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the place you have been unfortunate enough ,, ments, I will perish with you if I fail in deto be led into."-She then took him by the livering you." She then led him into auhand, and conducted him to a narrow other apartment, when taking him by the Aight of stairs, which when they had de hand, she opened a window, and said :scended, she told him to look through a " Seize the branches of that pomegranate small opening in the wall. He saw from tree, and descend into the garden; I will it a dark dungeon, wherein were confined bring the little key that opens the gate, fourteen prisoners of different ages, all and soon be with you." : loaded with chains, whereby their necks, When Jahia found himself alone in the feet, and hands were fastened. The young garden, he was seized with a thousand man who had carried the lanthorn before terrors least Meimouné should not return. the sheick whep be had first met Jabia, After a short time, which seemed to him entered; and when the prisoners bewailed an age, the slave appeared, with two large their fate in having been deceived by the bundles, which she threw to him, and sheick's promises, the very same as those joiniug him, carrying a little box under her he had made to Jahia, the slave replied : arm, said:"Now we have not a moment " Why then did you driuk the wine that to lose." the sheick offered you only to try you ?. I They arrived, without any impediment, can only deliver one of you at a time; but at the house of Muhamid, who was yet be easy, you will all have your turn."-So carousing with his friends. They knocked · saying he took one of them away.

at the door, which was opened by an old Meimouné then told Jahia that the sheick || female slave, and they entered the apart. wovld return to their apartment, and that ment of the guests, who all rejoiced at they must go back again. A few minutes again seeing Jabia : but Meimouné was after they had laid down, the old man en very sad; on which Jahia said to her:tered in his night-gown, ready to go to bed. “ Soul of my life, why art thou sad when He called to Meimouné in a terrible voice, we are in safety?"-" Have you then," reand told her it was then time to conduct plied she, “ forgot how near we are to that her companion to prison. She told him he || wicked sheick? Remember that to immight depend upon her. The sheick then

mense riches he unites the reputation of an called the young man who was accustomed | holy life: he has friends who will assist to attend upon him, and who appeared him in his pursuit after us, and we shall be with an apron and a great knife by his | irretrievably lost. He now sleeps; let us side; he then brought the prisoner and then instantly depart for Constantinople slew him in the sight of his master, who || before the day appears." mingled some of the blood of this wretched

Jahia replied:-“If, bright moon of the Mussulman in a glass of wine, and then | world, I might act as I pleased, I would drank it off._" Now," said he to Mei- this instant cross the sea; but it is imposmouné, “ bind Jahia hand and foot; thy sible, all the boats are dragged to land, all head shall be the forfeit if he escapes." -- the gates of the town are shut, and if the He then threw himself on a sofa and fell || nightly guard should see a boat out at fast asleep.

uight, do you not know that we should be Jahia, after the sheick was asleep, now subject to an examination ?"-Meimouné fell on his knees before Meimouné, and was obliged then to wait patiently, and begged her to save his life by procuring Jahia asked her the reason of the sheick's him the means of escape. Meimouné told conduct in murdering his prisoners, and him that she had promised to deliver him, mingling their blood with his wine? but not to remain herself exposed to the “ For these three years that I have lived resentment of the sheick; and the height || with him," replied she, “ I have witnessed of the walls, and the situation of the house, the same conduct. His riches are gained rendered their flight almost impracticable. from those he entices to his dwelling; and “ Liberty," said Jahia to her, “ without when he quaffs the blood of his fellow you would be boudage: I would prefer creatures, be then seems tranquil, and falls death to life without you."—“ Since," said || asleep." the beautiful slave, " such are your senti The cock now crowed the first hour of

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morning; Meimouné seized her little casket, || his passage. He followed him, and met and intreated Jahia to follow her; but on him at the place where he said, as usual, their arrival at the sea-side, not finding a * Open the door, it is me."-With one boat, they walked along in great anxiety, stroke of his sabre he cut off the head of till they perceived, by a distant light, a man the slave that accompanied him; and in fishing. Jahia conjured him to put to land, the midst of the disorder occasioned by this but the fisherman was seized with fear to action, he fancied be heard the voice of his be called at that early bour. Jahia and faithful Meimouné, saying " If the cadi Meimouné united their supplications, and should come, how can we persuade him of the man received them on board. Mei. our innocence?"-They went, however, mouné took a sequin from her casket and immediately to the prison and set the capgave him, telling him to seem as if he was tives free, after having given the sheick a yet fishing. They soon, however, reached blow that stupued him, while the courage. Constantinople, and Jahia took his beauti ous Meimouné, who had followed Jahia in ful slave to his mother's house. Here they the disguise of a boy, put an end to his examined the bundles and casket, which iniquitous life. they found to contain magnificent apparel

The lovers then repaired as fast as posand plenty of gold and silver: but Jahia, sible to Constantinople, where they were inspired with gratitude and love for the married; and the valuable casket of Mei. beautiful Meinoudé, desired to make her mouné, with the easy competence of her his bride. Meimouné refused while the husband, caused them to pass their days cruel sheick was alive.--" For," said she, in the enjoyment of every comfort attend

were we at the farthest verge of the earth || ing on domestic happiness; and if their lot that cruel man would pursue us."

was not spleodid or magnificent, they were Jahia sent for Muhamid, who was asto- | rich in mutual affection, and they experinished at the accusations of his friend | enced that happy medium which, far reagainst a man he had hitherto regarded as moved from indigence, aspires not to the the most holy on the earth, and he refused accumulation of immense wealth, and which to do aught against him. Jabia then re- laughs at the unenvied load of pomp and solved to attack the sheick himself: and splendour, which it neither seeks nor desires taking his sabre, he departed for Scutari, to obtain. resolved to await and attack the sheick on

THE LISTENER.

THE FRENZY OF FASHION.

explained to me where I was; and thereTO TIMOTHY HEARWELL, ESQ. fore you may judge if I did not feel myself Sir, I have, at length, with much dif- the most wretched amongst women. ficulty, obtained pen, ink, and paper, and I have been a long time subjected to the a kind friend bas promised to drop this caprices of a tyrannic husband; for ten letter in the post. I write to you from years he has been preaching up economy B, in which town is situated a most to me; and declaring as I am, he says, profamous institution for insane persons.

digal to madness, he has sent me here as I was sent here under pretence of retire an incurable. What a pity it is that he ment for the sake of my health : I found never got himself appointed one of the the house like one of the palaces of the cruel stewards of this institution ! Genii, and the gardens superb. I was de

I have ever held in a version the name lighted, for a moment, at what appeared even of economy: if that was practised to me so splendid, and in the spacious court there would soon be an end of all elegance before the house I practised immediately of manners; fine laces, sprigs of jewels, the last new quadrille movement. But I || Cachemire shawls, private boxes, would all found myself immediately surrounded by | vanish. nurses, keepers, and physicians, who soon But here are little confined cells, vo No. 116.-Vol. XVIII.

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larger than a private box at the Theatre; , you that all communication with the town and bere also may be heard frequent de is denied me. I have no longer ready to clamations, but not like those of Kean or await my orders the most fashionable Macready.

dress-maker, jeweller, or milliner; I am We keep, however, a good table, and obliged to attire myself exactly as they did the society which meet at it amuses me three months ago; and I am sure I should much. A young female generally sits bo be taken for some monster if it was not for side me who is not a whit more mad than my countenance, which is still handsome I am; only she will maintain that she is

though deeply tinged with melancholy. the daughter of the Grand Signor. And My motive, therefore, for writing to you why should she not be so? I know very is not only to set forth my unhappy situawell that, such as I am, I am the wife of a tion, but also to request that you will send mandarin: my husband is as true a Chinese to me one of those marchandes de modes as you would wish to see. He has only who are famous for making the most faone little lock of hair on his bald head : 1 shionable and becoming head-dresses. Do and he sent me liere to be close cooped up not, Sir, think that I am really mad: was under pretence of giving me change of air! not Pallas, the Goddess of wisdom, was not

Our gardens are laid out ia the form of she fond of dress ? May not I, then, a terraces, one above the other. There is a mortal, be fond of it likewise? I amn, I do stout gentleman who takes the title of not deny it; and I believe there are very Olympian Jove, and who always offers few women who are not passionately fond me his arın to ascend to the highest terrace of dress; if that is madness, we are all up the other slopes. Is not a London lady mad : and if every woman is to be 'shut u up highly exalted when she can walk with for her expensive taste on that head, the Jupiter?

madhouse at Bu will be much too small But do not, my chaste old gentleman, to hold them. 113 lg litar oj sout viiderd be uneasy on my account; the utmost de My husband chose to begin with me; ceucy and circumspection is observed in | he has sent me here for being a leader of all our steps. There is no fear of any of fashion, and for continually in renting new those adventures taking place with which ways: 'of making dress, and new kind of mythology is so replete. First, Plato comes hats. I certainly gave myself up with an to pay us his respects, then Diogenes, and ardour, almost approaching to madness, to we converse incessantly ou morality, the every article "belonging to the toilet, on goodness of the Gods, and the wickedness which I lavished all my time, care, And of men.

expence. Aud it was I that first sent to When we speak of men, Diogenes laughs, every distant part of tlie earth for those like a Satyr, and when we talk of the Gods, articles which make such a distinguished Jupiter bridles.

part in the decorations and dress of a 'moThis wretched Jupiter has DOW a de dern belle. Oh! how arlently do 'I 'How Auxion ou the lungs; he coughs, and the wish to have only half an hour's 'converwhole universe, that is to say the whole sation with some celebrated milliner, some house, trembles. It gives me the horrors artificial florist, or some dear, dear (I do during the night, and in order to ensure not care how dear) smuggler of contraband my safety, 'I sleep with two great cats in silks or laces--some bewitching vender of my chamber. These cats are beautiful, India shawls, or some trading Captain, but though their looks are demure their about fine china, monkies, paroquets, birds claws are terrific; they have torn all the of paradise, paddy feathers, piuk topazes, lace off my last new night-caps, and I look and pear pearls!“ Cannot you, in the like the character I last appeared in at the mean time, contrive to send me some clever masquerade, which was Dido forsaken by young female, well loaded with feathers Æneas. This was like a presentiment of' and ribbons? And then we could get my own deserted and forlorn state: little ready to take a trip to Brighton; from did I imagine I should so soon realize the thence, perhaps,'I might escape to France, fabled fate of this wretched Queen. But, and for ever qnit this hateful den and my dear Sir, judge of my sorrows when I tell wicked husband that immured me in it

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Farewell, Sir, for the present: Jupiter | pockets has wrought a great alteration. has just sent me word be will take break The inconsiderate wife will now adopt the fast with me. He is now well named, for | manners, costume, and family of the Graces; his voice growls like thunder, and his eyes free from care, and destitute of reflection, are like red lightning. As you are a good she sports under the tutelage of her slaves; patured old man, and seem to be a friend her correspondents' notes, no longer secretto our sex, I trust you, will send me the ed occasions storms at which she grieves Jittle milliner I require; if French, she will and is amused nearly at the same inomeut. be the more agreeable. As soon as I can | A woman without pockets is a Cupid just get rid of Jupiter I shall practice my out of his cradle. What a picturesque waltzes and quadrilles in order to qualify medley

medley of dependence and caprice, of myself for my sojournment in France. || thoughtlessness and of candid simplicity! Your's respectfully,

But it may, perhaps, be the case that the Rose FRANTICK. perfection of a handsome woman consists

in her complete approximation to a state

of childhood. I shall conclude this number with the

To you all-thinking' men of every part following little sketch written by my friend of Europe let us therefore apply: without Major Barnacle, when in Paris,

further delay take this moral crisis into

consideration; make it your theme to de AN ESSAY ON THE USE OF POCKETS, || velope the traths which a subject so inter

The most serious efforts are occasionally | esting to the destiny' of tlie human species the result of the most trifling imperceptible is pregnant with; give us a Philosophical causes. The French nobility, which so History of Pockets briskly took to flight at the beginning of

de the battle of Cerizoles, ascribed it to the No one answered the Major's appeal; bridles of their horses. -The bag that was || perhaps by publishing it in The Listener fastened by a leathern thong to the loins of some ingenious and investigating 'being the Sopbists of antiquity, and wherein will bestow this desired liistory on pockets. journeyed on pell-mell, figs, a eup, onious, The following fact may, however, be reand a few books, contributed vastly to the lied on. rendering philosophy popular through the * It is' but a very little time back that a burghs of Peloponeses : how many temples | very lovely young woman, in a blue satin and palaces would have remained in the spenser and a pistachio nut-coloured crape quarries had it not been; for that double skirt was standing under the vestibule of bottomed bag which monachism has the Theatre Feydeau. Her agitated and thrown across the shoulders of its col- confused appearance caused several persons lectors! Can it be thought that the mo- to surround her, imagining she was in want rals of the fair sex, and the domestic hap of something or other, and they were emu. piuess depending on them, are foreign to lous to render her service." Are you in $o simple a cause apparently as the use or want of an umbrella, young woman? Is disuse of pockets?

it a coach you are waiting for, MadeSo long as those faithful depositories re- | moiselle? Will you be pleased, Madam, tained their station by the sides of the to accept of my arm? Will you favour respectable housewife, the result must have me by accepting a seat in my cabriolet?" been a spirit of good order and habits of “ No, gentlemen, I want nothing but a economy: to trust dependants was not so pair of pockets." --And the little epicure requisite, the authority of the wife was was holding in one hand a basket of more absolute, and the community more peaches, in the other a large bunch of Aourishing. The public streets would || grapes, with an enormous greeu melon sometimes offer the most interesting spec- | under her arm! tacle, namely, that of a youthful female

T. HEARWELL bestowing charity. The disappearance of

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GEORGE AND SOPHIA.

GEORGE AND SOPHIA.-A TRUE STORY.

A COUNTRY gentleman of the name of have bad frequent opportunities of meeting Jacibald, after being possessed of a hand. with. I shall not attempt describing to some, though not a considerable fortune, you her beauteous person and agreeable found himself reduced on a sudden to very wit, the loved object always stands un. humble circumstances, owing to his having paralleled in the eyes of a lover, but if her been security, to a large amount, for two disposition, and the qualifications of her friends, one of whom was a bankrupt, and noble heart were known to you, I am certhe other died insolvent. No sooner did tain

you

would not disapprove of my par. he receive the sad intelligence than he pro tiality to her, although she is ignorant, as ceeded to London, to fetch back his only yet, who are the parents from whom she child, a son, whom he had sent thither in

was born. You wonder at this avowal, order that he might profit by the instruc which I have made very candidly, especialtions of the eminent professors wbich the ly as our present circumstances deprive me metropolis contains.

of all bopes: for if her friends are persons A messenger was dispatched to bring the of rank, as I have not the least doubt, youth to the house where his father had from the education that has been bestowed alighted : upon his entering the room, he upon her, whenever they are willing to was addressed as follows:-“ You now see claim ber as their child, they will not acbefore you, my dear George, a living cept of me for her husband, whereas, if parent, who would not lament so bitterly they never are to claim her, I never will the misfortunes that have recently befallen || marry a person I love, so long as I am behim, if he cherished you less, and if he rest of the means of making her comforthad not even reason to be satisfied with able in proportion to her deserts.":ut us your behaviour. The improvement you - 4 George," resumed Mr. Jacibald, ** I have made during your short stay iŋ this cannot approve of that love for a person place will add to the regret which I feel whose birth is thus kept a secret. Meanat no longer being able to bear the expence while, if the passions of men be violent at which your continuing in town would re your time of life, most fortunately they are quire, and of which I know you to be de- || not of long duration. Let us eat our sup: serving. The patrimony I had inherited per; to-morrow you will take Jeave of all from our ancestors has not been lost from your friends, and on the next day we shall my extravagance. I, on the contrary, lived | take our departure." Their repast was retired in a little country box, where soon at an end, and George dismissed at “I shall be very happy to follow you, an early hour. As be was returning home, Sir," interrupted the soll, "if my company assailed by the most sorrowful ideas, he can prove sufficient to afford consolatiou to was surprised at meeting an immense my dearly-beloved and respectable unhappy crowd, and curiosity prompted him te in. father. I only beg you will allow me time quire what was the matter." I was driv: to go and bid adieu-"-At these words | ing an elderly gentleman," said a hackney,

man's eyes were filled with tears. coachman, " who had stooped to look out “ My dearest boy," said the father, perceiv- || at some object or other, when another caring that be durst not enter into further riage running against mine, occasioned a explanation, “speak freely. Perhaps you sudden jolt; the door flew open in conse. have formed an inclination in this town, | quence, and the poor gentleman, in his fall, Confide in me; you know that I have al. ll happened to strike his head agaiust a post, ways wished you to consider me rather as and was taken senseless to a surgeon's, who an experienced indulgent friend, than as a has pronounced him to be in danger of his despotic father.”—“ Yes, Sir, you have life."_“I am sorry for the veteran ; but, guessed right,” replied the youth, falling | at any rate, you have been discharged I on his knees; “I do love, and my affec- suppose, so carry me to Adam-street, Adeb tion is repaid by a young lady whom 1 | phi.”

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