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look on, and make wry faces, while their fellow guests made away with the chickens, and swept off the green pease without mercy. On talking of the affair to a young lady who was present, she said, with much emphasis, that she had seen all the delicacies of the season there.

Great revolutions may be expect ed to arise in the fashionable world' from these circumstances; it is whispered that the ladies en bon point will be quickly out of all repute, and the price of vinegar and salad is in conséquence about to experience an extravagant rise. A very fashionable lady, who has as much money as she can spend, and consequently many more guests than she can well accommodate, has devised a very pretty method of preventing inconvenience, by introducing a fresh supper, and a fresh set of guests at certain intervals, till the whole have partaken of the pleasures of the supper-room. It is said that this lady, who has discovered such a tasteful method of prolonging a party, has resolved to improve still farther on the idea; and is to have such a crowd of fashionables, that the supper-rooms shall be replenished with new guests and delicacies every two hours, and yet the entertainment extend through the whole four-andtwenty.

Such a plan is truly grand, and there is no danger of its being imitated by the little. It is only to be regretted that it must necessarily give rise to a number of eclipses. An eclipse in the fashionable world is a temporary obscurity in which those, who have no perennial mints in Lombard-street, find it convenient to shroud themselves. When all the old woods have disappeared, when tradespeople become importunate,

see one's friends by hundreds, fashionable retirement is the re source. The little in these circumstances would begin to retrench, and think of only having ten guests where they had twenty before. But this is out of all rule in the circle of fashion; one must never seem less than he has once been. It is, indeed, a very easy affair to disappear out of the fashionable world; as no one thinks more of the matter, till the absentees find it convenient again to emerge in all their glory. Whoever thought of the charming Mrs., during her last eclipse? And yet what parties are more frequented than hers, since she re-appeared? Her spirit, indeed, deserves the highest commendation; for it is well known that she mortified two whole years in an old castle, in order to enjoy her present blaze; and it is allowed her parties yield to none either in numbers or splendour, although the flash of this season must immediately be followed by another eclipse. Fashionable happiness is indeed something quite beyond the comprehension of the vulgar.

But of all the means by which the great set the little at a distance, there are none so effectual as trampling with contempt on certain restrictions, which the little are compelled to observe with reverence. Those old crabbed fellows, the Laws, indeed, in this age and nation, are extremely unpropitious to the distinctions of high life; a lord and his tradesman are quite on a level in Westminster-Hall, nor have the surly jurors civilisation enough to acquit a person on the plea of his being a man of fashion. But in spite of these untoward circumstances, there is still a sufficient degree of respect paid to morals and religion

through all their restraints; and a man of high fashion may be profligate and profane far beyond what His inferiors can openly venture. The vulgar, indeed, advance with rapid strides in the footsteps of their betters; they have also their affairs at Doctors' Commons, their E. O. table, and their Sunday gambols: but things must with them be done in as private a way as possible, for they Know that the Society for the Suppression of Vice is every where at

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rangements or useful needle-work, time has proved a severe burden to people who are destitute of inclination for literature. To relieve themselves from a load, the weight of which they are too proud to acknowledge, they have felt obliged to mingle with what is called the world. Did any of these adventurous dames. consider the heavy services which this association requires; did they fairly rate the fatigue, the perplexity, the slavery of being very genteel upon a limited scale; they would think it better to prefer a plain system of R. T. social comfort, even at the expence of that ridicule, which, I lament to say, such a deviation from refinement would incur. Yet, when there is no house-keeper in the spice-room, nor butler at the side-board, an elegant entertainment occasions more labour and perplexity to the mistress of the house than she would undergo by a regular performance of services highly beneficial and praiseworthy. What anxiety is there that every part of the splendid repast should be properly selected, well-dressed, and served up in style! What care to keep the every day garb of family economies out of sight, and to convince the guests that this is the usual style of living; though, if they credit the report, it must only confirm their suspicion that their hostess is actually insane! What blushing confusion do these demi-fashionists discover, if detected in any employment that seems to indicate a little remaining regard for prudence and economy! What irregularity and inconvenience must the

On the FOLLY of FASHIONABLE
OSTENTATION in the MIDDLE
CLASSES of LIFE.

{From Mrs. West's Letters to a Young Lady.)

WOULD to heaven our sex could be vindicated from the heavy censure that must fall upon those who to purchase the éclat of a few years, not the happiness of an hour, involve themselves and families in destruction! An impartial review of living manners compels me to confess, that we are on this point often more culpable than our weakly indulgent partners. It is Eve who again entreats Adam to eat the forbidden fruit; he takes it, and is undone. Men in this rank of life have generally less taste than women; they are amused by their business through the day, and at its weary close they would generally be contented with the relaxation which their own families

of; for happiness, or even comfort, are rarely expected at such entertainments. Notwithstanding all due preparations, something goes wrong, either in the dinner or the company. The face of the inviter displays mortification instead of exultation, and the invited disguise the sneer of ridicule, under the fixed simper of affected politeness. Nor let the giver of the feast complain of disappointment. She aimed not te please, but to dazzle; not to gratify her guests by the cheerful hilarity of her table, but to announce her own superiority in taste or in expence. When the hospitable hostess spreads her plain but plentiful board för friendship and kindred, for those whom she loves or respects, those whom she seeks to oblige, or those to whom she wishes to acknowledge obligation, where vanity and self are kept out of sight, and real generosity seeks no higher praise than that of giving a sufficient and comfortable repast with a pleasant welcome, a fastidious observance of any accidental mistake, or trivial error, might be justly called ill-nature, or ingratitude; but when ostentation summons her myrmidons to behold the triumph, let ridicule join. the party, and proclaim the defeat.

But this insatiable monster, a rage for distinction, is not content with spoiling the comforts of the cheerful regale: luxury has invented a prodigious number of accommodations in the department of moveables; and the mistress of a tiny villa at Hackney, or a still more tiny

one's person through an apartment twelve feet square, furnished in style by a lady of taste, without any injury to ourselves, or to the fantenils, candelabras, consoletables, jardiniers, chiffoniers, &c. Should we, at entering the apartment, escape the work-boxes, foot-stools, and cushions for lap-dogs, our début may still be celebrated by the overthrow of half a dozen top-gallant screens, as many perfume jars, or even by the total demolition of a glass cabinet stuck full of stuffed monsters. By an inadvertent remove of our chair backwards, we may thrust it through the paper frame of the book-stand, or the pyramidal flower-basket, and our nearer approach to the fire is barricadoed by nodding mandarines and branching lustres. It is well if the height of the apartment permits us to glide secure under the impending danger of crystal lamps, chandeliers, and gilt bird-cages, inhabited by screaming canaries. An attempt to walk would be too presumptuous amid the opposition of a host of working-tables, sephas, rout-chairs, and ottomans. To return from a visit of this kind without having committed or suffered any depredation, is an event almost similar to the famous expedition of the argonauts. The fair mistress, indeed, generally officiates as pilot, and by observing how she folds or unfurls her redundant train, and enlarges or contracts the waving of her plumes, one may practise the dilating or diminishing graces according to the most exact rules of geometrical pro

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omniscient Power to pervade my A NIGHT WALK frame, I prefer a walk in the rude IN JANUARY,

gale of winter to lingering by the

fire-side of indolence. Here I do not By Y. M. L.

wish to be understood as being an "I love to stroll when others sleep,

enemy to an Englishman's fire-side,' A trwant from my pillow.'

for certainly it has many charms, Author's MSS. and when shared with a social friend,

its influence expands the heart, and METHINKS I hear the fair pe- adds a zest to enjoyment. For vae susers of the Lady's Magazine, as rious reasons, January, I love thee; they start at the title of my essay, exclaim – A Night Walk! who • Though Winter is pre-eminently thine, ever heard of such a thing?' To this

And gives his snows and storms at thy

wommand, I reply, Lovely friends, at some With fearful gloom forbids the sun to shine, time or other, all of us, either from And binds the lucid lake in icy band.' choice or necessity, are led forth in the gloom of night: at one time, scured by snow.charged clouds, and

Suddenly the moon became obwe pace the crowded pavements of the metropolis ; at another, we stroll presently the feathery Aakes began beneath the howered walks of the

to fall, vill the air was loaded with country. In either of these situa them. I buttoned up closer, and tions, why may not the moral pan

increased my pace, the snow pitilessly pourtray the feelings of the moral pelting in my face as I walked. I mind with as much propriety as

had not proceeded in this way far, when the walk is taken beneath the when I heard, in some distant fields influence of a Noontide beam?'

on my right, a voice, apparently I had spent a day in January about proceeding from a boy of eight or

nine four miles from home; the weather

years old, screaming in the most was clear and frosty, and

exquisite distress imaginable. I con

consequendy the paths perfectly clean. jectured, from the tone, that it was

the of a lost child; and I soon I supped with my friend; and as I after inarticulately heard, 'I can't quitted the hospitabie door, the

find--' the wind bore away the rest house clock toid out 'ten.' The

of the sentence: I was now almost bright beam of a full moon guided me in my way, and made my walk

convinced, but made a discretionary particularly pleasant. I could not pause as I crossed the road to follow

I help exclaiming

the sound. I had heard of children

being set to scream, that the tra• Hail! fairest Luna! queen of night!

veller might leave the road, influOh! shed on me thy mildest beam! enced by the divinest impulse of his Oh! soothe my soul to soft delight, . And lull my mind with pleasure's dream !'

nature-humanity; and when he

arrived at the spot of supposed disThe wind was extremely cold, but tress, to fall a prey to robbers. my wintry friend, a good great coat, Spurning the thought, I proceeded, with the help of exercise, set it at and soon saw a lanthorn gleaming defiance; for I am not one of those through the night, evidently going feeble sons of excess whose fragile towards the same spot that I was in forms shrink from the northern search of. Presently the cry of breeze, like the sensitive plant from despair ceased, and I observed the the rude hand of intrusive man: but light coming towards me. I waited, when health is permitted by the all- and found that it was a benighted

cry

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• In such a night, by sad misfortune led,

Where shall the houseless wand'rer hide his

head?

No gladsome taper gleams upon his way,
Nor moon nor stars emit one friendly ray:
He wanders o'er some wide and dreary moor,
Perchance, where foot of man ne'er trod be
fore;

Gloomy resort of all the reptile race,
Each bird of terror there has found its place.
Before him still, as on he cautious goes,
Some dreadful bog imagination shews;
Each step he takes may lead him to its side,
May plunge him in its vortex long and wide;
Or else some pit profound may stop his way
In either, death before him seems to lay.
He dares not move, by terrors circled round;
Seiz'd by despair, he drops upon the ground;
There, claps'd by death, he lays him down

at last,

* Stretch'd out and bleaching in the northern

blast."

In such a night, some hapless village child,
Who lost his way upon the gloomy wild,
His long'd-for home in vain essays to find,
And all the pleasing joys he left behind.
In vain he asks his mother's helping aid;
He only answering hears the echoing glade.
Turn to his home: the parent's pang there

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His way quite lost, he spends his breath in

cries; He falls a victim to the cold, and dies!"

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Again the clouds disappeared, and the moon, seemingly with renovated lustre, burst in splendour upon the world. I remembered having recently read, in an anonymous author, some lines applicable to the present scene. Behold, the rage of the tempest is spent, and evening leads on more tranquil hours; her solitary star scarce has shed her silver twilight than millions of distant suns slowly rise before our sight, and crowd the plains of space. How pure the breath of night! how grand and solemn are her scenes! It is a torrent of snow that has suddenly deluged the heavens. Lo! now it rolls like a sea of blood, and sports harmless above our heads. Hail, northern lights! awful, mysterious fires! Can the ingenuity of man imitate your' dazzling glory? No: to him whose soul, untainted by the prejudices of blind mortals, defies the clamours of the world, and despises the weakness of its inhabitants, the wonders of Nature alone will appear worthy of his admiration.' At this moment, and often before, I have regretted my limited knowledge of astronomy. Noble science! that leads the mind through the immensity of space, to mark the motions of the multiplied worlds that sublimely roll in order and regularity; and from them guides the wandering idea to that Great Being, whose arm controls and regulates the whole. The astronomer may exclaim

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My steps ascend, and, on the wing of hope, I sail resistless through the ambient air. Around the stars of heav'n their orbs ex

view;

Forth from her cot the mother wildly flew, From door to door, with anguish see her run, et har neighbours asks her wand'ring son.

pand:

I see, fair Venus, thy relucent hills;

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