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han actual submksion, and the arts popular fashions, where the only "y wliich he strives to appear inde- criterion of propriety is practice. pendent, are a greater tax on his padence and labour, than a compli. FASHIONABLE WORLD DISPLAYED. ance with all the civilities, which ur
A NEW Work with this title which kanity could request.
rapidly run through five editions in Affectation is always disgusting, England, has lately been republishand there is no more ridiculoused at NewYork. “ The style, (says form of it than that of aiming at the judicious editor of the Port toindependence. The man who talks lio) is a continuld irony, and is us to you of his large possessions, his successful a specimen of that tigamazing hazards, his commercial ure, as has appeared since the poi responsibility and his enterprising lication of Dean Swint's admirable spirit
, when every body who hears Arguinent against abciishing him, knows his discourse is a mix- Christianity.” In the guise of a ture of vanity and faishood, betrays sort of geographical treause, it dea weakness of intellect truly des- scribes the situation, boundaries, picable, and a masked character climate, seasons, government, laws, ludicrous in the extreme ; and he religion and morality, education, who expresses the same haughty manners, language, dress and adisdain towards the meanness of musements of the Fashionable dependence, by a studied dissention World. Though this Fashionable from popular manners, and a stern World is limited to the west end of inflexibility of opinion which argu- London, and though, therefore, ments cannot effect, and demon- much of the satire is local, sưill there
stration cannot alter, has more are numerous passages that, in the ! pride than policy, and more folly phrase of Almanac makers, may
than discernment. To follow the serve without any essential variamultitude to the very extremes of|tion, for the “ meridian of the Unitthat wildness which overpowers and ed States.”. destroys every rational faculty ; to. There is an ease, and familiarity engage in all their extravagance, of manner admirably adapted to the to applaud and execute their deliric design of the work, and the enterous designs, is scarcely less wise tainment it will afford is liberal and than to strike out a path of pretend- elegant. The following extracts ed independence which is remarked may serve as a specimen of the peronly for eccentricities and difficulty.formance. A wise man will do weither. While “ The individuals who composc te makes his conscience the stand- the Fashionable World are not absoard of actions that involve the prin. lute wanderers, like the tribes of Aciples of morality, he will not re- rabia, nor are they regular settlers, iuse accommodation with the man- like the convicts at Botany Bay : bers of the world, in those trifling, but moveable and migratory in a concerns where custom is synony-certain degree, and to a certain de-mous with right. He will fear no gree permanent and stationary, they imputation on bis heart for resisting live among the inhabitants of the pathe sentiments of the multitude, rent country, neither absolutely when compliance would infringe mixing with them, nor yet actually pon honor, and no detraction from separated from them. his independence in yieking to * This paradoxical state of t1:
people renders it not a little dificulted, (which indeed admits of no reto reduce their territory within the laxation) events of very little morules of geographical description, ment decide all the rest. If, for exThey have, it is true, their degrees ample, a duchess, or the wife of and their circles; but these terms some bourgeois-gentil-homme, who are used by people of Fashion in a has purchased the privilege of the sense so different from that which order, should open a suite of roonis geographers have assigned them, for elegant society in any new quarthat they afford 110 sort of assistance ter, the soil is considered to receive to the topographical inquirer. a sort of consecration by such cir
* The only expedient, therefore, cumstance ; and an indefinite porto which a writer can resort, in this tion of the vicinity is added to the dearth of geographical materials, is territory of Fashion. If, on the that of designating the territory of other hand, a shop be opened, a sign Fashion by the ordinary names of hung out, or any symptom of busithose places through which it pass-ness be shown, in a quarter that has es. And this is, in fact, strictly con- hitherto been a stranger to every formable to that usoge which pre- sound but the rattling of carriages, vails in the language and conimu- the thunder of knockers, and the venication of the people themselves : eiferation of coachmen and servants, for London, Tnnbridge, Bath, Wey- it is ten to one but the privileges of mouth, &c. are, in their mouths, Fashion are withdrawn from that names for little else than the lands place ; and the whole range of builaand societies of Fashion which they ing's is gradually given up to those respectively contain.
who are either needy enough to keep u Now, the portion of each place shops, or vulgar enough to endurs to which Fashion lays claim is neithem. Now, it happens as a conther definite as to its dimension, nor sequence from this adoption of new fixed' as to its locality. In London, soil and disfranchisement of ola, 'a small proportion of the whole is that the territory of Fashion is exFashionable: in Bath, the propor- tremely irregular and interrupted. uion is greater: and in some water- A traveller, determined to pursue ing-places of the latest creation, its windings, would soon be involtFashioni puts in lier demand for ed in a most mysterious labyrinth ; nearly the whole. The locality of his track would be crossed by porits domains is also contingent and tions of country which throw hiin : mintable. Various circumstances repeatedly out of his beat : insomuch
concur in determining when a por- that his progress would resemble tion-of ground shall become Fash- that of a naturalist; who, in tracing fionable, and when it shall cease to the course of a mineral through the be such. The only rule of any stea-| bowels of tlie earth, encounters vadiness with which I am acquainted; rious breaks and intersections, and and which chiefly relates to the me- often finds the corresponding parts tropolis, is that which prescribes a of the stratum unaccountably sepawestern latitude :* if this be except-rated from each other.
* For the geographical solecism of « The Climate of Fashion is al"a western latitude,” the author has most entirely factitioiis and artifionly to plead that the people of whom cial; and consequently differs in he treats acknowledge no points of the compass but those of eist and west, and many material' respects from the that the term longitude has scarcely any natural temperature of those respec. place in their language.
tive places over which its jurisdie
sion extends. Though changes in which the climate cf Fashion from heat to cold, and vice versa, stunds peculiarly distinguished fion. are very common among these peo-j every other. It has already been ple, yet heat may be said to be the intimated that heat is its prevailing prevailing character of the climate characteristic : it is, moreover, nce They appear to me to have but two a little remarkable, that this licat is. seasons in the year; these they call, at its highest point in the winter seain conformity to common language son; and that the inhabitants often rather than to just calculation, Win- perspire more freely when the snow ter and Summer. Of summer lit- is upon the ground than they do in tie is known ; for it seems to be a the dog-days. The truth is, that, rule among this people to disband as was before said, the climate is and disperse at the approach of it, wholly created by artificial circumand not to rally or reunite till the stances, and the natural temperature winter has, fairly commenced. of the air is completely done away. Though, therefore, they exist some. The sort of communication which how or somewhere during the sum- these people keep up with each othmer months, they wish it to be er is considered to require a species considered that they do not exist of apparatus which fills their utmcsunder their Fashionable character. phere with an immoderate degree of They wash themselves in the sea, phlogiston. Besides this, they are drink laxative waters, lose a little notoriously fond of assembling in money at billiards, or catch a few insufferable crowds ; and travellers colds at public rooms; but all these have assured us, that they have oftthings they do as individuals, and en witnessed from ten to twelve wholly out of their corporate capa-hundred persons suffocating each city as members of the community other within a space which would of Fashion.. So that in their mode scarcely have afforded convenient of disposing of the summer, they accommodation for a dozen families. invert the standing rule of most oth And this may enable us in some er animals: they choose the fair measure to account for the little season for their torpid state, and benefit which modish inralids are show no signs of life but during the said to derive from their frequent winter. It is not easy to say exact. removals to the healthiest spots in ly when the winter begins in the the universe. The original object Fashionable world ; an inhabitant of of such a prescription was doubiless Bath would have one mode of reck-Ito change the air ; and certainly no oning, and an inhabitant of London expedient could be better imagined another.. To do justice to the sub- for bracing a constitution relaxed by ject, the commencement of winter too intense application to the busiought io be regulated by the former ness of a Fashionable life. But the of these places, and the close of it usages of the order render a change by the latter. Supposing, therefore, of air to any salutary purpose utter.. that it begins some time in Novem-ly impracticable ; for the weakest ber, there can be no difficulty in set-members of the community considtling its duration ; for the 4th of er, themselves bound to kindle a. June is, by a tacit, yet binding, ordi- flame wherever they go : and thus Dance, considered as a limit over they breathe the same phlogisticated. which a Fashionable winter can neva air all over the world, er pess.
“ They profess to adopt the ordi* There are many circumstances ! nary divisions of tine; and talk like
other people of Day and Night: bul Female loveliness was perbaps their mode of computing each is so never better described, than in the Vague and unnatural, that inhabit-following lines. ants of the same meridian with when e'er with soft serenity she smil'd themselves, scarcely understand Or caught the orient blush of quick what they mean by the terris. A
surprise great part of this difficulty may pos- The liquid lustre darted from her eyes.
How sweetly mutable how brightly wild sibly arise from the very small por. Each look, each motion, waked a new tion of solar light with which they
born grace are visited. For certain it is, that
That o'er her form its transient glory no people upon earth have less bene
cast efit from the light of the sun than Some lovelier wonder soon usurped the the people of Fashion ; so that, if it place were not for torches, candles, and
Chas'd by a charm still lovelier thea the last.
Mason's Elegs Argand lamps, they would scarcely
on the Countess of Coventry. ever see each other's faces."
Among the numerous pamphlets For the Emerald.
which owe their ephemeral existDESULTORY SELECTIONS ence to local subjects, which occuAnd Original Remarks.
py the interest and attention, till
more recent circumstances have Swirt is denominated by a ju- higher claims to the character of dicious reader of the poets, a per
novelty, frequently will be found fect writer of familiar poetry. The the traits of ingenuity, and the defollowing lines on the effect of
lineations of genius. The union of sympathy, are admirably executed. the cardinal virtues is so happily Yét should some neighbor feel a pain
described in a work of this kind, Jast in the parts where I complain,
that we venture to select the pasHow many a message he would send ! sage. What hearty prayers that I should Prudence, Piety and Charity. . mend !
Each of us (says Prudence) has Inquire what regimen I kept What gave me ease and how I slept !
many counterfeits, who are ever at And more lament when I was dead
variance with each other. . Than all the snivlers round my bed. My name and office are some
times assumed by Avarice, and Many of the best songs in our sometimes by Simulation, but Avalanguage and almost all those of rice betrays herself by the hatred the French, turn upon a single she bears to Charity, while Simulathought expressed with simple con- tion may be known by her refusal eiseness in elegant versification.
to listen to the voice of Piety. You Letters on English Poetry. may also find me personated in the The well known song of Goldsmith.word (said Charity) by two no less When lovely woman stoops to fully, &c. is a forcible illustration of the re
dangerous deceivers, Ostentation
and Profusion; both desire to be mark. EPICRAN.
taken for me. Dut Profusion openThere is admirable point in the ly professes her contempt for Prufollowing couplel on the unfortu-dence, and Ostentation desirous to nate Queen of Carthage.
be seen by men, has not, nor preInfelix Dido nulli benc nupta marilo.
tends to any communication with Hoc pereunte fugis, hoc fugiente peris. | Piety. And in the like mander,
ays Piety, my character has often
For the Emeralch been usurped by Hypocrisy, who ORIGINAL CRITICISM. can imitate my voice and the Rochester's “ Nothing" is one of fashion of my garments, but urge the most striking productions in ter to prove by any action, her English poetry. The positive nesindred with Charity, and she will gative is well kept up througliour. stand self-convicted before you; The bold apostrophe at the outset whilst if you meet Fanaticism' as- has something sublime, particularsaming my likeness, address her in ly in the first line.. the name of Prudence, and she will "Nothing," thou elder brother eseri tô arrogantly profess, unto you, she shade 1 Dever knew her.
The emotion of surprise, product Remember therefore we are al. ed at the close of the second verses ways consistent one with another, is agreeable, and loses the mind in and with the immutable law of our
momentary wonder. king and that whoever you find with this kind of inconsistency, you
But the last line of the third verse may rationally copciude, practises "Into thy boendless self must godistia. Donc of the moral or christian sir
guish'd fall” is a bold beat happy expression of
the immensity of nothing. In the Margaret of Valois, Queen of Navarre. next verse, "fruitful emptiness" is
If Francis the first was the great-a conception of genius. tst monarch of his age, Margaret And rebellight obscur'd thy reverend was indisputably the most accom- dusky face," plished princess. ' Devoted to the is a line every word of which der love of letters, she encouraged and serves comment.
“ Rebel” light is patronised their authors, from a fine epithet; obscuring e dusky whom she received the flattering face, and light obscuring' it, is per appellation of the tenth Muse," haps as complicate a conception, as and the fourth Grace.” Herself ever was embodied on paper. Yell En author, she has left us proofs the idea of " rebel ligát obscuring the most incontestible of ber ele. the reverend, dusky face" of NOTHgant genius, her wit and negligent ING, is perfectly apposite. style full of beauty. Suspected ofIn the seventh verse " And, brib. hugonotism, she was suspected of ed by thee"-the idea that « Time" gallantry likewise, and perhaps is bribed by nothing, is neatly inmight have been equally sensible troduced. in turn to those grand movements The 8th verse is a dignified satire of elevated minds, devotion and on polemic divines. love. Her tales, scarce inferior to In the 10th verse «Great negathose of Boccacio, seem to confirm tive," is a happy address to his mathis sentiment, and though they jesty's person. That there is no ever inculcate and commend the point in the labors of metaphysical irtues of chastity, and female fidel- theorists, is very well said. ity yet contain in certain parts, an In the 13th and 14th verses the animation and warmth of coloring, Earl looked at home. which give room to suppose the The 15th triad is a good dash at writer of them fully sensible to the court costumes; and the 16th conderights of the passion, she censur- tains, in three lines, bold, ironical, ed and condemned:
Wraxall. satire on the French, Dutch, liish,