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ment us more than any other reptiles, because we are such fools that won't

go on without 'em.-Well, Sensitive, I begin to hope we have now pretty well exhausted “ Pandora's box," as you call it, and that we may now sit down upon our old stock of Miseries, without going out

upon

the bunt after new ones. Sen. Nay, there are multitudes of Miseries beside those which are to be sought abroad. Turn your eyes, for instance, upon your own person, and tell me whether every joint, limb, and feature, is not a separate rendezvous for an innumerable legion of annoyances, which, though they do not suddenly destroy you, yet fail not in the end to wear you out by a harassing system of petty warfare, of irritating skirmishes, that allow you neither the recruit of rest, nor the glory of a battle.

Tes. Aye, aye-1 see plainly whereabout you are; -“ Miseries personal, or of the Body," as I take it, would be a fit title for the enemies you mean.-If I can't conquer them, you shall see, however, that I can count them

-no man better. When shall we meet upon it?

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Sen. As soon as my nerves shall be strengthened, and your blood cooled, after this longest and hardest of all our days of difficulty.

Tes. Well, then, as the Tough should wait upon the Tender, I will abide the leisure of your worship’s nerves; but, as to myself, it would be a long pause, indeed, as thing's go with me, if we should lie by, till I get into cold blood !-And so, only let me know when you are man enough for another meeting, and you'll find me at your call. .

DIALOGUE THE ELEVENTH.

MISERIES PERSONAL, OR OF THE BODY.

Testy Senior and Junior.-- Sensitive.

[Testy is muffled up about the face, with his

handkerchief to his nose.]

Sensitive.

How now, Sir?
Tes. How?

GROAN 1. (T.) A villainous cold in the head; blowing your nose lustily and frequently, till you are a walking nuisance to all around

you

-but without any fruits, except a sharp twinging sensation in the nostrils, passages which

you
have forced

close up again, with a shrill, thin, whining whistle;

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as the

-not to mention the necessity of disgusting yourself and friends by pronouncing M like B, and N like D, till you are well.

Sen. Bad enough—but I have a worse, just now coming upon me.

2. (S.) Being on the bri.... on the bri... on the bri.... on the br.... (sneezes) .... ink of a sneeze for a quarter of an hour together, and yet, with all your gasping, and sobbing, never able to compass it.

3. (S.) After over-fatigue, or watching—those self-invited starts, jerks, or twitches, that fly about the limbs and body, and come on with an indescribable kind of tingling, teizing, gnawing restlessness; more especially towards bed-time.

Mrs Tes. Yes, yes, the fidgets—deuce take 'em !-but I did not imagine that men knew any thing of the matter.

Sen. Not many of us, Madam, I dare say; but there are very few even among your Miseries, of which I have not at least a smattering knowledge.

4. (S.) Bending back the finger-nail-or even thinking of it.

(Here a violent shriek from Mrs Testy.) Tes. What now, Mrs Testy ?

Mrs Tes. What? why a much worse thing than Mr Sensitive has just mentioned—what think

you
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5. (Mrs T.) Receiving the first hint that your thimble has a hole worn through it, from the needle, as it runs, head and shoulders, under the nail.

6. (T.)

The sensation from the hip downward, when your foot is fast asleep, and before the sharp shooting, which you have next to expect, has yet

come on.

7. (T.) Dreaming that you have a locked jaw, and seeming to wrench open your own head, in your convulsive efforts to speak or gape.

8. (T.) A dozen or two of hiccups in the same breath.

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