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eonsiderable, but he possesses an economical mind. band you will present to me I will accept, fully You refused the young man, and it is not my persuaded that your choice will be calculated to fault is

promote my happiness. Agathe. You know very well, that at any time Jaquemin. My dear girl--but I know nothing I am sure of having Mr. Ledoux.

of Sainville's intentions, except that he wishes to Jaquenin. I believe it will be more wisely done marry, and that it is possible that finding himself to rest contented with him. As to Pauline, in the company of four young ladies would suclu a match suit her taste, when settled for though I no longer reckon Therese, since beforehand, with equal fortunes, no strange ad she has vowed eternal love to her cousin, I must ventures, no obstacl:s to conquer; she requires not omit our neighbour. something more uncommon, more romantic, Ursule. I beg your pardon, I must give up all some sudden burst of sympathy, and a handsome || pretentions. but pennyless youth to raise him to affluence. Jaquemin. Why so? if he should suit you, and

Pauline. A single moment may suffice to a fix his choice upon you, I should have no objection waken that powerful sympathy.

10 employ my influence to further the match, Jaquemin. Yes; but I am a strange sort of a But the only motive of my coming here was tu guardian, exactly the contrary of what you see in ask you to treat the son of my friend as you plays and romances; I think myself too old to ought, fall in love with my ward, am too honest to keep

Therese. You need not fear, father. her fortune, and too good natured not to obey Jaquemin. All his acquaintance were very roher will; as to Ursule, I have no right over lier, spectable, and his most intimate one was a young and Therese is too young.

gentleman from Bordeaux, a Mr. Corsignac, who Therese. Never mind me, dear father, I am though he has lost the accent of his country, still more open than you, you conceal your secret, preserves all its liveliness and humour, and I will reveal mine, my choice is made.

Therese. Mr. Corsignac? Jaquemin. Indeed! and who is the happy ob Jaquemin. Will you not fancy now, that he is ject.

also destined for one of you. I hope that new Therese. You are well acquainted with him, connexions will not have altered Sainville's amiand favour him with your love, though you scold able disposition, but above all things do not let ed himn pretty well and often enough when he was him see that you think he is come to look for a here. Before he returned to college we vowed wife, eternal love,

Therese. Oh, certainly not. Jaquemin. Oh! my nephew ; I should be very Jaquemin. You need not laugh, I repeat it again sorry to oppose such a reasonable passion; it is his only intention is to buy an estate. lucky we have time enough to think of it!

Therese. Very well. Therese. Provide for my eldest, I will wait. Jaquenin. I am going to meet him, and shall

Jaquemin. Louise is the only one whom in my soon see you again : make my compliments to opinion, he would suit: she is eighteen, good, || your cousin, Therese, in your next letter, for I handsomne, and like her mother, who watched doubt not that you correspond with him. It is over her education, not too learned nor too igno- strange that out of five girls, the youngest alone ránt; it is she who instructed her sister, and should have a lover,

[Exit. directs the internal concerns of my house with Therese. Excellent! He meant to say nothing, economy and prudence; and I am sure the praises and has disclosed the whole. I bestow upon her are too just not to be re-echoed Agathe. It is plain, that buying an estate is no by every one present.

more than a false pretence. Ursule. You are very right, Mr. Jaquemin.

Ursule. His intention is to marry. Therese. Yes, my dear father, because she is Pauline. It is ; and my guardian leaves him a neither envious, wicked, nor a coquette, my sister

free choice ainongst us. fancies such characters are not in existence; and

Louise. Yet it seems that he wishes Mr. Sain. whilst I exercise my talents for raillery upon

ville should fix upon me. o hers, she assists and advises them without tat

Pauline. Very natural in him ; he prefers bis tering or deriding their weaknesses. With me | daughter alone she is sometimes severe, but it is quite

Ursule. And yet he does not put me out of natural, I ain like her own daughter,

the question, 1 who am neither his daughter nor Jaquemin. How happy I should be to settle her ward. according to her deserts.

Therese. But you are too nice not to refuse Louise. Since my most tender infancy I have willingly to enter into competition. been so accustomed to love and obey you, that I

Ursule. Why so?-Oh! you are right, when have no other will than yours. Whatever lousa | the happiness of my friends is interested in At, XVI. Vol. II.

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You may be sure that he must pay the most Pauline. 1, Sir, do not deserve so great an marked attentions before I But hear me honour: Louise will accept them with pleasure. patiently; we may say, without being vain, that Therese. I expect him soon. we are all handsome enough, it is probable that Ledoux (to Louise). Will you be so good more than one will fall in love with him; as for Louise. With a great deal of pleasure, Sir; and me, I will avoid it; but, at all events, let

I am much obliged to you. not love destroy the friendship which till now Ledour. Will you add to your kindness, by has joined us together. Let us always be frank telling me how I have offended Miss de Permont? and open; and if it be the will of fale to make Agatke. Sir? us rivals, let us still remain faithful friends. Ledoux. Yesterday I still fartered myself you Pauline. Admirable! thy words, Ursule, fill would not disclain

my

addresses. iny soul with enthusiasm ; it seems as though Agathe. There is nothing that can authorize Miss Howe was berself addressing me.

your boldness, Sir. Agathe. I heartily agree with you; and am de Corsignac (behind the scenes). Mr. Jaquemin terinined to turn my old suitor, Mr. Ledoux, off is gone out, you say, but the ladies are at home, this day.

that is the most important point; the ladies alone Louise. Beware not to act too rashly, my dear have brought me hither. Agathe, you know not this Sainville; he may,

Louise. What do I hear?. perhaps, have the same defects as those whom Therese. A young man! quick, quick, ladies, you have refused.

to your posts; it is he! Agathe (aside). I repent severely not having Agathe. He probably followed the winding passed over the defects of men before these little path. girls grew up to womanhood.

Louise. My heart palpitates. Therese. You have taken a fine resolution, pro

Pauline. So does mine. vided you could keep it; I depend upon Louise, Agathe. And inine. but there are very few women capable of such Ursule, And mine. self-denial,

Ledoux. What can be the meaning of all this? lirsule. As for me, I am sure I shall keep my

Enter CORSIGNAC. word, and promise to give my companions a true account of the state of my heart.

Corsignae (to servant). Stay behind, I willirAgathe. I promise the same.

troduce myself. You behold, amiable ladies, a Pauline. I swear I will uníold all my thoughts. young man, whom the fame of your beauty has

Therese. Permit me no! to enter this confede altracted here, and who leaves for you, without racy; but first, according to my father's deter the least regret, the pleasures of the metropolis. mination, Louise has more right to Mr. Sainville Ursule. He seems very lively. than either of you.

Agathe (aside). He is young, at least. Ursule. Very true.

Pauline (aside). Is the decisive moment coine, Agathe (low to Ursule). What do you say now?

the burst of sympathy ? Ursule flow to Agatke). Never mind; it is Therese (aside). Is that lie? only to flatier her.

Louise. You are welcome, Sir; my father is Pauline (low to Ursule). What! do you espouse gone lo try to meet you. her cause?

Corsignac. To meet me, thought I should Ursule (low to Pauline.) Can you think I would

have reached this place before my letter; but, hesitate between you both? (aloud) Yonder what increase of happiness! I expected only comes Mr. Ledoux, Agathe's favoured lover. four beauties, and there are five.

Therese (pointing to Ursule). This is a neigli

bour of ours. Enter Mr. Lepoux, with a nosegay in his hand.

Corsignac. Who would not shame the family, Ledoux. Ladies, I wish you a good morning. You, fair maid, who welcomed me so kindly, (To Agathe.) Will you permit me to present you are Mr. Jaquemin's daughter. these flowers ?

Louise. And this is my sister, Sir. Agathe. Lillies and narcissus! Oh, what a Corsignar. Here are therefore the two charmstroog smell! I cannot bear it. Give them to ing wards; this gentleman is probably an Ursule.

uncle; perhaps the father of the handsome Ursule I am not fond of flowers, Sir; but neiglıbour. Pauline likes them very much.

Ledoux. Her father, Sir. Therese (aside). Poor man! how he is bowled Theresa. You are mistaken, he is a young man about!

of this country. Lelloux (to Pauline). Shall I ?

Corsignac. Indeed! a young man!

Willow,

Dolly,

FABLE.

Ledour. No, Sir; I have no pretensions to Briers,

Mr. RAYMOND. youth.

Issachar,

Mr. WEWITZER. Corsignac. I saw Mr. Jaquemin very often Ponder,

Mr. MADDOCKS.

Jones, during his abode at Paris ; a very pleasant man,

Mr. PALMER. a good father, and a kind guardian ; we often Serjeant O'Sullivan, Mr. JOHNSTONE. walked together, and he spoke of his four girls Farmer Sickle,

Mr. DoWTON.

Mr. BARTLEY. with such warmth, that I, who in general believe that praise is exaggerated, wished to ascertain Lady Mary Import, ... Miss DUNCAN. with my own eyes the truth of his assertions.

Mrs. Sickle,

Miss MELLON.

Jane, I come, behold, and admire you, and find al

Miss Boy CE.

Maria, ready that his most enthusiastic descriptions were

Mrs. Kay.

Mrs. Scott. far from equalling the reality -(To Louire.)

Bar-maid, What innocence, what modesty in her looks !

Miss TIDSWELL. (To Therese.) What archness in her smile! (To Pauline.) What a sentimental and romantic coun:enance! (To Agathe.) What noble pride

On the opening of the piece, Mr. Sickle, 2: in thes; i right eyes!

rich Gloucestershire farmer, arrives in London, Ledour. This man will delay my marriage, I and at the inn encounters an old friend, Mr. am afraid.

Priers, a hop-merchant in the Borough, to whom

le recounts the motive of his visit to the metroCorsig nac. And, as though this house were not dangerous enough for ihe tender-hearted polis, from which we learn that he has married a knights, who seek fur hospitality beneath its second wife, a young woman, whose vanity and roof, a young and lovely neglıbour joins her ill-temper have banished his son and daughter, charms with those of the other enchantresses of and in search of whom he has undertaken his this abode.

present journey. The farmer conceives he has Therese. He does not forget any one.

some clue to the retreat of his danghter, as she Ledour. What bombast!

was brought up with her foster sister Lady Mary Pauline. What choice of expressions !

Import, who is now married and resides in London. Louise. I wish he was more modest, and less Briers promises to assist him in his search, and affected.

offers every friendly interference. Mrs. Sickle, Corsignac. What do you say, a miable ladies ? who is of a romantic turn, supposing her husband

Therese. I say, Sir, that my father is coming to have journied into Wesimoreland, takes this with another young man.

opportunity of visiting London, under the proUrsule. Another!

tection of young Willow, a platonic Cicisbeo; Louise. I am glad this is not Sainville.

but arriving at the same inn, she is surprised by Ledour. I am not fond of so many young men her husband, and left fainting in the arms of her here.

pretended friend, wliile the farmer Aies the scene, Pauline. Heavens! I thought I began to feel || doubiful of the evidence of sight. The farmer's something stirring in my heart his favour. son, Edwarı, has found an asylum in the service Therese (to Corsignac). I guess who you are.

of Sir George Dapple, an extravagant young man Corsignac. Indeed!

of fashion, whose affairs are in the hands of Jews,

E, R. brokers, and money-lenders; while Jane, his (To be continuerl.) daughter, ucets the protection of her

generous foster-sister. Sir Sampson Import, banker and

a city knight, has entered into a second marriage DRURY-LANE.

with the daughter of a ruined peer, without a

portion-1 woman of benevolent mind and poOn Thursday, April 3th, a new Comedy, the

Jished manners. The old knight, proud of his production of Mr. CHERRY, of his Theatre, was

choice, wishes her to be the object of universal performed for the first time, and since repeated, admiration, and, by opening his doors to men of entiiled, “ A Day in London;" in which were

fashionable levity, gives frequent opportunity for employed the principal comic strength of the calumniating report. The farmer's wife is re. house.

moved by young Willow, from the inn to a private

lodging, where he throws off the mask of friendJack Melange, Mr. BANNISTER. ship, and asíumes the prosessed lover. Deceived Captain Import, Mr. DE CAMP.

in the confidence she had placed in him, and Sir George Dapple, Mr. RUSSEL.

indignant at his advances, she flies the house, Mr. Bouvere,

Mr. H. SIDDONS. and rushes into the street, imploring protection, Sir Sampson Import,,, Mr. CHERRY.

which she receives from the very step-son whom

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her conduct had driven from his father's habita of a variety of incidents, heaped together without tion. In this dilemma she is encountered by an much grace or order,—and which, whilst they Hibernian Serjeant, who had just returned from keep the fable perpetually on the more, have no the house of Sir Sampsun, whither he was dis tendency to confine it within the due and orderly patched on the business of his Captain, nephew stages of a regular action; like a ship in a calin, to the knight. Jack Melange, a generous ec there is plenty of motion, but no progress. centric, offers pecuniary assistance, which is Mr. Cherry seems to have fallen upon a wrong rejected by Mrs. Sickle ; in which he is surprised | idea with respect to fable. It is not made by an by Briers, of whose daughter Melange is a pro abundance of incidents, but by a few, strictly fessed admirur, Briers inisconstrue; the motives belonging to, and supporting it, in some main, of Melange, and enters the house in search of and (as often as can be) single action. The IT'illou, determined to demand satisfaction for vehicle being once settled in its due stages and the injuries of the farmer. Nirs. Sickle, here proper speed, should not be hurried beyond it, accepts the good offices of the Serjean', who | After a certain degree of velocity has been obconducts her to the house of Sir Sampson, where || tained, it is not by clapping two supernumerary she is most honourably secreted and protected by || horses to a carriage, that you accelerate its proLady Mary; from which circumstance several gress. embarrassments arise, to the injury of this gene The characters are much too nunerous in this rous woman's fame, which ultimately involves play. There is quite a mob of dramatic personæ, Captain Import in a duel with Melange and Sir without discrimination of character, or nicety of G. Dapple; but chance placing the two latter | selection. The language, however, is occasionparties in the power of Lady Mary, she prevents ally entitled to great praise; and is better than their meeting until proper explanation restores what we expect to meet with in most modern them to their former friendly intercourse. Mr. plays. Bouvere, the partner of Sir Sampson, proves to be the younger brother of Lady Mary, who, on his return from the Indies, had adopted that mode of observing his sisier's conduct, on which the afinity unknown to her) he often ventured to comment with an asperity displeasing to her

COVENT-GARDEN. feelings. The piece concludes with the rescue of Sir George's estate by the generous interference On Thursday the 16th, was presented 2 of Melange, with a conviction of the purity and new Ballet, entitled The Ogre ani Little Thumb. honour of Lady Mary; the marriage of Jane and It is from the common Storehouse of our modern Captain Import, of Melange and Maria ; and the dramatists, the “ Tales of Mother Lunch," and is reconciliation of the Farmer and his Wife. chiefly founded on the old fable of the Seven Throughout the play there are several episodical League Bouts. Puerilities of this kind have no characters and situations. The general design | other merit, than as they become the vehicles of of the piece is to shew the inconvenience and splendid scenes, and ingenious machinery. The distress that often arises from matches of unequal | Public, for some time past, have been contented years; and that the best actions cannot insure to be pleased with them, and the Managers have us the good opinion of the world, if accompanied found their justification in the profits attending by a careless levity of conduct.

these spectacles. Unfortunately, however, the It is with sincere regret that we cannot speak so caprice of the town is not always lasting ; and on favourably of this play as we could have wished. || Thursday night this little Ballet encountered a It is, in truth, not worthy of the talents and re severe opposition, and, in the theatrical phrase, putation of Mr. Cherry.

was next door to damnation. Some alterations The general contrivance of this play is ex have been made since, and it is now performed tremely detective; the fable does not subsist in with more success. any unity or singleness of action, but is composed

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