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city ? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? Turn you at my reproof.” Well, this is surprising! the figure could not speak, that is certain. How is this done, Sir?
Ex: - My attendant behind the scenes sometimes imitates the human voice, to render the scene more interesting, or to assist in discovering its allusion.
Mrs. M.-I can witness he has done that this time, however; I know the figure now, and the subject too. It is Wisdom warning people of danger, and exhorting them to turn from folly.
Mr. M.-And, Mary, you might
have added, encouraging them by precious promises to do so.
Mrs. Maple (looking into the Camera) says, Here is now
a very different picture! A youth loitering along the street. ' He is met by a woman dressed very finely, but she has a most impudent face—what a hussey !
Mrs. M.-Hussey indeed! this picture is also out of the Proverbs, and that wanton.who has been embracing the unwary youth, puts me in mind of what the wise man says,
" Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. He that is deceived by her fair speech goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks : till a dart strike through his liver, as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” This was just the case with a young man from our town; he came up to this city with a little property- - was inveigled by one of these wantons—committed a robbery to support her in her extravagancewas taken up, tried, cast, condemned, and was executed in the country for his offence; and thus found that the snare into which he had fallen was for his life.
Ex.—You find, Sir, that my scenes are not so difficult as you expected : there is now another, from the same
book, which I imagine you will readily understand.
Mr. M.-Having told me the book from which it is taken, perhaps I may, (looking into the Camera ;) I think I know it, for I have often had the Scripture which I suppose it alludes to, brought to my mind as I have passed some land belonging to one of my neighbours, between which and your picture there appears a striking similarity. For here is a large field, an extensive orchard, or something of that kind, covered with thorns, weeds and nettles, and the fences in a ruinous state. This is just the case with some land that joins my farm ; for the occupier neither repairs the hedges
nor weeds the land: hence his cattle get into my corn without any difficulty, and the wind blows the seed of the thistles over abundantly into it, which greatly annoys both myself and others whose land lies contiguous to his. Thus his negligence puts us to a considerable expense, and his slothfulness has brought him to abject poverty.
Ex:-I am happy however to find, that your temporal concerns bring the Scriptures to your recollection.
Mr. M.-Not always, Sir. Sometimes I am as stupid as an ox. But when in a good frame, then land, barn, stable, market, all afford me instruction. The rapid growth of