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in the county! Sorrow!said I- Knockecroghery! Oh the rogue, he thinks • what do you mean by sorrow ?! “That he has me at a nonplush; but I'll show him there's no better, plase your honour, can
the differ.' be seen. We have two more to be sure “ After this brag of war, Paddy whip but one has no top, and the other no bote ped; Knockecroghery kicked; and Paddy, tom. Any way there's no better can be seemingly unconscious of danger, sat seen than this same.' * And these within reach of the kicking horse, twitchhorses,' cried why this horse is so ing up first one of his legs, then the other, lame he can hardly stand.' 'Oh, plase and shifting as the animal aimed his hoofs, your honour, tho' he can't stand, he'll go escaping every time as it were by miracle. fast enough. He has a great deal of the With a mixture of temerity and presence rogue in him, plase your honour. lle's of mind, which made-us alternately look always that way at first setting out.' upon him as a madman and a hero, he * And that wretched animal with the gal. gloried in the danger, secure of sucled breast! He's all the better for it, cess, and of the sympathy of the spectawhen once he warms; it's he that will go tors. with the speed of light, plase your honour. “ Ah! didn't I compass him cleverly Sure, is not he Knockecroghery? and then? Oh the villain, to be browbating didn't I give fifteen guineas for him, bar me! I'm too cute for him yet. See, there, ring the luckpenny, at the fair of Knocke. now, he's come to ; and I'll be his bail croghery, and he rising four year old at he'll go asy enough wid me. Ogh! he has the same time ?' I. 61-63.
a fine spirit of his own; but it's I that can “Then seizing his whip and reins in match him. "Twould be a poor case if a one hand, he clawed up his stockings with man like me couldn't match a horse any the other; so with one easy step le got into way, let alone a mare, which this is, or it bris place, and seated himself, coachman. never would be so vitious.” 1. 68, 69. like, upon a well-worn bar of wood, that The most delectable personage, served as a coach-box. Throw me the loan of a trusty, Bartly, for a cushion, however, in the whole tale, is the ansaid he. A frieze coat was thrown up over
cient Irish nurse Ellinor. The de. the horses' heads. Paddy caught it.
voted affection, infantine simplicity, « Where
are you, Hosey ? cried he. and strange pathetick eloquence of • Sure I'm only rowling a wisp of straw this half-savage, kind hearted creaon my leg, replied Hosey. "Throw me up," added this paragon of postilions, casion for many most original and
ture, afford Miss Edgeworth octurning to one of the crowd of idle bystanders. 'Arrah, push me up, can't ye? characteristick representations. We
- A man took hold of his knee, and threw shall scarcely prepossess our English him upon the horse. He was in his seat in readers in her favour, by giving the a trice. Then clinging by the mane of his description of her cottage. horse, he scrambled for the bridle which was under the other horse's feet, reached
“ It was a wretched looking, low, mud. it, and, well satisfied with himself, looked
walled cabin. At one end it was propped found at Paddy, who looked back to the by a buttress of loose stones, upon which chaise-door at my angry servants, 'secure
stood a goat reared on his hind legs, to in the last event of things.' In vain the
browze on the grass that grew on the Englishman, in monotonous anger, and housetop. A dunghill was before the on. the Frenchman in every note of the ga. ly window, at the other end of the house, mut, abused Paddy. Necessity and wit
and close to the door was a puddle of were on Paddy's side. He parried all that
the dirtiest of dirty water, in which ducks was said against his chaise, his horses,
were dabbling. At my approach, there himself, and his country, with invincible,
came out of the cabin a pig, a calf, a comick dexterity; till at last both his ad- lamb, a kid, and two geese, all with their versaries, dumb-foundered, clambered in. legs tied; followed by cocks, hens, chickto the vehicle, where they were instantly ens, a dog, a cat, a kitten, a beggar-mani
, shut up in straw and darkness. Paddy, in
a beggar woman, with a pipe in hem a triumphant tone, called to my postil- mouth; children innumerable, and a stout lions, bidding them get on, and not be girl, with a pitchfork in her hand; al. stopping the way any longer.” I. 64, 65. together more than 1, looking down upon
the roof as I sat on horseback, and meaBy and by the wheelhorse stopped suring the superficies with my eye, could short, and began to kick furiously. have possibly supposed the mansion ca
“Never fear, reiterated Paddy. “I'll pable of containing. I asked if Ellinor engage rll be up wid hím. Now for it, O'Donoghoe was at home; but the dog
barked, the geese cackled, the turkeys After having said so much of “En. yobbled, and the beggars begged with 'nui,” we can afford but a very slight one accord, so loudly, that there was
account of the Victim of Fashion. no chance of my being heard. When the girl had at last succeeded in appeasing This is the daughter of a rich Yorkthem all with her pitchfork, she answer shire grazier, who, with a fortune of ed, that Ellinor O'Donoghoe was at home, two hundred thousand pounds, is but that she was out with the potatoes; smitten with the desire of being fine and she ran to fetch her, after calling to
and fashionable; and first throws off the boys, who were within in the room smoking, to come out to his honour. As soon
the society of her earliest and most as they had crouched under the door, and l'espectable friends, to copy the pursewere able to stand upright, they welcom. proud airs of a rich banking baronet's ed me with a very good grace, and were lady; then abjures the banker, in orproud to see me in the kingdom. I asked if der to be occasionally insulted in the they were all Ellinor's sons.
house of a lady of high birth; next tirely,' was the first answer. ' Not one but one,' was the second answer. The
deserts her, to purchase the favour of third made the other two intelligible. another who has influence at court; * Plase your honour, we are all her sons-in- and finally settles down into the solaw, except myself, who am her lawful ciety of a few hired and domestick son. "Then you are my foster-brother!' flatterers, who bear with her peevishNo, plase your honour, it's not me, but
ness and discontent, for the sake of my brother, and he's not in it. Not in at? No, plase your honour; becaase sharing in her melancholy splendour. he's in the forge up abore. Sure he's the The progress of this despicable infablacksmith, my lard.'' And what are tuation, and the havock it makes among you?' 'I'm Ody, plase your honour;' the all her original claims to respect and short for Owen, &c. I. 94-96.
enjoyment, are very finely and art. It is impossible, however, for us to fully delineated. The greatest piece of select any thing that could give our
management, however, in the story, readers even a vague idea of the in- is the character of Miss Elmour, the terest, both serious and comick, that early friend of our unfortunate heis produced by this original character, roine. Instead of being brought out in without quoting more of the story broad contrast, it is softened and kept than we can now make room for. under with such admirable judgment, We cannot leave it, however, with that the reader feels half angry at her out making our acknowledgments long-suffering kindness and affection to Miss Edgeworth, for the hand for so ungrateful an object-and at some way in which she has treated the slowness with which her innate our country, and for the judgment superiority is ultimately made triumas well as liberality she has shown in phant. The dramatick part of this the character of Mr. Macleod, the story, and indeed the whole dialogue proud, sagacious, friendly and re
of the publication, is excellent; but served agent of her hero. There is
we can only make room for the cominfinite merit and power of obser- parative view of the fashion of the vation even in her short sketch of his
banker's lady, and the fashion of the exteriour.
lady of family. Upon her removal to “ He was a hard featured, strong built,
the family of the latter, perpendicular man, with a remarkable quietness of deportment. Ile spoke with “ Almeria found the style of dress, mandeliberate distinctness, in an accent slight ners, and conversation, different from ly Scotch; and, in speaking, he made use what she had seen at lady Stock’s-she of no gesticulation, but held himself sur had easily imitated the affectation of lady prisingly still. No part of him, but his Stock, but there was an case in the de. eves, moved; and they had an expression cided tone of lady Bradstone, which could of slow, but determined good sense. Ile not be so easily acquired. Having lived was sparing of his words; but the few that from her infancy in the best company, he used said much, and went directly to there were no heterogeneous mixtures in the point.” I. 22.
her manners; and the consciousness of
this gave an habitual air of security to her sequence was much raised by the court words, looks, and motions. Lady Stock that was paid to her by several young seemed forced to beg, or buy-Lady Brad men of fashion, who thought it expedient stone, accustomed to command, or levy, to marry two hundred thousand pounds." admiration as her rightful tribute. The II. 55–58. pride of lady Bradstone was uniformly re. solute, and successful; the insolence of
We wish we could make some ex. lady Stock, if it were opposed, became tracts from “Manoeuvring;" but we cowardly and ridiculous. Lady Bradstone have left ourselves no room -and for seemed to have, on all occasions, an in the story, as it contains the history of stinctive sense of what a person of fashion the making, and the failure of three ought to do; lady Stock, notwithstanding several connected plots, it is obvious her bravadoing air, was frequently perplexed, and anxious, and therefore awk. that we could give no intelligible acward-she had always recourse to prece
count of it within any moderate dents. ‘Lady P said somor lady limits. It is written with admirable did so-lady G
skill and correctness of imilation; and this, or lady H was there, and is likely, we think, to be the most therefore I am sure it was proper.' On the contrary, lady Bradstone never quoted fashionable, though by no means the authorities, but presumed that she was a
most useful or instructive of the colprecedent for others. The one was eager lection. There is a painful and humble to follow--the other determined to lead, pathos in some parts of “the Dun," the fashion. Our heroine, who was by no means deficient in penetration, and whose upon which we have : ot spirits to
enter. We earnestly entreat all goodwhole attention was now given to the study of externals, quickly perceived these natured youths of fashion to read it shades of difference between her late and through, and not to be too impatient her present friend. She remarked, in par to get rid of the impressions which it ticular, that she found herself much more must excite in thein. "at ease in lady Bradstone's society. Her We must now take an abrupt and ladyship's pride was not so offensive as
reluctant leave of Miss Edgeworth. *lady Stock's vanity. Secure of her own superiority, lady Bradstone did not want to
Thinking as we do, that her writings measure herself every instant with in- are, beyond all comparison, the most feriours. She treated Almeria as her equal useful of any that have come before in every respect; and in setting her right us since the commencement of our in points of fashion, never seemed to critical career, it would be a point of triumph, but to consider her own knowledge as a necessary consequence of the conscience with us to give them all life she had lal from her infancy. With a
the notoriety that they can derive sort of proud generosity, she always con
from our recommendation, even if sidered those whom she honoured with their execution were in some measure her friendship, as thenceforward entitled liable to objection. In our opinion, to all the advantage of her own situation, however, they are as entertaining and to all the respect due to a part of
as they are instructive; and the geherself. She now always used the word we, with peculiar emphasis, in speaking nius and wit, and imagination they of Miss Turnbull and herself. This was à display, are at least as remarkable signal perfectly well understood by her as the justness of the sentiments acquaintance. Almeria was received every they so powerfully inculcate. To where witi, the most distinguislied atten. some readers they may seem to want tion; and she was delighted, and absolutely intoxicated, with her sudden rise in the the fairy colouring of high fancy and world of fashion. She found that her for romantick tenderness; and it is very mer acquaintance at lady Stock's were true, that they are not poetical love extremely ambitious of claiming an in- tales any more than they are anectimacy; but this could not be done. Miss dotes of scandal. We have great resTurnbull had now acquired, by practice, pect for the admirers of Rousseau the power of looking at people, without seeming to see them; and of forgetting and Petrarca; and we have no doubt those with whom she was perfectly well that Miss Edgeworth has great resacquainted, ller opinion of her oth Con. pect for then-but the world, both
high and low, which she is labouring luxuriant ornaments of an ardent and to mend, have no sympathy with this tender imagination. We say this respect. They laugh at these things, merely to obviate the only objection and do not understand them; and which we think can be made to the therefore, the solid sense which she execution of these stories; and to presses, perhaps, rather too closely justify our decided opinion, that they upon them, though it admits of relief are actually as perfect as it was posfrom wit and direct pathos, really sible to make them with safety to the could not be combined with the more great object of the author.
TROM THE BRITISH CRITICK. Camilla De Florian, and other Poems. By an Officer's Wife. 12mo. 3s. 6d. 1809. IF this elegant little volume had
“ So 'mid the winter of my days, not, as it really has, the claim of My humble lays affection bids me try; great tenderness and sensibility, of Not now to meet soft friendship’s
praise, many ingenious ideas, happily and
But the stern glance of judgment's harmoniously expressed, the following impressive address would disarm E’en in the hour when Fate her dart has criticism and excite a friendly sym
To wound a heart far dearer than my “ TO THE REVIEWERS. “ Ah! say, who blames the wintry bird, “No vain presumption hither brings, When storms have chilled its frozen, No conscious merit does a hope impart; trembling wing,
I seek to bear to healing springs If then its notes are feebler heard, The faded, wounded husband of my Than those in gilded palaces who sing? heart, E’en taste will urge, as generous bounty O spare the verse my trembling hand pours,
unveils That sweeter notes may rise in happier Respect the motive, tho' the effort fails."
FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK. The Husband and the Lover. A Historical and Moral Romance, in Three Volumes.
8vo. 18s. 1809.
WE learn from a modest note at acknowledged to be; but full of ingethe end of these volumes, and we can nious contrivance, interesting events, assure the author that we perused remarkably well drawn characters, the work from its commencement to noble sentiments, and elegant lanits conclusion, that it is a first at guage. If a crowd of publications did tempt, and by a lady. But it may not press upon us, all of which, safely be asserted, that it would do agreeably to our plan of giving our no discredit to any writer of great ex readers a consistent history of the liperience in either sex. The story is terature of our country, must in turn founded on the well known life and be noticed, we would willingly have character of the great Sobieski, king discussed the merits of this work in of Poland; and from his residence in a more extended article. It has amuFrance, before he entered on the sed us exceedingly; and is so very far great career of his glory, a story superiour to any thing which we have is formed romantick indeed, as it is lately perused of the kind, that it bids
fair to preserve a place in the portion duke, is a well known fact. The beof a miscellaneous library assigned haviour of the marquis after discoto the works of Burney, Ratcliffe, vering his wife's infidelity, is perhaps West, &c. Throughout, historical among the greatest improbabilities facts are very ingeniously blended of the book; but the defects are with fictitious characters and events. neither many nor important, consiThe main incident, namely, that of dering its claims of blending most Sobieski's exerting his influence with satisfactorily much instruction with Louis XIV. to make a son of his, by great amusement, the marchioness de Briscacier, a
FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW. Le Souterrain, &c. i. e. The Cavern, or The Two Sisters. By Madame F. Herbster.
12mo. pp. 152. London, 1809. WHEN we are informed that the happily restored to each other, after groundwork of this novel is true, we a lapse of years. We should suppose, know not how far the assertion is indeed, that this is the fond of the litmeant to extend. But a perusal of the ile novel before us; which is interesttale convinces us that a considerable ing, and calculated to make pious and portion of fiction is blended with the amiable impressions on the minds of matters of fact. Various travellers feeling and well disposed readers. have given accounts of the perforated Every line is favourable to virtue; rocks in the vicinity of Tours, the and, as no school is equal to that of scene of the principal adventures misfortune for training the heart to here recorded; and it is not improba- the duties of humanity, the picture ble that, during the horrours of the here delineated may be regarded as French revolution, so fatal to the no not less natural than instructive. The bility, some persecuted individuals author remarks, that few French nomight have meditated and actually vels are fit to be put into the hands found an asylum in the caverns or of young persons. Madame Herbster grottos of these rocks. But, it is not might have added, “ or of old people.” easy to believe that so comfortable a And it is at least a negative recomsubterranean habitation, as is here mendation of Le Souterrain, that it is described, could have been found, free from those faults with which and have been furnished as the hi- French compositions of the lighter ding place of a noble family. While it kind, too much abound. The story is is even much less credible that two interlarded with no insidious and orphan females, the eldest being but dangerous principles; but the whole twelve and the youngest only six breathes sentiments of devotion, and years old, could have made their way trust in Providence; of parental tenfrom Paris to this retreat, and have derness, and filial affection; of gratimaintained themselves, without ser tude to benefactors, and, of kindness vants, and without being discovered. It to our fellow creatures. As the story is sufficiently probable, however, that is affecting, an abstract of it will not, a count and countess, in the bloody perhaps, be unacceptable. reign of the monster Robespierre, In the rich and fertile valley of might have been violently torn from Tours, which may not improperly their children; and that all parties, be called, the garden of France, on under the protection of Divine Pro- the banks of the Loire, is a small vidence, might have been preserved chain of rocks, which looks to the through a thousand dangers, and southeast, and is protected from the