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—but her countenance sparkled not THE BREAKFAST. with it, as Mrs. Goodwin's would
have done, while bidding a stranger An EXTRACT from “SANTO Se- welcome. Doctor Sydenham and
BASTIANO, or the Young Pro- Mr. Bloomer, clergymen belonging TECTOR,'a Novel, by the Author to the county, who were come to of the ROMANCE of the Py- stay at doctor Hargrave’s during the
election; miss Penrose, a pretty
missy girl of seventeen, a schoolJULIA now being ready to leave fellow of miss Hargrave's ; Charles her chamber, Mrs. Goodwin con- Goodwin, Celestina Hargrave, her ducted her down; and introduced parrot, and three yelping puppy her to Doctor and Mrs. Hargrave, dogs, formed the party assembled. and a party assembled in the break Mrs. · Hargrave, in imitation of fast-room.
the countess of Gaythorn, was beOur heroine's figure, now come a wonderful admirer of beaulonger attenuated by recent sickness, ty; and no one now could expect noi her limbs unstrung by languor, her favour, who was not handsome. combined in it all the barmony of I have been in company with so exquisite symmetry : 'every move many hideous women, of late,' said ment displayed the perfection of Mrs. Hargrave, when they were all graceful ease; and her whole ap- seated at the breakfast-table, that pearance was truly feminine and it is really quite refreshing to look lovely. Hers was a countenance that at miss De Clifford. You must have spoke instantly to the heart, her heaps of lovers, miss De Clifford'.. beauty was blended with such fasci • Not one, at all, that I know of, nating sweetness, such a bewitching madam,' replied Julia, blushing; expression of all that was amiable. 'except, Henry Goodwin, who is for She looked so intelligent and sen my acknowledged, caro sposo.' sible, yet so mild and artless; her * That is your youngest boy, if I voice was so touchingly melodious, recollect right, Harriot?' said Mr. and her accent and language so Hargrave. Pray is Rosa improve prettily tinctured with the foreign ing in her looks ? Is she growing up idiom (she, until the last year of her any thing approaching to pretiy?' life, scarcely ever having attempted Mrs. Goodwin smiled, while a to converse in English), giving to deep blush heightened her natural all she uttered so much winning fine bloom, but was silent. Julia simplicity; that no being of sen blushed too, with resentment; and sibility could behold her, for a mo with vivacity replied-'Miss Goodment, without feeling interested for win, before I did ever see her, had her happiness-could not listen to passed approach, for pretty; and her an hour, without wishing to pro was arrived, quite, at perfection of mote it.
beauty.' · Julia saw that Doctor and Mrs. • Indeed!' said Mrs. Hargrare: Hargrave were still uncommonly "I am vastly happy at hearing this handsome; but both strikingly af. surprising news. I have not seen fected, and their manners' unplea. Rosa since she was in the small-pox, santly artificial. She
which I thought must have conceived by the doctor with supercili- pleted her beauty; and I always forous courtesy; by Mrs. Hargrave, got to ask how she fared.' with words expressive of cordialily; My dear sister!' replied Mrs.
Goodwin, surely you have been Hargrave; - for doctor Sydenham is often at my house since Rosa had the greatest flirt in the world.' the small-pox!
Mrs. Hargrave's information was • Well!' answered Mrs. Har- pretty accurate :- Dector Sydengrave; but I never looked at her.' ham was a notorious flirt, and fa
Tears started to Mrs. Goodwin's vourite of all the young women in eyes; and she hastily bent them to
He was a bachelor, of the ground, to conceal what trem seventy. In his youth he had been bled in them.
too poor, and in his old age too wise, In vero,' said Julia, 'I am, a to marry. He had often felt the great deal astonished, why for, any influence of the blind urchin ; but one could, not, look, at Rosa Good so frequently did he sigh in hopewin; for yet, I never did behold, so lessness, that his heart became calmuch attractive a countenance. lous 10 disappointinent; and he Oh! so lovely, that when walked could now make love to the daughI have, sometimes, with her, in ters and grand-daughters of those the Museum Garden, I have been very beauties he had formerly sighed distressed, very strongly, by the ob- for, without a pang of fond regret, servation, she awakened; for not a Not until he had almost attained his being, did ever pass her, at all, who grand climacteric, was his merit did not turn for to gaze, and make (which was certainly conspicuous) exclamations, expressive of their rewarded ;-then, after being long much admiration, for such sweet, reconciled to a fate which seemed to mild, beauty.'
say he was to live and die a curate, The clergymen looked at each most' unexpectedly, a large living other, and smiled.- Great, indeed,' was presented to him; and to which said doctor Sydenham, must, miss he was scarcely inducted, when anGoodwin's beauty be, if she could other, even more considerable, was be the object of attraction when bestowed upon him. It was now too her companion was miss De Clif- late, be thought, to commence a wed. ford.'
ded life. His parochial Hock he Julia's cheeks were again suffused adopted as his children, who all howith a vermilion tint; and, with a noured their pastor, and loved him stile, she replied-Indeed, I could as a father. He was kind to his nothing claim, for the admiration relations; benevolent to the poor ; excited: for I was such a spectre, possessed the esteem of the old, and of illness, that the only emotion, the affection of the young His could I awaken, was pity very much house, the seat of hospitality, was in the beholder.'
often filled with guests; and harmI know not what you then might lees mirth, and innocent amusement, have been,' returned this pleasant were ever promoted by the ch-erful, looking, cheerful old man; but I venerable, host. see you now are exactly what I Mr. Bloomer, by some preternashould wish to be my wile, were I tural intuence, bad obtained the five-and-twenty.'
singular favour of inverting the orJulia answered him, playfully; der of nature; and after he had and a lively, spirited dialogue, was passed his fiftieth year, time took, carried on by them.
with him, a retrograde morion, and • Do n't put faith in his protes- every birth-day bis age decreased tations, miss de Clifford,' said Mrs. one year; so that now, he was only
forty, though had he gone on but Po!', cither from obstinacy or men and women too, though often liking the sport, set her beak fast in against their inclination) usually do, Mr. Bloomer's hair, and maintained he must certainly have numbered her ground. Doctor Harurave was sixty years. This man possessed a compelled to his utmost exertions, large fortune, independent of his to drag Pull from the head; which church preferment, which was con- he would not loosen his hold of, but siderable. He had been called · Beau- dragged 100-a peruke off, and left ty Bloomer' in his youth ; and still the bald-pated beau an absolute friar, thought himself an Adonis : and he with only a tonsure round his face. was, and ever had been, yo devoted Mr. Bloomer had not temper to to himself, that no expense his own bear such an unexpected mortification; purse could supply, no trouble which he aimed at instant retreat : but others could take, was ever spared by treading upon one of the puppies, him for bis gratifications. And he was a dreadful yelping succeeded, which the most formal, precise-looking, be- brought Celestina to its aid, who ing, that ever prim Exactness mo- having taken the wig from Poll, delled. That dust, or soil, which now, in a rage, slapped it in Mr. the wear of the day gave to others, Bloomer's face. Doctor Hargrave and even the neatest people, never attempted to apologize; but the now approached him; for he constantly insulted beau, net deigning to hear a appeared as if an invisible glass-case, word, precipitately retreated from or some ethereal substance, shielded the room, and as soon as possible hini from all which could discompose lest the house. or disorder bis appearance : and now, • You should, Celestina, my love,' at breakfast, he was seated powder- said doctor Hargrave, as, with lofty ed, perfumed, and polished up, to composure, he was returning to his the highest degree of lustre, display. seat, after Mr. Bloomer haughtily ing his fine teeth and white hands to refused to hear his offered apology the greatest advantage ; and hoping, -'You should contrive to make most fervently, that this young and your favourites less annoying, and beautiful stranger was admiring him; more amenable to command.'' when, just as Mrs. Hargrave had Not I, indeed, pa,' replied miss completed the sentence' Doctor Hargrave, saucily; and those who Sydenham is the greatest flirt in the don't like my favourites as they are, world,' Celestina's immense parrot need not come to the house. As suddenly flew from his perch, and for that old vamped-up thing, he alit upon Mr. Bloomer's head, and, may go to the d-, and shake him. with a horrible, discordant imita- self.' tion of laughter, began to fap his • Hell and furies ! exclaimed docwings with all his might, covering tor Hargrave, at this moment obthe whole tea equipage, and filling serving one of the puppies busily the surrounding air, with clouds of employed tearing a manuscript perfumed powder.
pamphlet.My exquisitely writNothing could exceed the rage of ten French Revolution, which I had Mr. Bloemer, except the boisterous only completed this very morning.' mirth of Celestina, whose shouts of And now, with a passion far exceed, laughter and hooting, at the univer- ing Mr. Bloomer's, he kicked the sally powdered coxcomb, only in- puppy, with violence, to the other creased Poli's din and exercise. Doe- end of the room; and, with savage tor Hargrave, jumping up, seized rage, shook his daughter by the arm, the parrot, to extricate his friend; and ordered her instantly to quit his
presence : —And he would take "Well!' said her father, 'I shall care,' he vociferated, 'to have the not at present contest the point necks wrung off her infernal plagues !' with you : I shall wait until your
Miss Hargrave set up a hideous judgment is unbiassed by indignayell of crying; and peremptorily de- tion; and then,'I know, your reason clared—She would not leave the will lead you to my arms.' And room.'
now, feeling himself particularly “Sir,' said Charles, timidly, the pleased with Charles, for having manuscript I saw you correcting proved the herald of joyful tidings. before breakfast, is now lying behind to him, doctor Hargrave suddenly the cushion of the sopha, where addressed Mrs. Goodwin.you left it; and this the dog has un Really, madam, your son is a fortunately torn,' pieking up some vastly fine youth. I was much pleasof the fragments-this'was a sermon, ed with his conduct yesterday, at I believe.... Oh! dear me! and, table;--it was so truly gentlemanly. I an afraid, upon the Resurrec. He carved with so much ease and
dexterity ;-- was so mnobtrusively • Thank Heaven ! it was nothing polite; ——so attentive to the ladies of consequence !' cried doctor Hare near bim, without servility or offigrave, running to the sopha.-'Aye, ciousness ;--that I was infinitely you are right, Charles; my treasure charmed with him; and I am sure is safe.-Really, really I am quite his appearance and manners are slaocked, to have appeared in such a such, he will rapidly make his way pet; but you can feel for me, Sy- in India. ....But pray, Mrs. Good. denham, Authors, you know, have win, may I ask, ai whose table' quiek feelings; are ever tenderly Charles learned such a gentlemanly alive to the fate of the offspring of deportment?' their invention :' and doctor Har At his father's, sir,' replied Mrs. grave attempted to smile.
Goodwin, with dignity softened by Aye,' said doctor Sydenham, the natural sweetness of her dispothe head of an author, as well as a sition. beaa, is his hobby horse ; ard we At this moment, the door was must forgive their being a little thrown open ; Lord Gaythorn, disconcerted, if any foe should at- announced, and a very tall, genteeltack either the head or the offspring looking, elderly man, with a counwith hostilities.'
tenance of such undaunted boldness, Doctor Hargrave, feeling a little that no woman of delicacy could betoo silly to succeed in the smile he hold him without disgust, entered ; still aimed at, now called his bellow. darted up to Mrs. Hargrave, and, ing daughter to him. • Come taking her hand with much familiahither, Celestina, my dear love! rity, expressed his happiness at come hither, and kiss wie. seeing her look so lovely.' And sincerely sorry, my mistaking what now the rector contrived to obtrude your favourite had torn, should lead upon the notice of his lordship; who, me to rebuke you.--Come, love, the instant he could escape the hokiss and be friends,
mage of the doctor, whose bows sent • Never do you believe that,' re- his mouth to kiss the carpet in replied miss Hargrave, sullenly, 'Do verence, turned to observe Mrs. n't think you shall break my bead, Hargrave's companions, and on beand give me a plaster.
holding Julia, started. Our heroine
started not, but felt nothing like much to indulge their curiosity: and, satisfaction, at recognising in him above all, lord and lady Gaythorn one of Fitzroy's companions, who were in London, where they had rehad remained in the sociable, and so solved to rerjain during the election ; much distressed her, the preceding but upon Fitzroy starting up as a evening, hy his rudely indefatigable candidate, and his lordship belonggaze. His lordship now hastily re- ing to the party which espoused hits, quested Mrs. Hargrave to introduce he found himself compelled to be him to her fair friends; and Mrs. present at 2. during the contest : Hargrave announced lord Gaythorn and lady Gaythorn, too, had been and the three ladies to each other. obliged, for the same cause, to re
Mrs. Goodwin,' said his lord- turn to the Priory, his lordship’s ship, with all the appearance of in- seat, ncar 2., the evening before the terest he could muster upon the last ;-the prst moment his patron's occasion, 'I rejoice to see you so intended presence at the election was perfectly recovered from your dreads announced to the dismayed rector, ful alarm. My friend Fitzroy, and when it was too late to put off the myself, could talk of nothing since, visit of Mrs. Goodwin, but your interesting terror, Lord Gaythorn having made his sounded by such a sivage multitude: speech to Mrs. Goodwin, with a and had my friend Fitzroy known bold stare, and languishing manner, where he could have the happiness of addressed some high-sounding comfinding you, he would (for he is the pliments and congratulations to Julia, most attentive inan, to ile ladies, in upon “ her apparent recovery, from the world) hare done himself the her sweetly expressive terror, the honour, even amidst the bustle of preceding evening;' which she recanvassing, of calling to enquire for ceived with a formal bow, of repulyou.'
sive ceremony. His lordship then, Doctor and Mrs. Hargrave were observing Celestina sobbing. over now highly disconcerted, at finding her still yelping favourite, kindly their guests had been seen, by bis demanded What ailed his pretty lordship, travelling in a hack chaise, romp?' withont even the protection of a Only a row with
my father, footman, the objects of ridicule and said she; who was such a brute as insult:, and now, even more than to kick my beautiful darling, for they had done the last two days, re- tearing a dáb of a trumpery sermon.' gretted having given so unlucky an Lord Gaythorn, shocked at this invitation to Mrs. Goodwin ; which undutiful speech, instantly turned to they would by no means have done, Mrs. Hargrave, saying 'I perceive only long feeling a scruple of con- you have not changed your daughs science relative to their neglect of ter's school.' this estimable' relation (to whom No, my lord, nor do I mean it,' they owed such a debt of gratitude), Mrs. Hargrave replied. I was disand thinking this election afforded satisfied certainly; but now they an excellent opportunity of inviting have got the first dancing-master in her to 2., when the variety of people England, Scamperini teaches there.' entertained at every house, would • And can
à mother wish for sanction a woman of no fashion be- more?' said doctor Sydenham. ing at the Rectory; and the constant I am sure, sir, a mother must be hustle every gossip would be en- difficult to please, who could, tea gaged in, would occupy then too turned miss Penrose ; 'for miss