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One bad consequence of this sio-|| find a comfortable home; but, alas! lence is, the entire derangement of a short time sufficed to convince me our family economy; for the servants, that these hopes were perfectly vain. very often seeing themselves unjust-Miss Specious ambition is to make a ly blamed by him, give me real cause figure; but as she is extremely fond of complaint, and I am forced to of moneyit is not without pain that submit, or else be always changing. she goes to the least expense. Thus Another is, that these storms are so while her house, her dress, and her sudden and so frequent, that they public entertainments are all in the keep my mind in a state of perpetual | best style, she exerts, in all respects uneasiness. I must own that this is that do not come under the public his only fault, for he is liberal, good-inspection, an economy, or rather a natured, and fond of me; and, on parsimony, that is the torment of all my part, I protest that I love him around her; and nobody suffers so better than any thing but peace and much from this struggle between avaquietness; but as I cannot live if de- rice and ostentation as my unfortuprived of these blessings, I must, if nate self: for as she only took me this perverse humour of his conti- to gratify her pride, so her avarice nues, leave him to enjoy it alone. I is perpetually representing the exshould have communicated this rese- pense I am to her, and she tries to lution to him some time ago, but indemnify herself for it by employwhenever I attempt to reason with ing every moment of my time; but him, he always flies out in such a as I, unfortunately, have not the clemanner, that it is quite impossible verness to execute to her satisfaction to have any thing like a quiet con- | the various and often contradictory versation with him. As I know that orders that she gives me, I am conhe reads your paper, if you will have tinually assailed with reproaches, the goodness to insert my letter, it which seem the more bitter, because may perhaps be a means, if he I feel that they are undeserved. ut really has any affection for me, to It was stipulated that I should be recall him to his senses. I am, sir, treated in every respect as a gentle your most obedient servant, w e woman. The list, which I am about bile risata GRISELDA GROWL. to give of my employments, will shew o nds,
Lister you how well this stipulation has II. TO THE LOITERER. net || been observed. I rise very early, SIR, Fm 197.00 sdt was buscas || and occupy myself till breakfast-time
en I am an orphan of respectable in mending her best laces and masparentage; my father had a post un- lins, or in some other kind of needer government, which died with dle-work that requires particular neathim, and as his death left me desti ||ness. I then make the coffee for tute, I thought myself very fortunate breakfast, because she does not choose in receiving an invitation from Miss to intrust it to the servants, who, she Specious, to reside with her as her thinks, would pilfer it. When breakfriend and companion. As she had fast is over, Miss Specious swants the reputation of being very gene- something from Flint's, or a little rous, and appeared perfectly good-fruit from Covent-Garden market, humoured, I hoped that I should or perhaps a chicken from a cheap
poulterer's whom she had discover- | that I often rise from table with half ed about three miles from our house. a mealaagrintsh sino addison These commissions can be intrusted Well, sir, as soon as the cloth is to nobody but me. But then also removed, I resume my employment, there are a variety of jobs equally unless we happen to have company. in a hurry for me to do at home, in which case I am permitted to emsuch as remodelling her bonnets, ploy myself in fancy-work for my fresh trimming her gowns, reading patroness; and if any of the compåthe newspapers, combing the lap- ny is good-natured enough to try to dog, and assisting at the composition draw me from my work, Miss Speof the pie or pudding, for fear the cious never fails to say, in a tone of scook should make free with part of the most perfect kindness," It is la
the materials. After fidgeting for bour in vain to talk to Sophia; for ca quarter of an hour, Miss Specious the dear girl is so very obstinate, that decides that the out-door affairs must she will ply the steel-bar incessantly, be first attended to, and I am dis- though she knows I do not like to patched accordingly, with a hundred see her slave in such a manner." echarges to make all possible haste, was once so completely imposed on but at the same time to get every || by the natural and easy manner in <thing as cheap as I can. also which she spoke, as to put by my -yoWell, sir, I go, hurry back almost work; but she took care, after the fainting with heat and fatigue, and departure of the guests, to make me am saluted with a volley of reproaches pay pretty dearly for the folly I had sfor my long absence in the first been guilty of in believing her.is place, and for the shameful prices I oTake what pains I may in my vahave given for whatever I have bought rious occupations, I never have the in the next. No moment of rest is gratification to acquit myself to the sallowed, no refreshment offered me; satisfaction of Miss Specious; but as to work I set directly in some way or her discontent is expressed only when other otill the dinner-hour arrives; we are alone, her servants consider -and if we dine alone, which is gene- me as a high favourite and confidante; irally the case, the meal is sure to be and as they think, though unjustly, va slender one, for Miss Specious has that I am a spy upon their conduct,
horror of seeing young people they revenge themselves accordingly, eat heartily. Middle-aged persons by inflicting upon me every mortifisindeed, she says, want something of cation in their power, and those, I extra nourishment to support their assure you are not a few. It is now failing strength, for which reason nearly two years that I have borne she eats heartily of animal food, and this kind of life without any comdrinks wine and porter; while I am plaint, nor should I now have made almost entirely restricted to bread any, but for a circumstance which sand vegetables, washed down with renders it impossible for me to go
what my patroness calls the most on much longer. I have no fixed awholesome of all beverages, spring salary; for Miss Specious said, she awater; and even of this slender diet preferred making me presents from I am forced to eat so moderately, time to time, because she could in
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that way recompense my services, be willing to give a tolerable salary, without wounding my feelings; but wants a companion who eats little, the presents that I have received talks less, bears reproach with the from her are wholly inadequate to patience of a philosopher, and is a the expense which, in conformity to perfect adept at odd jobs, I flatter her orders, I am obliged to be at for myself I shall suit her. Do me the my dress. Having mentioned this favour then, sir, to insert this letter, several times to no purpose, I have and you will much oblige, and may resolved to try whether I cannot get perhaps serve, your obedient seranother situation; and if any of your vant,
Sopula. numerous correspondents, who may"
for you to go that it | reply with pointing
THE SISTER OF CHARITY: A Tale.
(Concluded from p. 230.) The day that Frederic received , addressed, looked first at him, and his discharge from the hospital, his then glancing back at the hospital, benefactress said to him, after hav- said, in a benevolent tone, “ I fear ing listened with tears to the expres you will not be able to reach it; sufsion of his pious gratitude, “Oblige fer me to call a coach for you." me by delivering this letter yourself. “No, no,” cried Frederic with vivaThe street is far off, and it will be city, “I must find the place myself." very fatiguing for you to go thither; || The passenger, who understood this but it is of importance to me that it reply only as a refusal, contented should be safely delivered, and for himself with pointing out the way, that reason I shall confide it to you, and Frederic, heedless of the faif you will promise to render me this tigue, went on cheerfully. service."
The sister of St. Camille had part"If I will promise!" cried Frede-ed from him without inquietude for ric. “Oh! if I were to crawl thither his fate. She believed that she had on my hands and knees, your wish provided for him; the letter that he should be accomplished.” In taking carried was to procure him an asythe letter, he raised the hand of the lum. “Take care of him, and above sister to his lips; and this chaste kiss, all encourage him," wrote she to her covered by the burning tears that best friend; “ for depression will be fell from his eyes, filled the heart of a mortal blow to him. He does not the benevolent nun with the sweetest | want resources, but the will to make emotion.
use of them. Strive, O strive, to Hardly able to support himself up- make him love life!".. on the crutch placed under the stump This mission of benevolence was of his arm, Frederic quitted the hospi- || sure to be fulfilled; for the person to tal; but he had only taken a few | whom the letter was addressed had steps when he took from his bosom known misfortune. Formerly she the precious letter confided to him was rich and happy in the affection by the good sister, and inquired his | of a worthy husband; but he was way to rue Fer à Moulin, Faubourg | then no more, and a law-suit had deSt. Marceau. The person whoin he prived her of her property. Aidaughter was the only comfort that 're- || very dear to me,” said she in a sormained to her: but how precious | rowful tone: “ she has charged me was that comfort! . Though only six- to take care of you, and to try to teen, Cecilia had already undertaken dissipate your melancholy; but, alas! to support her mother, whom weep she knows not, for I could not reing had nearly deprived of sight: solve to tell her, that I have myself for more than a year, all her mo- the greatest need of consolation; that ments had been consecrated to this I am sinking under a new and terripious duty. She worked without ble misfortune. My daughter, the ceasing; her efforts had succeeded, sole support of my old age, exhaustand Madame Freval owed to her in-ed by her incessant labours, is dying dustry the decent necessaries of life. of a slow fever. Three days ago she
This picture of domestic felicity was first attacked with it; but she rewas present to the imagination of the fused to yield to my entreaties to seek Sister of Charity, at the moment when, a little rest, because she wanted to on the threshold of the hospital, she finish a drawing that was ordered. waved a last adieu to Frederic. Hap- She was unable to complete it; for py in the certainty that she had pro- yesterday she was obliged to keep her vided for him a safe and agreeable bed. I have not the means to proasylum, she returned with a smile of cure her medical assistance, nor even delight to solace the unfortunates who necessaries. Good young man, I see still claimed her attentions.
that you are affected at my sorrow; Frederic quitted the hospital at se- || I am obliged to tell it to you, that ven in the morning, and it was mid- you may see how impossible it is for day before he reached the rue Fer à me to serve you at this moment.” Moulin. He mounted to the fifth | “Ah! madam, put me entirely out story in a house of good appearance, of the question; I think only of you and was going to knock at the apart- | at this moment,” said Frederic in a ment of Madame Freval, when he tone of lively interest. In fact, her heard the voice of some one moan- | | sorrowful recital sensibly touched ing as if in pain. After listening for him: the sweet hope of being useful a moment, he knocked; the groans to a fellow-creature roused him on a continued, but the door was not sudden from the apathy in which he opened. As the key was on the out- | was plunged, and the pleasure that side, he opened it softly, and saw an he felt appeared in his countenance. aged female, apparently asleep, near || Madame Freval saw the change the fire-place. Awakened by the noise with surprise, but she was not long of his crutch, she started up in sur- | ignorant of the cause. He seated prise at seeing a stranger. Frederic | himself, without speaking, at the taadvanced timidly, saying, “ Pardon ble on which the unfinished drawing my unceremonious entrance, but I lay, and prepared to complete it. have promised to deliver this letter | You know how to draw then?” said into the hands of Madame Freval; || Madame Freval, reanimated by a and doubtless, madam, you are the sweet hope.-"Yes, madam; and, lady,” She extended her hand for thanks be to God, I have preserved the letter, and sighed heavily when my right arm! I can finish this piece she had finished reading it.
in a few hours." “ You come from a friend who is | In spite of fatigue, hunger, and
in a few harm! I can finish preserved
rom a friend who
weakness, hc fell to work with ala- 1 and he retired to the humble bed crity. He was really a clever artist; I which Madame Freval had engaged but the sweet sentiment that inspired in the same house for him; in a haphim made him excel himself: the pier frame of mind than he had known drawing was a master-piece. . since the death of his mother. Vi -"While he was thus occupied, Ma- From that day, the affairs of this dame Freval, Teaning over the head little family prospered. The health of her daughter's bed, which was of Cecilia was soon re-established; placed in an alcove, and concealed she pursued her labours with alacri. by curtains, conversed with her in a ty, and under the tuition of Fredelow voice on the providential chance ric, with increased success. Fredewhich had sent him to their relief. ric himself worked incessantly, and, Cecilia wished to see the drawing as he obstinately refused to receive when it was completed, and though any other compensation for his latoo weak to take more than a tran bours than his board and lodging, sient view of it, yet a glance sufficed Madame Freval soon found herself to shew her, that it was the perform- able to live comfortably, and even to ance of a master, whose talents she save money. In a word, notwithwas far from equalling; and the faint standing her reverse of fortune, the smile that followed a movement of good woman would have thought admiration, apprised Madame Fre- herself at the height of human felival that the future already presented city, could she have secured to heritself under a less dreary aspect to self the blessings she then enjoyed; her daughter."
but Frederic and her daughter were The good mother, leaving her too young to be so constantly togedaughter under the care of a female ther without giving rise to scandal: neighbour, hastened to receive the there was but one way to obviate it, price of the drawing. She soon re- and that was to marry them. But turned, followed by a physician, who Frederic had never spoken of love, declared that 'repose and nourish- and though Cecilia appeared partial ment were all that was necessary to to him, yet she was so very young,
restore Cecilia to health. ' that she might perhaps mistake a *** Madame Freval now prepared a transient inclination for a real pascomfortable supper, which the young sion. These thoughts embittered soldier 'partook of, with a delight to the happiness Madame Freval would which he had long been a stranger. Otherwise have enjoyed: more than Life, lately so 'valueless in his eyes, once she went with a determination now opened upon him in dazzling co- | to open her heart to her friend the lours.' He had been able to serve a good Sister of Charity; but when she fellow-creature, and one too who was beheld the pious réligieuse wholly beloved by his preserver. He had absorbed in the duties of religion made, as he hoped, a friend with and charity, she felt ashamed to whom he could live in that sweet in- speak of the weaknesses of humaniterchange of good offices which he ty to one, who, though still young had despaired of finding: in a word, \ and beautiful, appeared so wholly he was no longer desolaté upon earth. || above them.'.sird's 1 1015 - Peace and joy dawned upon his soul, One day, however, an occasion