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exciting mirth, would have joined the rabble at this rate, and the she-wolf Regan not have at the heels of his starved steed. We wish endured to play the pranks upon his fled not to see that counterfeited, which we would wits, which thou hast made thy Quixote not have wished to see in the reality. Con- suffer in Duchesses' halls, and at the hands scious of the heroic inside of the noble of that unworthy nobleman.* Quixote, who, on hearing that his withered In the First Adventures, even, it needed person was passing, would have stepped over all the art of the most consummate artist in his threshold to gaze upon his forlorn habili- the Book way that the world hath yet seen, ments, and the “strange bed-fellows which to keep up in the mind of the reader the misery brings a man acquainted with ?” heroic attributes of the character without Shade of Cervantes ! who in thy Second relaxing ; so as absolutely that they shall Part could put into the mouth of thy Quixote suffer no alloy from the debasing fellowship those high aspirations of a super-chivalrous of the clown. If it ever obtrudes itself as a gallantry, where he replies to one of the disharmony, are we inclined to laugh ; or not, shepherdesses, apprehensive that he would rather, to indulge a contrary emotion ?spoil their pretty net-works, and inviting Cervantes, stung, perchance, by the relish him to be a guest with them, in accents like with which his Reading Public had received these: "Truly, fairest Lady, Actieon was not the fooleries of the man, more to their palates more astonished when he saw Diana bathing than the generosities of the master, in the herself at the fountain, than I have been in sequel let his pen run riot, lost the harmony beholding your beauty : I commend the and the balance, and sacrificed a great idea manner of your pastime, and thank you for to the taste of his contemporaries. We your kind offers; and, if I may serve you, so know that in the present day the Knight I

may be sure you will be obeyed, you may has fewer admirers than the Squire. Anticommand me: for my profession is this, To cipating, what did actually happen to himshow myself thankful, and a doer of good to as afterwards it did to his scarce inferior all sorts of people, especially of the rank that follower, the Author of “Guzman de Alfayour person shows you to be ; and if those rache "—that some less knowing hand would nets, as they take up but a little piece of prevent him by a spurious Second Part; and ground, should take up the whole world, I judging that it would be easier for his com. would seek out new worlds to pass through, petitor to out-bid him in the comicalities, rather than break them: and (he adds) that than in the romance, of his work, he abanyou may give credit to this my exaggeration, doned his Knight, and has fairly set up the behold at least he that promiseth you this, Squire for his Hero. For what else has he is Don Quixote de la Mancha, if haply this unsealed the eyes of Sancho ? and instead of name hath come to your hearing.” Illus- that twilight state of semi-insanity — the trious Romancer ! were the “fine frenzies," madness at second-hand — the contagion, which possessed the brain of thy own caught from a stronger mind infected—that Quixote, a fit subject, as in this Second Part, war between native cunning, and hereditary to be exposed to the jeers of Duennas and deference, with which he has hitherto accomServing men ? to be monstered, and shown panied his master-two for a pair almostup at the heartless banquets of great men ? does he substitute a downright Knave, with Was that pitiable infirmity, which in thy open eyes, for his own ends only following a First Part misleads him, always from within, confessed Madman ; and offering at one time into half-ludicrous, but more than half-com- to lay, if not actually laying, hands upon passionable and admirable errors, not inflic- him! From the moment that Sancho loses tion enough from heaven, that men by his reverence, Don Quixote is become-a studied artifices must devise and practise treatable lunatic. Our artists handle him upon the humour, to inflame where they accordingly. should soothe it? Why, Goneril would have blushed to practise upon the abdicated king are mostly selected; the waiting-women with heards, &e.

• Yet from this Second Part, our cried-up pictures

THE WEDDING.

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I do not know when I have been better during his lifetime, at length prevailed ; and pleased than at being invited last week to on Monday last the daughter of my old be present at the wedding of a friend's friend, Admiral having attained the daughter. I like to make one at these cere-womanly age of nineteen, was conducted to monies, which to us old people give back our the church by her pleasant cousin J. youth in a manner, and restore our gayest who told some few years older. season, in the remembrance of our Before the youthful part of my female success, or the regrets, scarcely less tender, readers express their indignation at the of our own youthful disappointments, in abominable loss of time occasioned to the this point of a settlement. On these occa- lovers by the preposterous notions of my old sions I am sure to be in good-humour for friend, they will do well to consider the a week or two after, and enjoy a reflected reluctance which a fond parent naturally honey-moon. Being without a family, I am feels at parting with his child. To this flattered with these temporary adoptions unwillingness, I believe, in most cases may into a friend's family ; I feel a sort of cousin- be traced the difference of opinion on this hood, or uncleship, for the season ; I am point between child and parent, whatever inducted into degrees of affinity ; and, in the pretences of interest or prudence may be participated socialities of the little coin-held out to cover it. The hard-heartedness munity, I lay down for a brief while my of fathers is a fine theme for romance writers, solitary bachelorship. I carry this humour a sure and moving topic ; but is there not so far, that I take it unkindly to be left out, something untender, to say no more of it, in even when a funeral is going on in the house the hurry which a beloved child is sometimes of a dear friend. But to my subject. in to tear herself from the paternal stock,

The union itself had been long settled, and commit herself to strange graftings ? but its celebration had been hitherto deferred, The case is heightened where the lady, as in to an almost unreasonable state of suspense the present instance, happens to be an only in the lovers, by some invincible prejudices child. I do not understand these matters which the bride's father had unhappily con- experimentally, but I can make a shrewd tracted upon the subject of the too early guess at the wounded pride of a parent upon marriages of females. He has been lec- these occasions. It is no new observation, turing any time these five years—for to that I believe, that a lover in most cases hras no length the courtship has been protracted— rival so much to be feared as the father. upon the propriety of putting off the so- Certainly there is a jealousy in unparalleled lemnity, till the lady should have completed subjects, which is little less heart-rending her five-and-twentieth year. We all began than the passion which we more strictly to be afraid that a suit, which as yet had christen by that name. Mothers' scruples abated of none of its ardours, might at last are more easily got over; for this reason, be lingered on, till passion had time to cool, I suppose, that the protection transferred to a and love go out in the experiment. But husband is less a derogation and a loss to their a little wheedling on the part of his wife, authority than to the paternal. Mothers, who was by no means a party to these over- besides, have a trembling foresight, which strained notions, joined to some serious ex- paints the inconveniences (impossible to be postulations on that of his friends, who, conceived in the same degree by the other from the growing infirmities of the old parent) of a life of forlorn celibacy, which gentleman, could not promise ourselves many the refusal of a tolerable match may entail years' enjoyment of his company, and were upon their child. Mothers’instinct is a surer anxious to bring matters to a conclusion guide here, than the cold reasonings of a

father on such a topic. To this instinct may and I have long shaken hands ; but I could be imputed, and by it alone may be excused not resist the importunities of the young the unbeseeming artifices, by which some ! lady's father, whose gout unhappily confined wives push on the matrimonial projects of him at home, to act as parent on this occatheir daughters, which the husband, however sion, and give away the bride. Something approving, shall entertain with comparative ludicrous occurred to me at this most serious indifference. A little shamelessness on this of all moments—a sense of my unfitness to head is pardonable. With this explanation, have the disposal, even in imagination, of forwardness becomes a grace, and maternal the sweet young creature beside me. I fear importunity receives the name of a virtue.— I was betrayed to some lightness, for the But the parson stays, while I preposterously awful eye of the parson—and the rector's assume his office ; I am preaching, while the eye of Saint Mildred's in the Poultry is no bride is on the threshold.

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was upon me in an Nor let any of my female readers suppose instant, squring my incipient jest to the that the sage reflections which have just tristful severities of a funeral. escaped me have the obliquest tendency of This was the only misbehaviour which application to the young lady, who, it will I can plead to upon this solemn occasion, be seen, is about to venture upon a change unless what was objected to me after ın her condition, at a mature and competent the ceremony, by one of the handsome age, and not without the fullest approbation Miss T -s, be accounted a solecism. She of all parties. I only deprecate very hasty was pleased to say that she had never seen a marriages.

gentleman before me give away a bride, in It had been fixed that the ceremony should black. Now black has been my ordinary be gone through at an early hour, to give apparel so long-indeed I take it to be the time for a little déjeuné afterwards, to which proper costume of an author — the stage a select party of friends had been invited. sanctions it—that to have appeared in some We were in church a little before the clock lighter colour would have raised more mirth struck eight.

at my expense, than the anomaly had created Nothing could be more judicious or grace- censure. But I could perceive that the ful than the dress of the bride-maids—the bride's mother, and some elderly ladies three charming Miss Foresters on this present (God bless them !) would have been morning. To give the bride an opportunity well content, if I had come in any other of shining singly, they had come habited all colour than that. But I got over the omen

I am ill at describing female by a lucky apologue, which I remembered apparel ; but while she stood at the altar in out of Pilpay, or some Indian author, of vestments white and candid as her thoughts, all the birds being invited to the linnet's a sacrificial whiteness, they assisted in robes, wedding, at which, when all the rest came such as might become Diana's nymphs – in their gayest feathers, the raven alone Foresters indeed—as such who had not yet apologised for his cloak because " he had no come to the resolution of putting off cold other.” This tolerably reconciled the elders. virginity. These young maids, not being so But with the young people all was merriblest as to have a mother living, I am told, ment, and shaking of hands, and congratukeep single for their father's sake, and live lations, and kissing away the bride's tears altogether so happy with their remaining and kissing from her in return, till a young parent, that the hearts of their lovers are lady, who assumed some experience in these ever broken with the prospect (so inaus- matters, having worn the nuptial bands picious to their hopes) of such uninterrupted some four or five weeks longer than her and provoking honie-comfort. Gallant girls ! friend, rescued her, archly observing, with each a victim worthy of Iphigenia ! half an eye upon the bridegroom, that at I do not know what business I have to be this rate she would have “

none left." present in solemn places. I cannot divest My friend the Admiral was in fine wig me of an unseasonable disposition to levity and buckle on this occasion—a striking conupon the most awful occasions. I was never trast to his usual neglect of personal appear. cut out for a public functionary. Ceremony ance. He did not once shove up his borrowed

in green.

locks (his custom ever at his morning studies) strokes of chance as well as skill, which to betray the few grey stragglers of his came opportunely on his side-lengthened own beneath them. He wore an aspect of out till midnight-dismissed the old gentlethoughtful satisfaction. I trembled for the man at last to his bed with comparatively hour, which at length approached, when easy spirits. after a protracted breakfast of three hours I have been at my old friend's various if stores of cold fowls, tongues, hams, botar- times since. I do not know a visiting place goes, dried fruits, wines, cordials, &c., can where every guest is so perfectly at his ease; deserve so meagre an appellation—the coach nowhere, where harmony is so strangely the was announced, which was come to carry result of confusion. Everybody is at cross off the bride and bridegroom for a season, purposes, yet the effect is so much better as custom has sensibly ordained, into the than uniformity. Contradictory orders ; country; upon which design, wishing them servants pulling one way ; master and misa felicitous journey, let us return to the tress driving some other, yet both diverse ; assembled guests.

visitors huddled up in corners ;

chairs

unsymmetrised ; candles disposed by chance ; As when a well-graced actor leaves the stage, meals at odd hours, tea and supper at once, The eyes of men Are idly bent on him that enters next,

or the latter preceding the former; the host

and the guest conferring, yet each upon a so idly did we' bend our eyes upon one different topic, each understanding himself, another, when the chief performers in the neither trying to understand or hear the morning's pageant had vanished. None told other; draughts and politics, chess and his tale. None sipped her glass. The poor political economy, cards and conversation on Admiral made an effort-it was not much. nautical matters, going on at once, without I had anticipated so far. Even the infinity the hope, or indeed the wish, of distinof full satisfaction, that had betrayed itself guishing them, make it altogether the most through the prim looks and quiet deport- perfect concordia discors you shall meet with. ment of his lady, began to wane into some- Yet somehow the old house is not quite thing of misgiving. No one knew whether what it should be. The Admiral still enjoys to take their leaves or stay. We seemed his pipe, but he has no Miss Emily to fill it assembled upon a silly occasion. In this for him. The instrument stands where it crisis, betwixt tarrying and departure, I must stood, but she is gone, whose delicate touch do justice to a foolish talent of mine, which could sometimes for a short minute appease had otherwise like to have brought me into the warring elements. He has learnt, as disgrace in the fore-part of the day ; I mean Marvel expresses it, to “make his destiny a power, in any emergency, of thinking and his choice.” He bears bravely up, but he giving vent to all manner of strange non- does not come out with his flashes of wild

In this awkward dilemma I found it wit so thick as formerly. His sea-songs sovereign. I rattled off some of my most seldomer escape him. His wife, too, looks as excellent absurdities. All were willing to be if she wanted some younger body to scold relieved, at any expense of reason, from the and set to rights. We all miss a junior pressure of the intolerable vacuum which presence. It is wonderful how one young had succeeded to the morning bustle. By maiden freshens up, and keeps green, the this means I was fortunate in keeping paternal roof. Old and young seem to have together the better part of the company to an interest in her, so long as she not a late hour; and a rubber of whist (the absolutely disposed of. The youthfulness of Admiral's favourite game) with some rare' the house is flown. Emily is married.

sense.

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REJOICINGS UPON THE NEW YEAR'S COMING OF AGE.

The Old Year being dead, and the Nero gold, like a queen on a frost-cake, all royal, Year coming of age, which he does, by glittering, and Epiphanous. The rest came, Calendar Law, as soon as the breath is out some in green, some in white-but old Lent of the old gentleman's body, nothing would and his family were not yet out of mourning. serve the young spark but he must give a Rainy Days came in, dripping; and sundinner upon the occasion, to which all the shiny Days helped them to change their Days in the year were invited. The Festivals, stockings. Wedding Day was there in his whom he deputed as his stewards, were marriage finery, a little the worse for wear, mightily taken with the notion. They had Pay Day came late, as he always does; and been engaged time out of mind, they said, in Doomsday sent word—he might be expected. providing mirth and good cheer for mortals April Fool (as my young lord's jester) took below; and it was time they should have a upon himself to marshal the guests, and taste of their own bounty. It was stifly wild work he made with it. It would have debated among them whether the Fasts posed old Erra Pater to have found out any should be admitted. Some said the appear- given Day in the year, to erect a scheme ance of such lean, starved guests, with their upon-good Days, bad Duys, were so shuffled mortified faces, would pervert the ends of together, to the confounding of all sober the meeting. But the objection was over- horoscopy. ruled by Christmas Day, who had a design He had stuck the Twenty-First of June upon Ash Wednesday (as you shall hear), and next to the Twenty-Second of December, and a mighty desire to see how the old Domine the former looked like a Maypole siding a would behave himself in his cups. Only marrow-bone. Ash Wednesday got wedged the Vigils were requested to come with in (as was concerted) betwixt Christmas and their lanterns, to light the gentlefolks home Lord Mayor's Days. Lord! how he laid at night.

about him! Nothing but barons of beef All the Days came to their day. Covers and turkeys would go down with him—to were provided for three hundred and sixty- the great greasing and detriment of his new five guests at the principal table; with an sackcloth bib and tucker. And still Christmas occasional knife and fork at the side-board Day was at his elbow, plying him with the for the Twenty-Ninth of February.

wassail-bowl, till he roared, and hiccuppd, I should have told you that cards of and protested there was no faith in dried invitation had been issued. The carriers ling, but commended it to the devil for a were the Hours ; twelve little, merry, sour, windy, acrimonious, censorious, hy-powhirligig foot-pages, as you should desire to crit-crit-critical mess, and no dish for a see, that went all round, and found out the gentleman. Then he dipt his fist into the persons invited well enough, with the ex- middle of the great custard that stood before ception of Easter Day, Shrove Tuesday, and a his left hand neighbour, and daubed his few such Moveables, who had lately shifted hungry beard all over with it, till you would their quarters.

have taken him for the Last Day in December, Well, they all met at last, foul Days, fine it so hung in icicles. Days, all sorts of Days, and a rare din they At another part of the table, Shrove made of it. There was nothing but, Hail ! Tuesday was helping the Second of September fellow Day,—well met—brother Daysister to some cock broth,—which courtesy the Day-only Lady Day kept a little on the latter returned with the delicate thigh of a aloof, and seemed somewhat scornful. Yet hen pheasant-so there was no love lost for some said, Twelfth Day cut her out and out, that matter. The Last of Lent was spunging for she came in a tiffany suit, white and upon Shrovetide's pancakes ; which April

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