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afraid she would dissolve in his arms, and leave on stepping into his dressing-room, is so much nothing there for him to grasp: He held her faster terrified at seeing himself sitting quietly in an and faster. My child?' cried he, my child!' Her tears continued flowing. At last she raised her. arm-chair by the fire, that he runs out in a self; a faint gladness shone upon her face. My great fright, and soon after becomes a visionfasher! cried she, “thou wilt not forsake me? Wilt ary, and joins the insane flock of Swedenborg. he my father ? I am thy child.'”
A critical scene, however, is at last brought We cannot better illustrate the strange in on accidentally—and though the transaction consistency of our author's manner, than by recorded is by no means quite correct, we subjoining to this highly passionate and really cannot help inserting the account of it, as a beautiful scene, his account of the egg dance, very favourable specimen of the author's most which this little creature performs a lew days animated and most natural style. Wilhelm after, for her friend's entertainment.
had been engaged in reading, as usual, to the
Countess and her female party, when they "She came into his room one evening carrying a are interrupted by the approach of visitors. ottle carpet below her arm, which she spread out The Baroness goes out to receive them; upon the floor. She then brought four candles, and placed one upon each corner of the carpet. A little
" And the Countess, while about to shut her basket of eggs, which she next carried in, made her writing.desk, which was standing open, took up purpose clearer. Carefully measuring her steps, her casket, and put some other rings upon her firi. she then walked to and fro on the carpet, spreading
ger. • We are soon 10 pari,' said she, keeping her out the eggs in certain figures and positions; which done, she called in a man that was waiting in the eyes upon the casket : accept a memorial of a true
friend, who wishes nothing more earnestly, than house, and cou play on the violin. He retired that you may always prosper.' She then took out with his instrument into a corner; she tied a band
a ring, which, underneath a crystal, bore a little about her eyes, gave a signal, and, like a piece of plate of woven hair, beautifully set with diamonds. wheel-work set a-going, she began moving the She held it out to Wilhelm, who, on taking it, same instant as the music, accompanying her beats knew neither what to say nor do, but stood as if and the notes of the tune with the strokes of a pair rooted to the ground. The Countess shut her desk, of castanets.
and sat down upon the sofa. And I must go “Lightly, nimbly, quickly, and with hairsbreadth accuracy, she carried on the dance. She skipped empty? said Philina, kneeling down at the Count
• Do but look at the man ! he 60 sharply and surely along between the eggs, and carries such a store of words in his mouth, when trode so closely down beside them, that you would no one wants to hear them; and now he cannot have thought every instant she must trample one of them in pieces, or kick the rest away in her rapid sir! Express your services, by way of pantomime
stammer out the poorest syllable of thanks. Quick, lurns. By no means! She touched no one of them, at least, and if to-day you can invent nothing; then, though winding herself through their mazes with for Heaven's sake, be my imitator!'
. Philina seized all kinds of steps, wide and narrow, nay even with the right hand of the Countess, and kissed it warm. leaps, and at last half kneeling.-Constant as the ly. Wilhelm sank upon his knee, laid hold of the movement of a clock, she ran her course; and the left, and pressed it to his lips. The Countess seem. strange music, at each repetition of the tune gave a ed embarrassed, yet without displeasure. 'Ah!' new impulse to the dance, recommencing and again cried Philina ; . so much splendour of attire I may rushing off as at first.
have seen before ; but never one so fit to wear ir. "The dance being ended, she rolled the eggs What bracelets, but also what a hand! What a together sofily with her foot into a little heap, left neck-dress, but also what a bosom!'. Peace, little none behind, harmed none; then placed herself cozener!' said the Countess. “Is this his Lordship beside il, taking the bandage from her eyes, and then ?' said Philina, pointing to a rich medallion, concluding her performance with a little bow."
which the Countess wore on her left side, by Soon after this, the whole player party are particular chain. 'He is painted in his bridal dress,
Was he then so young ?' taken to the castle of a wealthy Count, to as- replied the Countess, sist him in entertaining a great Prince and his inquired Philina ; I know it is but a year or two
since you were married.' · His youth must be numerous attendants, from whom he was ex- placed to the artist's account,' replied the lady: pecting a visit. Our hero is prevailed on to 'He is a handsome man,' observed Philina. . But go also, and takes Mignon along with him- was there never,' she continued, placing her hand and though treated with some indignity, and upon the Countess' heart, “never any other image very ill lodged and attended, condescends to that found its way in secret hither? Thou art compose a complimentary piece in honour of thee. Let me never hear such another speech. the illustrious stranger, and to superintend, as . If you are angry, then am I unhappy,' said Phiwell as to take a part in, all the private theat- lina, springing up, and hastening from the room. ricals. By degrees, however, he steals into · Wilhelm still held that lovely hand in both of the favour of the more distinguished guests, his. His eyes were fixed upon the bracelet-clasp; is employed to read to the Countess, and at he noticed, with extreme surprise, that his initials
were traced on it, in lines of brilliants. Have I last is completely fascinated with her elegance then,' he modestly inquired, you own hair in this and beauty-while, as it turns out, he has un precious ring?' • Yes,' replied she in a faint voic consciously made some impression on her in- ihen suddenly collecting herself, she said, a nocent heart. He is not a little assisted in his pressed his hand : . . Arise, and fare you well designs, whatever they may have been, by a chance! He pointed to the bracelet-clasp. How!'
Here is my name,' cried he, .by the most curious certain intriguing Baroness, who dresses him cried the Countess; * it is the cipher of a female out, on one occasion, in the Count's clothes, friend!" They are the initials of my name. For. when that worthy person was from home, in- get me not. Your image is engraven on my heart, tending to send the Countess in upon him, by and will never be effaced. Farewell! I must be lelling her that her lord was suddenly return- gone. He kissed her hand, and meant to rise; but ed. But this scheme is broken up by the as in dreams, some strange thing fades and changes unexpected verification of her fable ; for the takes us by surprise ; so, without knowing bow it Count actually returns at the moment; and, I happened, he found the Countess in his armed. Her
lips were resting ..pon his, and their warm mutual « « The second stroke that came upon him kisses were yielding thein that blessedness, which wounded deeper, bowed still more. I was iho mortals sip from the topmost sparkling foam on the marriage of his mother. The faithful tender son freshly poured cup of love!
had yei a mother, when his father passed away, “Her head lay upon his shoulder; the disordered He hoped, in the company of his surviving and ringlets and ruffles were forgotten. She had noble-minded parent, to reverence the heroic form thrown her arm around him; he clasped her with of the departed; but his mother too he loses! and vivacity; and pressed her again and again to his it is something worse than death that robs him of breast. O that such a moment could but fast for. her. The trustful image, which a good child loves ever! And wo to envious fate that shortened even to forın of his parents, is gone. With the dead this brief moment to our friends! How terrified there is no help-on the living no hold! She also was Wilhelm, how astounded did he start from this is a woman, and her name is Frailty, like that of all happy dream, when the Countess, with a shriek, her sex. on a sudden tore herself away, and hastily pressed • Figure to yourselves this youth,' cried he, her hand against her heart. 'He stood confounded this son of princes; conceive him vividly, bring before her; she held the other hand upon her eyes, his state before your eyes, and then observe him and, after a moment's pause, exclaimed: Away! when he learns that his father's spirit walks ! leave me! delay not!' He continued standing. Stand by him in the terrors of the night, when the • Leave me!' she cried; and taking off her hand venerable ghost itself appears before him. A horfrom her eyes, she looked at him with an indescribrid shudder passes over him; he speaks to the mys. able expression of countenance; and added, in the serious forni; he sees it beckon him; he follows it, most tender and affecting voice: 'Fly, if you love and hears. The fearful accusation of his uncle ine.'. Wilhelm was out of the chamber, and again rings in his ears; the summons to revenge, and the in his room, before he knew what he was doing: piercing oft-repeated prayer, Remember me ! Unhappy creatures! What singular warning of "' And when the ghost has vanished, who is it chance or of destiny tore them asunder ?'" that stands before us ? A young hero panting for These questionable doings are followed up called to punish the usurper of his crown? No!
vengeance? A prince by birth, rejoicing to be by long speculations on the art of playing, and Trouble and astonishment take hold of the solitary the
proper studies and exercises of actors. young man: he grows bitter against smiling vil. But in the end of these, which are mystical lains, swears that he will not forget the spirit, and and prosing enough, we come suddenly upon
concludes with the expressive ejaculation : what we do not hesitate to pronounce the
The time is out of joint: 0! cursed spite,
That ever I was born tc set them right! most able, eloquent, and profound exposition of the character of Hamlet, as conceived by key to Hamlet's whole procedure. To me it is
"In these words, I imagine, will be found the our great dramatist, that has ever been given clear that Shakespeare meant, the present case, to the world. In justice to the author, we to represent the effects of a great action laid upon a shall give a part of this admirable critique. soul unfit for the performance of it. In this view He firet delineates him as he was before the the whole piece seems to me to be composed. An calamities of his family.
oak-tree is planted in a costly jar, which should
have borne only pleasant flowers in its bosom; the "Soft, and from a noble stem, this royal flower roots expand, the jar is shivered! A lovely, pure, had sprung up under the immediate influences of noble, and most moral nature, without the strength majesty : the idea of moral rectitude with that of of nerve which forms a hero, sinks beneath a burprincely. elevation, the feeling of the good and dig. den which it cannot bear, and must not cast away. nified with the consciousness of high birth, had in All duties are holy for him ; the present is too hard. him been unfolded simultaneously. He was a Impossibilities have been required of him; not in prince, by birth a prince; and he wished to reign, themselves impossibilities, but such for him. He only that good men might be good without obsiruc winds, and turns, and torments himself; he advances tion. Pleasing in form, polished by nature, cour and recoils; is ever put in mind, ever puts himself teous from the heart, he was meant to be the pat. in mind; ai lase does all but lose his purpose from tern of youth and the joy of the world.
his thoughts; yet still without recovering his peace "Without any prominent passion, his love for of mind.'” Ophelia was a still presentiment of sweet wants. His zeal in knightly accomplishments was not en.
There is nothing so good as this in any of tirely his own; it needed to be quickened and in our own commentators--nothing at once so flamed by praise bestowed on oihers for excelling poetical, so feeling, and so just. It is inconin them. He was calm in his temper, artless in his ceivable that it should have been written by conduct, neither pleased with idleness, nor too vio. the chronicler of puppet-shows and gluttonous lently eager for employment. The routine of a vulgarities. university he seemed to continue when at court. He possessed more mirth of humour than of heart;
The players, with our hero at their head, he was a good companion, pliant, courteons, dis- now travel across the country, rehearsing, creet, and able to forget and forgive an injury; yet lecturing, squabbling, and kissing as usual. never able to unite himself with those who over. There is war however on their track; and stept the limits of the right, the good, and the when seated pleasantly at dinner in a wood becoming.'
on their journey, they are attacked by some He then considers the effects of the mis- armed marauders, robted of their goods, and fortunes of his house on such a disposition. poor Wilhelm left wounded and senseless on The first is the death of his father, by which the field. What follows, though not very his fair hopes of succession are disappointed. original in conception, is described with effect “He is now poor in goods and favour, and a
and vivacity: stranger in the scene which from youh he had “On again opening his eyes, he found himself in looked upon as his inheritance. His temper here the strangest posture. The first thing that pierced assumes its first mournful tinge. He feels that now he dimness which yet swam before his vision, was be is not more, that he is less, than a private no- Philina's face bent down over his. He feit himself bleman; he offers himself as the servant of every weak; and making a movement to rise, he dis. one ; he is not courteous and condescending, he is covered that he was in Philina's lap; into which, NAEOb and degraded.
indeed, he again sank down. She was sitting on
the sward. She had sofily pressed towards her the great spirit and animation. We may extract heud of the fallen young man; and made for him the end of the latter. an easy couch, as far as this was in her power. Mignon was kneeling with dishevelled and bloody "Amid the pleasures of the entertainment, it hair at his feet, which she embraced with many had not been noticed that the children and the Harper
Philina let him know that this true-hearted were away. Ere long they made their entrance, creature, seeing her friend wounded, and in the and were blithely welcomed by the company. hurry of the instant, being able to think of nothing They came in together, very strangely decked: which would staunch the blood, had taken her own Felix was beating a triangle, Mignon a tambouhair that was flowing round her head, and tried to rine; the old man had his large harp hung round stop the wounds with it; but had soon been obliged his neck, and was playing on it whilst he carried it to give up the vain attempt; that afterwards they before him. They marched round and round the had bound with moss and dry mushrooms, Philina table, and sang a multitude of songs. Eatables herself giving up her neck-kerchief for that purpose. were handed to them; and the guests believed
After a few moments, a young lady issued from they could not do a greater kindness to the children, the thickets, riding on a gray courser, and accom-than by giving them as much sweet wine as they panied by an elderly gentleman and some cavaliers. chose to drink. For the company themselves had Grooms, servants, and a troop of hussars, closed up not by any means neglected a stock of savoury the rear. Philina stared at this phenomenon, and flasks, presented by the two amateurs, which had was about to call, and entreat the Amazon for help; arrived this evening in baskets. The children when the latter, turning her astonished eyes on the tripped about and sang; Mignon in particular was group, instantly checked her horse, rode up 10 frolicsome beyond what any one had ever seen her. ihem, and halied. She inquired eagerly about the She beat the tambourine with the greatest liveliwounded man, whose posture in the lap of this light. ness and grace: now, with her finger pressed minded Samaritan seemed to strike her as peculiar. against the parchment, she hummed across it quickly strange. “Is it your husband ?' she inquired of ly to and fro; now rattled on it with her knuckles, Philina. Only a friend,' replied the other, with a now with the back of her hand; nay sometimes, tone that Wilhelm liked extremely ill
. He had with alternating rhythm, she struck if first againsi fixed his eyes upon the sofi, elevated, calm, sympa her knee and then against her head; and anon thizing features of the stranger: he thought he had twirling it in her hand, she inade the shells jingle never seen aught nobler or more lovely. Her shape by themselves; and thus, from the simplest instruhe could not see : it was hid by a man's great-coat, ment, elicited a great variety of tones. The comwhich she seemed to have borrowed from some of pany, as much as they had laughed at her at first, her attendants, to screen her from the chill evening were in fine obliged to curb her. But persuasion air."-Vol. ii. pp. 38–43.
was of small avail; for she now sprang up, and
raved, and shook her tambourine, and capered A surgeon in this compassionate party ex- round the table. With her hair flying out behind amines his wounds, and the lovely young it were cast into the air, she seemed like one of woman, after some time
those antique Mænades, whose wild and all but turned to the old gentleman, and said, Dear impossible positions still strike us with astonishuncle, may I be generous at your expense ? She ment when seen on classic monuments, &c. wok off the greatcoat, with the visible intention to “It was late ; and Aurelia, perhaps the only one give it to the stript and wounded youth.
relaining self-possession in the party, now stood up, • Wilhelm, whom the healing 'look of her eyes and signified that it was time to go. By way of had hitherto held fixed, was now, as the surtout fell termination, Serlo gave a firework, or what resem. away, astonished at her lovely figure. She came bled one: for he could imitate the sound of cracknear, and softly laid the coat above him. At this ers, rockets, and fire-wheels with his mouth, in a moment, as he tried to open his mouth, and stam- style of nearly inconceivable correctness. You mer out some words of gratitude, the lively impres. had only to shut your eyes, and the deception was sion of her presence worked so strongly on his complete. On reaching the open air, almost all senses, already caught and bewildered, ihat all at of them observed that they had drank too liberally. once it appeared to him as if her head were encir. They glided asunder without taking leave. cled with rays; and a glancing light seemed by de
The instant Wilhelm gained his room, he grees to spread itself over all her form! At this stripped, and, extinguishing his candle, hastened moment the surgeon, endeavouring to extract the into bed. Sleep. was overpowering him without ball from his wound, gave him a sharper twinge ; delay, when a noise, that seemed to issue from bethe angel faded away from the eyes of the fainting hind the stove, aroused him. In the eye of his patiene: he lost all consciousness; and, on returning beated fancy, the image of the harnessed king was to himself, the horsemen and coaches, the fair one hovering near him: he sat up that he might address with her attendants, had vanished like a dream. the spectre ; but he felt himself encircled with soft
“ He, meanwhile, wrapt up in his warm surtout, arms, and his mouth was shut with kisses, which was lying peacefully upon the litter. An electric he had not force to push away!"-Vol. ü. pp. 205– warmth seemed to How from the fine wool into his 209. body: in short, he felt himself in the most delight. In this division of the story we hear a great sul frame of mind. The lovely
being, whom this deal of an Aurelia—a sister of the manager'sgarment lately covered, had affected bim to the very heart. He still saw the coat falling down an actress of course—but a woman of talent from her shoulders : saw that noble form, begirt
and sentiment—who had been perfidiously with radiance, stand beside him ; and his soul hied left by her lover—and confided all the bitter over rocks and forests on the footsteps of his de- ness of her heart to our hero. There is a parted benefactress.-Vol. ii. pp. 45–47. good deal of eloquence in some of these diaThe party afterwards settles in a large in any other part of the work. This is a
logues--and a nearer approach to nature, than There are endless sqabbles and intrigues, and sample of them. interminable dissertations on acting. Our hero "1. One more forsaken voman in the world !' performs Hamlet with great applause, and you will say: You are a man. You are thinking: gets tipsy with the whole company at a riotous sary evil, which certainly as death awaits womer,
• What a noise she makes, the fool, about a neces. supper after it--the rehearsals, the acting, when such is the fidelity of men! Oh, my friend! and the said supper being all described with if my fate were common, I would gladly undergo a common evil. But it is so singular: why cannot swell by reason of them! And yet,' continued I present it to you in a mirror, why not command she, among thousands one woman saved ! that still some one to tell it you? Oh, had I, had I been is something: among thousands one honest man seduced, surprised, and afterwards forsaken! there discovered ; this is not to be refused. Do you would then be comfort in despair : but I am far know then what you promise ?' I know it,' an. more miserable; I have been my own deceiver; I swered Wilhelm with a smile, and holding out his have wittingly betrayed myselt'; and this, this is hand. 'I accept it then,' said she, and made a what shall never be forgiven me.
movement with her right hand, as if meaning to “I hate the French language,' she added, take hold of his : but instanıly she darted it into * from the bottom of my soul. During the period her pocket, pulled out her dagger as quick as lighı. of our kindliest connection, he wrote in German, ning, and scored with the edge and point of it and what genuine, powerful, cordial German! Il across his hand! He hastily drew back his arm was not till he wanted to get quit of me, that he but the blood was already running down. began seriously to write in French. I marked, I "One must mark you men rather sharply, if feli what he ineant. What he would have blusbed one means you to take heed,' cried she with a wild to utter in his mother tongue, he could by this mirth, which soon passed into a quick assiduity; means write with a quiet conscience. It is the lan. She took her handkerchief, and bound his hand guage of reservations, equivocations, and lies : it is with it to staunch the fast-flowing blood. 'Fora perfidious language! Heaven be praised ! I can give a half-crazed being,' cried she, “and regret not find another word to express this perfide of not these few drops of blood. I am appeased, I theirs in all, its compass. Our poor treulos, the am again myself. On my knees will I crave
your faithless of the English, are innocent as babes be pardon : leave me the comfort of healing you." side it. Perfide means faithless with enjoyment, Vol. ii. pp. 128—132. with insolence and malice. How enviable is the culture of a nation that can figure out so many
Alternating with these agonies, we have shades of meaning by a single word! French is many such scenes as the following. exactly the language of the world; worthy to be.
"+"Tis a pity, I declare,' said Serlo to Philina, come the universal language, that all may have it that we have no ballet ; else I would make you in their power
to cheat, and cozen, and betray each Jance me a pas de duer with your first, and another other! His French letters were always smooth with your second husband : the barper might be and pleasant while you read them. If you chose lulled to sleep by the measure ; and your bits of to believe it, they sounded warmly, even passion feet and ancles would look so pretty, tripping 10 ately: but if you examined narrowly, they were and fro upon the side stage.' • Of my ancles you but phrases, accursed phrases! He has spoiled my do not know much,' replied she snappishly; and feeling to the whole language, to French literature, even to the beautiful delicious expressions of noble as to my bits of feet,' cried she, hastily reaching souls which may be found in it. I shudder when ing them out to Serlo ;here are the cases of them,
below the table, pulling off her slippers, and hold a French word is spoken in my hearing.
and I give you leave to find me nicer ones.' It What follows is still more in the raving half-shoes. "In truth, one does not often meel
were a serious task,' said he, looking at the elegant style—and we suppose is much more admired with any thing so dainty. They were of Parisian in Germany.
workmanship; Philina had oblained them as a pre
sent from the countess, a lady whose foot was “She sunk in thought; then after a brief pause, celebrated for its beauty. A charming thing! she exclaimed with violence : You are accustomed cried Serlo; my heart leaps at the sight of them.' to have all things fly into your arms. No, you What gallant throbs!' replied Philina. • There is cannot feel; no man is in a case to feel the worth nothing in the world beyond a pair of slippers,' said of a woman that can reverence herself. By all the he; of such pretty manufacture, in their proper holy angels, by all the images of blessedness which time and place Philina took her slippers a pure and kindly heart creates, there is not any from his hands, crying, 'You have squeezed them thing more heavenly than the soul of a woman that all! They are far too wide for me!! She played gives herself to the man she loves! We are cold, with them, and rubbed the soles of them together. proud, high, clear-sighted, wise, while we deserve How hot it is!' cried she, clapping the sole upon the name of women; and all these qualities we her cheek, then again rubbing, and holding ii to lay down at your feet, the instant that we love, that Serlo. He was innocent enough to stretch out his we hope to excite a return of love. Oh! how have hand to feel the warmth. 'Clip! clap!' cried she, I cast away my entire existence wittingly and wil- giving him a smart rap over the knuckles with the lingly! But now will I despair, purposely despair. heel, that he screamed and drew back his hand; There is no drop of blood within me but shall I will teach you how to use my slippers better. suffer, no fibre that I will not punish, Smile, I · And I will teach you also how to use old folk like pray you; laugh at this theatrical display of pas. children,' cried the other; then sprang up, seized sion.
her, and plundered many a kiss, every one of which “Wilhelm was far enough from any tendency she artfully contested with a show of serious reluct. to laugh. This horrible, half-natural, half-fictitious ance. In this romping, her long hair goot loase, condition of his friend afflicted him but too deeply: and floated round the group; the chair overset ; and She looked him intently in the face, and asked: Aurelia, inwardly indignani at such rioting, arose Can you say that you never yet betrayed a woman, in great vexation."-Vol. ii. pp. 166, 167. that you never tried with thoughtless gallantry, with false asseverations, with cajoling oalhs, to
This said Aurelia has a little boy called wheedle favour from her ?' ' I can,' said Wilhelm, Felix-and dying at last of her sorrow, leaves • and indeed without much vanity; my life has been a letter for her betrayer, which she had enticements to attempt such things. And what a gaged our hero to deliver to him in person. warning, my beautiful, my noble friend, is this But between the giving and execution of this melancholy state in which I see you! Accept of mandate, the ingenious author has interpome a vow, which is suited to my heart, &c.; no lated a separate piece, which he has entitled woman shall receive an acknowledgment of love the confessions of a fair Saint-and which from my lips, to whom I cannot consecrate my has no other apparent connection with the and drew back some steps
as he offered her his story, than that poor Aurelia's physician had hand. . 'Tis of no moment!' cried she : 80 many lent it to her to read in her last moments. women's tears more or fewer! the ocean will not | Though eminently characteristic of the author
it need not detain us long. The first part is beautiful wife. Wilhelm immediately inquires full of vulgarity and obscurity-the last ab- what Count they are speaking of. solutely unintelligible. This fair saint lived
"One whom you know very well,' said Jarno in her youth among a set of people whom she . You yourself are the ghost that have chased the calls German courtiers, and says, with singu- unhappy wiseacre into piety; you are the villau lar delicacy,
who have brought his pretiy wife to such a state
that she inclines accompanying him.' . And she "I look upon it as a providential guidance, that is Lothario's sister ?' cried our friend. No other! none of these many handsonie, rich, and well- - And Lothario knows?'— The whole.' 'O le dressed men could take my fancy. They were me fly!' cried Wilhelm : How shall I appear be rakes, and did not hide it; ihis scared me back : fore him! What can he say to me?' That no their speech was frequently adorned with double man should cast a stone at his brother; that when meanings; this offended me, and made me act with one composes long speeches, with a view to shame coldness towards them. Many times their impro- his neighbours, he should speak them to a looking prieties surpassed belief! and I did not prevent my glass. Do you know that also ?'. And many self from being rude. Besides, my ancient coun. things beside,' said Jarno with a smile." sellor had once in confidence contrived to tell me, that, with the greater part of these lewd fellows,
From this moment our hero gives up the health as well as virtue was in danger! I now idea of reproaching the Baron with his perfidy shuddered at the sight of them; I was afraid, if one to Aurelia, and offers his services to decoy of them in any way approached too near me. I away from him another love-sick damsel who would not touch their cups or glasses, even the is then in the house, and whose hysterics, it chairs they had been sitting on! Thus morally is thought, might retard the cure of the wound and physically I remained apart from them."
he has just received in his duel. He takes She then falls in love with a certain Narciss, her away, accordingly, under some false prewith whom her first acquaintance was formed text, to a certain Theresa, another deserted at a ball, where, “after having jigged it for a love of Lothario, and who is distinguished by while in the crowd, he came into the room a singular passion for housekeeping and all where I was, in consequence of a bleeding at manner of economical employments. The the nose, with which he had been overtaken, conception of this character, which is dwelt and began to speak about a multitude of on at great length, is one of the most glaring things !" In spite of this promising beginning, absurdities and affectations in the book. The however, the mutual flame is not caught till author has actually endeavoured, in serious they meet again at a dinner, where, earnest, to exalt the common qualifications
"Even at table, we had many things to suffer; of a domestic drudge, or notable housewife, for several of the gentlemen had drank too much: into heroic virtues, and to elaborate his faand after rising from it, they insisted on a game atvourite heroine out of these base materials. forfeits. It went on with great vivacity and tumult. The whole scene is tinged, even beyond the Narciss had lost a forfeit : they ordered him, by way of penalty, to whisper something pleasant in average standard of the book, with the appathe ear of every member of the company. It seems, rently opposite faults of vulgarity and extravahe staid too long beside my neighbour, the lady of gance. This is the debut. a captain. The latter on a sudden struck him such bor with his fist, that the powder flew about my wanted any thing. •Pardon me,' said she, for
“She entered Wilhelm's room. inquiring if he eyes and blinded me! When I had cleared my having lodged you in a chamber which the smell of sight, and in some degree recovered from my terror, paint still renders disagreeable: my little dwelling I saw that both of them had drawn their swords. Narciss was bleeding; and the other, mad with is but just made ready ; you are handselling this wine, and rage, and jealousy, could scarcely be will have many things to pardon. My cook has run
room, which is appoinied for my guesis; also, you held back by all the company: I seized Narciss, led him by the arm up stairs; and as I did not think away from me, at ihis unseasonable time ; and : my friend even here in safety from his frantic serving.man has bruised his hand. I might be
forced to manage all myself; and if it were so, we enemy, I shut the door and bolied it."
must just put up with it. One is plagued with no. After this they are soon betrothed; but she body so much as with one's servants : not one of grows Methodistical, and he cold,—and their them will serve you, scarcely even serve himself.' engagement flies off;—And then she becomes She said a good deal more on different matters: in pious in good earnest, and is by turns a Hal- general she seemed to like to speak. lean and a Herrnhuther, and we do not know
They then take a walk together, and, on how many other things, and raves through
their return, seventy or eighty pages, of which we have " Wilhelm testified his admiration at her skill in not courage to attempt any analysis.
husbandry concerns. •Decided inclination, early We now get rid in a great degree of plays pation in a useful business,' said she, 'make many
opportunity, external impulse, and continued occui. and players, and emerge into the region of hings, which were at first far harder, possible in mysticism. Wilhelm goes to the country to life. On returning home, she sent him to her little deliver Aurelia's letter to Lothario ; but finds garden. Here he scarce could turn himself, so that worthy Baron so busy preparing to fight narrow were the walks, so thickly was it sown and a duel, that he cannot find an opportunity to planted, feOn looking over to the court, he could discharge himself of his mission. He remains, as accurately sawed, split, and piled, as if it had however, in the castle, and soon finds himself been part of the building, and had been intended to in the midst of several peremptory and om- abide there constantly." The tubs and implements, niscient people, who make what they please all clean, were standing in their places : the house of him. “In discourse, they happen to make was painted white and red; it was really pleasant mention of a certain Count, a brother-in-law that knows not beautiful proportions, but that la. of Lothario's, who had grown melancholy, and bours for convenience, cheerfulness, and durability, talked of joining the Herrnhuthers, with his appeared united on the spot.”