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seats in the kingdom, from actual observation; nor is any one better versed in court gossip, and the pedigrees and intermarriages of the nobility.
7. As the general is an old bachelor and an old beau, and there are several ladies at the Hall, especially his quondam flame Lady Jocelyne, he is put rather upon his gallantry. He commonly passes some time, therefore, at his toilet, and takes the field at a late hour every morning, with his hair dressed out and powdered, and a rose in his button-hole. After he has breakfasted, he walks up and down the terrace in the sunshine, humming an air, and hemming between every stave, carrying one hand behind his back, and with the other touching his cane to the ground, and then raising it up to his shoulder. Should he, in these morning promenades, meet any of the elder ladies of the family, as he frequently does Lady Lillicraft, his hat is immediately in his hand, and it is enough to remind one of those courtly groups of ladies and gentlemen, in old prints of Windsor Terrace or Kensington Gardens. 8. He talks frequently about "the service," and is fond of humming the old song,
"Why, soldiers, why,
Should we be melancholy boys?
Whose business 'tis to die!"
I cannot discover, however, that the general has ever run any great risk of dying excepting from an apoplexy or indigestion. He criticises all the battles on the Continent, and discusses the merits of the commanders, but never fails to bring the conversation, ultimately, to Tippoo Saib and Seringa patam. I am told that the general was a perfect champion at drawingrooms, parades, and watering-places, during the late war, and was looked to with hope and confidence by many an old lady, when labouring under the terror of Buonaparte's invasion.
9. He is thoroughly loyal, and attends punctually upon levees when in town. He has treasured up many remarkable
sayings of the late king, particularly one which the king made to him on a field-day, complimenting him on the excellence of his horse. He extols the whole royal family, but especially the present king, whom he pronounces the most perfect gentleman and best whist-player in Europe. The general swears rather more than is the fashion of the present day; but it was the mode of the old school. He is, however, very strict in religious matters, and a staunch churchman. He repeats the responses very loudly in the church, and is emphatical in praying for the king and royal family.
10. At table his loyalty waxes very fervent with his second bottle, and the song of "God save the king" puts him into a perfect ecstacy. He is amazingly well contented with the present state of things, and apt to get a little impatient at any talk about national ruin and agricultural distress. He says he has traveled about the country as much as any man, and has met with nothing but prosperity; and to confess the truth, a great part of his time is spent in visiting from one countryseat to another, and riding about the parks of his friends. They talk of public distress," said the general this day to me, at dinner, as he smacked a glass of rich Burgundy, and cast his eyes about the ample board; "they talk of public distress, but where do we find it, sir? I see none. I see no reason any one has to complain. Take my word for it, sir, this talk about public distress is all humbug!"
487. Give an original humorous Description of THE FOP.
In humorous descriptions, the censure, if any, must be implied rather than expressed, and rendered apparent by the ridiculous absurdity of the individual's actions, sentiments, and observations.
Nothing harsh or severe need be uttered, but a certain dry, quiet humour must be retained throughout.
488.1. Notice the dress of a Fop-cut of his coathis hat cravat-watch-guard, &c.
2. His glass-attitudes in walking—objects of his admiration.
3. His affected pronunciation-topics of conversation and sentiments.
4. The manner of spending his mornings--eveningsand particularly Sundays.
5. The necessary state of his own feelings-how regarded by others.
489. Give a humorous description of THE BOASTER.
490.-1. Notice the chief causes of Boasting-the exces sive love of self-fondness for exaggeration-disregard for strict veracity-want of moral courage and fortitude-disinclination to or incapacity for real exertion and hardship.
2. Draw a character exemplifying the preceding consti
3. Show the unpleasant position in which a character of this kind is frequently placed, and follow this to the conclusion.
491. Give a humorous description of THE STAGE . COACHMAN of olden times.
492.-1. Notice his appearance and dress.
2. Mounted on the box-his manner of assuming the reins-the start.
3. The drive--Coachman's remarks on the road.
dents exhibiting character.
4. Change of horses-Coachman's proceedings.
5. Journey's end - Coachman's attention to passengers.
493. Give a humorous description of THE JOVIAL FARMER.
494.-1. Notice his personal appearance and gait.
2. His morning's occupations-treatment of his labourers. 3. His dinner-viands-sleep.
4. His general evening employments.
5. Harvest-home-the feast.
6. Christmas parties.
495. Give a humorous description of THE GIPSIES.
496.-1. Notice their appearance dress-mode of living. 2. Detail their pretended lineage.
3. Their propensity for fortune-telling.
4. Frequent depredators.
5. Amusing story respecting them.
497. Give a humorous description of THE POLITICAL VILLAGE COBBLER.
498.-1. Notice his personal appearance-his stall or shop. 2. His wife-children-furniture.
3. His political propensities-the gossipers at his stall. 4. His evening employments-Sunday employments. 5. His private character-state of feeling.
499. Give a humorous description of THE INdeCISIVE MAN.
500.-1. Notice two chief causes of Indecision, the love of ease, and the want of good early training.
2. The indecisive man after much wavering determines to pursue some fixed object-progresses for a time-suddenly his views are altered-ludicrous description of this state of feeling.
3. He determines to make an excursion-at last sets outchanges his original purpose-the day ends in disappointment.
4. Resolves in future to be more decided—a sudden change -effects of this.
5. Life progresses-resolutions broken-necessary results.
SECTION IV. SATIRICAL DESCRIPTION.
501. The proper object of Satire is not only to depict the heinousness of vice or the inevitable consequences resulting from the pursuit of some great error, but to expose the false pretensions of counterfeit virtue. In this sense, the voice of an honest able satirist is greatly beneficial to the world, by giving an alarm against the designs of an insidious enemy, and by exhibiting a train of evils attendant on a vicious course of conduct.
502. Mode of Exercise.—1. Give an Analysis of the vices or errors depicted and their conse