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ling lefe 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 simper on the pretty feces of his female audience; the simper, at length, encreased into a tittering laugh. Observing that they cast their eyes to the opposite side of the apartment, I judged it was some object placed there that excited 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 particular less disfigured by dress, than any other peison in the room. I was pondering in my own mind, how this modest and unassuming personage, could excite the risibility of the fair group, when a lady who had for some time stpod 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 siÆciently 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, her 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 she 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 thole 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 fun, all exerting their little throats, and squalling and chattering with alt 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 sought 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 mining 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 said enough to frighten me, at the idea of holding any communication with a learned Lady. I found her, however, not quite so formidable as I had at first apprehended. She, indeed, Icon 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 inhabitants of Almora. I painted to her imagination the immeasurable forest, whose trees have their sky-touching heads overshadowed by the venerable mountains of Cum mow: I talked of the thundering torrents which are dashed from the stupendous 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 which 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, aud still seldomer any satisfaction ot 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 Ardent'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 to 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 representation of an English Natac, here called a play, and invited me to be of her party, to see the performance of one the following evening. 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 he sendshis servants for the diversion of the public. They are not, however, paid by their Master, but, like all the servants of the English nobility, are paid by the visitors. Nor are they so modest as some that I have seen, at the royal palaces and gardens, who never asked for their wages, until they had gratified my curiosity; but these, stipulated for a certain sum, and demanded it before they permitted me to enter.
My expectations in respect to the magnificence of the building, and the splendor of its decorations, were somewhat disappointed: but upon the whole it is very well contrived, for feeing and hearing the performers.—In front of the stage is an aifle, larger than that in the church, in which, the people are, however, treated with more respect, being all accommodated with seats: and I could