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ORIGIVAL COMMUNICATIONS.

JULIA;

A RUSSIAN TALE,

The women complain of the men, ard wanted nothing but a Grecian dress to be a the meo complain of the women. Wbich is perfect Mars; and sometimes the talkative right? or which is wrong? and who shall de Pustolow appeared amiable, who, not withi. cide the contest? Were the decision left to standing his judicial dignity, contended with us, without consideration, we should give it | Vestris in grace, and performed every day at in favour of the most amiable-consequently least ten French hornpipes. , But it did not women. But with this sentence the men would continue long. In the first she soon perceived not be contented; they would accuse us of), merely a tiresome and conceited fool; the young partiality, and say that we are bribed by the god of war, on a nearer acquaintance, was kind looks of Lydia, or Arethusa's charming metamorphosed into a stately dragoon; and smile; they would make an appeal from our the amusing judge was shortly converted into judgment, and our defence would be of no a wearisome cbatterer. Her choice, at last, avail. Perhaps the following tale may eluci- fell on young Boris, who was really amiable; date tbis argument:

in this choice the heart and understanding Julia was the ornament of the metropolis ; | were unanimous. Boris was brought up under she appeared, and the men saw and listened to the eye of his tender and sensible parent, in a her alone, conversed alone with her. And the foreign country. His head was furnished with women-the women whispered to each other, useful and ornamental knowledge, and his viewed her with malicious smiles, and endea-heart cherished virtuous precepts. He was in voured in vain to find out a fault in her to person pleasing, though not handsome; his appease, in some degree, their offended self countenance had the noblest cast, and a soul love. Is it necessary, after the above, to say || shone from his eyes. He blushed like an inthat every youth adored Julia, and considered

pocent girl at every immodest word; spoke it an honour to be reckoned among her little, but always sensibly and agrecably, strove slaves! One sighed, another wept, a third not to shine by his wit and kuowledge, and hung his head, and of every one who appeared | listened patiently to every hody. The real sorrowful it was said, “he is in love with worth of such a character is seldom known ; Julia."

tinsel is often regarded equally with pure gold, And Julia loved no one thing except herself. and modesty, the companion of real worth, is. With haughty self sufficiency she looked thrown into the shade, while impudence is around her, and thought--where is my eqnal? || caressed and applauded. who is worthy of me? Yet she very wisely Boris loved Julia ; how was it possible to suffered not any of these thoughts to be conjec- avoid loving one so amiable and handsome? tired; and when she was remarked for beauty but her numberless adorers kept him at a dis. and good sense, she was equally admired for tance; he regarded her from a far without ber modesty and talent of dissimulation, sighing; in a word, without acting the lover.

By degrees she approached the end of her Nevertheless Julia knew he loved her; whofourth winter, and she began to perceive that ever is so inclined may wonder at the quick, vanity was only a vapour, which, though it sightedness of women! but not more visible plenges the soul in a pleasing delirium, has than the sun at noon day is to a woman the nothing stable or gratifying.

However one effect of her charms on a man of sentiment, may be taken up with self, it is yet not suffi. however he may endeavour to conceal it. Julia cient; something more than the magical I soon distinguished the modest youth from the must be loved,

rest of her lovers ; she encouraged bim to apJulia now took an attentive survey of her i proach her with friendly looks and smiles, she crowd of adorers. At first her view fell on conversed with him, showed an esteem for his young Samolubow, who thought on nothing worth, listened to him with attention, and dis. but Julia and the looking-glass. Next appeared covered a wish to see him more frequently, to her the taanly Grabrow, a young hero who “ You will go to the concert to-morrow to

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morrow you will dine with us?—The time. ber. Hespoke to her; but she answered hiin appeared very long to me yesterday without drily:- Julia was coufussed.

The next day, when Boris called on Julia, a Boris did not belong to the number of those dreadful head-ach prevented her admitting who construed every friendly word or look of him. The third day he saw her at a ball. The a girl into a declaration of love, and, in their young Prince sat uext to her, danced with, oun conceit, set themselves down already as her, conversed with her. Boris was salated the favoured lover, when they are hardly even civilly. He was asked how he did, without thought of; but, with all his discretion, he attending to his answer. He approached on formed hopes; and hope is to love what a the other side. He was not observed. And warm April shower is to the newly sown seeds. how was it possible he could be, as the Prince He was nearly on the point of throwing him did not sit on that side! Poor Boris! you seif at the feet of Julia to require an avuwal of might have been happy; but the monient is her love, and Julia was looking with desire to past. There now remains nothing to you wards that moment, when a new phenomenon but to retire. And he did so. He quitted the in the great world appeared on the horizon, room and Julia, with w but feelings may easily and drew universal attention.

be imagined. We will also quit bim; may he T'he young Priuce Karin, a favorite of nature weep in solitude, and if possible learn to forget and foriune, of bigh rank, rich and handsome, the lovely inconstant. made his entrée into the world'; all eyes turned Julia was transported with her new contowards him; he was the talk of the day. quest. Her Prince was an Autinous, when Lvery body praised him, principally the wo silent; a Cicero, when he spoke; and a demimen, but especially those to whom he had paid god, w ben he said, “ Julia, I love you !" Nor most attention, or those whom he bad flattered. i did he deceive her. He was in reality enHis good sense could not be sufficiently ex- l amoured of her charms. · lle could listen to no tolled, even when he merely conversed about concert if Julia did uotsing; went to no ball the weather ; , and it need not be a matter of where she did not dance; and visited no public great astonishment, for enthuiasm is a micro. walk which was not graced with Julia's prescope which magnifies things in a most sur sence. He formerly was fond of gaming ; but prising manner.

he sacrificed the cards to Julia. He used to Inthe mean time a report prevailed that the spend many hours in the day with bis English young Prince was perfectly indiferent to fe- horses, but on Julia's account he forgot the male charins, and that Cupid bad in vain horses. One might perceive bis love was emptied his quiver against him. What a task serious. Perhaps it may be observed, that in for the women ! what fame for the victor! It the days of chivalry, love was still more seri. appeared to cachi as if offended Cupid, with ous; but every century has its own customs, weeping cyes, had applied to them, saying, and we live in the nineteenth. Our belles are

rerenge me, or I shall die of chagrin !! not so difhcult to be pleased as they were unCapid die! Ye Gods! what a misfortune! | der Francis I. and certainly no one will now How could it be possible to exist without the throw her glove on the mane of an enraged amiable chided? O, no! we must take his , lion, and order her knight to fetch it, unduubtpart; ne bost be revenged, let it cost what itedly for no other reason than that, very prowill! The vew Alcides must be tamed, must bably, none of the kuights of the present time be enslaved, must be euchained !

would obey her commands. All the females of the metropolis now ap Julia was convinced that the Prince could peared adorned with gold chains, as a sign of not live without her. It only appeared strange certain viciory. Trembie, tremiile audacious to her that he always spoke of his heart, but yout!! the ratiling, sparkling chains pro never of his hand. Many of her friends already claim thy downfall!

wished ber joy ofsuch a bridegroom; but the Smiling and careless the young spark roved bridegroom did not explain bimself more about, till he met Julia at a public place. She clearly. At last Julia gave bim to understand eclipsed all the femals. He was the hand. how much it surprized her. The tender Prince somest among the muco. “He must fall in appeared offended. “ Julia doubt the power of love with her," thought the latter. “She her charms !” exclaimed he with warmth; must fall in love with him," said the former ; “Julia will excbange the ardent god of love for and every one cast down their eyes, and gave frigid Hymen? The enchanting smile of one vap all hope. Julia's admirers dispersed on all for the constant wrinkles of the other? A garsides in despair; Boris alone did not leave , land of roses for the bonds of a slare: 0 Julia!

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love bears no constraint; one word, and the i bave tiger hearts. Poison is beneath their
happiness of two lovers is for ever destroyed. || tongues. Their tears are crocodile's tears,
Would Petrarch have so ardently losed his and whoever trusts to them is inevitably lost."
Laura, would he have composed one of those in these and such like colours the enraged
glowing sonuets which now enchant us, if Julia painted mankind. Such kind of passione
Laura had been his wife?" Julia turned pale ate accusations are to be excused; but are
at this discourse; the Prince perceived that they just? are then the hearts of all men cast
this philosophy did not please her; he retreat in one mould? must all be answerable for one?
ed. “ At least,” said he, “ we will lengthen But the passions seldom make good logicians:
the time of our courtship, as long as we can; they take easily one for all, and all for one.
for never, never enchanting Julia, will these! Julia's misfortune was known throughout the
delightful hours return." But Julia could not town the next day. “The Priuce has forsaken
adopt his sentiments ; she was not at rest till Julia,” was the word; and the men shrugs d
he bad given her bis word to be united with their shoulders, while tlie woinen smiled malie
ber in the holy bands of wedlock.

| ciously, and each secretly thought,“ he would After this promise be thought be could certainly not have forsaken me.” How was it take liberties, which even Julia did not deny, i possible for Julia now to appear? She hated

while he kept them within bounds; but he the world; and did not quit her room for many daily grew more assured, and moments oc wecks.

curred where the protector of innocence alone A fortnight after this affair Boris announced could have rescued the virtue of Julia.

himself; after a little reflection she gave orders Julia was sensible of her danger, and insist to admit him. Poor Boris! the arrow of Julia's ed that the wedding day should be fixed. In', eloquence fell on him equally with the rest of the mean time the Prince made use of all his his sex. Like a convicted malefactor he was arts to overcome Julia's fortitude ; but in obliged to listen to the bitterest reproaches ; vain. In those moments, when to all appear. another in his situation had perhaps struck ance she was on the point of forgetting herself, Julia dumb with one word, and made her bluska she with a stern look made him keep bis dis- with shame; but the good Boris loved; be tance; so that at last he gave up all hopes of did not come to shame the injured Julia. being happy without the name of a husbaud. Julia was satisfied with bis visit; she wished

As Julia awoke one morning with the to see him again, and she lost ly degrees ber thoughts of her beloved Prince, she received a anger against mankind. The tender, afiec. billet to the following purport :-"You are tionate, noble heart of Boris, which in the charming, Julia, but what is more charming bustle of the great world she could not have than liberty ? It is painful to me to leave you ;, been able to judge of so well as in the confibut the thoughts of an indissoluble tie is much dential converse of her quiet apartment, made more painful for me to endure. The heart an impression on her. “Ivby," with tears bears no constraint, and ceases to love when it exclaimed she, “why are not all men like you? pleases. What then are the bands of wedlock | love would not then be for us the source of but an insupportable yoke? You do not choose' misery." Boris took advantage of this moment, to love after my manner, for love's sake alone, and Julia promised to be his; bat under the as long as the inclination of the heart con condition that they should retire from the tinues. Farewel, then! call me faithless if i world. “ The wicked world does not deserve you please ; that I have broken my word; but to witness our happiness ;" she said, “ its it is an old maxim, that the oaths of lovers are ridiculons vanity is hateful to me. Let us, written on saud, which the slightest breeze dear Boris, retire into the country.” “My effaces. With so many amiable qualities, it whole life shall be dedicated to your happiness, will not be difficult for you to find a worthy incomparable Julia,” answered Boris. “ Gladhusband, who, perbaps, may possess the rare ly with you will I live at the extrenity of the virtue of truth and constancy! There are globe; and never, either by a reproach or phanixes, but I am not one, at least, in that complaint, give you cause for sorrow. Your sense. I shall therefore trouble you no more. i will shall be my law; for my happiness I have I leave Moskow. Farewel.

to thank you; it is therefore my duty to anPRINCE KARIN.” ticipate your wishes, and depend solely upon Julia trembled in every joint, and fell, after you." Boris did vot deceive Julia. The first the manner of the new Didus, into a fajuting six or seven wecks passed over in tbe country fit. When recovered from it, she found some like a serene day. The worthy husband was relief in abusing the men. “They are al.; bappy in the possession of his charming wife, logeiber faithless, perjuri villuios! They'avu Junija leiurned his tenderness with equal

love; an ardent passion inspired both hearts;' she felt the delicacy of his conduct, and when nature itself seemed to partake in their bappi- alone rewarded him for it with the most trang. ness; spring appeared every where in its full porting caresses. “ Do yon not perceive," beauty; the sweet scents of the flowers, the said she with an enchanting smile, “ that the warbling of the the birds, every thing conspir-pleasures of town, and the change of objects, ed to increase the transport of the teuder | is a renewal of our love? My heart, harassed pair.

with the dissipation of the world, so joyfully • Good God!" exclaimed Julia, “ low can reposes itself in your embraces." Boris sighed, any body live in town ? bow is it possible ever but so gently it was not beard by Julia. to forsake the country? Nothing is there but One evening, when Julia received visitors, çonfusion and disquietude; here blooms the Boris saw Prince Karin enter among other pure state of innocence; there reigns per con;pany. He turned pale, and was violently petual constraint; here peace and freedoin. agitated; but recovered himself in a

few moAl! dear Boris," and with the tenderest looks ments so far as to receive the Prince with she pressed bis hand on her heart, “ Ah! dear civility ; but he took care to avoid meeting Boris, in the peaceful country, in the bosom the eyes of Julia during the whole evening, of nature alone, can a sentimental mind enjoy that he might not distress her, fearing slie the full plenitude of love."

would read the uneasiness of his heart in his The praises of Julia on a country life grew looks. colder and less frequent towards the close of After supper, when the company departed, summer ; but when pensive autumn took place and Julia found herself alove with Boris, she of the delightful summer, as the flowers in took his hand and said, smiling :-"Did you the gardens and fields drooped, and the leaves observe, my dear Boris, with what cool civifell from the trees, the birds retired, and it be-lity I treated Prince Karin? It would have gan to be every where lonely and melancholy, ki been ridiculous to have shut our doors against she lost all inclination to extol a country, lim; let the indiscreet fickle Narcissus feel life. Boris perceived she began to feel ennui. th:at he is now perfectly indifferent to me, that Sighing, he took up a volume of the New my former folly has not left one trace in my Heloise, and read to her an extract, on the bap-heart, and that I have no cause to fear him.' piness of mutual love. Julia listened to him Boris kissed her hand, and owned that he with attention, and said:-"Charming! but yet thought her conduct was very proper. Rousseau is more followed from imaginativu In a few days Julia had again company, and than conviction; it were indeed well if it were the Prince came there also. He was gay, ento continue so. Certainly the bliss of love is tertaining, witty, and hardly spoke to any one the greatest of blessings; but can it always except the mistress of the mansion; with re. renain the same? will it ever satisfy the mind? 1' gard to Boris, he bardly noticed him at all; in will it ever be an equivalent for all

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a word, he played the part of a man of the ton. joyments? Ab! the heart of mankind is in. At length he never missed being at Julia's satiable ; it always requires novelty, new house. “ What an agreeable house,” cried ideas and impressions, wbich renovate and both men and women ;

“ Julia is an angel," strengthen its feelings; I believe the most added one ; “ the amiable Prince Karin disardent love must languish, and tire at last, in penses pleasure around him," said another. solitude ; comparison is required to enhance Mean while people began to make observathe worth of a beloved object." Buris answer tious. Some regarded Boris with a smile, ed, sigling :-"I thought otherwise; how others with a shrug of the shoulders. “What ever, to-nuorrow we will take a journey to is there to wonder at?" whispered one to the town."

other, “old love is never forgotten ; and now Julia appeared again on the theatre of the one is more secure; the husband is a quiet great world, with all the blaze of fresh beauty, il goorl soul, and all is in a proper train." riches, and splendour. She was received with Boris's behaviour towards Julia remained transport, and roses sprang op under all her i just the same as usual; but in her he soon steps ; one pleasure cbased away the other, remarked an alteration. She was often aboue diversion followed the other as formerly; sorbed iu thought; sometimes she turned with only this difference, that now, as a wile, red, sometimes pale. She tried to hide her she could enjoy all the dissipation of life with uneasiness, sometimes would throw herself much less restraint than before. She opened withı vehemence around the neck of Boris, apHier house to reccive company, and lia2 parties peared as if she had something to impart, yet ät home tour times, at least, in the week. Boris say not a word. The prudent Boris also was silent, and did everything she pleased : 1 remained silvut; only when in the dusk, he

wandered along his favourite walk, and lears burst from her eyes. The Prince attempted streamed from his eyes.

to take the letter from her. No," said she, One day, as he returned home towards even with a firm voice, " you do not descrve to read ing, he hastened towards his favourite walk. it; a man of honour has written it. The inist The first object which, as he entered it, met has dispersed; I despise both you and myself! his eyes, was Prince Karin, who was sitting | You see me now, Sir, for the last time ; seduce with Julia on a grass bank. Her head rested | others, and then laugh at their fully ; only on his shoulder, and her looks were fixed on forget and leave me for ever. I will not accuse the ground. The Prince, kissing her hand, l you farther! my thoughtlessness alone desaid :-"You love me, and I should expire with serves to be condemned. Pleasure in the world fondness in your arms! Julia, do you think you can never want; but fi'om this moment it right to conform to prejudices ? follow the you, and such as yourself, will ever be disgustdictates of your heart, folown."Julia heard ing to me. I henceforth make a vow that a rostling, and looked round, she shuddered never more shall daring vice venture to lookas she perceived Boris ; but who can describe me in the face. You may be astonished at the feelings of the unhappy husband ? what this sudden alteration, believe it or not, just should be do? stab the faithless being? satiate as it is agreeable to you, to me it is indiffae his vengeance in the blood of the traitress, li ent.” With these words she quickly disapand then turn the steel against his own boson? peared into the next room. The Prince stood No! he certainly had to combat with liis rage, as one thunderstruck; at last he burst into a but it was only for a moment; he overcame laugh, either forced or natural, hurried into the struggles of his boiling passion, and, with his carriage, and drove to the play. When a death-like countenance, and eyes lifted to Julia beard that Boris was gone, without saywards heaven, he quitted the walk.

ing where, she immediately quitted the town, On the same evening Julia received from and retired into the country. “ Here," said him a letter, the contents of which were as she, sighing, “shall my days pass in mela!)follows:

choly solitude; bere, where I once might bare “I have not forfeited my word; not a l'e- been bap.py! With the best and most affer. proach, not a complaint, has passed my lips; tionate of husbands I left you, dear rural reI confided in the powers of my afiection ; 1 treat, and alone, a sorrowing widow, I return ; have deceived myself, and suffer; after what but still with a lieart which prizes virtue. Alas! I have seen and heard, we can no longer live this alone comforts me, this alone supports together; my presence shall no longer offevd me! Nor ever, holy virtue, will I become unyou; the rights of a husband are a yoke, if not faithful to you, ever shall you remain my lightened by love. Farewel, Julia! You are friend. 0! I shall see you, shall embrace your free, Madam! you once bad a busband; per- counterpart, in the likeness of my never to be haps you may never hear of him again; the forgotten Boris !” Her tears streamed on the ocean will divide us. I forsake my native coun. miniature of her husband, which she held in try and my friends; the bitter remembrance lier hand. alone of my misery will be my companion. In In this, we must render the women justice; the packet which accompanies this, you will when they once seriously resolve on any thing, find a deed wbich places you in possession of their fortitude and their powers in the exertamy fortune. With that I enclose the portrait | tion of it, are worthy of admiration; and the of my late wife; yet, no! from that I cannot must renowned heroes of self-denial, whose part.— I will converse with it as with the sha- Dames history has exalted to the heavens, must dow of a departed friend, as with the last and divide with them their laurels. vuly beloved object of my breaking heart.” Julia, in whom little more was wanting to

When Julia observed Boris in the walk she make a modern Lais, was now a pattern of vire sat speechless during a few moments, then tue. In lier bosom every idle wish was ex followed him precipitately, called him by name tinguished, and her whole life was devoted to several times; her voice faultered, her limbs the remembrance of her beloved husband. She trembled, and, leaning on the shoulder of the fancied him present; she poured out her soul Prince, she faintly tottered towards the house. to him. “You have forsaken me," she said, Not finding him there she covered ber face“ and you had a right to do so. I dare not with her hands, and threw herself, sobbing, on venture to wish your return. I only wish peace a sofa. The wily Prince in vain attempted to to your heart. If the remembrance of your soothe her; she answered him not a word. I wife tortures you, forget her. Wherever you She opened the letter of Boris with trembling are, be happy; I am encircled with the rehands, and having perused it, a stream of tears / meubrance of your love; I shall not die wit la

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