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of an individual, and that individual, the attempt to drown the Jew, and
like those of Childe Harold The opening of the 11th chapter at Athens. The whole, indeed, of the reminds me of the gaudy description voyage to Egypt, and the subsequent in Childe Harold, of Sunday in Lon- descriptions of that country, of Palesdon and Seville. Compare these, I tine, and of Arabia, partake of this request, and say if it is likely that two vague and general character. Here and diferent authors would have thought there, it is true, a little picturesque so similarly on the same topic; for we incident is introduced; but it belongs cannot suppose
that the author of such not to the permanent features of the & work as Anastasius would have con- scenery, and is evidently employed to descended to become so palpable a give animation to a narrative, which, plagiarist from a poem so well known without something of the sort, woul as Childe Harold. But if Byron and be lumbering and lifeless. that person are one and the same, the The historical disquisitions concernthing is natural enough. He only re- ing the Mamelukes, and the political peats himself, under the modifying and statistical disquisitions, I pass over influences of the local circumstances altogether; they may be written by of a different scene.
Byron himself, or they may be the triIt is, however, needless to refer to butary contributions of Hobhouse. I particular instances; the reader at all have not read them. To me they are acquainted with Byron's manner of as appalling as the Osmanlee's simile thinking, must trace his mind in every of the Nile was to Anastasius himself. page of Anastasius, even though the in- You must, however, have been struck cidents and expressions bore little re- with the remarkable omission of the semblance to those of his other works. pyramids and ancient architecture of But I cannot refrain from noticing one Egypt. Had the author ever been in circumstance that I think curious. that country, is it probable, that in You remember, in his Letter concern- placing his hero in familiar situations, ing Bowles, the antagonist of Pope's in the Castle of Cairo, for exampoetical and moral reputation, that ple,-he would have omitted to reprethere is a description of a storm off sent him under the influence of the Tenedos, or thereabouts, in the Archi- feelings, which the superb views from pelago. The coincidence is somewhat the windows of the audience-chamber remarkable, that Anastasius should of the castle never fail to awaken? He describe a storm in the same place ;- does not even allude to it: while at and it would seem as if the author Constantinople, he appears, as it were, had placed himself on board one of at home; in Cairo, he seems to have the little barks that Byron describes no points of local reference, nothing in his letter as scudding before the which shews he has ever been there. gale. Could this coincidence be acci- Where the author of Anastasius dental ? I pass over the account of sticks to his own story, he is amua sing, Avely, and sometimes more; but, the albacadabra ravings of the charaowhere he' mingles up his adventures ters. I must refer you to the sixth with details from Mouradgea d'Oh- chapter of the second volume for the sson's History of Turkey, he is as tire- former, while I beg your attention to some as the old Armenian himself. what I consider one of the irrepressiBy the way, Kit, it argues very little ble biases of Byron's mind. He is for the lore of our reviewing tribes, speaking, it is true, here ironically; that none of them have noticed how but it is curious that he should so much of a free-booter Anastasius is, speak: “ In the opinion of Malek," with respect to the work alluded to. says Anastasius,“ every stone, beast, Nobody filches so bravely from others and plant, on the surface of the earth, as Byron,-few can so well afford to presumed most unwarrantably to meddo so,---few have the courage to be so dle with our destiny. Nothing, anifree.
mated or inanimate, could be named, The description of the Arabian wiz- which exerted not over our being a zard is whimsical, but improbable; mysterious influence. From every ocand the picture is altogether errone- currence, however trivial, some omen ous, in the circumstances of the back might be extracted, if one only knew ground and still life. It is drawn the way.” This is said in joke ; but from the caricatures of a European elsewhere, the author, Lord Byron, fortune-teller, and lacks the uncouth propounds the same idea seriously. Is enthusiasm that is mingled with the it probable that any other but himself pretensions of the true Arabian astro- would have done so ? loger. The introduction of an astro- But my paper leaves me, at present, nomical globe into the arcanum of a no further room ; perhaps, on some fortune-teller in Djedda, is sufficient other occasion, I may resume the subto prove how little the author, from ject. Mean time, I remain, your his own knowledge, knew of the country. But, nevertheless, the hand of Byron is manifest in the vigour of the Gordon's Hotel, Albemarle Street, painting, and his genius is heard in August 29, 1821.
OLD FRIEND WITH A NEW FACE.
Fine partens ! Fine rock-partens !—There's a pair
Young gentleman !_come here, my bonny man !
The Flowers of Edinburgh.
a knowledge of the world; to see the jade, he spoke to me first," replied naked passions of the human heart Grizzel. - Look at thae again, Mr displayed in their very grossness, let Currantbush," Peggy subsumed. your steps often be directed to the “ Taste mine, Mr Columbine,” remarket of fishes of the good town of torted Mrs Grizzy, hastily opening a Edinburgh. There you will meet the large oyster, and holding it in its narich and the poor,--the old and the tive gravy up to my mouth; while young,—the prudent and the spend- this elegant appeal to my organs of thrift,--the shopkeeper and his jour- taste rendered a reference of the same neyman,--the mistress and her ser- kind imperative on the part of Mrs vant, jostling one another and joining Peggy. I was now pretty much in to form a motley crowd, which can- the same dilemma, in the decision of not be paralleled in any other place; the comparative merits of an oyster, while the fish cadies and the fisher- as Mr Paris of old, wben besieged by women in the congregated noises of the three goddesses who claimed the their diversified modes of speech, give prize of beauty; and not to make an a finer idea of the confusion of Babel invidious distinction between my two than can be elsewhere acquired. friends, I took an oyster in each hand
“ Come awa, hinny, and see what from the rivals, and, had my mouth ye re for the day;" said my good friend been large enough, or the capacity of Nelly Speldins, as I passed the range my throat allowed, I should have swalof creels with shell-fish. “ Here's twa lowed both at once to evince my
imrock-partens I can recommend ;-ye'll partiality. I dispatched both in an no find their marrow in the market interval so short, however, that I am the day; just find the weight o' them.” unable at this moment to say which
-“ No partens to-day, Nelly, an- had the priority in running the race swered I.-" My bonny man, said into my stomach; and to end the another venerable friend, whose ruddy conference I said, in my gravest manface has long been familiar to market- ner, “ Pll tell you
what I'll do, Grizmakers,—“My bonny man," said she, zel: You offered me your oysters as she came running up to me with a first."— That's God's truth, the cahandful of scallops, " did you ever die heard me,” said Grizzel.—“ But see the like o'thae clams?"" They Mr Currantbush, ye gart me promise seem very fine indeed, Christy, but I to keep ye gude anes," interrupted don't want any to-day.”. My coat at Mrs Peggy " Haud your tongue ye this moment was pulled from behind, haverel, and let the gentleman speak," andon looking round, Grizzel Thomson said Mrs Grizzel. Go you claveraccosted me with " Mr Columbine! ing auld fool," retorted Peggy, “ I ken Mr Columbine! I've a hunder fine as weel how to serve a gentleman as oysters picket out and laid by for you.” you." - What's the price to-day, Grizzy?” All this while I could not get in a said I.-“ Only four shillings the hun- word, and turned my head to the one der, sir ;-whare's your cadie ?-hae side and to the other, as the calls on my you gotten a tankard to haud them?” attention were bandied about from My arm was now gently touched in side to side. But seeing little prosanother direction by Peggy Buckies, pect of a speedy termination to the who said in a half whisper, “ Mr statement of the case, I again interCurrantbush, ye're no to gang past me posed. “ You offered me your oysters for oysters-ye tell’d me to keep pan, first, Grizzel ; count me out half a dores for you, and here's just ae hun- hundred.”- - Half a hunder oysder that I kept back frae Charlie Oman, ters !” said Grizzel, with a face in wha aye gies me sixpence mair for which astonishment was painted, them.
“ half a hunder oysters ! Na, I winEvery body has read the fable of na affront your leddy by sending hame the ass between two bundles of hay: half a hunder oysters to your house. and I found myself at this mo- I winna affront ye, Mr Columbine, ment in a similar predicament. My whether ye pay me or no.” Well, suitors, seeing my irresolution, each let it be a hundred then,” said I.was eager to have my fiat on the bar- “ Yes, sir,” said Grizzel, her face asgain. “ The gentleman aye deals wi suming its wonted placability-"Yes, me," said Peggy, who was by much sir; Cadie! Isbel ! -Is nae blind Isthe younger of the two." Ye lien belyour cadie, MrColumbine?"-"And
Peggy," said I, turning to the other good eating. “ See sic beauties," said nymph, who during the latter part of Katherine; “ a' loupin ; every ane o' the transaction looked disappointment them will be three pund weight, and personified, “ Peggy, I'll take a hun- there's nae cats in the market the day dred from you likewise.”—“ You're but my ain. I'm sure after their heads very good, sir,” answered Peggy; are cuttit aff they'll mak a dish for a
ye'll no find mine's the warst bar- lord.”—"As you have taken the trougain." -" But recollect this both of ble to offer them to me, Mrs Katheyou,” continued I, “ I will give no rine,” said I, you know I am at a more than three shillings the hun- word, I shall give you two shillings dred; it is quite enough in all con- for the half dozen.” science.”—“Three shillings!” cried Our bargain was here interrupted Mrs Grizzel, putting her hands in the by the arrival of a Frenchman, a little mass of petticoats in which her pock- gentleman with “spectacles on nose,” ets were enveloped ; “ three shillings! who, on surveying the fish on Katheye's no get my oysters for three rine's table, exclaimed,
“ Vat ugly shillings the day." Three shillings, devil! are dese poissons --fishes, dat and the oysters sae scarce !" ejaculated is, I mane, goot voman?”—“ Poison, Mrs Peggy. “It may be enough for Sir!-Na, they're nae mair poison Grizzy Tamson's oysters, but ye's ne'er than ony fish in the market :--them get mine for that price.” Very that eats paddocks need na be fear'd well,” said I, “ I don't want them; 1 for sea-cats, I think.-But that cod's would rather not buy any;" and I head ye're looking at, (for the Frenchturned to go away.
“ Hear me! come man had fixed his eyes very knowingback, Mr Columbine,"exclaimed Griz- ly upon this article,) I'll gie you very
“ I'll tak your siller for handsel, cheap-ye'll get it for saxpence.". but ye maun pit anither sixpence “ Mon Dieu ! a sixpence for dat head till't.'
-“ Not one farthing more," re- of cod; dat is trop cher, my goot voplied I.-" Weel, weel, a wilfu' man man, ver much too dear; but I vill aye
hae his will,” said Grizzel, for de head give twopence ;-or if you moralizing upon the occasion.-"As give me dis tail along vid head, all in mine's in
tankard ye may tak one bargain, den ver vell; I vill take mine's too,” said Peggy, with a self- for one penny more, dat is all.”congratulatory smile; "but mind ye're Weel, weel, tak them, an nae mair awn me a shilling the morn." about it. Whare's your cadie, or hae
Blind Isbel got the oysters, and up you a clout ?"- -“ Štop un little, my stairs we went to the principal part of goot voman,
," said the Frenchman, the market. At the top of the stair spreading a dirty pocket handkerchief, I was recognized by Kate Lugworm, which he drew from a ridicule in his who came to me with a face of import- hand; “ stop un little time, my misance, and in a half whisper said, “I've tress, till I put de fish in dis ridicule;" gotten the cats the day for you, Mr and having finished stuffing the muCombsbrush; there's just sax o' them; tilated fragments of the cod-fish into and the gudeman fought twa hours the little basket, he paid his threethis mornin' before he could get them pence and went away,-not, however, out o'the nets.--Ye'll no grudge me without turning back several times a shillin the piece for them.” “A to look at the dog-fish, and muttering shilling a piece for sea cats, Katherine; as he went along, « Vat ugly devil, that is a great deal too much. I have dat poisson, ugly devil certainement.” often bought them for twopence.”. “Now that man's awa, I'll tell you
Ah, but sir, ye ken they're no to Mr Combsbrush, ye’s get the cats for be had every day, and they're very de- three shillings,” said Katherine, “and structionfu' to the nets. I've gotten I'll gie you half a dozen o' thae flukes half a crown for them before now frae to the bargain.”—“ No, no," replied Mr Wilson and Mr Neill the Natu- I,“that won't do, Katherine; I won't rals o' the Vermin Society in the give more than two shillings-not one College for speciments. But come and farthing."_“Eh, I canna tak that, see them, and I'm sure ye'll no grudge sir; but mak it saxpence mair, and the siller.” I went to the stand ac- they're yours—it'll aye be a dram to cordingly, and saw the ugly, animals, me. -06 No, can't do it;" and I was which, however hideous in appear- proceeding along to another stall, as ance, I beg to recommend to lovers of the only means of hastening the con
" I'll give
clusion of the bargain. Mrs Kathe kail-blade to your ain end, ma leddy!” rine allowed me to go so far, before “ You are in a monstrous passion calling me back, that I was more than to-day, Nelly,” said I; “ what's the half determined to return and take the matter ?". “ Naething at a', sir, but fish at her own price, when her voice for folk comin' to the market that dissounded like a bugle through the mar- na ken fish when they see them. They
ket, “Hy, sir !-Hy, Mr Combsbrush! had better be playing their pianos at Il ye’re no gaun till leave me for a sax- hame. I like best to deal wi' gentlepence ? Come here and tak the fish
Come, see what ye're for the we manna be ower hard.- Isbel, haud day, and I'll mak ye right:
:-are ye your basket.”—I returned again to the for a rawn fluke, or a nice maiden stall
, having, as I conceived, gained skate ?---See what a beauty, I'm sure my point; and Katherine was in the this ane's just a medicine. If ye want act of putting the cats in the basket it ye'll get it for a shilling; I'm sure upon the woman's shoulder, when I ye canna ca’ that dear."> thought I perceived that she had you sixpence for the skate,” said I.changed the fish I saw on her table “ Saxpence !- do ye think I steal for smaller ones. As this is a com- them? Thae's no fish ye're buyinmon trick in the market, I made no thae's mens' lives! Saxpence for the secret of my suspicions, and taxed her haill skate,-the broo o't will do ye roundly for the imposition. “ You a crown's worth o' gude. But ye'll are ower auld farrent, ma bonnie man, maybe be wantin something mair, sae I see; ye'll scarcely let poor folk live just tak it. I havena drawn a saxnow-a-days;" and upon my insisting pence the day yet. Will ye no tak for others, she produced out of a creel, that turbot?' where were some dozens of the same “ If ye’re for a turbot, come to me,” animals, the identical fish which she said a laughing-faced woman at the had exhibited on her table when I first next stall, “ and ye'll get your pick o’ accosted her.
sax. The choice of six turbots was Blind Isbel and I now proceeded to not to be neglected, and I stept on a a stall opposite, where haddocks were few paces. Ay, ay, gang your wa's, the chief fish exposed to sale. A lady-she likes gentlemen, and can sell ye was at this time cheapening a few of something else if ye want it.”—“Haud them. “ I'll gie you a dizzen o' nice your ill-tongue, Tibby,—there's naeanes for twa shillings, mem."-" Two body fashin wi' you ;-your tongue's shillings !" replied the lady; " I would nae scandal; a'body kens that, give you a shilling for them, provided swered Jenny Flukemouth. “Truth's they were new caught, but they don't, nae scandal," replied Tibby; "I was I think, seem very fresh.”_" Fresh, never catched at the back o' the houses mem! they were ta'en out o' the sea as ye was, wi' Johnny Crabshell, anthis mornin'; ye surely dinna ken ither woman's man; that's nae secreto caller fish when ye see them. Look Fy for shame, ye light-headed taupy.; at that,” said she, putting a slimy ca' me a liar for that if ye dare," said thumb in the opening of the gills, to Tibby, challenging contradiction, and shew their untarnished redness. The setting her arms akimbo, while her fish, notwithstanding the honest wo. elbows and head were projected in deman’s asseverations, had certainly been fiance. “ I'm no ca'in you ony thing kept a day or two, and were not just that ye’re no kent to be, ye randy such haddocks as a connoisseur would woman that ye are. I never was have purchased.
The lady looked carried hame in a cart frae the Fishdoubtingly for a moment, and then wives' Causeway fu’; nor fell ower having made up her mind, shook her my ain creel at Jock's Lodge, as some head, and removed to another stall. ither
folk hae done, mind that,” said My friend the fishwife, as she was re- Jenny, cresting her head, and looking tiring, began a soliloquy, in which, a triumph. And then addressing me, (like many of my friends in the theatre said, “See sic turbots, sir; I sellá when speaking aside), she said, loud Bailie Mucklekite the neibor o' this enough to be heard by the lady, ane, for half-a-guinea, no a quarter o’ Stinkin'fish!-go, that's a gude ane. an hour ago.” Tibby was pluck, howI wish ye may be as caller yoursel.
ever, and had determined not to give Stinkin' haddies !—ling le-tail'd jade, up the contest. Coming close up to for a' your silks !-No fresh !--clap á her younger antagonist, in the attitude