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wished, he complied with her inclination in these particulars, partook of her amusements when he was not necessarily engaged, and, when he did so, carefully avoided betraying that indifference or disgust which he often felt.
While Horatio, however, gave way to the taste of Emilia, he never lost the inclination, nor neglected the means of reforming it.
Amidst the gaiety to which she had been accustomed, Emilia had early formed a taste for the elegant writers, both of this country and of France ; and the same sensibility and delicacy of mind which led her to admire them, made her no less sensible of the beauties of a polished and refined conversation. It was this which had first gained the affections of Horatio ; it was to this he trusted for effecting the reformation he desired.
He was at pains, therefore, to cultivate and encourage this literary taste in Emilia....He frequently took occasion to turn the conversation to subjects of literature, and to dwell on the beauties, or mention the striking passages of this or that author, and would often engage Emilia in a fine poem, an affecting tragedy, or an interesting novel, when, but for that circumstance, she would have been exhausting her spirits at a ball, or wasting the night at cards.
Nor was he less studious in forming her taste for company than for books. Though he had never aimed at an extensive acquaintance, Horatio enjoyed the friendship of several persons of both sexes endowed with those elegant manners, and that delicate and cultivated understanding, which render conversation at once agreeable and instructive. » Of these friends he frequently formed parties at his house. Emilia, who had the same disposition to oblige which she on all occasions experienced from him, was happy to indulge his inclinations in this particular; and, as she was well qualified to bear
tirely in the country. The sma. he inherited from his father bei increased by his succeeding to a afterwards spent some years in this and in making the usual tour on t!
Soon after his return, he marri. beautiful Emilia, to whom he hari attached, not so much on account as from an expression of a swe temper, which marked her count when admitted to a more intim.. he found to be justified by her manners.
Emilia's father was addicted to pence, and her mother, though 11. of a similar disposition..... In ticis been accustomed to a life of ini gaiety.
Though Horatio felt, in all its i which is nowise favourable to a character, these circumstances lie notice; and he failed not to obser, acquired a stronger attachment to i town life, than was either right in ble to that preference for domes quiet of a country life, which and which he still wished to gio "In place, however, of acquain his taste in these particulars, hi let her enjoy that style of lif been accustomed, not doubtin good sense and sweetness of l; her own taste might gradual'; that as his should from time her observation, it might contri'
He took up his residence, * and though Emilia went into quented public places more t
.often the first to propose their
!!ia, who now observed that her shere so happy as in the country, come to feel the same predilection rfulness and innocent amusements
took occasion to acquaint him with boer sentiments, and to express the
which, she was persuaded, he enndoning a town life, and fixing their we at Rosedale. > agreeable to Horatio was readily and Emilia and he have ever since
in that delightful retreat, occupied on of their children, the improveice, and the society of a few friends, in themselves, and beloved by all
aiio, the gentleness of whose inind sirength of his understanding, by a 11 us delicate complacency, gradually change which an opposite conduct ind of producing, and which, at the. vull probably have been the source of sind, and rendered both him and his
w reformation solely on her part. By - partake in company and amusements,
means of correcting the natural ratio's manner ; and as the example
ough animated conversation, led her u moderate the vivacity and sprightii
which sometimes approached towards : cr vivacity communicated an agreeable cheerfulness to the discourse of Horatio." above account, I have pointed out more effects of complacency in Horatio than in isht to be remembered, that this virtue is
a part in their conversation, and of a-mind highly sensible of its charms, these parties gradually became more and more agreeable to her.
In this manner, her books, the conversation of şelect companies, and the care of her children, which soon became a most endearing office to the tender and feeling heart of Emilia, furnished her with a variety of domestic occupations ; and as these gradually led her to go less into mixed company and public amusements, she began to lose her habitual relish for them. As she easily observed how agreed ble this change was to the taste of Horatio, that circumstance gave her mind more and more a dor, mestic turn.
The same delicacy from which he at first gave. way to her taste for company and public amusements made Horatio avoid shewing that preference which he entertained for a country life.
: For some time he was entirely silent on the subject. Though he now and then made excursions to the country, it was only occasionally when bis business rendered it necessary, and, though Emilia could not but observe that the manner in which he passed his time there, in adding to the beauties of his place, and in an easy intercourse with a fewa neighbours, was highly agreeable to him; he never expressed an inclination of fixing his general residence in the country, or even of her accompanying him in his occasional visits to Rosedale. 3:117.1
His visits became, however, gradually more fre91 quent; and, as they generally continued for s
somea weeks, those little absences gave a sort of pain to: Emilia, to whom no society was now so agreeable 1 as that of Horatio ; she became desirous of accomo panying him to the country. 16:19') #6 IDY
Their first visits were short, and at considerable intervals; but as he omitted. no means of rendering them agreeable to her, she seldom left it willa
out regret, and was often the first to propose their return.is
At length Emilia, who now observed that her husband was no where so happy as in the country, and had herself come to feel the same predilection for the calm cheerfulness and innocent amusements of a country life, took occasion to acquaint him with this change in her sentiments, and to express the same inclination which, she was persuaded, he entertained, of abandoning a town life, and fixing their constant residence at Rosedale.
A proposal so agreeable to Horatio was readily complied with ; and Emilia and he have ever since passed their time in that delightful retreat, occupied with the education of their children, the improvement of their place, and the society of a few friends, equally happy in themselves, and beloved by all around them.
Thus has Horatio, the gentleness of whose inind is equal to the strength of his understanding, by a prudent as well as delicate complacency, gradually effected that change which an opposite conduct might have failed of producing, and which, at the same time, would probably have been the source of mutual chagrin, and rendered both bim and his wife unhappy.
Nor was the reformation solely on her part. By leading him to partake in company and amusements, Emilia was the means of correcting the natural reserve of Horatio's manner ; and as the example of his plain, though animated conversation, led her sometimes to moderate the vivacity and sprightii-. ness of hers, which sometimes approached towards levity; so her vivacity communicated an agreeable gaiety and cheerfulness to the discourse of Horatio."
If, in the above account, I have pointed out more strongly the effects of complacency in Horatio than in Emilia, it ought to be remembered, that this virtue is