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A SWEET THING IN CHIGNONS. have lesser fleas ; and so ad infinitum.” Fleas
are parasites. But gregarines are not feas. UNCLE TEAZLE.
Fanny. I should hope not. But what are Uncle. Now, my dear Fanny, it is your
they, then ?
Uncle. “ Little dark brown knots," my love, birthday. Let me see, how old are you ? Not which are seen at the free end of the hair, and yet arrived at years of discretion, eh ? Well,
may even be distinguished by the naked eye. my dear, here is a little present for you
These are gregarines.” They are the discovery little scientific instrument. Science is fashionable now, you know. Here is a microscope, to whose country has doubtless afforded him a
of a M. LINDEMANN, a Russian professor, study minute botany with — and entomology. fine field for observation in this branch of zool. Fanny. Oh, thank you, Uncle !
ogy Uncle. Entomology; science of insects, you
Fanny. Zoology, Uncle ? know. Minute entomology; of insects not visible to the naked eye. Mites in cheese, for knots are not inanimate objects.
Uncle. Yes, my dear. These little dark-brown instance.
Uncle. They " have a most ignoble ancestry
Fanny. What? eschew mites. I mean not to eat them?
Uncle. Never mind. They are, as I said, Fanny. Oh yes, Uncle !
parasites of parasites. Uncle. Then you should examine your
They are not easily
cheese. With this you can.
destroyed. They resist the effects of drying Other things also, besides cheese. There is cheese — and there are chig-corrosive things that injure the hair will kill
and even of boiling.” Nothing, in short, but
them. Fanny. Chignons" and "cheese" sounds
Fanny. Oh, the horrid things! Oh, the funny.
abominable, dreadful, disgusting, nasty creaUncle. Yes, my dear. Alliteration. But
tures ! cheese and chignons have more in common than Ch. However, you think chignons are
Uncle. According to M. LINDEMANN, sev"the cheese, ” eh ?
enty-six per cent. of the false hair used for
chignons in Russia is infested with them. Fanny. They are the fashion, Uncle, dear. Uncle. Yes; they are the fashion. So were
Fanny. That's enough, Uncle !
Uncle. In the conditions of a ball-room he says, “fronts
my young days. Both false hair. Wise ladies then wore it before ; now they they grow and multiply; fly about in millions, wear it behind. The dandies of the day used, get inhaled, drop on the refreshments — in
fact as they said, to quiz it. Fanny. Quiz?
Fanny. Oh, Uncle, don't say any more, Uncle. Yes. It was one of their slang words do. I won't wear the thing another moment.
please. Stand out of the way from the grate, - derived from looking through an eye-glass, called a quizzing-glass. Meant to inspect, as
(Tears off her Chignon.) it were, and ridicule. Now, their successors,
Uncle. Stay; wouldn't you like to examine
it ? the swells, quiz chignons. But you can quiz your chignon yourself — with your microscope.
Fanny. No! There! (Flings it into the fire.)
There's an end of it ! Fanny. Why should I, Uncle ?
Uncle. And its inhabitants. Well done, Uncle. To see if it contains any gregarines.
Fanny. Gregarines ! Law, I should think Fanny ! Let it blaze — with them. And now, they were pretty.
by way of substitute for a chignon at your poll, Uncle. No, my dear, they are parasites. to wear a chaplet, circlet, or whatever you call Parasites of parasites.
it, on your crown, here, take this bank-note. Funny. Now, nonsense, Uncle. I know what Now you will show that you have a taste of a parasite is : “ One who frequents rich tables, your own, and leave gregarious young ladies to and earns his welcome by flattery." — Dr.
wear chignons with gregarines. Johnson. Uncle. “ The little fleas have other fleas, and
(Scene closes.) smaller fleas to bite 'em. Those smaller Aleas
Prom Blackwood's Magazine.
construct scenes of vivid interest. They
carefully record provincialisms and gramHYMNS OF THE POPULACE. matical solecisms; they go into detail,
coarse, homely, or simple, as it may be, It is a notorious difficulty for one class with a marvellous confidence of knowing to put itself into the position of another, their ground. And all the while they are to adopt its tone of feeling, to comprehend the victims of illusions. We see two men its leading motives of action, its distinctive of equal powers for the work, and similar prejudices, prepossessions, and impulses; opportunities, arrive at diametrically oppoits likes and dislikes, and those constant site conclusions, according to their prepospervading influences which form character, sessions: and all for want of a key. They and lie at the root of the differences which know nothing of the world they affect to separate order from order, and keep them be familiar with from mere partial outside at such an impassable distance from real in- contact. They would not know how to actimacy. High and low, gentlemen and count for those distinct and often opposing artisans, master and servant, ladies and standards in morals; for the tolerance and poor folks, encounter one another at cer- the intolerance of public opinion which we tain points and in particular relations ; but observe in the class called " the poor; ” for the most discerning cannot pretend to see the position of women, and its points of into one another much beyond their point greater independence under a seeming subof contact. Employers, clergymen, benevo- jugation of brute force ; for the different lent visitors, carry' their own atmosphere models of what is attractive or excellent. with them wherever they go, and things They have no clue to the tastes and antipaare seen and coloured through its medium. tbies which constitute the barrier we inIn their presence mutual interests are dis- dicate between poor and rich, and which, cussed from a non-natural point of view. once entertained, once rendered by habit a The minds of both parties relax out of a part of nature, can never be wholly eradicertain tension and artificial condition cated; so that the humbly-born, who have when removed from the contact and espion- risen in the world, whatever their powers, age of an unsympathising, witness. This opportunities, or success in life, can never implies no design, no deception of any kind, see things with the eyes of those about probably no knowledge of check or im- them, can never rid themselves of the old pediment to a more perfect understanding. impressions - harden their hearts as they It is only that neither party can display any will against the memories of childhood, or large or clear picture of themselves where struggle as they may from better motives to the mind, to be informed, is so ill prepared forget. Of course, so far as men act on the to receive a comprehensive idea. Hence highest principles, they must be alike. The an inevitable mutual reticence. The supe- model king, subjeot, landlord, tenant, tradesrior must keep back something from the man, and mechanic, noble virgin and simple dependant; the most devoted pastor has cottage maiden, can all meet on a perfect an easy privacy he does not desire to ad- understanding. There is but one highest mit his poorer flock into; the lady does not motive. It is when motives of earth set in care that the humble bject of her bounty that confusion arises. It is the different should be able to picture her in the unre- alloys infused into our virtues by pride, straint of her drawing-room life; and in vanity, selfishness, envy, jealousy, according like manner the labourer, the “ hand,” the to the calls upon them, that separate famigood woman that stands before her kindly lies and classes, and that give to each not visitant garrulously detailing her list of sor- only their distinctive faults, but their rows and grievances, have each an inner picturesque characteristics. world from which it is impossible to lift up the curtain, or let in full daylight, so as to “ The low light gives the colour," reveal all the motives, interests, notions, pains, and pleasures, which make up an in- and character is made out of the presence dividual and family life so hopelessly differ- of, or the temptation to, human error, and ent in a thousand points from that uncon- the degrees in which it is yielded to or resciously contrasted with it.
sisted. In spite of this difficulty, it is a favourite If this difficulty of a perfect understandexercise of fancy to picture the life of ing exists between all well-defined classes, classes with which the delineator has none it follows that the wider the difference of of the knowledge that comes of experience. social standing the greater the difficulty. In depicting the poor, for instance, writers This will, perhaps, be disputed, for many