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bones, in a miraculous manner revived. Having by your narration been favoured with such proofs of your attentive reading of the Scripture, I shall now, young ladies, again request your observation on another scenical representation.
Mrs. N.-I fear, Sir, I must not lengthen my visit.
Harriot.- do, Mamma, let us have another scene or two. I will try and name them or perhaps my
and after having received so polite a compliment from Mr. Davenport, do it in her best manner, and that I know will please you: will it not Mamma ? You smile. We shall stay, Sir-and, turning to the Cameru,
said, O thank you, Mamma, we are going to court! Amelia.-Rather the court is
presented to us. What a noble figure is seated on the throne, how gracefully he holds the sceptre!
Harriot.-Oh, Mamma, it is Ahasuerus and Esther!
Mrs. N.—The representation seems to please you; I will wait to hear how the scene is conducted.
Harriot.-Odear, it is closed! You should have let me had another peep!
Amelia --Well, Sister, here it isthe same company, only in a different apartment. Now you may see the king, the pleading Esther, and the assuming Haman!
Harriot.-What a numerous train of attendants !
Amelia.---And how gorgeously attired. The king and queen converse, Haman makes low obeisance and retires.
Harriot.--He will soon meet with what I expect will rather discompose him.
Ex.-Oblige me, Miss, by mentioning the subject of your expectation.
Harriot.—I expect, Sir, that Haman is about to pass Mordecai, who will neither rise for, nor bow to, him; at which Haman will be so greatly enraged, that he will, agreeably to the advice of his wife and friends, cause a gallows to be erected, with
the design to have Mordecai hanged thereon.
Amelia. My dear Harriot, notice this very striking scene. A spacious apartment, beautifully illuminated with golden chandeliers and candelabras of ivory, the attendants not numerous, but solemnly waiting the king's commands. He rises suddenly from his chair-paces the apartment -pauses-speaks to his attendants. Massy volumes are now in their hands.
Harriot.—But we can neither see
nor hear their contents! I think, Sir, we should be favoured with your ventriloquist's assistance.
Amelia.-There can be no occasion
for it at present, Harriot, however ; you surely recollect that the king commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they read to 'Ahasuerus that part of the royal annals which mentioned Mordecai's discovery of the chamberlain's design to lay hands on the king's life. Ahasuerus finding that he had received no reward, asked Haman, who was come to seek the king's permission to hang Mordecai on his lofty gallows, what should be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour? As Haman imagined that could be none other than himself, he proposed the highest honours he could imagine, and just suited to his