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THE POWER ASD CHARUS OF EDUCATION ESEMPLI
FIED IS TWO MODERX FRENCE FAMILIES.
“ 'Tis art and knowledge which draw forth
The hidden seeds of native worth.” WALLIR,
....I FREQUENTLY met at a friend's house two worthy persons; the husband is a man about sixty years of age, the wife is fifty. They had often loaded me with politeness, friendship even, and had a thou. sand times pressed me to go and see them. This invitation flattered me; they made it with so much curiosity, that I at length resolved not to refuse any longer solicitations so obliging. One thing, however, astonished me; they were perfectly well received at the house where I met them, they were even treated there with much distinction, nevertheless it seemed to me that their ton, their manners, and their language formed a singular contrast with the language, the manners, and the ton of the common friend at whose residence we assembled. I found something particular, strange, and even unsuitable, in this intimacy; and I was at a loss to explain to myself the cause of it. The latter, a man likewise of a mature age, had formerly exercised high employments, lived a long time at court, and frequented the company of every person eminent for instruction, morals, or dignities in Paris; he had thence retained that amenity, that ease, and that exquisite politeness which renders à Frenchman a being truly excellent when he possesses them; and in him, of whom I am speaking, these qualities, united to the best heart and the most noble soul, make a man the most worthy of respect, esteem, and friendship. I certainly
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found in the other two the same inward virtues, but · their'exterior was coarse; their good sense often struck
me, but it was disfigured by their expressions. They were totally strangers to that refinement, that delicacy of attention, deference, and civility, which the other possessed in a supreme degree. There was, in my opinion, in the whole of their deportment a sort of shade which contrasted disagreeably with the richness of their clothes, the number of their servants, and the elegance of their carriages: in short, they were the most worthy' people in the world, but unfit for the sphere in which they lived. -—" Explain to me this enigma," said I one day to our common friend: “how happens it, that with a fortune nearly equal, methinks there is such a distance between you? Is your amiableness a peculiar gift, which nature, less bountiful towards them, has with held from them? Excuse my frankness, I see unquestionably that, as for sentiments of honour and probity, such society suits you extremely well; but if we take into the question that knowledge of the world on which the French apparently lay so much stress, it is quite another thing.”—“A word will let you into the secret," answered he; “they are modern rich persons, but do not give to this epithet a false explanation. How many new fortunes are not scandalous! these persons owe theirs to an irreproachable conduct; it is the fruit of great services rendered to the state, and also of great services rendered to private individuals. In this instance, fortune has wrought a miracle seldom to be seen; that is, in favouring them, she has acted in concert with virtue; and it might be said, that these people have acquired, with a noble disinterestedness, what certain others have accumulated only by means the most shameful. They have rendered to me the most signal services; it was no more than just that my gratitude should be unlimited, and that owing, like a thousand others, perhaps to their vigilance, the preservation of the greatest part of what I possess, I should contribute, for my share, to the increase of their comfort. We overlook, in so many people, riches obtained at the expence of the tears of the poor, that we may certainly overlook, in these worthy persons, a fortune secured by the gratitude of the obliged. Born of poor parents, they were without education; they carried on in their youth a very limited trade, but with regularity, honesty, and strict economy, they, in length of time, amassed a very considerable capital. For fourteen years past they have made a worthy use of it, and they deserve to prosper: fortunately for them, beneficence, this once, has not been thrown away; they required nothing from gratitude, and gratitude has paid her debt. Their sole mean was to have more judgment than policy. They do not express themselves well, I admit; they have a bluntness, an absurd familiarity of manner perhaps, but ought all that to prevent me from seeing them? To this amiable exterior, which you have the goodness' to distinguish in me, I have the happiness, I own it, to join an honest heart. But how many people have that exterior, without having the essential qualities of those of whom you are speaking, yet their company is: frequented? If one receives those who have a polish without virtues, why not receive those who have virtues without a polish?
TIMON; OR, THE COMFORTS OF MARRIAGE.
“When fix'd to one, love safe at anchor rides,
And dares the fury of the wind and tides,"
Poor Timon rail'd, poor Timon swore,
The marriage knot he ne'er would tie;
Before the youth began to sigh.
And bade her Timon hie away;
That Timon rather chose to stay.
But Timon thought her words a lure,
When Hymen crown’d the simple pair;
The boys are strong, the girls are fair.