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this gave an habitual air of security to her sequence was much raised by the court words, looks, and motions. Lady Stock that was paid to her by several young seemed forced to beg, or buy-Lady Brad- men of fashion, who thought it expedient stone, accustomed to command, or levy, to marry two hundred thousand pounds." admiration as her rightful tribute. The II. 55–58. pride of lady Bradstone was uniformly re.

We wish we could make some exsolute, and successful; the insolence of lady Stock, if it were opposed, became tracts from “ Manæuvring;” but we cowardly and ridiculous. Lady Bradstone have left ourselves no room-and for seemed to have, on all occasions, an in the story, as it contains the history of stinctive sense of what a person of fashion ought to do; lady Stock, notwithstanding several connected plots, it is obvious

the making, and the failure of three her bravadoing air, was frequently perplexed, and anxious, and therefore awk.

that we could give no intelligible acward—she had always recourse to prece

count of it within any moderate dents. ‘Lady P said soor lady limits. It is written with admirable Q did so-lady G

skill and correctness of imitation; and this, or lady H

was there, and

is likely, we think, to be the most therefore I am sure it was proper.' On the contrary, lady Bradstone never quoted fashionable, though by no means the authorities, but presumed that she was a

most useful or instructive of the colprecedent for others. The one was eager lection. There is a painful and humble to follow the other determined to lead, pathos in some parts of “the Dun," the fashion. Our heroine, who was by no

upon which we have :ot spirits to means deficient in penetration, and whose whole attention was now given to the

enter. We earnestly entreat all goodstudy of externals, quickly perceived these natured youths of fashion to read it shades of difference between her late and through, and not to be too impatient her present friend. She remarked, in par- to get rid of the impressions which it ticular, that she found herself much more must excite in thein. "at ease in lady Bradstone's society. Her

We must now take an abrupt and ladyship's pride was not so offensive as

reluctant loave of Miss Edgeworth. lady Stock's vanity. Secure of her own superiority, lady Bradstone did not want to

Thinking as we do, that her writings measure herself every instant with in- are, beyond all comparison, the most feriours. She treated Almeria as her equal useful of any that have come before in every respect; and in setting her right us since the commencement of our in points of fashion, never seemed to triumph, but to consider her own know- conscience with us to give them all

critical career, it would be a point of ledge as a necessary consequence of the life she had lal from her infancy. With a

the notoriety that they can derive sort of proud generosity, she always con

from our recommendation, even if sidered those whom she honoured with their execution were in some measure her friendship, as thenceforward entitled liable to objection. In our opinion, to all the advantage of her own situation, however, they are as entertaining and to all the respect due to a part of herself. She now always used the word

as they are instructive; and the gewe, with peculiar emphasis, in speaking nius and wit, and imagination they of Miss Turnbull and herself. This was å display, are at least as remarkable signal perfectly well understood by her as the justness of the sentiments acquaintance. Almeria was received every they so powerfully inculcate. To where witithe most distinguislied atten. some readers they may seem to want tion; and she was delighted, and absolute. ly intoxicated, with her sudden rise in the the fairy colouring of high fancy and world of fashion. She found that her for romantick tenderness; and it is very mer acquaintance at lady Stock’s were true, that they are not poetical love extremely arnbitious of claiming an in- tales any more than they are anectimacy; but this could not be done. Miss dotes of scandal. We have great resTurnbull had now acquired, by practice, the power of looking at people, without pect for the admirers of Rousseau seeming to see them; and of forgetting and Petrarca; and we have no doubt those with whom she was perfectly well that Miss Edgeworth has great resacquainted, ller opinion of lier oun con- pect for then but the world, botli high and low, which she is labouring luxuriant ornaments of an ardent and to mend, have no sympathy with this tender imagination. We say this respect. They laugh at these things, merely to obviate the only objection and do not understand them; and which we think can be made to the therefore, the solid sense which she execution of these stories; and to presses, perhaps, rather too closely justify our decided opinion, that they upon them, though it admits of relief are actually as perfect as it was posfrom wit nd direct pathos, really sible to make them with safety to the could not be combined with the more great object of the author.

keener eye.

FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK. Camilla De Florian, and other Poems. By an Officer's Wife. 12mo. 38. 6d. 1809.

IF this elegant little volume had “ So 'mid the winter of my days, not, as it really has, the claim of My humble lays affection bids me try;

Not now to meet soft friendship’s great tenderness and sensibility, of

praise, many ingenious ideas, happily and

But the stern glance of judgment's harmoniously expressed, the following impressive address would disarm E’en in the hour when Fate her dart has criticism and excite a friendly sym


To wound a heart far dearer than my pathy.

“ TO THE REVIEWERS. “Ah! say, who blames the wintry bird, “ No vain presumption hither brings, When storms have chilled its frozen, No conscious merit does a hope impart; trembling wing,

I seek to bear to healing springs If then its notes are feebler heard, The faded, wounded husband of my Than those in gilded palaces who sing? heart, E'en taste will urge, as generous bounty O spare the verse my trembling hand pours,

unveils That sweeter notes may rise in happier Respect the motive, tho' the effort fails."



FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK. The Husband and the Lover. A Historical and Moral Romance, in Three Volumes.

8vo. 18s. 1809.

WE learn from a modest note at acknowledged to be; but full of ingethe end of these volumes, and we can nious contrivance, interesting events, assure the author that we perused remarkably well drawn characters, the work from its commencement to noble sentiments, and elegant lanits conclusion, that it is a first at guage. If a crowd of publications did tempt, and by a lady. But it may not press upon us, all of which, safely be asserted, that it would do agreeably to our plan of giving our no discredit to any writer of great ex- readers a consistent history of the li. perience in either sex. The story is terature of our country, must in turn founded on the well known life and be noticed, we would willingly have character of the great Sobieski, king discussed the merits of this work in of Poland; and from his residence in a more extended article. It has amuFrance, before he entered on the sed us exceedingly; and is so very far great career of his glory, a story superiour to any thing which we have is formed romantick indeed, as it is lately perused of the kind, that it bids fair to preserve a place in the portion duke, is a well known fact. The beof a miscellaneous library assigned haviour of the marquis after discoto the works of Burney, Ratcliffe, vering his wife's infidelity, is perhaps West, &c. Throughout, historical among the greatest improbabilities facts are very ingeniously blended of the book; but the defects are with fictitious characters and events. neither many nor important, consiThe main incident, namely, that of dering its claims of blending most Sobieski's exerting his influence with satisfactorily much instruction with Louis XIV. to make a son of his, by great amusement, the marchioness de Briscacier, a


Le Souterrain, &c. i. e. The Cavern, or The Two Sisters. By Madame F. Herbster.

12mo. pp. 152. London, 1809. WHEN we are informed that the happily regtored to each other, after groundwork of this novel is true, we a lapse of years. We should suppose, know not how far the assertion is indeed, that this is the fond of the lit. meant to extend. But a perusal of the tle novel before us; which is interesttale convinces us that a considerable ing, and calculated to make pious and portion of fiction is blended with the amiable impressions on the minds of matters of fact. Various travellers feeling and well disposed readers. have given accounts of the perforated Every line is favourable to virtue; rocks in the vicinity of Tours, the and, as no school is equal to that of scene of the principal adventures misfortune for training the heart to here recorded; and it is not improba- the duties of humanity, the picture ble that, during the horrours of the here delineated may be regarded as French revolution, so fatal to the no- not less natural than instructive. The bility, some persecuted individuals author remarks, that few French nomight have meditated and actually vels are fit to be put into the hands found an asylum in the caverns or of young persons. Madame Herbster grottos of these rocks. But, it is not might have added, “ or of old people.” easy to believe that so comfortable a And it is at least a negative recomsubterranean habitation, as is here mendation of Le Souterrain, that it is described, could have been found, free from those faults with which and have been furnished as the hi- French compositions of the lighter ding place of a noble family. While it kind, too much abound. The story is is even much less credible that two interlarded with no insidious and orphan females, the eldest being but dangerous principles; but the whole twelve and the youngest only six breathes sentiments of devotion, and years old, could have made their way trust in Providence; of parental ten, from Paris to this retreat, and have derness, and filial affection; of gratimaintained themselves, without ser- tude to benefactors, and, of kindness vants, and without being discovered. It to our fellow creatures. As the story is sufficiently probable, however, that is affecting, an abstract of it will not, a count and countess, in the bloody perhaps, be unacceptable. reign of the monster Robespierre, In the rich and fertile valley of might have been violently torn from Tours, which may not improperly their children; and that all parties, be called, the garden of France, on under the protection of Divine Pro- the banks of the Loire, is a small vidence, might have been preserved chain of rocks, which looks to the through a thousand dangers, and southeast, and is protected from the


northern winds by the ancient forest the day; behind which was a winding of Roseville. Many of these rocks passage, that led to a part of the rock are inhabited by peasants, whose toil different from that at which the count is recompensed by the vines which hac entered. The faithful domestick, cover them.

Richard, then contrived, by cases As the count de Roseville, who filled with clay, serving as doors, so owned a great part of this beautiful to obscure the entrances as to prevent country, was one day hunting, he was all suspicion of the cavities within. suddenly overtaken by a violent Six weeks after the discovery, the storm, and forced to seek refuge in a count and his servant had managed, place which had formerly been a by the clay-doors, by matting, by old lime-kiln. Walking up and down, tapestry on the sides of the grottos, waiting the abatement of the tempest, and by the furniture which they had his dog conducted him through seve- secretly conveyed, to make this soural turnings, to a vast cavity, which terrain habitable. The great cave was seemed to extend under the whole prepared for the chamber of the chain of the rocks. This incident oc- countess, and one on each side for curred on the 30th of June, 1792, her two daughters. These were enwhen the noblesse were pursued and closed by doors covered with sheep's imprisoned, and when the terrible skins, to exclude the cold. A kitchen 10th of August, and first days of was at no great distance, with closets, September, were preparing; and, as containing necessaries of all kinds, the count lived in the constant appre- particularly oil and charcoal. Lamps, hension of being arrested, a thought disposed at proper intervals, gave naturally suggested itself, that this light in the dark parts of the rock; cavern, so providentially, as it were, and the rotunda was made a study, pointed out to him, might, during illuminated by a lamp, suspended the bloody convulsions of the revolu. from the roof, and furnished with a tion, serve for the retreat of himself, piano, a harp, a library of excellent his wife, and his children. On his re- books, port-folios of drawings, &c. turn to the castle, he communicated Well might the countess survey the scheme which he had formed, all these preparations with approbato his lady, and also to a faithful do- tion: but it is wonderful that two permestick, of whose service he availed sons should have executed them in himself in carrying it into execution. so short a time. Scarcely, however, On the following day, they visited were they finished, and the count had the spot, accompanied by their two returned to his castle, when, a few children. By the help of torches, days after the horribly memorable they discovered a dark passage, which 10th of August, he was arrested, in the count had not previously observe the name of the law, and dragged to ed, conducting to subterranean Paris, leaving his wife and children grotto, supported by four pillars of in the greatest agony and consternarock; and in the middle rose a foun- tion. The countess and her two tain, which, falling in a cascade into daughters, Gabrielle and Augustine, a basin, subterraneously passed away. were conveyed by Richard, the faithA pleasant light entered through the ful valet, to the subterranean retreat, tissures of the rock. Further on, they together with the valuable property discovered several other grottos, which they could remove; and when which could easily be made habita- lie had secured his charge, he proble; and in one of them was an open- posed to go to Paris, in the hope of ing between two huge stones, so being serviceable to his master, or at placed as to admit light and exclude least, of conveying him some money. rain. A long corridor ended in a Moved by this proposition, the counkind of lofty rotunda, inaccessible to tess herself resolved to fly to her



husband, and either to succour him, “O mes parens chéris! ô ma sensible or to share his fate. They then all

mère ! left the cave; and having disguised Languirai-je tonjours loin du monde et de

vous ? themselves in the dress of peasants, Le ciel ouroit-il doric borné votre carrière ! they proceeded by the ordinary con- Et la terre déjà nous contient-elle tous ? veyance to Paris. Here Richard disappeared ; and the count was disco. “U toi de qui les soins ont guidé notro vered through the grating of a mise

enfance, rable prison. Almost distracted, the

Toi qui nous as donné de si tendres parens;

Toi que touchent toujours les pleurs de countess left her lodging, and, having l'innocence. first sewed money in the corsets of Grand Dieu ! sauve mon père, et rends-lui her children, and instructed them ses enfans. how to pass the barriers, she counselled them, if she should not return

“ Et toi, ma scur, ma fille et mon unique

amie, to them in two days, to travel back,

En partageant mes maux, tu sais les adou. as poor children, to the retreat in the

cir; rock. Having effected her purpose T'aimer est le seul bien qui m'attache à of forcing her way into the prison, la vie; in which her husband was confined, Augustine, sans toi, je n'aurois qu'à the children were left orphans; and

mourir." no mother returning to protect them,

The sisters fainted at the sight of they obeyed her injunctions, and, by strangers; but, when they recovered the charitable aid of innkeepers, mas

from their affright, a pleasing explaters of voitures, &c. these two infantine sisters made their way from

nation took place. Gabrielle and AuParis to Tours; took possession of the gustine found an uncle and a cousin

in the obtruding visitants; who, being grotto; and supported themselves in

now in possession of Roseville castle, this retreat for the long term of six

removed them from the souterrain years. At last they were traced to the

to their original residence. They then rock; and a fine muslin handkerchief, marked G. R. was picked up. Curi- accompanied their uncle to Paris, in osiiy, in conjunction with the admi- road, they rewarded those who were

search of their parents; and on the Pation of female beauty, operating on

their benefactors, when, as poor chila young man, he discovered the clay dren, they required the aid of the coors, and the mode of opening them; keepers of inns and coach-drivers. and, entering with his uncle, they

On their return to Roseville, love surprised the recluses, when Gabrielle

began to exercise its power, and marwas singing the following air:

riages were meditated. The anniver“ Sous ces sombres rochers, impénétrable sary of their being found was ho

noured with a most splendid fête; J'élève, en gémissant mes accens vers les when the count and countess, who cieux;

had been sentenced to exile in CaySans crainte et sans remords, on y vivroit

enne, had been shipwrecked, and hatranquille; Mais loin de ses parens, pourroit on vivre ving passed through St. Domingo, heureux ?

Jamaica, and England, returned to

their own castle. Thus the misfor Orpheline, et sans guide, au printemps tunes which the revolution had occade ma vie,

sioned, were terminated in a joyful Jamais je n'ai vu ire un rayon de bon

interview of all the parties;. for even heur, La fleur de mes beaux jours sera bientôt

the missing Richard is added to the flétrie.

groupe. Les soupirs et l'attente ont desséclié mon

The dramatick conclusion of this

piece induces us to believe, that fick 3 C





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