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part of the world ; and in this, per- This change in the character and haps, she did not make so great a behaviour of Letitia was solely to mistake as in supposing that such be attributed to the ill example given manners were consistent with true her by her new companions, for, in politeness, not to say with good reality, her heart was inclined to sense or good nature. She, howo what was amiable and praise-worever, was dazzled with the ease and thy, to the honest uncorrupt feelings sprightliness of miss Jenkins, who of human nature. But she was led frequently rallied her in a very lively astray by the idea of thus attaining manner on the old-fashioned max- to fashionable manners and fashionims and manners which she had able accomplishments, and rising learned of her uncle, whom she took superior to the tame and groveling every opportunity to turn into ridi- ideas of unpolite life. cule, imitating his solemn manner In the mean time, Mr. Wilson, of speaking on some occasions with having finished the business which great exactness and effect. In this had detained him so long from home, ridicule, Mrs. Graham, too, very prepared for his return; and, notcordially joined, notwithstanding withstanding his peculiarities, he had she had been frequently greatly an honest and good heart. His long obliged to the friendship of Mr. absence from Letitia had made him Wilson, and notwithstanding she wish to see her again, and to receive knew that in his will he had be that expression of pleasure, and queathed her a legacy of several warmth of congratulation, which, he thousand pounds, the bulk of his thought, might naturally be exfortune being intended for Letitia, pected from an innocently grateful
The truth of the maxim, derived heart like hers, he determined to from the highest authority, that'evil surprise her, presuming, that, by communications corrupt good man- this, he might ultimately heighten ners,' became now every day more both her pleasure and his own. He apparent. Letitia, anxious to emu- set out, therefore, with all convenient late what she admired, and prove speed, and, when he arrived in town, herself deserving to be admitted into entered his own house with as little the fashionable circles, began to noise as possible, and strictly forimitate, but too successfully, the bad bidding any person to apprize Lequalities of her companions. She titia of his arrival, hastened abruptly vied with them in ridiculing and to her apartment. slandering, in the most flippant and But it happened, that, at this mopetulant manner, all of whom she ment, miss Letitia, Mrs. Graham, had any knowledge, provided they and miss Jenkins, were holding one were absent, and many of whom she of their polite conversations, in which knew nothing Her former ac- they treated in no very merciful quaintances, when present, she ad- manner the characters of almost dressed, according to the lessons she all such of their acquaintances as bad bad received from her new and more any characters to detame. Most unaccomplished companions, with a fortunately, too, at this very time,
her part in this gay, scene, very rea- was certain that it was him, and no dily joined in ridiculing her uncle, other person; and in this she was unby mimicking, with very indecent doubtedly right." pleasantry and 100 great accuracy, In the meantime, Mr. Wilson had his stammering speech, his snuffling hastily and abruptly quitted the house, voice, and his sententious gravity, leaving the ladies to recover from the which certainly, on many occasions, consternation into which his sudden bordered not a little on the ludicrous, and unexpected appearance bad but which it was highly improper thrown them as well as they could. and most respirehensible in her to On making enquiry of the servants hold up as objects of scornful ridi- below, they found that he had recule.
turned without notice, in the manner Mr. Wilson, when he approached that has been before described, and this scene of indecent merriment, intepded to surprise his niece with bearing his own name mentioned, his arrival. Letitia's conscience told did not enter the apartment of his her that he had acted in this unusual niece, but, though the door stood manner only because he had hoped open, passed on unperceived, and he should give her an unexpected took his station where, without be. pleasure, and wished to witness the ing seen, he could hear all the dis- joyful emotions of her heart. What course of these facetious ladies. Of then must have been her feelings at this he soon heard enough to in the recollection, that she could have cense him to the utmost degree no doubt that he had heard all the against Letitia, his insolent, as he false and scandalous insinuations now deemed hír, and most ungrateful against him of Mrs. Graham and niece. In the first emotions of his Miss Jenkins, and all the ludicrous indignation and anger, he had half mimicry with which she had ridiculresolved to burst suddenly upon ed his infirmities and peculiarities! theni, reproach them for their mean That he was extremely offended she and ungrateful behaviour, and crder was sufficiently convinced by the them immediately to quit his house ; manner in which he had left the but on further consideration he de house without saying any thing to termined not to have any personal the servants; and she well knew that, altercation, but to retire as he had as she entirely depended upon him, it entered, and employ some other was in his power to make her very method to signity that he was ac- sensibly feel the weight of his requainiid with their behaviour, and sentment: she knew, 100, that whento manifest his resentment. He ever he was offended it was very dife accordingly walked away without ficult to persuade him to fortaking any further notice. But he give. did not depart, as he had entered, The foolish mirth of these ladies without being perceived; Letitia saw was now entirely at an end. Miss him, and started as if she had seen an Jenkius soon took her leave, and left apparition. She shrieked out--My Mrs. Graham and the unhappy Leuncle!--and the alarm became ge- titia to consider what was to be done neral, as it was sudden. Her com- in the present exigency of their panions, however, at first, endeavour- affairs. ed to persuade her, that it must be They first made every enquiry in merely the effect of her imagination, their power to discover, if possible. till the next day, when Letitia received Zoology, you may perhaps contrifrom him the following letter, bute to dispel the superstitious fears Miss,
of some persons of confined know'I might say most ungrateful niece, ledge; at any rate you will oblige a
constant reader and occasional core but I leave to your conscience how far you deserve that epithet. My respondent,
Doncaster, March 3. ELEANOR M kindness to you I find receives no return but contempt and the meanest insolence. I have nothing more to say to you but to require that both Among the popular superstitions, you and Mrs. Graham. leave my which the almost general illuminahouse immediately: I cannot come
tion of modern times has not been into it till you are out of it. Inclog. able to obliterate, the dread of the ed I send you a hundred pound note, · death watch may well be considered which is the last supply- you must
as one of the most prominent, and expect to receive from your insulted still continues to disturb the habitauncle.'
tions of rural tranquillity with groundLetitia, heart-broken at thus, by less fears and absurd apprehensions. her own folly, having lost the love It is not, indeed, to be imagined that and protection of so generous a rela- they who are engaged in the more tive, and having ruined all her fair important cares of providing the improspect of future fortune, was obli-mediate necessaries of life should
have either leisure or inclination to ged to comply with this severe command. When, after many fruitless investigate with philosophic exactattempts to gain admission to her
ness the causes of a particular sound: offended uncle, she had succeeded, yet it must be allowed to be a very she found it impossible to move him singular circumstance, that an ania from his fixed purpose of discarding
mal so common should not be more her. At length, indeed, when he had universally understood. It is chiefly been informed, and found it true,
in the advanced state of spring that that she had been led into this gross its sound, which is no other than
this alarming little animal commences ample of Mrs. Graham, whom he call, or signal, by which the male had given her as a companion, he and female are led to each other, and so far relented as to make her a pre
which may be considered as analosent of a thousand pounds; but he gols to the call of birds; though not could not be prevailed upon to take owing to the voice of the insect, but her again into favour, or indeed, ex
to its beating on any hard substance cept by accident, ever to see her with the shield or fore-part of its
The prevailing number of distinct strokes which it heats is from
seven to nine or elevell; which very To the Editor of the LADY's in some degree, to the ominous cha
circumstànce may, perhaps, still add, MAGAZINE.
racter which it bears among the Sir,
vulgar. These sounds, or beats, are BY inserting the following account given in pretty quick succession, of the insect called hy naturalists and are repeated at uncertain interptinus fatidicus, and by the vulgar vals; and in old houses, where the the death watch, extracted from the insects are numerous, may be heard sixth volume of Dr. Shaw's General at almost every hour of the day, es
pecially if the weather be warm. quoting a sentence from that cele. The sound exactly resembles that brated work the Pseudodoria Epidewhich may be made by beating mo- , mica of the learned Sir Thomas derately hard with the nail on a table. Brown, who on this subject exThe insect is of a colour so exactly presses himself in words like theseresembling that of decayed wood,
i He that could eradicate this error viz, an obscure greyish brown, that from the minds of the people would it may
for a considerable time elude save from many a cold sweat the the search of the enquirer. It is meticulous heads of nurses and about a quarter of an inch in length, grandmothers.' and is moderately thick in proportion, and the wing-shells are marked with numerous irregular variegations of a lighter or greyer cast than the
CHARACTERS. ground colour.
In the twentieth and twenty-second volume of the
LOOK at that lady who is walk, Philosophical Transactions may be ing with three others : she is at the found a description of this species right hand; her beauty is showy; by the celebrated Derham, with some
she talks loud and laughs loud : it very just observations relative to its she had less colour, she would look habits, and general appearance; and less glaring, as it spreads too far it seems singular that so remarkable
over her countenance, and ill be. an insect should have almost escaped comes the nose. the notice of more modern entoino
Elvira is a young lady of a very logists. In the twelfth edition of the
diffident air: her dress is studied, her Systema Naturæ of Linnæus it does looks reserved: if her eyes wander not appear; but is probavly the der
from the ground, they fall upon her mestes tesselatus of Fabricius, in
own dress. She speaks little, and which case he seems to have placed the tone is not pleasing that proceeds it in a wrong genus.
Ridiculous, from a screwed lip. and even incredible as it may ap- Flora has a graceful figure, but her pear, it is an animal that may in
tongue is flippant. Her eyes are some measure he tamed; at least it full, dark, and sparkling; but they may be so far familiarized as to be
express a malignant mind. made to beat occasionally, by taking eyebrows are beautifully arched, but it out of its confinement, and beat- she contracts them into a haughty ing on a table or board, when it will frown. Her lips are red and liquid, seadily answer the noise, and will but smiles are never seen to revel continue to beat as often as required, round them. Her complexion resem. We must be careful not to con
bles the lily and the rose, but it is found this animal, which is the real artificial. death watch of the vulgar, emphat
Mary is lively and engaging: she cally so called, with a much smaller
possesses the friendship of many, and insect of a very different genus,
she seeks the love and confidence of makes a sound like the ticking of every one; but beware ye who con 'a watch, and continues it for a long fide in her. In reality she is artful
time without intermission. It be.. and perfidious; for where she cures longs to a totally different order, and
one wound in the breast of the alis the termes pulsatorium of Linnæus. flicted, she inflicts others more deep
I cannot conclude this slight ac- and lasting count of the death watch without
HARRIET VERNON; him the true reason,' said I: 'it
would be rather an awkward thing CHARACTERS From Real Life. to say—Sir, I am afraid of you ; I am
afraid you will run away with me.' A NOVEL,
'I will ibanage it,' said she ; and In a Series of Letters,
if he is the man I take him to be, he
will not think the worse of us for BY A LADY.
our refusal.' (Continued from p. 69.)
· The colonel came in, and addressing himself to Maria, asked her
if she had received a box and a short LETTER VII.
note. Miss Ilarriet Vernon to Miss West,
• Yes, sir,' she roplied; and we
are much obliged for both.' I HAVE so much to say to my
• The obligation will be all on my good friend that I can scarcely a to side, miss Vernon, if you and your ford time to thank her for her letter sister will honour me with your just received, much less to answer company." it, except to say that I can have no •You are very obliging, indeed, sir, ohjection for your good mother to and I hope you will accept our best see all I write, and shall think my- thanks; but we must beg leave to self happy if I can contribute to her decline the favour you intended us. I entertainment.
would not This colonel, my dear, indeed he it; and as we have never been acis a prince of a man; this letter will customed to appear in public, we let you into his character. He has are cowards. I own for my part, now been with us ten days, but has nothing terrifies me so much as a taken lodgings at the west end of crowd." the town, to which he removes to- • That can be no objection,' said morrow, most heartily disgustel, 1 the colonel; you will be quite se- believe, with our brother's socieiy. cure from fright or inconvenience He says, however, he shall give us under my protection, and I doubt his company very often, and hopes not that I shall be able to prevail that, as soon as he is settled and has on your brother to give his consent, got bis sister with him, we shall fi- and perlaps we may prevail witle Your him with our visits.
him to be of our party' Two or three days after my last Seeing Maria at a loss for an anletter. Maria and I were sent masa swer, I thought I would help her querade dresses with ủickets, and a out; but I might as well have been note from the colonel, requesting silent. that we would accompany him. Ma
Indeed,' said I, we, who have ria did not approve accepting the never been in public, must cut a offer ; and what do you thinks was very awkward figure at a masqueher objectiou? Why, truly, she was rade.' afraid we should be run away with. · The miss Vernons cannot appear Run away with two nymphs at a awkward any where: that is im.