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company home. The 'Squire feconded tho propofa), and my wife added her entreaties: the] girls too looked upon me as It' they wifhed to" «6. 'In this perplexity 'I made two 6r threw exchfes, which my daughters as readily removed; f6 that at laft 1 was obliged to give 1 peremptory relufal: for which we had nothing but fiillen looks and fhort anfwers the whole day enfuing.

C H A P. X.

The family endeavour to cope -with their be'tten* The miferies of the poor, when they attempt to appear above their arcumftances.

'1 now begin to find that all my long ancH painful lectures upon temperance, fimplicity, and contentment, were entirely difregardecL The diiunctions lately paid us by our betters awaked that pride which 1 had laid afieep, but not removed. 'Our windows again, as formerly, were filled with wafhesfor the neck and face.! The fun was dreaded as an enemy to the" fkin without doors, and the Tire as a fpoiler 6f the complexion within. My wife obferved, that riling too early would hurt her daughter's eyes, that working after dinner would redden their «6fes, and fhe convinced me that their hands never looked fo white as when they did nothing. Inftead therefore of finifhing Ge6rge's flurts, we now had them new modelling their old gauzes, 6r flourifhing upon catgut n). The' poor

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n) to floutifh upon catgut, mix der JSadel alltrhi Fi4«r ii auf t'lor inil/rmgtn.

lifs Flamboronnhs, their former gay companions, fere caft off is mean acquaintance, and the .'hole convention ran upon high life and high L v&d company, with pictures, tafte, Shakepear-e, and the lntifical glaffes.

But we cmild hive borne all this, had n6t L fortune-telling gi'pfey come to raiff> lis Into lerfect fublimhy. The tawny fybil no fooner ppeared, than my girls came running to mi '>r a fhiiling a piece to crofs her hand with ilver. To lay the truth, I was tired of being Iways wife, and could not help gratifying their equeft, becaufe I loved .to fee thein happy, t gave each of them a fhilling; though, for lie honour of the family, it miift be obferved, bat they never went without money themfelves, s my wife always generoufly let them have a uinea each, to keep in their pockets: but with trict injunctions never to change it. 'After hey had been, clofetted up with the fortuneeller for fome time, "I knew by their looks, ip6n their returning, that they had been >r<'miifed fomething great". — „Well, my girls, low have you fped? Tell me, Livy, his the ortune - teller given thee a penny- worth?" — ,,T proteft, Papa," fays the' girl, „'I beieve fhe deals with fome body that's not right;

o) Die Zigeuner (deren es in England noch viele giebt) ttnd andert, die aits der Hand den Lenten wahrfagen, werden noch often, befovders von den jnngen Maichen wegen Hires Heirathsgliicks, urn Rath gefragt, fo. dafs Mnrats Cedanken von den Englifchen Weibern: „e!lcs font enrieufes de l'avenir, avides de predictions et credules" noch jetzt richtig find," Wendeb or n, Theil jif. Audi Herr Kuttner {London und Paris, iter Band, S. 2/.) redet von dem grofsen Hange der Engliinder Voransjagereien.

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f/iV fh£ p'fitively declared, that 'I am ti he married to a 'S(|i'ire in lefs than a twelvemonth?" -— „Well, now Sophy, m^r child," fSid 'I, „;'vnd what fort of a hufband are you tA have?" ,.Sir," replied fhe, „'I am to have a I/rd ) foon after my fifter has married the "Squire." — „H6w," cried 'I, „is that all you are to have f/>r your two fhillings! 'Only a Lord and k 'Squire f6r. two fhillings! You fools,, 'I could have promifed you a prince and A Nabob 4) for hilf the money."

This curiofity of theirs, however, was attended witb^very ferious effects; we now began to think ourfelves defigned by the ftars to fomething exalted, and already anticipated 6ur future giandeur.

It has been 4 'thoufand times obferveo', I And 'I nrnft obferve it 6nce more, that the | hours we pals with happy profpects in view') Are more pleafing than thofe crowned with' fruition. 'In the firft cafe we cook the difli to our own appetite; in the latter nature cooks it for us. 'It is impoffible to repeat the* train 6f agreeable reveries we called up for 6ur entertainment. We looked upon 6ur fortunes as once more riling; and as the whole parifli afferted that the* 'Squire was in love with my

tl.ey perfnaded' her into tht paffion. 'In this agreeable interval, my wife had the moft lucky dreams in the w6rld, which fhe took cdre tu

p) Lord, f. die AnvKrkuug zu1H folgenden KapiteL

q) Nabob, cigelitlich die Btnenvmig ier Ivdifchen Fitftev; in England giebt man diefin Namen auch »»■ aieilen -dtti Uadienten der Oftivdifchev Comfn^nii, in fich in Oftinditn profit Rtichthhrntr erworben liabtn

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tell us every morning, with great foleWiity and exactnefs. 'It was one night a> coffin and crofs bones f); the fign of an approaching wedding: at another time fhe imagined her daughter^' pockets filled with farthings s), a certain fign 6f their being fhortly fttiffed with gold. The girls thernfelves had their omens. They felt ftrange klffes 6n their Hps; they faw rings In the candle, purfes bounced from the fire 0> &nd true love - knots lurked In the bottom, of every tea - clip u).

Towards the end of the week we received a card from'the town ladies; In which, with their compliments, they hoped to fee all 6m? family at church the Sunday following. 'All Saturday morning 'I could perceive, In conference 6f this, my wife and daughters In clofe conference together, and n6w and th^n glancing at me with looks that betrayed a latent -plot. To be fincere, 1 had ftrong fufplcions that foma abfurd propofal was preparing for appearing with fplendor the next day. 'In the evening

r) Cliick verkiindigende Gegenftandt, liach dim getvb'hn* lichen IVahn.

s) farthing, die kteinfte Englifche Milnze, etwa zwei Pfennige jjtf Preufs. Celtle (f. ohm S, 4,).

t) Die Steinkohlen, die gewbhnliche Vemung der Eng* lander, werfen, wenn fie brennen, oft kleine hohle Kiigelchen aits, die man purfes nennt, und die vovi gemeinen Mann alt Reichthmn verkiindigende Zeicheit angefehen iverden,

U) Bekttnntlich fucht der gemeine Mann bet rini aus Aem Bodenfatze Aes Koffeet die Zukunft %u erforfchen; vielieicht treibt in England der Aberglaube ein ahnlichei Spiel mit den auf dem Grnnde einer Tajpt znfallig tifindlichen 'Theebliitter,

they began th^ir operations in a very regular manner,' and my wife undertook tA conduct the fiege. 'After tea, when 'I feemed in fpirits, fhe began thiis. — ,,'1 fancy, Charles, nvjr dear, we fha.ll have a great deal of good company at 6ur chtirch to,- morrow." — „Perhaps we may, nrjr dear," returned 'I, „though you need be under no uneafinefs about that, you fhall have a fermon whether there be or not." — „That Is what 'I expect," returned fhe, „but 'I think, my dear, we ought to appear there as decently as poffible, for who knows what may happen?" „Your precautions," replied M, „aie highly commendable. 'A decent behaviour and appearance in church IS what charms me. We fhould be devout, and humble, chearful and ferene." — i,Yes," cried fhe, know that, but 'I mean we fhould go there in as proper a manner as poffible; not altogether like the feriibs about us." „Yoii are quite right, my dear," returned T, „and 'I was going to make the very fame propofal. The proper manner of going is, to go'there as early as poffible, to have time for meditation before the fervice begins." — „Phoo, Charles," interrupted fhe, „all that is very true, but not what "I would be at. 'I mean, we fhould go there genteely. You know the church is. two miles off, and *t proteft 'I don't like to fee my daughters trudging up to their pe\v all blowzed and red with walking, and looking for all the world as if they had been winners at a fmock race x). Now, my dear, my pro

, x) fniock race. Bei Fnften auf den Dor fern laufen oft Perfonen det andern Gefchlechts urn die tVette; iti Preis der Siegerinn ifi ein liemde.

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