic ; — 1 have not the least design erf 
doing good to either of yon." 

" Have not you been ill since I saw yon P " said his 
Lordship, again addrcBsing himself to me. 

" Yes, my Lord." 

" 1 thought 60 ; you are paler than yon was, and I sup- 
pose that's the reason I did not recollect you sooner." 

" Has not your Lordship too much gallantry," cried 
Mn. Selwyn, "to discover a young lady's illness by her 
looks?" 

** The devil a word can I speak for that woman," said he, 
in ft low voice ; " do, prithee. Jack, take her iu band." 

"Eicnse me, my Lord," answered Mr. Coverley, 

" When shall I ec« you again P " continued his Lordtkip ; 
" do you go to the pump-room every morning ? " 

" No, my Ijord." 

" Do you ride out ? " 

"No, my Lord." 

Just then we arrived at the pomp-room, and an end was 
pBt to our conversation, if it is uot an abase of words to 




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^re sncli & term to a striag ctf mde qneelioBS and 
compliments. 

He had not opportimi^ to say mncH more to me, am 
Selwjn joined a large party, and I walked home betwi 
two ladies. He had, however, the cariosity to see ns 
tiie door. 

tSn. Selwyn was very eager to know how I h&d 
Acquaintance with this nobteman, whose mannen m> 
dently annonnced the character of a confirmed libertine, 
could give her very little satiafaction, as I was ignon 
even of his name : but, in the afternoon, Mr. Bidgeway, tliB' 
apothecaiy, gave ns veiy ample information. 

As his person was easily described, for be is remarkably 
tall, Ur. Bidgeway told as be was Lord Herton, a noble- 
man who is but lately come to his title, though he " 
reedy dissipated more that half his fortnne ; a {oofeased 
admirer of beanty, bnt A man of mofit licentious charactK 
that among men, his companions consiBted chiefly of gnmblfl 
and jockeys, and among women he was rarely admitted. 

"Well, Miss Anville," said Mrs. Selwyn, " I nm glad 
wee not more ciril to him. Ton may depend npon me fs 
keeping him at a distance." 

" 0, Mftdam," said Mr. Kidgeway, " he mny now bo a 
mitted any where, for he is going to reform." 

" Has he, under that notion, pei-snaded any fool to 
him?" 

" Not yet. Madam, bat amairi&geiaexpei'ted to takepka 
shortly : it has been some time in agitation ; bat lb« fr* — -^-^^ 
of the lady haye obliged her to wait till she is of age ; 1 
ever, her brother, who has chieQy opposed the oisdch, 
that she is near being at her own disposal, is tolerably qaiet 
She is very pretty, and will have a large fortune. We eX' 
peot her at the Wells every day." 

" What is her name ? " said Mra. Selwyn. 

" larpent." answered he : " Lady Louisa Larpmt, 
of Lord Orville." 

" Lord Orville !" repeated I, all amaxement. 

" Yes Ma'ajn ; his Lordship is coming with her. 1 
had certain information. They are to be at the SofUMtmblJ 
Mrs. Beanmont'a. She is a relation of my Lord'i^ and '— ^" 
a very fine honse apon Clifton Hill." 



28T 

Bi* Lordthif u coming vnth her! — Good G!t>d, wh&t an 
emotjon did thoBe words give roe ! How strange, my dear 
Sir, that, just at this time, he should Tieit Sristol ! It will 
bo impassible for me to avoid seeing him, as Mrs. Selwjn 
is very well acquainted with Mrs. Beanmoat. Indeed, I 
hftTe had an CBcape in not being nnder tke same roof with 
Itim, for Mrs. Beaumont invited as to her house immediately 
upon DOT arrival , bat the inconvenience of being bo distant 
from the pamp-room made Mrs. Selwyn decline her civilitj. 

Oh that the first meeting were over ! — or that I could quit 
Bristol witbont seeing him ! — inexpressibly do I dread an 
interview ! Should the same impertinent freedom be ex- 
pressed by Lis looks, which dictated this cmel letter, I ebaU 
I not know how to endure either hini or myself. Had I but I 
I ratunied it, I ahould be easier, because my aentimenta of it I 
\ would then be known tci bim ; but now, he can only gather 
k from my behaviour ; and I tremble leat he should 
mistake my indignatioa for confusion ! — leat he should mis- 
constrae my reserve into embarrassment ! — for how, my 
dearest Sir, bow shall I be able totally to divest myself of 
tha respect with which I have been osed to think of him P — 
the pleasure with which I have been ascd to see him ? 

Surely be, as well as I, must recollect the letter at the 
moment of our meeting; and he will, probably, mean to 
;.'ather my thoughts of it from my looks ; — oh that they 
could bnt twnvey to bim my real detestation of tmpertinenoe I 
and vanity ! then would he see how much he had mistaken ' 
my disposition when he imagined them my dae. 

There was a time when the very idea that such a man na 
Lord MertoQ should ever be connected with liord Orville 
would huvelxtth surprised and shocked me; and even y«t 
I am pleased to bear of his repugnance to the marriage. 

Bat how strange, that a man of so abandoned a character 
should be the uhoice of a sister of Lord Orville ! and how 
Bteange, that, almost at the moment of the union, be should 
be BO importunate in gallantry to another woman 1 What a 
vorld is this we live in ! how corrupt ! how degenerate ! 
wall might I be contented to eee no more of it ! If I find 
k tfa* ayst of Lord Orville agree with his f>m, — I shall 
t think, that of all mankind, the only virtuous itidividnaJ 
&M at Berry Hill. 



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LETTER LXin. 

lYlLIKA nr COHnNUATIOH. 

Bristol HotwdU, 8epi. IGiL 

OH, Sir, Lord Orville is still himself ! stdll what, from 
the moment I beheld, I believed him to be — all that 
is amiable in man ! and yonr happy Evelina, restored at once 
to spirits and tranqniUitj, is no longer snnk in her own 
opinion, nor discontented with the world ; — ^no longer, with 
dejected eyes, sees the prospect of passing her fatoie days 
in sadness, doubt, and suspicion! — with revived courage 
she now looks forward, and expects to meet with goodness, 
even among mankind : — ^though still she feels, as strongly 
as ever, the folly of hoping, in any second instance, to meet 
with perfection. 

Your conjecture was certainly right ; Lord Orville, when 
he wrote that letter, could not be in his senses. Oh that 
intemperance should have power to degrade so low, a man 
60 noble ! 

This morning I accompanied Mrs. Selwyn to Clifton Hill, 
where, beautifully situated, is the house c^ Mrs. Beaumont. 
Most uncomfortable were my feelings during our walk, 
which was very slow ; for the agitation of my mind made 
me more than usually sensible how weak I still continue. 
As we entered the house, I summoned all my resolution 
to my aid, determined rather to die than give Lord Orville 
reason to attribute my weakness to a wrong cause. I was 
happily relieved from my perturbation, when I saw Mrs. 
Beaumont was alone. We sat with her for, I believe, an 
hour without interruption ; and then we saw a phaeton drive 
up to the gate, and a lady and gentleman alight from it 

They entered the parlour with the ease of people who 
were at home. The gentleman, I soon saw, was Lord 
Merton : he came shuffling into the room with his boots .on, 
and his whip in his hand ; and having made something like 
a bow to Mrs. Beaumont, he turned towards me. His sur- 
prise was very evident ; but he took no manner of notice of 
me. He waited, I believe, to discover, first, what chaooe 



had brongbt me ta that house, wLere he did not look nmah 
rejoioed at meeting me. He seated himself veiy quietly at 
the window, withoat speaking to anj body. 

Mean time the lady, who seemed Tery yonng, hoLibling 
rather than waUciiv^ into the room, made a pasaing 0001^87 
to Mrs. Beaumont, saying, " How are yon. Ma'am ? " and 
tbea, without noticing any body else, with an air of languor 
she flung herself npon a sofa, protesting, in a moat affected 
voice, and speaking eo softly she could hardly be heard, that 
she was fatigued to death. " lleally. Ma'am, the roads are 
so monfitrooB dusty, — you can't imagine how troublesome 
the dust is to one's eyes ! — and the sun, too, is monstrous dis- 
agreeable ! — I dare say I shall be so tanned : I shan't be fit to 
be seen this age. Indeed, my Lord, I won't go out with you 
any more, for you don't care where yon take one." 

"Upon my honour," said Lord Merton, " I took yoii, 
the pleas&ntest ride in ESngtandj the fault was in the sun 

"Tour Lordship is in the right," said Mrs. Selwyn, 
" to ounsfoT the faalt to the «im, because it lias so many 
exeellencies to counterbalance partial inconveniences that a 
Kttte blame will not injure thai in our estimation." 

Lord Merton looked by no means delighted at this attack ; 
which I believe she would not so readily have made, but to 
revenge his neglect of us. 

" Did you meet your brother. Lady Louisa ? " said Mrs. 
Beanmout. 

" No, Ma'am. Is he rode out this morning P " 

I then found, what I had before Enspect«d, that this 
lady was Lord Orville's sister .- how strange, that snch near 
relations should be so different to each other ! There is, 
indeed, some resemblance in their features ; but, in their 
□lanners, not the least, 

"Yes," answered Mrs, Beaumont, "and I beHeve ho 
wished to see yon." 

" My Lord drove so monstrons fast," said Lady Louisa, 
" that perhaps we passed him. He frightened me out of 
my senses ; I declare my bend is quite giddy. Do yon 
know, Ma'am, we have done nothing but quarrel all the 
morning ? — ^Toa can't think how I've scolded ; have not I, 
my Lord P " and she anuled expreastTely at Lord Mertoo. 



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'' Ton have been, aa yon always are," said hs, iwistii ig 
his whip with his fingers, " all sweetness." 

" O fie, my Lord," cried she, *' I know yon don*t think 
BO ; I know yon think me very ill-natnred ; — don't yon, my 
Lord?" 

*' No, npon my hononr ; — ^how can yonr Ladyshqi ask 
snch a qnestion P Pray how goes time P my watdi stands.** 

*' It is almost three," answered Mrs. Beanmoni. 

" Lord, Ma'am, yon frighten me ! '* cried Lady Louisa ; 
and then, turning to Lord Merton, " why now, yon wiokBd 
creature yon, did yon not tell me it was bnt one P ** 

Mrs. Selwyn then rose to take leave ; bnt Mrs. Beaumont 
asked if she would look at the shrubbery. " I should Uke 
it much," answered she, " but that I fear to fatigue Miss 
AnviUe." 

Lady Louisa, then, raising her head from her hand, on 
which it had leant, turned round to look at me ; and hav^ 
ing fully satisfied her curiosity, without any regard to the 
confusion it gave me, turned about, and, again leaning on 
her hand, took no further notice of me. 

I declared myself very able to walk, and begged Uiai I 
might accompany them. *' What say you^ Lady Loniss^*' 
cried Mrs. Beaumont, *' to a stroU in the garden P ** 

'* Me, Ma'am ! — I declare I can't stir a step ; the heat is 
so excessive, it would kill me. I'm half dead with it al- 
ready ; besides, I shall have no time to dress. Will any 
body be here to day. Ma'am ? " 

" I believe not, unless Lord Merton will fAYcm ns with 
his company." 

" With great pleasure. Madam." 

'* Well, I declare you don't deserve to be asked,** cried 
Lady Louisa, *' you wicked creature you ! — I tnust tell yoa 
one thing, Ma'am, — ^you can't think how abominable he 
was ! do you know we met Mr. Level in his new phaeton, 
and my Lord was so cruel as to drive against it? — ^we 
really flew. I declare I could not breathe. Upon my woid, 
my Lord, I'll never trust myself with yon again, — ^I won't 
indeed." 

We then went into the garden, leaving them to disooM 
the point at their leisure. 

Do yon remember a j>re% hui needed yomng lad^ I 



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Honed to hare seen, in Lord Orville's party, at the Pantfieon ? 
How Ultle diJ I then imagine her to bo liia sister ! ypt 
Lady Iioaisii Larpent ia the very person. I can now accoant 
for the piqued manner of her speaking to tiord Morton that 
evening, and I can now acconnt for the air of displeasnre 
wilU which Lord Orville marked the nndne attention, of his 
(ntnrt! brother-in-law to me. 

We had not walked long, ere, at a distance, I perceived 
Lord Orville, who seemed just dismounted from his horse, 
enter the garden. AU my perturbation retnmed at the 
sight of him ! — yet I endeavoured to repress every feeling 
but resentment. As he approached us, he bowed to the 
whole party ; but I turned away my head to avoid talcing 
any share in his civihty. Addi^aaing himself immediately 
to Mrs. Beaamont, he was beginning to enquire aft«r his 
sister : bat, upon seeing my face, he middenly exclaimed, 
" Slias AnviUe ! — " and then he advanced, and made his 1 
compliments to me, — not with an air of vanity or importi- I 
Donce, nor yet with a look of conacioasnesa or shame ; — but 
with a coantenanca open, manly, and charming ! — with a I 
xmile that indicated pleasure, and eyes that sparkled with j 
dehghtl — on viy side was all that consciousness ; for byl 
him, I really believe, the letter was, atthat moment, entirely 
forgotten. 

With what politeness did he address me ! with whai 
eweetnosB did be look at me ! the very tone of bis voice 
seemed flattering I he congratulated himself upon hia good 
fortune in meeting with me ; — hoped I should spend some 
time in Bristol, and enqnired, even with anxiety enquired, 
if my health was the canse of my journey; in which case 
hia satisfaction would be converted into apprehension. 

Yet, struck as I was with his manner, and charmed to 
find him snch as he was wont to be, imagine not, my dear 
Sir, that I forgot the resentment I owe him, or the canse 
be has given me of displeasure ; no, niy behavionr was snch, 
B« I hope, had yon seen, yon would not ha\f© disapproved ! 
I waa grave and distant ; I scarce looked at him when he 
spoke, or answered him when he was silent. 

As he mnat certainly observe this alteration in my con- 
duct, I think it contd not fail making him both recollect 
and repent the provocation be bad so causelefisly given. mft\ 



for mrely ba tna not bo whoUj lost to rea o on. u to be di 
ignorant he had ever oSended me. 

The moment thut, without absolute rudeness, I was >bli 
I toined entirely from him, and asked Sirs, Selwrn if « 
■hoold not be late home ? How Lord Orville looked I knotv 
not, for I avoided meeting his eyes ; bat he did not Epeal 
Bootber word as we proceeded to the garden g«te. Indeed^ 
I believe, my abruptness surprised him, for be did not seen 
k> erpect I had so macb spirit. And, to own the tntib 
convinced aa I waa of the propriety, nay, necessity, of : ' 
ing my difipleasnre, I jet almust hated myself for 
hie politeness so angracionalj. 

When we were tAkiiig leave, my eyes accideotKDj 
ing his, I coald not bat observe th&t bia grari^ eqa^ki 
my own ; for it had entirely taken place of the 
good hamoDT with which he had met me. 

" I am afraid this yonn^ lady," said Mrs. Beanmoot, "i 
too weak for another long watk till she is again rested." 

" If the ladies will trust to my driving," said Ix 
Orville, " and are not afraid of a phaeton, mine ahall 
ready in a moment." 

" Ton are very good, my Lord," said Urs- Solwyn, " I 
my will is yet nnsigoed, and I don't choose to venture ii 
phaeton with a yonng man while that is the case." 

" O," cried Mia. Beanmont, " yon need not be ft&aid 4 
my Lord Orville, for he is remarkably careful." 

" Well, Hiss Anville," answered she, " what say yon ? 

" Indeed," cried I, " I had much rather walk — ," 1 

then, looking at Lord Orville, I perceived in bis face a 8 

prise BO aeriona at my abrupt refusal, that I coold not I 

bear adding, " for I should be sorry to occasion so ini 

' trouble." 

Lord Orville, brightening at these words, came foi 
uid pressed his o9er in a manner not to be denied ; — su tfi 
phaeton was ordered ! And indeed, my dear Sir, — I kvai 
not how it was ; — but, from that moment, my oolduau ui 
reaerve insensibly wore away ! Yon. mnst not be bo^tt,- 
it WM my intention, nay, my endeavour, to suppoK tiiei 
with firmness : but when I formed the plan, I thought 01 
of the letter, — not of Lord Orville ! — and how is il poM 
for resentment to subsist without provocation ? yat| 



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me, my denrest Sir, had ho anst-uned the part he hegan to 
act whan he wrote this ever-to-be- regretted Jett«r, your 
Evelina would not have Forfeited her title to your esteem, 
by pontontedJy submitting to be treated with indignity. 

We continued is the garden til! the phaeton was ready. 
When we parted from Mrs. Beaumont, she repeated her 
iovitation to Mrfl. Selwyn to aj?cept an apartment in her 
house ; bnt the reason I have already mentioned made it 
he again decUned. 

Lord Orvilie drove very slow, nnd ao cautioualy, that, not- 
withstanding the height of the phaeton, fear would have 
been ridiculooa. I supported no part in the conversation j 
bnt Mrs. Selwyn eifcremely well supplied the place of two. 
Ivord Orville himself did not apeak ranch ; but the excellent 
sense and refined good-breeding which accompany every 
word lie utters, give vaino and weight to whatever he says. 

" I suppose, my Lord," said Mrs. Selwyn, when wo 
stopped at our lodgings, " you would have been extremely 
confused had we met any gentlemen who have the honour 
of knowing you." 

" If I had," answered he, gallantly. " it would have been 
from mere compassion at their envy." 

" No, my Lord," answered she, " it would have been from 
mere shame, that, io an age so daring, you alone should be 
Buch a cowBj-d as to forbear to frighten women." 

" 0," cried he, laughing, " when a man is in a fright for 
himself, the ladies cannot but be in security ; for you have 
not had half the apprehension for the safety of your per- / 
sons, that I have for that of my heart." He then alighted,/ 
handed us out, look leave, and again mounting the phaeton,/ 
was out of sight in a minute. 

"Certainly," said Mrs. Selwyn, when he was gone, 
" there must have been some mistake in the birth of that I 
young man; he was, undoubtedly, designed for the last age; / 
for he is resJly polite ! " 

And now, mj dear Sir, do not you think, according to 
the present sititation of a&iirs, I may give up my resent- 
ment, without imprudence or impropriety ? I hope you 
-will not blame me. Indeed, had you, like me, seen bis re- 
spectful behaviour, you would have been convinced of the 
icticabili^ of snpportiiig any further indignKtu»i,- 



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LETTER Lxrv. 

ETBLINil IN COHTISDATIOK. 

Bn»l«l Bnhetlh, ft',-* 1W|. 
WESTERDAT morning Mrs. Selwyi. : 
1 from Mrs. Beaumoot. to ask her to li] t- 

mid another, totheH0mepnrpo8e,came to ■• 
wae accepted, and we are bnt jnst arrived f i 

We found Mrs. Beanmont alone in tie p^irf. mr I » 
write you the cbaract«r of that lady, in the words oi u 

I eatiric&i friend Mrs. Selnyn. " S)ie ia an aliHoluu Cv 
Calendar Hgol ,* for, chancing herself to bo iHini of a nd 
and ancient family, ehe thinks proper to bo of npinmu, ll 
birth and viriae are one and the aame thing. She bum 
good qoalitics ; but they rather originate from prido Uii 
principle, 88 she piqnes herself npon being too higfa-bocn 
1« capable of an nnworthy action, and thinks it incumlia 
upon her to support the dignity of her FmcoHtiy. Fo 
nately for the worid in general, she ha« token it into 
head, that coodescensioa is the most itistinguishiiin vi: 
of high life ; so that the same pride of fnmily w iiii-h rcDdi 
others imperious, is with her the motive of affability. B 
her civihty a loo formal to be comfortuble, and two n 
chanical to be Battering. That she does me the honaar 
BO much notiee, is merely owing fo an Hcrident, which, I ■ 
sure, is Tery painful to her remembrance ; for tt ao ba 
pened, that I once did her some service, in regard lo i 
apartment at Southampton; and I have ainca bRcn i 
formed, that, at tie time she accepted my assistatKW, il 
thought I was a woman of quahty ; and I make no doa 
but Bhe was miserable when she discovered me to be a me 
country gentlewoman ; however, her nice notjooa of d 
coram have made her load me with favoun ever km 
Bnt I am not much flattered by her civilities, as I am m 
vinced I owe them neither to attachment nor gruiitvA» 
bat solely to a desire of cancelling an obligation, which 
CMinot brook being under, to one whose name is no irl 
(a be found in the Oowrt Odeniiax." 



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Too well know, my dear Sir, the doligbt this lady takea 
in giving way to her satirical bomoar. 

Ujs. Beanmont received na very graciously, thongli she 
aomewhat distreBBed me by the qaestioiia she asked con- 
oeming my family ; — snch as, Whether I was related to the 
Anvilles in the North ? — Whether some of my name did not 
live in Lincolushire ? and many other enquiries, which much 
embarrassed me. 

The DonverBBtion next turned npon the in tended marriage in 
her family. She treated the mibject with reserve ; but it was 
evident she disapproved Lady Louisa's choice. She spoke in 
terms of the highest esteem of Lord Orville, calling him, in 
Marmontel's words, " J7n jewte homme eomme U i/ en a peu." 

I did not think this conversation very agreeably inter- 
rupted by the entmnco of Mr. Lovel. Indeed I am heartily 
Borry he ie now at the Hot Wells. He mode hia compli- 
ments with the most obeeqaiona respect to Mrs. Beavmoat, 
but took no sort of notice of any other person. 

In a few minntea Lady Louisa Larpent made her appear- 
ance. The same manners prevailed ; for, conriaying, with 
"1 hope you are well. Ma'am," to Mrs. Beanmont, she 
passed straight forward to her seat on the sofa; where, 
leaning her head on her hand, she cast her langaishing eyes \i 
round the room, with a vacant stare, as if determined, I 
though she looked, not to see who was in it. 

Mr. Level, presently approaching her, with reverence the 
most profound, hoped her Ladyship was not indisposed. 

" J&. Lovel ! " cried she, raising her head, " I declare I 
did not see you : have you been here long F " 

" By my wateh. Madam," said he, " only five minntos, — 
bat by your Ladyship's absence aa many hours. " 

" O ! now 1 thinlc of it," cried she, " I am very angry with 
yon ;-~so go along, do ; for I aha'n't speak to yon all day." 

" Heaven forbid yonr La'ship'a displeasure abould lost so 
long I in such cruel circnmstances, a. day would seem an 
age. But in what have I been so unfortunate as to offend?" 

'■ O, you half killed me the other morning, with terror I I 
have not yet recovered from my fright. How could you be so 
on>el as to drive your phaeton against my Lord Merton's F " 

" 'Pon hononr, Ma'am, jonr La'ship does me wrong ; — 
^twaa all owing to the horses, — there wasno cnrtnnf^thmk. 






I pratest I HulFerad more than yotir Lkdjshjjt, frao tts 
tarror of slanaing you." 

Jnfit then entered Lord Merton ; stolkme op to Mil 
BMomont, to whom elone he bowed, he hopN ba had v* 
made her wait ; and then, ftdvEmcing to Ladj Looisa, saio, i 
acareleaa maimer, " How isyoar lAdysbip this moraiB^F 

" Not well at all," answered ahe; " I have been dying with 
the head-ache ever since I got np." 

" Indeed ! " cried he, with a coantenance wholly 
" I un very nnhappy to hear it. Bnt ahoald not 
Ladyehip have eome advice F " 

" I am qnite sick of advice," answered she, " Mr 
way has bat joat left me, — bnt he has done me i 
Xobody hero knows what is the matter witii me, yet t^ 
all Bee how indifferent I am." 

"Tonr Ladyship's coDstitntion," said Mr. Lor^ " 
finitely delicate." 

"Indeed it is," cried she, in a low Toioe, " I am «e 
over! " 

" I am glad, however," said Lord Merton, " that roa di 
not take ^e air this morning, for Corerley has been dirriBi 
against me as if be was mad : be has got two of the i 
spirited horsee I ever saw." 

" Prey my Lord," cried she, "why did not yon bniiffXl 
Goverley with yon p he's a droll creature ; I like kim n 
stronsly." 

" Why, be promised to be here na soon as me> I si 
he'll come before dinner's over." 

In tbe midst of tbis trifling conversation Lord Orrill 
made his appearance. how different was hia addioM 
bow superior did be took and move, to all abant hiia 
Having paid his respects to Mrs, Betinniaats and tbsB I 
Mrs. Selwyn, he came np to me, and said. " I ha]W 1" 
Anville has not aoSered from tbe fatigue of Monday BU 
tng? " Then, taming to Lady Loniaa, who aeemea M 
surprised at bis speaking to me, he added, " Give ma la 
sister, to introduce Miss Anville to yon." 

Lady Looisa, half-rising, said, very coldly, that elu) till 
be glad of the honour of knowing me ; and then, afant|4i 
taming to Lord Merton and Mr. Lov el, con tinned, inii Mtf 
whisper, her conversation 



^ whisper, her conversation. 



RTILtVA. 297 

For mj part, I had riseo and courtaiefl, and now, feeling 
very fooUah, I Beated myself again : first I blasfaed at tte 
osexpected poiiteneas of Lord OrvilJe, and immediately 
afterwards at the contemptaons failare of it in his sister. 
How can that j'oung lady see her brother so nniTcrsallf 
admired for his manners and deportment, and jet be so 
onamiably opposite to him in Lers! bat nhtle Him mind, 
enlarged and noble, rises saperior to the little prejndices 
of rank, heri, feeble and nnBteadj, sinkB beneath their in- 
fluence.' 

Lord Orville, I am snre, was hart and dispteafied : be bit 
bia lips, and, turning from her, addressed himself wholly to 
me, till we were summoned to dinner. Do you think I was 
not gratefnl for his attention ? yes, indeed, and every angry 
idea I had entertained was tot^y obliterated. 

As we were seating ourselres at the table, Mr. Goverley 
came into the room ; he made a thousand apologies in a 
breath for being so late, bat said he had been retarded by a 
little accident, for that he had OTertumed his phaeton, and 
broke it all to pieces. Lady Louisa screamed at this in- 
telligence, and, looking at Lord Merton, declared she would 
never go into a phaeton again. 

" 0," cried he, " never mind Jack Coverley ; for he does 
not know how to drive," 

"My tiord," cried Mr. Corerley, "I'll drive against yoit 
for a thousand ponnds." 

" Done ! " returned the other ; " name your day, and we'll 
each oboose a judge." 

" The sooner the better," cried Mr. Coverley ; " to-mor- 
row, if the carriage can be repaired." 

' " But I am lery Toac] of Lady LoaiH ; I think her u well dnwa u 
my (ihsracLer in tbe book; to Itiie, so affn^Ced, so longralahing ; and, at 
the lame time, bo iniolent I" — Mm, TasiLK, -Vadanul/Arbiag't Diary. 
Augustas, 177s. 

WbeD Mrs. Thrale was proToted by the punctilkius refinemeDt of her 
'■ flwMt Bnmey," »Ue- wrote to hor, — " Don't yun be Ladj Louisa wilb- 
oat her quality." This soemed pisjfiil, but wa find that she wrote u( 
Uiii Buroey, in that private iiol»-lK>ok which Dr. Johason named 
" TiiTaliaiia " — " the dij^ity of Dr. Bumsy's daughter — nuA dignity I 
The Jjuly Louisa of Leiwater-Squue;" There are other hard thtn^ 
wriUen of Miw Buruoy in "Thraliana" side by side with iiiph phrase* 
--■'My own bo»iD-friaiid,""Mjdewestkit«liest friend, "''My bckxel 
ny Bunay.* 



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896 smnu. 

" These entexpriseB," said Kn. Sehrjiit ''aze very proper 
for men of rank, ainoe 'tia a millioii to one bat boIlL partiea 
will be incapacitated for any better empkjmeni." 

'' For Heaven's sake," cried Lady LoiuBai nhmngtng colour, 
** don't talk so shockinglj! Praj, mjr Lord, pray, Mr. 
Coverley, don't alarm me in this manner." 

*' Compose yourself, Lady Louisa," said Kra. Beaumonti 
" the gentlemen will think better of the acbeme ; they aze 
neither of them in earnest." 

" The yeiy mention of such a scheme," said Lady Lonuai 
taking ont her salts, '' makes me tremble all over ! Tndeedt 
my Lord, you have frightened me to death ! I sha'n*t eat a 
morsel of dinner." 

" Permit me," said Lord Orville, '' to propose some other 
subject for the present^ and we will discuss thia matter 
another time." 

" Pray, brother, excuse me ; my Lord must give me his 
word to drop the project, — ^for I declare it has made me 
sick as death." 

** To compromise the matter," said Lord Orville, " suppose, 
if both parties are unwilling to give up the bet, that, to 
make the ladies easy, we change its object to something 
less dangerous ? " 

This proposal was so strongly seconded by all the parfy , 
that botii Lord Merton and Mr. Coverley were obliged to 
comply with it ; and it was then agreed that the afEair 
shoidd be finally settled in the afternoon. 

** I shall now be entirely out of conceit with phaetons 
again,'* said Mrs. Selwyn, *' though Lord Orville hsul almost 
reconciled me to them." 

" My Lord Orville ! " cried the witty Mr. Coverley, " why, 
my Lord Orville is as careful, — egad, as careful as an old 
woman ! Why, I'd drive a one-horse cart against my Lord's 
phaeton for a hundred guineas ! " 

This sally occasioned much laughter; for Mr. Coverley, 
I find, is regarded as a man of infinite humour. 

** Perhaps, Sir," said Mrs. Selwyn, '* you have not die- 
oovered the reason my Lord OrviUe is so careful ? " 

'' Why, no, Ma'am ; I must own I never heard any par- 
ticular reason for it." 

** Why, then, Sir, 111 tell it you ; and I believe yoa will 



IVELIMA. 299 

confesB it io be very particular ; hifl Ijordsbip'e friends are 
not yet tired of him." 

Lord Orville laughed and bowed. Mr. Coverley, a little 
confused, turned to Lord Merton, and suid, " No foul plajr, 
my Lord ! I remember your Lordship recommended me t« 
the notice of this lady the otber momiag, and, egad, I b»- 
Ueve you have been doing me the same office to-day." 

" Give yon joy. Jack ! " cried Lord Merton, with s, loud 
Ungh. 

After this the eonverBation turned wholly upon eating, a 
subject which was discuBBed with tho utmost delight; and, 
had I not known they were men of rank aud faehion, I 

(should have imagined that Lord Merton, Mr. Lovel, and^ 
Mr. Coverley, had all been profeBsed cooks ; for they die-^ 
^liiyed so much knowledge of Biiacea and made-dishes, and 
of tlio TariouH methods of dressing the sam.e tbiugs, that I 
am persuaded they mast have given mnch time, and mncb 
study, to make themselves such adepts in this art. It 
would bo very difficult to determine, whether they were 
most to be distingaished as gluttons or epiiyaret ; for they 

(were,at once, dainty and voracions, understood the right aJid 
th« wrong of every dish, and alike emptied the one and the 
other. I should have been quite sick of their remarks, bad I 
not been entertained by seeing that Lord Orville, who, 1 
am sure, was equally disgusted, not only read my sentiments, 
bnt, by his oonntenance, communicated to mo bis own. 

When dinner was over, Mrs, Beanniont recommended 
the gentlemen to the care of Lord Orville, and then attended 
the Udies to the drawing-room. 

The oonveraation, till tea-time, waa extremely iiwipidj 
Mn. Selwyn reserved herself for the gentlemen, Mra. Bean- 
mont waa grave, and Lady Louisa langnid. 

Bnt, at tea, every body revived ; we were joined by thn 
gentlemen, and gaiety took the place of dullness. 

Since I, as Mr. Lovel says, am Nobody,' I seated myislf j 
Qtiietly at a window, and not very near to any body : Lend i 
Merton, Mr. Coverley, and Mr. Lovei, severally passed me 
Lwitiiont notice, and surrounded the ehair of Lady Louisa 
I must own, I was rather piqued at the behaviour 
It. Loral, w he bad formerly known me. It is true, I 
' Pig»aa. 





800 KTVJKl. 

moet mncorely despise his foppery ; vet I sbonld bo griflT«4 
b) meet with contempt from any body. Bnt T w*» by nr 
means sorry to find, th&t Lord Uerton was determined no 
to know me before Lady Louisa, as his neglect relieved m 
from much embarrassment. As to Hr. Coverley, his attaoa 
tion or disregard were e<inally indifferent to me. Yat, at 
together, I feel extremely uncomfortable in finding myseU 
considered in a light very inferior to the rest of the oompksy. 

Bat when Loril Orrille appeared, the scene chuiged ; 
he came up stairs last; and, seeing me Bit alone, not onlT 
Bpoke to me directly, bat drew a chair next mine, ana 
honoured nie with his entire attention. • 0^*-^^A 
'._ He enquired very particolorly after my health, and l^ied 
I had already found benefit from the Bristol air. " How 
little did Iimagine,"addedbe," when I hod last the plea 
of seeing yon in town, that ill health would in eo short a' 
have brought yon hither ! I am ashamed of myself (or the 
satisfaction I feel at seeing yon, — yet, how can I help it ? " 

He then enquired after the Mirvan fomily, and gpoke of^ 
Urs. Mirvan in terms of most jnst praise. " She ia gentlaB 
and amiable," said he, "a true feminine character." 

"Yes, indeed," answered I: "and her sweet danghteTfl 
to aay every thing of her at once, is ju^ the daughter aodi ] 
a mother deserves." 

*' I am glad of it, " said he, " for both their sokes, assncli D 
rd&tionsmnst always reflect credit ordisgrace oneach other." 

After this he began to speak of the beauties of CItftot] ; 
hot, in a few momente, he was interrupted by a okU trout 
the company, to discuss the affair of the wager, Lotd 
Uerton and Air. Coverley, though they had been £soonraiBg^ 
upon the sabiect some time, could not fix upon ths ttuBCi 
that satisfied them both. 

When they asked the asstat&noe of Lord Orrille, he p 
posed that every body present should vote something ; 
that the two gentlemen should draw lots which, t 
oereral votes, should decide the bet. 

" We must then begin with the ladies," said Lord 
and applied to Mrs. Selwyn. 

" With all my heart," answered she, with her asaal vsadi^ 
nesg ; "and, since the gentlemen ara not allowed to r 
their necAi, suppose we decide the bet by their had* f " 



301 

" By our heads P " cried Mr. Coverlej. " Egad, I don't 
nnderataud you." 

" 1 will then explain mjBelf more folly. As I doubt not 
but yon are both ezoellent dasHtos, snppose, for the good of 
yoopownmemories.and theentertainmeatandanrpriseof the 
oomponj, the thousand ponnda ahonid fall to Ibe share of 
him who can repeat by heart the longeat ode of Horace ? " 

Kobody could help laaghing, the two gentlemen applied 
to excepted ; who Eeemed, each of them, ratlier at a loss in 
what manner to receive this tmeipet'ted proposal. At length 
Mr. CoTerley, bowing low, said, " Will your Lordship pleaae 
to begin ? " 

"Devil take me if I do! " answered he, tnniing on his 
heel, and etalldng to the window. 

" Come, gentlemen," said Mrs. Selwyn, " why do yon heei* 
tate P I am sure yon cannot be afraid of a weak uwmott f 
Besides, if you shonld chance to be oat, Ur. Lovel, I dare 
evf, will have the goodness to assist you." 

The langh now turned against Mr. Lovel, whose change of 
conntenance manifested no great pleasure at the transition. 

" Ue, Madam ! " said he, colouring ; " no, really I most 
beg to be excnsed." 

"Why so, Sir?" 

" Why so, Ma'am I — Why, really — as to that, — 'pon honour, 
Ma'am, yon are rather — a little severe; — for how ia it poa- 
aible for a man who is in the house, to study the classics ? 1 
assure yon. Ma'am, (with an afiected shrug) I find quite 
bnainees enough for my poor head in studying politics." 

" But, did yon study politics at school, and at the uni- 
versity ?" 

"At the university ! " repeated he, with an embarrassed 
look ; " why, as to that. Ma'am, — no, 1 can't say I did ; 
bat then, what with riding, — and — and— a,ttd ao forth, — 
really, one baa not much time, even at the university, for 
men reading." 

" But, to be sure, Sir, you have read tbe clasaica ? " 

" O dear, yes. Ma'am ! — very often, — but not very — not 
Tery lately." 

"Which of tbe Odes do you recommend to these gentlemen 



hftTeno Y&ry partumlar ohoioe; — ^f6r» to own ilie tmdi,iiuil 
Horace was neyer a yeiy great i^yonrite with me." 

** In truUi I believe joa ! " said Kn. Selwyn, varr drily. 

Lord Merton, again advancing into the drde, wiui a ood 
and a laagh, said, " Give jcfa jo^, Level ! " 

Lord Chrville next applied to Mrs. Beaamont for bsr vote. 

'' It would very agreeably remind me of past times," said 
she, '' when hoiaing was in fashion, if the bet was to depend 
upon the best made bow." 

" Egad, my Lord," cried Mr. Coverley, ** there I should 
beat yon hollow, for yonr Lordship never bows at alL" 

" And pray, Sir, do y<m T " said Mrs. Sel?ryn. 

*' Do I, Ma'am P " cried he ; "why, only see! " 

" I protest," cried she, " I should have taken HuU for a 
ihrugy if yon had not told me 'twas a bow." 

" My lord," cried Mr. Coverley, '* let's practise ; " and then, 
most ridicnloTisly, they prancedaboattheroom, making bows. 

" We must DOW," said Lord Orville, turning to me, ^' call 
upon Miss Anville.'' 

" O no, my Lord," cried I ; " indeed I have nothing to 
propose." He would not, however, be refused ; but nrged 
me so much to say something, that at last, not to make him 
wait any longer, I ventured to propose an extempore couplet 
upon some given subject. 

Mr. Coverley instantly made me a bow, or, according 
to Mrs. Selwyn, a shrugs crying, *' Thank you. Ma'am ; egad, 
that's mj forte ! — why, my Lord, the Fates seem against you." 

Lady Louisa was then applied to ; and every body seemed 
eager to hear her opinion. " I don't know what to say, I 
declare," cried she, affectedly ; " can't yon pass me ? " 

'' By no means," said Lord Merfcon. 

" Is it possible your Ladyship can make so cruel a re- 
quest ? " said Mr. Lovel. 

" Egad," cried Mr. Coverley, "if your Ladyship does not 
help ns in this dilemma, we shall be forced to return to our 
phaetons." 

" Oh ! " cried Lady Louisa, screaming ; " yon frightful 
creature, you, how can you be so abominable ? " 

I believe this trifling lasted near half an hour ; when at 
length, every body being tired, it was given np, and she 
said she would consider against another time. 



ETKIINA. 303 

Lord OrviDe now called apon Mr. Level : who, after 
ftboat ten minutes' deliberntion, proposed, with a most im- 
portnnt face, to determine the waKsr by who should draw 
the longest straw ! 

I hod mach difficnltj* to forbear langhing at this iiD- 
m«Miing scheme ; but saw, to my great surprise, not the 
least change of countenance in any other person t and, since 
w« came home, Mrs. Selwyn has informed me, that to drain 
stratas is a fashion of betting by no means uncommon. Good 
God ! my dear Sir, does it not seem as if money were of no 
TKlne or aervioe, since those who possess, squander it away 
in ft maimer so infinitely absurd P 

It now only remained for Lord Orville to speak ; and the 
attention of the company showed the expectations he had 
raised ; yet, I believe, they by no means prevented his pro- 
posal from being heard with amazement ; for it was no i 
other, than that the money shonld be his due, who, according / 
to the opinion of the jadges, should bring the worthiest 
object with whom to el^re it ! ' 

They all stared, without apeaking. Indeed, I beUers \ 
every one, for a moment at least, experienced something 
like shame, from having either proposed or countenanced 
an extravagance so nsoless and frivoloos. For my part, I 
was BO mnch strack and !Lffect«d by a rebnke so noble to 
those spendthrifts, that I felt my eyes filled with tears. 

The short silence and momentary reflection into which 
the company was sorprised, Mr. Coverley was the first to 
dispel, by saying, " Egad, my Lord, yonr LoiMiahip has t 
most remarl^ble odd way of taking things." 

" Faith," said the incorrigible Lord Merton, " if this 
scheme tukes, I shall fix npoa my Swiss to shai-e with me; 
for I don't know a worthier fellow breathing." 

After a few more of these attempts at wit, the two gentle- 
men agreed thatthey would settle the affair thenext morning. 

The conversation then took a different turn ; but I did 
not give it sufficient attention to write any account of it> 
Not long after, Lord Orville, resuming his seat near mine, 
said, " Why is Miss Anville so thoughtful ? " 

" I am sonr. my Lord," swd I, " to consider myself 
among those who have bo joatly incurred your censure." 

" tij censure ! — yon amase me I " 



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" Indeed, my Lord, yon bare ta*de me quite n 
myMlf for having given my Tote 80 fooliBhly, wLeo m 
opportunity offei^d. if, like your Lordship, I had bad t~ 
Beose to Dse it, of showing some humanity." 

" Yon treat this too seriously," aaid he, smiling ; " UK 

1 hardly know if yon do not now mean a reboke to nw." 
"To yon, my Lord ! " 
"Nay, who are most deeerving of it; those who i 
their conTersatioa to the company, or Uiose who affect ti 
be snperior to it ? " 

" 0, my Lord, who else would do yoa so tittle jnctioe f ' 

" I flatter myself," answered he, " that, in fact, y« 
opinioQ and mine, in this point, are the same, though y 
condescended to comply with the hnmoar of the DomMH]! 
It is for me, therefore, to apologise for so nnseasocaAle I 
gT&rity, which, bat for the particular interest that I do 
take in the aS&irs of Lord Merton, I Bhoold not hare bet 
BO officious to display." 

Soch a compliment as this conld not fail to reconcile o 
to myself ; and with revived Bpint«, I entered into a cxx 
versation, which he supported with me till Mrs. Selwyn^ 
carriage was announced ; and wo returned home. 

During onr ride, Mrs. Selwyn very mnc 
by asking, if I thought mj health would a 
give up my morning walks to the pump-room, fi 
pose of spending a week at Clifton ? " for this 
Beanmont," added she, "is so eager to have a d 
fnll of her debt to me, that oat of mere compassion, I 
indaced to listen to her. Besides, she has BJw3,y8 a l 
full of people ; and, though they are chiefly fools and e 
combe, yet there is some pleaeore in cutting tham up." 

I begged I might not, by any means, prevent bar f 
lowing her inclination, as my health was now rery i 
.. established. And so, my dear Sir, to-morrow we WB b 
actually tiie gnests of Mrs. Beanmont. 

I am not much delighted at this schema ; for, j 
I am flattered by the attention of Iiord OrriUc^ || 
Tery comfortable to be neglected by every body A 
aides, as I am sure I owe the particularity of hu oinli^ I 
a generoos feeling for my sitnatioc, I cannot expect himlj 
anpport it so long aa a week. 



EVELINA. 305 

How often do I wisli, since I am absent from yon, that I 
was under the protection of Mrs. Mirsun ! It ie tme, Mrs. 
Selwyn is very obli^og, and, in every respecty treata me as 
an equal ; but she is contented with behaving well herself, 
and does not, with a diatingnisbing politeness, raise and 
BOpport me with others. Yet I mean not to hlarae her, for 
I know she is sincerely my friend ; but the fact is, she is 
hewelf HO mnch occapied in conversation, when in company, 
that she has neither leisure nor thought to attend to the 

Well, r must take my chance ! Bot I knew noty till now, 
how reqaisite are birth and fortune to the attainment of 
respect and civility. 



LETTER LXV. 



BTKLIHA IS OONTIKCATION. 



Hl' Ciifion, Sept. 20th. 

^^^FTEBE I am, my dear Sir, under the same roof, and an 
-L A inmate of the same honse as Lord OrviJle ! Indeed, 
Lf this were not the case, my sitaation would be very die- 
agreeable, as yon will easily behuvc, when 1 tell yon the light 
in which I am generally considered. 

" My dear," said Mrs. Selwyn, " did you ever before meet 
with that egregiona top, Level ? " 

I very readily satisfied her as to my acquaintance with 

"0, then," said she, " I am the less surprised at his ill- 
nature, since he baa already injured you." 

I beg)^ed her to explain herself ; and then she told me, 
that while Lord Orville was speaking to me. Lady Louisa 
^d to Mr. Lovcl, " Do yon know who that is ? " 

" Why, Ma'am, no, 'pon honour," answered he, " I can't 
absolutely suy I do ; I only know she is a kind of a toad- 
eater. She made her first appearance in that capacity last 
spring, when she attended Miss Mirvan, a young liidy of 
Kent." 

How eruel ia it, my dear Sir, to be thas exposed to tha 



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impertmcnt sa^eatians of a man who is detemUDed to i 
me ill offices ! Laiij Louisa naj well despise a, 
bat, thank Heaven, her brother ha« not heard, i 
credit, the mortifying appellation. Mrs. Seiwjn said, >l 
wonld advise me to pay my oitri to this Mr. Lovel ; *' f« 
■aid she, " thongh he is malicions, be ia fashion&blo, a 
may do jou some hann in the great world." But 1 el 
disdain myself as mnch as I do him, were I capable of si 
daplicity as to flatter a man whom I scorn and despise. 

We were received by Mrs. Beanmont with great cirilitj, 
and by Lord OrviUe with something more. As to La^ 
Lonisa, she scarcely perceived that we n 

There baa been company here all day, part of which I 
have spent most happily ; for after tea, when the I 
played at cards, Lord OrviUe, who does not, and I, i 
cannot play, were consequently at our own disposal ; 
then bis Lordship entered into a conversation yriih i 
which lasted till snpper-tdme. 

Almost insensibly, I find the constraint, the t 
have been wont to feel in his prCBence, wear awny ; tha 
politeness, the eweetnesa, with which he speolcs to me, n* 
atore all my natnral oheerfnlneas, and malEe me almogt as 
easy aa he ia himself : and the more so, as, if I may jnd^ 
by his tooica, 1 am rather raised, than sunk of labe ba nt 

I asked bim how the bet was, at last, to be decided ? ] 
told mo that, to his great satisfaction, the purtiee h«d b 
prevailed upon to tower the anm from one thousand to a 
hundred ponnda ; and that they hod agreed it should \ 
determined by a race between two old women, onoof wboi 
waa lo be chosen by each aide, and both were to be pronil 
more than eighty yeare of age, though, in other n»p ertl 1 
strong and h^thy as possible. 

When I expressed my anrprise at this extraurdia 
method of spending so mnch money, * 
he. " at the novdty of meeting with one 80 uohacki 
the world, as not to be yet influenced by custom to f 
the use of reason : for certain it ia, that the prevaleace ti 
fashion makes the greatest absnrditiea pass unoenannid, ai ' 
the mind naturally accommodat«a itself even to tb« i 
ridicoloua improprieties, if they ooonr freqoeutlj." 



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d hare hoped," said I, " tliat tbe humaiie pro- 
) yesterday by your Lordship, would have had 



myself very foilmnftte if 
B wit of Mr. Coverley in a loiapoon ! yet I epoke 
ose I do not wish to conceal that I am no friend 

1, he took op tte New Bath Guide,' and read it 
. Bnpper-time. In our way down stalrB, Lady 
I, " I thought, brother, you were engaged this 

" aad I have been engaged." 
air of goUautry that rather 

Sept. -iSrd. 
M insensibly hare three days glided on since I 
IB^ acd so serenely, that, but for your absence, I 
H hare formed a wish. My residence here is much 
Ethan I had dared expect. The attention with 
■Drd Orville honours me, is as uniform as it ia 
Ml and seems to result from a benevolence of heart 
Kb him as much a stranger to caprice as to pride ; 
Kparticnlar civilities arose from a generous resent- 
Keing me neglected, so wiU they, I trust, continne, 
K I ^all, in any degree, deserve them. I am now 
nr eftsy, but even gny in his presence ; such Ib tiie 
■rue poIitenesH, tluit it banishes all restraiut and 
Btment. When we walk oat, he condescends to be 
manion, and keeps by my side all the way we go. 
n read, ho marks the passages most worthy to be 
ftdraws out my sentiments, and favours me with his 
n table, where he always sits next to mo, he obUgea 
rthoasand nameless attentions ; while the distin- 
■ good-breeding with which he treate me, prerenta 
ptng at the visibly -felt superiority of the rest of the 

ptK Batk Gui^ Thii JiTely •Btlre in Tcr» VM writlen b; 

V Anatej, wbom Miu Bumey wma Co meet tA Batb, > yt»T or 
n> publicilioD of Erclina. ll «u tlmoithk " ilngU aptCjL* 
Eb good age without doing mon of oole. 



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oompMi J. A thnwimnil ooouiaiial meetmgt ooold not bam 
braiiq^ UB to thai degree of aodal freedom, which four 
dajB qpent under the sune roof hEve, inaensihl j, been pro- 
dnuolive of : and, as m j only friend in this bonae^ Mzs. Sel- 
wjn, 18 too mnch engrossed in pexpetual coiifenation to 
attend mnch to me. Lord Orville seems to regard me as i 
helpless stranger, and, as such, to think me intitled to his 
good offices and protection. Indeed, my dear Sir, I bare 
reason to hope, that the depreciating opinion he f onnalj 
entertained of me is sncceeded hj one infmitelj mon 
partiaL — It majbe that I flatter myself ; bnt yet his looki, 
his attentions, his desire of drawing me into rrnifuisaUiJM, 
and his solidtode to oUige me, all conspire to make ne 
hope I do not. In short, my dearest Sir, theae last four 
happy days wonld repay me for months of sorrow and pain! 



LETTER LXVI. 

ITILIKA nr GONTnnTATIOV. 

Clifton, Sept 24th. 

THIS morning I came down stairs very early ; and 
supposing that the family wonld not assemble for 
some tune, I strolled out, purposing to take a long walk, in 
the manner I was wont to do at Berry Hill^ before break- 
fast : but I had scarce shut the garden-gate, before I was 
met by a gentleman, who, immediately bowing to me, I x«- 
collected to be the unhappy Mr. Maouiney. Very much 
surprised, I courtaied, and stopped till he came up to me 
He was still in mourning, but looked better than when I 
saw him last, though he had the same air of melancholv 
which so much struck me at first sight of him. 

Addressing me with the utmost respect, '' I am happji 
Madam," said he, '' to have met with you so soon. I came 
to Bristol but yesterday, and have had no small difficnlfey^in 
tracing you to Clifton." 

" Did you know, then, of my being here ? " 
'* I did. Madam ; the sole motive of my journey was to 
see you. I have been to Berry Hill, and there I had mj 



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intelligence, and, at the sune time, the unwelcome inforrou- 
tion of yonr ill health." 

" Good God ! Sir, — and can yon posaibly have taken bo 
much trouble ? " 

" Trouble ! O, Madam, could there be anj, tc return yoa, 
the moment I had the power, mj personal acknowledgmenta 
for your gooduess ? " 

I then enquired after Madame Duval and the Snow-HJll 
family. He told me they were all well, and that Madame 
Duval proposed soon returning to Paris. When I con- 
gratulated him on looking bett^, " It is yowraelf. Madam," 
said he, " yon should congratulate ; for to your humanity 
alone it may now be owing that I exist at all." He tlieD 
told me, that his affiurs were now in a leas desperate eitna- 
tion ; and that he hoped, by the assiataiico of time and 
reason, to accommodate his mind to a more cheerful sub- 
mission to hia fate. " The interest you so generonsiy took 
in my affliction," added he, " a.ssures ma you will not be dis- 
pleased to hear of my better fortune ; I was therefore eager 
to acquaint you with it." He then told mo that his friend, 
the moment he had received his letter, quitted Paris, and 
fiew to give him hia personal assistance and consolation. 
With a heavy heart, he acknowledged, he accepted it ; " but 
yet," he added, " I have accepted it ; and therefore, as bound 
equally by duty and honour, my first step was to haat«n to 
the benefactress of my distress, and to return " (presenting 
me something in a paper) " the only part of my obligations 
that cat* be returned ; for the rest, I have nothing but my 
gratitude to offer, and must always be contented to consider 
myself her debtor." 

I congratulated him moat sincerely upon his dawning 
prosperity, but begged he would not deprive me of the 
pleasure c5 being his friend ; and declined receiving the 
money, till his affnirs were more settled. 

While this point was in agitation, I heard Lord Orville'fl 
voice inquiring of the gardener if he had seen me ? I im- 
mediately opened the garden gate ; and his Lordship, ad- 
vancing to me with quickness, said, " Good God ! Mios 
Anville, have you been out alone ? Breakfast has been ready 
some time, and I have been round the garden in search ol 



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"Tonr LordflKip tu« baait rerj good," nid I; "1 
srai h*vB not waited." 

Sot waited ! " repeated be, Bmiliog : " Do joa thii 

i sit down qnietij to l^cakfast, with tlie idaft tliai 

n ftwmj froia as F But oome," (oBernig to hand 

do not retnro, Oiej will sappoM / am mn anjl 

■; Tcrj DAtanUf niAjr, aa they luuw tho attmrtj 

_ -gnet ti>»t draws me." J 

I will come, mj Lord." sud I, mtber embamaMl 

inintit«s." Then, tnmiiig to Mr. Uacutu^, wi| 
- ) aBilMinassment, I wished him good nioming. ii 

m adTUieed towarda the gardeti, with the {Mper al|| 

Bud. I 

"Va, aa," cried I, " some other time." j 

"litftj I then, Wai^l^nl^ have the hononr of aetiiil 

»g»in?" ' 

1 did not du« tftke the liberty of inviting; an^ tvidff 
hoBse of Mrs. Beanmont, oor yet had I the {irv>ebne of | 

■ake un excuse; and, therefore, not Iccowing ha 

i. I nid. " Perhaps f on may be this way aglj 

r DkomiBg, — anil 1 believe I shiU] walk ant tl 



He bowed, and 'went awaj; while 1, taming agil 
Lord Oi^lle, aaw his cooutenance so much liltcmd, li 
was frightened at what I had eo hsatilv said. He dW 
■gain oSer me his hand ; bnt walked, silent imd slow, b 
side. Good Hearen ! thought I, what may he not Ml 
from this adTentore P May ho not, by mj desire of i 
ing Mr. Macartney to-morrow, imngine it waa far dcB 
waJked out to meet him to-day ? Tormented by Uiia M 
bension, I determined to avail myself of the fnaedom M 
his behavioiir, since I came hither, has encaoraged;! 
Binoe he would not aak any qoesttona, begin an -itT'liW 
diyself. I therefore slackened my pace to gain ttmaa 
then said, " Was not your Lordship sorpriaad to ■ 
Speaking with a stranger ? " 

" A stranger ? " repeated he ; " ia it possibla 
man can be a stranger to yon ? " 

"No, my Lord," sEiid I, stammering, "not to a 
only it might look — he might seem — " 

" No, believe me," aaid he, with a foroed a 



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nerer snppoee Ifisa Annlle would make an appointment 
witb a Btranger." 

" An appointment, my Lord P " repeated I, colouring 
violently. 

" Psrilon me, Madam," answered he, " bat I thoDgbt I 
bad heard one." 

I was so much confoonded that X could not speak : yet, 
finding be walked qnictly od, I could not endnre ho ehoold 
moke his own interpretation of my silence : and therefore, 
as Boon as I recorered from my surprise, I said, " Indeed, 
my Lord, yon are mnch mistaken, Mr. Macartney had par- 
ticolar boainess with me — and I could not — I knew uo^ 
how to refuse seeing him ; — bnt indeed, my Lord — I had 
not, — he had not, — " I stammered so terribly that I could 

"I am very sorry," said he, gravely, " that I have been ao 
nnfortunate as to diatresa yon ; bat I shonld not have fol- 
lowed yon had I not imagined yon were merely walked out 
for the air." 

" And 80 I was ! " cried I, eagerly, " indeed, my Iiord, 1 
waal My meeting with Mr. Hac^^ey was quite accidental; 
and, if yonr Lordship thinka there is any impropriety in 
my seeiiig him to-morrow, I am ready to give up that in> 
teDtion." 

"If J think ! " said he, in a tone of Burpriee ; " surely 
Miss Anville canoot leave the arbitration of a point so deli- 
cata to one who is ignorant of all the circumstaDces which 
■ttandit?" 

1" I^" said I, " it was worth yonr Lordship's time to hear . 
them, — yon should not be ignorant of the cirenmstances 
which attend it." 

" The sweetness of Miss Anville's disposition," said he, in 
a softened voice, " I hare long admired ; and the offer of a 
commnnication, which does me so mnch honour, ib too 
gratefnl to me not to be eagerly canght at," 

Jnst then Mrs. Selwyn opened the parlour window, and 
oar conversation ended. I was rallied npon my passion for 
solitary waUdag; but no qneations were naked me. 

When hrealdast was over. I hoped to have had some 
opportunity of speaking with Lord OrviUe ; but Lord 
Merton and Mr. Coverley came in, and insisted npon hie 



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flOBpsngr diU psofontBd n^ 
Loira OiTiDe. I was tbtj 
was engaged at the Hotw 
therefore, no probability of 
of my meeting Mr. Macart 
rather than risk his ill opin 
ney to his own suggestions. 

Yety when I reflected n 
poTerty, his sadness, and, n 
Smew he entertained of wha 
I oonld not resolve upon a b 
be attribated to causes, of a 
one whom misfortune has 
digfatB and contempt 

After the most uneasy coi 
mined upon writing an excu 
me from either meeting oi 
beffged Mrs. Selwyn's leave 
wbSb, which she instantly gi 
following note : 
'-••, "To Mr. 

** Sib, 

** Ab it will not be in my ] 
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dress. I then, aoexpectedlj, found myself alone with Lord 
Orrflle ; who, the moment I roae to follow Mrs. Selwyn, 
advEmced to me, and said, " Will Miss Anville pardon mj 
impatience, if I remind her of the promise she wa3 bo good 
as to make me this morning ? " 

I stopped, and wonld have returned to my seat ; but be- 
fore I had time, the eerranta came to lay the cloth. He 
retreated, and went towards the window ; and, while I was 
considering in what manner to begin, I contd not help 
askiiig myself what ri^ht I had to commnnicate the affairs 
of Mr. Macartney ; and I doubted whether, to clear myself 
from one act of imprudence, I had not committed another. 

Distressed by this reflection, 1 thought it best to quit the 
room, and give myself some time for consideration before I 
Rpoke ; and therefore, only saying 1 most hasten to dress, 
I ran np stairs, rather abruptly I own ; and so, I fear. Lord 
Orrille must think. Yet what could I do P nnnsed to tlie 
situations in which I find myself, and embarrassed by the 
slightest difGcolties, I Beldom, till too liite, discover how I 
onght to act. 

Just as we were all assembled to dinner, Mrs. Selwya's 
man, coming info the parloar, presented to mo a letter, and 
said, " 1 can't find out Mr. Macartney, Mitdam ; bnt the 
post-office people will let yon know if they hear of him." 

I was extremely ashamed of this public mess^e ; ani), 
meeting the eyes of Lord Orvillo, which were earnestly 
flzed on me, my confusion redoubled, and I knew not whifh 
way to look, AH dinner-time he was as silent as myself ; 
and the moment it waa in my power 1 left the table, and 
went to my own room. Mrs. Selwyn presently foUowed 
me -, and her questions obliged me to own almost all the 
particulars of my acquaintance with Mr. Macartney, in 
order to excuse my writing to him. She said it was a 
):io3t romantio affair, and spoke her sentiments with great 
' \'i.'rily ; declaring that she had no doubt but he waa an 

I venturer and an impostor. 

And now, my dear Sir, I am totally at a loss what.I_. 
ooght (p. do ; the more I reflect, the more sensible I am of 

I"lSlB"Btter impropriety, nay, treachery, of revealing the story, 
and pablisbing the misfortones and poverty of Mr. Macarl- 
aej ; who has an nndonbted right to my secrecy and di&- 



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314 tTKUtSk. 

cretion, and whose letter charges me to t«g«rd his r 
nioation OS sacred. — And jet, the kppaarBsiK of m jEtar;,- 
perhnpa eomethiag worse, which this uKur miwl han t 
Lord Orville, — hta serioasnesB, — and the promiM L iur 
maAe him, arc indiK^c meets scarce to be resisted for tnM 
ing him with the opeaacas he has raoson to expect bm 
mo, 

I Bxx equally distreesed, too, whether or not I should ■ 
Mr. Mttcartnej- to-morrow moraing. 

Oh, Sir, could I now be enltghtenod by your c 
from what ajisiety and perplexilj shottid I bo relieved! 

But DO, — I ought not to betray Mr. Uacartnev, and 
will not forfeit a confidence which would never hftvtp Im 
reposed in mo, bat frotn a reliance npon mj hoDoor, nhic 
I should blush to find myself unworthj of. Deairooa M 
am of the gnod opinioa of Lord Orvilie, I will endanr 
to act as if I was guided by your advice ; and. mniuDg i 
my sole aim to desene it, leave to time and to fMe I 
BDocsss or disappointment. 

Since I have formed this resolntion, my mind U BU 
at ease. But I will not finish my letter till the aSuc U( 
dd«d. 

Bepi. 2StL 
I rose Tery early this morning; and, after a t 
diSerent plans, not being able to resolve npon giving p 
Mr, Macartney leave to suppose I neglected him, I ttu^iq^l 
it iuoombent npon me to keep my word, sin(« ho had n 
received my letter; I therefore determined to nukv B 
own apologies, not to stay with him two minutes, and 
excuse myself from meeting him any more. 

Tet, uncertain whether I waa wrong or righty it wn> wi 
fear and trembling that I opened the gardun-gktA ;— -jad| 
then, of my feelings, when the first object 1 saw w«s tia 
Orville I — he, too, looked extremely disconcerted, and si 
in a hesitating manner, " Pardon me, Madum^ — I did ns 
intend, — I did not imagine yon wonld have been favia m 
soon^-or — or I would not have come." — And then, with i 
buty bow, he passed nie, and proceeded to tho gnrdioi. 

I was scarce able to stand, so (freatly did I fed mf» 
Bhocked ; but, npon my saying, almost mvohtntarily, " 




315 

r Lord ! " — ho tnmed back, and, after a Bhort panse, said, 

I)id yon flpealc to me. Madam ? " 
pi coald not imroediately answer ; 1 seemed choaked, and 
D forced to anpport myBclf by the garden-gaie. 

Lord Orviile, soon recovering hia dignity, aaid, " I know 
not how to apologize for being, jnst now, at thia place; — 
and I cannot, immediately— if ever — clear myself from the 
imputation of impertinent en rioaity, to which I fCaryon. will 
ftttribut« it : bowever, at preBsot, I will only intreat yonr 
pardon, withont detaining you any longer." Again be bowed, 
acd left me. 

For some moments I remained fixed to the same spot, 
and in the same position, immoveable, aa if I had been 
transfonned to a stone. My first impnlne was to call liim 
back, and instantly tell him the whole affair ; bat I cbecked 
this desire, thoagh I wonld hare given the world to hnrc 
indnlged it ; something like pride aided what I thonght 
dne to Mr. Macartney, and I determined not only to keep 
his se<!ret, but to delay any sort of explanation till Lord 
Orviile should condescend to request it. 

Slowly he walked ; and, before he entered the bonae, ho 
looked back, but hastily withdrew his eyes, upon finding 
I obeerred liim. 

Indeed, my dear Sir, yon cBnnot easily imagine a sitoa- 
tion more uncomfortable than mine was at that time ; to be 
suspected by Lord Orviile of any elandeatin© actions 
wr>nndod my sonl ; I was too mocb discomposed to wait 
for Mr. Macartney, nor, in tmth, could I endure to have 
the deaign of my staying so well known. Yet I was so 
eitrewely agitated, that 1 contd hardly move ; and I hare 
reason to believe Lord Orviile, from the pari our- window, 
tiaw me tottering along ; for, before I had taken five steps, 
he aaae ont, and, hastening to meet tne. said, " I fear you 
are not well ; pray, allow me (offering his arm) to assist 
yoo." 

"No, my Lord," said 1. with all the resolution I could 
noEiUDe ; yet I was affected by an attention, at that time so 
little expected, and forced to turn away my head to conceal 
my emotion. 

'■ Tou mvH," said he, with earnestneaa. "indeed yon 
it, — I am sore you are not well ; — ^refuse me not bK« 



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316 iva.au. 

honour of aaBiBting yon ; " and, ftlmoet fomblr, he tnok 
band, and, drawing it under fais arm, obliged me to !• 
upon him. Tfa&t I submitted was partly the efleci of «ttr- 
{msfi, at &n earnestness so uncommon in Lord Orvtlle, Mid, 
partly, that I did not jnst then dare trust my vcdcB 
any objection. 

When we came to the hoose, be led me into the ))arlonr,< 
and to a chair, and begged to know if I would not hare 
glass of water. 

" No, my Lord, I thank you," eaid 1, " I am perfectly 
recovered ; " and, rising, I walked to the window, where^ 
for some time, I pretended to be occupied in lookii^ at tba 

Determined as I was to act hononrably by Mr. Macart- 
ney, I yet most anxioosly wished to be restored to the good 
opinion of Lord Orville ; but his silence, and the thought- 
fulness of his air, discouraged me from epeaking- 

Uy situation soon grew disagreeable and embamsaiiig, 
and I resolved to return to my chamber till breakfast na 
ready. To remain longer I feared might seem tukmg for 
bis enquiries ; and I was sure it wonid ill beoome ma to b« 
more eager to speak, than he was to hear. 

Jiiat o» I reached the door, turning to me hastily, ha 
said, " Are yon going, Miss Anville ? " 

" I am, my Lord," answered I ; yet I stopped. 

" Perhaps to return to — but I beg yonr pardon I " Bs' 
Bpofce with a degree of agitation that made mo readih- 
comprehend he meant to the garden; and I instantly sai^ 
" To my own room, my Lord." And again I would hjivB 
gone; but, convinced by myanawer that lunderstoodhim, 
I believe he was sorry for the insinuation : he approached 
me with a very serions air, though at the same t' 
forced a smile, and said, " I know not what evil 
pursQes me this morning, but I seem destined to do <» to 
say something I oaght not ; I am so much ashamed of my- 
self, that I can scarce solicit yonr forgiveness." 

" My forgiveness ! my Lord ? " cried I, abashed, rather 
than elated by his oondescension ; " sorely yoa caaoot- 
you are not serions p " 

" Indeed, never more so ! yet, if I may be my own iatei 
prater, Miss Anrille's oonntenanoe pronoonces my pardoa. 



rriLiNA. 317 

" I know not, 1&7 Lord, bow any one can pardon, who 
never has been ofFcnded." 

"You are very good ; yet I conid expect no less from a 
sweetness of disposition whioh baffles all comparison ; you 
will not tliink I am an enoroacher, and that I take advaii- 
tivge of your goodness, slionld I oneo more remind you oi 
the promise yon vonchpafed me yestBrday ? " 

" No, indeed ; on the contrary I shall be very happy to an- 
qnit myself in your Lordship's opinion." 

"Acquittal yoQ need not," said he, leading me again to 
the window ; " yet I own my curiosity is strongly eicited." 

When I was seated, 1 found myself mnch at a loss wliat 
to say ; yeU after a short silence, assuming all the courage 
in my power, " Will yon not, my Lord," said 1, " think mo 
trifling and oapricions, shonld I own I have repented the 
promise I made, and should I entreat your Lordship not to 
insist npon my strict performance of it ? " — I spoke so 
hastily, that I did not, at the time, consider the impropriety 
of what 1 wild. 

Ab he was entirely silent^ and profonndly attentive, I 
continaed to speak without interruption. 

" If your Lordship, by any other means, knew the circum- 
stances attending my acquaintance with Mr. Macartney, 1 
am most sure yon would yourself disapprove my relating 
them. He is a gentleman, and has been very unfortunate; — 
but I am not — I think, — at liberty to say more : yet I am 
sure, if he knew your Lordship wished to hear any parti- 
culars of his affairs, he would readily consent to my acknow- 
ledging them ; — shall I, my Lord, aak hia permission P " 

"ffi» affairs!" repeated LordOrville; "t^ no means,! 
bnve not the least curiosity about them." 

" I beg your Lordship's pardon, — but indeed I had under- 
stood the contrary.'' 

" ta it possible. Madam, you could suppose the tiffaira of 
an utter stranger uan excite my curiosity 't " 

The gravity and coldness with which he asked this 
i|oeiation very much abashed me. But Lord Oryille is the 
most delicate of men ! and, presently recollecting himself, 
he added, " I mean not to speak with indifference of any 
friend of yonrs, — far from it ; any soch will always command 
I m/ good wiaheB : yet I own 1 am rather diaappointM.-, '^^ 



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318 BTBLINA. 

thongrb I dcrabt not the joBtice of jour reucn, to whi^ 
implicitly enbmit, 70a mast not wonder, that, when npc 
tha paiat of being honoured vrith yoai confideoois I 
feeJ the greatest regret at Gndiiig it withdrawn." 

Do yon think, my deitr Sir, I did not, at th»t m 
require bU my resolution to guard ine from fnuiUy 
him whatever he wished to hear p yet I rejoiee thmt I 
not; for, added to the aotuaj wrong I sboold bara d( 
Lord Orville hinuelf, when he had heard, would, I am » 
hare blamed me. Fortunately, this thought occorred to 1 
and I B^d, " Your Lordship shall joorseli be my jadfs 
the promise I made, though volontsj-y, was rnah and isoon 
siderate; yet, had it concerned myself, I would not hw 
hesitated in fulfilling it ; but the gentleman, whose affiua 
should be obliged to rotate " 

" Pardon me," cried he, " for interrupting you ; yet 
me to assnre you, I have not the slightest desire to be 
qaainted with hia a&irs, further than what belongs (0 till 

motives which induced you yesterday morning " Ba 

stopped ; bnt there was no oc(?asioD to say more. 

" That, my Lord," cried 1, " I will tell yon honestly. Xt. 
Macartney bad eome part^icolar bnsiness with me, aod I 
could not take the liberty to ask him hither." 
' " And why not ? — Mrs. Beaumont, I am snre- 

" 1 could not, my Lord, think of intruding apOB lis- 
Beaumont's complaisanoe ; and so, with the s 
folly I pronu£ed yonr Lordship, I much mora nddjr {B^ 
mised to meet him." 

"And did you? " 

" No, my Lord," said I, colouring, " I retonted befon 

Again, for some time, we were both silent ; yet, onwilliDg 
to leave him to reflections which could not bat bo ta arf 
disadvautag*, I summoned sufficient courage to say, "Tb«<* 
ia no young creature, my Lord, who BO greatly wants, ui m 
earnestly wishes for, the ndvice and aesistanoe of her fni«idt> 
U I do : I am new to the world, and nouspd to actiojt fo* 
myself ;■ — my intentions are never wilfolly blameable, yet I 
err penjetnally ! — I have hitherto l>een blessed with t" 
most aSertionate of friends, and, indeed, the ablast of bu 
to gnide and instruct me npon every occasion : — t>at ho 



!, now, to be applied to at the moment 1 want hii 
] Atfw, — thers is not a, human being whose connael 

1 to Heaven," cried he, with a conntenance from 

U ooldnefiB and gravity were baoiahed, and sacceeded 

I mildeet benevolence, " that / were worthy, — and 

jopplying the place of sncb a friend to Mi» 

me bat too much honour," said I, " jret I hopt4 
lahip's candonr, — perhaps I onght to say indnl-'J 
rfll make some allowance, on accoont of my ine»- ' 
s, tor behavioor 8o inconsiderate : — May I, my Lord, 
,eUwtyoa will?" 
** Haj /," cried he, "hope that jon will pardon the ill- 
gr»tx with which t have enbmitted to my diBappointmeaC P 
kod that you will permit me (kissing my hand) thus to ee&l 

" Onr peace, my Lord ! " said I, with revived spirits. 

" Thu, iben." said he, ^ain pressing it to his lipa, " for our 
[■MW ; and now, — are wo not friends r" " i 

Ja»t then the door opened, and I had only time to witb- 
dnw nr band, before the ladies came in to breakfast. 

I luTe been, all day, the happiest of human beings ! — to 
tai lima rocoBciled to Iiord Orville, and yet to adhere to my 
TMolation. — what conld I wish for more ? — he too has bom 
Mfy dteerfnl, and more attentive, more obliging to me than 
trer. Yet Heaven forbid I should again be in a similar 
Btnation, for I cannot express how mnch aneasiness I have 
•eAred front the fear of incurring his ill opinion. 

Bnt wlwt will poor Mr. Macartney think of me ? Happy 
M I «ia, 1 mach regret the necessity 1 have been onder atf ■ 
£i^ipoitit«ng him. 
-rJyium, my dearest Sir. 




LETTER LXVU. 

UB. YILLIBS TO ITILtVA. 

Beny SUt, Stpt. SStL 

DEAD to tbe world, and equally inaensilile to tU 
or ite pains, I long since bad adiea to alJ jny, 
defiance to all sorrow, bat wbat sbonld spring fnni 
Evelina, — sole source, to me, of all earthly felicttr. I 
strange, then, is it, that the letter in which she tcUs ne 
is the happiest of human beings, should give me most ok 
inqnietade J 

Alas, my child ! — that innocence, the first, h<Mt silt 
Heaven, should, of all others, be the blindest to its i 
danger, — the most exposed to treachery.— and the loaiti 
to defend itself, ic a world where it is little known, 
valned, and perpetaally deceived ! 

Would to Heaven yon were here ! — then, by degnea, 
with gentleness, I might enter apon a subject too 
for distant discassion. Yet is it too interestitig, and 
situation too critical, to allow of delay. — Oh, my " 
yoor situation is critical indeed ! — yoor p«aoe of muw ■ 
Intake, and every chance for your future happioMs may i 
pend upon the conduct of the present uiomrat. 

Hitherto I have forborne to spejik with joo upon 1 
most important of all concerns, the state of your hMit: 
alas, I need no information ! I have been siteut, iiidead, I 
' I have not been bh'nd. 

Long, and with the deepest regret, have I penxdvtd I 
ascendancy which Lord Orville has gained upon jt 
mind. — Yon will utart at the mention of his uamD. — jim i 
tremble every word you read ; — I griovo to give p«in to i 
gentle Evelina, but I dare not any longer spare hor. 

Yonr first meeting with Lord Orville was dec iaive. Lin 
fearless, free from all other impressions, such » iiuui 
desoribe him oould net fail of exciting your admi' 
and the more dangerously, because ha aeataed ■■ 
Mioos of his power as you of your weakness ; and ' 




hiEid no alarm, either from hit vanitjr or your own 
ence. 

ToUDg, animated, entirely off your gtmrd, and tboaghtleas 
of conaeqnencee, I matjim^i on took tlio reins ; s-ai.£sa«pri, 
slow-paced, tlioQi;li sn re-footed, wns unequal to the fm;e of 
ai) eccentric and flighty a companion. How rapid -was thea 
my Evelina's progress through those regioaa of fancy and 
piiesioa whither her new guide conducted her ! — She saw 
Lord Orville at a ball, — and he was tft« motl amiahU of 
men I — She met him again at another, — and he had every 
virtua luider Heaven ! 

I mean not to depreciate the merit of Lord Orville, who, 
qu UfBtfinoaa inaljuice alone excepted, seema to haye de* 
■erred the idea you formed of hie character ; bat it was 
not time, it wae not the knowledge of his worth, obtained 
your regard : yonr new comrade had not patience to wait 
any trial ; her glowing pencil, dipt in the viTid colonrs of 
her creatiTe ideka, painted to jou, at the moment of your 
first acquaintance, all the excellencies, all the good and rare 
quiklitiee, which a great length of time and intimacy could 
alone hare really discorered. 

Yon flattered yourself that your partiality was the effect 
of esteem, founded upon a general love of merit, and a prin> 
ciple of justice ; and your heart, which fell the sacrifice of 
yoar error, was totally gone ere yon expected it was in 
danger. ^ 

A thousand times have I been upon the point of showing^ 
yon the perils of yonr eitnatioQ ; but the same inexperienoft] 
which occasioned yoar miatake, I hoped, with the assistooovv 
of time and absence, would effect a core : I waa, indeedp ' 
most unwilling to destroy yonr illneion, while 1 dared hope 
it might itself contribute to the restoration of yonr tran- 
quillity ; since your ignorance of the danger, and force of 
your attachment, might poasifaly prevent that despondenoy 
frith which yonng people, in similar circamstanoee, u« apt 
to persuade themselves, that what is only diffioolt, is abio* 
Intely impossible. 

Bat, now, since you have again met, and have become 
mote intimate thiin ever, all my hope from silenoe and 
•eeming ignorance is at an end. 
^^Awake then, my dear, my deluded child, awake to tha 



of jDnr danger, and exert yooraelf to avoid iiie erila 
wbibh it thzeatens yoa : — evila which, to a mind like 
[ jonni axe moat to be dreaded ; secret repining, and oon- 
eealed, yet oonsaming regret ! Make a noUe effort for the 
le eov e r y of your peaces which now, with aonow I aee it, 
depends wh<dly upon the presence of Lord Oxrille. This 
eoort may indeed be painful ; bat trust to my ezperienoe^ 
when I assue yoa it is leqoisite. 

^ . Ton most qoit him ! — lus sight is banefal to yoar repose, 
hissoaetf is death to year fataretranqaillily! BelicTeme^ 
my beloTed child, my heart aches for yoor saffering, while 
it dictates its necessily. 

Ckxdd I flatter myself that Lord Orville woald, indeed, 
be — »*"M** of yoar worth, and act with a nobleness of mind 
which shoold proiB it congenial to yoor own, then woald I 
leave my Erelina to the onmolested enjoyment of the cheer- 
fol Bociefy, and increasing regard, of a man she so greatly 
admires : bat this is not an age in which we may trast to 
appearances; and impmdence is much sooner reg ret ted 
than repaired. Yoar health, yoa tell me, is mach mended : — 
Can yoa then consent to leave Bristol ? — ^not abraptly, that 
I do not desire, bat in a few days from the time yon receive 
this P I wiU vrrite to Mrs. Selwyn, and tell her how mach I 
wish yoar retam ; and Mrs. Clinton can take snfficient care 
of yoa. 

I have meditated apon every possible expedient thai 
might tend to yoar happiness, ere I fixed apon exacting 
from yon a compliance which I am convinced will be most 
painfal to yoa; bat I can satisfy myself in none. This 
will at least be safe ; and as to sacess, — we mast leave it 
to time. 

I am veiy glad to hear of Mr. Macartney's welfare. 

Adiea, my dearest child ! Heaven preserve and strengthen 
yoa ! A. V. 



LETTER LXVni. 

BTILIKA TO THE REV. ME. VILLABfl. 

OU/ttm, Sept. 28ih. 

SWEETLY, moat sweetly, have two days more passed 
once I wrote ; bat I Lave been too mncb engaged to be 
exBici in my jonruBJ. 

To-day baa been less tnLnqnil. It was destined for tbe 
deoiaon of tbe important bet, and bas been productive of 
senerB] confaaion throngbont tbe bouee. It was settled 
Uiat the iBce sbonld be ran at five o'clock in tbe afternoon. 
Ixird Herton breakfasted here, and staid till Doon. He 
wanted to engage tbe ladies to let on his tide, in the tme 
■prit of guming, withoat seeing the racers. But he coald 
only prevail on Lady Louisa, as Mrs. Selwyn said she never 
laid a wager against her own wishes, and Mrs. Beaumont 
iTonld not take rides. As for ma, I wius not applied to. It 
is impossible for negligence to be more pointed than that of 
Lord Merton to me, in the presence of Lady Louisa. 

Bat, just before dinner, I happened to be alone in the 
drawing-room, when bis Lordship suddenly returned ; and, 
coming in with his usual familiarity, he was lieginnlng, 
"Ton see, Lady Louisa, — " but stopping short, "Pray, 
where's every body gone ? " 

" Indeed I don't know, my Lord." 

He then shut the door ; and, with a great alteration in 
his face and manner, advanced eagerly towards me, and 
said, " How glad I am, my sweet girl, to meet you, at last, 
alone 1 By my soul I began to think there was a plot 
against me, for I've never been able to have you a minute 
to myself." And very freely be seized my hand. 

I was so much surprised at this address, after having 
been so long totally n^leot«d, that I could make no other 
answer, than staring at him with unfeigned astonishment. 

" Why now," continued be, " if yoa waa not the cruellest 
little angel in tbe world, yon would have helped me ' 
(dient: for jon bob bow I am watched here 



^^spe( 



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foretaste of the plensnres of v, wife ! boTmrer, it wn&'t Ian 
Jong." 

Dtsgnsted to the ^p«at«st degree, I Btjemptml to im 
an&j taj hftud ; bat I beliere I should not have BoeeeeM 
if Mrs. Beaumont bad not made ber appeHnoicie^ Ha 
turned from me with the greatest aasDruico, >tid aoL 
" How are yon, Ma'am ? — how ia Lndy Loaisa ? — jroo Wtt 
can't bre a moment out of the house." 

Could yon, my dearest Sir, have belieTed it ponUf tac 
such effroaterj to be ia man ? 

Before ibimer came Mr. Coverley, and, before five o'doti, 
Mr. Lovel and some other company. The place mnrkod oU 
for the race, wm a gravel-waik ia Mrs. Beiinmort'B gari' 
and the length of the ground twenty yards. Whai 
ware Bnmmoued to the coarse, the two poor old womrnm 
their appearance. Though they seemed very heoltE; 
their time of life, they yet looked so weak, so infirtn, so fi 
that I conld feel no sensation but that of pity at tbo Rgbl 
However, this was not the genera] eense of flie compaoT i hr^ 
they no sooner camo forward, than they were greetccl wiU 
a laogb from eyevy beholder, Lord Orville cxcepU<l, wh 
looked veiy grave during the whole transaction. Donbtla 
be mnst be greatly discontent«d at the dissipated coodot 
and extravagance of a man, with whom be ia eoon to b« i 
nearly connected. 

For some time, the scene '.ras truly ridiculous ; the ifi 
tation of tbe parties concerned, and the bets that won 1m 
upon tbe old women, were absurd beyond measure. ID 
are yoti for T and whoae side are you of T was echoed bfl 
mouth to mouth by the whole company. Lord Mnrtoo u 
Mr. Coverley were both so excessively gay and n(ii«y, tk 
I soon fonnd they had been too free Ju drinking to tk 
snccess. They handed, with loud shouts, Witt old wamsu i 
the race-ground, and encooraged them by Ubent prnmiw« ' 
exert themselves. 

When the eign a] was given for them to act off, tbe to 
creatures, feeble and frightened, ran a^inst each ntlie 
and, neither of them able to support tbe shock, tbey ' 
fell on the ground. 

Lord MertoD and Mr. Coreriey 6ew lo tboir Msisfa 




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8 trere brought for them ; and tbey each drank a gla^s 
of vrine. They compLaiued of being mnch braised ; for, 
Lenvy and helpless, they had not been able to save them* 
selres, but fell with their whole weight upon the gravel. 
Ilonerer, as they seemed equal eolTerers, both parties were 
too eager to have the affair deferred. 

Again therefore they set ofE, and hobbled along, nearly 
cfven with each other, for some time ; yet frequently, to the 
inexpressible diversion of the company, they stumbled and 
tottCTed; and the confused hallooing of "Jtfoiu, CoverUtf/" 
" Note, ll&ton !" run from aide to side during the whole 

Not long after, a foot of one of the poor women alipt, and 
with great force she came e^eud to the ground. Involun- 
tarily, I sprung forward to assist her ; but Lord Merton, to 
whom she did not belong, stopped me, calling out, " So foul 
play ! no foul play ! " 

Sir. Coverley then, repeating the same words, went him- 
self to help her, and insisted that the other should stop. A 
debate ensued ; bat the poor creature was too much hurt to 
move, and declared her utter inability to make another at- 
tempt. Mr. Coverley was quite brutal : he swore at her with 
nnmttnly rage, and seemed scarce able to refrain even from 
striking her. 

Lord Uerton then, in great rsptnre, said it was a hollow 
thing ; but &lr. Coverley contended, that the fall was acoi* 
dental, and time should be allowed for the woman to recover. 
However, all the compiuiy being against him, he wae pro- 
nounced the loser. 

We then went to the drawing-room, to tea, After which, 
the evening being remarkably warm, we all walked in the 
garden. Lord Merton was quite riotous, and Lady Louisa 
in high spirits; but Mr. Coverley endeavoured, in vain, to 
fHtnceal his chagrin. 

As Lord Orville was tboaghtfnl, and walked by himself, 
I eipeuled that, us usual, I aUould pass unnoticed, and be 
left to my own meditations : but this was not the case ; for 
Lord Merton, entirely ofi his guard, giddy equally from 
wine and success, was very troublesome tti me ; and, regard- 
less of the presence of Ludy Louisa, which hitherto has ro- 
d him even from common civility, he attached hiai«ftU 



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JL %AJum noL Dear ro 
mn tired, I qaickened 
the house ; bat* Lord . 
liand, and saying the c 
let me go. 

" You miffit, my Lore 

" You are the most c 
" and never looked bet t 

"My Lord," cried :M 
don't consider, that the 
striking is the contrast 
your own sake, I would 

"Egad, my Lord," cr. 
right you have to the hi 
too, in the same day." 

" Best young xvcnnan ! " 
Jack, you have made a n 
if Lady Louisa can pare 
goodness, — I am sure nc 
mitted an outrageous soL 

" And pray, Sir^" said ] 
nation may your o^\^i sp( 

Mr. Level, turning ano 
and Mr. Coverley, bowi 
Ladyship is well acquain 
I don't know how it is,— 
an otJio^*'^'^ r^-~ J 



" My Lord," aaid Mrs. Beaamont, " I jnaat beg leave to 
interfere : I know not if Lady Louisa can pardon yon ; but 
as tbis young lady is at my house. I do not ohoose to have 
her made oneaay. ' 

" I pardon him I " cried Lady Lonisa ; " I declare I am 
monstroas glad to get rid of him." 

"Egad, my Lord," cried Mr. Coverley, "while you are 
grssping at a shadow, yon'll lose a snbetance : yoa'd beat 
make your peace while you can," 

" Pray, Mr. Coverley, be quiet," said Lady Looisn, 
peevishly ; " for I declare I won't speak to him. Brother," 
taking hold of liord Orvilie's arm, "will yoa walk in 
with me ? " 

" Would to Heaven," cried I, frightened io see how much 
Lord Morton was in iiquor, " that I too had a brother 1 
— and then I should not be exposed to such treatment." 

Lord Orvilie, instantly qnitting Lady Louisa, eaid, " WQl 
Mias Anville allow m« the honour of taking that title? " and 
then, without waiting for any answer, he disengaged me 
from Lord Merlon ; and, hnuding me to Lady Louisa, " Let 
me," added lie, " take equal cnre of hotk my sisters ; " and 
then, desiring ber, to tnks hold of one arm, and begging ma 
ia make use of the other, we reached the house in a moment. 
Lord Herton, disordered ne he was, attempted not to stop 

As Boon as we entered the house, I withdrew my arm, and 
oonrtsied my thanks, for my heart was too full for speech. 
Lady Louisa, evidently hurt at her brother's condescension, 
and piqued extremely by Lord Merton's behaviour, silently 
drew away hers ; and biting her lips, with a look of infinite 
Tcsatim, walked sullenly up the ball. 

Lord Orvilie asked her if she would not go into the 
parlour ? 

" No," answered she, haughtily, " I leave you and your 
new sister together : " and then she walked up stairs. 

I was quite confounded at the pride and rudeness of this 
speech. Lord Orvilie himself seemed thunderstruck: I 
toroed from him, and went into the parlour; he followed 
me, saying, " Must I now npologize to Miss Anville for the 
liberty of my interference ? — or ought I to apologise, that I 
did not, as I wished, interfere sooner P " 



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Hoax due ! I cannot, — I 
mdignBitioa I ted at l^ia 

"I am sorry, my Lord, 
raised it ; but yet, — in a b 
to meet only with morti 
{onued to bear them ! " 

" My dear Miss Anville,' 
be yoor friend; think a 
'JiToUier ; and let me intrea 
if there is any thing in wh 
my regard, — my respect im 

Before I had time to Bp« 
the parlonr ; and, aa I did : 
Lord Mertoo, at least bef()t 
leave it. Lord Orville, seo 
him, " Will yon go? " " H 
L "I am afraid," said Ix 
speak as your brother, 1 am 
may trost me, since Z txu 
terest" 

I then left the room, and 
And, methinks, I can dbVBI 
Uerton, as it has miotB thaai 
of Lord Orrille. 



Omlle preeented ticket* to the whole family ; and did ms 
the faODOor, to the no Hmijl surpriae of al] here, I believe, to 
d&nice with me. But every daj abounds ia fresh iaetancofl 
nS Lis condesceading pohtenese; and he now takes eTeiyop- 
portnui^ of oalliog me liie friend ajid hia tisler. 

Lord Merton offered a ticket to Lady Loniaft ; bat she was 
BO mach inceneed againet him, that she refused it with the 
utmost dtfidain ; neither could he prevail npon her to dunce 
iritL him; she sat still the whole evening, and deigned not 
to look at or speak to him. To mo her behaviour is almost 
the same ; for she is cold, dietant, and haaghty, and her 
eyes express the greatest contempt. But for Lord Orville, 
how miseruble wonld my residence here make me ! 

We were joined in the ball-room by Mr. Coverley, Mr. 
Iiovel, and Lord Merton, who looked as if be wa« doing 
peoance, and sat all the evening next to Lady Lonisa, vainly 
mdeavonnng to appease her anger. 

Lord Orville began the minnete : he danced with a yonog 
lady who seemed to engage the general attention, as she had 
not been seen here before. She ia pretty, and looks mild and 
good-humonred. 

" Pray, Mr. Lovel," said Lady Louisa, " who ia that P " 

" JIi«iBeiinont," answered he, " the young heiresB : she 
came to~£Ee"'WeUa yesterday." 

Struck with the name, I itvvolnnbmly repeated it ; hot 
nobody heard me. 

" What is her family ? " said Mrs. Beaumont. 

" Have yon not heard of her, Ma'am ? " cried he ; " shea"^ 
only dangnter and heiress of Sir John Belmont." ' 

Good Heaven, bow did 1 start ! the name struck my ear 
like a tbonderbolt. Mrs. Selwjn, who immediately looked 
at me, siiid, '' Be caJm, my dear, and we will learu the tmtih 
oi all this." 

Till then I bad never imagined her to be acquainted with 
my story ; bnC she has since told me, that ebe knew 
TDj unhappy mother, and was well informed of the whole 
affair. 

She asked Mr. Level a multitude of questions ; and 
I gathered from bis answers, thsit this young lady was just 
cMmie from abroad with Sir John Belmont, who was now to 
Ix>ndon ; that she waa under the care of his sister, Mca. 



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wildered with a conti 

When we came hoi 
hour in my room con 
that I ought instantly 
have the affair clenn 
strong a resemblance 
to allow of the least 1 
once I am seen. For i 
yonr direction. 

I cannot give any ac 
so occnpied am I by t 
other. I have entreated 
secrecy, and she has \ 
has too mncli sense to 1 

Lord Orv'ille took nc 
hut I ventured not to i 
nately, he was not of th 
the discovery. 

Mrs. Selwyn says, tin 
she will herself accoui] 
rather ask the protecti 
offer that will not be pc 

Adiea, my dearest S 
mediately, and I shall 
arrives. 



Teflt^rdSij morning, as soon as I had finished my hast^ 
letter, I yiae sammoned to ntiend a iralkiiig party to the 
Hot Weils. It consisted only of Mrs. Selwyn and Lord 
Orrille. The latter walked by my side all the way ; and 
his coDTereation dissipated my tmeaainesB, and insensibly 
restored my serenity. 

At the pnmp-room I saw Mr. Macartney ; Iconrtsted to 
him twice ere he would speak to me. When he did, I 
began to apologize for having disappointed him ; bat I did 
□ot find it very easy to excuse myself, as Lord Orrille'a 
eyes, with an expression of anxiety that distressed m^ 
turned from him to me, and me to him, every word I apoka. 
Convinced, however, that I had really tnfied with Mr. 
Macartney, I scrapled not to beg his pardon. He was then 
not merely appeased, but even gratefol. 

He requested me to see him to-morrow ; bat I had not 
the folly to be again gailty of an indiscretion which had 
already caused me bo mach ane&sinees ; and therefore I 
told him frankly, that it was not in my power at present to 
eee him bnt by accident; and, to prevent his being offended, 
I hinted to him the reason I could not receive him as I 
wished to do. 

When I had satiefied both him and myself upon this anb- 
ject, I tamed to Lord Orrille, and saw, with concern, the 
gravity of his countenance, I would have spoken to him, 
but knew not how ; 1 beiieve, however, he read my thonghtB ; 
for, in a little time, with a sort of serions smile, he said, " Does 
sot Mr. Macartney complain of his disappointment f " 

" Not mnch, my Lord." 

" And how hare you appeased him P " Finding I heaitatfid 
what to nnswer, " Am I not your brother P " continued ho, 
" and must I not enquire into your nffairs P " 

" Certainly, my Lord," said I, laughing. " I only wish 
it were better worth your Lordship's while." 

" Let me, then, mnke immediate use of my privil^^ , 
Wlien shall jon see Mr. MaciuHney again ? " 

" Indeed, my Lord, I can't tell.' 

" Bnt, — do you know that I shull not suffer my « 
make a prival« appointment P " 

" Pray, my Lord," cried I eamestJy, " use that irord no 
MMf ! Indeed yon shock me extremely." 




" That wonid I not do for the world," ohikI he,"jtAy 
know not how warmly, how deeply I taa tntettstol, i 
only in all yonr concema, bnt in all yonr ootiona." 

This speech — the most particnlar one Lord Orrilk b 
BTET made to me, ended oor convoraiition at that ti 
I was too much stmck by it to make any answer. 

Soon after, Mr. Macactflei,, in a low voice, intrvated i 
not to deny him the gratification of returning tl» man 
While he was speaJting, the young lady I saw jesttrAaj 
the assemhly, with the large par^, entered the psmp-nn 
Ur. Macartney turned as pale as deatli, his roic« ftuilta 
and he seemed not to know what he said. I wna Mr 
almost equally distnrbed, by the crowd of oonfoMd d 
that oocniTed to me- Good Heaven I thought I, why the 
he be thus agitated ? — is it possible this can be tho ja 
lady he loved ? — 

In a few minntes we quitted the painp>nM»s ; ■ 
though I twice wished Mr. Macartney good momiiig, 
was so absent he did not hear me. 

We did not immediately retnm to Clifton, as Mr«. Bain 
had bnBLneas at a pamphlet shop. Wltile she w 

B at some new poeme. Lord Orville again asked n« vbi 

^^H ehould see Mr. Macartney P 

^^1 " Indeed, my Lord," cried I, " I know not, but I m 

^^B give the universe for a few moments' convrrmtuni t 

^^M him ! " I spoke this with a simple sinceri^, and wm 

^^M aware of the force of my own words. 

^^M " The nniverBe 1 " repeated he, "' Qood God, il 

^^M do you say this to me T " 

^^1 " I woidd say it," returned I, " to any body, my Lord. 

^^M " I beg your pardon," said he, in a Toioe th»t slioi 

^^M him ill pleased, " I am answered." 

^^B "My Lord," cried I, "you must not jndf^ hardly of i 

^^H I spoke inadvertently ; but if yoa knew the painful si — ~~ 

^^H I soSer at this moment, you would not be Bonn 

^^M what I have said." 

^^1 " And wonld a meeting with Mr. Macartney relieve J 

^^H from that saapenae ? " 

^^H " Yes, my Lord, two words might be BafficMnL" 

^^H " Wonld to Hcitveo," cried he, after a nhort paiiM\ " 

^^H I were worthy to know their import I " 



" Worthy, my Lord ! — 0. if that were all, your Lordship 
oo%ild ask Bothii^^ I Ehoold not be ready to answer 1 If I 
were bat at liberty to apeak, I ahoold be proud of yoar 
Lordship's eoqiiirieB: but, indeed, I am not — I haye not 
any right to cammnnicate the affairs of Mr. Uacartney ; — ' 
your Lordship cannot suppose I have." 

" I will own to you," answered he, " T know not -what to 
suppose ; yet there eeems a frankness even in your mystery 
— and ench an air of openness in your conntenance, that Jt 
am willing to hope, — ' He stopped a moment, and then 
added, " This meeting, yon say, is essential to yonr 
repoee P " . 

" 1 did not say that, my Lord ; bnt yet I have the mort j 
unportant reasons for wishing to Epeak to hini." 

fie paused a few mimttcs ; and then said, with wajTntb, 

" Tee, you ehall speak Ui him ! — I will myself assist you ! — 

ICias Anvillc, I am gnre, cannot form a wish against pro* 

|ffiety ; I will tisk no questions, I will rely npon her own 

I pori^, and, tminformed, blindfold as I am, I will serve her 

I witli ill my power ! " And then he went into the shop, 

I leaTing me so strftngely aSecied by hia generous behaviour, 

I that I almost wished to follow him with my thiuikB. 

When Mrs. Selwyn had tranaacf«d her affairs, we returned 
home. 

The moment dinner was over. Lord Orville went out, 
snd did not come ba<:k till just as we were snmmonod to 
BOpper. This is the longest time he has spent from the 
honae since I have been at Clifton ; and yoa cannot imagine, 
my dear Sir, how mnch I missed him. I scarce knew 
before how infinitely I am indebted to him alone for 
the happiness I have enjoyed since I have been at Mrs. 
Beanmont's. 

As I generally go down stntrs last, he came to me, the 
moment the ladies had passed hy, and said, " Shall yoa be 
Bt home to-raoTTOw morning ? " 
" I believe so, my Lord." 

" And will you then receive a visitor for me ? " 

"For yon, my Lord?" 

" Tea : — I have made aequnintuice with Kr. Mao&rtney, 

uid he has promised to call npon me to-morrow about 

Uiree o'clock." 



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834 mfwuKk, 

And ilien, takiiig mj hand, he led me down steixt. 

O, Sir I — -was mere ever sooh aaicrtiher man ac Loid 
Oirille P — ^Yes, one otiier now raaidea at Betij Hill ! 

Thia znoming there has been a ^raat deal of oomp a aj 
here; bat at the time appointed by Lord OrviDe^ donbtiea 
with that oonsideration, Ihe parlour ia almost alwajs emplj, 
ae every body is dressing. 

Mrs. Beanmont^ however, was not gone np ataiza whan 
Mr. Macartney sent in his name. 

Lord OryiUe immediately said, " Beg the favour of him 
to walk in. You see, Madam, that I consider myself as at 
home." 

*' I hope so^" answered Mrs. Beanmonti "or I sthonld be 
veiy uneasy.'* 

Mr. Macuurtney then entered. I believe we both felt vary 
conscious to whom the visit was paid : but Lord Orvflle 
received him as his own guest ; and not merely entertained 
him as such while Mrs. Beaumont remained in the room, 
but for some time after she had left it, a delicacy thai 
saved me from the embarrassment I should have felt^ had 
he immediately quitted us. 

Li a few minutes, however, he gave Mr. Macartney a 
book, — ^for I, too, by way of pretence for continuing in the 
room, pretended to be reading, — and begged he would be 
so good as to look it over, while he answered a note, which 
he would dispatch in a few minutes, and return to him. 

When he was gone, we both parted with our books ; and 
Mr. Macartney, again producing the pfi^)er with the money, 
besought me to accept it. 

" Pray,*' said I, still declining it, '' did you know the 
young lady who came into the pump-room yesterdaj 
morning ? " 

" Enow her ! " repeated he, changing colour, '' Oh, boi 
too weU ! " 

" Indeed ! " 

" Why, Madam, do you ask ? " 

" I must beseech you to satisfy me further upon thi> 
subject ; pray tell me who she is.*' 

'* Inviolably as I meant to keep my secret, I can refnae 

50U, Madam, nothing ; — that lady — ^is the daughter of Sir 
ohn Belmont ! — of my father ! " 



BTELWA. 335 

"QracionB Heaven ! " cried I, involnntarily laying my 

faajld on his ftnn, " yon are tlien — " my brotheTf I would 
have said, but my voice failed me, and I burst into tears. 

" Oh, Madam," cried he, " what does this mean P — what 
can thnB distress yoa ? " 

I oonld not answer, bnt held oat my band to him. He 
seemed greatly sorprised, and talked in high terms of my 
coadesoeofiion. 

" Spare yonrself," cried 1, wiping my eyes, "spare yonr- 
B«lf thia mistake, — yoa have a right to all I can do for you ; 
the similarity of our circnmatances — " 

We were thenintezmptedby theentmncoof Mrs. Selwyn; 
and Mr. Macartney, finding no probability of our being 
left alone, was obliged to take leave, thongh, I believe, very 
relactantly, while in such suspense. 

Mrs. Selwyn, then, by dint of interrogatoriea, drew from 
me the state of this s^air. She is so penetrating, that 
there is no possibility of evading to give her satisfaction. 

la not this a strange event ? Good Heaven ! bow littla 
did I think that the visits I so anwiUingiy paid at Mr. 
Branghton'a would have introduced me to so near a rela> 
tion 1 I will never again regret the time I spent in town 
this eommer : a drcnmstaoce so fortnnate will always make 
me think of it with pleasure. 



I have just received yonr letter, — and it has abnost broken 
my heart! — Oh, Sir! the iliasion is over, indeed! how 
vainly have I flattered, how miserably deceived myself I 
Xiong since, donhtfnl of the aitnation of my heart, I dreaded 
a BCratiny ; — bat now, now that I have so long escaped, I 
began, indeed, to think my safety insored, to hope that my 
fears were causeless, and to believe that my good opinion 
and esteem of Lord Orville might be owned withont sus- 
picion, and felt withont danger ; — miserably deceived, in- 
deed ! nit tight it baneful to my repote ; — hit society is death 
to my fuiure (ramquilUty I Oh, Lord Orville ! could I have 
believed that a friendsliip so grateful to my heart, so sooth- 
ing to my distresses, a friendship, which, in every respect, 
" ' e so much honour, would only serve to embitter all my 
mta ! — What a strange, what an onhappy ciz- 



cunutoiic?, tliikt m; gmtitnide, t&oagh m J 
Bbonld be so fatal to my peftoe ! 

Tes, Sir, I vUl quit bim ; — nould to Hearan I 
this moment ! witlioat seeing him agkin, — witboBt Im 
to my now conscious emotion ! — Oh. Lord Orrilla, tiov 
do you know the evils I owe to yon ! how little np 
that, when most dignified by your attention, I was rao 
be pitied, — and when most exalted by jonr notioe, job 
moat my enemy ! 

You, Sir, relied upon my ignorance ; — I, alao, UfMO . 

I ezperienoe ; and, whenever I doQbt«d the weaknea <A 

I hesrt, the idea that you did not suspect it, reMStired ■ 

I netored my courage, and confirmed my error ! — Tet I 

moet aensifale of the kindness of yonr sUenoe. 

Ob, Sir ! why have I ever quitted you f why 
posed to dangers to which I am so uQei|aal ? 

But I will leave this place, leave Lord fVnTln -j 
Mm, perhaps, for ever! — no matter; your OoVBld, 
goodness, may teach me how to recover the peace an 
jnity of which my ungnarded folly has begnilod m«. 
lone do I trost, — iu you aloue confide, for erofj ft 
I may form. 

e more I consider the parting with Lord Orrillfl 
less fortitnde do I feel to bc^ir the separation ; — tli« [H 
ahip he baa shown me, — his politeness, — his swnetiM 
mtmneis, — his concern in my aSaire, — his solicitoH 
oblige me, — all, all to be given np ! — 

No, I cannot tell him I am going, — I dftre not 
self to take leave of him, — I will run aw%y witboot « 
him : — implicitly will I follow yonr advice, ftroid 
tmd shun his society 1 

To-morrow morning I will set off for Ber^ Bill. . 
Selwyn and Mrs. Beaumont ehall alone know mr ~ 
And to-day — I will spend in my own room. The 
of my obedience is the only atonement I can oSer ftK 
weakness which calls for ite exertioo- 

Can you, will you, most hononred, moet d«ar Sirt 
prop by which tie poor ETeliaa is nipport«d,— «■■ 
without reproach. wiUioat diaploaaure. r«omTe tbo diild 
have so carefolly reared, — from whose ednttkion b 
frnit might have been orpected, and wIm 



TinwTirtliiness, fears to meet the eye by which she has been 
cherished ? — Oh, yes, I am sure yon will ! Tour Evelina's > 

« those of the judgment; and yoo, I well know, I j 

.11 bat those of the heart 1 






LETTEE LXXI. 

ITXLIHA IN COtnUfUATION. 



Cliftmi, October lit. 

I HAVE only time, my dearest Sir, for three words, to 
overtake my last letter, and prevent your expecting nie 
immediately ; for, when I communicated my intention to 
Mrs. Selwyn, she wonld not hear of it, and declared it would 
be highly ridiculons for me to go before I received an an- 
swer to mj intelligence concerning the jonmey from Paris. 
She baa, therefore, inaisted upon my waiting till your next 
letter arrives. I hope yon will not be displeased at my 
compliance, though it is rather against my own jndgment : 
but Mrs. Selwyn quite overpowered me with the force of 
her arguments. 1 will, however, see very little of Lord 
Orvillo ; I will never come down stairs befoi« breakfast ; 
give np all my waUcs in the garden; seat myself next to 
Mrs. Selwyn ; and not merely avoid his conversation, but 
shun his presence. I will exert all the prudence and all 
the resolution in my power, to prevent this short delay from 
giving you any further uneasiness. 

Adieu, my dearest Sir. I shall not now leave Clifton 
till I have your directione. 



LETTER LXXn. 



KVKLtMA IK OONTIHCATION. 



YESTERDAY, from the time I received your kind. 
thoDf^h beart-piercing letter, I kept my room, — for J 
wu equiJly unable and unwilling to see Lara Orrille ; bat 



thii mondng, finding I seemed destined to psss a £bw dajs 
longer here, I endeavoozed to calm my qprnts^ and to wj> 
peer as nsoal; thongli I detennined to avoid liun to tbe 
utmost of wj power. Indeed, as I entered the pasrionr, 
when called to break&^t^ my thoughts were so mndi oocn* 
pied with your letter, that I Ult as much onmfnaion at his 
sight, as if he had himself heen informed of its contents. 

Mrs. Beanmont made me a slight compliment upon mj 
reooYeiy, for I had pleaded illness to excuse keeping my 
room : Jjady Louisa spoke not a word ; bat Lord OrviDe, 
little imagining himself the cause of my indisposition, en- 
quired concemmg my health with the most diatingaishing 
politeness. I hardly made any answer ; and, for the first 
time since I have been here, contziyed to sit at some dis- 
tance from him. 

I could not help observing that my reserve surprised him ; 
yet he persisted in his civilities, and seemed to wish to 
remove it. But I paid him very little attention ; and the 
moment breakfast was over, instead of taking a book, or 
walking in the garden, I retired to my own room. 

Soon after, Mrs. Selwyn came to tell me, that Lord 
Orville had been proposing I should take an airing, and 
persuading her to let him drive us both in his phaeton. 
She delivered the message with an archness that made me 
blush ; and added, that an airing, in my Lord OrvUle^s car- 
riage, could not fail to revive my spirits. There is no 
possibility of escaping her discernment ; she has frequently 
rallied me upon his Lordship's attention, — and, alas ! — ^upon 
the pleasure with which I have received it ! However, I 
absolutely refused the offer. 

" Well," said she, laughing, " I cannot just now indolge 
yon with any solicitation ; for, to tell you the truth, I have 
business to transact at the Wells, and am glad to be ex- 
cused myself. I would ask you to walk with me; — bat 
since Lord OrviUs is refused, I have not the presumption to 
hope for success." 

" Indeed," cried I, " you are mistaken ; I will attend yoo 
with pleasure." 

*' O rare coqaetiy ! " cried she, " surely it must be in- 
herent in our sex, or it could not have been imbibed at Benr 
Hill." 



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I bad not spirits to answer bcr, and Uierefore pat on my 
bat and clonk iu ailence. 

" I presume," coatinned she, driJy, "hia Lordship may 
walk w-ilh db." 

" 11 so, Madam," said I, "yon will have a companion, 
and I will stay at home." 

" My dear cbild," cried she, " did yon bring the certificate 
«f your birth with you ? " 

''Dear Madam, no ! " 

"Why then, we shall never be known again at Berry 
Hill." 

I folt too conacioas to enjoy her pleasantry : bnt I believe 
site wns determined to torment me, for she asked if she 
ebonlil inform Lord Orvilte that 1 desired him not to be of 
the party ? 

"By no means, Uodjun; but, indeed, I had rather not 
walk myself." 

■■My dear," cried she, " I really do not know yoit thia 
morning, — you have certiiinly been taking a lesson of Lady 

She then went down stairs ; bnt presently returning, told 
me abe had acquainted Lord Orville that I did not choose 
to go out iu the phaeton, bnt preferred a walk, tete-a~teti 
with her, by way of variety, 

I said nothing, bnt was really vexed. She bad me go 
down Htairs, and said she would foUow me immediately. 

Lord Orville met me in the hall. "I fear," said he, 
*' Uisa Anville is not yet quite well ? " and he would have 
taken my hand, bnt I turned from him, and conrtsying 
slightly, went into the parlour. 

Mrii. Beaumont and Lady Louisa were at work : Lord 
Merton was talking with the 1att«r; for be has now made 
hia peace, and is again received into favour. 

I seated myself, as usual, by the window. Lord Orville, 
in a few minutes, came to mo, and said, " Why is Miai 
Anville so grave P " 

"Ifot grave, my Lord," said I, "only stupid;" and I 
took up a book. 

" Tou will go," said he, after a short pause, " to the as- 
sembly to-night ? " 

"No, my Lord, certainly not." 



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ither then will I ; for I shoold be eorr; to enlU On 
ibntnce I have of the l^ppiness I enjoyed at Ui« uai' 
SelwTU then eomiiig in, geueral enqninea wirrv tnadi 
bat mo, o! who wonld go to the assembly f Lon 
instwiUy declared he h&d letters (o write at bflBi« 
but everv oae ebe settled to go. 

I thcii UBfit«iied Mrs. Selwyn away, though not befor* >b 
bad said to Lord Orrille, " Pray, {i&e jonr Lordaliip ol 
tamed Miss Anville'sleare to favonr as withyoiircoin|Mi^f 

" I have not, lif adam," answered he, " had the t«iu^ M 
ask it." ■ 

During our walk, Mrs. Selwyn tormented 
follj. She told me, that since I declined any additino 
OBT party, I ninet, donbtless, be conscious of nij own 
of entertaininent ; and begged me, tfaerefore, to exa 
freelj. 1 repented a thousand times baving 
walk alone with her : for thongh 1 made the most 
efforts to appear in Bpirits, her raillery qnit« overpowcrod im 

We went first to the pomp-room. It was full of company 
and the moment we entered, I beard a monnnring nl 
" Thci'i $he ! " and, to my great confusion, I saw c»ery oji 
tnnied towards me. I palled my hat over my fncv, and 
by the assistance of Nrs. Selwyn, endeavoured to neivm 
myself from observation : nerertbelces, 1 foncd I wn« « 
much the object of general attention, that I intreatcd hu 
to hasten away. Bat nttfortnnntely ebe had eiit<?ml ini 
conversation, very earnestly, with a gentleman of bcr ■ 
qnaintance, and wonld not listen to me ; but said, that if I 
was tired of waiting, I might walk on to the miUiner'a 
the Uiss Watkins, two yoong ladies I had seen at 
Beaomont's, who were going thither. 

I accepted the offer vary readily, and away we • _... 
But we had not gone tbr«e yards, befotv we wbtd folfewad 
by ft party of yonng men, who took every possible o| 
tnnity of looking at ns, and, as they walked behind, ti 
alond, in a manner at once nnintelligible acd ateord. 
" Tea," cried one, " 'tja certainly she I — mark bnt h«r Uwik* 
ing cheek!" 

" And then her eye — her downeOMt tye I " — cried uioOmt. 

" True, oh most tnie," aaid % third, " ecery btavtg it itr 

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" Bot tHen," said the first, " her mind, — now the diffi- 
culty is, to find out the truth of thai, for she will not s&; a 
word." 

" She ia UviiJ," answered another ; " mark bat her timid 

Caring this conversation, we walked on silent and qnick : 
■s we knew not to whom it was porticalarlj addressed, wc 
were nil equally ashamed, and eqnalljr deairous to avoid 
anch onacoo an table observations. 

Soon after we were caught in a shower of rain. We 
hnrried on ; and these gentlemen, following ua, offered 
their services in the most pressing manner, begging us to 
make use of their arms ; and, while 1 almost ran, in order 
to avoid their impertinence, I was suddenly met by Sir 
Clement Willoughby I 

We both started : " Good God ! " he ezalaimed. " Miss 
Anville ! " and then, regarding my tormentors with an air 
of displeafiare, he earnestly enquired, if any thing had 
oJarmed me P 

" No, no ; " cried I, for I found no difficulty now to dis- 
engage myself from these youths, who, probably, conclnd- 
ing ^m the commanding air of Sir Clement, that he had 
a right to protoct me, qnietly gave way to him, and entirely 
quitted us. 

With hia uanal impetnosity, he then began a thousand 
enqniriee, accompanied with as many compliments; and he 
told me, that he arrived at Bristol but this morning, which he 
hftdentirelydevoted to endeavoarsto dis cover wherel lodged. 

" Did yon know, then," said I, " that I was at Bristol ? " 

" Would to Heaven," cried he, "that 1 could remain in 
ignorance of your proceedings with the same contentment 
yon do el mine ! then slionld I not for ever jonmej upon 
the wings of Hope, to meet my own despair ! Tou cannot 
even judge of the cruelty of my fate ; for the ease and 
eerenity of yoar mind incapacitates you from feeling for 
the agitation of mine ! " 

The case and serenity of mt/ mind ! alas, how little do 1 
merit tho«e words ! 

"Bnt," added he, "had aceidetU brought me hither, bad 
J" not known of yoar journey, the voice of fame would hn 
_ jvoclalmod it to me instantly upon my arrival." 




boknwdll Iwutold; 



in better healtli,— 

I tamed awfij to eza 
Mtb. Selnrn mEule her aj 
acquainted with Sir Clei 
to him convinced me that 

Wlien their mntnal ct 
to me, and said, " Pray, 
live without oonmhrnent 

" Indeed, Ma'am," sai- 
tried." 

" BeOMue so long, and 
nuLjr remain at Bristol." 

" Why, what is the mM 

" The matter !— why, al 
ron,' — the whole pnmp-ro 
mnoOQit as yon pretend to 
if jon take my adTioe, yoi 
Mt and drink dnring yonr 

I begged her to e^kun 
that a oopy of Tenee had 1 
and read there alood : " T 
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3i3 

down in mj tablets,'' said Sir Cloment, " the 
'Ulricli concern Mias Anville this tnommg at the 
and I will do myself the honoar of copying 
this evening." 
why the part that concerns Miti Anville ? " said 
" Did you erersee her before this morning ? " 
ftnawered he. " I have had that happiness fre- 
ly at Captain Mirvan's, Too, too frequently ! " added 
• low voice, as Ura. Selvryn tnmed to the milliner : 
soon an she iras occupied in examining some trim- 
he cftine to me, and, almost whether I woald or not, 
into conversation with me. 

KTO a thousand things," cried he, " to say to you. 
h*re are yon ? " 
Ih Km. Selwyn, Sir." 
•* Indc«d ! — then, for once, chance is my friend. And 
bow long have yon been here ? " 
" About three weeks." 

"Good Heaven ! what an anxions search have I had, to 
Ckow yonr abode, since yoa so suddenly left town ! The 
IvmiMDt, Uadamc Ihival, refosed me all intelligence. 
Oh. luaa Anville, did yon know what I have endured I the 
littfiem, r«6tlesa state of suspense I have been tortured 
oilBajmi could not, nil emel as yon are, yoa coold not 
lana iveeiTied me with snch frigid indiSerecce F " 
'lUemrtd yoa. Sir '. " 

" Why, is not my visit to f/ou ? Do yon think I should 
hne taade this journey, but for the happiness of agun ae»- 
iagyoa ?" 

" Indeed it is possible I might. — since so many othenda." 

" Cmcl, cruel girl 1 you knmv that I adore you I yon 

■'.ifie ton are the mistress of my soal, and arbitrees of my 

Hn. S«Iwyn then advancing to as, he assumed a more 
luwogagm) lur. nnd asked, if he should not have the 
jilfotnn of seeing her in the evening at the assembly ? 

" Oh. yen," aricd she, " we shall certainly be there i n 
fan nay bring the verses with yon, if Mias Anville can 
ivait for thom so long." 

" I hofw then," rotnmed he, " that you will do me tlM 
■ e with me 9 " 




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1 thanked him, bat said I should not be »t the 

" Not be at the asaeinbly ! " cried Mrs. Selwyn, " 
bare you, too, letters to writ* ? " 

She looked at me nith ft significant archness, that 
me colonr ; and I haatilj anarwet«d, " No, indeed, Mk'i 

"Yon have not!" cried she, yet more drily; * 
pny, my dear, do yott stay at home to hdp, — or to i 
oll»re ? " 

" To do neither, Ua'am," answered I, in mnch 
" BO, if yon pleafie, I will not etay at home." 

" Yon allow me, then," said Sir Clement, "to hope 
for the honoor of yonr hand ? " 

I only bowed, — for the dread of Ura. Selwyn's i^Oarj 
made me not dare refnae him. 

Soon after this we walked home : Sir Clement mccoB- 
panied as ; and the conversation that passed between Ura. J 
Selwyn and Iijt" wsa aapport«d in so lively a ui&aaer, " 
I shonld havo been much entertained, had my mind 
mora at ease : bnt, alas ! I coold think of nothing bat 
cspricioDS, the onmeaning appearance whi<^h ihe alt«nit 
in my oondnct mnst make in the eyes of Lord OrriUel 
And mnch as I wished to avoid him, greatly as I desire 
•are myself from having my weakness known to him, 
I cumot endure to incur his ill opinion,— and, onacqaaiata 
u he is with the reasons by which I am actaated, 
can ho fait contemning a chsji^ to him so nnacconntafalan 

As we entered the garden, he was the first object we m 
He advanced to meet us ; and I conld not help o' 
that at sight of each other both be and Sir Clement d 

We went into the parlonr, where we foond f 
party we had left. Mrs. Selwyn presented Sir C 
Afrs. Beanmont ; Lady Louisa and Lord Uerton ll 
well acqnainted with already. 

The conversation was npon the general snbjecta, rf i 
weather, the company at the Wells, and the news ct i 
day. But Sir Clement, drawing his chair next to i 
took every opportunity of addressing himself to n 

I conld not bnt remark the atrikiiig difference of hit a 
teation, and that of Lord Orville : the latter ii 



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* of mmnnen, snch delicocj of condact, aod an 
Mpeetf ni, thai, when he flattere most, he never distresses ; 
and whoa he most confers honour, appears to receive iti 
3^ former obtrude* his attention, and forces mine ; it is so' 
poiatad, that it always confuses me, and so pnblic, that it 
ftUncU general notice. Indeed I have sometimes thought 
that he would rather tcuh, than dislike to have his pBrtisJitir 
for me known, as he takes great core to prevent jaj being 
■pokcB to bj any but himself. 

When at length ho went away. Lord Orville took his 
tmt, mad Hud, with a half smile, " Shall I call Sir Clement, 
—HIT will tfoa call me an usurper for taking this place ? — 
Ta« mnka tae no answer ? — Must I then supposo that Sir 



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itl_J 



** It IB little worth your Lordship's while," said I, " to 
MppcMB nny thing upon so insignificant an occasion." 

•' Pardun me," cried he; — "to Tne nothing is inaignifioant 
in wbicb yon are concerned." 

To this I made no answer; neither did he say any 
thisg more, till the ladies retired to dress : and then, when 
I wocUd bare followed tbem, be stopped me, saying, " On« 
uammt, I entreat yon I " 

I -J toned hack, and he went on, " I greatly fear that I have 
It so nnfortunate as to offend you ; yet so repognant to 
y aoul is the idea, that I know not how to suppose it 
.nwittingly have done the thing in the world 
_', I wonld wish to avoid." 
I, my Lord, yon have not," said I. 
1 " cried he, taking my hand, " wonld to 
a the sharer of yonr nneaainess, whenoesoever 
H ■pnngs t with what eamestncM wonld 1 not straggle to 
■llmato it! — Tell me, my dear Miss Anville, — my new- 
Adopted aist«r, my aweet and most amiahle friend ! — tell 
tl boMecb yon, if I can afford yon any nasiatance P " 
Hone, none, iny liord I " cried I, withdrawing my hood, 
utMring towaHs the door. 
is it tlieD impossible I can serve you P — Perhaps yon 
I to MO Hr. Macartney again P " 
" Ho, my Xiord." And I hold the door open. 
" I am not, I own, sorry for that. Yet, oh ! Miss 
SMoWb, ther« is a question, — there ia a conjecture, — I know 



346 ETKLtKA. 

not how to mentinn, heoanBo I dreaj the r««ill !- 
yon nre in huete; — pechaps in tiio eraning I tn»y fc"" 
(he honour of a longer conversfttion. — Yet one tbini;. »ili 
jou. have tbo goodness to allow me to ask ? — Did ^mi, t* ' 
morning. wh«n yon went to the Wells,— did 7011 Jkoew wb 
you Bhoald meet there ? " 

" Who, my Lord ? " 

" I bfig yonr pardon a thousand times for a c 
QiilioeDscd ; — bnt I will say no more at proeont." 

Ho bowed, expecting mo to go ; — and then, witb qiid 
steps, bnt a heavy heart, I cnme to my own room. S 
qnestion, I am snre, meant Sir Clement Wiltoaghby; M 
had I not impoised upon myself the sevet« task of aToidiM 
flying Lord Orrille, with all my power, I would instanl) 
have satisfied him of my i^orance of Sir Clement'* jOn 
nay. And yet more did I long to say aometiuB^ of tl 
assembly, since I fonndhe depended npoa myspendioglk 
evening at home. 

I did not ^ down stairs again till the familv M 
assembled to dinner. My dress, I saw, stmek Lnrd OrriO 
with aetonisbment ; and I was myself so mnch 1 
of appearing whimsical and unsteady, that I cunhl ■ 
lookup. 

" I undentood." said Mre. Beaamont, " tliatUia AimUi 
did not go oat t.liis evening." 

' " ■ intention in the monjing." Hud Mrs. Selw^^ 

) stay at home 1 but there is a fasctiuUiiV pvii* 

mity, wliich, npon second thongfato, is lurt toll 

^e assembly 1 " cried Lord OrriUe ; 
going to the assembly ? " 

I made no answer; and we all to<^ oorfl 

table. 

It was not without difficulty that I contrirod k 
my QBual seat ; bnt 1 was determined to adb(>re tvl 
mise in my yeaterday'a letter, though 1 ( 
Orville seemed quite confounded at my risible e 
to avoid him. 

After dinner, we all went into the drawing-nMOi I 
gether, a« there were no gentlemen to d«t«in faia Lord«lup| 
and then, before 1 ouuld pUce myself ont of his way, m 



■VILtHA. U7 

■cud, " Toa are then really goin^ to the ssecinbly P — Maj 
I ftslc if yon ehall dunce P " 

" I believe not, — my Lord." 

" If 1 did not tear," tiontinned he, "that yon woold be 
tired of the Bume partner at two following asgemblics, I 
wonld give np my letter- writing till to-morrow evening, 
nnd solicit the bononr of your hand." 

" If I d? dunce," said I, in great confusion, " I believe I 



" Engaged ! " cried he, with earnestness, " May I ask to 

lom?" 

" To — Sir Clement Willttughby. my Lord." 

He wid nothing, bat looked very little pleased, tmd did 

t uddreaB liimself to me any more all the afternoon. Oh, 

: ! — thns situated, how comfortless were the feelings of 
yonr Evelina ! 

Early in the evening, with his accostomed aesidaity. Sir 
Clement came to conduct ns to the assembly. He soon 
contrived to seat himself next me, and, in a low voice, paid 
me so many complimentB, that I knew not which wav to 
look. 

Lord Orville hardly spoke a word, and hia conntemuice 
was grave and thoaghtfnl j yet, whenever I raised my eyes, 
hia, I perceived, were directed towards me, thongh instantly, 
npon meeting mine, he looked another way. 

In a abort time, Sir Clement, t-aking from his pocket a 
folded paper, said, almost in a whisper, " Here, loveliest of 
women, yon will see a faint, an ansnccessfal attempt to paint 
the object of all my adoration ! yet, weak as are the linea 
for the purpose, 1 envy beyond ezpreHsion the happy mortal 
who haa dared make the effort." 

" I will look at them," said I, " some other time." For, 
consciooB thnt I was observed by Lord Orville, I could not 
bear he shoold see me take a written pnper, so privat«Iy 
offered, from Sir Clement. Bnt Sir Clement iean imprac- 
ticable man, and I never succeeded in any attempt to fms- 
trate whatever he had planned. 

"No," said hp, still tn a whisper, "yon mnst take them 

now, while Lady Loaisa is away;" for she and Miv>J 

Selwyn were gone np stairs to fimsb their dress, " as shv J 



\f means see 






848 irBLOUL 

** Indeed," nid I, ** IbaTe no intaiium to ehow tlieai.* 

<«Bnt ihe only fmj" answered lie^ "to rnnnd ■omkan 
IB to take tbem in lier abaenoe. I would luvre read 
aloud myself, bat that tliflj aare not proper to be aeen bj 
any body in this house, yonrself ana His. EUwyn es- 
oepceci. 

Then again he presented me ^be paper, idiich I now wm 
obliged to take, as I found declining it was Tain. Bnt I 
was sorry that this action should be seen, and the wld^Mr- 
ing remarked, though the pmport of the oonTersatum wm 
len to conjeotare. 

As I held it in my hand. Sir Clement teased me to look 
at it immediately ; and told me, the reason he oonld not pn^ 
dnoe the lines paUidy was, that among the ladiea who wen 
mentioned, and snppoeed to be rejected, was Lady Ijomm 
Larpent. I am nmch concerned at this circomstanoe, as 1 
cannot doubt but that it will render me more disagreeable to 
her than ever, if she should hear of it. 

I will now copy the verses, which Sir Clement would not 
let me rest till I had read. 

See last advance, with bashful grace. 

Downcast eye, and blushing cheek. 
Timid air, and beauteous &ce, 

Anville, — ^whom the Gbraces seek. 
Though ev'ry beauty is her own, 

And though her mind each virtue fills, 
Anville, — to her power unknown, 

Artless strikes, — ^unconscious kills. 

I am sure, my dear Sir, you will not wonder that a pane- 
gyric such as this should, in reading, give me the greateet 
confusion ; and, unfortunately, before I had finished it, the 
ladies returned. 

" What have you there, my dear ? " said Mrs. Selwyn. 

" Nothing, Ma'am," said I, hastily folding, and pnttuigii 
in my pocket. 

" And has noUdng^*' cried she, " the power of roti^s f ** 

I made no answer; a deep sigh, which escaped Lofd 
Orville at that moment, reached my ears, and gave me 
sations — ^which I dare not mention ! 



ITILINA. 349 

Lord Merton then handed Lady Louisa and Mrs. Beau- 
mont to the lutttr's carriage. Mrs. Selwjn led the way to 
Sir Clement's, who handed me in after her. 

During the ride I did not once speak ; but when I came 
to the aflsembly room. Sir Clement took care that I shoald 
not preserve my sileDce. He asked me immediately to 
dance ; 1 begged him to ezcoae me, and seek some other 
partner. But on the contrary, he told me, he was very 
glad I would sit Gtill, as he had a million of things to say 
tome. 

He then began to tell me, how mnch he had Buffered from 

absence ; how greatly he was alarmed when he heard I had 

left town ; and how cruelly difficult he had found it to trace 

I me i which, at last, he could only do by sacrificing another 

week to Captain Mirvan. 

" And Howard Grove," continned he, " which, at my first 
Tisit, I thought the moat detightfnl spot npon earth, now 
appeared to me the most dismal : the face of the country 
seemed altered : the walks, which I had thought most plea- 
sant, were now most stupid : Lady Howard, who had 
appeared a cheerful and respectable old lady, now appeared 
in the common John Trot style of other ^ed dames : Urs. 
Mirvan, whom I had eeteemed as an amiable piece of still- 
life, now became bo insipid, that I could hardly keep awak* 1 
in her company : the daughter, too, whom I had regarded ' 
as a good-hnmonred, pretty Eort of a girl, now seemed 
U>0 insignificant for notice : and ae tti the Captain, I had 
always thought him a booby, — but now he appeared a 

"Indeed, Sir Clement," cried I, angrily, ''I will not hear 
ym speak thus of my best friends." 

" 1 beg your pardon," said he, " but the contrast of my 
two risit« was too striking not to be mentioned." 

He then aaked what I thought of the verses ? 

"Either," said 1, "they are written ironically, or by 
some madman." 

Such a profusion of compliments ensued, that I wu 
obliged to propose dancing, in my own defence- Whan we 
5tood up, " I intended," said he, " to have discovered tlia 
author by his looks ; bnt 1 find you so much the general 
loadstoDeof attention, that my eaepicioDS change theirobject J 



r 



350 ITBLUA. 

every moment. 801^7700 ranst jooraelt hare w 
led^e who heisP" 

I told him no. Yet, my dear Sir, I most own Ut ytn, 1 
hare no doabt bnt tli&t Mr. Mocaitnej must be the Mitlicrg 
no one else wonld speaJc: of me bo pa^rtlally ; and, indeed, b 
poetical torn puts it, nitfa me, beyond dispate. 

He asked me a thoosand qaeetions conceming ] 
Orrille ; how long he had been at Bristol P — wh>t time I 
had spent at Clifton ? — whether he rode ont every moranig I 
— whether I ever tenstod myself in a phaeton ? and a mnldl 
tnde of other eDqairies, aU tending to discover if I wM-fl 
hononred with much of his Lordship's attention, and iS 
made with hie usual freedom and impetuosity. 

Fortunately, aa I much wished to retire ettrly, Lw3y 
Loniea makes a point of being the firat who quit tJie r 
and therefore we got home in very tolerable time. 

Lord Orville's reception of as waa grave and cold t 
from distingnishing me, as osnal, by porttcolar cirilitii 
Lady Louisa herself could not hare 8een me ent«r the n 
with more frigid nnconcem, nor have more scmptilai 
avoided honouring me with any notice. But chiefly I « 
8tmck to see, that be sntfered Sir Clement, who atayi 
Bnpper, to sit between ns, without any effort to prerent h: 
thoDgb till then, he had seemed to be even tenacioiu ot ^ 
seat next mine. 

This httle circumstance affected me more than ] 
express ; yet I endeavonred to rejoice at it, since neglect >i 
indifference from him may be my best friends. — But, alail 
— 60 suddenly, so abmptly to forfeit his attention !^-tolo4 
his friendship.! — Oh, Sir, these thoughts pierced my aonlf 
— scarce could I keep my seat ; for not all my efforts oooM 
restrain theteaj^fromtricldingdown my cheeks: bowevcr, 
as Lord Orville saw them not, for Sir Clement's beftd waf 
constantly between ns, I tried to collect my spirits, aadso^ 
oeeded so far as to keep my place with decency, till Sir C1^ 
meat took leave ; and then, not diiring to trust my oyet M 
meet t;hose of Lord Orville, I retired. 

I have been writing ever since j for, certain that I 
not Bleep, I would not go to bed. Tell mc, my doai'«eI S 
if yon possibly can, tell me that you approve tny change fi 
ooodnct, — tell me that my altered behaviour to Lord "' 



Lleo-M 

hangei'^l 
dOrriM 



R VI LIMA. 351 

U ngbt, — that my flying hie socie^, and avoiding faia civili- 
ties, are actiona whicL you would have dictated. — Tell mo 
tliis, and the saoriiiceB 1 have laade will comfort me in the 
toidsl «f my regret,— for never, never can I cease to regret 
that I have lost the friendship of Lord Orville ! — Oh, Sir, I 
have slighted, — have rejected, — have thrown it away ! — No 
matter, it was an honoar I merited not to preeerve ; and now 
I Bee, — that my mind was nneqnal to BOBtoiniag it without 
danger. 

Yet BO strong is the desire yon have imphinted in mo to 
act with uprightness and propriety, that, however the weak- 
neaa of my heart may distress and afflict me, it will never, I 
humhiy trost, render me wilfully culpable. The wjah of 
doing well governs every other, aa far aa concerns my con- 
liuct, — for am 1 not yoar child ? — the creature of joor OWB 
forming ! — Yet, Oh Sir, friend, parent, of my heart ! — mj 
fualings are all at war with my duties ! and, while 1 
most strn^le to acquire self-approbation, my peace, m; 
happiness, my hopes, — are lost ! 

'Tis you alone ean compose a mind bo cruelly agitated ; 
yon, I well know, can feel pity for the weuknesa to which 
you are a stranger ; and, though you blame the aflhctiont 
soothe and comfort the afflicted. 



LETTEE LXXni. 



MB. riLIABB TO 



Bern/ mil, Oct. 3ri. 

YOUR Inat com mnnicatJoD, my dearest child, is indeed 
astociahing ; that an acknowledged daughter nod 
■'■■HTM of Sir John Belmont should be at Bristol, and stilJ 
y Evelina bear the name of AnviUe, isto me inexplicable . 
. I i: the myetery of the letl«r to Lady Howard prepared mo 
it> txpect something extraordinary upon Sir Jolm Belmont'a 
ret am to England. 

Whoever thia young lady may be, it is certain she now 
takes a place to which yoo have a right indispniable. An 



The public appearaii 
will rerire the remem 
irho have heard it, — w 
dnaaaded, — and if u 
named, the birth of 
agunBt which, honour, 
Tain I — a stigma, whicl 
her Tirtnona mother, a 
odinm of a title, which 
eeteblished shame aiid i 

No, m^ dear child, nt 
of JODT mother to be tr 
ohaxacter shall be jostii 
be acknowledged, and 
which she is lawfiillv en 

It is tme, that Ura. 
wiHi mora delicacy than 
time, is of all conaidera 
longer this mystery u bt] 
Diay be Tendered its w 
yoD can set oat for tow 



ITILINA. 353 

of yunr birth, that which you carty in ronr coanteaance, &s 
it could not be effected bj &rtifice, ho it cannot lulmit of ii 

And uuw, m^: Evelina, CDmmitt«d at length to th« care of 
ynaT real poreiit, receive the fervent praters, vishee, and 
blessings, of him who so fondlj adopted yon I 

Uay'st thou, O child of mj bosom ! may'et thoa, in this 
change of silnation, experience no change of disposition ! 
hut receive with hamility, and support with meeknGss the 
elevation to whicli thou art rising ! May thy manners, 
langnage, and deportment, all evince that modest equani- 
mity, and cheerful gratitude, which not merely deserve, but 
dignify prosperity ! May'st thou, to the last moments of an 
nnbtemiahed life, retain thy genuine simplicity, thy single- 
uese of heart, thy guileless sincerity ! And icay'st thon, 
stranger to ostenta^n, and superior to insolence, with trufc 
graatneas of sonl shine forth conspionouB only in benefi- 
cence I 

ARrBDB VlLUBe. 



LETTER LXXrV. 

[Inoloeed in the preceding Letter.] 



IN the firm hope that the moment of angnish which ap- 
pr04M!heB will prove the period of my sufferings, once 
more 1 address myself to Sir John Belmont, in behalf of 
the child, who, if it survives its mother, will hereafter be 
the beftrer of this letter. 

Tot, in what terms, — Oh, most cruel of men ! — can the 
lost Caroline address you, and not address you in vain F 
Oh, deaf to the voice of compassion — deaf to the sting of 
tenth — deaf to every tie of honour — say, in what terms may 
Ok lost Caroline address yon, and not address you in vain I 

Shall I call you by the loved, the respected title of hus- 
bftnd ? — No, you disclaim it [ — the father of my infant ? — 
No, you doom it to infamy I — the lover who rescued me from 
a forced marriage ? — No, yon have yontself betrayed me ! — 



I 



3M mnax. 

th» Erisnd from whom I hoped sncooiir and proUctiaa ?- 
Ho^ yon lukve conHigned me to miseiy and destroetioa I 
Ooi hardened againei every plea of jostioe, Tetnorae,or! 

fi^ ! how, and in what manner, maj I hope to more thee T 
9 there one method I have lelt untried ? retnaios tliH« 
one resource nnessajed ? No ! I hftve exhansiad all tha 
bitterness of reprouch, and drained ererj sluice of am- 
paasionl 

Hopeless, and almost deeperato, twen^ times hara I flag 
away my pen ; — bnt the feelings of a mother, & mottT 
agonizing for the fat« of her child, again animattng wj 
ooontge, as often I have resnmed it. 

Perhaps when ! am no more, when the measure of mj 
woes is completed, and the etill, silent, unreproadung dnat 
has received mj sad remains, — then, perhaps, when aceua- 
t jon is no longer to be fe ared^ nor detection to be ditwded, 
the voice_Q]Lejiaity and the cry of nature may^e'H^StL 
"' " ' Qt, to the 



"Liaten, Oh" Belmont, 
r jour child, though j oa have reprobated ita mother. The 
evils that are past, perhaps, when too late, you may wish lo 
I recal ; the fonng creature yon have persecnted, parha|% 
when too late, you may regret that you have destroyed ; — 
yon may think with horror of the deceptions yoa'hai* 
practiBed, and the pangs of remorse may follow me lO " 
tomb : — Oh, Belmont, all my resentment softens into | 
at the thonght 1 what will become of thee, good HeSTM,] 
when, with the eye of penitence, thou reviewest tiy 
conduct ! 

Hear, then, the solemn, the lost address, with whicli 
unhappy Caroline will importune thee. 

If when the time of thy contrition arrivee, — tor sirni 
it must ! — when the sense of thy treachery shatt rob UiM il 
almost every other, if then thy tortured heart ahall 
expiate thy guilt, — mark the conditions upon which 1 
thee my forgiveness. 

Thoa knowest I am thy wife I — flear, then, to tW 
the reputation thou haet sullied, and receive, as thy ' 
sncceaeor, the child who will present thee this, my 

The worthiest, the most benevolent, the beet of ni« 
whoae conBoUng kindness I owe the httle tranquttUty I '. 




been aible to preBerre, has plighted me hia faith, that, npon 
oo other conditionB, he will part with his helpless charge. 

Shonld'st thoa, in the featores of thia deserted innocent, 
trace the reeemblance of the wretched Caroline, — should ita 
face bear the marks of its birth, and revive in thy memoiy 
tie image of its mother, wilt thou not, Belmont, wilt thon 
not therefore renounce it ? — Oh, babe of my fondest affec- 
tion ! for whom olready I experience nil the tendcraess of 
maternal pity ! look not like thy nnfortnnate mother, — 
test the piLrcnt., whom the hand of death may Bparo, shall 
be snatched from thee by the more crael means of nnnatural 
antipathy ! 

I can write no more. The small share of Berenity I have 
pninfnlly acqaired, will not bear the shock of the dreadfal 
idena thiit crowd npon mc. 

Adifla, — for ever! — 

Yet, Oh ! — shall I not, in tliia last farewell, which thou 
wilt not read till every stormy passion is extinct, and the 
kind grave has embosomed all :ny sorrows, — shall I not 
oSor to the man, once so dear to me, a ray of consolation to 
tliose afHictions ha has in reserve ? Suffer me, then, to tell 
thoe, that my pity far exceeds my indignation, — that I will 
pray for thee in my last moments, and that the reoollectioQ of 
the love 1 once bore thee, shall swallow np every other! 

Once more, adieu ! 

Cabolins Belmost. 



LETTER LXXV. 

RTELIKA TO TBE RET. MB. T1LLAB3. 

Clifton, Oct. 3rd. 

THIS morning I saw from my window, that Lord Orville 
was walking in the garden ; but I would not ^ down 
stairs till breakfast ■wna ready : and then, he paid me his 
oomplimentfi almost as coldly us Lady Louisa paid hers. 

I lAok my nsual place, and Mrs. Beaomoat, Lady Louisa, 
andMrB.Seilwyn,entere<iintotheir nsnalcoaTeraation. — Not 
■o your Evelma : disregarded, silent, and melancholy, she 



356 ITILDII. 

sat lika a cypher, whom, to nobody belongmg, bj nobo^ 
wttB noticed. 

Ill brooking each a ritnation, and nnaUe to aapport the 
neglect of Lord Orville, the moment breakfast was over I 
left the room, and was going np stairs ; when, Taij hb- 
pleasantlj, I was stopped by Sir Clement Willoaghby, idio^ 
flying into the hall, prevented my proceeding. 

He enquired Tery particularly after mj health, and en- 
treated me to return into the parlour. Unwillinglj I con- 
Rented, but thought any thing preferable to continning 
alone with him ; and he would neither leaye me, nor suffer 
me to pass on. Yet, in returning, I felt not a little ashamed 
at Mypearing thus to take the yiait of Sir Clement to myself. 
And, indeed, he endeavoured, by his manner of addressing 
me, to give it that air. 

He stayed, I believe, an hour; nor would he, perhaps, 
even then have gone, had not Mrs. Beaumont broken up 
the party, by proposing an airing in her coach. Lady 
Louisa consented to accompany her ; but Mrs. Selwjn. 
when applied to, said, " If my Lord, or Sir Clement, wiU 
join us, I shall be happy to make one ; — ^but really a trio of 
females will be nervous to the last degree.'* 

Sir Clement readily agreed to attend them ; indeed, he 
makes it his evident study to court the favour of Mrs. 
Beaumont. Lord Orville excused himself from going out ; 
nnd I retired to my own room. What he did with himself 
I know not, for I would not go down stairs till dinner was 
ready : his coldness, though my own change of behaviour 
had occasioned it, so cruelly depresses my spirits, that I 
know not how to support myself in his presence. 

At dinner, I found Sir Clement again of the party. Indeed, 
he manages every thing his own v^ay ; for Mrs. Beaumont, 
t hough by no means easy to please, seems quite at his disposal. 

The dinner, the afternoon, and the evening, were to me 
the most irksome imaginable : I was tormented by the 
assiduity of Sir Clement, who not only took, but made op- 
portunities of speaking to me, — and I was hurt, — Oh, how 
inexpressibly hurt ! — that Lord Orville not only forbore, as 
hitherto, seehmg^ he even neglected all occasions of talking 
with me! 

I begin to think, my dear Sir, that the sudden alteratioo 



357 

in my behaviour was iU-jndged and improper ; for, as I hait 
received no ofEence, a.s the canae of the chango was npoii 
my account, not kU, I should not have ^snmed, bo abmptly, 
II reserve for which I dared aasiga no reiiaon, — nor have 
shnnncd his presence so obvioaaly, withont oonsidering the 
strango appearance of snch a condnct. 

Alas, tay dearest Sir, that my reflections shonld nlways 
be Loo Into to serve me 1 dearlj, indeed, do I purchase ex- 
jierience 1 and much, I fear, 1 shall suffer yet more se- 
verely, from the heodlees indiscretion of my temper, ere I ai - 
tain Omi prndence and consideration, "which, by foreseeing 
distant consequences, may rule and direct in present 
eiigcnoies, 

Ooi. itk. 

Testcrdny morning every body rode oat, sxcept Mrs. 
Sclwyn and myself ; and we two sat for some time togethei- 
in her room ; bnt, as soon as I could, I quitted her, to 
saunter in the garden ; for she diverts herself so onmerci- 
fnliy with rallying me, either upon my grovi^, or concern- 
ing Lord Orville, — that I dread having any conversation 
with her. 

Here I boliere I spent an bonr by myself ; when, hearing 
the gniden-gat« open, I went into an arbour at the end of 
a long walk, where, mminating, very unpleasantly, upon 
my future prospects, I remained quietly seated bat a few 
minutes, before I was interrupted by the appearance of Hu 
Clement Willonghby, 

I etnrted ; and would have left the arbour, but he pre- 
vented me. Indeed, I am almost certain he had heard in 
the house where I was, as it is not, otherwise, probable he 
would h&ve strolled down the garden alono. 

" Stop, stop," cried be, " loveliest and moat beloved of 
women, stop and hear me ! " 

Thun, milking me keep my place, he sat down by m?, 
and would have taken my hand ; but I drew it back, and 
said I conld not sLiy. 

"Can you, then." cried he, "refuse me the BTOoUeet 
gfntification, though, but yesterday, I almost suffered 
martyrdom for the pleasure of seeing you ? " 

" Martyrdom I Sir Clement." 




I 



S58 XVCLIK*. 

'' Tc8, bennteona inBensible ! marii/Tjom: for did 1 
compi?! tnjuelf to be immitred in a carriage, tJM t 
length of a whole monung, with the three mocrt. fattgong 
women in Eaglaud ? " 

" Upon tny word, the ladies are ertremaiy obliged in yoB." 

" Oh," retDTOod he, " they have, every ono of thant, ■ 
copioas a share ot their own personal esteem, tbftt tlvy 
fa&T<e no right to repine at the f ailtire of it in the world ( 
luad, indeed, they will themselves he the last to disooTCr it." 

" How little," cried I, "are those ladiea aware of suck 
•BTBrity from you ! " 

" Tl^y are guarded," answered he, " so happily aad ti 
securely by their own conceit, that they are not aware of it 
from any body. Oh, Miss Anville, to be torn away b 
JOB, in order to be ahnt up with them, — is there a ban 
being, eicept yonr cruel self, could forbear to pity me ? 

" I believe, Sir Clement, however hardly you ni*y rfaooM> 
to judge of them, your situation, by the world in gf!natal, 
would rather have bceu envied than pitied." 

" The world in general," answered he, " has tfas t 
opinion ot them that I hare myself : ilis. Bettomoiit a 
erery where laughed at. Lady Lonisa ndicnled, and V — 
Selt^n hated." 

" uood Ood, Sir Clement, what cmel strength of i 
do yon uBe ! " 

" It is yon, my angel, are to blame, since yonr perfectioM 
hare rendered their faults so glaring. I profit to yta, 
during our whole ride, I thought tlie carriage drawn by 
mails. The absurd pride of Mrs. Beaumont, and kbe i^ 
lipect she exacts, are at once insufferable and Etnptfyingt 
had I never before been in her eompany, I should ban ca»* 
eluded that this had iwen her first airing from the henU^ 
office, — and wished hor nothing worse, than that it mig' ' 
slso be the laat. I assure yon. that bat for gaintcg li 
freedom of her bouse, I would fir her as I would plagM 
pestilence, and famine. Mrs. Selwyo, indeed, aSnntd 
eome relief from this formality, bat the unboondeil lioaa 
of her tongue — " 

" O, Sir Clement, do you objeet to that ? " 

"Yea, my sweet reproooher, in a iroman I dot fa 1 
teoman I think it intolerable. She has wit, I acla ' * 



359 

mai more anderetandiiig than half her sex pat together; 
but she keeps aJire a perpetual expectation of satire, that 
Epraads a general tmeaainesB among aJl who are in her 
presence ; and she talks so mach, th^ even the best things 
she says neary the att«ntion. As to the little Looiaa, 'tis 
snoh a pretty piece of lan^or, that 'tis almost crael to 
speak rationally abont hei^ — else I should say, she ia a 
mere componnd of affectation, impertinence, and airs." 

" I am qnite amazed," said I, " that, with roch opinions, 
you can behave ta them all with so mnch attentaoa and 

" Civility 1 my angel, — why I coold worship, conld 
adore them, only to procure myself a. moment of yonr con- 
versation I Kavc yon not seen me pay my conrt to the 
gross Captain Mirvao, and the virago Hadame I>aval P 
WcTB it possible that a creature bo horrid conld be formed, 
aa to partake of the worst qnalities of all these character, 
—ft creature who should have the hjinghtinesB; of Mrs. 
Beanmont, the bmtaltty of Oaptain Mirvon, the self-conceit 
of Hrs. Selwyn, the aitectatioQ of Lady Injnisa, and the 
vulgarity of Madame Duval, — even to such a monster as 
that I would pay homage, and poor forth adulation, only 
to obtain one word, one look from my adored Miss 
Anville ! " 

" Sir Clement," said I, " yon aje greatly mistaken if yon 
aappose this duplicity of character recommends yon to my 
good opinion. But I must take this opportunity of begging 
you never more to talk to me in this strain." 

"Oh, MisB Anville, yonr reproofs, your coldness, pierce 
me to the soul ! look upon me with less rigour, and make 
me what you pleaae ; — you shall govern and direct all my 
actions,— -yon shall new-form, new-model me : — I will not 
have even a wish but of your suggestion ; only deign to 
liTok upon me with pity — ijf not -with favour I'' 

" Buffer me. Sir," said I, very gravely, " to make uBe of 
this occasion to put a final conclosion to snoh exprssaionB. 
I entreat you never again to address me in a language so 
Qighty and bo unwelcome. Ton have already given me 
OTeat uneasiness ; and I must frackly assure you, that if yon 
do not desire to banish me from wherever you arc, you will 
a very diSercnt style and conduct in fututtt." 






360 lYXLlHA. 

I then rose, and was going, but lie flung l>itnaftlf at m j 
feet to prevent me, ezclaimmg, in a most passionate man- 
ner, " G^ood Gt>d ! Miss Anville, what do yon say? — isit^ em 
it be possible, that, so nnmoyed, that, with such p etrifyin g 
indi&rence, yon can tear from me even the remotest hope ! '* 

** I know not. Sir," said I, endeavoiuing to diaei^^age 
myself from him, " what hope yon mean, but I am sore 
that I never intended to give yon any." 

"Yon distract me," cried he, **I cannot endure such 
soom ; — I beseech yon to have some moderation in your 
cmelty, lest yon maike me desperate : — say, then, that yoa 
pity me, — O fairest inexorable ! loveliest tyrant ! — say, tell 
me, at least, that yon pity me ! " 

Just then, who shonld come in sight, as if intending to 
pass by the arbonr, but Lord Orville ! Good Heaven, how 
did I start ! and he, the moment he saw me, tamed pale, 
and was hastily retiring ; — ^bnt I called ont " Lord Orville ! 
— Sir Clement, release me, — let go my hand ! " 

Sir Clement, in some confusion, suddenly rose, but still 
grasped my hand. Lord Orville, who had turned back, 
was again walking away ; but, still struggling to disengage 
myself, I called out " Pray, pray, my Lord, don't go ! — Sir 
Clement, I insist upon your releasing me ! " 

Lord Orville then, hastily approaching us, said, with 
great spirit, " Sir Clement, you cannot wish to detain Mis? 
Anville by force ! " 

" Neither, my Lord,'* cried Sir Clement, proudly, " do I 
request the honour of your Lordship's interference." 

However, he let go my hand, and I immediately ran into 
the house. 

I was now frightened to death, lest Sir Clement's morti- 
fied pride should provoke him to affront 'Lord Orville: I 
the»ef oi-e ran hastily to Mrs. Selwyn, and entreated her, in 
a manner hardly to be understood, to walk towards the ar- 
bour. She asked no questions, for she is quick as light- 
ning in taking a hint, but instantly hastened into the garden. 

Imagine, my dear Sir, how wretched I must be till I sav 
her return ! scarce could I restrain myself from running 
back : however, I checked my impatience, and waited, 
though in agonies, till she came. 

And now, my dear Sir, I have a conversation to write, 



361 

tte moat interesting Ic mo that I ever heard. The com- 
ments and qneetioaa with which Mrs. Selwyn interrupted 
her oocouat I shall not. mention ; for they are sncih as you 
may very easiJy suppose. 

Lord Orvillo and Sir Cioment were both seated very 
quietly in the arbour : and Mrs, Selwyn, standing stil], ns 
floon as she wae within a few yards of them, heard Sir 
Clement say, " Tour question, my Lord, alarms me, and J 
can by no means answer it, unless yon will allow me to 
propose another." 

■' UndoobfedJy, Sir." 

" You ask me, my Lord, what are my intentiona ? — 1 
ihould bo very happy to be satisfied as to your Lordship's." 

" 1 have never. Sir, professed any." 

Here they were both, for a few moments, silent ; and 
then Sir Clement said, " To what, my Lord, must I then 
impute your desire of knowing mine p " 

" To an unafEected interest in Miss Anville's welfare." 

" Snch on interest," said Sir Clement, drily, " is indeed 
veiry generous ; but, except in a father, — a brother, — or a 

" Sir Clement," interrupted his Lordship, " I know your 
inference; and I acknowledge I have not the r^ht of en- 
quiry which any of those three titles Ijestow; and yet I 
ooafese the warmest wishes to serve her and to see her 
happy. Will you, then, excuse me, if I take the liberty to 
repeat my question ? " 

'* Tes, if your Lordship will excuse my repeating, that I 
think it a rather extraordinary one." 

'* It may be so," said IjOrd Orville ; " but tliis young 
lady aeems to be peculiarly situated ; she is very young, 
very inexperienced, yet appears to be left totally to her own 
direction. She does not, I believe, see the dangers to which 
flbe is exposed, and I will own to yon, I feel a, strong desire 
to point tlicm out." 

" I don't rightly understand yoiir Ijordahip, — but I think 
yoa cannot mean to prejadiee her against me ? " 

' ' Her sentiments of ymt, Sir, aro as much unknown to 
luc, aa your intentions towards her. Perhaps, were I ac- 
rjitninted with either, my officioneness might bo at an end : 
but I presume not to ask upon what terms — " 



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862 ITBUIIA. 

Here he stopped ; iind Sir Clement sud, " Yoa knoT, m 
Lord, I am art ^ven to despair ; I am by no neuM neb 
papj7 a8 to tell yoQ I am npon lure yrotmd ; bowttrer, pa 
sevenince — '* 

" Ton are, Iheo, detemuned to perserera ? " 

"I am, my Lord." 

" Pardon me, then, Sir Clement, if I spe«)c to joo vif 
freedom. This joong lady, tfaongh she eeems ajone, 
in some measore, onprotected, is not entirely nil 
friends ; ehe has been extremelj' well edncat^d, and % 
tomed to good company : she has a natura] \cm of ririi 
uid a mind that might adorn any station, however axaJtad 
is snch a yoang ladj. Sir Clement, a proper object to briff 
with? — for your principles, einiBe me. Sir, u« m 

" Ab to that, my Lord, let Miss Anrille k>ok to bemU 
she hae an excellent understanding, and needs ao oon 
Millor." 

" Her nnderstandiiig is indeed excelh;nt; bat she is t( 
jonng for snepicion, and has an artlessne^a of dispoaitiaa 
never saw equalled." 

"My Iiord," cried Sir Clement, warmly, "yonr mam 
make me doubt yonr diainterestAdness, and there ezwta m 
the man, whom I wonld so imwiUingly have for a rini I 
yonnelf. But you mnst give me leave to say, yon hM 
greatly deceived me in regurd to this afiair." 

" How so. Sir ? " cried Lord Orvilk>. with eqoAl 

" Tou were pleased, my Lord," answered Sir I 

" upon oar firat conversation concerning this roong lady, 
Bpeak of her in terms by no means suited to yoor pnm 
encominms ; yon said she was a poor, leraJt, igttonmt fl 
find I had ^rreat reason to believe joa had & nort M 
temptnons opinion of her." 

" It is very true," said Lord OrviUe. " that I did not, 
oar first acquaintance, do justice to the inerit« of M. 
Anville ; bnt I knew not Uien bow new she wu to t 
world ; at present, however, I am convinced, that wbUtfl 
might appear strange in her behaviour, wae sttDpljr t 
effect of inexperience, tjniidi^, and a retired edocitiau, 
for I find her informed, sensible, and intolligent. Sb> ■ 
not, indeed, like most modem young ladies, to be ~ 



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f u hcKir : her moddst worth, and fearful excellence, 
B boUi time and encouTftgement to show tbemsetves. | 
_ X0 not, beuttifnl u she is, eeize the eon] hy surprise, | 
k Willi nora dsngerona fascination, she steals it tdmost 
JlRMpUbly." 

PBnoagt), my Lord," cried Sir Clement, " yonr solicitude 
■V walfun is now sofficientlj' explained." 
MJ (riendship and esteem," retnmed Lord OrriUe, "I 
M wiib to disguise ; bnt assnre jonrself. Sir Clement, 
1 not bave troabted i/ou npon this sabjeot, had Miss 
t Wid I ever conversed bnt as friends. However, 
e jon do not choose to avow your intentions, we most 
ilrop tlte subject." 

" My tntentiona," fried he, " I will frankly own, are 
hardly known to myself. I think Miss Anviile the loveliest 
si ber spz ; and. were I a 'marrying man, she, of all the 
womim I have seen, I woald fix npon for a wife : but I 
hkbpra that not oven the philosophy of yonr Lordship wonJd 
tMOfflmeud me to a connection of that sort, with a girl of 
otecnre tnrth. whose only dowry is her beauty, and who is 
vridmlly in n state of dependency." 

" Sir Clement.'' cried Lord Orville, with some heat, " we 
wiD disiTnss this point no further; we are both free agents, 
nd muEt act for ourselves." 

Here Mrs. Selwyn, fearing B. snrprise, and finding my 

^rT-rrheasions of danger were groundless, retired hastily 

■ another walk, and soon after came to give me this 

I irjud Heaven, what a man is this Sir Clement ! bo de- ' 
—log, thongh BO easy ; bo deliberately artful, though so i 
-hty ! OratUy, however, is he mifitaken, all confidunt'as ' 
-<«BU ; for the girl, obscure, poor, dependent as Bbe is. \ 
- from wishing the honour of his alliance, would not only 
. bat oJwayi have rejcL-t^d it. 

\* to Lord Orville, — bnt I will not trust my pen to men- 
lam, — tell me, my dev Sir, what yoa think of him? — 
' m* if ho is not the noblest of men ?^-and if you can 
' '■■"r woodor at. or blame my admiration P 
i hm ides of being seen immediately by either party, after 
"ingnlar a conversation, was both awkward and distreaa- 
j to me; bnt I was obliged to appear at dinner. Sir 



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demeniy I saw, wm absent and unaai^; be watched me, 
lie watched Lord Orville, and was evidently da Bturii ed b 
his mind. Whenever he spoke to me^ I toned from hbi 
with undisgiuaed disdaiTi, for I am. too much irrikUel 
against him, to bear witiii his ill-meant assididtieB aasj 
longer. 

But, not once, — not a moment^ did I dare meet the m» 
of Lord Orville ! All consoionsness myself, I dreaded ms 
penetration, and directed mine every way but towaids 
his. The rest of the day I never quitted Mrs. Sehryn. 

Adiem, my dear Sir : to-morzow I expect your direcliona, 
whether I am to return to Berry Hill, or once more to visit 
London. 



LETTER LXXVI. 

KYILINA nr CONTDrUATION. 

Oet.eik. 

AND now, my dearest Sir, if the pertnrbation of my 
spirits will allow me, I will finish my last letter froai 
Clifton Hill. 

- This morning, though I did not go down stairs earij, 
Lord Orville was the only person in the parlour when 1 
entered it. I felt no small confusion at seeing him akms, 
after having so long and saccessfolly avoided such a meet- 
ing. As soon as the nsnal compliments were over, I would 
have left the room, but he stopped me by saying, '^ If I dis- 
turb yoo. Miss Anville, I am gone." 

« My Lord," said I, rather embarrassed, " I did not meac 
to stay." 

"I flattered myself," cried he, "I should have had » 
moment's conversation with you." 

I then turned back ; and he seemed himself in some per- 
plexity : but, after a short pause, " You are very good," 
said he, " to indulge my request ; I have, indeed, for some 
time past, most ardently desired an opportunity of speaking 
to you." 

Again he paused ; but I said nothing, so he went on. 

"You allowed me, Madam, a few days since, you allowed 



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rao to lay claim to your frieodHliip, — to interest myself in 
ytrar affaire, — to call you by the affectionate title of BJater ; — 
und the honour yea did me, no niaa could have been more 
aeiifiible of ; I am ignorant, therefore, how I hare heeu so 
unfbrtocate as to forfeit it ; — bat, at present, all is clianged ! 
yen fly nie, — yonr averted eye ehnns to meet mine, and yon 
sednlously avoid my convereation." 

I was extremely ciiaooncerted at this grave, and bat ti>o 
JQSt accusation, and I am sure I must look veiy simple ;^> 
I iQt I made no answer. 

"Ton will not, I hope," continued be, "condemn me 
unheard ; if there is any thing I have done, — or any thing 
I have neglected, tell me, I beseech you, what, and it shall 
be the TChole study of my thoughts how to deserve yonr 
pardon." 

" Oh, my Lord," cried I, penetrated at once with shame 
utid gratitude, "your too, too great politeness oppresses 
me I — you have done nothing, — I have never dreamt of 
offence ; — if there ia any piu-don to be asked it is rather for 
XI'', tima for you to aak it." 

" Ton are all sweetness and iM)nde scansion '. " oried he, 
"and I flatter myself you will again allow me to clium 
^liose titles which I find myself bo nnabte to forego. Tet, 
occupied as I am, with an idea that gives me the greatest 
nneaainees, I hope yon will not think me impertinent, if T 
-till solicit, still intreat, nay implore, you to tell me, to 

hat cause your late sudden, and to me most painful, 

-ervc waa owing ? " 

'■ Indeed, my Lord," said I, stammering, " I don't, — I 

iti't, — indeed, my Lord, — " 

'' t am sorry t*) distress yon," said he, " and ashamed to 
lie so nrgent,^ — -yet I know not how to be satisfied while in 
i^'iiorance, — and the time when the change happened, makes 
;: II: apprehend, ^may I, Miss Aaville, tell you wlutt it makes 

f^ apprehend ? " 

" Certainly, my Lord." 

"Tell me, then, — and pardon a question most essentially 
iinpariiiat tomei — Had, or bad not. Sir Clement Willonghhy 
any share in oaasing your inquietude P " 

'Ko, my Lord," answered I, with firmness, "none in 
world." 



S66 tflLISA. ^^^1 

"A thoQsajid, tboQsaiid thanks!" laied b*tf*^ 
relieved tae from a weight of oonjeciiiro which I ca} 
very painf ully. Bat one tbing mare ; ia it, in aujr a 
to Sir Clement that 1 may attribate the kltermtMMt i 
behaviour to myself, which, I could not bat obacrn^ 
the very day after his arrival at the Hot WdU P " 

"To Sir Clement, my Lord," said I, "»ttnbataa 
He ia the last man in the irorld who would h>va i 
flnence over my condnot." 

" And will yon, then, restore to mo tluU abare oi 
dence and favonr with which you honourud tae ta 

Just then, to my great relief, — for I knew not i 
say, — Mrs. Beaumont opened the door, and to » fair n 
we went to breakfast. 

Lord Orville was all gaiety ; never did I sMt hit 
lively or more agreeable. Very soon after. Sir C 
Willonghby called, to pay his respecte, bo ntid, t 
Beatunont. I then came to toy own room, wlutro, i 
ing my reflections, which, now soothed, and now » 
me, I remained very quiotly, till I receivod yoitr taa 
letter. 

Oh, Sir, bow sweet are the prayers jon ofEet fc 
Evelina ! bow grateful to ber are tbe blcsstngH ; d 
opon her bead ! — Yoa aimmiit me to my real pariui 
Guardian, Friend, Protector of my youth, — bj- wbi 
helpless infancy viae cherished, my mind formud, a 
life preserved, — yott are tbe Parent my heiut kckiuiK 
and to yon do I vow eternal doty, grtititude, «nil mtt 

I look forward lo the approaching interview iritl 
fear than hope ; but, important aa id tbis subject, 1 1 
now wholly engroesed witli acotber, which I must 
to communicate. 

I immediately acquainted Mrs. Selwyn with ibo | 
of your letter. She was channed to find fonr i 
agreed with her own, and settled that we shooJd a 
to-morrow morning : and a chaise is actually ( 
hare by one o'clock. 

She then desired me to pack up my clot 
she muet go herself to maJee tpieehea and ( 
Beaumont. 



should go 1 



When I went down slain to dimier. Lord Oirille^ wko 
was still in excellent spxrits, reproached me for 
myself so much from the ccwnpmy. He mkt Den 
would sit next me, — at tahle; and he mighty I 
repeat what he once said of me before, <A^ he mkauM 
hautted hvnudf in fnMeu eadoa i oimn to mieriaim 
indeed, I was not to be entertained : I was toalhr ipirxskflB 
and dejected ; the idea of the appmarfiing aMeiu 
Oh, Sir, the idea of the approaching parting; 
heaviness to m j heart that I ooold neither conqaer 
press. I even regretted the half explanarion that had pasKiiy 
and wished Lord OrviUe had snppcnrted his own xcaerre, and 
suffered me to support mine. 

However, when, doring dinner, Mrs. Beaumont ^joke of 
oar jonmej, m j g^yitj was no longer singnlar ; a ckmd 
instantly oyerspread the ooontenance of Lord OrriUe. azjd 
he became nearly as thooghtfol and as silent as myself. 
^ We all went together to the drawing-room. After a 
5 short and nnentertaining conversation, Mrs. Selwyn laid 
she must prepare for her jomney, and begged me to nw; for 
some books i^e had left in the parkmr. 

And here, whQe I was looking for them, I was f oI>/ir«d 
by Lord Orville. He shnt the door after he came in, uul, 
approaching me with a look of anxiety, said, ^ Im this true. 
Miss Anville, are yon going ? " 

" I believe so^ my Lord," said I, still looking for the 
books. 

*' So suddenly, so nnexpectedly most I lose j^m ? " 

" No great loosy my Lord," cried I, endeavouring to speak 
oheerfnlly. 

" Is it possible," said he gravely, '' Miss Anville can donbt 
i my sincerity ? " 

'* I can't imagine," cried I, '' what Mrs. Selwyn has done 
with these books." 

''Would to Heaven," continned he, "I might flatter 
myself jqq, would allow me to prove it ! " 

" I must run up stairs," cried I, greatly confused, ^ and 
ask what she has done with them." 

*' You are going, then," cried he, taking my hand, ** and 
you give me not the smallest hope of your return ! — will 
you not, then, my too lovely friend ! — wUl you not, at leasts 



t«K!h me. witli fortitude like your own, to EDppon jo 
nbsenue ? " 

" My Lord," cried I, eDdcaTonritig to disengage my !ii 
"pray let me go!" 

"I will," cried be, to my ineipromibleconfiutitniid] 
on one knee, " if yoa wish to leave mo 1 " 

" Oh, my Lord," eiplaimed 1, " rieo, I boaeeoli yow, ami 
such a posture to me ! — enrely your Lordship is not M Cfl 
»a to mock me ! " 

" Mook yon ! " repcEited he earnestly, " no I rersv je 
I esteem tied I adxaire yua above all hnmBn beings! j 
axe the friend to nhom my bouI ie attached as to iU bvt 
half ! yon are the most amiable, the moat perfect of wamt 
and yoD are dearer to me than language haa the power 
telling." 

I attempt not lo describe my Bensatioos at that idoiiim 
I scarce breathed ; I donbted if I existed, — the htood t 
Book my cheekE, and my feet refuBcrd to snstoin mei Ll 
Orritle, haetUy rising, supported me to a chair, upon wb 
I dank, almost lifeless. 

For a few minntee, we neither of ns 8{N>k« ; and Uii 
seeing me recover, Lord Orville, though in tomu bui 
orticnlate. intreated my pnrdon for his ahmpttiMS. 1 
moment my strenifth returned, T attempted to riae, hot 
vronld not permit me. 

I cannot write the scene tbat followed, tltoogli «n 
word is engraven on my heart; hat bis prot««t»tiim^ I 
cipreBaione, were too flatteriniJ: for repetition ; nor i 
)ie, in spite of my repeated efforts to leave him, radb 
to escape :— in abort, my dear Sir, I was not proof 0| 
bis solicitations — and he drew from me the moot ■ 
i^ecret of my heart [ ^^ 

I know not bow long we were together ; bat Lord Orril 
wns npon his knees, when the door was opened by J* 
Selwyn ! — To tell yon, Sir, the shame with whidi I ' 
overwhelmed, wonid be impossible ) — I snatched my li 
from Lord Orville, — be, too, started and roso, and U' 
Selwyn, for some instanl^s, stood facing na both in ailMM 

At last, "My Lord," said sbe, sarcastii^aily. "M 
ron Iteen bo good as to help Miss Anville to look tarti 
books ? " 



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" Tea, Madam," onawered lie, attempting to rally, " and I 
hope we sboil eoon be able to find tbem." 

"Tour Lordslup is extremely kind," said she, drily, 
"bnt I can by no means consent to take np any more of your 
time." Then looking on the window-seal, she presently 
foond the books, and added, " Come, here are just three, 
and so like the ecrvantB in the Dmmmer, this important 
nIEair may give employment to as all." She then presented 
one of them to Lord Orville, another to me, and taking 
.1 third herself, with a moat provoking look, she left the 

I would instantly have followed her; bnt Lord Orville, 
who could not help laaghing, begged me to stay a minute, 
lie he had many important miitters to diaones. 

•' No, indeed, my Lord, I cftnnot, — perhap I have already 
stJiyed too long." 

" Does Miss Anville so soon repent her goodnesF ? " 

" I scarce know what I do, my Lord, — I am qnite bewil* 

" One hoar's conTersation," cried be, " will, I hope, com- 
pose yonr epirita, and confirm my happiness. When, then, 
may I hope to see yon alone ? — shall yon walk in the garden 
t<i-morn>w before breakfoat ? " 

" No, no, my Lord ; yon mnst not, a second time, re- 
proach me with making an appointment." 

" Do yaa then," said he, laughing, " reserve that honour 
only for Mr. Macartney P " 

" Mr. Macartney," said I, " is poor, and thinks himself 
obliged to me ; otherwise — " 

" Poverty," cried he, " 1 will not plead ; bnt, if being 

iebUged to you has any weight, who shall dispnte m^ title to 
Ui appointment ? " 
"My Lord. I can stay no longer, — Mrs. Selwyn will lose 
kll patience." 
•' Deprive het cot of the pleasure of her eonjeduTei, — but 
tell me, are you under Mrs. Selwyn'a care P " 
" Only for the present, my Lord." 

" Not a few are the questions I have to ask Miss Anvilla ; 
among them, the most important is, whether she depends 
wholly on herself, or whether there is any other person for 
whose interest I moat solicit P " 



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JCnUKA. 



"I hardly know, my Lord, I budlv know myadi t» 

wbi^m I most belong," 

■' SoSer, Biifier mc, then," cried he, wich tniniitli, " 
liasten ihe time when that sh&U no longer admit k doobtl 
— when jonr grateful Orvillo may call roa all lila awn ! " 

At ler^th, bat with difficulty, I broke £rom him. I wtn 
however, to my own room, for I was loo macfa agitated I 
follow Mrs. Selwyn. Good Ood, my dear Sir, wb*i 
scene ! surely the meeting for which I shall pr«para I 
morrow cannot bo greatly affect me ! To be loved by Lsi 
Orville, — to be the honoured choice of his nobla beart,- 
my happiness seemed t4X> infinite U> bo borne, and I « 
even bitterly I wept, from the excess of joy which c 
powered me. 

In this stuto of almost painful felicity I continond t£U 
was summoned to tea. When I re-entered the dt«wisf 
room, I rejoiced much to find it full of company, aa tl 
confosion with which I met Lord Orville was readered li 
leas observable. 

Immediately aii«r tea, most of the compaaj plajcd I 
cards, — and then — till eupper time. Lord Ornllo (f 
himself wholly to me. 

He saw that my eyes were red, and would not let. mo n 
till he had made me confess the cause ; and wbon, t&gu 
most relaetantly, I had acknowledged my weakness, I OOM 
wtib difficult refrain from weeping again at the giatitB 
he expressed. 

He earnestly desired to know if my journey could not fa 
postponed I and when I said no, entreated [ 
attend me to town. 

" Oh, my Lord," cried L " what a request I " 

"The sooner," answered lie, " I make my devottoa to JO 
in public, the sooner 1 may expect, from your dclij " -^^ 

will convince the world yon encourage no mere da 

" You teach me, then, my Lord, the inference 1 migU 
expect, if I complied." 

" And con you wonder I should seek to hasten the h^ 
time, when no scruples, no discretion will denuuid our ttf 
ration f and when the most ponctilioaH delicacy wtll nth 
promote, than oppose, my happiness in attending yuo f " 

To this I was silent, and he re-urged his r^nasL 



■ TKLIMA. 371 

" My Lord," said T, " you aak what I bave no power to 
(pttnt. This jonraey will deprive me of all right to act for 

" Wliat does Mibb Anville mean ? " 



*' O, Miss AnriUe," cried be, " when may I hope to date 
the period o£ this mystery ? when flatter myself that 
my promised friend will indeed honour mo with her 

•' My liord," said 1, " I mean not to affect any mystery , — 
but my affairs are go circumstanced, that a long and most un- 
happy Btory can alone explain them. However, if a short 
siLspense mil give your Lordship »ny uneaaineBS, — " 

" My beloved Miss Anvilte," cried he, eageriy, " pardon 
my impatience ! — Yon shall tell me nothing you would 
wiah to conceal, — I will wait your own time for information, 
Hid trust to your i^dness for its speed." 

"There is iKithitig, my Lord, I wish to coaceal, — to 
pottpo^M an explanation ia all I desire." 

Ho then requested, that, since I would not allow him to 
kccompanyme to town, I would permit him to write to mo, 
and promise to answer his letters. 

A sudden recollection of the two letters which had already 
passed between ns occurring to me, I hastily anawered, 
" No, indeed, my Lord ! — " 

" I ftm extremely sorry," said he, gravely, " that yon 
think mo t«o presumptnoua. I most own 1 had flattered 
myself, that, to soften the inquietude of an absence, which 
aeems attended by so many inexplicable circamstauces, 
would not have been to incur your displeaaore." 

This Berionenesa hurt me ; and I could not forbear saying, 

" Can you indeed desire, my Lord, that I ahould, a second 

time, expose myself, by an unguarded readinesa, to write 

to yon ? " 

^_"A teeond time! vn^Atard^ readiitenl" repeated 

r •' jrou amaoo mo I " 

" Hn« yoDT Lordship then quite forgot the foolish letter 
1 wa* an imprudent as to send you when in town P " 

" I have not the least idea," cried he, " of what yon 



hej "1 

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37fi 

"Why tben, mj Lord," said I, " we had better let tbt 
•abject drop." 

" Impossible ! " cried her " I cannot rest witboni M. 
eiplanation ! " 

And tben, he obliged me to speak veiy opeolj of both 
tbe letters : but, mj dear Sir, inutgine my rorpriie, mha 
ho assured me, in tbe most solemn manner, thai, fiir fnn 
having ever written me a single line, he hod ntrver nctrnd* 
seen, or heard of my letter ! 

This snbject, whicb cassed matiutl astonishmoDt a 
perplexitj to as both, entirely engrossed (u for iikd root ot 
the evening ; and he mode me promiaa to abow hiai t 
letter I hud received in his nune to-morrow morning, thsl 
be might endeavonr to discover the aathor. 

After supper, the conversation became general. 

And now, my dearest Sir, may I not call for joar co» 
gratnlations npon the events of this dayF a day never to h 
recollected by me bat with tbe most grateftil joy ! I kao« 
bow mncb yon are inclined to think well of Lord OrriSs: 
I cannot, therefore, apprebend that mj frankneaB to U 
will displease yon. Perhaps tbe time is not very distal 
when your Evelina's choic« m^y receive tbe aaaotiaa of In 
best mend's jadgment and approbation, — whicl»«eetnB no 
all she has to wish ! 

In r^ard to tbe change tn my eitoation which miut fii 
take place, surely I cannot be blamed for what baa pairf 
tbe partiality of liord OrviUe most not only k4c> 
honour npon me, bnt upon all to whom I do, or BU 
belong. 

Adien, most dear Sir, I will write agnin when I mn 
at London. 



LETTEB LXXTn. 

■TSLOIA n COHTtNUiTtOX. 

OUfiM, OA7A. 

YOV will see, my dear Sir. that I was mfatoltaB ia Mt^ 
posing I should write no inor« from this fimat, WM* 
my noidence now seems more uncertitln than ever. 



ITKLIM. Sl3 

TbiB momiiig, during brenkfaat, Lord Orrille took an 
opportonitv to beg me, in & low voice, to nllow him a 
moment's conversation before I left Clifton ; " Maj I hope," 
added he, "that yoa will stroll into the garden after 
breakfast ? " 

I jjiade no answer, but I believe my looks gave no denial ; 
for, iniloed, I mnch wished to be satisfied concerning the 
letter. The moment, therefore, that I conld qnit the parloar, 
I ran np stairs for my calash ; bat, before I reached my 
room, Mrs. Belwyn called after me, " If yoa are going to 
walk, UisB Anville, be so good as to bid Jenny bring down 
my hat, and I'll accompany yon." 

Very mnch disconcert^ I tnnied into the drawing- 
room, without tnnlriiig any answer, and there I hoped to 
wait onseen, till ahe had otherwise disposed of herself. Bat, 
in a few minutes, the door opened, and Sir Clement 
Willongbby entered. 

Starting at the sight of him, in rising hastily, I let drop 
the letter which I had brought for Lord Orville's inspection, 
&nd, before I could recover it, Sir Clement, Bpringiug 
forward, had it in hia hand. He was jnst presenting it to 
roe, and. at the xanie time, enquiring after my health, 
when the aignatora canght his eye, and he read aloud 
" OfviUft" 

I endeavoured, eagerly, to snatch it from him, bat ho 
would not permit me ; and, holding it fast, in a passionate 
manner exclaimed, " Good God, Miss Anville, is it possible 
yon can value such a letter as this F " 

The question surprised and confounded me, and 1 yras 
too much ashamed to answer him ; but, finding he madi' 
an attempt to secure it, I prevented him, and vehemently 
demanded him to return it. 

" Tell me first," said he, holding it above my roach, " tell 
me if you have since received any more letters from the 
Hune person ?" 

" Noj indeed," cried I, " never ! " 

"And wiU you also, sweetest of women, promise that 
joa never wU receive any more ? Say that, and you will 
make me the happiest of men." 

" Sir Clement," cried I, greatly confused, " pray give me 
J^fiJetter." 



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174 KTXUKA. 

" And frill yoa not first satisfy mj donbts ? — will joa 
not r^lioTe me from the torture of the most distnoUnsm*- 
peiiBH ? — tell me bat that the detested Orrille has writM 
to yoa no more ! " 

"Sir Clement," cried I, angrily, "yon have no rigfct 
to maice any oonditiooe, — eo pray gire me tiw ktbw 
directly." 

" Why snch aolicitade abont this hateful letter 
possibly deserve yoor eagerness P tell me, with tmtb, iritk 
eincerity tell me, does it really merit the least aaxiety f " 

" No matter. Sir," cried I, in great perplexity, " ih 
letter is mine, and tberefore — " 

''Imnst coDclade, then," said be, " that tbe letter daaem 
your utmost contempt, — but that the Dame of OrrtOt i 
Bofficient to make you priac it." 

" Sir Clement," cried I, colonring, " yon are quite— ^ 
are very much — the letter is not — " 

" 0, Miss Anrille," cried he, " yon blush ! — yoa stMnad 
— Great Heaven ! it is then ail as I feared ! " 

" I know not," cried I, half- frightened, " what yoa mm 
bnt I bc^seech yon to gire me the letter, and to oompa 
yourself." 

"The letter," cried he, gnashing his teeth, "you ihi 
never see more ! Yon onght to hare burnt it the noiBfl 
yon bad read it ! " And in an instant he tore it iaW 
thonsand pieces. 

Alarmed at a fory so indecently outrageous, I mral 
have run oat of the room ; but he caught hold of my gow 
and cried, "Not yet, not yet must you go ! I am bat hal 
mad yet, and yon mast s^y to finish your work. Tell m 
therefore, doea Orville know your fatal partjalitr P — Si 
yet," added be, trembling with passion, " and I will flyf* 

"For Heaven's sake. Sir Clement," cried I," relouemi 
— if yon do not, yoo will force me to call for help." 

" Call then," cried he, " inesorable and most 
girl ; call, if you please, and bid all the world wil 
trinmph ; — hut could t«n worlds obey your oall, 1 wtmid 
part from you till you hod answered me. Toll m», tl 
does Orville know you love him ? " 

At any other time, an enquiry ao gross wonld have gr 



Bsible confusion ; bat aow, the mldneBs of his 
i me, and I only said, " Whatever jtjb 
IT Clemeat, I will tell joa another time ; bat, 
e preseot, I entreat you to let me go ! " 

" Enough," cried he, " I anderstand jon ! — the art of 
Orvills has prevailed ; — cold, inanimate, phlegmatic as ha 
la, yon have rendered him the most envied of men! — 
One thing more, and I have done : — Will he marry you ? " 

What a question 1 my cheeks glowed with indignation, 
■nd I felt too proud to moke any answer. 

" I Bee, I see how it is," cried he, after a short pause, 
" and 1 find I am undone for ever ! " Then, letting loose my 
gown, he put his hand to his forehead, and walked up uid 
down the room in a haatj and agitated manner. 

Though now at hberty to go, I had not the courage to . 
letive him : for hia evident distreaa excited all my oompaasioa., J 
And this was our sitnation, when Lady Louisa, Mr. Coverley, B 
and Mrs. Beanmont entered the room. W 

"Sir Clement Willoughby," said thelBtf«r, "I begpnrdon 
for making joa wait so long, hat — " 

She bad not time for another word ; Sir Clement, too 
much disordered to know or oare what he did. snatched ap 
bis bat, and, bnishing hastily p.iat her, flow down stairs, 
and out of the hoose. 

And with him went ray sinoerest pity, though I eamestly 
hope I shall see him no more. But what, my dear Sir, am 
I to conclude from his atninge epeechee concerning the 
latter ? Does it not seem na if he was himself the author 
of it f How else shonld he he so well acquainted with the 
oontemnt it merits? N'either do I know another human 
being who could serve any interest by sach a deception. I 1 
mnember, too, that just as I had given my own letter to 
the maid. Sir Clement come into the shop ; probably he ( 
prevailed upon her, by some bribery, to give it to him ; and 
afterwards, by the some means, to deliver to me an answer 
of his own writing. Indeed I can in no other manner 
■coonnt for this aCair. Oh, Sir Clement, were yon not 
jotinelf nnhappy. I know not how I could pardon an artifice 
dtofc baa caused me so mnch uneasinesa I 

fiis abrupt departnr« occasioned a kind at general 
OOBstemation. 



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376 ITBLIXA. 

" Very extitiordiBftry behATionr this ! " cried ID*. Bfltf 

" Egad." Baid Mr. Corerley, "the b&ronet has a tniiid In 
tip OS a touch of the heroics this momiDg: 

" I decl&re," cried Lady Looisa, " I never saw aoj Uiiog 
80 monstrons in mj life ! it's quite &bonuii&bIe ; — I hney 
the man's tnad ; — I'm sore he has giten me 

Soon after, Mrs. Selwjii came up stairs with iMri lfar> 
ton. The former, advancing hastily to me, said, "XL 
Anville, have yoa an almanack: ? " 

'*Mcl — oo. Madam." 

" Who has one, then ? "■ 

" Egad," cried Mr. Coverley, " I never bought ooe in M 
life; it nould make me (juite melancholy to have rooh 
timo-keeper in my pocket. I would as soon wotk all dl 
before an hoar-glaaa.'' 

" Ton are in the right," said Mrs. Selwyn, " not to 
time, lest yon ahoold be betrayed, Quiiwiires, into 
bow yon employ it." 

" Egad, Ma'am," cried he, "if Time thooghi no nan 
me than I do of Time, I believe I shonld bid defiaacts ' 
one while, to old age and wrinkles ; for deace toko IH^ i! 
ever I think abont it at all." 

" Pray, Mr. Coverley," said Mrs. Selwyn, "why do 
think it necessary to tell me this so often f " 

"Often!" repeated he; " Egad, Madam, T don't fa 
why I said it now ; — but I'm sure I can't recollect that « 
I owned aa much before," 

" Owned it before ! " cried aho, *' why, my dear Sir, 
own it all daylong; for every word, every look, erery 
proclaims it." 

1 know not if he understood the full severity of 
satire, bat be only turned off with a laugh : and she < 
applied to Mr. Lovel, and a«ked if Jie had an almanack? 

Mr. Lovel, who always looks alarmed when she 
him, with some hesitation answered, " I assure yon, Hm'aa, 
I have no manner of antipathy to an almanack, — noaa ' 
the least,— I assure you ; — I dare say I have four or fin.' 

" Four or five ! — pray, may I ask what use job 



mill— 1 
i,Ka-aa. I 

or &!«.''■ 
t anktlH 



377 



i to that, — I don't make any 
one most have them, to t«U one 
sore, else I eliould nerer keep 



" Uae ! — rwUy, Ma'am, 
p&rticniar oae of tbem ; Ix 
the day of the month : — I' 
it in my head." 

" And does your time pass bo smoothly unmarked, that, 
without an almanack, yoii could not diatuiguiah one day 
from another i' " 

" R«filly, Ma'am," cried he, colouring, " I don't see any 
thing so veiy particnlar in having a few almanacks ; other 
people hare them, I boliere, as well as me," 

■• Don't be offended," cried she, " I have bnt made a little 
digression. AH I ivaut to know is, the state of the moon ; 
— for if it is at the full, I shall be saved a, world of conjec> 
tores, and know at once to what cause to attribute the 
inoouaiatencies I have witnessed this morning. In tlie first 
place, I heard Lord OrviUe ezcusa himself from going oat, 
because he had bnsinees of importance to transact at home ; 
— yet have I seen biio sauntering alone in the garden this 
half hour. Miss Anville, on the other hand, 1 invited to 
walk oat with me ; and, after seeking her every whero 
roniul the house, I hnd her quietly seated in the drawing- 
room. And, but a few minutes since, Sir Clement 
Wiilooghby, with even more than his nsmU pohtoness, told 
mo ho was come to spend the morning here ; — when, jnst 
now, I met him flying down stairs, an if pursued by the 
FnrieSj and, fnx from repeating his compliments, or making 
&ny excnse, he did not even answer a question I asked him, 
but mshed past me, with the rapidity of a thief from a 
bailiff!" 

" I protest," said Ura. Beaumout, " I can't think what 
ho meant ; such rudeness, from a man of any family, is qoita 
incomprehotisib !e . " 

" My Lord," cried Lady Louisa to Lord Merton, " do 
yon know he did the same by me ? — I was just going to aak 
him what was the matter ; bnt he ran past me so quick, 
that I declare he quite daizled my eyes. You can't think, 
my Lord, how he frightened me ; I dare say I look as pale, 
— don't I look very pale, my Lord ? " 

" Toot I>adyehip," said Ur. Lovel, " so well becomes the 
lilies, that the rosea migbt biuah to see themaelves so 
«zooUed." 



378 irtLOUL 

**Fnj, Mr. LoTeV said MnL B^wrn, "if ihs 
ghonld Uiiflh, how wonld yoa find it oat r " 

^Egad," died Mr. CoTeriajt ^I sappoao iiiflj 
blnah, as the aaying is, like a bfaie dog;— lor ibgjmnfd 
•beady.'' 

«* Prithee, Jack," said Loid Mortoii, *«doiL't yoa pnfaid 
to talk about blushes, that never knew what thej wen in 
yonrlife." 

" My Lord," said Mrs. Selwjn, *^ if egp teie nca alona am 
jnstify mentumizig them, what an adminbla treatiae upon 
the subject maj we not expect from jonr Loidshro ! " 

" O, pray, Ma'am," answered he, ** stick to Jack Goverisy, 
—^'s your only man; for my part, I confess I have a moital 
aTcrsion to argoments. 

" O fie, my Lord," cried Mrs. Sehmi, " a senator of ths 
nation ! a member of the noblest parliament in the worid! 
— and yet neglect the art of oratory ! " 

" Why, faith, my Lord," said Mr. Lovel, " I think, in 
general, your House is not mnch addicted to stndy ; we of 
the Lower Honse have indubitably most application ; and, 
if I did not speak before a superior power (bowing to Lord 
Merton) I should presume to add, we have likewise thB 
most able speakers." 

"Mr. Lovel," said Mrs. Selwyn, "you deserve immor- 
tality for that discovery ! But for this observation, and the 
confession of Lord Merton, I protest I should have sup- 
posed that a peer of the realm, and an able logician, were 
synonymous terms.' 

Lonl Merton, turning upon his heel, asked Lady Lonias 
if she would take the air before dinner ? 

" Really/' answered she, " I don't know ; — Fm afraid it's 
monstrous hot ; besides (putting her hand to her forehead) 
I an't half well; it's quite horrid to have snch weak 
nerves! — ^the least thing in the world discomposes me: 
I declare, that man's oddness has given me such a shock, 
— ^I don't know when I shall recover from it. But 
I'm a sad, weak creature ;— don't yon think I am, my 
Lord?" 

" O, by no means," answered he, " yonr Ladyahq^ if 
merely delicate, — and devil take me if ever I had the leail 
passion for an Amason." 



"I hare the hononr to be qnite of yonr Lordfihip's 
opinion," Baid Mr. Lovel, looking mnliciouHly at Mrs. 
8alwyn ; *' for I have an insnperable aversion to strength, 
either of body or mind, in a female." 

" Faith, und so havo I," said Mr. Coverley ; " for egud, 
a woman chop wood, as hear her chop 



I'd t 
logic." 



*' So would every man in his eeneeB," said Lord Merton ; 
" for a woman wunts nothing to recommend her bnt beauty 
and good-natore; in every thing else ehe is either imper- 
tinent or unnatural. For my port, deace take me if ever I , 
wish to hear a word of aeoBe from a woman as long as I , 
lire ! " I 

" It haa always been agreed," said Mrs. Selwyn, looking ^ 
ronnd her with the utmost contempt, " that no man ought 
to be connected with a woman whose understanding is 
superior to his own. Now I very much fear, that to ao* 
oommodate all this good company, according to such a role, 
would bo utterly impracticable, unless we should chooea 
subjects from Swift's hospital of idiots." 

How many enemies, my dear Sir, does this unbounded 
severity excite ! Lord Merlon, however, only whistled ; Mr. 
CoTerley sang; and !Mr. Love), after biting his lips s 
time, B&id, " 'Pon honour, that lady — if she wiia tu>t a ladff fl 
— I should be half tempted to observe, — that there is BOms- J 
thing, — in snch severity, — that is rather, I must say, — ■ 
rather oddieh." 

Jost then a servant brought Lady Louisa a note npon I 
vailer, which is a ceremony always used to her LadysbipfJ 
tmd I took the opportunity of this iitterroption to the con* 
Tenation to steal out of the room. 

I went immediately to the parlour, which I found qnite 
empty ; for I did not dare walk in the garden, after what 
Mrs. Selwyn had said. 

In a few minutes a servant asnonnced Mr. Macartney : 
Baying, as he entered the room, that be would acquaint Lord 
Orville he was there. 

Mr. Macartney rejoiced much at finding me alone. He 
told me be had taken the liber^ to enquire for Lord 
Orvilie, by way of pretext for coming to the house. 

I then very eagerly enquired if ha had Men fais Esther. 



S80 CTBLDM. 

** I have, MadAm," B&id be, ''iiid ibe goneraiis fwniBii 
gjon yon hmve ahownnade me h—ton to ><wnMnt yoa, ttili 



upon reading mj nnhapOT moiiher*i letior, he did nol 
tate to acknowledge me.' 
^ "Good Ood," cried I, with no Uttie emotioiip "hov 

similar are onr cizenmstanoeB ! And did he r eee iv e joa 
kindly ? " 

" I ooold noty Madam, expect that he would ; the cnnl 
tranaaction, which obliged me to fly Paria, was xeoant ia 
hia memory. ' 

<« And, — ^haye yon aeen the young lady P " 

"No, Madam," aaid he, mournfully, *' I waa forbid her 
sight." 

" Forbid her sight !— and why P" 

*' Partly, perhaps, from prudence,— and partlj from ibexe- 
mains of a resentment which will not easily subside. I only 
requested leave to acquaint her with my relationship, end 
be allowed to call her sister; — ^but it was denied me! 
' You have no sister,^ said Sir John, ' you fMui forget her mh 
tence,* Hard and vain command ! " 

" You have — you have a sister ! " cried I, from an impolw 
of pity, which I could not repress ; " a sister who is most 
witfmly interested in your welfare, and who only wants op- 
portunity to manifest her friendship and regard." 

" Gracious Heaven ! " cried he, ''what does Miss AnviUe 
mean? " 

"Anville," said I, "is not my real name; Sir John 

] Belmont is my father, — ^he is your's, — and I am your 

,- sister ! — ^You see, therefore, the claim we mutually have to 

: each other's regard ; we are not merely bound by the ties 

i of friendship, but by those of blood. I feel for you, already,- 

^ all the affection of a sister ; I felt it, indeed, before I knew^ 

I was one. — ^Why, my dear brother, do you not speak ?— do 

jou hesitate to acknowledge me ? " 

" I am so lost in astonishment," cried he, " that I know 
not if I hear right ! " — 

" I have, then, found a brother," cried I, holding out mj 
hand, " and he will not own me ! " 

" Own you ! — Oh, Madam," cried he, accepting my 
ofCered hand, " is it indeed possible you can own wui T — a 
poor, wretched adventurer ! who so lately had no support 




but from yonr generosity ? — whom jonr benevolence 
■DAtcbed from atter desCraction ? — Can you, — Ob, Madftin, 
can you, indeed, and withont a blnsh, condescend to own 
BQcb an oalcast for a brother ? " 

" Oh, forbear, forbear," cried I, " is this langnage proper 
for a sister ? are we not reciprocally bound to each other P 
— Will yon not snffer me to espect from you all the good 
offices in yonr power F — Bnt tell me, whore is our father at 
present ? " 

" At the Hot-Welb, Madam ; he arrived there yesterday 
morning." 

I wonld have proceeded with further qnestions, bat 
the entrance of Lard Orville prevented me. The momeat 
be eaw as, he started, and wonld have retreated ; bnt, 
drawing my hand from Mr. Macartney's, I begged him to 
oome in. 

For a few moments we were all sdent, and, I bebeve, all 
in eqnal confnsion. Mr. Macartney, however, recoUectinf[ 
himself stud, " I hope your Lordship will forgive the 
liberty I have taken in making use at yonr name." 

Lord Orville, rather coldly, bowed, but said nothing. 

Again we were all silent, and then Mr. Macjirtney took 
leave. 

" I fancy," said Lord Orville, when he was gone, " 1 
have shortened Mr. Macartney's visit P " 

" No, my Ixjrd, not at all." 

"I had presnmed," said he, w 
shoold have seen Miss Anville in the garden 
not she waa bo much better engaged." 1 

Before I conld answer, a servant came to tell me th* 
chaise was ready, and that Mrs. Selwyn was enquiring for 
me. 

" I will wait on her immediately," cried I, and away I 
was mnning; bnt Lord Orville, stripping me, said, with 
great emotion, " la it thus, Miss Anville, you leave me P " 

" My Lord," cried I, " how can I help it ? — perhaps, soon, 
some better opportunity may offer — " 

" Good Heaven ! " cried he, " do yon, indeed, take me for 
a Stoic ! What better opportunity may I hope for ? — ia not 
the chaise come? — are you not gomgp have you even 
d to teU me whither ? " 



i hesitation, " I 
-bnt I know ' 



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"Hy joorae;, mj Lord, will now be dafomd. 
Unortney has brought me intelligence which rendei 
prssent anneceBsaiy." 

"Hr. Macartney, " siud he,gT«Te)y, " seems to bft*B gT«t 
infln^ice i — yet he is a verj yoong oonnscUor." 

"Is it ptoseible, my Lord, Hr. UscartiiejcaiigiTff jToatkl 
least oneftsmeBS?" 

" My dearest Miaa Anville," said he, taking my hand, " t 
see, and 1 adore the purity of yaar mind, enperior as it 11 M 
all little urts, and idl apprehensions of sas]u<aon ; and I 
shoald do mjBelf , as weU ax jon. injostice, if 1 
of Larbooring the Bmalleet doubts of that goodneas whieti 
makefl yon mine for ever : nevertfaelws, pardon me, if I own 
myaelf enrprised, — nay, alarmed, at these freqae&t 
with so young a man as Mr. Macartney." 

'■ My Lord," cried 1, eager to clear myeelf, " Mr 
ney is my brother." 

" Yonr brother ! yon amaae me ! — What stnuige mjitaTi 
then, makes bis relationship a secret ? " 

Jnst then Mrs. Selwyn opened the door. *' O, yon 
here ! " cried she : " IVsy, is my Lord ao kitid as to M 
yon in preparing for yow jonraey, or in r^darding HT" 

" I shoold be most happy," said Lord Orrills, »mO j 
" if it were in my power to do the latter." 

I then acqoainted her with Mr. Maodrtoey'e ooBimirai 
tion. 

She immediately ordered the chaise away : i 
took me into her own room, to consider what shonU 

A few minatea enffioed to determine her ; and i 
the following note. 

" To Sir John Belmcnl, Bart. 
" Mrs. Sblwtk presents her compliments to Sir J 
Belmont; and, if he is at leisure, will be glad to mitM 
him this morning, npon business of importanoo." 




She then ordered her roan to enqnire at the pu 
for a direction ; and went herself to Mm. BoanTfionI H 
apologise for deferring her joomey. 

An answer was presently returned, that Sir Jolut « 
be glad to see her. 



She wcmld hava had me immediately nc(:oin{>aiiy ber to 
the Hot-WeUa ; hat 1 entreated her to spore me the diatreas 
of BO abmpt an introdnction, and to pave the wiij for mjr 
reception. She consented rather relnctantly, and, attended 
only by her servant, walked to the Wells. 

She W9« not absent two hours ; yet »o miserably did tiraa 
BCem to linger, that I thought a thousand accidents bad 
happened, and feared she would never return. I puased 
the wfaole time in my own room, for 1 was too mnuh 
agitated even to coQverse with Lord OrvUle. 

The instant that, from my window, I saw her returning, 
I flew down stairs, and met her in the garden. 

We both walked to the arbour. 

Her looks, in which diiiappointinent and anger were ex- 
presMd, presently announced to me the failure of her em- 
baasy. Finding that she did not speak, I asked her, in a 
faoltering voice, whether or not I hod a father ? 

" Ton have not. my dear ! " said she abruptly. 

"Very well. Madam," said I, witli tolerable calmneas, 
" lot the chaise then be ordered again ; — I will go to Berry 
Hill ; — and there, I trust, I shall still find one ! " 

It was some time ere she could give, or I could hear, thft 
account of her visit ; and then she related it in a liaatf 
manner ; yet, I believe 1 can recollect every word. 

" 1 found Sir John alone. He received me with tha 
utmost politeness. I did not keep bim a moment in sna- 
pense as to the purport of my visit. But I bad no sooner 
sosde it known, than, with a supercilious smile, he said»~ 
f^^ And have yon. Madam, been prevailed upon, to revive that I 
I ridicolons old story ? ' Uidicolous, I told him, was a term [ 
I which he woold find no one else do him the favour to mnkB J 
^-HM of, in speaking of the horrible actions belonging to tha 
old llory he made so light of; 'actions,' continued I, ' wluoll 
iroald dye still deeper the blaok annals of Nero or C'alignla.' 
He attempted in vain to rally; for I parsaod him with all 
the severity in my power, and ceased not painting tlis 
enormity of his crime till I atnng him to the quick, and, ia 
a Tcioe of passion and impatience, he said, ' No moni 
Madam. — this is not a subject upon which 1 need a moni- 
tor." ' Make then,' cried I, ' the only reparation in your 
power. — Tour daughter is now at Clifton ; send for her 



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i hither ; and, tn the face of the world, proclaim the h 
I ma<i7' of her birth, and clear the reputation of ^onr tnjnra 
wife.' ' Madam,' said be. ' jo\x are mnch mifitaken, ii jv 
suppose I waited for the honour of this visit before 1 di 
what little justice now depends npon me, to tJie mecnorj a 
that nnfortanate woman : her daughter faaa been nif ou 
from her infa&cj ; I hnve taken her into my hooae ; >fa 
bears mj name; and afas will be mj sole heireM.* fa 
BOtne time this assertion appeared BO absurd, that I ani 
laughed at it ; bat, at laet, he assured me, I had m^M 
been imposed upon ; for thattherery woman whoattend 
Lady Belmont in her last illness, conveyed the child to h 
while he was in London, before she was a year old. * Uv 
witling,' he added, ' at that time to confirm the romoor C 
my being married, 1 seat the woman with the ^lild t 
France ; as soon as she was old enough, I put hcr into I 
convent, where she has been properly educated, utd t 
have taken her home, I have acloiawtedg^ h«r foTB] 
lawful child, and paid, at length, to the memory of ber ■• 
happy mother a tribute of fame, which has made bm 
to lude myself bereiift<>r from all the world." Thia « 
story Bounded eo improbable, that I did not si 
him I discredited every word. He then nmg h 
enqniring if his hair-dreescr was come, said be « 
leave me ; but that, if I would favour him v 
pany to-morrow, he would ilo himself the ho; _ 

dncing Miss Belmont to me, instead of troubling i 
introduce her to him. 1 rose in great indigiiAtuin ; 
assuring him I would make his eondnci aa pobtio aa it « 
infemoua — I left the honse." 

Good Heaven, how strange the recital I how inc 
hensible an affair ! The Miss Belmont then who is a 
at Bristol, pitsses for the daughter of my unhappy n 
— passes, in short, for your Evelina ! Who she oui bc^ a 
what this tale can mean, I have not any idea. 

Mrs. Selwyn soon after left me bo my own r 
Indeed they were not very pleasant. Quietly u I I 
borne her relation, the moment I was alone I felt a 
bitterly botb the disgrace and sorrow of a rw j eo tw w m 
cruelly inexplicable. 

I know not how long I might hare otwttaned in t 



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Bitnation, Iiad I not been awakeaed from my melancholy 
reverie by tbe voice of Lord OrviUe. " May I come in," 
uried he, " or shaJl I intermpt you ? " 

1 w&s eilent, and he seated hiiBself next me. 

" I fear," he continued, " Miss Anville will think I perse- 
cata her : yet so much ae I have to say, and so much aa I 
wish to bear, with 80 few opportnnitieH for either, she CKcnot 
wonder — and I hope she will not be oHended — that I seiao 
with Bnch avidity every moment in my power to converse 
with her. Yon are grave," added he, taking my hand; "I 
hope you do not regret the delay of your journey ? — I hope 
tlie pleaaore it gives to me, will not be a subject of pain to 
yoit ? — Yon are silent ! — Something, I am sare, haa afflicted 
yoB ; — would to Heaven I were able to console you ! — Would 
to Heoven I were worthy to participate in yonr sorrowa t " 

My heart wae too full to bear this kindness, and I could 
only answer by my tears. ''GoodHeaven," cried hf, "how 
you alarm me ! — My love, my sweet Miss Anville, deny me 
no longer to be the sharer of your griefs ! — tell me, utleaat, 
that you have not withdrawn your esteem ! — that you do 
not repent the goodness you have shown me ! — that you still 
think me the same grateful OrviUe, whose heart you have 
dei^ed to accept ! " 

" Oh, my Lord," cried I, " yonr generosity overpower* 
me ! " And I wept like an infant. For now, that all my ' 
hopes of being acknowledged seemed finally crushed, I feH ', 
the nobleness of his disinterested regard so forcibly, that I 
could scarce breathe under the weight of gratitude which | 
opppeased me. 

He seemed greatly shocked ; and, in terms the moat 
Battering, the roost respectfully tender, he at once soothed 
my distress, and urged me to tell him its cause. 

"My Lord," eaid I, when I was able to speak, "you tittle 
know what an ontcuat yoa have honoured with your choice ! — 
a child of bounty, — an orphan from infancy, — dependent, 
even for subsistence, dependent, Dpon the IdiidneaB of coiS' 
puaaioti ! — Rejected liy my natural friends, — disowned for 
over by my nearest relation, — Oh, my Lord, so circnm- 
atADced. oan I deserve the distinction with which you honour 
me ? No, CO, I feel the inequality too painfully ; — you must 
Ia»Te me, my Ijord ; you must aufier me to return to ob- 



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Boarity ; and there, in the bosom of mv Srat, boti, i 
only friend, — 1 will pnnr fortli all Ihe grief ot my boHt!— 
while joa, my Lord, must seek dsewliere — " 

I could not proceed ; my whole son] reooUed I 
the charge I would have given, and my voiee refuod I 
Btterit. 

" Never," cried he, warmly, " my heart is yt>nr*«, ud 
awear to yon an attachment eternal ! — Yon prepare tmK, i 
deed, for a tale of horror, and I am almost breatUcra vii 
eiqieotation ; — but so firm is my conviction, that, what*r 
ftpe yottr misfortnoee, to have merited them is not of tl 
nnmber, that 1 feel myself more strongly, more inruKtUj 
devoted to yon than ever ! — Tel) me but where I mar fiu 
this noble friend, nhose virtnes yon have alretuij tMi^ht a 
to reverence, — and I will fly to obtain his consent and inia 
oeesion, that henceforward om* fates may be indiaaolnlil] 
nniled ; — and then shall it be the sole stndy of my life ll 
endeavour to soften yoor paat, — and gnord yon from fatwi 
nuBfortones I " 

I had just raised my eyee to answer tliia most g 
of men, when the first object they met was Ura. SalHyii. 

" 8o, my dear," cried she, " what.stil] eoorting UMml 
shades ! — I Lhonght ere now yon would haT« been sa& 
with this retired seat, and I have been seeking joa hQ o 
the house. Bnt I find the only way to m««t with yM,— 
to enquire tor Lord Orville. However, don't let n 
yonr meditations ; yon ore possibly plann 
dialc^ue." 

And, with this provoking speech, she walked a 

In the greatest confusion I was qnitting the a: ~ 
Lord Orville said, " Permit me to follow lira. £ 
it is time to put an end to all impertinani oonje 
yon allow me to speak to her openly ? " 

I assented in silence, and he left me. 

I then went to my own room, wb^v I cootinwNl tilt I » 
Bommoned to dinner ; after whiob, Mrs. Selwyn invited 9 

The moment she had shnt the door, "Toor lAdmfe^"! 
said she, "will, I hope, be soated." 
" Ma'am I " cried I, staring. 
" the sweet innocent I So yon doo'l kao«r wbat I 



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n P — bot, my dear, my sole view is to accustom yon a 
e to your dignity elect, lest, when yoa are addressed bj 
mr title, you ehonld look another way, from an apprehen- 
ja of listeniitg to a disconrse not meant for yoa to Lear." 
c Having, in thia manner, diverted herself with my confii< 
* m, till her raillery was nlmost exha.iiBt«d. ebe congratnJated 
D very eerioualj upon the partiality of Lord Orville, and 
painted to me, in the fitrougest t^rms, his disint«reBted 
desire of being married to me immediately. She had told 
him, abe said, my 'vrbole story, and yet he was willing, nay 
eager, tliat onr union shoald tiiko place of any further ap- 
plication to my family, " Now, my dear," continued ehe, 
" I advise yoQ by all means to marry him directly ; nothing 
can be more precarious than onr BUCceGS with Sir John ; and 
the young men of this age are not to be trosted with too 
much time for deliberation, where their interests are coo- 
cemed." 

" Good God, Madam," cried I, " do yon think I would 
, Awry Lord Orville ? " 

" Well, do aa yon will," said ehe, " Inckily yon have an 
seOent subject for QuiictiKm ; — otherwiee thia delay 
')xt prove yonr ruin ; but Lord Orville is almost as ro- 
otic ofi if oe had been bom and bred at Berry Hill." 
I She then proposed, as no better expedient seemed likely 
be SDggested, that I shonld accompany her at once in her 
Stit to the Hot Wells to-morrow morning. 

Tbs very idea made me tremble ; yet ahe represented so 
strongly the necessity of persuing this unhappy affair witb 
epirit, or giving it totally up, that, wanting her force of ar- 
gument, I was almost obliged to yield to her proposal. 

In the evening we all walked iu the garden : and Lord 
Orville, who never quitted my aide, told me he had been 
Ustening to a tale, which, though it had removed the per- 
plexities that had so long tormented him, had penetrated 
him with sorrow and compassion. I acquainted him with 
Mra. Selwyn'a plan for to-morrow, and confessed the ex- 
treme terror it gave me. He then, in a manner almost no- 
answerable, besougbt me to lenro to him the condact of the 
affair, by consenting to be hia before »n interview took 
pkee. 

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bat I told him I was wholly dependent upon joo ; i 
I woe certain yonr opinion would be lie eama H 
irhich was, that it woald be highly improper I bhooU i 
of myself for ever, ao very near the time wliicli u 
decide by whose authority I onght to be gnided. TIm b 
jecl of tliis dreaded meeting, wiih the thonsuid c< 
and apprehensions to which it gives birth, emploj 
conversation then, as it has all my thoughts since. 

Heaven only fcnowe how I shall enpport myself, 
the long erpected— the wiahed — yet terrible moment ■ 
rives, that will prostrate me at the feet of the aemi 
most reverenced of ail relations, whom my heart J 
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LETTER LXXnn. 

lYBLIK* IB COHTIJTUiTIOlf. 

I COULD not write j^sterday, so violent was tha >e(a 
tion of my mind ; — bnt I will not, now, lose a man 
till I have hastened to my best friend an accoost of 
transactions of a day I can never recollect withoat 

Mrs. Selwyn determined upon sending no -_ , 

" Lest," said she, " Sir John, fatigued with the veiy^ 
of my reproaches, ehoald endearonr to avoid » mMtbi 
He cannot bat see who yon are, whether be will do n 
jostice or not" 

We went early, and in Mrs. Beaomoot's chariot; bn 
which Lord Orville, uttering words of the kinAart <i 
cooragement, handed us both- 

My naeaainesa, during the ride, was excecaiTe; ba 
when we stopped at the door, I was almost "nnrliiM wjl 
terror ! the meeting, at laeti was not so dre«dfal m Ik 
moment ! I believe I was carried into ilia honM; bat 
ecaroe recollect what was done with me ; however. I kiio 
wo remained same time in the parlour before Mrs. SdW^ 
conJd send any message up etiurs. 

When I was somewhat recovered, I tatroat«d fasr ta 




me rebara home, assuring Ler I felt myself quite uneqaol 
to Bapporttn^ the interview. 

"No," said she; "yon mnst stay now; yoor fears will 
bat gain etrengtb by delay ; and we must not ha-ve sach a 
nliock as this repeated." Then, tnming to the servant, ehe 
Bent up her name. 

An answer wiis brought, that he was going out in great 
haste, bat would attend her immediately. I tamed ao 
siclt, that Mrs. Selwyn was apprehensive I shonld have 
fainted ) and, opening a door which led (o an inner apart- 
ment, she begged me to wait there till I wua somewhat 
composed, and till ehe had prepared for my reception. 

Olad of every moment's repriere, I willingly af^reed to 
the propoEsI ; and Mrs. Selwyn had but jast time to shnt 
me in, before her presence wna neiieasary. 

The ToifO of a father — Oh, dear and revered name ! — 
which then, for the first time, strnclc my ears, affected ms 
in a manner I cannot describe, thongh it was only em- 
ployed in giving orders to a servant as be came down stairs. 

Then, entering the parlour, I heard him Bay, "I am 
sorry. Madam, 1 made you wait ; but I have an engage- 
ment which now calls me away : however, if yon have any 
commands for me, I shall be glad of the honour of yoor 
company some other time." 

" I am come. Sir," said Mrs. Selwyn, " to introduce yoor 
daughter to yoa." 

" I am infinitely obliged to you," answered he; "bnt I 
have just had the satisfaction of breakfasting with her. 
Ma'am, your most obedient." 

" You refuse, then, to see her ? " 

" I am much indebted to you. Madam, for thia desire of 
increasing my family ; but yon must excuse roe if I decline 
taking advant^^ of it. I have already a daaghter, to 
whom I owe every thing ; and it is not three days ainra 
that I had the pleasure of discovering a son : how many 
more sons and daughters may be bronght to me, I am yet 
to learn ; bnt I am already perfectly satisfied with the siie 
of my fiunily." 

" Had you a thousand children. Sir John," said Mrs. 
Selwyn, warmly, " this only one, of which Lady Belmont 

4 the mother, ought to be most distinguished ; and, br 




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from avoiding her sighty you shonld thank your sfaniy in 
humble gratitade, that there yet remaina in your powor 
the BmaUest opportonity of dcdng the injured win yon 
have destroyed, the poor justice of aoknowledging tar 
child!" 

*'I am very unwilling, Madam," answered he, **to enter 
into any discussion of this point ; hut yon are determined 
to compel me to speak. There liTes not at this time Uw 
human being, who should talk to ma of the regret due to 
the memory of that ill-&ted woman ; no one can feel it so 
sererely as myself ; but let me, nevertheless, assure you, I 
have abeady done all that remained in my power to prove 
the respect she merited from me: her child I have edu- 
cated, and owned for my lawful heiress : if, "Madam, you 
can suggest to me any o&er means by which I may more 
fully do her justice, and more clearly manifest her inno- 
cence, name them to me ; and, though they should wound 
my character still deeper, I will perform them readily." 

''All this sonnds vastly well,'' returned Mrs. Selwyn; 
'' but I must own it is rather too enigmatical for my facul- 
ties of comprehension. You can, however, have no objec- 
tion to seeing this young lady." 

" None in the world." 

" Come forth, then, my dear," cried she, opening the 
door ; " come forth and see your father ! " Then, taking 
my trembling hand, she led me forward. I would have 
withdrawn it and retreated ; but, as he advanced instantly 
towards me, I found myself already before him. 

What a moment for your Evelina — an involnntair 
scream escaped me, and, covering my face with my hands, I 
sunk on the floor. 

He had, however, seen me first ; for, in a voice sraroe 
articulate, he exclaimed, " My Qt)d ! does Caroline Evelvn 
still Hve ! " 

Mrs. Selwyn said something, but I could not listen to her ; 
and in a few minutes he added, " Lift up thy head — if mj 
sight has not blasted thee ! — lift up thy head, thou image 
of my long lost Caroline ! " 

Affected beyond measure, I half arose, and embraced 
his knees, while yet on my own. 

•* Yes, yes," cried he, looking earnestly in my face, '*! 




aee, I tee thou art her child ! she lives — she breathes, — she 
U present to my riew I — Oh, God, that she indeed iived ! — 
Go, child, go," added he, wildlj starting, and pushing me 
from hitu : " take her away. Madam, — I cannot bear to 
look At her!" And then, breaking hastiij from me, be 
rushed ont of the room. 

Speechless, motioDless myself, I attempted not ixs stop 
him ; knt Mrs. Selwyn, boaleniu^ after him, canght hold 
of his arm: "Leave me, Madam," cried he, with qniok- 
ness, " and take care of the poor child ^— bid her not think 
me unkind ; tell her, I wonld at this moment plunge a 
dtkgger in my heart to serve her : bnt she has set my brain 
OD fire ; and I can see her no more ! " Then, with a violence 
almoat fnmtic, be ran op stairs. 

Ob, Sir, had I not indeed canae to dread this interview P 
— au interview so unspeakably painfal and afflicting to oa 
both ! Mrs. Selwyo wonld have immediately retnmed lo 
Clifton ; bnt I entreated her to wait some time, in the hope 
that my unhappy father, when his first emotion was over, 
would again bear ma in his sight. However, he soon after 
sent his servant to enqaire how I did ; and to tell Mrs. 
Selwyn he was much indisposed, but would hope for the 
honour of seeing her to-morrow, at any time she would 
please to appoint. ~ 

She filed apon ten o'clock in the morning j and tht 
with a heavy heart, 1 got into the chariot. Those a; 
ing words, I can see her tui Tnore ! were never a momeoS 
absent from my mind. 

Yet the sight of Lord Orville, who handed us from the 
carriage, gave some relief to the sadness of my thonghto. 
I could not, however, enter upon the piunfoj subject; but, 
begging Mrs. Selwyn to satisfy him, I went to my own 

As soon as I conunnnioated to the good Mrs. Clinton 
the prestmt situation of my affairs, an idea occurred to her 
which seemed to clear up all the mystery of my having 
been so long disowned. 

The woman, she says, who attended my ever-to-h 
regretted mother in her last illness, and who norsed n 
fir«t four months of mv life, soon after being disch- 
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who wBfi but eix weeks oliler tlian myself- Mts. Cli 
remembers, tliat her quitting the pln«e sppeand, M 
time, T«iy extraordinary to the oeighboais; bali,M' 
was never heard of afterwnrds, she nas l^ ' 
foi^otten. 

Tha moment this wtis mentioned, it stmck 
as well as Mrs. Clinton herself, that my fat 
imposed npon ; and that tlie nurse, who ssid 
broDght his I'hild to him. had, in fact, carried her own. 

The name by which I was known, the secrecy obMi 
in regard to my family, and the retirement in whidk 
lived, all conspired to render this scheme, howerer T 
and frandnlent, by no means impracticable ; and, ia 
the idea was no sooner atArted, than conriction 
follow it. 

Urs. Selwyn determined immediately to 
tmth or mistake of this conjecture ; tberefoiv, tho tnoa 
she hod dined, she walked to the &oc Wolls, attended 
Mrs. Clinton. 

I wait«d in my room till her return ; and then ba 
the following a^coont of her Tiait : 

She foond my poor father in greni (t^tatjoa. i 
immediately informed him of the oucasion of hpr so speed 
retnm, and of her anspicions of the womjin who had pn 
tended to convey to him his child. Interrupting her 
qnickneas, he said he had jnst Eent her from his pnat . 
tiat the certainty I carried in my countenance of my 
birth, made him, the moment he bad recovenid farm 
snrprise which had almost deprived him of reason, nupac 
himself, the imposition she mentioned. He had tluirefoi 
sent for the woman, and questioned her with Lho ni 
aoateritr; she tnmed pale, and was extremely embor 
bnt stiU she persisted in affirming, that she hod ^^ 

brought him the danghter of Lady Belmont, Bia pirrpliis 
ity, he said, almost distracted him; he bad &luvtg4 «' 
served, that his daughter bore no resemblance tn oiuie' 
her parents ; but, as he had never doabted the vcraci^ 
the nnrse, this circumstance did not give birlb to an 
suspicion. 

At Mrs. Selwyn 's desire, the woman was again 
and interrogated with eqaal art and severity ; her noi 



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BTidcot, and her answers often contradictory ; yet ebe 
declared she waa no impostor. " We will see that in 

miuDte," s&id Mrs. Selwjn ; and then desired Mrs. 
dinltm might be c&lled np etairs. The poor wretcli, 
cb&D^ng oolonr, wonid have escaped out of the room ; 
but, beiii^ prevented, dropt on her knees, and implored 
for^Teness. A confeesion of the whole affair was then 
extorted from her. 

Doubtlew, my dear Sir, yon must rememl^en^'Mne Orean, ^ 
who was my firat Durse. The deceit she has practiaed waa 
suggested, she says, by a conversation she overheard ; in 
which my anhappy mother besonght yon, that, if her child 
Borrived her, you would take the sole care of its educAtion ; 
and, in particular, if it should be a female, you would by 
no means part with her in early life. You not only con- 
Bented, she says, but assured her you wonId even retire 
abroad with me yourself, if my fiitber should importu* 
nately demand me. Her owu child, she said, was then in 
her arms ; and she could not forbear wishisg it were poa- 
liible to give her the fortune which seemed so Uttle valued 
for me. This wish once raised was not easily BUpprcBsed ; 
on the contrary, what at first appeared a mere idle deeire, 
(D a Bhort time seemed a feasible scheme. Her husband 
was dead, and she bad httle regard for any body but her 
child ; and, in short, having saved money for the journey, 
she contrived to enquire a direction to my father ; and, 
telling her neighbours she was going to settle in Devon- 
shire, she set ont on her expedition. 

When Mrs. Selwyn asked her how she dared perpetrata 
Bach B fraud, she protested she hod no ill designs; but 
tjtat, as ifiM wonld be never the worse for it, she ihonght 
it pity luylody should be the betl«r. 

Her snccess we are already acquainted with. Indeed 
everything seemed to contribute towards it ; my father 
had no correspondent at Berry Hill ; the child was in- 
stantly sent to France ; where, being brought np in m 
much retirement as myself, nothing but accident oonld 
discover the fraud. 

And hero let me indulge myself in observing, and rejoie- 
ing to observe, that the total neglect I thonght I met with 
waa sot the effect of insensibility or uddndneas, bnt of 



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imposition and error; and ihai^ at the Torr time we 
olnded I mm mm«tnrallj reje c ted, mj oelndad lntlMr 
meant to show me most favonr and proteotum. 

He acknowledges that Ladj Howard's letter ffaing Iub 
into some perplexity : he immediately commimioafted it to 
Dame Green, who confessed it was tiie greatest shock she 
had ever receiTcd in her life ; yet she had the art and 
holdnesB to assert, that Ladj Howard most heraelf haie 
heen deceiTed : and as she had, from the beginning of hv 
enterprise, declared she had stolen awaj the child withost 
Toor knowledge, he condoded that some deceit was Am 
mtended him; and this thought occasianad his afampt 



Dame Gbeen owned, that, from the moment the johxiiot 
to England was settled, she gaye herself np for losA^ M 
her hope was to have had her daughter married before i( 
took place ; for which reason she had so much promoted 
Mr. Macartney's addresses ; for thongh such a match wai 
inadequate to the pretensions of jifwt Bdmontj she weD 
knew it was far superior to those her daughter conld form 
after the discovery of her birth. 

My first enquiry was, if this innocent daughter was jot 
acquainted with the affair ? " No," Mrs. Selwyn said; nor 
was any plan settled how to divulge it to her. Poor as- 
fortunate girl ! how hard is her &te ! She is entitled to 
my kindest offices, and I shall always consider her as my 
sister. 

.1 then asked whether my father would again allow ne 
to see him ! 

" Why, no, my dear, not yet," answered she ;" he de- 
clares the sight of you is too much for him : however, ne 
are to settle everything concerning you to-morrow; for 
this woman took np all our time to-day." 

This morning, therefore, she is again gone to the Hot 
Wells. I am waiting in all impatience for her retnm ; bat, 
as I know you will be anxious for the account this lettar 
contains, I will not delay sending it. 



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LETTER LXXLX. 



ZTILIHA IN COBTUnJAXION, 



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^m October 9th. 

BtT^^ a^tated, my dear Sir, is the present life of janr 
X 1. ETeliuSi I every day seems important, and one event 
only a prelado to another. 

Ura. Selwyn, npon ber retnm tikis morning from the 
Hot Wells, entering my room very abraptiy, said, " Oh, my 
dear, I have terrible news for you ! " 

" For me, Ma'am I — Good God ! what now ? " 

"Ann yourself," cried she, "with all your Bsny Hill 
philosophy ; — eon over every lesson of fortitude or resigna- 
tiou yon ever learnt in your life ;— for know, — you are next 
week to be married to Lord Orville I " 

Donlit, astonishment, ami a, kind of perturbation I caO' 
not describe, made this abrupt communicatiou alarm ma 
extremely ; and, almost breathless, I could on]y exclaim, 
" Good God, Madam, what do yon lell me I " 

" Yon may well be frightened, my dear," said she, 
ironically ; " for really there ia something mighty terrific 
in bucoming, at once, the wife of the man yon adore, — and 
a Coiuitesa ! " 

I tntreal«d her to spare her raillery, and tell me her real 
meaning. She oould not prevail with herself to grant the 
fint request, tUongh she readily complied with tie second. 

My poor father, she snid, was still in the ntmost uneasi- 
ness : be entered upon his affairs with great openness, snd 
told her, he was equally disturbed how to dispose either of 
tbe daughter he had discovered, or tlie daughter he was 
now to give np ; the former be dreaded to trust himself 
with again beholding, and the latter he knew not how to 
shock with the intelligence of her disgrace. Mrs. Selwyn 
then acquainted him with my situation in regard to Lord 
Orville : this delighted him extremely ; and, when he 
heard of his Lordship's eagerness, he said be was himself 
of opinion, the sooner the union took place the better ; and* 
in return, he informed bcv of tbe affair of Mr. Macartney. 
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Selwyn, " we ot^reed, that the most eligibl« Bcbein« {or ■ 
pttrtiea would be, to hnve both the n«J and tli« botitiM 
dASglil^i^ mnrri^ without delajr. Therefore, if eillur • 
TOO haye anf incUn&tion to pull caps for the title of Mi 
Belmont, yen must do it with all apc«d, ha acxt vreak WJ 
take from botli of yoa all pretensions to it,** 

"Next week! — -deer Madam, what a stranga pliaV 
iritliont my being consulted, — withont mpp\jiaa to 11 
TiDars, — without even the ooncarrence of Lord OmlUI' 

" Ae to consaitisg yoa, my dear, it waa oat of all 4{M 
tioD ; because, joa know, young Indies' hearts and am 
are always to be given with reluctance ; — as to Ur.TillM 
it is Buffioient we know him for your fnend ; — and aa h 
Lord Orrille, he ia a party concerned." 

" A party conc«med ! — ^you amaze me ! " 

" Why, yes ; for, as I found onr cousultation likth I 
redound to hia advantage, I persuaded Sir John to mdl 

" Send for him ! — Good God .' " 

" Yes 1 and Sir John agreed. I told the serraot, tluil 
be could not hear of hia Lordship in the house, he inight'' 
pretty certain of encountering him in tiioarboor. — Wbyi 

ro colour, my dear P — Well, he was with na in a moBM 
iDtroduced him to Sir John ; and we pRtceedtd 



" I am very, very sorry for it ! — Lord Orrille mul I 
wlf think this condnet straj^fely precipitate." 

" So, my dear, yon are mistaken ; Lord OrriDs liaa 
much good sense. Everything yras tbifR diM^Mrd 
rational manner. Ton lire to be married j — ~' ■'- "■-- 
not secretly, and then go to one of hie !. 
aea-ts : and poor little Miss Green ftnd y 
have no house of their own, must go lo t: ^ 

"Bat why, my dear Madam, why alt i.i::fl Jun'.o y 
may we not be allowed a httle longer time f ' 

" I could give yon a thousand leaaooa," . 
" bat that I am tolerably certain two or lAreV will fa* ni 
than you can controvert, even with all the logjo erf bvu 
coquetrf . In the first place, you doubtlus m«h to qnil I 
honae of Mrs. Beaumont : to whoae, tlum, can jtM v 
Buch propriety remove ae to Lord OrriUe'a f " 



" Surely, Madam," cried I, " I am not mora destitats 
nciw than when I thonglit myself an orphan." 

"Your father, niy dear," answered ahe, "ia willing to 
Bare the little impostor as much of the morttfioatioa of her 
disgraca a« is in his power - now, if yoa immediatoly take 
hor pliice, according to yoar right, as Miss Belmon^ why,-:, 

.'not all that either of yoo can do for her, will prevent her '] 
being eternally stigmatiaed as the Imntling of Dame Green.' 
waah-woman and wet narse, of Berry Hill, DorsetahiraL j 
Now Bncli a genealogy will not be very flattering, eren to 

"Ur. Macartney, who, all-diamal as he is, yon will find by no 
meRDfl wantii^; ia pride and self-conseqnence." 

" For the univarae," intormpted I, " I wonld not be 
BOceBeary to the degradation yoa mention ; bat sorely. 
Madam, I may retam to Berry Hill ? " 

" By no means," eaid she ; " for though compassion m.ay 
make nfl wish to suto the poor gir! the confusion of an 
immcdiato and pablio full, yet justice denianda yon should 
appear henceforward in no other light than that of Sir 

^ohn Belmont's daughter. Besides, between friends, I,' 
who know the world, can see that half this prodigious 
delicacy for the little usurper is the mere result of self- 
interest ; for, while her affairs are hashed up, Sir John's, yoa 

-know, are kept from being brought further to light. Now 
the double marriage we have projected obviates all rational 
objections. Sir John will give yon immediiitely £30,000 ; 
all settlements, and so forth, will be made for yon in the 
n»me of Evelina Belmont : — Mr. Macartney will at the 
aame time take poor Polly Qreen ; and yet, at first, it will 
only be generally known that a daughter of Sir John Balmont 
ia mAiried." 

In this manner, thoagh she did not convince me, yet tba 
qniokness of her argaments silenced and perplexed me. I 
enqnired, however, if I might not be permitted to again Bee 
my father, or whether I mast regard myself as banished his 
presence for ever ? 

" My dear," said ahe, " he does not know yon : he con- 

olodes that yon have been brought ap to detest him ; and 

tbemfore he is rather prepared to dread than to love yon." 

This husw&t made mo very unhappy : I wiahed, most 

)ve his prejudice, and endeavoor, by 





clntiful aasidoitj, to engage liU kindne^ ; 5«fci 

how lo propose seeing liim, wlule oonstsons be wiabtd 

This evening, els aoon as t}ie company was en;;*^*^ ir 
caj^i Lord Orville exerted liis utmost eloqaeim u noi 
cile me to this hasty plcm ; but faow wa^ I startled wlm 
told me that next TitesdOyy was tbe day mppointcd by i 
fatlier to be the most important of my life I 

" Next Tuesday ! " repeated I, quite oat of braatfa, ** 
my Lord 1 — " 

" My sMoet Evetiua," eaid he, " the da^ whicli will a 
p the happiest of mortalfi, would probably appear kwfol 
"P, "were it to be deferred a twelTemontlt. Mrs. Sd* 
LdonbUess, acquainted you with the many motim 

upendent of my eagemeaB, require it to be e 

suffer, therefore, its ai:celeration. and generously i 
lay felicity, by eudeavonring to suSer it iritboai 

" Indeed, my Lord, I wonld not wilfully niso objnrtig 
nor do I desire to appear insensible gf the honour of ji 
good opinion ; — but there is Bomething in this plan— 40 * 
hasty — so nnreaaonably precipitate : — heeides. I Bbnll bi 
no time to hear from Berry Bill ; — mad betiavs mt, 
Lord, I should be for ever miser^le, were I, to an a&if 
important, to act without the sauction of Mr. Vitki 
advice." 

Ho offered to wait on you himself : hat I told him I 
rather write to yoa. And then ho propaaecl, tiat, 
of my im.mediBtely accompanying him to LinoaiL 
shooJd first pass a month at mi/ natieti lieny MiU. 

This was, indeed, n grBtefnl proposal to ino, and 
to it with undisguised ple.isure. And, in sbort, 1 i 
obliged to consent to a oompromi«e, in merely defarring' 
day till Thursday ! He readily undertook to cagagi 
father's concurrence in this little doLxy ; and I bmH 
him, at the Eiuue time, to make nse of bis influent* 
obtain me a second inl«rview, &nd to TapTvHent tim 
ounoem I felt in being thus buniBhed his sight. 

He would then have epoken of $gUifmetit* ; tmt 1 la 
him I was almost ignorant of the word. 

And now, my dearest Sir, what ia jaat opiajoa ot 



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hhsbj prooeedingB P Beliefye me, I half regret tiie simple 
facilit J with wluch I have suffered myself to be hurried 
into compliance ; and, should jaa start bat the smallest 
obwction, I will yet insist upon being allowed more time. 

1 mnst now write a concise acooont of the state of my 
a&irs to Howard Grove, and to Madame Dnyal. 

Adieu, dearest and most honoured Sir! eyerytfaing at 
present depends upon your single decision; to which, 
though I yield in tremblmg, I yield implicitly. 



LETTER LXXX. 

ITILIHl m COKTIKUITIOH. 

Oct. llth. 

YESTERDAY morning, as soon as break&ist was over. 
Lord Orville went to the Hot Wells, to wait upon my 
father with my double petition. 

lirs. Beaumont then, in general terms, proposed a walk 
in the garden. Mrs. Selwyn said she had letters to write ; 
but Lady Louisa rose to accompany Mrs. Beaumont. 

I had had some reason to imi^ine, from the notice with 
which her Ladyship had honoured me during break&ist, 
that her brother had acquainted her with my present 
ntnation : and her behaviour now confirmed my conjectures : 
for, when I would have gone up stairs, instead of suffering 
me, as usual, to pass disregarded, she called after me with 
an affected surprise, "Miss Anville, don't you walk with 

There seemed something so little-minded in this sudden 
change of conduct, that^ from an involuntary motion of 
ocmt^pt^ I thanked her with a coldness like her own, and 
declined her offer. Yet, observing that she blushed ex- 
tremely at my refusal, and recollecting she was sister to 
Lord Orville, my indignation subsided; and, upon Mrs. 
Beaumont repeating the invitation, I accepted it. 

Our walk proved extremely dull : Mrs. Beaumont, who 
never says much, was more silent than usual ; Lady liouisa 
■trove in vain to lay aside the restraint and distance she 
has hitherto preserved ; and, as to me, I was too conscious 



o£ the circnmataDCes to trhich I owed their 
toel eitiier pride or pleasure from receiving it. 

Lord Orvillo was not long absent : lie juined at ii 
gajrdea with a look of guietyand good hunuiur ttuc ivi 
OS all. " Too are jost the party," said be, " I nisbeil I 
together. Will you, Madam (taking my bnnd), aUan 
the honour of introdncing you, by your real n»Bu^ U 
of my nearest relations ? Mrs. Beanmonl, gne mo li 
preseiit to you tlie dangbter of Sir John SeJmont, k 
liidy who, I am sore, must long since have 
esteem and admiration, thoagh yoa were a . 
birth." 

" My Lord," said Mrs. Beanmont, gracjooaly 

" tlie young lady's rank in life, your Lordship's 
mendation, or her own merity would, any one of tba 
been snSciont to have entitled ber to my rogsnl. 
bope she has always met with that respect in my 1 
which is so much her dae ; though, hud I been ■oonor I 
acquainted with, her family, I ahunld doabtlees hkfv I 
known how to have secured it." 

"Miss Belmont," said Lord Orvillo, 
lustre from family, wbat«Ter she may give to it. lit 
you will, I am sure, be happy to moke yourself on iaj 
in the friendship of Miss Belmont, whom 1 hope it 
(kissing my band, and joining it with ber LadyBhip' 
have the happiness of presenting to yuu I7 ^A an 
name, and by the most endearing of all titles." 

I believe it wonld be diScalt to say whose cbn^i 1 
at that moment, of the deepest dye, Lady Loniaft' 
own i for the conscious pride with which abe baa 

[■lighted me, gave to her nn embarmssment which cqa 
HiB confnsion that &n intrudnction so nnexpeotod gv 
lue. She sainted me, bowever : and, with a faint t 
said, " I shall esteem myself veiy happy to profit bj 
hononr of Miss Belmont's acqnaintanoo." 
I only conrteied, and we walked on ; bnt it wa 
from the little surprise they expressed, thiit liey 
already informed of the state of tlie afiivir. 
We were soon after joined by more eompany : and ! 
OrviUe thon, in a low voice, took an opportunity ' 
the saccesa of bis visit. In the firat phtvo, Th'i 





KTKuw. 401 

; and, in the aeoond, my fatlier, he said, was much 
semed to hear of my aaeaeiness ; eeat me his blessing j 

i cmnplied with my reqnCBt of aeeiiig him, with the sama 
readiness he should agree to any other I could make. Lord 
OrvUle, therefore, settled that I shonid wait npon him in. 
the evening, and, at his particnlar reqnest, niuicoompanied 
bv Mrs. Selwyn. 

This land meeaa^, and the prospect of so soon seeing 
him, gave me sensations of mixed pleasure and pain, which 
wholly occupied my mind till the time of my going' to the 
Hot Wells. 

Mrs. Beaumont lent me her chariot, and Lord Orrille 
absolntely insisted opon attending me. " If yoa go alone," 
Boid he, " Mrs. Selwyn will certainly be ofFended ; bat if 
yon allow me to conduct you, though she may giro th« 
freer scope to her raillery, she cannot possibly be affronted : 
and we had much better snffer her laughter, than provoke 
her sntire." 

Indeed, I mast own, I had no reason to regret being so 
accompanied ; for his conversation supported my spirits 
from drooping, and made the ride seem so short, that we 
■otoally stopped at my father's door, before 1 knew we had 
proceeded ten yards. 

He huiiled me from the carriage, and conducted me to 
the puloDT, at the door of which 1 was met by Mr, 
Hacuiney. " Ah, my dear brother," cried I, " how happy 
am I to Bee yon here ! " 

Be bowed, and thanked me. Lord Orrille, then, hold* 
ing out his hand, said, " Mr. Macartney, I hope we shall 
be bettor acquainted ; I proniise myself much pleasure from 
aultivating yonr friendship." 

■Tonr Lordship does me hut too much honour," an- 
swered Mr. Macartney. 

" But where," cried I, " is my sister P for so I must al- 
ready call, and alwnys consider her: — t am afraid she 
avoids me ; — yon must endeavonr, my dear brother, to pre- 
posaesB her in my fuvour, and reconcile her to owning me." 

"Oh, Madam," cried ho, "yon are all goodness and 
tienevolence ! hot at present 1 hope you wiUexonse her, for 
I fnar slie has hardly fortitude ai^ciest to see you : iu ft 
short time perhaps — " 



^ 



40B mLiBA. 

" In a very sliort time, then," Baid Iiord OrriQe, " I hm 
yoQ will yourself introdnoe ber, and tliat we sltall Iibtv um 
plca£ure of wisbisg' yon botli jov : allow me, mj Eveliiw, to 
say tue, and permit me, in your name, as well aa my owk, 
to entreftt that the first guests we sbaJI have tha ' 
of noeiviiig may be Mr. and Mrs. Uac»rtnej." 

A eervEtat then come to beg 1 would walk np stairs. 

I beaonght Lord Orville to accompany me ; bat Iki fiami 
the dtspleaanrc of Sir John, who baA deeired to aas 
alone. He led me. bowever, to the foot of the Btaki^ aad 
made the kindest efiorta to give me counge : bat tndaedba 
did not succeed ; for the interview appeared to me is bU 
its terrora, and left mo no feehng bat upprehenaion. 

Tbe moment I reached the landing- pi ace. the drawing 
room door was opened : and my father, with ft Tuiae of 
kindnesB, called ont, " My child, is it yon 

" Yea, Sir," cried I, springing forward, azid Imaelmg at 
hia feet, " it ia yonr child, if yon will own ber ! " 

He knelt by my aide, and, folding me in hie arms, " Owm 
thee," repeated be, " ye&, mj poor girl, and HeaTen kn<m 
with what bitter contrition ! " Then, raising both hunadf 
and me, he brought me into the drawing-room, sbat Um 
door, and took me to the window ; whsre, looktog at 
with great eamestneee, " Poor onhappy Carolina \ " s 
be ; and, to my inexpressible concern, he bnrat into 
Need I tell yoa, my dear Sir, bow mine flowed at the i 

I would again have embmced his knees ; ba4> 
&om me, be flnng hiioiieif upon a sofa, and, 
£ac« on hia axms, seemed for some tame absorbed 
ness of grief. 

I ventnred not to interrupt a sorrow I en much 
but waited in ailenee, and at a distance, till h« 
from ita violence. But then it seemed in a mi 
way to a kind of fmntic fury ; for starting mil 
a HtemnesB which at once surprised and friffhl 
" Child," cried he, " host thon yet sofficienUy fai 
father ? — if thou hnst, l>e contented with this 
weaknesB, and no longer force thyself into my 

TbunderBtmck by a command so unexpected, 
still and Bpecchle«3, nnd doubled whether my own e&n dim 
not deceive me. ' 



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M 



1 



oil go, go ! " cried he, pasaioiiatelj ; '* in pity — ^in com- 
passion, — if thoa vainest mj senses, leave me, — and for 
over!" 

" I will, I will," cried I, greatlj terrified ; and I moved 
hastily towards the door : jet^ stopping when I reached it, 
and, almost involnntarilj, dropping on my knees, " Vouch- 
safe," cried I, " Oh, Sir, vonchsafe but once to bless yonr 
daughter, and her sight shall never more offend yon ! " 

** Alas," cried he, in a softened voice, " I am not worthy 
to bless thee ! — I am not worthy to call thee daughter! — I 
am not worthy that the fsii light of Heaven should visit 
my eves ! — Oh GK>d ! that I could but call back the time 
ere tiiou wast bom, — or else bury its remembrance in 
eternal oblivion ! " 

" Would to Heaven," cried I, ** that the sight of me were 
less terrible to you ! that, instead of irritating, I could 
soothe your sorrows ! — Oh Sir, how thankfully would I 
then prove my duty, even at the hazard of my life ! " 

" Are you so kind ? " cried he, gently ; " come hither, 
child ; — ^rise, Evelina : — ^Alas, it is for me to kneel, — ^not 
you ; — and I would kneel, — I would crawl upon the earth, 
— I would kiss the dust, — could I, by such submission, ob- 
tain the forgiveness of the representative of the most 
injured of women ! " 

*' Oh, Sir," exclaimed I, '' that you could but read my 
heart ! — that you could but see the filial tenderness and 
concern with which it overflows ! — ^you would not then talk 
thus, — you would not then banish me your presence, and 
exclude me from your affection ! "' 

*' Gt)od Gk)d," cried he, ^ is it then possible that you do 
not hate me ? — Can the child of the wronged Caroline look 
at, — and not execrate me ? Wast thou not bom to abhor, 
and bred to curse me ? Did not thy mother bequeath thee 
her blessing on condition that thou should'st detest and 
avoid me P " 

" Oh no, no, no ! " cried I ; " think not so unkindly of 
her, nor so hardly of me." I then took from my pocket- 
book her last letter ; and, pressing it to my lips, with a 
trembling hand, and still upon my knees, I held it out to 
him. 

HastQy snatrhing it from me, " Great Heaven ! " cried 



4M smixi. 

ha^ ** 'tiB her writiiig< — ^Whence oomn tbu P — irlio ga?« ft 
yoa — why liad I it not sooner P " 

I made no answer ; his yehemence intimidated ma^ and 
I Tentnred not to more from &b Buppliaat p o aUu e k 
whidi I liad pnt myself. 

£Lb went from me to the window, where his eyaa wan 
for aome time rivetted upon the direction of the letter, 
thoogh his hand ahook ao Tiolentl j he ooold hardly hold it 
Than, bringing it to me, "Open it^"— cried he, — ^"for I 
cannot!" 

I had myaelf hardly strong^ to obey him : bat when I 
had, he took it back, and waUced hastOy np and down the 
room, as if dreading to read it. At length, taming to ma, 
" Do yon know," med he^ " its contents P " 

** No, Sir," answered I, " it haa never been onaeaJed." 

He then again went to the window, and began reading. 
Having hastily nin it over, he cast np his eyes with a look 
of desperation ; the letter fell from his hand, and he ex- 
claimed, *' Yes ! thon art sainted ! — thon art blessed I — and 
I am cursed for ever ! " He continned some time fixed in 
this melancholy position ; after which, casting himself with 
violence npon the groand, " Oh wretch," cried he, " nnwor- 
thy life and light, in what dungeon canst thon hide thj 
head ? " 

I could restrain myself no longer ; I rose and went to 
him ; I did not dare speak ; but, with pity and concern an- 
ntterable, I wept and hung over him. 

Soon after, starting up, he again seized the letter, ex- 
claiming, " Acknowledge thee, Caroline ! — ^yes, with mj 
heart'a best blood woidd I acknowledge thee! — Oh that 
thon could'st witness the agony of my soul ! — Ten thou- 
sand daggers could not have wounded me like this letter! " 

Then, after again reading it, " Evelina," he cried, ** she 
charges me to receive thee; — ^wilt thou, in obedience to 
her will, own for thy father the destroyer of thy mother ? " 

What a dreadful qnestion ! — I shuddered, but could not 
speak. 

'' To clear her fame, and receive her child," continned 
he, looking stedfastly at the letter, "are the conditions 
upon which she leaves me her forgiveness : her fame I have 
already cleared ; — and Oh, how willingly would I take her 



ITBLIKl. 405 

child to my bosom, folfl Hot to my heart, — call opon her to 
mitignte my anguish, and ponr the balm of comfort on my 
wotmds, were I not conacioas I deserve not to receive 
it, and that all my affiiction is the result of my own 
guilt! •■ 

It was in vain I attempted to speak ; horror and grief 
took from me all power of atterance. 

He then read aloud from the letter, "Look not like thy 
unfoHiinaU mother ! " " Sweet sou!, with what bittemeas of 
spirit hast thou written ! — Come hither, Evelina : Gracioos 
Heaven I (looking earnestly at me) never was likeness 
m^ire striking ! — the eyes — the face — the form — Oh, my 
cihild, my child ! " Imagine, Sir, — tor I can never describe 
my feelings, when I saw him sink upon his knees before 
me ! " Oh, dear resemblance of thy murdered mother ! — 
Oh, all that remains of the most injured of women ! behold 
thy father at thy feet! — bending thus lowly to implore you 
would not hate liim. — Oh. then, thon repreeentative of 
my departed wife, speak to me in her name, and say 
that the remorse which tears my soul tortures me not 

" Oh, rise, rise, my beloved father," cried I, attempting 
Id assist him ; " 1 cannot bear to see you thus ; reverse not 
the law of nature ; rise yourself, and bless your kneeling 
daughter ! " 

"May Heaven bleea thee, my child ! — " cried he, " for I 
dare not." He then rose ; and, embracing me most affec- 
tionately, added, '' I see, I see that thou art all kindness, 
eoftneas, and tenderness ; I need not have feared thee, thou 
art all ihe fondest father conJd wish, and I will try to frame 
my mind to less painful sensations at thy sight. Perhaps 
the time may come, when I may know the comfort of such 
a daughter ; — at present I am only fit to be alone : dreadful 
aa are my reflections, they ought merely to torment myself. 
— Adieu, my child ; — be not angry, — I cannot stay with 
thee; — Oh, Evelina! thy countenance is a dagger to my 
heart ! — just so thy mother looked, — just so — " 

Tears and sighs seemed to cboak him ; — and, waving his 

hand, he would have left me ; — but, clinging to him, " Oh, 

Sir,'* cried I, " will you so soon abandon me ? — am I again 

^Ui, orphan !— Oh, my dear, my long-lost father, leave me 



406 ITIUHA. 

not, I beseech jou ! take pity on your duld, and xob bar 
not of the pavent she so fcoidlj hoped woold cheriah bar ! ** 

" Yon know not what you aak," cried he; "tfaeemotioos 
which now rend my sonl are more than my tow eon can 
endue ; suffer me then, to leave yon ; — impate it not to 
nnkindnesSy bat think of me as wdl as tfaoa canst. Lovd 
Orrille has behaved nobly ; — ^I believe he will make thee 
happy." Then, again embracing me, '* Gk>d bleaa thee^ my 
dear duld," died he, *' Qod bless thee, my Evelina ! — 
endeavonr to love, — at least not to hate me, — and to make 
me an interest in thy filial bosom, by thinking of me as thy 
&ther." 

I oonld not speak ; I kissed his hands on my knees : and 
then, with yet more emotion, he again blessed me, and 
harried oat of the room, — leaving me almost drowned in 
tears. 

Oh, Sir, all goodness as yon are, how much will you feel 
for your Evelina, during a scene of such agitation ! I pray 
Heaven to accept the tribute of his remorse, and restore him 
to tranquillity ! 

When I was sufficiently composed to return to the par- 
lour, I found Lord OrviUe waiting for me with the utmost 
anxiety : — and then a new scene of emotion, though of a 
far different nature, awaited me; for I learned by Mr, 
Macartney, that this noblest of men had insisted the so- 
long supposed Miss Belmont should be considered, inJe^, 
as my sister, and as the co-heiress of my father ; though not 
in laWj in justice, he says, she ought ever to be treated as the 
daughter of Sir John Belmont. 

Oh ! Lord OrviUe ! — ^it shall be the sole study of my 
happy life, to express, better than by words, the sense 
I have of your exalted benevolence and greatness of mind! 



LETTER LXXXI. 



EVSLDfA I» COKTISnATION. 



W CUfitm, Oct. 12tt. 

THIS monuiig, early, I received the following letter from 
Sir Clement WUlongliby : 

" To Mw» AnvtUe. 

" I BITS thia moment received intelligence that pirepara- 
tions are actaally making for yonr marriage with Lord 
OrvUle. 

" Imagine not that I vrrite with the imbecile idea of ren- 
dering those preparations abortive. No, I am not bo mad. 
My §ole view is to explain the motive of my conduct in a 
puticnlar instance, and to obviate the accusation of treachery 
which may be laid to my charge. 

"My unguarded behaviour, when I last saw yon, luie, 
probnbK, already acquainted you, that tbolett«r I then saw. 
yon reading was written by jnyeelf. For your further 
satisfaction, let me have the honour of iuforming yon, that 
the tetter you bad designed for Lord Orville, had fallen into 
my hands. 

" However I may have been urged on by a passion the 
most violent that ever warmed the heart of man, I can by 
nu means calmly snbmit to be stigmatized for an action 
seemingly so dishonourable ; and it is for this reason that I 
trouble you with this justification. 

" Lord Orville, — the happy Orville, whom you are so 
ready to bless, — had made me believe ho loved you not , — 
nay, that be held yon in contempt. 

" Such were my thoughts of his sentiments of you. when 
I got possession of the letter you meant to send him. I 
pretend cot to vindicate either the means I used to obtain 
it, or ths action of breaking the seal ; but I was impeDed, 
by aa impetaoos curiosity, to discovor the terms upon which 
yon wrote to him. 

" The letter, however, was wholly unintelli^ble to me, and 
the panUftl of it only added to my perplexity. 



i 



406 ITILIXA. 

«A tame snspenae I wm not bom to endnra^ and I 
detennined to clear my doubts at all hasarda and eranta. 

« I answered it^ theief oze, in OrvOla'a name. 

''The Tiews whioh I am now going to adcnoiHedgab 
mnst^ infallibly, incur jonr displeasnze ; — jet I aooBi all 
palliation. 

** Briefl J, then, I concealed your letter to prerent a dia- 
coYeaej of jour capacitj ; and I wrote jou an answer, wbidi 
I hoped would prevent jonr wishing for anj other. 

** I am well aware of evexj thing which can be said upon 
this subject. Lord Orville will, possibl j, think himself ill- 
used ; but I am extremelj indifferent as to his opinion; nor 
do I now write bj waj of .offering anj apology to him, bat 
merelj to make known to jourself the reasons bj whksh I 
have been govemed. 

^ ~ '' I intend to set off next week for the Continent. Should 
his Lordship hare any commands for me in the mean time, 
I shall be glad to receive them. I say not this by way of 
defiance, — I should blush to be suspected of so doing 
through an indirect channel ; but simply that, if you show 
him this letter, he may know I dare defend, as well as 
excuse, my conduct. 

" CUEMIHT WlLLOUOHBT.* 



What a strange letter ! Ikow proud and how piqued does 
ite writer appear ! To what alternate mecmneu snd rathMeu 
do the passions lead, when reason and self-denial do not 
oppose them ! Sir Clement is conscious he has acted dis- 
honourably ; yet the same unbridled vehemence, whidi 
urged him to gratify a blameable curiosity, will sooner 
prompt him to risk his life, than confess his miscondnct 
The rudeness of his manner of writing to me, springs from 
the same cause : the proof which he has received of my in- 
difference to him, has stung him to the soul, and he has 
neither the delicacy nor forbearance to disguise his dis- 
pleasure. 

I determined not to show this letter to Lord OrviUe, sod 
thought it most prudent to let Sir Clement know I ahoold 
not. I therefore wrote the following note : 



"Sib, 



" To Sir Gtetnent WiUoa^hby. 



" The Utteir yon hsvo been pleased to nddresa to me, is so 
little calculated to afford Lord Orville enj satisfaction, thut 
you may depend upon my carefully keeping it from his 
Bight. X mtl bear yoa no resentiaent for what is past ; ba*- 
J most eameetly intreat, nay implore, that you will not 
irrito again, while in yonr present frame of mind, by oriy 
ch&nnel, direot or indirect. 

" 1 hope yon will have mach pleaanre in your promised 
expedition ; and I be^ leave to nssnre yon of my good 

Not knowing by what name to sign, I was obliged to 
send it without any. 

The preparalions which Sir Clement mentjona, go on jnat 
aa if your consent were arrived : it is in vain that 1 expos- 
tulate ; Lord Orville aays, should any objections be raised, 
aU ahuJl be given np; bat that, as his hopes forbid him to 
expect any, he most proceed as if already assured of yonp 
concarrence. 

We have had, this afternoon, a most interesting convsp- 
eaticni, in which we have traced onr sentiments of each other 
from onr first acquaintance. I have made hiia confess how 
01 he thought of me npon my foolish giddiness at Mrs. 
Stanley's ball ; but he flatters me with assnrances, that 
every succeeding time he saw me, I appeared to something 
lees and less disadvantage. 

When I expressed my amazement that he could honour 
with his choice a girl who seemed so infinitely, in every re- 
spect, beneath bia allinnce, he frankly owned, that he hmd 
fully intended making mon' minate inqniriea inlo my famtlr 
iind connections; and particularly concerning those people 
he saw me with at Maryhono, before he acknowledged his 
prepossession in my favour ; but the suddenness of my in- 
tended journey, and the uncertainty of seeing me again, put 
him quite off his guard ; and, " diveeting him of prudence, 
loft him nothing bat love." These were his words; nnd 

Et, he ha& repeatedly assured me, that hia piutiftlity 
a known no bounds from the time of my residing nt 
Clifton. 



410 

Mr. Maoartnej has just been with me^ on ml mnbamj 
from JBj iBihsft. He naa sent me hia kmdflBi levv ead 



UBorftnoee of fi^Tonr ; and denred to know it I am htpfj 
in the prospect of ohnnging nrf aitoatioB, and if Aenft 
any thing I can name whiim he can do lor me. wAad, al 
the aame time, Mr. Macartney delivered to mo a dran g h l 
on my other's banker for a thonaand ponndoy wUi^ ha 
inaiated that I ahoold reoeiye entirdy for vkj own nae^ and 
expend in eqoipping myself property for the now mnk of 
Ufe to which I aeem deatined. 

I am sore I need not say how mnoh I was penatraftad hy 
this goodness: I wrote my thanks, and acknowladgcdL 
franldy, that if I could see him res to red to tranqniDity, mj 
heart woold be without a wiah. 



LETTER LXXXIL 

lYlLINA IH OONTIHUATIOH. 

Cl^iom, Oct. ISO. 

THE time approaches now when I hope we afaall meet; — 
yet I cannot sleep ; — great joy is as restleas as aomnr, 
— and therefore I will continne my joomaL 

As I had never had an opportunity of seeing Bath* a 
party was formed last night for showing me that oelebrated 
city ; and this morning, after break&st, we set out in three 

Shaetons. Lady Louisa and Mrs. Beaomont with Lord 
lerton ; Mr. Coyerley, Mr. Lovel, and Mrs. S(elwyn ; and 
myself with Lord Oryille. 

We had hardly proceeded half a mile, when a gentleman 
from the post-chaise which came gallopping after ua, called 
out to the servants, *' Holla, my lads ! — ^pray, ia one Mifl 
Anville in any of them thing-em-hobM T " 

I immediately recollected the voice of Captain Hirvaa ; 
and Lord Orville stopped the phaeton. He was ont of the 
chaise, and with ns in a moment. " So, Miaa Anville^* 
cried he, *^ how do yon do ? so I hear you're Miaa Behnonl 
now ; — pray, how does old Madame Frendi do P *' 
" Madame Duval," said I, " is, I believe, veiy waQ.** 



" I hope she is in good eate." siud he, wioldng Kigi 
cantty, " and won't flinch at seeing service : she hu k 
hy Icnig enoog'h to refit and be made tight. And pnty hi 
<k»es poor lfonfe«r Dolefnl dot is he aa lank-jawed m 

" Thojr are neither of them," said I, " in Briatol." 

"Nol " cried he, with a look of disappointment; "but 
Btirely the old dowt^r intends coming to the wedding ! 
'twill Iw a, most excellent opportonitj to show oS her best 
Ltoqs sUk. Besides, I porpoae to daoce a new fashioned 
jig with her. Don't you know when she'll come ? " 

" I have no reason to expect her at all." 

" No I — 'Fore Gewf^e, this here's the worst newa I'd 
wish to hear ! — why I've thought of nothing all the way, 
bot what trick I should serve her," 

"Ton have been yery obliging ! " said I, laaghing. 

"0, I promise yon," cried he, "our Moll wonld nevaf 
have wheedled me into this jaunt, if I'd known she wBI 
not here ; for, to let you into the secret, I folly intended tO 
have treated the old buck with another froUc." 

" Did Mias Mirvan, then, peraoade yon to this jonmey?" 

"Tes. and we've been travelling all night." 

" Wc! " cried I : " Is Miss Mirvan, then, with yon ? " 

" What, Molly ? — yes, she's in that there chaise." 

" Good God, Sir, why did yon not tell me sooner P *' 
cried I ; and immediately, with Lord Orville'a assistance, I 
jnmped out of the phaeton, and ran to the dear girt Lord 
Orvillo opened the chaise door; and I am sure I need not 
t«II you what unfeigned joy accompanied onr meeting. 

We both begg^ we might not be parted during the ride ; 
and Lord Orville was so good as to invite Captwi Mirrao 
in ID his phaeton. 

I think 1 was hardly ever more rejoiced than at this sa 
seasonable visit from my dear Maria ; who had no soonflr d 
heard the sitniition of my affairs, than with the aasistaaoirri 
of Lady Howard, and her kind mother, she beeonght hflpfl 
fattier with such earnestness to conaent to the journey, thift V 
lie hwl not been able to withstand their united tntreatj 
though she owned thut, had he not expected to bare i 
v,-ith Madame Davul, she believes he would not so nini 
hare yielded. They arrived at Mia. Beaumont's but a mrTi 



412 lYSLIHA. 

• 

minutes after we were out of sight, and overtook us withont 
much difficulty. 

I say nothing of our conyersation, becauae you may ao 
well suppose both the subjects we ohose, and osr »"*»*"—■ of 

discussing them. 

We all stopped at a great hotel, where we were obl%ed 
to enquire for a room, as Lady Louisa, faJbigv^ to dedi, 
desired to take something before we b^^an our rambles. 

As soon as the party was assembled, the Captain, abnqitff 
saluting me, said, '* So, Miss Belmont, I wi^ you joy; so 
I hear youVe quarrelled with your new name amady ? " 

" Me !— no, indeed. Sir." 

" Then please for to tell me the reason you*re in aucfa a 
hurry to change it ? " 

" Miss Belmont ! " cried Mr. Lovel, looking around hba 
with the utmost astonishment : *^ I bc^ pardon ; — ^but, if it 
is not impertinent, — I must beg leave to say I always 
understood that lady's name was Anville.*' 

" Tore George," cried the Captain, " it runs in my head, 
IVe seen you somewhere before ! and now I think on't, 
pray a'n't you the person I saw at the play one night, and 
who didn't know, sdl the time, whether it was a tragedy or 
a comedy, or a concert of fiddlers ? " 

" I believe. Sir,'* said Mr. Lovel, stammering, " I, had 
once, — I think — the pleasure of seeing you last spring.*' 

" Aye, and if I live an hundred springs," answered he, 
" I shall never forget it ; by Jingo, it has served me for • 
most excellent good joke ever since. Well, howsomever, 
I'm glad to see you still in the land of the living,*' (shakinc; 
him roughly by the hand.) " Pray, if a body may be so 
bold, how much a night may you give at present to keep the 
undertakers aloof ? " 

"Me, Sir!" said Mr. Lovel, very much discomposed; 
" I protest I never thought myself in such imminent danger 
as to— really. Sir, I don't understand you." 

" 0, you don't ! why then I'll make free for to explain 
myself. Grentlemen and Ladies, I'U tell you what ; do von 
know this here gentleman, simple as he sits there, pays five 
shillings a-night to let his friends know he*s alive ! *' 

" And very cheap too," said Mrs. Selwyn, " if we consider 
the value of the intelligence." 



413 

Lady Lonisa being now refredied, we proceeded upaa 
oar ei^>edLtion. 

The charming city of Bath answered aD mjezpectationi. 
The Orescent, the prospect from it, and the elegant 
ajmmetiy of the Gircos, ddighted me. The Paiadea, I 
own, rather disappointed me ; one of them is scarce prefer- 
able to some of the best paved streets in London ; and the 
other, tiioogh it afEords a beantifal prospect, a charming 
Tiew of Prior Park and of the Avon, jet wanted something 
m iUelf of more striking elegance than a mere broad paTe- 
ment, to satisfy the ideas I had formed of it. 

At the pump-room, I was nmaaed at the public exhibition 
of the ladies in the bath ; it is tree, their heads are corered 
with bonnets ; bat the verr idea of being seen, in sach a 
aitaation, by whoerer pleases to look, is indelicate. 

" 'Fore George," said the Captain, looking into the bath, 
^this woold be a most excellent place for old Madame 
French to dance a fandango in! By Jingo, I woa'dn't 
wish for better sport than to swing her roand this here 
pond!" 

" She woxdd be rerj mach obliged to too," said Lord 
Orrille, " for so extraordinary a mark of yoar faToar." 

" Why, to let yoaknow/' answered the Captain, " the hit 
my fancy mightily ; I nerer took so mach to an old tabby 
before." 

'* Beally now," cried Mr. Lorel, looking also into the bath, 
" I most confess it is, to me, very incomprehensible why the 
ladies choose tiiat frightfal anbecoming dress to bathe in ! 
I have often pondered veiy serioasly apon the snbject, Imt 
eonld never hit apon the reason." 

" Well, I declare, " said Lady Louisa, " I shoold like of 
all things to set something new a-going ; I always liato'i 
bathing, becaase one can get no pretty dress for it i n//w 
do, there's a good creatare, try to help me to something/' 

^ Who, me ! — O, dear Ma'am," said he, simpering, " I 
oan't pretend to assist a person of yoar ladyship's taste ; 
besides, I have not the least head for fashir/ns. — I really 
don't think I ever invented above three in my life ! Init I 
never had the least tarn for dress, — never any notion of 
isncy or elegance." 

" O fie, l£r. Lovel ! how can yon talk so ?— -don't wo aU 



414 iTiLnrA. 

know tbat you lead the ton in the beau momde f I deckre^ I 
think you dress better than any body." 

" O, dear Ma'am, yon oonfnse me to the last degree ! I 
drees well ! — ^I protest I don't think I'm ever fit to be seen! 
I'm often shocked to death to think what a figure I ga If 
yonr Ladyship will believe me, I was foil half an hour tins 
morning thinking what I should put on ! " 

<< Odds my Ufe," cried the Captain, " I wish Fd been 
near yon ! I warrant I'd have quickened yonr tnotifflm a 
little ; Half an hour thinking what you'd put on ; and who 
tiie deuce do you think cares the snufE of a candle whether 
you've any tlung on or not ? " 

" O pray, Captain," cried Mrs. Selwyn, " don't be angry 
with the gentleman ior thinking^ whatever be the caoae, lor 
I assure you he makes no common practice of offending id 
that way." 

"Really, Ma'am, you're prodigiously kind," said Mr. 
Lorel, angriJj. 

" Pray now," said the Captain, " did you ever get a 
ducking in that there place yourself ? " 

" A ducking, Sir ! " repeated Mr. Lovel : "I protest I 
think that's rather an odd term ! — but if you mean a hoik- 
ing ^ it is an honour I have had many time&" 

" And pray, if a body may be so bold, what do you do 
with that frizle-frize top of your own ? Why, I'll lay you 
what you will, there is fat and grease enough on year 
crown to buoy you up, if you were to go in head down- 
wards." 

"And I don't know,'* cried Mrs. Selwyn, "but that 
might be the easiest way; for I'm sure it would be the 
lightest" 

" For the matter of that there," said the Captain, *' you 
must make him a soldier, before you can tell which is 
lightest, head or heels. Howsomever, I'd lay ten pounds 
to a shilling, I could whisk him so dexterously over into 
the pool, that he should light plump upon his foretop and 
turn round like a tetotum." 

" Done ! " cried Lord Merton ; " I take your odds." 

" Will you ? " returned he ; " why, then, 'fore George, 
I'd do it as soon as say Jack Robinson." 

" He, he ! " faintly laughed Mr. Lovel, as he moved 



ftbraptiv from the window ; " 'pon hononr, this is piooawit 
enooijh'; bat I don't Be© what right any body haa to lay 
WBg«rs about one without one'B coneent." 

'■ There, Lovel, yoo are ont," cried Mr. Coverley, " any 
tnun may lay what wager about yoa he wilt ; yoor consent 
is nothing to the porpose : he may lay that yoor nose is a 
sky-bine, if he pleases." 

" Ay," said Mrs Selywn, " or that yonr mind ia more 
adorned than youx person; — or any absurdity whateo- 
e»er." 

"I protest," said Mr. Lovel, "I think it's a very dia- 
Bgreeable privilege, and I must beg that nobody may take 
guch a liberty with Trie," 

" Like enough yon may," cried the Captoui ; " but what'i 
that to the purpose P Suppose I've a mind to lay that 
Ton've nerer a tooth in your head — pray, how will you 
hinder me ? '' 

" You'll allow me, at least. Sir, to take the liberty of 
asking how you'll prove it ? " 

"How? — why, by knocking them all down yonr 
throat," 

" Knocking them all down my throat. Sir ! " repeated 
Mr. Lovel, with a look of horror ; " I protest I never heard 
any thing so Bhocking in my life ! And I must beg leave 
to observe, that no wager, in my opinion, could justify such 
ft barbarous action." 

Here Lord Orvillo interfered, and hurried us to our 
pgriagee. 
fWe retamed in the same order we came. Mrs. Bean* 

fat invited all the party to dinner, and has been so 

" ' ; as to beg Miss Mirvan may continue at her hoase 

[ng'her stay. The Captain will lodge at the Wells. 

r The first half -hour after our return was devoted to hear- 

J Mr. Level's apologies for dining in his riding-dresa. 

mont then, addreeaing herself to Miss Mirvan 

i me, inquired how we liked Bath P 

" I hope,'' said Mr. Lovel, " the ladies do not call this 
■eeing Bath." 

" So ! — what should ail 'em P " cried the Captain, " do 
joa suppose they put their eyes in their pocketa ? " 
J^^" No, Sir i but I fancy you will find no person — ^th&t i 



41.6 ITXLIX4. 

— ^no person of any condition — call going about a leEwplBoai 
in a morning seeing Baih," 

" Mayhap, then/' said the literal Captain, '^yofa think we 
shonld see it better by going abont at midiiight P ** 

" No, Sir, no," said Mr. Loyel, with a sapercOioiu nnilBb 
" I perceiye yon don't understand me ;•— 100 «?honld nenr 
call it seeing Baihy without going at the right Beaaon." 

" Why, what a plague, then," demanded be, " can joa 
only see at one season of the year P " 

Mr. Level again smiled ; but seemed superior to w<*lrT«g 
any answer. 

"The Bath amusements," said Lord Orville, ^^bave a 
sameness in them, which, after a short time, renders than 
rather insipid ; but the greatest objection that can be made 
to the plaoe, is the encouragement it gives to gamesters." 

" Why, I hope, my Lord, you would not think of abolish- 
ing gamiingf*' cried Lord Merton, " 'tis the very zest of hfe ! 
DevQ take me if I could live without it." 

"I am sorry for it," said Lord Orville, gravely, and 
looking at Lady Louisa. 

" Your Lordship is no judge of this subject," continued 
the other ; '* but if once we could get you to a gaming^ 
table, you*d never be happy away from it ! " 

" I hope, my Lord," cried Lady Louisa, " that nobodj 
he»'e ever occasions your quitting it." 

"Your Ladyship," said Lord Merton, recollecting him- 
self, " has power to make me quit any thing." 

" Except kerselr]** said Mr. Coverley. " Egad, my Lord, I 
think IVo helpt you out there ! " 

"You men of wit, Jack," answered his' Lordship, "are 
always ready ; — for my part, I don't pretend to any talents 
that way." 

" Really, my Lord ? " asked the sarcastic Mrs. Selwyn; 
" well, that is wonderful, considering success would be so 
much in your power." 

"Pray, Ma'am," said Mr. Level to Lady Louisa, "haa 
your Ladyship heard the news ? " 

" News ! — what news ? " 

" Why, the report circulating at the Wells concerning « 
certain person." 

" O Lord, no : pray tell me what it is ? " 



KTSLtKA. 417 

" O no, Mft'am, I beg your La'ship will exmue me ; 'tia 
a profoand secret, nad I would not have mestioaed it, if I 
hftd not thooght yon knew it," 

" Lord, now, how can jou be bo monstrons ? I decl&re, 
BOW, yon're a proToking creature ! But come, I know 
yoo'il tell me ;■ — won't yon now ? " 

" Tour La'ship knows I am but too happy to obey yon j 
bat, 'pon hononr, I can't speak a word, iJF you won't all 
promise me the most inviolable secrecy." 

" I wish you'd wait for that trota me," said the Captain, 
" and I'U give you my word you'd be dumb for one while. 
Secrecy, quoth-a ! — 'Fore George, I wonder you an't 
ashuined to mention such a word, when you ta^lk of tilling 
it to a woman. Though, for the matter of that, I'd Be lieve 
blab it to the whole sex at once, aa to go for to tell it to 
EDch a thing bb you." 

" Such a thing aa me. Sir ! " said Mr. Lovel, letting fall 
bis knife and fork, and looking very important ; " 1 really 
have not the honour to understand your ezpreseioD." 

" It's all one for that," said the Captain ; " you may have 
it explained whenever you like it." 

" 'Pon hononr. Sir," rotnmed Mr. Lovel, " I must take 
the liberty to tell you, that I should be extremely offended, 
but that I suppose it to bo some aea-phraae ; and therefore 
I'll let it pass without farther notice." 

Lord Orville, then, to change the disconrae, asked 
Miss Mirvan if she should spend the ensuing winter in 
London ? 

■' No, to be sure," said the Captain, " what should she 
for ? she saw all that was to be seen before." 

"la London, then," eoid Mr. Lovel, smiling at Ladf 
Looifia, " only to be regarded as a eight f " 

" Why, pray, Mr. Wiseacre, how are you pleased for to 
rcgiird it yourself ? — Answer me to that." 

" O Sir, -my opinion, I fancy, you would hardly find in- 
telligible. I don't understand tea-pkraees enough to define 
it to your comprebenaion. Does not your La'ship think 
the task would be rather difiicult ? " 

" Lard, yes," cried Lady Louisa ; " I declare I'd 
■oon teach my parrot (o talk Welsh." 

" Ha ( ha ! ha ! admirable ; — 'Pon hononr, your La'ship' 



y 



418 iTir.iH*. 

quite in lack to-dftf ; but that, indeed, j-oar 1 
every Aaj. Though, to be Bare, it is bat candid to a 
ledge, thkt the gentlemen of the ocean have a bk ol i( 
lu irell as a dialect, bo opposit« to our't, that it IB 
means Bnrprising tA«y ahoold r^ard London M ft i 
tfiov!, that may be seen by being Icoktd at. VmI 
ha!" 

" Ha ! ha ! " echoed Lady Loaisa : " WeU, 
are the drolleet creatnre." 

" He ! he ! Ton honoor, I can't help taaj 
conceit of teeing London in a few weeks I " 

" And what a plagne ahonld hinder rou P 
Captain ; " do yon want to spend m day in ere 

Here again Lady Ixraiaa and Ur. Lorel ml 

" Why, I warrant yon, if I had the showing it, I'd 
you from St. James's to Wapping the very first momi 

The amiles were now, wiUi added contempt, repel 
which the Captain observing, looked very fiercely al 
Lovel, and said, " Hark'ee, my spark, n< ' 

grinning ! — 'tis a lingo I don't understand 
give me any more of it, I shall go near to lend ym a fai 
the ear." 

" I protest, Sir," said Mr. Lovel, toming extretiuly 
" I think it's taking a very particular liberty with a p*l 
to t^ to one in snob a style as this I " 

" It's like yon may," returned the Captain : " bat 
good gnlp, and I'U warrant you'll swallow it" 
calling for a glass of ale, with a very proroking and I 
cant nod, he drank to his easy digestion. 

Mr. Lovel made no answer, but looked eztremaly osi 
and, soon after, we left the gentlemen to thenise]re«. 

I had then two letters delivered to me ; one frum I 
Howard and Krs. Hirvan, which contained the kii 
oongratulations ; and the other from Madaaa Dnn 
bnt not a word from you, — to my do small 



Uadame Dnval seems greatly rej<n'c«d at my Iat« i 
pence : a violent cold, she aays, prevents her oom: 
Bristol. The Branghtoas, she tells me, are aO wdl; 
PoUy is soon to be married to Mr. Bron ; 



lina changed his lodgings, " which," she adds, " hiis made 
the honse extremely dtil!. However, that's not the worst 
nt!WB ; pardi, I wish it was ! bat I've been used like nobodj, 
— iar Uonsienr Du Bois has had the hasenesa to go bock 
to France without me." Id conclasion, she assnrea me, as 
you prognosticated she wonid, that I shall be sole heiresa 
til all she is worth, when Lady Orville. 

At t«a-tiiae, we were joined by all the gentlemen but 
Captain Mirvan, who went to the hotel where he waa to 
sleep, and made his daughter accompany him, to separate 
bee trumpery, as he called it, from hie clothes. 

Aa soon as they were gone, Mr. Lovel, who still appeared 
extremely sulky, said, " I protest, I never saw snch a vulgar, 
abosive fellow in my life, aa that Captain ; 'pon honour, I 
believe he came here for no purpose in the world but to 
pick a quarrel; however, for my part, I vow I wo'n't 
faamour him." 

"I declare," cried Lady Lonisa, "heputme in a monstrous 
fright; — I never heard any body talk so shocking in my 
life!" 

" I think," said Mrs. Selwyn, with great aolemni^, " he 
threatened to box your ears, Mr. Lovel ; — did not he ? " 

" Keaily, Ma'am," aaid Mr. Lovel, colouring, "if one 
was to mind every thing those low kind of people say, one 
shonld never be at rest for one impertinence or other ; so I 
think the best way is to be above taking any notice of them." 

" What," aaid Mrs. Selwyn, with the same gravity, " and 
so receive the blow in silence ! " 

Dnring this discourse, I heard the Captain's chaise stop 
at the door, and ran downstairs to meet Maria, She wna 
alone, and told m£ that her father, who, she was sure, hod 
some scheme in agitation against Mr. Lovel, had sent hor 
on before him. We continued in the parlonr till his 
retttm, and were joined by Lord Orville, who begged me 
not to insist on a patience so unnatural, as submitting to 
be oxclnded our society. And let me, my dear Sir, with a 
emteful heart let mo own, I never before passed half nn 
fwnr in Boch perfect felicity. 

I believe we were all sorry when the Captain retnmed ; 

' t his inward satisfaction, from however dlfferipnt a caoso, 

a inferior to what onr's had been. He chucked 







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420 iTBLnuL 

Haria under tiie chin, rubbed bis bands, and was scam 
able to contain tbe fnUness of bis glee. We all attended 
bixn to tbe drawing room ; wbere, baying composed bii 
countenance, without any previous attention to ILrs. Bain* 
mont^ be marched up to Mr. Lovel, and afarapUj audt 
^ Pray, have you e*er a brother in these here parts ? ** 

" Me, Sir ? — ^no, thank Heaven, I'm free from all eneai- 
brances of that sort." 

" Well," cried tbe Captain, " I met a person just now lo 
like you, I could have sworn be had been yoor twin- 
brother." 

** It would have been a most singolar pleasoze to me," 
said Mr. Level, *' if I also could have seen bim ; for, really, 
I have not the least notion what sort of a person I an, 
and I have a prodigious curiosity to know." 

Just then the Captain's servant, opening the door, nid, 
" A little gentleman below desires to see one Mr. Level." 

^*Beg him to walk up stairs," said Mrs. Beaomoni 
''But, pray what is the reason William is out of the 
way ? " 

The man shut the door without any answer. 

'* I can't imagine who it is," said Mr. Lovel : " I recolleci 
no little gentleman of my acquaintance now at Bristol, — 
except, indeed, the Marquis of Charlton; — but I don't 
much fancy it can be him. Let me see, who else is there 
so very little ? " 

A confused noise among the servants now drew all ejee 
towards the door : the impatient Captain hastened to opm 
it ; and then, clapping his hands, called out, '* 'Fore George, 
'tis the same person I took for your relation ! " 

And then, to the utter astonishment of every body bat 
himself, he hauled into the room a monkey, full-dressed, 
and extravagantly d la mode ! 

The dismay of the company was almost general. Poor 
Mr. Lovel seemed thunderstmok with indignation and 
surprise: Lady Louisa began a scream, which for some 
time was incessant ; Miss Mirvan and I jumped involiin- 
tarily upon the seats of our chairs ; Mrs. Beaumont herself 
followed our example ; Lord Orville placed himaftif before 
me as a guard ; and Mrs. Selwyn, Lord Merton, and Mr. 
Coverley, burst into a loud, immoderate, ungovernable fit 



421 

yi laughter, in whioh thej were joined hj ihe Captain, till, 
unable to support himself, he rolled on the floor. 

The first voice which made its way through this general 
noise was that of Lady Lonisa, which her fright and 
screaming rendered extremely shrill. ** Take it away ! " 
cried she, ^ take the monster awaj ; — I shall funt^ I uiall 
faint if yon don't ! " 

Mr. LoYel, irritated beyond endnranoe, angrily demanded 
of the Captain what he meant ? 

" Mean ? " cried the Captain^ as soon as he was able to 
speak ; " why only to shew yon in yoor proper colours." 
Then rising, and pointing to the monkey, ^'^'^^ now, 
ladies and gentlemen. 111 be judged by you all I — ^Did yoa 
ever see any thing more like? — Odds my li^ if it 
wasn't for this here tail, you wouldn't know one from 
t other. ' 

*' Sir," cried Mr. Level, stamping, ** I shall take a time 
to make you feel my wrath." 

" Come now," continued the regardless Captain, " just 
for the fun's sdke, doff your coat and waistcoat» and swop 
with Monteer Grinagain here ; and 111 warrant youll not 
know yourself whid^ is which." 

" Not know myself from a monkey ! — I assure tou. Sir, 
I'm not to be used in this maxtioer, and I won't bear it — 
curse me if I will ! " 

<* Why, hey-day! " cried the Captain, ''what, is master 
in a passion? — well, don't be angry:— come, he shan't 
hurt you ; — ^here, shake a paw witii him : — why, hell do 
you no harm, man !— come, kiss sad be friends ! ' 

''Who, I ?" cried Mr. Lovel, almost mad with vexation ; 
" as I'm a living cre atur e, I would not touch him for a 
thousand worlds ! " 

" Send him a challenge," cried Mr. Coverley, " and I'll 
be your second." 

"Ay, do," said the Captain; "and I'D be second to my 
friend, Manseer Ck^iperclaw here. Come to it at once 1 — 
tooth and T^ftil I " 

" God forbid ! " cried Mr. Lovel, retreating, " I would 
sooner trust my person with a mad bull ! " 

" I don't like the kx^ of him myself," said Lord MertcB, 
** for he grins most horribly." 

112 



422 KTILDIi. 



''Ob, I'm frightened oat of xnj senaes!" cried Lt^ 
Louisa, '* take hun away, or I shall die ! " 

*' Captain,'* said Lord Orville, ''the ladles mxe akrmed; 
and I most beg you woxdd send the monkej awaj.** 

" Why, where can be the mighty harm of oile monkey 
more than another?" answered the Captain: ''howBom- 
eyer, if its agreeable to the ladies, suppose we torn them 
out together ? " 

" ^Wliat do you mean by that, Sir ? " cried Mr. Lovel, liftp 
ing up his cane. 

" What do you mean ? " cried the Captain, fieroeJ^, ''be 
so good as to down with your cane." 

Poor Mr. Loyel, too much intimidated to stand bif 
ground, yet too much enraged to submit^ tunied hastily 
round, and, forgetful of consequences, vented his passioii 
by giving a furious blow to the monkey. 

The creature darting forwards, sprung instantly upon 
him ; and, clinging round his neck, fastened his teeth to 
one of his ears. 

I was really sorry for the poor man; who, though an 
egregious fop, had committed no offence that merited such 
chastisement. 

It was impossible now to distinguish whose screams were 
loudest, those of Mr. Lovel, or of the terrified Lady Louisa, 
who, I believe, thought her own turn was approaching: 
but the unrelenting Captain roared with joy. 

Not so Lord Orville : ever humane, generous, and bene- 
volent, he quitted his charge, who he saw was wholly oat 
of danger, and seizing the monkey by the collar, made him 
loosen the ear ; and then, with a sudden swing, flung him 
out of the room, and shut the door. 

Poor Mr. Lovel, almost fainting with terror, sunk upon 
the floor, crying out, " Oh, I shaU die, I shaU die ! — Oh, 
I'm bit to death ! " 

" Captain Mirvan," said Mrs. Beaumont, with no Uttk 
indignation, " I must own I don't perceive the wit of this 
action ; and I am sorry to have such cruelty practised in 
my house." 

" Why Lord, Ma'am," said the Captain, when his raptnre 
abated sufficiently for speech, "how could I tell they'd fall out 
so ? — By jingo, I brought him to be a messmate for t'other." 



ETBMN4. 423 

"Egad," said Hr. Corerlejr, "I would not haTs been 

Fred so for a thonsand pounds." 

" VHiT, then, tliere's tie odds of it," said tlie Captain j 
" lor yoa see he is served so for nothing. But come," tununK 
to Mr. LoTel, " be of good heart, all nwj- end well yet, and 
jaa and Morueer Longtoil be as good friends as ever." 

" I'm Enrprised, Mrs. Beaumont," cried Mr. LotbI, start- 
ing np, " that jon can snffer a person nuder y onr roof to be 
treated so inhnnaanJy." 

"What nrgnfies so many word§ p " aaid the nnfeeling 
Captain ; " it is bnt a slit of the ear ; it only looks ns if 
yon had lieen in the pillory." 

" Tety trae," added Mrs. Selwyn j "and who know«bnt 
it may iicqnire yoa the credit of being an anti-miniaterial 

" 1 protest," cried Mr. Lovel, looking mefnllyat hiadretu, 
" my new riding suit's all over blood ! " 

" Ha, ha, ha," cried the Captain, " see what oomu of 
studying for an hour what yon shall put on ! " 

Hr. Lovel than walked to the glass ; and, looking at tbfl 
places ezdaimed, " Oh Heaven, what a monstroni wonnd ! 
my ear will never be fit to be seen again ! " 

" Why then," said the Captain, " yoa mnst hide it ; — 'tit 
bnt wearing a wig." 

" A wig ! " repeated the affrighted Mr. Lovel ; " I wou" 
|r» wig F — no, not if yon wonld give me a thonsand pounds 
'm honr ! " 

" I declare," said Lady Xionisa, " I never heard auch a 

Dcldng proposal in my life I " 

^ord Orville, then, seeing no prospect that the altercation 
old cense, proposed to the Captain to walk. He aaeonted ; 

i having given Mr. Lovel a nod of emltation, accom- 

Oied his Lordship down stairs, 

" 'Pon bononr," said Mr, Lovel, the moment the door 

t shut, " that fellow is the greatest brate in nature I ho 

^t not to be admitted into a civiliEed society." 

" Lovel," said Mr. Coverley, affecting to whisper, "yon 
mast certainly pink him : yon must not put up with snch 
an affront." 

"Sir," said Mr. Lovel, "with any common person 1 
sbonld not deliberate an instant ; but really with a fellow 



424 BYILDUL 

who has done nothing bat fight all his H£b, 'pon kononr, 
Sir, I can't think of it ! " 

^Loyel," said Lord Merton, in the same ToioOy^joaflMii 
call him to aoconnt." 

« Sveiy man," said he, pettiahlj, ** is ihe best jndgB of 
his own afburs ; and I don't ask the honour of anj penon's 
adyioe." 

" Egad, Lovel," said Mr. Coverley, " you're in for it !— 
jou can't posaibly be off ! " 

" Sir," cried he, very impatiently, ** upon any proper 
occasion I should be as ready to show my oonrage as aaj 
body ; but as to fighting for such atrifle as this — ^I proteifc 
I should blush to think of it ! " 

•"A trifle!" cried Mrs. Selwyn, *" good Heaven! and 
have you made this astonishing riot about a ir^le f " 

" Ma'am," answered the poor wretch, in great confosicm, 
*' I did not know at first but that my cheek might hare 
been bit ; but as 'tis no worse, why, it,does not a great deal 
signify. Mrs. Beanmont, I have the honour to wish you a 
good evening ; I'm sure my carriage must be waiting.'* 
And then, very abruptly, he left the room. 

What a commotion has this mischief-loving Captain 
raised ! Were I to remain here long, even the society of 
my dear Maria could scarce compensate for the disturbances 
which he excites. 

When he returned, and heard of the quiet exit of Mr. 
Lovel, his triumph was intolerable. " I thinlr^ J think,*' he 
cried, " I have peppered him well ! Ill warrant he won't 
give an hour to-morrow morning to settling what he shall 
put on ; why, his coat," turning to me, '* would be a most 
excellent match for old Madame Furbelow's best Lyons 
silk ! 'Fore George, I'd desire no better sport than to have 
that there old cat here to go her snacks ! " 

All the company then, Lord Orville, Miss Mirvan, and 
myself excepted, played at cards ; and toe— oh, how much 
better did we pass our time ! 

While we were engaged in a most delightful conversation, 
a servant brought me a letter, which he told me had bj 
some accident been mislaid. Judge of my feelings when I 
saw, my dearest Sir, your revered hand-writing! My 
emotions soon betrayed to Lord Orville whom the letter 



was from; the impo rtwr cf 'Ok gniwwn» » -«E 

<MnH^ aaBoriii^ ne I ihfmM 

hebeeon^^ 

Open it, ii 
wfllmg, yet a 
HOBS of your 
remained to my 
heart, gare 
too little plaeid 
proceed, and lii 

which sterted iafio my ewm, I 
readingtiH 

to aiiswer the eai|nrieB el Lsri OfTiSb. I 
his hands, and left it to 

LordOrrflle 
kissed the letter as he ROcacd Si; wmL 
alEectionatety 

Toioe, ''aOmy own! Oh. mj E-rfEaa. hrTw wiZ 
room fat its _ 
conld make no nplyf indeed I 
the rest of the evennc ; 
contentment. 

O, my dearest Sir, the ihamjdmbuom "A mj heart I 
ponr forth at omr nteeiiug whtm, as toet iM. s>t ]aappe»iis 




reoeiTes its oonfiaation froB jme ii/amat^^ aui ^ 

noble-minded, my hel ored Lsni OrrJjiL pis^fcW v> yoa tLe 
highly-honoued, and thrioe-happj Ertl^^ 

A few lines I wiD cnd f i oai \o wrrut <b Th ni w iay , vh^eh 
8ha]l be sent off e^vcaSt to give yc«, eh^/cJd »xhJx4|^ mt^flr- 
vene, yet more certain asisiii in ^ oar nM^w^ten^, 

Now then, therelofe, for tiw fina — and yfkMj tlw last 
time I shall erer own the name, ymaut m« v> si^ mjn^t 
Most dear Sir, ycnr grstefaBy afEeestKMuate^ 

Ertu9A BfUfOVT 

Lady Loniaa, at her own partseokr ^iMm, win Uitvnft0f»\ 
at the ceremony, as well as Miss Hjrratk «Ad Mr». fMwyn 
Hr. Macartney wHl, Um; sum; Eb/>rB}A;r^ h« vxtiwi Vi my 
foster-sister; and my fsther hrmseU will ^re m ^MAh wmwy 



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LBTTBB 

MB. TILL1B8 TO MfMLOUL 



EYEBY wish of my aoid 18 xiow folfilZed— f or the feik% 
of my EyeUna is equal to lier wortfaineai ! 

Yes, m J child, thy faappiaeeB is engraTed in golden da- 
ractera upon the tablets of my heart; and their im pro w i flp 
18 indelible : for, should the rade and deep-seairoliing hand 
of Misfortone attempt to pluck them £rom their repoiitoiy, 
t^e flftftting &biio 01 life would giye way ; and in teving 
from my yitals the nonrishment by whioh they are sop- 
ported, she would bat grasp at a shadow insfmsiMa to hsr 
toach. 

GKve thee my consent ? — Oh thoa joy, comfort, and pride 
of my life, how cold is that word to express the ferrency 
of my approbation ! Yes, I do indeed give thee my consent; 
and 80 ^ankfoUy, that, with the hamblest graiitade to 
Providence, I would seal it with the remnant of my days. 

Hasten then, my love, to bless me with thy presence, and 
to receive the blessings with which my fond heart overflows ! 
— And oh, my Evelina, hear and assist in one only, humble, 
but ardent prayer, which yet animates my devotions : That 
the height of bliss to which thou art rising may not render 
thee giddy, but that the purity of thy mind may form the 
brightest splendour of thy prosperity ! — and that the weak 
and aged frame of thy almost idolising parent, nearly worn 
out by time, past afflictions, and infirmities, may yet be able 
to sustain a meeting with all its better part holds dear ; and 
then, that all the wounds which the former severity of for- 
tune inflicted, may be healed and purified by the ultimate 
consolation of pouring forth my dying words in bleffiinsrs 
on my child ! — closing these joy-streaming eyes in her 
presence, and breathing my last faint sighs in her loT<>d 
arms! 

Qrieve not, oh child of my care! grieve not at the 
inevitable moment ! but may thy own end be equally pro- 
pitious ! Oh, may'st thou, when full of days, and full of 
honour, sink down as gently to rest ! — be loved as kindly, 



ITBLINA. 



427 



^watched as tenderlj, as thy bappy jbkiher! And mayest 
^tiioiL, when thy glass is mn, be sweetly, but not bitterly, 
mourned by some remaining darling of thy affections — 
some yet soryiving Evelina ! 

Arthur Yillars. 



LETTER LXXXIV. 

lYlLINA TO THX RXT. MR. TILLARS. 

ALL is orer, my dearest Sir ; and the &te of your Eve- 
lina is decided ! This morning, with fearful joy and 
trembling gratitude, she united herself for ever with the 
object of her dearest, her eternal affection. 

I have time for no more ; the chaise now waits which is 
to conduct me to dear Berry Hill, and to the arms of the 
beet of men. 

EVBLINA. 



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OBUIKSHAlf E'S Three Courwa 
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Irith, and L^al; and a M^lugc- 
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Wofld, 93dA PofiHcal 



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BBMMIN*S History of Arms 
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DEMOSTHBNS8* Orations. 
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IXB STASIi'S Ckirinne or Italy. 
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IXBVEY'S Logio, or the Science 
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DUNLOFS History of Fiction. 
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Joseph Andrewa and hla Friend 
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Illustmlions. ivols. ii-diLtach, 

Amelia. With Ciuiksbank'i 

UlustratiDn! 5/. 

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mead Chapel. Ediied by J. K. 
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at.\«^'> 



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^ Edited by HeniyC. Bohn. 3i.&/. 

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^VXlterature. Translated by Her- 

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^Vol. i. iPrepaHng. 

aKDFFKBT OFUONMOUTH, 

OhroBlole at.—Stt Six O. E. 

Cfitvniilts. 

QBBTA ROMANORUM. ai En- 
terUunine Mmal Stories invenled 
by Ihc Monks. Translated by Ihe 
Rev. Cfaailes Swan. Revbed 

Edition, by Wynnard Hoopei, 
B,A. SI. 



aiBBOH'S DeaUae acd PoU of 
the Roinui Empire. Complete 
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Churchmiin. WLlh J Ma|K anil 
Porltail. 7 vols. 31. 6{/. earh. 

aZLBART'B History. PrtnoSpte*. 

uid Piaotloe of Bonkliig. By 

I the Ule J. \V. GiH»rt. RR.S. 

' EdilioQ, revised by A. S. 

rltkh'e. 1 vols. 101. 

.. BLAB, The Adventiirea t>i. 
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OIRALDDS CAMBKENSIS' 
HUtorWal Worlta. Translated 
ly Th. Eoresttr, .M.A., and Sir 
K. Coll Uoati;, KevUcd Edition, 
lited byTh^nnos^tia'h^.^ K , 
',S.A. y. 



K 



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into Eoglish by vaiioBi fai 
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I. and II, — Aolobingrapby vA 

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plelc. (Swan^ck.) 
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maon and Soiet. 

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XIL— Early and MiMcIUncoB 

Leiien. 
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XIV.— Reineke Foi, Wesl-Eai' 
Divan and Adiilleid. 



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Sir Waller Soill, ToeO^B " 
the BosrnnKT TKACTk, icdadlBg 
two nM beluT« published. Ac 
New Edition, S'- 

QRATS Lett«n. Bdiicd by iht 
Rev. D. C Tovey, M.A. 



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ORSENE. UARLOWB, and 
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Grimm. JJ. 6rf. 

anOSSI'B ICaroo Vlaooutl. 
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Ballads rendered into English 
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OUIEO'TS Hlatory of tbe Orl^ 
of RepreaentatiTB Qavenunent 
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Scoble. 31. f>J. 

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HAIR'S (Be*. Robert) Mlaoal- 
lUMOoa Works and lUiinalna. 
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■ADnrSTklea. ThcC»niv»n— 
The Sheik of Alcundiia — The 
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ji. 6rf. each. 
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Old h 



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on Men and Manners, lly W. 
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of tbe Ase of EUxabetb nod oa 
ChaiBcters of Shakcipcaie's ?laf 1 
31-6^. 

Leeturea on tba ""fl""'' 

Poets, and .'H the Engliah Onk 
Wrileia. 3J. W. 

The Plain Speaker. Opinion 

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— _ Round Table. 31. W. 

Sketctiea and BaaajB. jj.taL 

— — Tbe Spirit of tli« hv, oc. 

Conleitinoiiiry I'onrnits. EdiUd 
by W. Lurcw Hiutitt. y. U. 

HEATON'S Conofae Hlalory of 
Painting. New Fdiiion. rcriMd 
by Co&iiiu Monkhousc. Jj. 

HSOEL'S Leatuiw OD tlu PlUlo* 
BopbyofHlBtorr. Translaied bf 
J. Sib.ee. M.A. 

HEINE'S Foems, ComplCM 
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C.B. 31. &;. 

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Tour in the I Ian, Netdcnicy, ami 
Book oi Ideu, togelher wiUl Ihe 
Komantic .School. Tiuulaled bf 
Francis Stoir. A New Gdtlioo, 
reviled lluoughout. WUfa Appcn* 
ilices and MapL J>. dJ. 

HELP'S Idfn Of Ohrlitoift* 
aolnmfanc, lae DiscoTerer mi 
.\merica. By Su Arlhut Udii^ 
K.C.B. V M- 






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ot the B^ok ot the Pnalms. 5.1, 

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Successois of Mahomet. 
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14 



An Alphabetical List oj Books 



JOTOX^S Solaiitmo I>lBl08ii«. 
'With numerous Woodcnts. 51. 

JDEES-BBOWNi: (A. J.), The 
Building of tbe Biltlah Ulat: 
a Study in Geogiaphical EyoIo- 
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