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sported to hear with what respect and tenderness the addresses he made to her were accompanied; but their rejoicing was very much abated, when, on examining her on this account, they could not find that he had ever once mentioned marriage to her; and though he swore ten thousand oaths that he was utterly onable to live without poffeffing her, he had not made one that it was his intention to poffefs her by those ways which alone could do honour to their family.--As there seemed some reason, however, to believe the regard he had for her was infinitely more lincere than any who before had called themselves her lovers, they advised, nay conjured her, toomit nothing in her power for improving it, and converting the designs he had opon her into honourable ones, if they were not so already. All chis the promised them to do; but thought no more of what they had said, cáan the time they were speaking ; and being herself quite easy in the matter, made her lover so too, by leaving him to do as inclination hoold direct him.
This behaviour was an infinite trouble to all who wished to see her retrieve, by a happy marriage, the errors of her past life; but one, more langaine than the reft for her intereft, resolved to do that for her, which he found there was no pollibilicy of prevailing on her to do for herself, and took an opportunity of discoursing with the count on this affair. He at firft would have Eraded all talk of it, and made several efforts to give a turn to the conversation ; but finding himself too closely preffed, he at lalt replied, that as Belinda and himself were the chief persons concerned, and were perfectly satisfied with each other's intentions, he thought all interfering between them was wholly unpieceffary. . . . . .
Thele words were a little resented by the friend of Belinda; and gave rise to some expreffions on both fides, which, if neieber of them demanded that fatisfaction of the other which is ulaal in such cases, there wanted but a very little of it.From this time, however, their former intimacy was broke off: Belinda's kinsman reproached her for that levity which had like to have proved fatal to him: and count Logter; to Thew how little he regarded the displeasure of any of her family, preWalled on that thoughtless lady to come and live publicly at his
All the world now looked upon her as his mistress'; and, indeed, how could it be otherwise!! -She had an apartment fa Near his own, that they could with ease pass to each orher without being known to do fo by any of the family he went abroad with him to all public places ; she had the entire commaad of all his fervants ; The did the honours of his table,
whatever company was there, yet was there not the least mention of ary marriage between them. But, in spite of all these cir: cumstances, it is possible they might be innocent."
After having lived together in this manner 'rill the talk of it (which never continues long on one fubje&t) began to fubfide, the count all at once declared his intention of making her his wife.New equipage and new habits were prepared, invitations sent to the friends on both sides, and they were really married at a time when it was least to be hoped or expected. . . . It must be owned that there was something fpirited, and af the same time truly hunourable, in the behaviour of count Loy. ter, on this occasion :-he would not be compelled to give any definitive answer, as to his designs on a woman of Belinda's character ; but when he found himself free from the perfecutions of her friends, and that they had entirely given her over for loft, then did he shew the fincerity of his paflion, and entirely wiped off all the aspersions that had been caft on her upon his account.
I should be glad if there was a possibility of excusing Belinda also; but, alas ! the consented to live in his house without any certainty, or even a promise of ever being his wife, and was, perhaps, not the least surprized of any that heard it, that she was made fo.
Her change of fortune has wrought no change in her humour and conduct, and as she would be commended for being no way elated with the grandeur the possesses, so muft she also be highly blamed for not remembering her honour is now the property of . her lord ; and that every light, unbecoming action she is guilty of, is a reflection upon him.
I believe it would be very difficult to prove that she has ever wronged him in fact ; but it is the duty of every married woman to behave so as, not even to be fufpected. This Belinda has sense enough to know, but not enough to remember what the knows. .
USEFUL' M A XI MS.. A CCUSTOM yourself to a concise manner in every thing;
n in business, in speaking, in writing : it will in time beget clearness both in the matter and maoner of your doing these things ; for if you restrain yourself within short limits, yog will naturally wish to express a great deal in a little compass, and that, in time, you will find will give you that clearoels which is fo agreeable to yourself and others. But loquaciousness and tediouless, though ever so clear, are disgusting to others, and de.
trimental to yourself, by retarding the completion of what you with done or understood.
Always do that which can ard should be done, and you wilh to be done, immediately ; accustom yourfelf to this in the mereft trifles; and the habit once acquired, will be of the greatest use in momentous concerns.
It is less troublesome to forbear anger, than to quell it.
Never fix an opinion either on persons or things, 'till your judgement has full time to give its consent'; so will you avoid much self-refutation..
Often forbear what you would wish to say, lest you are thought alluming; and rather, if it be a matter of debate, let others carince themselves, than appear to triumph by your own arguments. Though you need never give up an opinion, if you are sure you are right; yet, by a well-timed filence, prevent the dispute from running too far, which breeds ill-will, or at least some warmth, which is best avoided. 1 Never give your advice in matters of consequence, unless it is asked ; nor forbear speaking fincerely when it is so, though you know it to be against the inclination of the party asking it.
If you can do an essential piece of service, risk a little of the love of the party, in order to do it, it it should appear disagreeable : it is odds but they thank you in time ; if not, your con. Science will. i. io
. Be cautious how you let any one thing be the prevailing subject of your thoughts; whether it be anger, love, or any favou. rite scheme, it will fabject you to much inconvenience; it will prevent many thoughts and actions, that otherwise would have been of great use both to yourself and others. The more dir. engaged and free you keep your mind from such particular attentions, the more capable you will be of enjoying the pleasures and good things of life ; for when the thoughts are disengaged, you are ready for any subject ; bat when one object engrosses chem, you grow stupid to every other, and, wrapped up in that one, forget that the mind was made to take in many ideas, both moral and divine, and is greatly degraded by being thus cramped and confined.
Never take a ttep of any consequence, without viewing it in All lights with impartiality, and let inclination follow judgement; nor bring your judgement over to your inclination ; or, sather accuftom yourself to like whatever your judgement tells you is best, that your inclination and judgement may be the fame thing. For example; never like any perfon, either man or woman, but for their good qualities : good qualities are valu. able, useful, and captivating, to a person accustomed to found
judging, without shining qualifications'; and bright parts are clouded by bad principles, so as not to attract such a person : therefore, let the scale be set right, and the proper weights.put in, and in a very short time the right scale will preponderate of itself, without much touching up. There is a vanity in good judgement, which greatly helps the inclination to be of that side, and is of great use to bring them to a custom of going together.
Above all other rules,, be careful to observe that fmcerity is the guide of all your words and actions ; never belye your heart by a compliance, either in word or deed, with what that cannot approve. In conversation be silent, if 'tis wifdom not to oppose ; and in your actions forbear, though you risk the did pleafore of your company.
Don't be ashamed to fpeak your opinion on any subject, bo ing first well affared your opinion is right, according to the best of your judgement.
Never be ashamed to own yourself in the wrong, and even exceed others in condemning yourself.::;
Be always ready to hear others; and if, by their argtiments, they convince you, oin it, and give them their due merit. This is doing as you woold be done by, : Never foraple any office, though ever so mean, that can be of use to another. viii.
Think as little as posible of the ill actions or words of others towards you ; and let grief for 'them, and not yowfelf, prevail.
Never be personally forry for any thing: if you are fck, be not sorry; if you are disappointed, be not forry; ifi you-arç ill treated, be not afflicted. · Whenever any ill happens to you, think how it might have been worfe : thankfully acknowledge the bright side, and pas ciently bear the dark one.
Be careful not to make many resolutions, left you find reason for breaking them, or at least wishing fo do do ; and ?ris beft to avoid all risk of condemning one's felf. Nothing is effential. but religion, and the vows concerning that cannot be too strong.
Consider, every now and then, whether any thing in your like and conversation can be altered for the better ; whecher they can be any way more profitable to yourself, or others; or if there is any thing that would be best omitted . .
Friendship may have its origin in esteem, byt sensibility mul fopport it.
The more filly and ridiculous things are in themselves, the more solemo pretences they require to let them off, ji m.
CHARACTER of the principal ÈUROPEAN LANGUAGES. . By the Abbe RAYNAL.
THE Italian language, with found, accent, and number,
I has blended all the characteristics of poetry and all the charms of music. Those engaging arts have appropriated it to the delights of harmony, as their tweeteit inftrument.
The French language excels in prole; if it is not the language of the gods, it is at least that of truth and reason. Prose cluínis ont attention in philosophy, the favourite studies of those distinguished fötls who scem arbitrators between kings and their subjects, fent by providence for the intruction of mankind. IA mage when liberty has neither roftrums nor amphitheatres to roafe the multitude, a language, which by the circulation of books is read in all nations ;. which ferves as a common interpreter for all other languages, and as the vehicle of all ideas, 2 language which is ennabled, refined, softened, and fixed by the genius of aathors and politeness of countries, becomes authoritative and universal.
The English language allo may boast her poets, and cultivators of prote, who have given ir energy and boldness sufficient to immortalize it. Let it be learned among all nations who would rise füperior fo flavefy. They will then dare to think, to 24, and govern for themselves. It is not the language of words, but of ideas'; and the ideas of the Englifh are not weak: they 7 were the firt who faid «« The majely of the people;" an ex. , prefson alone which would consecrate a language.
The Spanish has not yet in - réality either poetry or prose, though conftructed to excel in both. Bright as pure gold, and Sonorous as filter, its motion is grave and regulat like the national dance; noble and graceful like the manner of ancient chivalry. It may claim a rank, and even acquire superiority, when fr har produced many fuch writers as Cervantes and Ma. tiana. When its academy has filenced the inquisition and its universities, this language fall express the great ideas and the Sublime truths which are congenial with the haughty spirit of the natives.
The German is the moft ancient of all our living languages. | This mother tongue is a native of Europe ; The gave birth to
the Eoglith, and even to the French, by a mixture of Latin ; bur ilt formed for the eye,' and for the more delicate organs, ic has continued in the mouths of the speakers, without presuming, til lately, to appear in volumes. Its dearth of writers annoticed a country onfavourable to the fine arts, to poetry, and Vol. 1. 14.