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ground, which only serve, to carry the simile a little further, to give force and relief to the picture. I am now assured of what before I was willing to believe, that Caustic's spleen is of that sort which is the produce of the warmest philanthropy. As the admirer of painting is most offended with the scrawls of a dauber, as the enthusiast in music is most hurt with the discords of an ill-played instrument; so the lover of mankind, as his own sense of virtue has painted them, when he comes abroad into life, and sees what they really are, feels the disappointment in the severest manner; and he will often indulge in satire beyond the limits of discretion; while indifference or selfishness will be contented to take men as it finds them, and never allow itself to be disquieted with the soreness of disappointed benevolence or the warmth of indignant virtue.

I have likewise made an acquisition of no inconsiderable value in the acquaintance of Colonel Caustic's sister. His affection for her is of that genuine sort which was to be expected from the view of his character I have given. The first night of my being here, when Miss Caustic was to retire after supper, her brother rose, drew back the large arm-chair in which he sat at table with one hand, pulled the bellstring with the other, opened the parlour-door while she was making her courtesy to me, and then saluted her as she went out, and bid her good-night; and all this with a sort of tender ceremony which I felt then, and feel still, for it is a thing of custom with them, as one of the pleasantest pieces of goodbreeding I had ever witnessed. My sister is an excellent woman,' said the Colonel, as he shut the door : " and I don't like her the worse for having something of the primeval about her. You don't know how much I owe her. When I was a careless young fellow, living what we called a fashionable life about town, thinking perhaps, like a puppy as I was, what sort of a coat I should wear, or what sort of a stocking would best show off my leg, or perhaps practising my salute before a glass, to enchant the ladies at a review, my sister Peggy, though several years younger, was here at home, nursing the declining age of one of the best of mothers, and managing every shilling not only of mine, but of theirs, to make up a sum for purchasing me a company. Since my mother's death, and my being settled here, her attentions have been all transferred to me; my companion in health, my nurse in sickness, with all those little domestic services which though they are cyphers in the general account, a man like me, whose home is so much to him, feels of infinite importance; and there is a manner of doing them, a quiet, unauthoritative, unbustling way of keeping things right, which is often more important than the things themselves. Then I am indebted to her for the tolerable terms I stand in with the world. When it grates harshly on me, and I am old, and apt perhaps to be

little cross at times, she contrives somehow to smooth matters between us; and the apology I would not allow from itself, I can hear from her, knowing, as I do, her worth and the affection she bears me. I were a brute to love her less than I do.

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o in the circumstance of sex, that mixes a degree of tenderness with our duty to a female, something that claims our protection and our service in a style so different from what the other demands from us;-the very same offices are performed so differently; 'tis like grasping a crab-tree, and touching a violet. Whenever I see a man treat a woman not as a woman should be treated, be it a chambermaid or a kitchen-wench, not to say a wife

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ground, which only serve, to carry the simile a little further, to give force and relief to the picture. I am now assured of what before I was willing to be. lieve, that Caustic's spleen is of that sort which is the produce of the warmest philanthropy. As the admirer of painting is most offended with the scrawls of a dauber, as the enthusiast in music is most hurt with the discords of an ill-played instrument; so the lover of mankind, as his own sense of virtue has painted them, when he comes abroad into life, and sees what they really are, feels the disappointment in the severest manner; and he will often indulge in satire beyond the limits of discretion; while indifference or selfishness will be contented to take men as it finds them, and never allow itself to be disquieted with the soreness of disappointed benevolence or the warmth of indignant virtue.

I have likewise made an acquisition of no inconsiderable value in the acquaintance of Colonel Caustic's sister. His affection for her is of that genuine sort which was to be expected from the view of his character I have given. The first night of my being here, when Miss Caustic was to retire after supper, her brother rose, drew back the large arm-chair in which he sat at table with one hand, pulled the bellstring with the other, opened the parlour-door while she was making her courtesy to me, and then saluted her as she went out, and bid her good-night; and all this with a sort of tender ceremony which I felt then, and feel still, for it is a thing of custom with them, as one of the pleasantest pieces of goodbreeding I had ever witnessed. My sister is an excellent woman,' said the Colonel, as he shut the door : ' and I don't like her the worse for having something of the primeval about her. You don't know how much I owe her. When I was a careless young fellow, living what we called a fashionable

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life about town, thinking perhaps, like a puppy as I was, what sort of a coat I should wear, or what sort of a stocking would best show off myleg, or perhaps practising my salute before a glass, to enchant the ladies at a review, my sister Peggy, though several years younger, was here at home, nursing the declining age of one of the best of mothers, and managing every shilling not only of mine, but of theirs, to make up a sum for purchasing me a company. Since my mother's death, and my being settled here, her attentions have been all transferred to me; my companion in health, my nurse in sickness, with all those little domestic services which though they are cyphers in the general account, a man like me, whose home is so much to him, feels of infinite importance; and there is a manner of doing them, a quiet, unauthoritative, unbustling way of keeping things right, which is often more important than the things themselves. Then I am indebted to her for the tolerable terms I stand in with the world. When it grates harshly on me, and I am old, and apt perhaps to be a little cross at times, she contrives somehow to smooth matters between us; and the apology I would not allow from itself, I can hear from her, knowing, as I do, her worth and the affection she bears me. I were a brute to love her less than I do.

. There is something,' continued the Colonel, after a little pause, in the circumstance of mixes a degree of tenderness with our duty to a female, something that claims our protection and our service in a style so different from what the other demands from us;—the very same offices are performed so differently; 'tis like grasping a crab-tree, and touching a violet. Whenever I see a man treat a woman not as a woman should be treated, be it a chambermaid or a kitchen-wench, not to say a wife

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or a sister, though I have seen such examples, let him be of what fashion or rank he may, or as polite at other times as he will, I am sure his politeness is not of the right breed. He may have been taught by a dancing-master, at court, or by travel ; but still his courtesy is not his own ; 'tis borrowed only, and not to be relied on.'

Miss Caustic, with all those domestic and household accomplishments which her brother commends, often shows that she has been skilled in more refined ones, though she has now laid them aside, like the dresses of her youth, as unsuitable to her age and situation. She can still talk of Music, of Poetry, of Plays, and of Novels; and in conversation with younger people, listens to their discourse on those topics with an interest and a feeling that is particularly pleasing to them. Her own studies, however, are of a more serious cast. Besides those books of devotion which employ her private hours, she reads history for amusement, gardening and medicine by way of business : for she is the physician of the parish, and is thought by the country folks to be wonderfully skilful. Her brother often jokes her on the number and the wants of her patients. “I do ’nt know, Sister,' said he t' other morning, 'what fees you get; but your patients cost me a great deal of money. I have unfortunately but one recipe, and it is a specific for almost all their diseases.'-I only ask now and then,' said she, 'the key of your cellar for them, Brother; the key of your purse they will find for themselves. Yet why should not we be apothecaries that way? Poverty is a disease too; and if a little of my cordials, or your money can cheer the hearts of some who have no other malady' It is well bestowed, Sister Peggy ; and so we'll continue to practise, though we should now and then be cheated.'

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