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Avarice chills the Heart.
superfluities of life, which to the rich are really necessary comforts, and to pur. chase which the money expended from his immense revenues would hardly be missed.
For whom do they thus accumulate riches ? Their only child is married ; and married where gold flows in abundance.
When this cold and repellant quality takes root in an elegant mind like Sir Marmaduke's, it is particularly to be deplored : Perfection is not, nor ever will be, the lot of erring humanity ; but as
every one lias his fault,” we could almost wish a man like the above character, had some other vice though perhaps it might be even of greater magnitude; because the vice of avarice shuts up all the avenues of the heart, and hardens it, like the metal it is so fond of,
till it becomes impenetrable to that divine feeling, which makes the misfortunes of another its own.
Without any consideration of the increased expences of the times, he will express his astonishment at the pecuniary embarrassments of a man, who perhaps has one shilling where Sir Marmaduke has a thousand pounds; and he will wonder at the Lieutenant who has nothing but his pay, that cannot support himself and his wife with credit, and the gentility his profession unavoidably requires of him, on the scanty pittance of five shillings and eight pence per day..
This parsimony is a spot in a good man's character : It is more : It is a stain ! The love of money is justly said to be the root of all evil; it binds a man down, however religious, to the perishable riches of this earth, seeking the golden mine deep buried in her bosom, sooner than
the approbation or the prospect of heaven; it destroys all the social virtues ; rendering his life ever anxious and unhappy; the conclusion of it unwelcome to himself and unlamented by others.
· LADY LAURA PEMBERTON.
Bőrpuas in xúc ăxarla.
Lidy Laura Elton was the youngest of the numerous daughters of the Earl. of Thornborough, most of them remarkable for their personal attractions; she for a fascination, accompanying the charms of her face and figure, peculiar. to herself.
In temper and disposition, she had something in the combination resembling: the Flavilla of Hawkesworth, “great sweetness blended with an high spirit,” but she had not the imprudence of the unfortunate Flavilla. Lady Laura was ever remarkable for the contrary virtue ;. and her conduct was so chastely correct, so strongly fortified by prudence, that the remarkable frankness and openness of her:
character, never caused an impertinent word or address to be directed to her ; because her pure and native dignity in., stantly checked the rising idea of improper freedom, over-awed the most insolent, and commanded respect even from those, who might be the least inclined of any, to afford it to her.
At a very early age she united herself in marriage to a Major Pemberton of the Guards, and the purest love and esteem were the motives which actuated both.
By this marriage she had three lovely children, to whom all her affection soon became transferred; as the Major began to show himself to be a man unworthy so rich a treasure as he possessed in his Laura. She was the little idol of the regiment to which he belonged ; and his vanity was highly gratified in seeing her flattered and caressed; but his heart