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manners were no less altered than his person, for he herded with the servants in the stable, was for ever under the horses' heels, and foremost in all games and sports with the idle boys of the parish ; this was a sore offence in Euphorion's eyes, for he abhorred low company, and being the first gentleman of his family seemed determined to keep up to the title : Misfortunes multiplied upon poor Gemellus, and every thing conspired to put him in complete disgrace, for he began to corrupt his brother, and was detected in debauching him to a game at cricket, from which Geminus was brought home with a bruise on the shin, that made a week's work for the surgeon; and what was still worse, there was conviction of the blow being given by a ball from Gemellus's batt; this brought on a severe interdiction of all further fellowship between the brothers, and they were effectually kept apart for the future.

A suspicion now took place in the father's mind, that Gemellus had made as little progress in his books, as he had in his manners; but as this was a discovery he could not venture upon in person, he substituted his proxy for the undertaking. Gemellus had so many evasions and alibis in resource, that it was long before the clergyman could bring the case to a hcaring, and the report was not very favourable in any sense to the unlucky school-boy, for Gemellus had been seized with a violent fit of sneezing in the crisis of examination, to the great annoyance of the worthy preceptor, who was forced to break up the conference re infe&and in some disorder, for amongst other damages, which had accrued to his person and apparel, he presented himself to the wondering eyes of Euphorion with a huge black bush wig stuck full of paper darts, and as thickly spiked as the back of a porcupine. The culprit was instantly summoned and made no other defence, than that they sipt out of his hand, and he did not go to do it.

« Are these your « Westminster tricks, firrah?” cried the angry father, and aiming a blow at his soul with his 'crutch, brought the wrong person to the ground; for the nimble culprit had slipt out of the way, and Euphorion, being weak and gouty, literally followed the blow and was laid sprawling on the floor : Gemellus flew to his assistance, and jointly with the parson got him on his legs, but his anger was now so enflamed, that Gemellus was ordered out of the room under fentence of immediate dismiffion to school; Euphorion declared he was so totally spoilt, that he would not be troubled with him any longer in his family, else he would instantly have reversed his education;

it was now too late, (he observed to the parson, whilft he was drawing the paper darts from his wig,) and therefore he should return to the place from whence he came, and order was given for passing him off by the stage next morning.

A question was asked about his holiday-talk, but Geminus, who had now entered his father's chamber, in a mild and pacifying tone assured Euphorion that his brother was provided in that respect, for that he himself had done the task for him: This was pouring oil upon Alame, and the idle culprit was once more called to the bar to receive a most fevere reprimand for his meanness in imposing on his brother's good-nature, with many dunces and blockheads cast in his teeth, for not being able to do his own business. Gemellus was nettled with these reproaches, but more than all with his brother for betraying him, andy drawing the talk out of his pocket, rolled it in his hand and threw it towards the author, saying, « he was a shabby fellow; and for his part " he scorned to be obliged to any body, that " would do a favour and then boast of it.”-Recollecting himself in a moment afterwards, he turned towards his father, and begged his pardon for all offences; "he hoped he was not such a

blockhead, but he could do his task, if he pleased, and he would instantly set about it

as and

6 and send it down, to convince him, that he “ could do his own business without any body's

help.” So saying, he went out of the room in great haste, and in less time than could be expected brought down a portion of sacred exercise in hexameter verse, which the parson candidly declared was admirably well performed for his years, adding, that although it was not without faults, there were some passages, that bespoke the dawning of genius-"I am obliged “ to you, Sir,” said Gemellus," it is more than « I deserve, and I beg your pardon for the im“pertinence I have been guilty of.”—The tears started in his eyes as he said this, and he departed without any answer from his father.

He had no sooner left the room than he perceived Geminus had followed him, and, being piqued with his late treatment, turned round and with a disdainful look faid Brother Ge(i minus, you ought to be ashamed of yourself; “ if you was at Westminster, there is not a boy “ in the school would acknowledge you after so « fcandalous a behaviour.”-“ I care neither for “you nor your school," answered the domestic youth, “it is you and not I should be ashamed “ of such reprobate manners, and I shall report

you to my father.”-“Do fo," replied Gemellus, “and take that with you into the bar

“ gain.” gain.”-- This was immediately seconded with a sound flap on the face with his open hand, which however drew the blood in a stream from his nostrils, and he ran screaming to Euphorion, who came out upon the alarm with all the speed he could muster. Gemellus stood his ground, and after a severe caning was ordered to ask pardon of his brother: This he peremptorily refused to do, alledging that he had been punished already, and to be beaten and beg pardon too was more than he would submit to. No menaces being able to bring this refractory spirit to submission, he was fent off to school penniless, and a letter was written to the master, setting forth his offence, and in strong terms censuring his want of discipline for not correcting so stubborn a temper and so idle a difpofition.

When he returned to school the master sent for him to his house, and questioned him upon the matter of complaint in his father's letter, observing that the charge being for offences out of school he did not think it right to call him publicly to account; but as he believed him to be a boy of honour, he expected to hear the whole truth fairly related : This drew forth the whole narrative, and Gemellus was bfmifled with a gentle admonition; that could hardly be construed into a rebuke.


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