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while both assist in explaining the
Ex. You thought, Madam, that the young gentleman was rather too bold in giving me the challenge ; however, he has fully proved his ability to answer it. Perhaps, Sir, you will narrate the further account of this seene.
Henry. Why you have closed it, Sir, and there is now only a curtain! If
you do not favour me either with automata or painting, how is it to be supposed that I can proceed correctly?
Ex.-Perfectly well, Sir, by the help of what is far better, your mental repository.
Mrs. P.-Come, Henry, I see you are not much intimidated, narrate the history and give this additional proof of your attention.
Henry.- Most readily, Mamma. After the death of Agag, Samuel left the king, and came no more to see him, until the day of his death. Now, Sir, having closed this scene, I think my sister should take the next.
Ex.-Perhaps Miss Ponsonby will favour me with the subsequent history of Saul, and then I will call upon you to name the succeeding
Miss P.-Do you wish me, Sir, to confine the narration to Saul, or combine it with the history of David ?
Ex.-) should prefer the former.
Miss P.-Then, Sir, I shall only mention, that after David's victory over Goliath, Saul became very jealous of him; and was so exceedingly inveterate, that he had nearly killed his son Jonathan, for having permitted David to escape the evil he designed against him. So great was his rage, that, by the hands of Doeg the Edomite, he slew many of the Lord's priests, because one of them had given some victuals and the sword of Goliath to David. He afterwards pursued him from place to place, determined to slay the man whom he feared would finally occupy the throne which he then filled.
Miss. Now, Sir, please to proceed according to your challenge ; name the scene, and, by way of explanation, relate the account which gave rise to what it represents.
Miss P. and her brother having looked into the Camera, Henry said, I do not see any thing here to guide my judgment. It is all darkness. I might suppose it was a den for lions, only that would not relate to the present subject; and if it did, I could not see the prophet.
Miss P.-But you may see a haggard looking woman sitting with her elbows on her knees, and her long chin supported by her hands. Do
you not perceive her turning her head this
Henry.—Yes, I do! What sunken eyes! What a nose! This is certainly intended for the witch of Endor. It is! The door
Saul enters; I know him by his height; he looks almost as dull as the witch; his companions follow him; he speaks to the old woman-I suppose, about Samuel. The witch appears frightened-she shrieks-up comes the ghost! Down falls Saul! Well done, ventriloquist! Well done, automata !
And well done, Henry (said his sister). I am quite pleased with the progress which you have made; and as I shall now comply with your re