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ling, in its outline, that which the fections resides in the adjoining author bas producerl, immediately cottage, he at first fears bas form. becomes evident.

ed a plan to rob bim of bis intendFABLE,

ed bride), employs the eccentric The scene is laid in an imagi- Poet to plead his cause. The old nary village, called Bustleburg Lady mistakes the intention of (supposed to be situated in Ger- Maurice, and receives the kind many), and in a neighbouring for things be says for bis uncle, as tress. In this village, Maurice, arising from a passion he feels himthe nephew of Gruntrum, resides. self. The entrance of Gruntrum The former is a fine spirited young puts an end to the delusion. Mrs. man, strongly attached to the Tuffendorff

, bowever, readily yields muses; the latter, a Sir John Fal- to his suit; but, hy declaring that staff in person, and, in mind, a she bas been insulted by Maurice, composition of knave and fool. induces her new admirer to discard The abode of Adela, a lovely and him. A distant firing is now heard interesting girl, is next to that of the enemy are said to be apGruntrum. She is here kept in a proaching. Gruntrum flies to ą state of vassalage by ber step-mo- neighbouring wood for conceal. ther, Mrs. Tuffendorff, who joins to ment, and wbile lying perdue, obthe most profound ignorance a serves his nephew secreting a box strong desire to be thought exceed in a hollow tree. In this box ingly learned, and whose blunders Maurice has carefully packed bis (a la malaprop), in the earlier only treasure, The Siege of Sarascenes, excited laughter in every gossa. Gruntrum supposing that part of the house. No young poet the enemy had plundered the vilis ever without a mistress. Man lage, and that Maurice, in the conrice has selected Adela, from fusion, bad secured something for amongst the rival beauties of the himself, breaks open the box, and village, and she, flattered by the find nothing but verses. distinction, returns his passion of troops from the neighbouring with ardour. Poverty, however, fortress, who bave driven the eneforms a bar to their union. To my back, in passing through the remove it, Maurice exerts his lite. wood, discover Gruntrum in bis rary abilities, and writes a Poem, lurking place. He is suspected as The Siege of Saragossa, with the a spy-and that suspicion is conproduce of which he hopes to firmed, when one of the soldiers, realise those fairy prospects which casually opening The Siege of Sahis fancy has painted. The scheme ragossa, reads the contents of one is a wild one; but he who forms it of the Cantos—which, speaking is a young Poet, and an enthusi- of the siege being continued, and a astic lover. Gruntrum, who has stratagem to blow up the fortress, lived a bachelor to a very advanced convinces the party that their sus. age, suddenly resolves, for a va- picion is correct, and poor

Grimriety of weighty reasons, and chief- trump is made prisoner. The Com. ly the florins of Mrs. Tuffendorff, mandant of the fortress, when apto pay his addresses to that lady; prised of the circumstances, and, after a good scene of equivoque diately discovers the error; but, as with Maurice (wbo, from bis de- he thinks the poem bas nerit, he claration that the object of his af. directs the person in whose posses

A party sion it was found, to be brought shoulders he contrives to escape before him. He is convinced, in a through an opening in the wall, few minutes, that Gruntrum is not baving first conveyed into his the author, although, when com- friend's pocket a plan of one of the plimented on that score, he had bastions of the fortress, which bea not declined the honour. The ing found on him, he had no doubt Commandant, as a matter of jest, would lead to his destruction, and orders him to be confined in the thus give him an opportunity of prison of the fortress. Scarcely paying bis addresses, without noe has be been removed, when Mau- lestation, to Gruntrum's intended rice enters, having discovered the bride. Susette, the femme de loss of bis manuscript, and traced chambre of Lindemira, at this cri. it to the fortress. Seeing it in the tical nuoment enters the prison, by hands of the Commandant, be the command of her mistress, who snatches it from him, and is about is desirous that Baron Wheedleberg to make his exit-when he is de- should be conducted to ber pretained by that officer, who behold. sence.


As she had never seen him, ing in him the author of the poem, sbe supposes Gruntrum to be the promises to protect him. Maurice person--and him she conveys to an here discovers that Greenstoff, a adjoining chamber', while she goes subaltern in the garrison, is the fa- to apprise her mistress of her sucther of Adela, and consequently cess. Gruntrum, during her ab, the bushand of Mrs. Toffendorff, sence, hearing some person ap; whose shrewish temper had com- proach, extinguisbes the light, and pelled bim to fly, leaving his child lies down on the sofa, where Su. to her protection. Greenstoff pro- sette was accustomed to repose, mises the hanil of Adela to Mau. and where the Commandant, who rice, provided he accompanies him now makes bis appearance, hoped as a volunteer, on an expedition to find her. His disappointment is wbich was that evening to be un extreme, when, instead of a young dertaken. With this proposition, beauty, he perceives a corpulent old of course, the lover complies--and man, He orders him to be set at hehaves so gallantly, that he is ap- liberty, but first directs that he pointed Aide-du-Camp to the Com- should be searched. Here Grun. mandant. Meantime Gruntram trum is again unfortunate the is conveyed to the strong room, plan of the bastion is taken from where he is surprised to find an bis pocket, and he is once more in old acqnaintance, Reynard Van- danger of being hanged as a spy. derscamp, who had assisted him His nephew, however, places the in various petty rogueries. Van: business in its true light-anil, acderscamp, under the assumed title companied by him and Greenstoff, of Baron Wheedleberg, bad en- lie proceeds to Bustleburg; the aptrapped the affections of Linde. 'pearance of the party destroys the nira, the Comnandant's sister; hopes of Vanderscamp, who bad but the Commandant having some marle good 11se of his time, and reason to believe him to be an im. was on the point of a matrimonial postor, bad placed him in “dur- connection with Mrs. Tuffendorff, ance yile." Vanderscamp is re- who is disagreeably surprised by joiced at the appearance of Grun- the arrival of a husband she had trum, by clambering on whose long supposed dead, T'he piece Vol. XLVI.-No. 272.

K fancludes concludes with the union of Mau, in the most comic colours, by Mrs. rice and his beloved Adela, and the Davenpost. Adela found a reprepunishment of Yanderscamp, who sentation in Miss Foote, perfectly is conveyed back to prison. deserving the rapturous description

With a little amplification, the wbich Maurice gives of the charms incidents comprised in this after- of his mistress. The piece was piece would be sufficient to form loudly applauded thronghout, and one of our modern four volume has heen since receiyed with so novels. We cannot call to mind much approbation, that there is litany piece, restricted to the short tle doubt of its becoming a stock, compass of two acts, that contains piece to the Theatre. šo enlarged a yariety of circumstances, all growing regularly, without confusion, out of one par. DESCRIPTION OF THE HABITS ticular occurrence. But, while we AND MANNERS OF FRENCH dwell on this distinguished feature FEMALES. of the farce, we by no means in- (From Scott's Visit to Paris, just pubtend to confine our approbation to

lished.) that point. The author has availed himself of the full latitude which THE air of the French females, it is allowed in this department of the must be acknowledged, is full of drama, and has produced charac- a certain species of witchery; but ters, whose grotesque peculiarities it is strongly marked by manner, cannot be observed, without pro- ism. Ils secret seems to lie in mak. ducing ludicrous ideas. The dia- ing the external woman exclusively logue is extreniely sprightly. Įt is display the peculiarities of her sex ; frequently marked by strokes of her looks, her turns, her whole arch humour-and some very neat manner of speaking and acting, is writing is attached to the charac, sexual. The distinction between ter of Maurice. The scenes of male and female is never for a moequivoqué are uncommonly amus. ment, lost sight of hy either. In ing. This species of wit has been England it frequently happens, so much backneyed of late, ibat it that a gentleinan for some time ad, must be extremely difficult to give dresses a lady in a way, that would it point and novelty-but Mr. leave a person who should only Kenny bas succeeded in a very emi- hear the observations, but not see nent degree. The piece com- to whom they were directed, permences with spirit and vivacity- fectly ignorant whether the con, and the same life and bustle which versation were held with a man or captivate at its beginning, continue a woman." But this could scarcely to please until its termination. ever happen in France ; the tour.

The actiug throughout was enti- neur of the phrase, when a woman tled to the highest praise. Ma- is spoken to, cannot be mistaken: thews, as Gruntrum, was irresisti- it is modelled according to her pebly comic. Jones gave full force culiar instincts, charms and weakto the arulour and volatility which nesses, and so is the carriage of bim characterise Maurice. The shrew who speaks to her. In this conish disposition-the pedantic igno- sists the politeness of the French to rance-and the affected modesty— the softer sex, of wbich they boast; of Mrs. Tuffendorff, were depicted but the question is, whether it does


hot imply a stooping to, instead of der to gain for themselves and å raising towards? Can women those connected with them, the bare any thing given theui in the mercenary ends which arise out of shape of deference that can atone the competitions, liazards, desires, for the loss of equality ? Is it bu- and necessities of daily life. The mouring they are fond of? We bad effect of this on the delicacy humour a child, and spoil it by so of their minds, requires no expodoing ; we bumour the sick and sure, and their artificial, active, the weak; we bumour eccentricity adroit, and intriguing habits, have, ánd folly í ljut we never bumour in fact, given to their physiogno. sound sense and propriety. The mies and manner, an acute, watchfirst instance of humouring had ing, attacking sort of air, which, very unlucky consequences.

however powerful it may be in its “ Wouldst thou had hearkened to my way, is not the power wbich most words, and staid

properly belongs to woman, or tbat With me, as I besought thee, when that

most exquisitely becomes her in its strange Desire of wandering this unbappy morn,

exercise. I know not whence, possess'd thee; we The system of educating and

had then Remain'd still happy; not, as now,

training young women in France,

de spoila

is open to the most serious objecOf all our good; shamed, naked, misera- tions. Girls, in respectable life, ble.” Paradise Lost; Book IX.

are placed, as they grow up, under

a'strict surveillance : they are neThe women of Paris are entirely ver entrusted beyond the eye of the creatures of management and man- mother or governess. If they are der : the chief business of society permitted to pay a visit to a female is left to tbein to transact; a tradesa friend of the family, the bostess is rian entrusts the concerns of bis sensible she incurs the heaviest reshop to bis wife-a gentleman asks sponsibility. The youthful guest no guests to wis house but with her must not sleep beyond the immepermission. There is every wbiere diate superintendance of her enteran affectation of placing every tainer; a bed is made up for her thing at the discretion and disposal in the cabinet of the lady of the of the females ; but it is still evi. house. She must not dance hut dent, that their empire is granted with the partner selected by her to their weakness, and they are friends ; she must not sit down thus taught to make a parade of with her partner after she has their sexual peculiarities, that they danced :-in strictness and may gain pampering and indul- guardianship are the substitutes for gence at the expence of their re- formation of character, and, withspectability. They are raised out paying any regard to the mind, above their helpmates, as men and the body is pampered and preserved women raise cbildren on high for the accomplishment of the fue cbairs, and help the young folks ture views of a mercenary and cold first to pudding. In this very pre- authority, that looks but to sordid ference there is an insult; but interests, and is careless of virtue there is worse degradation in the and of happiness. employment to wbich they are put. This degrading system of watch They are taught to make the most and ward, is absolutely necessary of their influence as women, in ore according to the habits of Paris,


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for they are directly levelled against ployed to females whose persons wbatever would warrant confidence are still disposable. The woman in the sense of integrity and ho. to whom they are directed may uot nour in the young female mind. be inclined to listeu to tbem-she Mothers will not, indeed, instruct may be engaged at the moment, or their daughters to intrigue after the application may be disagreeathey are married and they will ble; but she never thinks of renot, probably, talk of their own senting the application as offenlicentious indulgencies before their sive. In short, a husband bere daughters; but their conversation cannot rationally calculate on his with their intimates, in the bearing wife's fidelity, and I believe, very of their children, is sufficiently in- seldom does. If the parties, after structive, that connubial constancy marriage, feel themselves very much is in little estimation, and less prace attacbed to each other, their recifice. Such a lady, they will say, procal fidelity is secured by a mutual speaking of one who has a busband pledge ou honour, which is added and children, is not now on terms to the compact made at the altar, with that gentleman---that affair is as an extra obligation, not necessa, over long ago--it is now Monsieur rily included in the original en

gagement. These breaches of nuptial fide In Paris, it is the regular busility, it is affirmed, are less univere ness of parents to marry

their sal at present than they were be children; the idea of the latter fore the revolution ; but, I believe, conducting so serious an affair for it is doing no injustice to the state themselves, would shock every faof French morals to say, that they ther and mother in that capitale now constituite the majority of For this purpose, they announce cases of conduct after wedlock in every where wbat portion they can the genteel circles of Paris, before afford to their son or daugbter, the revolution a case of post-pup- and, without hesitation, enquire of tial chastity in these circles was all persons whom they know, that neither known nor expected. At have progeny of which a match present, the indulgence is managed may be made, what portions they with no needless display of inde- intend to give. The most incessang cency, but it is perfectly well yne attention is given to this grand afa derstood, both by the busband and fuir, and a Parisian mother desociety, and the indulging party is vores a degree of industry, dexte, not severely treated by either. sity, and frequently artifice, to ef

It is not thought an insult in fecting the settlement of her chilParis, if a man, sitting down by a dren in the world, which no wo. inarried lady, immediately com- man but a French woman could inences making love to her. His display, and which reflect much language is divested of all unneces- credit on her talents, although the sary explicitness; but it has a suf- view taken of the real interest of ficiently palpable tendency to the those for whom she concerns herfast favour that a woman can grant. self is far from a judicious one. It is in fact, a mere matter of The sole object to which they course almost, to address a French direct their efforts is, to accommarried lady in those terms of gal- plish a match which may be ade lantry, which, in England, are em vantageous to their child in worldly


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