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my resentment. “Sir, cried I, • the family { which you now condescend to favour • with your company, has been bred with « as nice a sense of honour as you. Any

attempts to injure that, may be at

tended with very dangerous consequences. · Honour, Sir, is our only possession at

present, and of that last treasure we must . be particularly careful.'--I was soon sorry for the warmth with which I had spoken this, when the young gentleman, grasping my hand, swore he commended my spirit, though he disapproved my suspicions.

• As to your present « hint, continued he, “I protest nothing " was farther from my heart than such a * thought. No, by all that's tempting,

the virtue that will stand a regular siege was never to my taste; for all

my ! are carried by a coup de main.'

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The two ladies, who affected to be ignorant of the rest, seemed highly displeafed with this last stroke of freedom, and

began began a very discreet and serious dialogue upon virtue: in this my wife, the chaplain, and I soon joined ; and the 'Squire himself was at last brought to confess a sense of sorrow for his former exceffes. We talked on the pleasures of temperance, and of the sun-shine in the mind unpolluted with guilt. I was so well pleased, that my little ones were kept up beyond the usual time to be edified by so much good conversation. Mr. Thornhill even went beyond me, and demanded if I had any objection to giving prayers. I joyfully embraced the proposal, and in this manner the night was passed in a most comfortable way, till at last the company began to think of returning. The ladies seemed very unwilling to part with my daughters; for whom they had conceived a particular affection, and joined in a request to have the pleasure of their company home. The 'Squire seconded the proposal, and my wife added her entrea

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ties: the girls too looked upon me as if they wished to go. In this perplexity I made two or three excuses, which my daughters as readily removed; so that at last I was obliged to give a peremptory refusal: for which we had nothing but sullen looks and short answers the whole day ensuing

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CHAP. X.

The family endeavours to cope with their

betters. The miseries of the poor when they attempt to appear above their circumstances.

I

Now began to find that all my long and

painful lectures upon temperance, simplicity and contentment, were entirely disregarded. The distinctions lately paid us by our betters awaked that pride which I had laid asleep, but not removed. Our windows again, as formerly, were filled * with washes for the neck and face. The sun was dreaded as an enemy to the skin without doors, and the fire as a spoiler of the complexion within. My wife observed, that rising too early would hurt her daughters' eyes, that working after dinner would redden their noses, and she convinced me VOL. I. E

that

that the hands never looked fo white as when they did nothing. Inilead, therefore, of finishing George's fhirts, we now had them new modelling their old gauzes, or flourishing upon catguit. The poor Miss Flamboroughs, their former gay companions, were cast off as mean acquaintance, and the whole conversation ran upon high life and high lived company, with pictures, tafte, Shakespeare, and the musical glasies.

But we could have borne all this, had not a fortune-telling gypsey came to raise us into perfect sublimity. The tawney fybil no sooner appeared, than my girls came running to me for a shilling apiece to cross her hand with silver. To say the truth, I was tired of being always wife, and could not help gratifying their request, because I loved to see them happy. I gave each of them a shilling; though, for the honour of the family, it must be observed, that they never went without money themfelves,

wife always generously let them have a guinea each, to keep in their pockets ;

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