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sayings of the late king, particularly one which the king made to him on a field-day, complimenting him on the excellence of his horse. He extols the whole royal family, but especially the present king, whom he pronounces the most perfect gentleman and best whist-player in Europe. The general swears rather more than is the fashion of the present day; but it was the mode of the old school. He is, however, very strict in religious matters, and a staunch churchman. He repeats the responses very loudly in the church, and is emphatical in praying for the king and royal family.
10. At table his loyalty waxes very fervent with his second bottle, and the song of “ God save the king" puts him into a perfect ecstacy. He is amazingly well contented with the present state of things, and apt to get a little impatient at any talk about national rain and agricultural distress. He says he has traveled about the country as much as any man, and has met with nothing but prosperity; and to confess the truth, a great part of his time is spent in visiting from one countryseat to another, and riding about the parks of his friends.
They talk of public distress,” said the general this day to me, at dinner, as he smacked a glass of rich Burgundy, and cast his eyes about the ample board; " they talk of public distress, but where do we find it, sir? I see none.
I see no reason any one has to complain. Take my word for it, sir, this talk about public distress is all humbug !”
LESSON 182.- Original. 487. Give an original humorous Description of THE FOP.
In humorous descriptions, the censure, if any, must be implied rather than expressed, and rendered apparent by the ridiculous absurdity of the individual's actions, sentiments, and observations.
Nothing harsh or severe need be uttered, but a certain dry, quiet humour must be retained throughout.
488. - 1. Notice the dress of a Fop-cut of his coathis hat --- cravat - watch-guard, &c.
2. His glass- attitudes in walking -objects of his admiration.
3. His affected pronunciation — topics of conversation and sentiments.
4. The manner of spending his mornings --eveningsand particularly Sundays.
5. The necessary state of his own fcelings—how regarded by others.
LESSON 183.-Original. 489. Give a humorous description of THE BOASTER.
490.-1. Notice the chief causes of Boasting - the excessive love of self- fondness for exaggeration- disregard for strict veracity — want of moral courage and fortitude-disinclination to or incapacity for real exertion and hardship.
2. Draw a character exemplifying the preceding constituents.
3. Show the unpleasant position in which a character of this kind is frequently placed, and follow this to the conclusion.
LESSON 184.-Original, 491. Give a humorous description of THE STAGE COACHMAN of olden times.
492.-1. Notice his appearance and dress.
2. Mounted on the box — his manner of assuming the rcins -- the start.
3. The drive-Coachman's remarks on the road - incidents exhibiting character.
4. Change of horses — Coachman's proceedings. 5. Journey's end - Coachman's attention to passengers.
493. Give a humorous description of THE JOVIAL FARMER.
494.-1. Notice his personal appearance and gait. 2. His morning's occupations — treatment of his labourers. 3. His dinner - viands - sleep. 4. His general evening employments. 5. Harvest-home — the feast. 6. Christmas parties.
LESSON 186.-Original. 495. Give a humorous description of The GIPSIES.
496.-1. Notice their appearance dress-mode of living. 2. Detail their pretended lineage. 3. Their propensity for fortune-telling. 4. Frequent depredators. 5. Amusing story respecting them.
LESSON 187.- Original. 497. Give a humorous description of THE POLITICAL VILLAGE COBBLER:
498.-1. Notice his personal appearance-his stall or shop. 2. His wife children - furniture. 3. His political propensities - the gossipers at his stall. 4. His evening employments - Sunday employments. 5. His private character-state of fecling. 6. Remarks.
LESSON 188.—Original. 499. Give a humorous description of The INDECISIVE MAN.
500.-1. Notice two chief causes of Indecision, the love of ease, and the want of good early training.
2. The indecisive man after much wavering determines to pursue some fixed object - progresses for a time-suddenly his views are altered – ludicrous description of this state of feeling.
3. He determines to make an excursion-at last sets outchanges his original purpose-- the day ends in disappointment.
4. Resolves in future to be more decided — a sudden change -effects of this.
5. Life progresses - resolutions broken- necessary results.
501. The proper object of Satire is not only to depict the heinousness of vice or the inevitable consequences resulting from the pursuit of some great error, but to expose the false pretensions of counterfeit virtue. In this sense, the voice of an honest able satirist is greatly beneficial to the world, by giving an alarm against the designs of an insidious enemy, and by exhibiting a train of evils attendant on a vicious course of conduct.
502. Mode of Exercise. – 1. Give an Analysis of the vices or errors depicted and their consequences. 2. Reproduce the Example from recollection. 3. Institute a Comparison between the two.
503. MODEL. THE GAMESTER.
1. The whole tribe of gamesters may be ranked under two divisions ; Every man who makes carding, dicing, and betting his daily practice, is either a dupe or a sharper. The dupe is generally a person of great fortune and weak intellect, who plays, not that he has any delight in cards and dice, but because it is the fashion. There are indeed some few instances of men of sense, as well as family and fortune, who have been dupes and bubbles. Such an unaccountable itch for play has seized them, that they have sacrificed every thing to it. There is not a more melancholy object than a gentleman of sense thus infatuated. He makes himself and family a prey to a gang of villains more infamous than highwaymen ; and perhaps, when his ruin is completed, he is glad to join with the very scoundrels that destroyed him, and live upon the spoil of others, whom he can draw into the same follies that proved so fatal to himself.
2. Let us now survey the ruined man turned a sharper. In order to carry on the common business of his profession, he must be a man of quick and lively parts, attended with a stoical calmness of temper, and a constant presence of mind. He must smile at the loss of thousands; and must not be discomposed though rúin stares him in the face. As he is to live among the great, he must not want politeness and affability; he must be submissive, but not servile ; he must be master of an ingenuous liberal air, and have a seeming openness of behaviour.
3. These must be the chief accomplishments of our hero; but now let us take a view of his heart. There we shall find avarice the main spring that moves the whole machine. Every gamester is eaten up with avarice; and when this passion is