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that of Mezentius, who, according which then began to shine with new to the Roman poet, caused dead lustre, attracted the notice of several bodies to be joined to the living, gentlemen, who vied with each that the latter might expire Nowly, other in the assiduity of their ad. and, as the emperor Tiberius ex. dresses. But the most ardent of all preffed it, feel themselves dying. her admirers was a foreigner, who The story I am going to relate is a went by the name of the count de sad proof of the truth of what I Bertola, and who was equally rehave advanced; and I hope it will markable for his graceful person be a warning to all parents noćand polite address. This advenvainly to attempt to alter human turer foon gained over the old lady' nature, and strive to make young by presents; and by the arts of ladies love that which they should courtship and flattery, in which he fear to look upon.
had but few equals, made such an A rich merchant of Bristol, whom impression upon the youthful Æmi. I shall beg leave to call Harpagon, lia, who was intirely unpractised in on account of the fimilitude of cha- the wiles of men, that the readily raeter between him and Moliere's consented to retire with him to FloMiser, had a daughter, whose beau. rence, declaring, that he would ra- ty and patural good qualities could ther fly to the utmost corner of the not have failed to procure her per- earth, than return to a husband fect happiness, had not an avaricious who was become her aversion, and · father preferred money to every to whom she had never given her other consideration,
heart. Æmilia, for that was the young They soon after set out, and in a lady's name, having never had any sort time arrived at Florence, where love-engagement, too easily con- the pretended count took very elesented to marry Mr. Lovegold, an gant lodgings for Æmilia, and lived old gentleman of great wealth, who, with her in extreme splendor and being greatly captivated by her luxury. This, however, did not last charms, offered to marry her with- long. One morning the people to out a portion. She however found whom the house belonged came to lo little satisfaction with her super- Æmilia, and infifted upon being 2ppvated lover, that. The was soon immediately paid for the time the seized with a lingering disorder, and had lodged there, and all that they was advised by her physicians to re- had advanced for her and the impair to Bath for the recovery of her postor in whole company she came. health. Mr. Lovegold did not think Æmilia, thunderstruck at this deproper to accompany her thithes, mand, inquired for the count; and being intirely taken up with the being informed that he had gone off care of mercantile affairs, and ap- in the morning, and had not been prehended no danger, as she went heard of since, 'was seized with the in the company of an elderly female utmost consternation; which was relation of his own,
greatly increased when she found, 'The fair Æmilia had not been upon exarrination, that the villain, long at Bath when her conftitution in whom Me had placed such confi. was re-established; and her beauty, dence, had carried off all her jewels,
which were of a considerable value. Such are the tragic events which The hard-hearted landlord was so generally result from the imprufar from being affected with her dence of parents, who, instead of tears and intreaties, that he caused guiding, vainly attempt to force the her immediately to be sent to a pri-, human heart, and sacrifice the refon, where, after having languished pole of their children to fordid ine. for about six weeks, The died in the tereft. ,.,,o
. utmoft misery.