Louise. I am very sorry for it, for the quiet MAIDS TO BE MARRIED.

lile I lead in the country seems so sweet and so

pleasant; yet I should no object to visiting [Continued froin Page 271.]

Paris. Acr II, SCENE 1.-Louise and URSULE.

Ursule. He wibes also that his wife should Ursule. Let us seek the solitude of this saloon, || shine in the highest circles; and by the elegance no one will disturb us, and we may converse tu. of her dress, and her beauty, should become an gether at liberty, Now let me hear; you said object of general admiration. that Sainville pleased you at first sight.

Louise. Alas! I am so timid, so fond of avoidLouise. The few words he spoke produced a ing being noticed; yet I could yield to his desire deeper impression upon me than the graces of his of mixing in the world, provided he should make person, and I feel no reluctance in fulfilling my ample amends for it wlien we retire from its father's wishes who destined him to be my hus- noisy scenes. band.

Ursule. He is a very honest man, but never Ursule. I congratulate you on the happiness | refuses to join in a convivial meeting, or take a you are going to enjoy with such a man; and hand at cards, and is very gallant to the ladies, will afford you every assistance in my power to

This is all his friend could tell me. make the conquest of his heart.

Louise. Heavens! I should not like such a man Louise. Is it necessary to make use of any for my hustand. stratagem to please him? If we suit each other, Ursule. Be not terrified at this description ; no impediment can arise to delay our union. such dispositions are very amiable; and wlten

Ursule. Well spoken like a country girl! but once we find the means of fixing their incon I who, in my boarding-school and learned books, stancyhave studied the ways of the world, wiil instruct Louise. But liow? you how to act. Your ariless sincerity, which Ursule. How! by making them purchase der. impels you to own your true sentiments too soon, ly the avowal of our sentiments in their favour. will perhaps be mistaken for forwardness. I fear Yes, my dear Louise, if you seem to fly from him, also you will be led by the advice of others, your he will be the more ardent in your pursuit. rivals for initance, Agathe and Pauline, and as I Louise. But this is acting exactly like a co. am your friend and think you have a better tiile

quette. to Sainville's hand than either of them, will, if Ursule. Coquetry may sometimes prove useful; you choose, exert all my talents in insuring your when it is innocently indulged, it onis increases marriage.

the charms of a woman. Louise. But I would not conceal any thing from Louise. I shall be so awkward, them; have we not engaged our word we would Ursule. A young lady be awkward on such an open the secrets of our hearts to each other occasion, when coquetry is in the question ! 'tis No, the only way is to become as amiable as 1 impossible. A look of indifference and disdair, ought to be, and by Aattering attentions to secure affecting at the same time to be particularly polite Sainville's affection, without employing any unfair to his friend Corsignac means.

Louise. O, no, I cannot act thus. I will not, Ursule. Trust me, all will be fair, and follow I'd rather give up all thoughts of marrying my advice I will let you know what I have already Sainville; for could such a line of conduct lead done. I met Corsignac, and obtained as much me to happiness ? yet I feel that my heart is information from hin about your future husband's engaged, and that I would forgive his faults with taste, temper, and intentions, as will suit our pleasure. purpose.

l'rsule. Well, only follow my directions, and Louise. Well ?

let me speak of you to him. Ursulę. You must not fancy that he means to Louise, I agree to it; do not forsake me. spend all his life on the estate he is about to pur Ursale. Ilush! here he comes. chase; six months in the country, and six in Louise. Hecores; after the inforination you town, such is the way he intends to dispose of il have given me, I do not know how to bchave in his time; for the pleasures and dissipation of Paris, his presence, balls, playhouses, &c. are very much to his taste,


slight a defect is scarcely perceived You told Suinville (to Louise). Since I have found you

ine at breakfast you intended to pay a visit to my alone with your amiable neighbour, I will not

mother, I will go and prepare her to receive you; suffer such a favourable opportunity to escape.

she will be delighted at becoming acquainted You may recollect that during breakfast your

with the son of an old friend. As to Louise, I father pronounced a few words which have filled will scold her, and make her feel she was in the my soul with hope, and given birth to many

wrong, to tax with vanity what seemed to me projects.

the expression of modest and respectful esteem. Louise. Wbat projects, Sir.

(Aside.) I'll hasten to let my mother know what Sainville. I have teased him so much about

a good match now presents

itself. [Exit. finding me an estate, that he has at last resolved Sainville. This young neighbour appears to be to conduct me this very day to see one which

endowed with a kind heart, and I might hesitate lies contiguous to his own.

between the two.-0, no; I have almost pledged Ursule. It is pleasant to live near one's friends.

my honour to Mr. Jaquemin, and the impression Suinville. But I meant to speak of a certain

her charms produced upon me would have led marriage which Mr. Jaquemin mentioned during

me to declare my love, had she not left me so our conversation.

precipitately. I should not like her, however, 10 Louise. Well, Sir?

indulge her whims too often; yet what woman Sainville. Well ma'am; your father, who looks

is not capricious ? upon me with the partiality of a friend, hinted

Enter PAULINE dressed in white, with a strau that I might make a choice among his young

hat and a book in her hand, ladies. I have not the presumption to think that I deserve the approbation of your handsome

Pauline (looking at her book). He is alone; companions nor yours, yet while every thing

excellent. around you proclaims your talents, I cannot

Sainville. What misfortune has happened, resist

ma'am ; if I mistake not, you are weeping? Louise. Sir!-(Aside to Ursule.) It is delight

Pauline. I beg your pardon, Sir, I did not see ful to listen to hiin.

you, (pointing to her book). Yes this is such an Ursule (aside in Louise). Listen, but beware.

interesting situation, a young man and a young Sainville. Could an honest heart, a pure soul,

Tady who behold each other for the first time, and and sincere affection cause my defects to be over

feel such a violent perturbation in their hearts ! looked, and increase the little merit I posses

I am used to melt into tears at every novel I Ursule (aside to Louise ). Answer him as you

read. ought.

Sainville. I interrupt your lecture, and I will Louise. Do you mean to make a declaration ? immediately retire. Sainville. A declaration! No; I have been so

Pauline. One moment more, if you please, you li:tle in your company as yet that I should not

have undoubtedly read the “Dangers of Sensibidare; and my greatest hope is that you will be lity”. indulgent.

Sainville. I read very few novels, especially Louise. Indulgent, Sir! men are so vain, I am

since so many have been written. told, that lought to be severe. (Aside to Ursule.)

Pauline, Heav'ns! Sir, you do not peruse No, Ursule, I cannot follow your advice, I can these delighiful works! In the name of God, not become a coquette.

whence hare you derived that love for the reViele. The best way then is to leave us. tirement of the country, and those pure and exSainville ( to Louise). You seem agitated ? quisite feelings I took so much pleasure in hear

Louise. Not in the least, Sir, I am perfectly | ing you analyse this morning! composed, but do not feel well, and must beg to

Sainville. What affectation! (Aloud.) I have be excuseu. (Aside.) What a piry! [Erit. I said nothing more than the truth, when I spoke

Sainville (aside). She scarcely answers me, of my partiality for the country; I am destined and withdraws when I speak of love. Corsignac, to live far from towns, I therefore will try to be who assured me that all these girls, even the happy, wherever fate will place me. And as to neighhour, had some intentions upon me, must my private feelings, I think it is perfectly useles have committed a very great mistake. ( Aloud.) to peruse novels to be a man of honour, and my This reception is not very encouraging.

ambition does not aim at a higher title than that Crsule. Her heart is excelleni, her soul is the

of a virtuous member of society. abode of virtue, and if she be a little caprici Pauline (aside). What dryness in his expres.


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