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without an instructor: but the most common There are two great sources of unhappiness case is, to be capable of learning, and yet 10 to those whom fortune and nature seem to require teaching; and a far greater part of have placed above the reach of ordinary the misery which exists in society arises from miseries. The one is ennui—that stagnation ignorance, than either from vice or from inca of life and feeling which results from ihe abpacity.

sence of all motives 10 exertion; and by Miss Edgeworth is the great modern mis- which the justice of providence has so fully tress in this school of true philosophy; and compensated the partiality of fortune, that it has eclipseil, we think, the fame of all her may be fairly doubted whether, upon the predecessors. By her many excellent tracis whole, the race of beggars is not happier on education, she has conferred a benefit on than ihe race of lords; and whether those the whole mass of the population ; and dis- vulgar wants that are sometimes so importucharged, with exemplary patience as well as nate, are not, in this world, the chief ministers extraordinary judgment, a task which super- of enjoyment. This is a plague that insects ficial spirits may perhaps mistake for an hum- all indolent persons who can live on in the ble and easy one. By her Popular Tales, she rank in which they were born, without the has rendered an invaluable service to the necessity of working: but, in a free country, miildling and lower orders of the people, and it rarely occurs in any great degree of viruby her Novels, and by the volumes before us, lence, except among those who are already has made a great and meritorious effort 10 at the summit of human felicity. Below this, promote the happiness and respectability of there is room for ambition, and envy, and the higher classes. On a former occasion we emulation, and all the feverish movements of believe we hinted 10 her, that these would aspiring vanity and unresting selfishness, probably be the least successful of all her which act as prophylacties against this more labours; and that it was doubtful whether dark and deadly distemper. It is the canker she could be justified for bestowing so much which corrodes the full-blown flower of huof her time on the case of a feir persons, who man felicily—the pestilence which smiles at scarcely deserved to be cured, and were the bright hour of noon. scarcely capable of being corrected. The The other curse of the happy, has a range foolish and unhappy part of the fashionable more wide and indiscriminate.lt

, too, torworld, for the most part, “is not fit to bear tures only the comparatively rich and foritself convinced." li is 100 vain, too busy, tunale; but is most active among the least and too dissipated 10 listen 10, or remember listinguished; and abates in malignity as we any thing that is said to it. Every thing seri- ascend to the lofty regions of pure ennui. ous it repels

, by " its dear wit and gay rheto- This is the desire of being fashionable ;-the ric;" and against every thing poignant, it restless and insatiable passion to pass for seeks shelter in the impenetrable armour of creatures a little more distinguished ihan we its conjunct audacity.

really are—with the mortification of frequent

failure, and the humiliating consciousness of Laugh'd at, it laughs again ;-and, stricken hard, being perpetually exposed to it. Among those Turns to the stroke its adamantinc scales, That fcar no discipline of human hands."

who are secure of "meat, clothes, and fire,”

and are thus above the chief physical evils A book, on the other hand, and especially a of existence, we do believe that this is a more witty and popular book, is still a thing of con- prolific source of unhappiness, than guilt, dissequence, to such of the middling classes of ease, or wounded affection; and ihat more society as are in the habit of reading. They positive misery is created, and more true en. dispute about it, and think of it; and as they joyment excluded, by the eternal fretting occasionally make themselves ridiculous by and straining of this pitiful ambition, ihan by copying the manners it displays, so they are all the ravages of passion, the desolations of apt to be impressed with the great lessons it war, or the accidents of mortality. This may may be calculated to teach; and, on the whole, appear a strong statement; but we make it receive it into considerable authority among deliberately, and are deeply convinced of its the regulators of their lives and opinions. truth. The wretchedness which it produces But a fashionable person has scarcely any may not be so intense ; but it is of much leisure to read; and none to think of what he longer duration, and spreads over a far wider has been reading. It would be a derogation circle. It is quite dreadful, indeed, to think from his dignity to speak of a book in any what a sweep this pest has taken among the terms but those of frivolous derision; and a comforts of our prosperous population. To strange desertion of his own superiority, to be thought fashionable—that is, to be thought allow himself to receive, from its perusal, any more opulent and tasteful, and on a footing impressions which could at all affect his con- of intimacy with a greater number of distinduct or opinions.

guished persons than they really are, is the But though, for these reasons, we continue great and laborious pursuit of four families to think that Miss Edgeworth’s fashionable out of five, the members of which are ex patients will do less credit to her prescriptions empted from the necessity of daily industry. ihan the more numerous classes to whom In this pursuit, their time, spirits, and talenis they might have been directed, we admit are wasted; their tempers, soured; their affecthat her plan of treatment is in the highest tions palsied; and their natural manners and degree judicious, and her conception of the dispositions altogether sophisticated and lost. disorder most luminous and precise.

These are the giant curses of fashionable os

life, and Miss Edgeworth has accordingly, which life can be made tolerable to those who dedicated her two best tales to the delinea- have nothing to wish for. Born on the very tion of their symptoms. The history of " Lord pinnacle of human fortune," he had nothing Glenthorn” is a fine picture of ennui—that of to do but to sit still and enjoy the barrenness " Almeria” an instructive representation of of the prospect.” He tries travelling, gaming, the miseries of aspirations after fashion. We gluttony, hunting, pugilism, and coach-driv. do not know whether it was a part of the fair ing; but is so pressed down with the load of writer's design to represent these maladies as life, as to be repeatedly on the eve of suicide. absolutely incurable, without a change of He passes over to Ireland, where he receives condition; but the fact is, that in spite of the a temporary relief, from the rebellion-and best dispositions and capacities, and the most from falling in love with a lady of high charpowerful inducements to action, the hero of acter and accomplishments; but the effect of ennui makes no advances towards amend these stimulants is speedily expended, and ment, till he is deprived of his title and estate! he is in danger of falling into a confirmed and the victim of fashion is left, at the end of lethargy, when it is fortunately discovered the tale, pursuing her weary career

, with fa- that he has been changed at nurse ! and that, ding hopes and wasted spirits, but with in- instead of being a peer of boundless fortune, creased anxiety and perseverance. The moral he is the son of a cottager who lives on potause of these narratives, therefore, must consist toes. With great magnanimity, he instantly in warning us against the first approaches of gives up the fortune to the rightful owner, evils which can never afterwards be resisted. who has been bred a blacksmith, and takes

These are the great twin scourges of the to the study of the law. At the commenceprosperous: But there are other maladies, of ment of this arduous career, he fortunately no slight malignity, to which they are pecu- falls in love, for the second time, with the liarly liable. One of these, arising mainly lady entitled, after the death of the blackfrom want of more worthy occupation, is that smith, to succeed to his former estate. Poverperpetual use of stratagem and contrivance-ty and love now supply him with irresistible ihat little, artful diplomacy of private life, by motives for exertion. He rises in his profes which the simplest and most natural transac- sion; marries the lady of his heart; and in tions are rendered complicated and difficult, due time returns, an altered man, to the posand the common business of existence made session of his former affluence. to depend on the success of plots and counter- Such is the naked outline of a story, more plots. By the incessant practice of this petty rich in character, incident, and reflection, than policy, a habit of duplicity and anxiety is in- any English narrative which we can now call fallibly generated, which is equally fatal to to remembrance :—as rapid and various as integrity and enjoyment. We gradually come the best tales of Voltaire, and as full of prac. to look on others with the distrust which we tical good sense and moral pathetic as any of are conscious of deserving; and are insensibly the other tales of Miss Edgeworth. The Irish formed to sentiments of the most unamiable characters are inimitable ;- not the coarse caselfishness and suspicion. It is needless to ricatures of modern playwrights—but drawn say, that all these elaborate artifices are worse with a spirit, a delicacy, and a precision, to than useless to the person who employs them; which we do not know if there be any paral. and that the ingenious plotter is almost always lel among national delineations. As these are baffled and exposed by the downright honesty tales of fashionable life, we shall present our of some undesigning competitor. Migs Edge- readers, in the first place, with some traits of worth, in her tale of " Manæuvring,” has given an Irish lady of rank. Lady Geraldine—the a very complete and most entertaining repre- enchantress whose powerful magic almost sentation of the by-paths and indirect crook'd raised the hero of ennui from his leaden slumways," by which these artful and inefficient bers is represented with such exquisite livelipeople generally make their way to disap- ness and completeness of effect, that the pointment. In the tale, entitled "Madame de reader can scarcely help imagining that he Fleury,” she has given some useful examples has formerly been acquainted with the origiof the ways in which the rich may most ef- nal. Every one, at least we conceive, most fectually do good to the poor-an operation have known somebody, the recollection of which, we really believe, fails more frequently whom must convince him that the following from want of skill than of inclination: And, in description is as true nature as it is creditable "The Dun," she has drawn a touching and to art:most impressive picture of the wretchedness

" As Lady Geraldine entered, I gave one involun. which the poor so frequently suffer, from the tary glance of curiosity. I saw a rall. finely-shaped unfeeling thoughtlessness which withholds woman, with the commanding air of a person of from them the scanty earnings of their labour. rank: she moved well; not with feminine timidity,

Of these tales, " Ennui" is the best and the vet with ease, promptitude, and decision. She had most entertaining-though the leading char- of feature. The only thing that struck me as really

eyes, and a fine complexion, yet no regularity acter is somewhat caricatured, and the -extraordinary, was her indifference when I was in nouement is brought about by a discovery troduced to her. Every body had seemed extremely which shocks by its needless improbability desirous that I should see her ladyship, and that Lord Glenthorn is bred up, by a false and in- her ladyship should see me; and I was rather surdulgent guardian, as the heir to an immense prised by her unconcerned air. This piqued me,

and fixed English and Irish estate; and, long before he began to converse with others. Her voice was

autention. She turned from me, and is of age, exhausts almost all the resources by ) agreeable, though rather loud: she did noi speaks

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win the Irislaccent; but, when I listened 'ma. Geraldine exclaimed, “That cousin Craiglethorpe forjously, I detected certain Hibernian inflexions- of mine is scarcely an agreeable man: The awknothing of the vulgar Irish idiom, but something wardness of mauvaise-hont might be pitied and parthat was more interrogative, more exclamatory, and doned, even in a nobleman,' continued her ladyship, perhaps more rhetorical, than the common language if it really proceeded from bumilily; but here, of English ladies, accompanied with infinitely more when I know it is connected with secret and inordianimation of countenance and demonstrative ges. nate arrogance, 'tis past all endurance. As the ture. This appeared to me peculiar and unusual, but Frenchman said of the Englishman, for whom even not affected." She was uncommonly eloquent; and his politeness could not find another compliment, yet, without action, her words were not sufficiently “ Il faut avouer que ce Monsieur a un grand talent rapid to express her ideas. Her manner appeared pour le silence ;» -- he holds his tongue till people foreign, yet it was not quite French. If I had actually believe that he has somothing to say-a been obliged to decide, I should, however, have mistake they could never fall into if he would but pronounced it rather more French than English. speak. - It is not timidity; it is all pride. I would To determine which it was, or whether I had ever pardon his dulness, and even his ignorance ; for one, seen anything similar, I stood considering her lady as you say, might be the fault of his nature, and the ship with more attention than I had ever bestowed other of his education : but his self-sufficiency is his on any other woman. The words striking-fasci- own fault; and that I will not, and cannot pardon. nating-bewilching, occurred to me as I looked at Somebody says, that nature may make a fool, but her and heard her speak. I resolved to turn my a coxcomb is always of his own making. Now, eyes away, and shut my ears; for I was positively my cousin-(as he is my cousin, I may say what I determined not to like her; I dreaded so much the please of him,)-my cousin Craiglethorpe is a idea of a second Hymen. I retreated to the farthest solemn coxcomb, who thinks, because his vanity is window, and looked out very soberly upon a dirly not talkative and sociable, that it's not vanity. fish-pond.

What a mistake!'"-. 146–148. “If she had treated me with tolerable civility at first, I never should have thought about her. High

These other traits of her character are given, born and high-bred, she seenied to consider more on different occasions, by Lord Glenthorn :what she should think of others, than what others thought of her. Frank, candid, and affable, vel and intent solely upon her own amusement; but I

“At first I had thought her merely superficial, opinionated, insolent, and an egotist : her candour and affability appeared the effect of a naturally good what could have been expected in one who lived so

soon found that she had a taste for literature beyond temper; her insolence and egotism only that of a spoiled child. She seemed to talk of herself purely dissipated a life; a depth of reflection that seemed to oblige others, as the most interesting possible thought; and, above all, a degree of generous in,

inconsistent with the rapidity with which she topic of conversation; for such it had always been dignation against meanness and vice, which seemed to her fond mother, who idolized her ladyship as an incompatible with the selfish character of a fine house. Confident of her talents, conscious of her lady; and which appeared quite incomprehensible to charms, and secure of her station, Lady Geraldine the imitating tribe of her fashionable companions."

i. 174. gave free scope to her high spiriis, her fancy, and her turn for ridicule. She looked, spoke, and acted, little arts, and petty stratagems, to attract attention.

Lady Geraldine was superior to manæuvring like a person privileged to think, say, and do, what she would not stoop, even to conquer. From genshe pleased. Her raillery, like the raillery of princes, temen she seemed to expect attention as her right, was without fear of retort. She was not ill-natured, yet careless to whom she gave offence, provided

as the right of her ser; not to beg, or accept of it she produced amusement; and in this she seldom

as a favour: if it were not paid, she deemed the genfailed; for, in her conversation, there was much of tleman degraded, not herself. Far from being the raciness of Irish wit, and the oddity of Irish, mortified by any preference shown to other ladies, humour. The singularity that struck me most

her countenance betrayed only a sarcastic sort of about her ladyship was her indifference to flattery. pity for the bad taste of the men, or an absolute inShe certainly preferred frolic. Miss Bland was her difference and look of haughty absence. I saw that humble companion; Miss Tracey her butt. It was

she beheld with disdain the paltry competitions of one of Lady Geraldine's delighis, to humour Miss !he young ladies her companions: as her companTracey's rage for imitating the fashions of fine ions, indeed, she hardly seemed to consider them; people. * Now you shall see Miss Tracey appear

she tolerated their foibles, forgave their envy, and at the ball 10-morrow, in every thing that I have never exerted any superiority, except 10 show her sworn to her is fashionable. Nor have I cheated contempt of vice and meanness.”-i. 198, 199. her in a single article : but the tout ensemble I leave

This may suffice as a specimen of the high to her better judgment; and you shall see her, I life of the piece; which is more original and trust, a perfect monster, formed of every creature's best: Lady Kilrush's feathers, Mrs. Moore's wig characteristic than that of Belinda-and altoMrs. O'Connor's gown, Mrs. Leighton's sleeves, gether as lively and natural. For the low life, and all the necklaces of all the Miss Ormsbys. we do not know if we could extract a more She has no taste, no judgment; none at all, poor felicitous specimen than the following dething; but she can imitate as well as those Chinese scription of the equipage in which Lord Glenpainters, who, in their drawings, give you the flower thorn's English and French servant were comof one plant stuck on the stalk of another, and garnished with the leaves of a third.'”-i. 130–139.

pelled to follow their master in Ireland. This favourite character is afterwards ex- From the inn yard came a hackney chaise, in hibited in a great variety of dramatic contrasts. a most deplorably crazy stale; the body mounted For example:

up to a prodigious heighi, on unbending springs,

nodding forwards, one door swinging open, three “Lord Craiglethorpe was, as Miss Tracey had blinds up, because they could not be let down, described him, very stiff, cold, and high. His man. the perch tied in two places, the iron of the wheels ners were in the extreme of English reserve; and half off, half loose, wooden pegs for linch-pins, and his ill-bred show of contempt for the Irish was suf- ropes for harness. The horses were worthy of the ficient provocation and justification of Lady Geral. harness; wretched little dog-tired creatures, that dine's ridicule. He was much in awe of his fair looked as if they had been driven to the last gasp, and witty cousin: and she could easily put him out and as if they had never been rubbed down in their of countenance, for he was, in his way, extremely lives; their bones starting through their skin; one bashful. Once, when he was out of the room, Lady | lame, the other blind; one with a raw back, the

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other with a galled breast ; one with his neck poking "Ah! didn't I compass him cleverly then! Oh down over his collar, and the other with his head the villain, to be browbaring me! I'm too cute for dragged forward by a bit of a broken bridle, held at him yet. See, there, now, he's come 100; and I'll arms' lengih by a man dressed like a mad beggar, be his bail he'll go asy enough wid me. Ogh! he in half a bat, and half a wig, both awry in opposite has a fine spirit of his own; but it's I that can directions ; a long tattered coat, tied round his waist match him. ''Twould be a poor case if a man like by a hay-rope; the jagged rents in the skirts of this me couldn't match a horse any way, let alone a coat showing his bare legs, marbled of many co- mare, which this is, or it never would be so vi. lours; while something like stockings hung loose cious.'"-;. 68, 69. about his ankles. The noises he made, by way of threatening or encouraging his steeds, I preiend

The most delectable personage, however, not to describe. In an indignant voice I called to in the whole tale, is the ancient Irish nurse the landlord-'I hope these are not the horses— Ellinor. The devoted affection, infantine simhope this is not the chaise, intended for my ser.

plicity, and strange pathetic eloquence of this vants.' The innkeeper, and the pauper who was preparing to officiate as postilion, both in the same

half-savage, kind-hearted creature, afford Miss instant exclaimed— Sorrow berier chaise in the Edgeworth occasion for many most original

Sorrow !' said I-what do you mean and characteristic representations. We shall by sorrow ?' * That there's no better, plase your scarcely prepossess our English readers in honour, can be seen. We have two more to be her favour, by giving the description of her sure-but one has no top, and the other no bottom. Any way, there's no better can be seen than this

cottage. * And these horses !' cried I'why this “ It was a wretched looking, low, mud-walled horse is so lame he can hardly stand.'. 'Oh, plase cabin. At one end it was propped by a buttress of your honour, tho' he can't stand, he'll go fast loose stones, upon which siood a goai reared on his enough. He has a great deal of the rogue in him, hind legs, to browse on the grass that grew on the plase your honour. He's always that way at first housetop. A dunghill was before the only window, setting out.' “And that wretched animal with the at the other end of the house, and close to the door galled breast ! “He's all the better for it, when was a puddle of the dirtiest of dirty water, in which once he warms; it's he that will go with the speed ducks were dabbling. At my approach, there came of light, plase your honour. Sure, is not he Knocke. out of the cabin a pig, a calf, a lamb, a kid, and I wo croghery ? and didn't I give fifteen guineas for him, geese, all with their legs tied; followed by cocks, barring the luckpenny, at the fair of Knockecrog- hens, chickens, a dog, a cat, a kitten, a beggar. hery, and he rising four year old at the same time?' man, a beggar-woman, with a pipe in her mouth;

" Then seizing his whip and reins in one hand, children innumerable, and a stout girl, with a pitchhe clawed up his stockings with the other : so with fork in her hand; altogether more than I, looking one easy step he got into his place, and seated him down upon the roof as I sat on horseback, and self, coachman-like, upon a well-worn bar of wood, measuring the superficies with my eye, could have that served as a coach-box. Throw me the loan possibly supposed the mansion capable of containing. of a trusty, Barily, for a cushion,' said he. AI asked if Ellinor O'Donoghoe was at home ; but frieze coat was thrown up over the horse's heads. the dog barked, the geese cackled, the turkeys Paddy caught it. "Where are you, Hosey !' cried gobbled, and the beggars begged with one accurs, he to a lad in charge of the leaders. Sure I'm so loudly, that there was no chance of my bsing only rowling a wisp of straw on my leg,' replied heard. When the girl had at last succeeded in ap. Hosey. “'I'hrow me up,' added this paragon of peasing them all with her pitchfork, she answered, poslilions, turning to one of the crowd of idle by. Jihat Ellinor O'Donoghoe was at home, but that se standers. Arrah, push me up, can't ye?'-A was out with the potatoes; and she ran to fetch her, man took hold of his knee, and threw him upon the after calling to the boys, who was within in the room horse. He was in his seat in a trice. Then cling.smoking, 1o come out to his honour. As soon as ing by the mane of his horse, he scrambled for the they had crouched under the door, and were able bridle which was under the other horse's feet, to stand upright, they welcomed me with a very reached it, and, well satisfied with himself, looked good grace, and were proud to see me in the king. round at Paddy, who looked back to the chaise-dom. "I asked if they were all Ellinor's sons. "All door at my angry servants, secure in the last event entirely,' was the first answer. Not one but one,' of things.' In vain the Englishman, in monotonous was the second answer. The third made the other anger, and the Frenchman in every note of the two intelligible. “Plase your Honour, we are all gamut, abused Paddy. Necessity and wit were on her sons-in-law, except myself, who am her lawful Paddy's side. He parried all that was said against son.' • Then you are my foster brother ?' 'No, his chaise, his horses, himself, and his country, plase your Honour, it's not me, but my brother, with invincible comic dexterity; till at last, both and he's not in it.''Not in it?? No, plase your his adversaries, dumb-founded, clambered into the Honour; becaase he's in the forge up above. Sure vehicle, where they were instantly shut up in straw he's the blacksmith, my lard. And what are you? and darkness. Paddy, in a triumphant tone, called I'm Ody, plase your honour;' the short for Owen," to my postilions, bidding them get on, and not be &c.-. 94—96. stopping the way any longer.'”-i. 64, 65. By and by the wheel horse stopped short, any thing that could give our readers even a

It is impossible, however, for us to select and began to kick furiously.

vague idea of the interest, both serious and ". Never fear,' reiterated Paddy. I'll engage comic, that is produced by this original char I'll be up wid him. Now for ir, Knockecroghery! acter, without quoting more of the story than Oh the rogue, he thinks he has me at a nonplush; we can now make room for. We cannot but I'll show him the differ.'

“After this brag of war, Paddy whipped, Knock- leave it, however, without making our acecroghery kicked, and Paddy, seemingly uncon: knowledgments to Miss Edgeworth for the scious of danger, sat within reach of the kicking handsome way in which she has treated our horse, ewitching up first one of his legs, then the country, and for the judgment as well as other, and shifting as the animal aimed his hoofs, liberality she has shown in the character of escaping every time as it were by miracle. With a Mr. Macleod, the proud, sagacious, friendly, mixture of temerity and presence of mind, which and reserved agent of her hero. There is in. made us alternately look upon him as a madman finite merit and powers of observation even in and a hero, he gloried in the danger, secure of suc. cons, and of the sympathy of the spectators. her short sketch of his exterior.

" He was a hard-featured, strong built, perpen. culcate. To some readers they may seem to dicular man, with a remarkable quietness of deport. want the fairy colouring of high fancy and roment: he spoke with deliberate distinctness, in an mantic tenderness; and it is very irue that use of no gesticulation, but held himself surprisingly they are not poetical love tales, any more than still. No part of him but his cyes, moved; and they are anecdotes of scandal. We have they had an expression of slow; but determined great respect for the admirers of Rousseau and good sense. He was sparing of his words; but the Petrarca ; and we have no doubt that Miss iew that he used said much, and wem directly to Edgeworth has great respect for them ;-but the point.”-i. 82.

the world, both high and low, which she is But we must now take an abrupt and reluci. labouring' to mend, have 110 sympathy with ant leave of Miss Edgeworth. Thinking as this respect. They laugh at these ihings, and we do, that her writings are, beyond all com- do not understand them; and therefore, the parison, the most useful of any that have come solid sense which she presses perhaps rather before us since the commencement of our 100 closely upon them, though ii admits of recritical career, it would be a point of conscience lief from wit and direct pathos, really could with us to give them all the notoriely that they not be combined with the more luxuriant orcan derive from our recommendation, even if naments of an ardent and tender imagination. their execution were in some measure liable We say this merely to obviate the only objecto objection. In our opinion, however, they lion which we think can be made to the exeare as entertaining as they are instructive; curion of these stories, and to justify our and the genius, and wit, and imagination they decided opinion, that they are actually as display, are at least as remarkable as the jusi- perfect as it was possible to make them with dess of the sentiments they so powerfully in- I sately to the greai object of the author.

(July, 1812.) Tales of Fashionable Life. By Miss EngEWORTH, Author of “Practical Education,"

“Belinda," “Castle Rackrent,' &c. 3 vols. 12mo. pp. 1450. Johnson. London: 1812.

THE writings of Miss Eilgeworth exhibii so į and away from real gratification, as powerfully singular an union of sober sense and inex- las mere ignorance or passion. li is to the haustible invention-so minute a kliowledge | correction of those erroneous theories that of all that distinguishes manners, or touches Miss Edgeworth has applied herself in that on happiness in every condition of human for- series of moral fictions, the last portion of tune-and so just an estimate both of the real which has recently come to our hands; and sources of enjoyment, and of the illusions by in which, we think, she has combined more which they are obstructeil, that it cannot be solid instruction with more universal enterthought wonderful that we should separate tainment, and given more practical lessons of her from the ordinary manufacturers of novels, wisdom, with less tediousness and less preand speak of her Tales as works of more se- tension, than any other writer with whom we rious importance than much of the true history are acquainteil. and solemn philosophy that come daily under When we reviewed the first part of these our inspection. The great business of life, Tales which are slevoted to the «lelineation and the object of all arts and acquisitions, is of fashionable life, we ventured to express a undoubtedly to be happy; and though our coubt, whether the author was justifiable for success in this grand endeavour (lepends, in expending so large a quantity of her moral some degree, upon external circumstances, medicines on so small a body of patients over which we have no control, and still more and upon patients 100 whom she had every on temper and dispositions, which can only be reason to fear would turn out incurable. Upcontrolled by gradual and systematic exertion, on reflection, however, we are now inclined a very great deal depends also upon creeds to recall this sentimeni. The vices and illuand opinions, which may be effectually and sions of fashionable life are, for the most part, even suddenly rectified, by a few hints from merely the vices and illusions of human nature authority that cannot be questioned, or a few -presented sometimes in their most conillustrations so fair and striking, as neither to spicuous, and almost always in only their be misapplied nor neglected. We are all, no most seductive form ;-and even where they doubt, formed, in a great degree, by the cir- | are not merely fostered and embellished, but cumstances in which we are placed, and the actually generated only in that exalted region, beings by whom we are surrounded, but still it is very well known that they “drop upon we have all theories of happiness-notions of the place beneath," and are speedily propaambition, and opinions as to the summum bo- gated and diffused into the world below. To num of our own-more or less developed, and expose them, therefore, in this their original more or less original, according to our situa- and proudest sphere, is not only to purify the tion and character-but influencing our con- stream at its source, but to counteract their duct and feelings at every moment of our pernicious influence precisely where it is lives, and leading us on to disappointment, I most formidable and extensive. To point out

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