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temps si court, si précieux sans réflexion.” The ennuyé is, in fact,
But however well Pascal understood the appearances of the disease,
pre: fer living by the most profligate corruption, and who think honest industry "a devilish bore,” yet I never knew a single instance in which one of these sturdy beggars among the great were obliged to buckle too, without a speedy cure of his habitual ennui.
It assuredly was a very ill-natured turn of Dame Nature's to force this malady into the company of riches and pleasures, and thus to damp the joys of "the higher classes of society ;” driving the educated and the noble to seek the
company of the very lowest and worst part of the community-black-legs, dog-fighters, jacko-maccako men, cock ers, &c. &c. and compelling them to throw overboard their superfluities in order to lighten the vessel, and to dissipate the enormous wealth, which prevents them from enjoying one moment of satisfaction.,
There are, indeed, who think this distribution of Providence has for its object the equalizing the condition of the species, and abating the envy of the poor. But notwithstanding the instance of the French epicure, who, when a mendicant told him he was hungry, replied, “Ah! le coquin heureux, que je le porte envie," I can never consent to put these two cases upon an equality, nor be brought to believe that a "fat sorrow and a lean one" are quite on a par. Ennui, it is true, drove Alexander the Great to India, and Poverty has often sent a vast many persons to the same place, which in both instances has produced a great deal of bloodshed and robbery :-and so far things are pretty much on the square. But who ever heard of Poverty's making a man get tipsy with his mistress and set fire to Persepolis? Who ever knew Poverty offer a reward for the discovery of new pleasures ? Was Poverty ever reduced to kill flies? or (coming nearer to home) did Poverty ever make a man walk a thousand miles in a thousand hours, or ride 150 miles, walk twenty, and kill forty brace of birds, all within the narrow compass of one natural day?
“ Aurum (says Horace) perrumpere amat saxa:" but though many an honest fellow is glad to get his living by breaking stones, I never hoard of one poor enough to take a pleasure in the operation.
Bene est cui Deus obtulit
Parca quod satis est manu,-
the bosom of peace he meditated war, and in the camp his whole desire was peace. Fatigued with honours, yet jealous of rivals, he was always bored with what he did, and always regretted what he did not attempt.'
What a picture! Can workhouses and hospitals afford its equal ? “ Con cio sia cosa che,” (as the Italians with a laconic brevity express themselves) that all the world complains of ennui, all the world, nevertheless, envies the unfortunate fortunates who are the most subject to the malady. The reason is obvious : all the world can see the glittering of the star, but none but the owner can know the dreary solitude of the heart that beats under it. Those who go but " once in a way" to a play or an opera, dine only now and then well at a lord mayor's feast, or visit the Park only on some very fine Sunday, have no conception of the “bore" of faring sumptuously every day, or of the ennui of being forced to listen night after night to the same music. They see not the two demons of bile and calomel drugging the voluptuary's malachatuuni soup with insipidity; they know not the disgust of " that eternal bore—the eternal Rotten-row."
To endure ennui well, it requires to be bred to the trade. The most intolerably “bored" of all ennuyés are the nouveaux riches. When the snug, warm citizen realizes his gains, and, lodging his plumb securely in the stocks, retires to ease and rurality, he at once becomes the most wretched of human beings; and, unless, his ciderant clerks and successors let him sometimes into their counting-house, to inspect their balance, or he can contrive to slip into town and “ see how things are going on upon 'Change,” 'tis ten to one that in the first twelvemonth he joins his carp in his own fish-pond, or hangs himself up under the shade of his own horse-chesnut. Thus it comes to pass, that to endure ennui is a mark of dignity; and though it is no longer the fashion to be “gentlemanlike and melancholy," yet eternal listlessness and yawning are affected as the supreme “ bon ton" of the su. preme “bon genre :” and every social affection, every human passion is discarded, in order to arrive at that pitch of selfishness, necessary to be perfectly" bored.” For Delille has well observed of the egotist,
“ Le moi de lui fait le centre du monde,
Mais il en fuit le tourment et l'ennui.” Upon this subject of ennui much remains to be said: but “ malheur à lui qui dit tout ce qu'il sçait.”
“ L'art d'ennuyer est l'art de tout dire ;” and, though writing ex professo on the theme, that is not a sufficient reason for " boring" the readers of the New Monthly, being myself the great sublime I draw. So without farther ceremony amplius addum."
nell, 482-Mr. H. D. Grady, 484-the
485-remarks on effects of this choice,
specting, 488-conduct of Connaught
gentlemen to process-servers, 489–lu-
dicrous affidavits offered to the courts, 490
Barton (Bernard), verses by, 211,
mortality of the ancients worthy emula- scription of, 50-extracts from, 52, 53.
Blenheim, a visit 10, 512-the park, 513,
514-Alfred and Rosamond, 515--the
house, 516, 517 — garden and trees at,
Alfieri in writing them, 266-character Bracebridge-hall, review of, 65.
first love, il.-holiday merriment, 186-
ceremonies of the bridal, 187, 188, 189
ancient customs, 190, 191.
Bushc (Mr.), sketch of his torensic career,
Cadalso, Anacreontic from, 34.
diito, 199—of the Greeks, 451.
Candle, the miraculous, 82.
Carlos of Spain and Philip II., 231, 352.
Chances of female happiness, 284.
lish, il. 213—the rival ones, 213 --Elder Church.yard wanderings, 84.
Coppet, account of, 329—Madame de Staël's
Plunket, 98—libel on, 99-rise of, il.– Cornet, campaigns of a, 27--court martial
described, il.—the Pyrennees, 29—Bay.
emptiness of London, 436-club-houses, emigrants, 523-self-devotion of the
Gouty merchant and stranger, the, 11.
Grievances, social, 412—the travelled grief-
ance, 413 — the University one, 415–
the aimable de bon ton, ih.-the lettered
one, 416 — the sporting one, ib.- the
538—Mount Rhadamanth, 539-epi-
vage, and Goldsmith, 141-the Scotch -epitaph on, il.-inscription over the
Guido Cavalcanti, account of, 1-born at
218—the Chelsea pensioner, 219-Wil- Lorenzo de' Medici respecting, 8.
Happiness, female, chances of, 284.
Head, advantages of having none, 108.
seven ages of, 461.
Helen, lines on the death of, 211.
How to see the Devil, 434.
Hypochondriacs, 470—-symptoms of their
complaint, 470, 471-a Northampton-
472—dinner with him, 473—his books,
ib.- his opinion of matrimony, 474-
Interludes of the Spanish theatre, on the,
dy of Isidore, 553_Los Romanos and
the Hospital for Fools, 554.
Irish, bridal customs of the, 195.
Italian Opera, the, 224-awkward situation
of a novice at, ib.-causes of the rage
for it, 225-mode of establishment, it.
Byron's satire against, 226–musical pre-
dilections, ib.-management of, at home,
227—on the Continent, ib.-egotism of
Vestris, 228_effect of complicated
sic, 228, 229—a crowded night al, 229
- lofty pretensions and negotiations of,
230—a good place to study life, ib.
Italy, lines on, 333.
Last of the Pigtails, the, 242.
Laughter, the wisdom of, 457—causes of
the laughter of Democritus, 458–differ-
ent species of laughter, 459—a steam.
boat conversation, 460---Scarron's excla-
Letters on England, 145—ihe English Dra.
-Kean,453—Miss O'Neill, ib.-C. Kem-
521, 522-his account of the Duke of --- on a tour in Switzerland, 21, 133,
Lines on the death of Helen, 211.
Old age, 347.
tre, ib.-general description of the col-
leges, 322—the Maudlin, ib.—the water-
walk of Magdalen, 323 — the Botanic
Garden, 324-view of the different edi-
ficus at, ib.-All Souls, 325, 326-con-
Petrarch, sonnet of, 171.
Centaur, 464-colossal bust of Rome, -- the auctioneer and lawyer, 9- the
and the stable-keepers, 131-Piron ard
fercnt varieties of love, 424-motions counsellor, 252—the collegian and por-
Physician, the, No. I. 254—No. II. 362.
No. III. 563.
Pigtails, the last of the, 242.
Pilgrimages, modern, 92, 329, 491.
Piron and the judge of police, 251.
Plato, republic of, 69, 152.
Pleasures of the table, on the, 206.
Plunket (Mr.), sketch of him, 97.
373—of flowers, 401.
of life, the, 161.
399, 519-Anacreontic from Cadalso, 34
-love and folly, 47-epigrams of Pa-
nanti, 60, 64, 151-song to Mary, 76 ---
the miraculous candle, 82- on being
shown some beautiful specimens of or-
namental porcelain, 83 -
song, by 1.
harvest moon, 106--Caprice, 107—SC-
drinking song, 139--the vision, 160--son-
grams, ib.--the Devil and the nuns, 315
qual production of the author's, 78-ad- gerald, 351-stanzas, 359-the new mar-
stanzas, 469—sonnets from Petrarch,
475--on a pretty but poor girl going to