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learned in a day; ,,But this gentleman," cen. tinued he, „feems b6rn to tread the ftage. His voice, bis figure, and attitudes, are all admirable. We caught him up accidentally in 6ur journey down." This account, in fom« meafure, excited our curi6fity, and, at thi entreaty of the ladies, 'I was prevailed up6« to accompany them to the playhnufe, which was no other than a barn. 'As the company with which 'I went was inconteftably the chid of the place, we were received with the greateft refpect, and placed in the front feat of the theatre, where we fate for fome time with no fmall impatience to fee Horatio make hit appearance. The new performer advanced at laft, and let parents think of mf fenfations by their own, when 'I found it was my unfort* nate fon. He was going to begin, whe^j turning his efes upon the audience, he perceived Mifs Wilmot and me, and ftood at once fpeeehlefs and immoveable. The actors behind the fcene, who afcribed this paufe to his na» tural timidity, attempted to encourage hira, but inftead of going on, he burft into a flood)) 6f tears, and retired off the ftage. 'I don't know what were nrjr feelings on this occalion; F6r they fucceeded with too much rapidity for defcriution: but 'I was foon awaked from this difagreeable revery by1 Aiifs Wilmot, who, pale and with a trembling voice, defired me to conduct her back to her uncle's. When got home, M'r. 'Arnold, who was as yet a ftranger to our extraordinary behaviour, being informed
I) Dieftt Wort flood wiri flodd autgeffrochen, it lift fich dmch tinen Acctnt niclit gut btj'timmtn.
lit the new- performer was my fon, fent hia aach, and an invitation, for him; and as hA erfifted In his refufal t6 appear again upon le Hage, the players put another in his place, id we i'6on had him with us. M'r. 'Arnold ive him the kindeft reception, and "I received p with my iifual tranfport; f6r 1 could iver counterfeit falfe refentment. Mifs Wilit's reception was mixed with feeming neglect, 4 yet 1 could perceive fhe acted a ftudied :. The tumult in her mind feemed not yit ted; fhe faid twenty giddy things that >ked like joy, and then laughed loud at her want of meaning. 'At intervals fhe would * a fly- peep at the glafs, as if happy in eonfcioufnefs 6f unrefifted beauty, and often ild afk queftions, without giving any m^n6f attention to the anfwers.
jo fpciire her; and, indeed, opiate, 'I hare deftfted fi6m the pm fun." — „1 fancy, Sir,1! pried Mrs. 'Arnold, „that the accAunt of your adventures would hi ainufing: the fl'rft part of thorn "I have often heard from mi? niece; hit could the cAmpany prevail lAr the reft, ft firould he an additional obligation." — „Madam,* replied my fun, „T prAmife you the pleafurt you have in hearing, will Hot be. half fo great as my vanity in repeating them, and yet in the whole narrative lI can fcarce pr6mife yoii 6ne adventure, as m^ accAunt is rather 6f what •I taw than whit 1 did. The firft misfortune 6f m'jr life, which you all know, was greata but though it diftrefled, it could not fink mal No perfon ever had a better knack at hoping! than 1. The lefs kind 'I fAund fortune at Anel time, the more 'I expected from her another,! and being now at the bottom of her wheel,] every new revolution might lift, but could' not deprefs me. 1 proceeded, therefore, towards London in a Tine morning, no way uneafy about to morrow, but' chearful as the birds that carolled by the road, and comforted myfelf with reflecting, that London was the mart where abilities of every hind were lure of meeting diftinction and reward."
„Up6n m^r arrival in town, Sir, Hvjt firfi care was to deliver your letter 6f recommendation to our coufin, who was himfiilf in little better circuinftances than 'I. My firft fcheine, you know, Sir, was to be ufher w) at an
m) ufher bertsichnet eimn Gehilfen bti finer Erziehnnpanjtalt; die Lage eiii*s folclnn Mamies viird then nick fiir feltr thi enwertli gehalten.
icademy , and 1 dfked his advice on the lair. 'Our couiin received the propofal with tn'ie Sardonic grin °). 'Ay, cried he, this 1 indeed a very pretty career, that has been balked out for you. 'I have been an u flier ta boarding fchool p) myfelf; and may 1 die k an anodyne necklace 1), but "I had rather c in under turnkey in Newgate r) 'I Was tip arly and late; 'I was brow- beat by the mafter, ated for m^r ugly, face by the uiiftrefs, wi'ved by^ die boys within, and never pernlited 1 ftir out to meet civility abroad. But are 011 fure you are Ht lor a fchool? Let me exa.ine yoii a little. Have you been bred aprentice to the bufinefs s)?" „No." Then bii won't do for a fchool. Can yoii drefs the oyshair?" „No." „Then you won't do for a Bool. Hive you had the fmall-pox?" „No." fhen you won't do for a fchool. Can you
n) academy bedeutet hier eben das, -was im Folgenden bosrding- l'chool bezeichnet.
0) Sardonic grin. Nuc/i dem Plinius ivachft auf der hjtl Sardinian tin Kraut, welches die Lippen derer, in ts beruhren, krampfhaft zufamvienzieht, Jo dafs fie «* laclitn fiheinen.
f) boarding- fchool bezeichnet im allgemeinen tine Pritufckult, vorzuglich eine Jolche,„ wo die Kinder zuiliich bekdj'tigt uierden. Es giett dtren in England tine fehr grofse Anzahl; eben fo mannigfaltig find fie "lew Pnijse nnd dem Werthe nach.
1) anodyne necklace, wdrtlich: fHimerzftillendes Halsband, d. i. Strick.
0 Newgate, der Name dei Uavptgefangniffes der Graffchajt Middleeflcx, in der Old- Bailey, einetn Stadtviertel von London, belegen.
0 !° Tiave been bred apprentice to a bufinefs, alt L'liriiiig zu tintvi k Gefchafft trzogen wtrden feyn.
lie three in a bed?" „No." „Then you win never do for a fchool. Have you got a good ftomach?" „Yes." „Then you will by no means do for a fchool. N6, Sir, if you are f6r a genteel eafy profeffion, bind yourfflf feven years as an apprentice t) ti turn a ciit ler's wheel; but avoid a fchool b^r any means. Yet c6me, continued he, 1 fee you are a lad 6f fpirit and f6me learning, what do yoi think of commencing author, like me? Yob have read in books, no doubt, 6f men uf genius Mrving u) at the trade: 'At prefeat 'I'll fhew you forty very dull fellows about town that live by it in opulence. 'All hcmeltj jog-trot x) men, who go 6n fmoothly and dully,' and write hiftory and p61itics, and are prai1 fed: men, Sir, who, had they been bri' coolers, would all their lives have only mi decf fhoes, but never made them/'
„Finding that there was no "great de^ of gentility affixed to the character of an uflier, *I refolved to accept bis propofal; and having' the bigheft refpect for literature, hailed tlet intifpa mater of Griibftreet y) with reverence.
t) to bind himfelf feven year!, Jich Jieben Jahre in Hi Lehre beteben.
u) Butler, der btriihmtt Verfajfer des Hudibras, /<< faft in eigentlichem Sinn vov Hunger.
x) jog-trot men, Lente von gewbhnlichem Sckttigt.
y) Griibftreet, "Name einer Strafie bei Moorfields in London , ivelche vornthmlich von BaHkeifdngern, PtH faffem Von Muhrclien and tindern geringcn SchriftJItU lern btwohnt wird; daher Grubftreet- writer tint* thuden Schriftftelltr bezeichnet. — Antiqun raateri tint in England gtivihnlicht Btnenming einer t/«»s(''j fittit.