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Lucy, giving me an account of her situation, which, though expressed in the simplest terms, went to my heart. How happy am I ! says she ; "the greatest part of my happiness consists in my having added to The comfort of dear Charles. It was but yesterday how toll me, that but for me he should have sunk
nder the difficulties of life, but for me he would not Akip len able to bear up against them; but with
It is needless to add the remainder Winitionate address.'
in the letter of Lucy R-I shall not **** Hone with any remarks on the difference of ki wis and mine. The quiet ordinary path is for a small und lasting enjoyment; and if pa
w w w mehr their children happy, they should els with short station in which fortune has sht A legal know that, for one of my Hi chance of felicity in the mone si i than in all the noise, and ** Megt VA *** mxalted situation.
la SATT ADAT, JULY 2, 1785.
FIERF periodical writer, like every knight-errant of and in assuming his office, is understood to swear fealty to the ladies; I presume, therefore, it is now so much an acknowledged quality of the profession, that it is needless for any individual to declare it. hve all others, the LOUNGER would wish to attract
rotice and conciliate their favour. It is possible
to be busy independent of the ladies; but he must be a brute indeed who can be idle without them.
I hope, then, I may take credit for a particular attention to their interests, their employments, and their amusements. I shall consider no circumstance, however minute, as below my regard, which can any how affect them; and every thing in the female form will be entitled to the immediate notice of the LOUNGER.
From a correspondent who is well aware of this part of my plan, I have just received intelligence, that a very little, but a very wonderful lady, intends to do herself the pleasure of visiting Edinburgh this season ; and I take the first opportunity of announcing her intention to my readers. The lady I mean is the • Merveilleuse Poupée parlante;' the wonderful speaking figure, who has so much surprised and amused the best company, both on the continent, where she was first produced, and in England, where she has spent the last
of her life. I had the honour of waiting on her first at Brussels, and then at London: and shall take the liberty, by way of ushering her into Scotland, to relate some particulars that passed in the course of my last visit, during the lady's residence in the parish of St. James.
The part of the company which more particularly attracted my notice consisted of a gentleman and his lady, accompanied by a thin tall elderly gentlewoman, who appeared to be a relation, on whose arm the lady leaned as she came up stairs, and who carried a small white lap-dog, on whom her kinswoman bestowed a great many caresses, but the husband looked with rather less complacency. There were two very young ladies, attended by a sister somewhat older; but who seemed to have put on the womanly garb rather from size than age. Next them was placed an old gentleman, wrapped up in a warm surtout,
with shrivelled cheeks, a sallow complexion, a laced shoe on one foot, and his youthful hose a world too wide for his shrunk shanks,' who took great pains to accommodate the eldest of the sisters with a convenient seat, and had hustled himself on the end of the bench beside her. In his devoirs he was assisted by a lively-looking little man, seemingly not much younger, but much fresher than him, who very soon told us, in the only English words he seemed master of, that he was a native of Gascony, and had been but a few weeks in London. He was dressed in a full suit of black, had his hair tied in a thin queue, and his curls much indebted to a large quantity of powder and pomatum. Seeing me the only isolé person near him, he made a sign for me to approach the place where the Poupée was to give audience; and with a continuation of the same friendly action of his hand, offered me a pinch of snuff out of a very beautiful papier maché snuff-box. I thanked him in French, and we were immédiately on an intimate footing.
Et vous monsieur,' -said he, holding out the box to the gentleman with the slender legs. The old gentleman took the box; and examined very curiously some figures that were painted on the lid.
The master of the exhibition now made his appearance, and addressed the company (as nearly as I can recollect, after hearing the same piece of eloquence twice) in the following words: * Ladies and gentlemen, Ave de goodness to regard dis young lady. She has had de honneur to be seen by de Emperor of Germany, de King of Prusse, de King and Queen of France, and Monseigneur le Dauphin, when he was but tri monts old, at which time she had de honneur of being exactly of de same size vid Monsiegneur. You see her attach'd to de plafond of de chamber only by dis small chain, no bigger dan
one silk trid, and I hold myself here at long distance from her, so dat it is impossible der can be communication vid any person. You see dat trompette which she wears at her mout; in dat if you speak any question it please you to put, in ever so low a visper, maʼmoiselle will ave de honneur of making answer.'
There was a short pause, nobody seeming to choose being the first to address her; till my Gascon rose, and making a bow, first to the old gentleman, by way of apology, and then to the young lady who sat next to him, handed her, who seemed not well to know whether to refuse going or not, up to the place, and with another bow presented her to the figure, to whom her question was to be addressed. Having been a visitor of the lady's before, I knew how to make the most of my visit; and contrived to place myself in such a situation as not only to hear the questions that should be put aloud, but to make a pretty shrewd guess at those which the questioner might not quite so much incline should be audible to the company, as well as the answers. The young lady blushed, smiled, and bit her fan; but being re-assured by her conductor, and the rest of the company, at last put her mouth to the little trumpet that conveys the question, and asked mademoiselle, in a half whisper, How many lovers she had?'—More than are good for me.'
Miss smiled again, but looked as if she did not agree with her.
The exhibitor made a sign to the French gentleman, who had handed back the young lady to her seat, to ask his question next. Place aux Dames, said he, pointing to the married lady I mentioned before; who, recommending her lap-dog, who was sleeping on the bench by her, to the care of her relation, whom she now called cousin Martha, advanced to the figure, and asked her, “If she was married ?'• Dieu m'en garde-Heaven forbid,' answered the
Poupée.-The lady looked at her husband, and seemed as if she perfectly agreed with her.
As the gentleman got up to make way for his lady, he discomposed the lap-dog; for which his wife chid him, and scolded Martha. • Does monsieur choose to ask any thing?' said the showman to him.— Not I, said he surlily. 'Does your Doll never speak but when she is spoken to?'-— Never, sir; she is too well bred!-He interpreted the question and his answer to the Frenchman. C'est dommage,' said he in return. 'That's a pity, the gentleman thinks;' reinterpreted the exhibitor to the married man. by GM, that it is not,' replied the other. The showman interpreted again ;-the Gascon received it with one of those significant shrugs with which the philosophers of his country reconcile to themselves and others every dispensation of Providence.
A lady, whom I had not observed before, now came forward. She was in a much fuller dress than any of the rest of the company, and had one of the finest complexions in the world. She looked very narrowly at the Poupée's head-dress, and the particular sit of her tucker. • What sort of paint do you use?' said she, loud enough to be heard by us who were near her.- Vous n'en avez pas besoin,-You have no need on't,' answered the figure; the equivoque was a very polite one. • C'est charmant !' said the Frenchman, looking first on the Poupée, and then on the lady; the lady drew back, and seemed inclined to blushbut could not.
• Do you choose, sir ?' said our exhibitor to me. I declined putting the lady to the trouble, having been convinced of her abilities at Brussels. On this the old gentleman came forward. Like the last questioner, he examined mademoiselle very closely, putting on his spectacles to assist his examination.
Pray, miss,' said he with a sort of chuckle, do you