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MY UPHOLSTERER.-A FRAGMENT.
It is for want of proper reflection that He there commenced upholsterer, and we wonder at the rapidity with which ig- succeeded. At first, he undertook the norant men make their fortunes; those making of some few plain articles of furpipeople, in general, have the esprit of their ture, which, on account of the taste and business, which, indeed, is the best in most elegance in the execution, procured him cases. The line which they pursue en several new customers. He might have grosses their whole attention, is the object married a widow, in good circumstances; of all their thoughts, and the stimulus of several were introduced to him, but he retheir every transaction. The wise mistrust fused them all, and chose a young girl who which they entertain of themselves, na had no fortune; because as she could read turally leads them to conceive a useful and write, and understood arithmetic, he mistrust in others; thence proceed the safe thought she would prove very useful to operations they engage in ; for a man of him in his undertakinys. shallow intellects will seldom trust to chance. Louis called upon me the other day,
A person in a certain sphere of life har- || dressed in a brown great coat, of coarse bours rather a mean opinion of the artisans cloth, that purposely disguised the opuhe employs, but is apt to consider them as lence of the wearer. · Excuse me, Sir," mere machines, the motions whereof he said he, scraping his right foot side-ways; directs as he pleases. He is not aware that “excuse me for thus intruding; I am only an upcouth outside, an address of simpli- come to inform you that I have disposed city and candour, are masks to disguise the of my stock in trade, and that, thank God, cunning which he is to be made the dupe | I am retiring from business." * What! of. The idea which he has formed of his already !"" Why, I am forty-eight, full; own superiority, turns also to his disadvan- || I have fagged very hard for ten years, it is tage; it leaves him exposed, without re- high time I should enjoy myself a little. I serve, to the malicious scrutiny of his de- intend going to live on an estate I have pendents ; neither are there many servants purchased in Brie. I there own a chateau, but who know, and avail themselves of, the which I have paid for every sous, and weak side of their masters.
which I have had moderuized for myself My upholsterer is a man who, for certain and family. In the summer season reasons, never bore the name of his father ; shall inhabit the country, and return to was brought up in an establishment of cha- spend the winter in Paris. My eldest boy rity till he was twelve years of age, when is nine years old, and, betwixt ourselves, he enlisted as a drummer in a regiment of he already is more knowing than his fafoot. When a grown man he became a ther."-" You bave known how to get a grenadier; his Captain wished to promote fortune.”—“True, and I wish Edward may him, and he would have been made a cor have sense enough to keep it. Why, the poral had be known how to read, but, un dear fellow and his sister Victoire will fortunately, his education bad not been have, each of them, the best part of thirty carried so far.
thousand francs per annum, earned by the Louis was not thirsty of honours, neither sweat of my brow."" You were said to did the disappointment inspire him with a be richer."—" So goes the world; people desire of being more learned. He had ob take pleasure in diminishiug the credit of tained leave to work in different shops of those who stand in need of it, and in prothe towns where his regiment was quar. moting that of such as can do without. tered; and his trifling wages, in addition | When I began, every body would foretel to his still more scanty pay, answered my failing: my manufacturers were chaevery call of his ambition. During eight ritably warned not to trust me, as I had and-twenty years Louis continued in the neither money, nor the means of making ranks; till, at last, he had his discharge, money in the way of business; in proporand retired to Paris, on the list of out tion as the predictions of those good friends pensioners.
of mine proved false, they proclaimed that
my success was not to be wondered at has been considered as a currency which that they knew of my having an immense no one objects to. When I carry my bill capital at command; and both versions, to a man of letters, his censure on my work equally erroneous, have, nevertheless, || 1 reply to by praising his. If to a clerk in proved equally beneficial to me: the first office, I tell him that I have just heard tre only contributed to increase the interest was going to be appointed one of the cabiwhich is telt for a beginner; the latter pro- | net, and solicit his protection, which he cured me a consideration, that I had hi. will scarce engage to grant me, but I get therto obtained from my workmen only : || bis bill discharged."_" I must confess, so true it proves, that inexperienced ene Mr. Louis, that a tradesman can become a mies will sometimes be instruniental in great gaiuer by assuming an air of idiotism, affording uuexpected resources to their in- and by allowing himself to be laughed at tended victims."-“ So, then, you think without even appearing to pay any attenyourself indebted to your enemies for your tion to it. How could you acquire such a suci ess?"-" Have not they reported me as profitable talent?"-" Live and learn, is an a simpleton? You, yourself, have been the old saying, you know, Sir; I see so many dupe of my supposed imbecility, like many people."_" Truly, you must have dealings more."
How so?"" A man need not with a great variety of characters,"_" Perhave learved to read, to know that men mit me to recouut what occurred only can he led by battery." " Monsieur Louis, yesterday. this move of thiuking
u Has been
" At five o'clock in the morning one of conducive to my success. I have had a my workmen came to inform me that as he fresh instance of it lately. I had furnished was going by the Rue de Vendome, be obthe chateall of Marshal he was quite served that a lady whose apartment I had pleased with every article till I brought in just furnished upon eredit, was about movmy bill. Those same articles lost much of ing. I instantly repaired to the spot, and their merit, in his opinion, when he was with the interference of a magistrate, pretold of the price of them; however, in- vailed on the fair damsel not to strip an elestead of quarrelling with bins on my termis, | gant sitting-room of its velvet bangings, I brought him into his drawing-room, and sofas, chairs, &c. with gold fringe, pier glassplaced him facing a full-length likeness of es, &c. the walls of which, if bare, would himself, in the midst of a group of pictures, | cut but a poor figure. After a little cererepresenting the priucipal victories gained mony, the lady agreed to continue in the by his Excellency. At every observation | bouse; and iu order to prevent the landlord his Lordship addressed to me, I exclaimed | bemg exposed to the repetition of a similar on one of his heroic achievements. Nowhim, I hired the apartment myself which sooner had a reminded him of one of his tri- | my dear customer seemned to be tired of. umphs, than the Marshal, forgetful of the I next proceeded to the Rue de Louvois, amount of my bill, would draw near, and, to complete the drapery of the apartment leaning on my shoulder, would assist me of a young person who, since her being in the recollection of his foriner career ; attached to the Opera house, can no longer the glorious remembrance, by degrees, in-live with her parents. A gentleman, a flamed his imagination; and after listening well-wisher to the family, bas taken the for a line to the recital of the battles he charge of directing the new actress; he had fought, and to his being promoted | being old aud rich, I readily accepted his upon such or such an occasion, I handed to || being security. I had known the girl behim the bill, which he had, inadvertently, fore she had become a lady; I found her placed on the mantle-piece, when bois Ex- much altered. I doubt my baving undercellency, vow in a mood of liberality, sign- gone any alteration in my appearance, yet ed, with cheerfulness, the account which, she did not know me again. She gave out at first, he had viewed with chagrin.”—“1 her orders with admirable sangfroid, with: no longer am surprised, Monsieur Louis, at out allowing me to make the least observayour having made a fortune, if you have tion, and displayed so much taste in the dealt in this same way with all your cus arrangement of every article she bespoke, tomers."_"Why, Sir, flattery, for ages, ll that one might have thought she bad ever
been a person of fortune; she, nevertheless, | who last year was called Madame la Baonce or twice seemed to consult, in a whis ronne, three years ago Madame la Geneper, a young gentleman who, I understool, rale, and, I know not why, is now called is a near relative of her Mentor. She was Lady Palma, came to desire me to procure obliged to leave him, however, to go and an execution, to bave brought to the hamreceive her mother, with whom she con mer the furniture which four years back I tinued for half an hour in the hall, through was paid for, one half by the General, the regard for a rich new carpet that had just other moiety by the Baron.
As I was been fitted up in her room.
always a friend to the ladies, I granted the "I then went to the sale of the house request, and this morning remitted to hold furniture of a nobleman who was Mademoiselle Eugenie, Baronne, Generale, leaving town. The whole was allotted to and Lady, the whole amount of the goods me for one-fourth of what I had received that were seized and sold." for them a short time before--goods sell for Mr. Louis was going to proceed in his so little at those auctions! I was more hurt || narrative, when M. de Berville was anthan himself.
nounced.--"He is one of my customers, too," * On my return home my wife told me said Louis; “it is not long since I have fur. that the Marchioness of Gerolles had just | nished for him a petite maison, where he called to let me know that she was to have il retires every now and then to reflect on the a grand rout in a couple of days. Upon frailties of the poor human race." those occasions I supply ber with a variety Berville was iutroduced: Louis recomof articles of furniture; the same as I do mended to us both his successor, and bow. Couusellor Dumont for his yearly ball. ed to me with a smile which he made as The one lives in the Marais, the other in satirical as possible. I verily believe he the Fauxbourg St. Germain, so that the surmised the use I intended to make of his travelling articles are not recognised. conversation. “ I next prepared for another whimsical
T. SIMPLETON. expedition. Mademoiselle Eugenia T
THE WONDER OF WONDERS!- AN ULTRA-FASHIONABLE
TRANSFORMED TO A DOMESTICATED MATRON.
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“DURING my long practice," said Dr. " Yes, my child; and you will soon find Bryant, “ I took hasty notes of my diurnall your destined employment a luxury. A proceedings as a physician. I have no mind such as yours must take delight in spare moments to arrange those sketches: developing its acute and refined capacities; you, my dear Hampden, are endowed with and thus you shall bavish the demon ennui. a clearuess of perception, and general know- Opulence may be idle, but can neither ledge, truly adequate to the undertaking; evade oor charm away the bauuting torI know Olivia will sometimes wish you ments of ennui, that claim the idle as a deengrossed by herself alone, but the scarcity voted prey." of atteudance you can give to her cannot Hampden and Olivia perceived the pafail intensely to endear the suppy hours of rental prevenance which induced Dr. Bryrelaxation you pass together; and when , aut to intrust them with notes on which she thinks you have too long bent over the he rested his fame in future ages, and they desk-why, let her wield the quill for you. resolved to contribute all in their power to Her vivacity can enliven the style of your his satisfaction and enduring celebrity. grave compilation."
Besides this literary engagement, their eleNow you deride your poor Olivia, gant accomplishments afforded a fuud of papa. Or, let me see, you want to con diversified interesting recreations; and trive employment for me."
couples less highly gifted, who are anxious
to render home agreeable to each other, With those written remains of antedilu. may always procure a variety of resources vian elegance, Hampden contrasted the for amusement. Hampden aud Olivia ex recent absurdities at Baggaria, where incelled as musicians, and in guiding the vention has tortured itself to combine in plastic pencil; engraving, sculpture, che each animal the most incongruous parts of mistry, and mechanics, were favourite pur- | many, forming in all a hideous monstrosity. suits of her husband, and Olivia could not Hampden led his fair pupil to frigorific be indifferent to any pursuit in which he || climes, and directing her mind's eye to the found pleasure. Affection aided the pro- liceblink, explained how a Jucid expanse gress of her intellectual improvement : in the atmosphere reflected a correct map hitherto she had wasted her time in the of the ice, far beyond the reach of human perusal of borrific romances, or enervating vision without this providential aid ; and superficial sentimentality. Hampden did be feelingly awakened sentiments of piety, not arrogantly suppose he could, by a sud-by observing that the iceblink, and tbe den transformation, change this perverted || luminous appearances of icebergs and field
he kuew gradual remedies to be the ice in gloomy weather, and even in the most effectual, and mingling indulgence with darkest nights, preserve the experienced edification, ransacked ancient and modern mariner amidst dreadful perils. Natural history and biography for facts the most evils are accompanied by mitigating cirsimilar to novel adventures. He culled cumstances, and man is endowed with fa. from natural history wonders such as Lady culties which, stimulated by the commandFlorentia related to her adopted charge; ing energy of his will, can enable him to for Olivia, in this respect, was but a child rectify his moral ills. Under the guidance of larger growth. We have seen, in of her beloved, Olivia's thoughts were No. 109, of LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE, the transported to the desolate Paramos of description Hampden succinctly gave of the South America, and he informed her that animal flower, and more detailed particu even there, although nature ceases her lars excited Olivia's ardent curiosity. The visible operations, the active goodness of dreadful and sudden juhumation of the in- | the great Creator hath appointed the huge habitants of Herculaneum and Pompeii; the | Andes to generate winds that purify the discovery of those ill-fated cities after being pestilential vapours of the moist vallies, lost in the bowels of the earth near a thou- steaining beneath the rays of a vertical sun. sand years; discussions whether an ernp. Our limits warn us to hasten the contion of Mount Vesuvius, or a rising of the clusion, and we shall only mention the waters, overwhelmed them; the probabi- garse, or dropping tree, which in the Ca. lity, or exaggeration, of the accounts we nary Isles, and the Isle of St. Thomas, in have concerning the gardens of Latomi, in the Gulf of Guinea, supplies water for arid Sicily: old writers tell us the rocks ex regions. Hampden did not neglect the cavated for the building of Syracuse, accu enchantments of poesy to unfold the permulated soil, and, being protected from ceptions of his docile companion, and he parching wiods and scorching sunbeams, found in well-selected Magazines the most produced the most profuse variety of high material assistance to the prose and poetiflavoured fruits; the Lago Magiore, near cal tuition he bad undertaken. His lessons Milan, with the lovely islets Isola Madre were short, and seemingly fortuitous, growand Isola Bella, delineated by Hampdeu as ing out of the present occasion, or suggestOlivia, hanging on his arm, walked through ed by some conversation that had passed the shrubbery in her father's fiue country in company.
Olivia had a new world residence, charmed her luxuriant fancy. of delectable ideas laid open to her; and Hampdeu pictured to her the lofty terraces to lengthen the space allotted for convercommanding a sublime perspective, and sation, she tried to take the pen for Hampthe near view of sylvan avd floral beauties | den, if other engagements interfered with in the groves of losty cedars, aromatic writing out her father's notes. She did sbrubs, and all the pride of gardens laid out not venture to insert her trauscript in the with sumptuous grandeur, and graced by || book, but having copied it on separate statues of the most perfect workmanship.
sheets, and the contents being approved or
amended by Hampden, she wrote while, ther's noble stature, when she said to her he hastened to prepare for walking. The own fond parent:"My dear, dear father, frequent use of her pen helped her to think I never can be sufficiently grateful to you more correctly, and this was all that for preferring my Hampden to a titled Hampden desired, or her father intended. suitor as your son-in-law. The Duke could To qualify her by various occupations not have made me so happy, for his habits to amuse solitary hours, to reflect with were the reverse of all that could make me solid judgment, and to act with self- good; and yet he was so handsome, so possession, discernment, and consistency; fascinating, I once liked him better than in a word, to confer on the external bless- Hampden." ings of life a real value, by learning their “ You did not know his private characright application-these were the aims ofter, and your ambition aspired to a coronet. Dr. Bryant and Mr. Hampden in cultivat Dread of his success led me to encourage ing the understanding of Olivia ; and she Hampden, as I would rather have my child imbibed instruction with the sweetest | happy than exalted. With Hampden's affiance and without the least diminution regular habits I certainly should have preof sportive animation. In the eyes of her || ferred his Grace; and a Duke may be, husband every attraction augmented as her and often is, not less worthy than a private complexion was transferred to a blooming gentleman. Goodness is not confined to group of sons and daughters. Beauty may || any sphere, nor excluded from any situafascinate the lover, but marriage can per- tion, but it is the duty of parents to place petuate felicitous sensations only where their daughters beneath the shelter of true complacent graces, unassuming wisdom, merit, in preference to the pinnacle of and companionable attainments endear the grandeur. wife.
B. G. Olivia's first son was nearly of his fa
CURIOUS OBSERVATIONS ON THE DRESS OF LADIES.
It is not long since the following | waters of the Mechacebe river. This last question was proposed in France by a cer work discovers an original and independent tain society, and a prize offered to the mind.—“Ismile with contempt," says the auauthor who should answer it in the most thor, “when I see a society of pensive men satisfactory and incontrovertible manner. resolve thoughtlessly; I feel indignant when
Question.-Has the art of the toilet || I hear Europeans speaking of their toilet, attained, under the meridian of Paris, its as if in Paris, the same as in London, the bigbest degree of perfection, and is it now art so called was not in its infancy, which at the eve of experiencing the fate of all no one cares about, a coarse daub enhuman inventions, which degenerate as tirely neglected !"—These assertions unsoon as their developement is completed ? doubtedly are strange enongh; but what
Fifteen authors agreed in maintaining will appear still more so is, that the author that the art of the toilet in France had ex proves them to be founded on truth. He hausted the resources of genius, and in j establishes a parallel between our most rediscovering, which some censured and fined toilet and that which is in common others praised, an eminent characteristic use in the forests of America; he pursues of voluptuousness, inquiry, and caprice, it with perseverance through an immensity together with a tolerably good loss of of details; and with equal erudition and time, taste, and money, and a proportionate logic exposes our inferiority. relaxation of morals.
Instruments and preparations.--He has The society, however, unmoved by those only been able to find out seven hundred declamations, reserved its whole interested and twenty-nive on the most fashionable attention for the Memorial No. 8, bearing dressing tables of the Chaussée d'Antin ; this motto:- And I too have drank of the il whereas he produces a catalogue of two