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from his prostrate body its enormous. head.
Mrs. P.-You have pleased me very much, Henry, not merely in having described the scene with some degree of accuracy, but also, by recollecting so much of the history which it represents
Henry.--Your approval, Mamma, affords me much pleasure, and I will immediately endeavour to give further proof that I have not been in attentive to your directions.
The young people look into the Camera, and Mrs. Ponsonby desires her son to mention what he observes.
Henry. Here is a very magni? ficent apartment, and two persons
'conversing together, one of them in long robes,- I suppose he is intended to represent a priest; the other hearkens to him with attention, and seems to answer with great emotion.
Mrs. P.-Cannot you inform me whom they represent, and what is the subject of their conversation?
Henry.-I must acknowledge that I neither know one or the other: really I should like the Exhibition much better, if either the figures would speak as well as act, or that this good gentleman would permit his man to speak for them.
Ex.-Sir, I am always willing to explain the scene to my visitors, if none of the company can discover the
allusion; but I am persuaded that is not now the case : perhaps, Miss, you will do.me the favour to reply to your Mamma's inquiries.
Miss P.-If I do not mistake, Sir, this scene is a representation of King David and the prophet Nathan; the subject, the parable of the ewe lamb. The prophet stretches out his hand, and, from the solemn manner in which he appears to deliver his message; you may imagine that you hear him say unto David “Thou art the man Penitential sorrow marks the couņ-. tenance of the King, while he confesses, I have sinned against the Lord. The prophet immediately replies, The Lord also hath put away thy sin
Henry.--My dear sister, you have so fully proved your superior knowfedge, that I must request you to explain the future scenes. ** Miss P.-No, we will proceed together; you relate what you know, and where you fail, (if in my power) I will readily assist you.
Mrs. P.-Very well, my dears, let your respective talents be ever at each other's service: thus
increase that mutual affection which I hope does, and ever will, subsist between you. Will you oblige them, Sir, with another scene?
Ex:--Certainly, Madam ; I was attending tó your remarks; how dif: ferent to what I sometimes hear! Too frequently young persons are almost taught to pride themselves over those whose attainments are not fully equal to their own, but I hope the good instruction that Miss Ponsonby and her brother receive, will prevent conduct so extremely unbecoming. The Camera is now furnished with another
Henry.-This represents a spacious inner chamber: I almost think it is King David at his private devotions ; for it is much like him that we have just beheld, only here he appear's greatly agitated he lies prostrate on the floor-several venerable persons enter; they expóstulate with him, as if entreating bim