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been in China in my life. "From Bengal? Ay, ay, I had forgot; a Hindoo is he? well, well, perhaps, theo, he could give me a plan of a Mosque, a Minaret, or some such thing, it would oblige me extremely, as it would be something quite new, and uncommon." Perceiving that he waited my answer, I told him, that I certainly have had many opportunities of feeing Mosques, some of the most stately of which, were built from the ruins of our ancient temples, particularly that at Benares, the Minarets of which weie esteemed eminently beautiful; but, that as I had never been in one, I was altogether unqualified to give an accurate tie script ion of them. "Did not trouble church much, I suppose, Sir?" rejoined he, with an arch smile. " Good heaven!" cried Seveian, " do you not know, that a rVloique is a Mahommcdan place of worship, and have I not already told you, that this gentleman is a Hindoo ?"—" Ay, ay, I had forgot, he is a heathen. So much the better; I shall love him, if he hates all priests, and piiest-ridden fools; I uever knew any good come of either." So saying, he offered me his hand, and shook mine, in a most cordial manner. He then renewed his solicitations for the opinion of Severan, in regard to the manner in which he should finish his projected building* (a building for which he had not yet fixed upon a situation); r,he philosopher eluded any further dissertations on the subject, with great dexterity, arid finally prevailed upon him to introduce us to the apartment of his Lady.
We found Lady Ardent, and her eldest daughter, in the apartment called the drawing room. They were prepared 10 go out, and had their carriage waiting for them at the door; but, on our entrance, politely resumed their seats. The countenance of neither of these ladies, exhibited one single line, that could lead to the developement of their characters; all wras placid uniformity, and unspeakitig regularity of feature. Surely, said I to myself, these women must have arrived at the very zenith of perfection! How effectually must every passion have been subdued under the glorious empire of reason, before they could have attained ibeh inexpressive indifference? It is true, that in their eyes, the sparkling chubdar* of intellect, doth not proclaim his master's presence—but the apathy which sits upon their foreheads, speaks in plain language, their contempt of the world and its vanities. With them,-as with the beloved of Krishna, pain and pleasure are as one! The modesty of female bashfulness, sealed the lips of the young lady, but her mother enquired after my friend Grey, if not with affection, at least with muth politeness. She treated me (as I was told by Doctor Severan) with an uncommon degree of attention. She gave me a slip of stiff paper, on which was marked the tenth day of the next month, which, I was informed by my friend, was an invitation to a rout; that is' to fay, an entertainment, where a vast number of rational, wise, and well-informed votaries of immortality, meettogether, not to converse, but to look at each other, and to turn over the bits of painted paper, called cards! After receiving this mark of her Ladyship's attention, we took our leave, and retired.
* Explanations of the terms of Architecture. &c. though very necessary to the friends of the Kajab, it was thought, would be raiher tiresome to the ('.'ngljsh reader; ihey are therefore omitted by the Translator, who has frequently been obliged to take liberties of the fame nature.
I was curious to know some further particulars of a family, whose manners appeared to me so peculiar; and Doctor, Severan, whom I have the happiness ot seeing every day, has had the goodness amply to gratify my curiosity. He began with observing, that" to those who take pleasure in investigating the phænomena that fall under their observation, either mental or material, it is not sufficient to say that things are so, they must develope the causes in which they have originated. As there are few substances found in a natural state, whose constituent parts cannot be separated from each other, by the methods used in chemistry, so there are few predominant dispositions of the mind, which may not be annalized, and traced through their oiigin aud progress by any one who will give himself the trouble to pursue the necessary process.
* The servant whose business it is to proclaim the titles of any great personage.
': This investigation, if accurately followed," continued my fiiend, "will inva.1 iably lead us to the early education of the object of it. In it We will commonly find an explanation of the' manner in which the peculiar combination of ideas that ultimately forms charadler, has been produced; to it, therefore, we must always recur in our annalization of the propensities and conduct of any individual.
"The father of Sir Caprice, was three times married.—His first wife, who was the heiress of a wealthy family, died soon aster the birth of a daughter; in whom, the fortunes of her family are at present centered.—His second wise, the mother of Sir Caprice, brought him no other dower besides beauty, and good temper. Her premature death, overwhelmed him in affliction; but, happily, just as he was erecting a monument to her memory, in the inscription of which, he gave notice to the world, that his affections were for ever buried in her tomb, a consoling angel appeared to comfort him, in the shape of Lady Caroline Beaumont.
"This Lady, who brought him only one daughter, proved an excellent wife, and would have been one of the best of mothers to his children, but for a certain timidity of temper which restrained her from exerting authority over the children of another. From her, therefore, they met with unlimited indulgence, that most powerful inflamer of the passions, in whose high temperature, fortitude ys lost, and selfishness, arrogance, aud pride, are inseparably united.
"Their father having a dislike to public schools, and resolving that his daughter should share the advantages of a classical education with his son, provided them with a stutor at home—the reverend Mr. Ergo. Well do I remember him. He afterwards gofc the living