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fing less resolution than his companions, or not considering this sort of penance necessary for the good of his soul, joined himself to the fan-playing party of the young ladies.-Dulness and melancholy, vanished at his approach; every word he uttered, produced a fimper on the pretty faces of his female audience; the fimper, at length, encreased into a titrering laugh. Observing that they caft their eyes to the opposite side of the apartment, I judged it was some object placed there ihat (xcited their risibility ; following the direction of their glances, I perceived a Lady with a remarkable pleasant countenance, who had indeed no chourie upon her head, and who was in every particuJar less disfigured by drefs, than any other person in the room. I was pondering in my own mind, how this modest and unassuming personage, could excite the risi. bility of the fair group, when a lady who had for some time iteod near them, apparently engaged in over-looking a card-table, turned round, and addressed them in - the following manner : “When you, my lord and ladies, have fufficiently amused yourselves in ridiculing the dress of that excellent woman, I hope you will next proceed to her character. You cannot do better, than compare it with your own.
I do assure you, ber
dress is not so widely different from your's, as the furniture of either her head or heart. That very woman, with her flat cap and plain petticoat, has an understanding of the first quality; and a heart replete with every virtue. While the has been cultivating the one, and exercising the other in the noblest manner; be so good as to ask yourselves, how you have been employed ? but, perhaps, your observations, like those of a monkey, can go no farther than the ornaments of the person? Then, poor things ! who can blame you, for exercising the highest of your intellectual powers; and for asserting your claim to rationality, though even by the lowest and most equivocal of its characteristics?” --You have beheld a flock of Paroquets basking themselves in the rays of the sun, all exerting their little throats, and squalling and chattering with all their might: when, lo! a Cormorant, or other bird of prey has made its appearance, and in a moment, the clamorous voices of the little green-robed chatterers, has been hushed in silence becoming as mute as the vegetable tribe, under whose friendly leaves they fought for shelter.
Such was the effect produced upon the pretty group of Bibbys, by this une: pected harangue; and, I confess, I participated so much in their feelings, that I was not a little alarmed, when the orator Turning with a look of ineffable contempt rom her dismayed auditors, addressed herself to me.-Nor did it greatly tend to relieve me, when I discovered that it was Miss Ardent, who thus did me the honour of introducing herself to my acquaintance. My friend, the philosopher, had faid enough to frighten me, at the idea of holding any communication with a learned Lady. I found her, however, not quite fo formidable as I had at first apprehended. She, indeed, fcon found means not only to reconcile me to her company, but to render it quite charming. She directed the conversation to the delightful subject of my dear native country! at her desire, I described to her the peculiar charms of the blooming landscape, whose exhilarating beauties, gladden the hearts of the happy inbabi. tants of Almora. I painted to her ima. gination the immeasurable forest, whose trees have their sky-touching heads overshadowed hy the venerable mountains of Cummow : I talked of the thundering torrents which are dashed from the ftupendous rocks, and which delighted at their escape from the frozen North, run to hide themselves in the bosom of Ganga. I told her of the names wbich
they assumed upon their rout, expatiated on the charming banks which adorned the course of the rapid Gumtry, and of the playful meanderings of the Gurra. I had likewise the honour of explaining to her, the present political state of the country; it is a subject upon which, since I have been in England, I have seldom had any opportunity, and still feldomer any satisfaction of conversing. In all that relates to our country, I have indeed found these western lovers of science, most deplorably ignorant. You may believe it impressed me with a very high idea of the superior powers of Miss Ar. dent's mind, when I found, that she had paid particular attention to every thing connected with the history or literature of India. But even Miss Ardent has her prejudices, and I did not find it a very easy matter 10 convince her, that the Mahhabaret was superior to the Iliad of Homer : or that Calidas was a dramatic Poet equal in excellence to Shakespeare. You will smile at her prejudices; but consider, my dear friend, what you would think of the arrogance of any foreigner, who should have the presumption to put The works of his countrymen in competition with those divine Bards, and you will learn to make allowances for this Lady. She was surprised to hear that I had not yet been to see the represeаtation of an English Natac, here called a play, and invited me to be of her party, to see the performance of one the following even. ing. I was charmed with the invitation; and did not fail in my attendance on the letter-loving Bibby, at the time appointed. .
The building appropriated to this amusement, belongs to the King, and is -called his Theatre; and to it be sends his fervants for the diversion of the pub. lic. They are not, however, paid by their Malter, but, like all the servants of the English nobility, are paid by the visitors. Nor are they so modest as fome that I have seen, at the royal palaces and gardens, who never afked for their wages, until they bad gratified my curiofity, but these, ftipulated for'a certain fum, and demanded it before they permitted me to enter.
My expectations in respect to the magnificence of the building, and the fplendor of its decorations, were fomewhat disappointed : but upon the whole it is very well contrived, for seeing and hearing the performers.-In front of the stage is an aisle, larger than that in the church, in which, the people are, however; treated with more respect, being all accommodated with seats: and I could