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still.; you look the whole time as if you said it for joke. Dr. Lys. Why in fact, Madam, when a man has been
3 plain dealer both in word and look for fifty years, "tis expecting too quick a reformation to demand ductility of voice and eye from him at a blow. However, give me a little time and a little encouragement, and with such a tutoress, 'twill be hard, if I do not, in a few lessons, learn the right method of seasoning a simper, and the newest fashion of twisting words from their meauing:
Lady Hon. But pray, Sir, always remember on these occasions to look serious. Nothing sets off a compliment so much as a long face. If you are tempted to an unseasonable laugh, think of Delvill Castle; 'tis an expedient I commonly make use of myself, when I am afraid of being too frolicksome ; and it always succeeds, for the very thought of it gives me the head-ache in a moment. I wonder, Mr. Delvill, you keep your health so good ; after living in that horrible place so long. I have expected to hear of your death at the end of every summer, and I assure you, I was once very near buying mourning.
Delv. The estate which descends to a man from his ancestors, Lady Honoria, will seldom bé åpt to injure his 'health, if he is conscious of committing no mišdemeanor which has degraded their memory.
Lady Hon. [in a low voice to Cecilia] How vastly odious is this new father of yours. What could ever induce you to give up your charming estate for the sake of coming into his fusty old family? I would really advise you to have your marriage annulled. You know you have only to take an oath that you were forcibly run away with ; and as you are an heiress, and the Delvill's are all so violent, it will easily be believed. And then, as soon as sou are at liberty, I would advise you to inarry my little lord Derford.
Cec. Would you only then have me gain my freedom in order to part with it?“
Lady Hon. Certainly'; for you can do nothing at all without being married. A single woman is a thousand times more shackled than a wife ; for she is accountable to every body; and a wife, you know, has nothing to do but just to inanage her husband.
Cec: (smiling:] And that you consider as a tride!
Lady Hon. Yes, if you do but marry a man you don't
Céc. You are right, then, indeed, to recommend to me iny Lord Derford.
Lady Hon, Oyes, he will make the prettiest liusband in the world ; you may fly about yourself as wild as a lark, and keep him the whole time as tame as a jackdaw. And tho' he may complain of you to your friends, he will never have the courage to find fault to your face. But as to Mortimer, you will not be able to govern him as long as you live ; for the momeut you have put him upon the fret, you will fall into the dumps yourself, hold out your hand to him, and losing the opportunity of gaining some material point, make up with him at the first soft word.
Cec. You think then the quarrel more amusing than the recollection ?
kady Hon. O a thousand times ! for while you are quarrelling you may say any thing and demand any thing; but when you are reconciled, you ought to be have pretty, and seem contented,
Cec. If any gentleman has any pretensions to your ladyship, he must be made very happy indeed to hear your principles.
Lady Hux. O, it would not signify at all; for one's fathers and uncles and such peaple always make conuece tions for one; and pot a soul thinks of our principles till they find them out by our conduct; and nobod can possibly find them out till we are married, for they give us no power before hand. The men know nothing of us in the word, while we are single, but how we can dance a roinuet, or play a lesson upon the harpsichord.
Del: And wliat else need a young lady of rank desire to be known for ? Your lady hip would surely not have her degrade herself by studying like an artistor professor.
Lady Hun. O no, Sir, I would not have her study at all; its mighty well for children; but really after sixteeo, and when one is come out, one has quite fatigue enough in dressing and going to public places and order'ing new things, without all the torment of fir t and second po ition, and E upon the first line, and F upon the first space.
Del. But pardon me, madam, for biņting that a young lady of condition, who has a proper sense of her dignity, cannot be seen too 'rarely, or known too litile.
Lady Hon. O, but I hate dignity! for it is the dallest thing in the world, I have always thought, Sir, it was owing to that you was so little amusing-really I beg your pardoni, Sir, I meant to say so little talkative.
Dei. I can easily believe your ladyship spoke hastily; for it will hardly tie supplied that a person of my family came into the world for the purpose of amusing it:
Laay Hon. O no, Sir, nobody I am sure, ever knew you to have such a thought. [1'urning to Cecilia uitha low voice] You cannot imagine, my dear Mrs. Morti. mer, how I detest this old cousin of naine! Now I pray tell me honestly, if you don't hate him yourself?
Cec. I hope, Madam, to have no reason to hate him.
Lady Hon. La, how you are always upon your guard ! JAI were half as cautious, I should die of the vapors in a mouth; the only thing that keeps me at all alive, is now aod then making people angry: for the folks at our house let me go out so seldom, and then send me with such stupid company, that giving thein a little torment is really the only entertainment I have. O-but I had almost forgot to tell you a most delightful thing!
Cec. What is it ?
Lady Hon. Why you must know I have the greatest hopes in the world that my father will quarrel with old “Mr. Delvill!
Cec. And is that such a delightful thing !
Lady Hon. O yes; I have lived upon the very idea this fortnight; for then, you know, they'll both be in a pas. sion, and I shall see which of them looks frightfulest.
Mortimer Del. When Lady Honoria talks aside, I always suspect some mischief:
Lädy Hon. No, no, I was only congratulating Mrs! "Mortimer about her marriage. Tho' reatly upon second thoughts, I don't know but I ought to condole with her, for l'have long been convinced she has a prodigious an. tipathy to you. I saw it the whote time I was at Delvill Castle, where she used to change color at tire very sound of your name; a symptom I never perceived when I talk
ed to her of Lord Derford, ubo would certainly have made her a thousand times better husband,
Del. Ityou mean on account of his title, lady Honoria, your lady ship must be strangely forgetful of the connec tions of your family; for Mortimer, after the death of his uncle, and myself, must inevitably inherit a title far more "honorable, than any which can be offered by a new sprung up family, like my Lord Ernolf's.
Lady Hor. Yes, Sir; but then you know she would have kept her eşi.A , which would have been a vastly
better thing than an old pedigree of new relations. · Be. sides, I don't find that any body cares for the noble blood of the Delvills.but then se'ves ; and if she had kept her fortune, every body, 1 fancy, would have cared for tbat.
Del. Every body, then, must be highly mercenary and ignoble, or the blood of an ancient and honorable · house, would be thought contaminated by the most distant hint, of so degrading a comparison,
Lady Hom. Dear Sir, what should we all do with births if it was not for weallb? It would neither take us to Ranelagh nor the Opera ; nor buy us caps rfor wigs, nor supply us with dinners nor bouquets.
Del. Caps nor wigs, dinners and bouquets! Your lady. ship's estimate of wealth is extremely ininute indeed!
Lady Hon. Why you know, Sir, as to caps and wigs, they are very serious things, for we should look mighty droll figures to go about bareheaded ; and as to dinners, how would the Delvills have' lasted all these hundred centuries, if they had disdained eating them?
Del. Whatever may be your ladystip's satisfaction in depreciating a heuse that has the honor of being nearly allied to your own, you will not, I hope, at least instruct this lady (turning to Cecilia] to imbibe a similar contempt of its antiquity and dignity.
Mort. Del. This lady, by becoming one of it, will at least secure us from the danger that such contempt will spread further.
Cec. Let me only be as secure from exciting as, I am from feeling contempt, and I can wish no more.
Dr. Lys. Good and excelent young lady; the first of blessings indeed is yours in the temperance of your own mind. When you began your career in life, you apneared to us short-sighted mortals, to possess more than
your share of good things. Sich a union of riches, beau. ty, independence, talents, education, virtue, seemed a monopoly to raise general envy and discontent; but mark with what exaciness the grod' and the bad is ever balanced! You have had a thousand sorrows to which those who have looked up to you, have been total strangers, and which balance all your ada antages for happiness. There is a levelling principle in the world, at war with: pre-eminence, which finally puts us all upon a footing.
Del. Not quite. I think an ancient and respectable family
Lady'Hon. With a handsome income and high life, gives one a mighty chance for happiness. Don't you : think so, Mortiiner ?
Mort. Del, I do, indeed ; but add, a connection with an amiable woman, and I think the chances for happiness are more than doubled. Dr. Lys. Right, Mortimer; we are 'well agreed.
Directions bow to spend our Tinte. WE..!!
E all of us complain of the shortness of time:
saith Seneca, and yet have much more than: we know what to do with. Our lives, say's he, are spent either in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do: we are always complaining our cia s are few, and acting a tho' there would be no end of them. That noble philosopher has described our inconsistency with ourselves in this particular; by all those various turns of expression and
as wholly inconsistent: iwth itself in a pour that bears some affinity to the fure
Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end.. Tine minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate; then to arrive at honours, then to retire. Thus, although the whole of life is allowed by every one to be short, the severai divisions of it appear long and 'fedrous: theses
3. We are for lengthening our span in general, but would fain contract the parts of which it is coniposed,