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sing, Hvely, and sometimes more; but, the albacadabra ravings of the charac where he mingles up his adventures ters. I must refer you to the sixth with details from Mouradgea d'Oh- chapter of the second volume for the sson’s History of Turkey, he is as tire- former, while I beg your attention to some as the old Armenian himself. what I consider one of the irrepressiBy the way, Kit, it argues very little ble biases of Byron's mind. He is for the lore of our reviewing tribes, speaking, it is true, here ironically; that none of them have noticed how but it is curious that he should so much of a free-booter Anastasius is, speak: “ In the opinion of Malek," with respect to the work alluded to says Anastasius,“ every stone, beast, Nobody filches so bravely from others and plant, on the surface of the earth, as Byron,-few can so well afford to presumed most unwarrantably to meddo so,-few have the courage to be so dle with our destiny. Nothing, anifree.
mated or inanimate, could be named, The description of the Arabian wiz- which exerted not over our being a zard is whimsical, but improbable; mysterious influence. From every ocand the picture is altogether errone- currence, however trivial, some omen ous, in the circumstances of the back might be extracted, if one only knew ground and still life. It is drawn the way.” This is said in joke ; but from the caricatures of a European elsewhere, the author, Lord Byron, fortune-teller, and lacks the uncouth propounds the same idea seriously. Is enthusiasm that is mingled with the it probable that any other but himself pretensions of the true Arabian astro- would have done so ? loger. The introduction of an astro- But my paper leaves me, at present, nomical globe into the arcanum of a no further room ; perhaps, on some fortune-teller in Djedda, is sufficient other occasion, I may resume the subto prove how little the author, from ject. Mean time, I remain, your his own knowledge, knew of the coun- OLD FRIEND WITH A NEW FACE. try. But, nevertheless, the hand of Byron is manifest in the vigour of the Gordon's Hotel, Albemarle Street, painting, and his genius is heard in August 29, 1821.
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF COLUMBUS SECUNDUS.
THE FISH MARKET.
Fine partens ! Fine rock-partens !—There's a pair
The Flowers of Edinburgh. Are you a thrifty housewife, ma- gures of speech, which never enterdam?-Yes, sir, I fatter myself I at- ed into the heads of a Demosthenes or tempt to be so.-Then go to the fish- a Cicero,-of a Burke or an Erskine, market. Are you partial to the luxu- and find similies in daily use, which ries of the table, sir ?-Visit the fish- neither Shakespeare nor Milton ever market then by all means. Do you dreamt of. Are you a painter, and do take pleasure in noticing the varieties you love to see the different costumes of human character, and the display of of this world's inhabitants ? Take your human passions ?-Go, buy, study, pencil or your crayons, and study, resaunter, meditate in the fish-market of side, in the fish-market. In fine, do Edinburgh. There you will hear ti- you wish at little expence to acquire
a knowledge of the world; to see the jade, he spoke to me first,” replied naked passions of the human heart Grizzel. - - Look at thae again, Mr displayed in their very grossness, let Currantbush,” Peggy subsumed.your steps often be directed to the “ Taste mine, Mr Columbine,” remarket of fishes of the good town of torted Mrs Grizzy, hastily opening a Edinburgh. There you will meet the large oyster, and holding it in its narich and the poor,--the old and the tive gravy up to my mouth; while young,—the prudent and the spend- this elegant appeal to my organs of thrift,--the shopkeeper and his jour- taste rendered a reference of the same neyman,—the mistress and her ser- kind imperative on the part of Mrs vant, jostling one another and joining Peggy. I was now pretty much in to form a motley crowd, which can- the same dilemma, in the decision of not be paralleled in any other place; the comparative merits of an oyster, while the fish cadies and the fisher- as Mr Paris of old, when besieged by women in the congregated noises of the three goddesses who claimed the their diversified modes of speech, give prize of beauty; and not to make an a finer idea of the confusion of Babel invidious distinction between my two than can be elsewhere acquired. friends, I took an oyster in each hand
“Come awa, hinny, and see what from the rivals, and, had my mouth ye re for the day;" said my good friend been large enough, or the capacity of Nelly Speldins, as I passed the range my throat allowed, I should have swalof creels with shell-fish. “Here's twa lowed both at once to evince my imrock-partens I can recommend ;-ye'll partiality. I dispatched both in an no find their marrow in the market interval so short, however, that I am the day; just find the weight o' them.” unable at this moment to say which - No partens to-day, Nelly," an- had the priority in running the race swered 1.2" My bonny man,” said into my stomach; and to end the another venerable friend, whose ruddy conference I said, in my gravest manface has long been familiar to market- ner, “ I'll tell you what I'll do, Grizmakers,—“My bonny man,” said she, zel: You offered me your oysters as she came running up to me with a first."-" That's God's truth, the cam handful of scallops, - did you ever die heard me,” said Grizzel.“ But see the like o' thae clams?"-" They Mr Currantbush, ye gart me promise seem very fine indeed, Christy, but Í to keep ye gude anes,” interrupted don't want any to-day." My coat at Mrs Peggy.--" Haud your tongue ye this moment was pulled from behind, haverel, and let the gentleman speak;" and on looking round, Grizzel Thomson said Mrs Grizzel.— Go you claveraccosted me with “ Mr Columbine! ing auld fool," retorted Peggy, “I ken Mr Columbine! I've a hunder fine as weel how to serve a gentleman as oysters picket out and laid by for you.” you." - What's the price to-day, Grizzy?" All this while I could not get in a said I.—“Only four shillings the hun- word, and turned my head to the one der, sir ;-whare's your cadie ?-hae side and to the other, as the calls on my you gotten a tankard to haud them?” attention were bandied about from My arm was now gently touched in side to side. But seeing little prose another direction by Peggy Buckies, pect of a speedy termination to the who said in a half whisper, “ Mr statement of the case, I again interCurrantbush, ye’re no to gang past me posed. “ You offered me your oysters for oysters—ye telld me to keep pan- first, Grizzel ; count me out half a dores for you, and here's just ae hun- hundred."-" Half a hunder oysder that I kept back frae Charlie Oman, ters!” said Grizzel, with a face in wha aye gies me sixpence mair for which astonishment was painted, them.
“ half a hunder oysters! Na, I winEvery body has read the fable of na affront your leddy by sending hame the ass between two bundles of hay: half a hunder oysters to your house. and I found myself at this mo- I winna affront ye, Mr Columbine, ment in a similar predicament. My whether ye pay me or no."—" Well, suitors, seeing my irresolution, each let it be a hundred then," said I.was eager to have my fiat on the bar- “ Yes, sir," said Grizzel, her face as. gain. " The gentleman aye deals wi' suming its wonted placability—“Yes, me," said Peggy, who was by much sir; Cadie! Isbel Is pae blind Is the younger of the two." Ye lien belyour cadie, MrColumbine?"-"And
Peggy," said I, turning to the other good eating. “See sic beauties," said nymph, who during the latter part of Katherine; ” a' loupin ; every ane o' the transaction looked disappointment them will be three pund weight, and personified, “ Peggy, I'll take a hun- there's nae cats in the market the day dred from you likewise.”—" You're but my ain. I'm sure after their heads very good, sir," answered Peggy; are cuttit aff they'll mak a dish for a “ye'll no find mine's the warst bar- lord.”—“ As you have taken the trougain. '-" But recollect this both of ble to offer them to me, Mrs Katheyou,” continued I, “ I will give no rine,” said I, “ you know I am at a more than three shillings the hun- word, I shall give you two shillings dred; it is quite enough in all con. for the half dozen." science.' -“Three shillings!". cried Our bargain was here interrupted Mrs Grizzel, putting her hands in the by the arrival of a Frenchman, a little mass of petticoats in which her pock- gentleman with “ spectacles on nose," ets were enveloped ; “ three shillings! who, on surveying the fish on Katheye's no get my oysters for three rine's table, exclaimed, " Vat ugly shillings the day."-" Three shillings, devil! are dese poissons-fishes, dat and the oysters sae scarce !" ejaculated is, I mane, goot voman?”—“ Poison, Mrs Peggy. “It may be enough for Sir !-Na, they're nae mair poison Grizzy Tamson's oysters, but ye’s ne'er than ony fish in the market:-them get mine for that price.”—
“Very that eats paddocks need na be fear'd well,” said I, “ I don't want them ; í for sea-cats, I think. But that cod's would rather not buy any;" and I head ye're looking at, (for the Frenchturned to go away.
"Hear me! come man had fixed his eyes very knowingback, MrColumbine,"exclaimed Griz- ly upon this article,) i'll gie you very
“ I'll tak your siller for handsel, cheap-ye'll get it for saxpence."but ye maun pit anither sixpence “Mon Dieu ! a sixpence for dat head till’t.' -"Not one farthing more," re- of cod; dat is trop cher, my goot voplied I.-" Weel, weel, a wilfu' man man, ver much too dear; but I vill maun aye
hae his will,” said Grizzel, for de head give twopence ;-or if you moralizing upon the occasion." As give me dis tail along vid head, all in mine's in your tankard ye may tak one bargain, den ver vell; I vill take mine's too,” said Peggy, with a self- for one penny more, dat is all.”congratulatory smile; “but mind ye're “ Weel, weel, tak them, an nae mair awn me a shilling the morn."
about it. Whare's your cadie, or hae Blind Isbel got the oysters, and up you a clout?”—“Stop un little, my stairs we went to the principal part of goot voman,” said the Frenchman, the market. At the top of the stair spreading a dirty pocket handkerchief, I was recognized by Kate Lugworm, which he drew from a ridicule in his who came to me with a face of import- hand; “ stop un little time, my misance, and in a half whisper said, “ I've tress, till I put de fish in dis ridicule;" gotten the cats the day for you, Mr and having finished stuffing the muCombsbrush; there's just sax o' them; tilated fragments of the cod-fish into and the gudeman fought twa hours the little basket, he paid his threethis mornin' before he could get them pence and went away, -not, however, out o' the nets.-Ye'll no grudge me without turning back several times a shillin the piece for them.”—“A to look at the dog-fish, and muttering shilling a piece for sea cats, Katherine; as he went along, “ Vat ugly devil, that is a great deal too much. I have dat poisson, ugly
devil certainement." often bought them for twopence.”- "Now that man's awa, I'll tell you “ Ah, but sir, ye ken they're no to Mr Conibsbrush, ye's get the cats for be had every day, and they're very de- three shillings," said Katherine, "and structionfu' to the nets. I've gotten I'll gie you half a dozen o' thae flukes half
a crown for them before now frae to the bargain.”—“No, no," replied Mr Wilsou and Mr Neill the Natu- I," that won't do, Katherine; I won't rals o' the Vermin Society in the give more than two shillings-not one College for speciments. But come and farthing.”—“Eh, I canna tak that, see them, and I'm sure ye'll no grudge sir; but mak it saxpence mair, and the siller.” I went to the stand ac- they're yours—it'll aye be a dram to cordingly, and saw the ugly animals, me.' No, can't do it;" and I was which, however hideous in appear- proceeding along to another stall, as ance, I beg to recommend to lovers of the only means of hastening the con
clusion of the bargain. Mrs Kathe kail-blade to your ain end, ma leddy!” rine allowed me to go so far, before " You are in a monstrous passion calling me back, that I was more than to-day, Nelly,” said I; “ what's the half determined to return and take the matter ?"-" Naething at a', sir, but fish at her own price, when her voice for folk comin' to the market that dissounded like a bugle through the mar- mia ken fish when they see them. They ket, “Hy, sir !-Hy, Mr Combsbrush! had better be playing their pianos at ye're no gaun till leave me for a sax- hame. I like best to deal wi' gentlepence ? Come here and tak the fish- men. Come, see what ye're for the we manna be ower hard.- Isbel, hau day, and I'll mak ye right :-are ye your basket.”—1 returned again to the for a rawn fluke, or a nice maiden stall, having, as I conceived, gained skate ?-See what a beauty, I'm sure my point; and Katherine was in the this ane's just a medicine. If ye want act of putting the cats in the basket it ye'll get it for a shilling; I'm sure upon the woman's shoulder, when I ye canna ca’ that dear."-" I'll give thought I perceived that she had you sixpence for the skate," said I.changed the fish I saw on her table Saxpence !-- do ye think I steal for smaller ones. As this is a com- them? Thae's no fish ye're buyinmon trick in the market, I made no thae's mens' lives! Saxpence for the secret of my suspicions, and taxed her haill skate,—the broo o't will do ye roundly for the imposition. “ You a crown's worth o' gude. But ye'll are ower auld farrent, ma bonnie man, maybe be wantin something mair, sae I see; ye'll scarcely let poor folk live just tak it. I havena drawn a saxnow-a-days;" and upon my insisting pence the day yet. Will ye no tak for others, she produced out of a creel, that turbot?" where were some dozens of the same “If ye’re for a turbot, come to me,” animals, the identical fish which she said a laughing-faced woman at the had exhibited on her table when I first next stall, “ and ye'll get your pick o' accosted her.
The choice of six turbots was Blind Isbel and I now proceeded to not to be neglected, and I stept on a a stall opposite, where haddocks were few paces. Ay, ay, gang your wa's, the chief fish exposed to sale. A lady - she likes gentlemen, and can sell ye was at this time cheapening a few of something else if ye want it.”—“Haud them. “ I'll gie you a dizzen o' nice your ill-tongue, Tibby,—there's naeanes for twa shillings, mem.”—“ Two body fashin wi' you; your tongue's shillings !" replied the lady ; “I would nae scandal; a'body kens that, give you a shilling for them, provided swered Jenny Flukemouth. " Truth's they were new caught, but they don't, nae scandal," replied Tibby; " I was I think, seem very fresh.”_" Fresh, never catched at the back o' the houses mem! they were ta’en out o' the sea as ye was, wi' Johnny Crabshell, anthis mornin'; ye surely dinna ken ither woman's man; that's nae secret. caller fish when ye see them. Look Fy for shame, ye light-headed taupy; at that,” said she, putting a slimy ca' me a liar for that if ye dare," said thumb in the opening of the gills, to Tibby, challenging contradiction, and shew their untarnished redness. The setting her arms akimbo, while her fish, notwithstanding the honest wo. elbows and head were projected in deman's asseverations, had certainly been fiance. “ I'm no ca’in you ony thing kept a day or two, and were not just that ye're no kent to be, ye randy such haddocks as a connoisseur would woman that ye are. I never was have purchased. The lady looked carried hame in a cart frae the Fishdoubtingly for a moment, and then wives' Causeway fu’; nor fell ower having made up her mind, shook her my ain creel at Jock's Lodge, as some head, and removed to another stall. ither folk hae done, mind that,” said My friend the fishwife, as she was re- Jenny, cresting her head, and looking tiring, began a soliloquy, in which, a triumph. And then addressing me, (like many of my friends in the theatre said, “ See sic turbots, sir; I sell’d when speaking aside), she said, loud Bailie Mucklekite the neibor o' this enough to be heard by the lady, ane, for half-a-guinea, no a quarter o' “Stinkin'fish!-go, that's a gude ane. an hour ago." Tibby was pluck, howI wish ye may be as caller yoursel. ever, and had determined not to give Stinkin' haddies !-lingle-tail'd jade, up the contest. Coming close up to for a' your silks !-No fresh !-clap á her younger antagonist, in the attitude
above described, and putting her very at their backs, she tumbled fairly in red weather-beaten face so close to to the tub, and Jenny above her. Jenny's that their noses almost touch- The immense package of petticoats ed, she broke out like a torrent, “ Did increasing her naturally not over-small ye say I was fou, ye limmer ?-will ye shape,and the weightof herantagonist's tell me that again to my face, and I'll person, pressed Tibby so closely into rug the mutch aff your head, ye-ye the tub, that she was as incapable of --impudence that you are. ri What motion as if she had formed an integ. I have said I'll no unsay for you: gang ral part of it. Jenny now recovered and mind ain stand, and no maka her head-deckings, and having hastily noise here,” said Jenny, with more com- adjusted them, came back to the sale mand of temper. But Tibby, whoseem, of the turbot, amidst cries from her ed determined to provoke a quarrel, and companions of “ Weel done, Jenny!whose fingers appeared only to want weel done, my woman !-gie the ille a reasonable excuse to fly at the head- tongued jade a good sousing in her ain dress of her antagonist, urged the dis- dirty water. Every body has their pute with increasing energy of speech. failings, and
ye’re nae waur than an, - De'il be in ma feet gin I stir a step ither." -“ That randy's put me a’ till I mak ye eat back your words, ye throughither," said she to me, “and no liein' besom. Me fou!—whan was I to keep you langer waiting, ye sall seen fou, ye light-headed hizzie ? get the choice of the turbots for eight tell me that again if ye dare.”—“Gang shillings, sir.”—“ No, Jenny, i'ni awa, woman, and no provoke me,” give no more than seven,-not a penny said Jenny, pushing her gently aside more will I give, and I must have a by the shoulders; " let's sell our fish lobster to the bargain—I'll rather take first, and flyte after.” Tibby's wrath my chance of going round the market.” needed only this last attempt to raise -“ Hoot, you'll surely mak it eight. it to its utmost pitch. “ Ye'll offer See to that lobster, look at the rawn, to shoot me, ye little worth quean! - its worth half-a-crown itself—but I'm ye'll offer to lift your hand to ane that out o' breath wi' that outrageous womight be your mither!"--and she flew man,” said Jenny.“ Only seven for with open talons at the chequered the whole, Jenny, take or want.” handkerchief which, tied under the -" Weel, I'll just take your bode; chin, forms the characteristic head- but mind ye're awin me a shilling," dress of the ladies of the Fish-market, said she, putting the turbot and loband tore it off in an instant. Jenny, ster into Blind Isbel's basket. I now to recover her head appurtenances, retreated from the scene of contest. instantly few at the offender, and a Tibby, being relieved from her unpleastruggle ensued, in which Jenny's sant situation with no small difficulty, strength seemed more than an over- by the assistance of two of her commatch for Tibby's modes of defence. panions, was shaking her dripping Tibby retreated backwards, keeping vestments, and threatening vengeance. her hold, and Jenny followed with “ I'll mind you, my woman, whan we dishevelled hair, both struggling till get to Fisherraw; ye’re no done wi' Mrs Tibby reached the verge of a large this yet ; I'll learn ye till use a wotub full of dirty water, used in clean- man that might be your mither in sic ing fish ; and fish women no more
& way as this.” than others being provided with eyes
Lord Byron. I HAD now got oysters, a maiden Columbus, followed by Cripple Donald skate (gentle readers, never buy other the cadie, with a basket pretty well than a maiden skate), six dog-fish, a loaded. “ Bless me, Mr Columbus, I turbot, and a lobster, and was going did not think you were to have been along the market on my return home, at the market so early. I hope you taking a peep at the stalls as I passed, have not bought any thing, for I have vhen whom should I meet but Mrs got all we shall want for dinner to