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AGLAEA FAIRY TALE.
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Soxe author has justly remarked, that|| movements; and while he spoke I listened " in the eyes of the ignorant every thing as to an oracle: what he said seemed to seems a prodigy, whereas it is only na- express all I thought. He was for a long tural.” Aglaē, who till now had only time delighted with the affection I shewed carelessly regarded the riches of nature, him; but, in the midst of my happiness, I stopped before all she saw, asked questions forgot that we must take care to keep what incessantly, and was greedy of instruction : we love. I neglected my person, the culshe was alike astonished at what she knew tivation of my mind, my friends; in a not before, as she was at herself for suffer- word, I thought only of him, I saw only ing so long a time to pass away without him, and spoke only of him. Every body seeking to improve herself. She undertook had forsaken me before I remarked it; and one day to go round the island, and she I finished by becoming tiresome to him arrived at a little desolate house, the peace- whom I most wished to please. I felt that ful habitation of an aged female, who re- he was no longer firmly attached to me; ceived the governess and her pupil with when he returned home early it was merely that mingled tenderness and melancholy from complaisance, and his attentions only which evinced a mind of sensibility. Aglaë proceeded from duty. Instead of calling felt prepossessed in her favour, and did not pleasure to my aid I passed that time try to repel this first impression, which which he yet bestowed upon me in tears with all the other old women had produced and reproaches : I exacted love from him, only anirth: for Aglaë now felt only sen.
I began to lose his friendship; and I saw timents of mingled interest and respect. very little of him. Could any one be beShe durst not ask her to relate her adven- | lieved who had told me that I was yet to tures, she almost feared to recall them to suffer more than this? her remembrance. She was anxious only “ What grief did I not experience on to please her, to gain her confidence, and learning that he was entirely taken up with to comfort her if in ber power. The old another woman! I commented upon it woman guessed her thoughts, made her with that haughtiness, as though he had come dear her, and related to her her story loved me still; I insisted on his never seein the following words.
ing her again; he refused me without “I will not speak to you of my infancy, shewing either anger or pity. It was then there is nothing in it worthy of recollec- | 1 thought myself lost. I implored of him lection : my remembrances only date their to love me, as I would implore the Gods commencement from that day when I saw, to prolong my life. I no longer aspired to for the first time, a man who was the mas- any sacrifice.— See her again; continue ter of the remainder of my life. Till then to love her ; but do not entirely forget me.' I had fancied myself handsome and witty; || My ill humour bad driven him from home, from that moment I doubted it; I was my gentleness brought him back again, whole hours at my toilet; I was never
and a second time I believed myself happy. satisfied with my own wit; yet the day | A short time after, business and ambition that he told me he loved me I thought carried him away again. I was no longer myself perfect! We were united. Then 1 young, time had flown away without my thought seriously.on pleasing him: I had perceiving it. I complained, although I forgot every thing; I only existed in those was certainly one of the most fortunate; hours that he bestowed upon me, and the but I did not know that till long after. I others were passed either in expecting him, concealed my grief, and it preyed upon my or iu regretting his absence. When he temper, and undermined my health. I became home he seemed to change the air came melancholy, and was, indeed, a suf1 breathed : I found myself happy without | ferer: and I was, in consequence, only the wapting to tell him so: I followed all his more unamiable. I always looked forward No. 148.-Vol. XXIII.
to the morrow to bring me some consola- ed her with pleasure, remained with her tion, and it was only another day devoted weary and dissatisfied, yet quitted her with to weeping. At length I heard speak of a | pain ; but she quitted her often before the conjurer who, it was said, performed mi. sun had marked the hour for her returning racles; we are apt to believe in them when || home. The old woman, without comwe stand in want of them; I went to con plaining, bade her mournfully adieu.sult him. Just as I arrived at his dwelling || Aglaë came back slowly, dissatisfied with I saw an old woman come out, of whom I herself, reproaching herself with cruelty, asked what he had said to her? I only yet finding herself incapable of making received for answer the four following any sacrifice. French lines, which I can never forget :- The next day, after her hours of study, “ De l'avenir point de nouvelle;
she flew to her friend; to see her running « Ils ne m'ont dit que le passe :
it seemed as if she thought she could not “ Les plaisirs d'un age avance
get there too soon; and enjoying by anti“Sont les plaisirs qu'on se rappelle."
cipation the pleasure that this haste would " I did not enter to consult the oracle, afford, she began, by degrees, to forget and I took this advice myself. I bade adieu herself, and to fancy she was requisite to to happiness: that of others yet interests | the happiness of another; the first of all me, sometimes it consoles me; but it does illusions, and the happiest of all ; it caused not prevent my looking forward with im
her even to return to those who had be patience to the end of my existence.”
fore appeared so ridiculous to her. Aglaë had listened to the old woman
It was no longer from a spirit of raillery, with that lively interest which enters into
no longer from a cruel propensity to satirthe feelings of another. Her governess, || ize: she even flattered their foibles, but in who beheld her weeping, could have wish- | the same way as she would console a sick ed, perhaps, that this picture had been person deprived of all resource. In the drawn in colours less striking; but she meantime their extreme credulity rendered promised herself that she would introduce her fearful of herself.—“ Tell me truly," into their next conversation, without any | said she one day to lier governess; “ I am seeming design, that the sorrows of the old | not asking for praise, but I want encouragelady were those which every woman of much ment. Am I young? Have you taught me feeling must experience; and it was not a the way to be amiable? Like these wolost day which taught us that love is very men, am not I also walking blindfold ?"far from performing all it promises. At these words the Fairy appeared." Be
Aglaë, on her side, reflected, but pro- easy, my Aglaë," said she; “ you are what mised herself that she would often visit this you was before: I could add nothing to interesting old woman, and make her re.
your beauty. I was not permitted to corpeat those particulars which had so sen- rect your foibles without you yourself was sibly affected her. This, however, did not at some little trouble. I offered to you at answer her expectations: her story was once all the faults that time and the wish always the same: Aglaë felt that it was to be admired would have gives you: they impossible for any one to talk so long about | have cured you of vanity; of that vanity herself without being tiresome. She had || which, in females, renders youth culpable, fancied that every day she should love this and age ridiculous. Therefore you have old woman better and better; and every | gained more than I promised. May your day she listened to her with less interest gentle and susceptible heart never feel the than on the preceding one. Nothing was want of virtuous examples to guide it a right. capable of leading her from one subject : I shall now restore you to your kingdom; morality, rural life, ambition, all brought but before I take my leave, I will, like an her husband to her recollection. lia noble | indulgent mother, recompense you for action was spoken of, he would have done having laboured to become happy : name, 80; any thing that was simple, he would therefore, what you wish for." have embellished it. Yet of all these women Aglaë requested ber to make her friend she was the most amiable; for her remem- young again ; but the old lady refused that brances came from the heart: Aglaë visit. A favour, unless her husband could share with her the precious gift.-"I do not wish to her foibles, thought her daughter perfect; live; " said she; "I do not ask for length and she was persuaded that she had emof years; only restore to me my days of ployed all the time that she had not seen happiness, and let me expire on that day lost. She abdicated her crown in favour when he shall have ceased to love me.". of her daughter, who passed the remainder The Fairy granted her wishes; she restored of her days in diffidence of her own abito ber her youth, lier husband, her plea- | lities, and ever ready to pardon the foibles sures, and her sorrows. She presented of others. Aglaē to her mother, who, always blind to
COPY OF A LETTER FROM AN IRISH GENTLEMAN TO HIS AUNT.
We shall conceal the real name of the discontents, and at length joined the standwriter. He was the third son of an ancient ard of revolt. His aunt never approved and opulent family; had talents, education, the hostile movements. She foresaw the and acquirements to figure at the bar; but event; provided gold and silver pieces, being of a restless disposition, he spent in and often urged her too sanguine nephew lravelling on the Continent those early years to retreat, while retreat was possible.that should have been devoted to sedulous | He braved every danger, until the cause study and forensic practice. Smitten with became quite hopeless; and could even enthusiasm for the cause of liberty, he then be hardly persuaded to take his pase bastened to Paris in 1789, and from thence sage for Lisbon, whither his aunt made à narrowly escaped in 1793, having incurred | voyage under pretence of ill health, takthe resentment of the ferocious dema ing Mr. S—, disguised as an old footman. gogues by expostulating with some of the At Lisbon he embarked for South Amechiefs on their treatment of the King.-rica, was shipwrecked, and five years Returning to Ireland, his aunt, who had, passed without accounts of him. His letter since infancy, endeavoured to moderate explains the cause. The information it his fervid impetuous passions, and to regu- contains, and just encomiums upon the late his ever-teeming imagination, now en
unwearied affection, the wisdom, and exgaged him to travel with her through Eng-ertion of woman, render this small conland and Scotland, to borrow from the tribution worthy of a place in La Belle improvements in those sister kingdoms, Assemblée.
B. G. materials for 'a work elucidating the most
Cayenne, May 29th, 1910. prompt and easy expedients for ameliorating the condition of the peasantry in his
My dear Aunt, I know your genernative country. Several summers were
ous mind will not suspect of oblivious inpassed in exploring all the counties of gratitude the heart moulded by your preGreat Britain from north to south; but cepts, but you must suppose me numbered minds that spurn the government of pru- with the dead. This is the sixth anniverdence and judgment, are apt to pervert the sary of our bitter separation. Even now best advantages. So frequent and ample I seem to feel your maternal embraces-I opportuities to compare the state of Ire- feel the brioy scalding tears upon my cheek, land with the more favoured regions un.
and my inmost soul is sensitive to the bounder the same sovereign, inflamed his wrath, || tiful care for my equipment. The coins and the ebullitious of exaggerating local provided by my beloved aunt saved a life predilection were mistaken for patriotism. which has hitherto caused her often reWithout considering that violent measures curring anxieties ; and I was enabled to would but estrange Ireland from the foster- accommodate the intrepid high-spirited ing liberality of the British administration, Sherrard, who had no liberal considerate and that a desolating rebellion must retard friend to furnish him for adventurers in anevery improvement, Mr. S—, by vehe- other quarter of the globe. Our voyage ment declamation, fomented the popular was wholly disastrous,
alarms and hardships for eight weeks, , lization by fire, and observed how the much owing to the unskillfulness of our steam, received into a combination of glass mariners, we were drifted from our course, vessels, is condensed by a little water at and shipwrecked upon the shores of Cali- || the bottom of each vessel, and becomes a fornia. I believe no man of our crew was pure and ponderous liquid. I was favoured so soon reconciled to this mishap as mye with a sight of the gold mives in Varagua self. My delight in travelling revived and and New Grenada, bordering upon Darien consoled me. I knew my frame was in- || and Terra Firma; but I shall lead my dear vigorated by military exertions and priva- | aunt back to Mexico, to describe the tions in Ireland, and by recently buffeting | artificial islands in the salt lakes of Mexico. the winds and waves; and I determined to They are called chinampas, or floating penetrate iuto the interior of California, gardens. Their formation is extremely and then to make my way to Cayenne by simple. Willows, and roots of marsh Jand. Sberrard agreed to share my peri- | plants, are plaited and entwined to any grinations, and the good fathers of our size the owner desires. Over this wattled holy church, stationed there to convert the work must be laid light bushes, with mud Indians, sent a lay brother and two patives | drawn from the bottom of the lake. The as our guides. They led me to gather garden is completed by layers of earth, sugared dew from the roses, and to collect and sowing low plants that give fruit, saline crystals from the extensive plains 'l vegetables, and flowers.
In their large of salt in the interior of California. 1|| gardens the wealthy have pavilions to have cut the fluted branches of the pita shade them from the sun; but trees have haya, which yields a fruit resembling figs, not been attempted, as their weight would but more delicious; and this tree has the perhaps sink the island, or gusts of wind peculiarity of never producing foliage.- overset it. When the owner of a garden The stags of California are tall as the wishes to leave an unpleasant neighbour, horses of Europe, but elegantly formed; he tows his isle to a more agreeable situand their flesh is more delicate than your ation. I have seen with all the rapture of venison. Some acquaintance with medi- admiration the arrival of innumerable cine procured me access to the silver mines canoes at sunrise, loaded with vegetables, of Mexico, where many of the best work. || low-growing fruits, and flowers, from the men were labouring under disease, which floating gardens, to be sold at the great a few simple prescriptions alleviated. The market-place of the capital. In one of manager of the Mexican mines sent a per- the ancient islands, tradition records that son with credentials for my admission to Manga Capac laid bis benevolent plans the quicksilver mine at Guancavelica. 1 || for the civilization of a naked savage saw this singular metal dug up in a whitish people. mass, and attended the process of volati
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SUCH HUSBANDS ARE SCARCE.
I had not been long on the half-pay , begged, as a favour, to be admitted into list, before I retired to A-, a pretty | their circle, I had formed projects of galtown in the county of Hants. I hired lantry; I was watched with minute attenapartments in the house of a rich manufac- tion, until, by degrees, I accustomed 'the wrer, whose wife entertained, regularly husbands to think I was void of preteatwice a week, the most respectable citi sions, and their wives to attach no imzens of the place, and whose wives, like portance whatever to au homage which, herself, were all very handsome, but bar- being indiscriminately paid to all, created boured unconquerable prejudices. Austere no jealousy. principles were an inheritance transmitted Here, the same as in most country towns, to them from generation to generation. It cards were always introduced; and as: was generally thought, that when I had never played myself, I was at leisure to observe that the mistress of the house, in I could not help observing that Clemenorder to prevent, as much as possible, the tina contrived always to sit close to me, or scolding between partners, was very par- if I came in after her, she would make ticular in not placing a husband and wife room for me to go and sit by her side-that at the same table.
she listened with more attention to my Among such of the party as preferred oratory than to that of others. It hap. conversation to a rubber at whist, I soon pened about this time that one of our noticed a young woman, who, but two Princes stopped at A-, on his way to months since, had been taken from a Portsmouth. I had gone to pay my re. boarding-school to be married, and who, spects to his Royal Highness, and, as a of course, knew but very little of the matter of course, went in regimentals.. world. Altbough she could not be quoted | When in the afternoon I joined our party as a beauty, she nevertheless was remark. || at home, my military costume seemed to ably handsome. She was possessed of an revive some former ideas against me: I uncommon share of wit and candidness, so thought, at least, that I could see Clethat her mode of conversing was at once mentioa blush very deep, and look confancifal and engaging. Nothing was more
fused, neither did she offer me the chair extraordinary than the questions she would that was close to hers. Notwithstanding occasionally venture to ask, yet one could I felt piqued, I nevertheless, with the utnot but wonder at the propriety and just- most composure, approached alternately ness of her observations.
the different card-tables, to look at those This young woman, whom I shall call that were engaged at play. Clementina, bad been sacrificed to family For several successive evenings I affectinterest. Without consulting her, but with ed to behave towards Clementina with exthe only view of procuring for her a large | cessive distant politeness only, instead of fortune, she had been matched to a wealthy || showing her that regard and attention grocer. Her husband, though turned of which I had hitherto paid her. She felt fifty, bad overlooked her being only pine | extremely grieved, and manifested an teey. He abominated large parties, and anxious desire to enter into an'explanation. therefore never accompanied his wife into As it answered my own purpose as well, I the gay circles. Entirely addicted to busi- soon afforded her an opportunity.—“What ness himself, he left her at full liberty to have I done, Major," said she, in a faulterenjoy the amusements of her age. She, in || ing voice, “ to incur your displeasure ? return, void of pretensions, and frec from Wherefore will you treat me with a scorn reproach, betrayed not the confidence | totally unmerited, after habituating me which her husband reposed in her.
to an attention of which I lament the loss ? Prompted by the purity of her senti. || I am too sincere to disguise my sentiments, which would have proved a bar to ments; let me know in what manner I the generality of seducers, I took it into | have offended involuntarily, that I may my head to make her forgetful of her duty, || apologize; and condescend once more to and to gain her affections. She had never be the most amiable and trusty friend. been addressed in the sweet language of Your present conduct differs so widely love, neither was I so indiscreet as to ven- | from that which you had bitherto indulged ture an open declaration, which would me with, that it causes me deep affliction." have alarmed and induced her to keep _“You suffer pain on account of my apaway from me, in obedience to her austere parent neglect, say you; but if it were principles. I had wisely calculated it were suggested by reason, could I be deserving expedient that love should soften the tem- of your reproaches ? Conscious of the per of tier soul, and leave her defenceless | dangers that threaten me, I cannot delay at the decisive moment. 1 accordingly avoiding them any longer."-" What can guarded my expressions with studied art,
you apprehend from me—from an entire so as to appear to be overpowered by the stranger to the customs and perfidiousness weight of a vexatious secret, by wbich means of the world ?"_" It is not you that I am I gave rise to two feelings that were new to afraid of- it is my own self, my own weakher-namely, curiosity and compassion. Dess, that I dread. What a folly, to be