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afterwards taking advantage of an op- his proceedings, or they would have been portunity to wreak his vengeance during more summary. He had silently obihe scuffle, when so many others were served the prisoner, studying bis every present, and who therefore might have look and motion, nor could he discover equally been considered guilty, were it not the slightest indication of guilt. He for the two credible witnesses now before could believe nothing esil in so ingenuthe Court. He concluded his speech countenance. There was no downwith asking if the prisoner was yet wille ward cast of the eyes, no shuffling of the ing to confess bis crime; when nothing features, no contradiction in their indibut his former story was again and vidual expressions, no hesitation about again repeated, together with accusations the corners of the lips. Shame, he of perjury against the witnesses. The thought, never had sullied his fair and Judge therefore ordered bim to be put free brow; it bore witness to a modest to the torture. “I call all the Saints to and honourable mind. “I feel much witness to my innocence !” exclaimed interest in this lad,” said the Count, Andreolo. Then, his eyes flashing with addressing himself to the Judge, as he indignation, he was about to address the moved his chair towards him, “and I Judge; but suddenly
controlling himself, would gladly save him from this painful be permitted the officers to proceed in trial. I cannot suspect that malevolence, their duty, without a struggle or a word; like that imputed to him, can lurk beand sadly smiling on all around him, as neath such apparent sincerity ; yet, if if in gentle appeal to their humanity, he you think otherwise, will torture be of was bound upon the rack.
avail with so firm a nature? Then, The mother heard of her son's arrest, unless he will confess, what but banishbefore he had been borne within the ment can be his sentence? Banish him prison-gates. She hurried to the palace therefore at once from the States of of Count Pepoli, a nobleman of great Bologna. I will, in whatever mode you authority in the city, and making herself please, stand surety for his conduct. known as the widow of his friend, im- And, if you can yield to my intercession, plored his influence in so dear a cause. I will endeavour to prove how much I am Tears, unknown to herself, and without indebted to your indulgence.” Upon this, a sob, trickled down her cheeks, as she many smiles and protestations took place urged his interference. All her feelings (the prisoner still bound upon the rack) were so centred in her boy, that she was together with an invitation to the Judge unconscious of those drops of agony that for the morrow's dinner; till at last would fall. The Count listened to her Andreolo, under certain restrictions, with the deepest interest, but demanded and with the surety of Count Pepoli, of her why she was so assured of her was ordered to be released from the rack, son's innocence. “ Because,” she an- and conducted to his home-banishment, swered," he had himself assured me of and that to take place within three days, it.” " Alas! madam,” was the reply, being included in this act of mercy, " we are willing to convince those we How joyfully the mother received her love best that we have committed no son, need not be related. A sentence of wrong. But go to him,-I will obtain banishment, as all property, to which your admittance to the prison and there, the offender might be heir, would be with all a mother's power, persuade him confiscated, was indeed severe. But the to reveal every thing. The less I am Count called on them, and explained his deceived, the more will be
influence." reasons why he thought this the most She thanked him, but added in a sup- eligible course; comforting them with pressed tone, You do not know his the assurance that the Pope's Legate truth ;-and for myself, though I will could at any period, recall and reinstate obey you, if you insist on it -- yet I bim in his rights as citizen ; and prowould not willingly inflict such great mising, in the meanwhile, to exert distress, so severe a pang, as to make bimself in the discovery of the actual him doubt my faith in him.” These assassin. words, her look, her manner, all touched On the third day, late as he dared, the Count's heart; and he promised 'his Andreolo left his native city, a banished utmost exertions in favour of her son. being. His journey lay towards Modena,
It was necessary to mention the above where he was advised to remain, as at interview in order to explain the story the shortest distance from the States. as it continues. Count Pepoli attended He was well armed, but thinking he both the examinations in the Court could not mistake the road, he was His presence had annoyed the Judge in without a guide. His horse moved on
duplicate of it upon the world is a differ- are all endeavouring to make themselves ! ent matter. It is not well done ;-it is Look at the haughty sublimity of the exceeding his natural privileges. The folded arms, and the easy propriety of world is entitled to some consideration the outstretched limbs! Observe the as well as his face. It is making too studied negligence of the attitude, and much of a good (or indifferent) thing. the "admir'd disorder” of the adored It is wrong; it is indecorous; it is inde- hair! Ah! incautious fair, turn-turn licate : and should the man happen to away your gaze before it be too late ! have any moral or physical obliquity Here stands an irresistible spare young about him-should he squint or have man, with an infinity of whiskers : mark taken the benefit of the Insolvent Act—it the resolute compression of his lips and is both injudicious and unseemly-very. the fiery sparkle of his eye! How
They may say of portrait-painting as fiercely intelligent he looketh in his own they say of spirituous liquors, it is not esteem! By his side hangs a fat, Aobby the use but the abuse thereof that is per- face, enriched with “ wreathed smiles” nicious, and certainly no art has been of the most dangerous and insinuating treated in so reprehensible a manner character. One gentleman affects a pensince (as Burton says) “the enamoured sive thoughtfulness, — another, a comdaughter of Deburiades the Sycionian manding frown! Some arch their eyefirst introduced it to notice by taking the brows, and have their right hand depoperson of her lover with charcoal, as the sited in their left breast; others, recline candle gave his shadow on the wall,” up with their elbow resting on the book to the present time, as this same art of covered table, their fingers the while portrait-painting. Instead of being ap tapping their literary and scientific forepropriated to embalm beauty, and pre- heads, as much as to say—"what a world serve the externals of wit, wisdom, genius, of thought is here!” Again, a
gay courage, and intelligence, half the Hobbs's young man" chooseth to be painted with and Dobbs's in creation have availed a look of languid satiety or misanthropi. themselves of it, to inflict upon the cal indifference: whilst some outrageous much-euduring public copies of their hosier's clerk, who reads Byron and has interesting physiognomies. This is but an ill-digestion, is depicted with his hair an ill compliment to the memory of the thrown back from his “ pale” forehead, fair Deburiades. And the ill usage prin- and his mouth screwed up to that precipally proceeds from that sex who ought cise angle which denotes that he has im. to have more gallantry and good sense
bibed than wantonly to bring the discovery of
" that vital scorn of all,
As if the worst had fallen that could befall.” a lady into disrepute; for visit what exhibition of modern art you may, the In short, instead of having their features numerical proportion of hirsute faces transcribed in a natural and unassuming over those of the more endurable sex, is state of repose, the majority of the genmost grievous. Besides, the ladies are tlemen think proper to have some fleetin no case to be complained of. Almost ing feeling or transitory passion fixed any thing in the semblance of a woman- upon the canvass, thereby certifying to original or copied—is pleasant to the the judicious observer the somewhat eye of man; and though there may be assinine qualities of the originals, and it some truth in honest John Webster's is not going too far to say, that were is observation
more petty, paltry, repulsive affectation “ With what a compell’d face a woman sits in the portraits of any two dozen males,
While she is drawing! I have noted divers than in those of all the women that were
ever painted. Truly, John Webster To have the dimple seen; and so disorder might have spared his sneer. The face with affectation—"
Portrait-painting has one peculiar and yet what are those trivial matters—the especial virtue. It has a stronger claim maneuvring for a smile or a dimple- upon the affections than the noblest in that sex to whom affectation is at times branches of art. Its dull, literal, matterso natural and easy as to be quite becom- of-fact transcripts are more dear to those ing, to the horrible violent assumption with whom the fate of the originals is of it by the he-creatures staring at you linked than the brightest and loveliest from the walls in every direction? You visions of ideal beauty. Through its are in an exhibition-room. Well ;-just medium friends and lovers gaze into each turn your eyes around and note how un- other's faces at the outermost ends of the commonly handsome, and noble, and earth. It preserves to you, unchanged graceful, and animated the gentlemen by death or decay, or the mutations of
the world, the frank, free countenance sideration to the wedded widow to know of the companion of your boyhood, or what to do with the face Smith left bethe form and features that “ first-love hind him. It looketh unfeeling to stow 'traced.” Through it the mother gazes it away at once in a garret or lumber. with mournful tenderness on the simili- room : but then again, to suffer it to tude of her absent or departed child, and remain staring from the wall, inspecting, children with grateful recollection on the as it were, the proceedings of her and presentment of those who were the first her new help-mate, with an expression and last to love them. And no matter of countenance changed (to her eye at how common-place, or generally unin- least) from a beneficent smile to a reteresting the countenances which have proachful frown, as much as to say, been so preserved - they were dear to 6 frailty, thy name is woman,” is mighty
The beneficent law of nature uncomfortable. When she entered into sayeth, that no human being shall go her new state, she ought to have had a utterly unbeloved ;—it has insured sym- hole dug in the garden, and Smith's porpathy and affection to all;—a nook in trait interred with the rest of her Smithosome heart to the most despised :
nian reminiscences; but a sort of pseudo “ There is a tear for all that die
delicacy preventeth this, and there hangs A mourner o'er the humblest bier,”
Smith intruding most disagreeably upon therefore, as an art that yields to the eye Brown. The effect is decidedly unplea
the domestic privacy of Mr. and Mrs. that for which the soul yearns, portrait- sant to both parties, reminding the lady painting is worthy of all love and honour, But then, it ought to minister to those dear deceased, and placing before the
of her faithfulness to the memory of the sacred and hidden feelings in the “ mi. niature” size, so that the object could gentleinan the features of the person be worn next the heart, or deposited for
who formerly eat, drank, and slept with
Mrs. Brown. Now there is something unobserved inspection in the silent closet or quiet drawer.
indelicate in this ;—a species of moral
It ought not to bigamy. How can conjugalities go on placard your love and esteem on two square feet of canvass, to be stuck against hang there
, his face ought to be turned
in such a presence? If Smith has to the wall for the criticism or annoyance of the cold and uninterested. That is is not the worst ; for in the case of any
to the wall instead of from it. But this too barefaced an exhibition of your sym: domestic difference --- and such things pathies ;—too obtrusive a setting forth will occur despite of love and legal cereof your affectionate reminiscences. Again, a man is not to be respected voking habit of reverting to the past;
monies—the secondary wife hath a prowhose portrait occupieth a prominent and by way of reply to Brown's expostustation in his own house. sufficient by half. It is using his friends lations, she fixeth a lack-a-daisical gaze ill , giving them, as it were, too much of upon the features of the “ departed one,"
as much as to say himself. Perchance he gives good dinWell, - admit the honourable
" Ah mé ! fact; still is he not justified in exorbi
Seeing what I have seen-seeing what I see !" tantly indemnifying himself by the exhi- and then Brown waxeth warm, as is birio.. inan the privileged quan- most natural, and asketh, “why the city of egotism. There is a decency to d-V-l she married him ?” and she rebe observed in such matters; and the plies, “she cannot tell !” and sobs, and first person singular is enough for any sighs, and putteth her handkerchief 10 gentleman without showing off at second. her eyes to intimate the presence or hide hand, Such double-faced proceedings the absence of tears, as it may happen. are not commendable.
Now this wounds Brown's self-love :Besides, this Janus-fashion of a man he taketh the pet with his dinner, and having a couple of visages is often at- Mrs. Brown neglecteth to press bim to tended by unpleasant consequences,
eat, but continueth to wipe her nose, more especially in the case of second and rub her eyes, and look mournfully marriages. For instance, when Mrs. and tenderly at Smith. Then up jumps Smith, after the expenditure of a due Brown from the table, wroth exceed. and proper quantity of grief, has pre- ingly, and he seizes his hat, and hies vailed upon herself to be comforted, and him forth, and proceeds to the tavern, has, at the expiration of a decorous and calls for strong drink and the news. period, legally invested Mr. Brown with paper ; and lo! when the clock strikes the rights and privileges of her defunct twelve, his nightcap remaineth unocculord, it is a peculiarly embarrassing con- pied, and his head resteth not on its own
proper conjugal pillow,
What an eccentric production of in- But fairs are not to be considered as telligence is the abstract notion of a fair. affording only gratification to an imagiAn ostentation of white, scarlet and yel- native mind : they take their stand on low, intoxicates the imagination; then higher ground, and claim the attention comes a war of melody-the whole pro- of every student of natural curiosities. geny of Jubal engaged in a reciprocal A player is by birth-right, a lusus naproclamation of hostilities, fills the gene- ture. Some senatorial wag once characrous bosom with feelings of martial en- terized the knights of the buskin as outthusiasm, while critical taste is furnished casts of society. Had he gone farther with ample subjects of gratification in a (to Hollybush Fair for instance), he thousand fantastic forms, to which the might with equal justice have denounced posture-master's flexible organization can them as outcasts of humanity. Aptly be made subservient. All these things may the eulogium be applied in this case, carry with them an ideal aspect. Then “ Nature formed him, and then broke the to widen the existing breach between mould.” fancy and truth, we find ourselves sur- Such an incongruous combination of rounded by a crew of the most savage the physical elements can be found in no abortions that an artist of celebrity is other class, productive or non-productive. able to delineate. Pig-faced ladies be- It has often struck us that these singular come as familiar to us as a sprig of men must have been made by contract. bachelor's-buttons. Deaths who, strange Eyes, noses, and arms, feet and calves, to behold, are not entirely devoid of turned off by the gross, and hastily put bowels of compassion, walk from their together, with a reckless disregard of the charnel-houses with as much ronchalance “ eternal fitness of things.” Look at as the beaux of Regent-street. Giants the pepperish Hotspur yonder, a stumpy look down upon us in scores ; and pudding-faced fellow, with legs decidedly Liliputians in the costume of gentlemen angular. There, parade a party of ushers, strut with so much importance patriotic Romans, snuffing the zephyrs as to make the greatest vanity of ordinary with a calm satisfaction of their legitipeople dwindle into pitiable insignifi- mate dignity. But 0! ye shades of
Around us is a sea of heads the Cæsars ! such delicate young men, there au acute eye may discern a shallow, with very clear skins and limbs fearfully now a commotion is excited by the pur. fragile—so much so, that had they wansuit of a shark—there it is very deep. dered into the ancient Forum, we feel Far off may be descried, replete with persuaded that, disguised in a pile of graphic sublimity, a band of those natural dingy-white napkins, Cicero himself outlaws, to whom forest law is a dead would have taken them for a bevy of im. letter-tigers, wolves, jackals, and bears, . maculate vestals. One of these heroes white, black, or both combined, seem has always attracted our particular reready to spring from the clouds and vic- gard. His dishevelled black tresses detimize their gaping admirers. Bold pending over a brow, inscribed with Robin Hood, the rightful sovereign of traits of a sentimental spirit, and telling “ glen and of glade," suspends his ab.
“ Of griefs that canker all the heart.”. stemious jaws over a calf's head, whimsically yclept his keeper's, and while ap- while they harmonize with the pathetic parently wagging his regal tail, he tanta
wildness of his sunken optics, tend to lizes our anxiety with a sidelong glance heighten the effect of a manifestation of of cunning complacency. And then, if raw cheekbones. Poor fellow! for ten we turn our attention from the pheno- years past he has been in the last stage of mena of four legs to their rivals upon à galloping-consumption ; and noble two, what a wonderful people are the Marc Anthony, in his equivocal-hued players!—they never die.' By our hali. toga, still moves a sweet personification dom ! the little man with a puffed and of the ghost of a chimney-sweeper's wife. crying species of countenance, and a very Any intelligent person who wished to hoarse voice, is as energetic in his appeals learn the capabilities of his corporeal mafor public patronage as when his elo- chinery, should pay a visit to one of our quence seduced a reluctant penny from equestrian establishments. Considered as its warm attachment to our juvenile a subject of anatomical interest, Johr palm, and gailantly compels us to ac
Hunter's collection in Lincoln's-Inn-field knowledge that the fat lady in a plaid bears the same relation to Samwell's cires scarf, is as beautiful a representation of at Hollybush fair, as the board of an Tię a Scottish lassie as she was some five and lian imageman to the Statue Gallery
d twenty years ago.
the British Museum. In fact, we ha
often wondered that medical students, in tune has maliciously planted between addition to walking the hospitals, have his eager organs of perception, and the not been required to perambulate the amusements going forward on the outside fairs. Son of Hippocrates ! if thou hast of Richardson's show. Feeling for the a heart of iron, look up and behold a moral debility of a crowd, he takes pecucouple of clever lads about to demonstrate liar thought to secure five buttons of his the docility of human nature. Now, bottle-green coat. “ Ha, ha, ha!” ex-' straddling till they make the spectators claims a tall elegantly-made-up spark, wince with a sympathetic anxiety for in ecstasy at our hero's elbow. their well being now illustrating a ha, ha!” iterates a parallel in gentility, spinal curvature - anon shouldering a pressing forward from behind to obtain leg with as much indifference as a soldier a more extensive view of some laughterhis arms; meanwhile ribs are so legible moving exhibition. “ What is it ? through their buff integument, as to what is it ?” anxiously inquires the comwarrant the presumption that these versa. pressed little man from a very deep and tile gentlemen are sometimes under a dark abyss, exalting himself on tip-toe. painful necessity of meeting their impor- A general rush, attended with lateral tunate creditors in the shape of animated pressure, sufficiently intense to make skeletons at some minor establishment. mummies of mill-stones, carries the
There is no end to the marvellous at bottle.green off his legs in a vortex of fairs. A harlequin is seen not less re- consternation. One vagabond, averse to markable for his agility than for a very the aristocracy of hats, imprints upon conspicuous bunnion on his great toe, our hero's a mark of plebeian disaffection, -leaning over a barrier, a stalwart form and his companion reduces it to a level with an olive complexion, would make with the wearer's chin. Emerging from one believe he was as easy in his circum- his oppressive situation, the little gentle stances as he is doubtless independent in man naturally congratulates himself on his principles. Now, how this indivi- coming off with such slight detriment dual contrived' to get there, may be to his personal property. Without quesknown to Governor Cope; but how he tion, the habit of precaution which can muster up sufficient assurance to face, prompted him to secure his buttons, a body of men, making the slightest pre. alone prevented the abstraction of his tensions to a knowledge of physiognomy, pocket book, and two five-pound Bank is one of those exclusive bits of informa- of England notes-an admirable piece of tion which can be known only to him- ingenuity, which has only been nullified self. Bow-street forefend us from this by that purely legal process called dockgentleman's society on Hounslow-heath ing an entail ! The abridged retires from after dark !
society with a monkey on his back, and Are you a connoisseur in the fine arts? bequeathing a cordial benediction to the At Hollybush fair you will find a splen- author of this diabolical “Essay on Man.” did collection of wax work, wherein the most esteemed effigy (Harry the Eighth, of uxorious memory) may be seen, with A TRUE TALE OF THE his characteristic ferocity materially im
COLISEUM. proved by a wall-eye.
A thousand minor points of attraction peculiar to fairs we have not space to “ Mighty emperor ! the gods regard
We trust these desultory thee with envy!” cried Lætus, the prereflections will tend to strengthen the torian prefect, bending before the couch bonds of amity existing between our on which the emperor reclined, while readers and these ancient legacies of our the slaves were preparing a sumptụous fun-loving forefathers. There is, how. banquet. ever, a pleasant little drama frequently •That sinewy Greek god, omnipotent enacted before the curtain, in which, as Commodus, is dignified by thy condeunprofessional persons are sometimes re- scension in using his name," said Eclecquired to sustain a prominent part, it tus the chamberlain. may be useful to give a slight description “ What is the slaughter of the Neof its plot and leading incidents :- mæan lion, or the boar of Erymanthus," 1 respectable middle-aged gentleman, resumed Lætus, “compared with the esh from the country, somewhat defi- deeds of thy arm? Oh world, till now ent in altitude, groans inwardly be. hast thou never witnessed true valour Elding the partiality of nature in a and martial skill." uple of Life. Guardsmen, which for, " Witnessed !" echoed Eclectus, “nor
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