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our former familiar intimacy.......and soon had no secret between us. I should however tell you......that

as soon as our agitation at the unlooked-for pleasure of seeing each other had subsided......... I began to peruse the friend of Dionysius, who was an inmate at his table, and appeared to possess his whole esteem. I was singularly prepossessed in his favor.......his figure was uncommonly elegant......his countenance noble and intelligent......and his manners those of a man of the world........But my esteem increased when Dionysius smilingly said......“In my friend Agathon “........ Peregrine will find a mind as “ enthusiastic as his own....... he has “ been,....like him......the victim of “ illusion......and fondled in the fleet“ing joys of imagination.....Though you are both dear to me......and I “ am sufficiently informed of your “ tempers and characters to say thus “ much....... still I am ignorant of the “ particulars of your romantic lives, “ and should feel myself delighted in “ the detail, if you entertain friend“ ship enough for me to grant me “ the indulgence.” I readily assented......Agathon did the same. I told my story....and Dionysius, being a declared enemy to enthusiasm, heard me with incredulous wonder.... He seemed perfectly satisfied that Nature might make one woman a Mamilia Quintilla.....another a Theoclea ....and that Art might be able to form a Kerinthus....or an Hegesias;.....but, how Nature or Art.....individually or combined.....could construct a Peregrine Proteus, he was altogether at a loss to conceive. He congratulated me, however, on dearly bought.....which he said was the only thing that could have restored a mind like mine to reason..... But my good host started when he found I was far from being awakened to common sense.....that the fascination of my evil genius still retained its authority.....and that I was as distant as ever from possessing the talisman that could free me from its power. There was something so innocent .....simple.....and rational in my project of spending my remaining days. in the family of the amiable Johannes, I could not comprehend how any one ......even the cold-blooded Dionysius - - - - - - - could find an argument to oppose it. I began to fancy I had too hastily sketched my portrait of these good people......I therefore began a more finished drawing of their virtues..... the content and happiness that awaited me among them.....and left no effort unessayed to perfect my design. My eagerness produced an effect directly contrary to my wishes. “ It is a doubt with me,”....replied Dionysius,......“ whether I ought to “ attempt curing you of so harmless “ and agreeable an illusion as this “ appears to be.....but it is too evi“ dent, fancy has once more got up“ permost in your heart.....Yet you “ may depend.....when the deception “ is over.....it will be a less easy task “ to free yourself from these good “souls, than from the impostors you “ have hitherto herded with.......Be “ content, my dear Proteus, with “ your good fortune.....You have al“ready been so lucky as to get your “ neck out of the noose......do not “ tempt fate any more. “You have hitherto suffered your

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self to be blinded by two objects,
- - - - - Sentiment and Imagination.....
Pleasant companions, I confess.....
but dangerous guides through the
intricacies of life....All who accom-
pany them on the journey, are cer-
tain of being led astray.
“This is a truth experience might
have taught you.....but you resist
its precepts......Take my advice.....
follow my example.......You have
escaped from the snares of Ke-
rinthus by one leap....do not, by
another......stumble on new diffi-
culties.............. or persist in your
communion with the tribe.....That
which you seek.....my dear Pere-
grine......is not to be found either
here or there.....It does not exist in
any party or sect...It is in THYSELF
.....or it is no where.”
Such were the reflections of my

friend Dionysius.....but very different

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