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Ex.- Permit me, Madam, to add, I am persuaded that which affords you present satisfaction, will, no doubt, prove of future advantage to the young lady. Now, Sir, will you attend to your sister's description, or will you proceed with yours?
Henry.--I too am so well pleased with my sister's explanation, that I will readily proceed to give more scope to her recollection. The figure which represents king David, now descends the hill, surrounded by the people in general, and especially by many armed men: as they proceed along the road, there appears an angry looking man on the hill side, who, though I cannot hear him, seems
to be vociferating most violently, and throwing stones at the king and his company! • Miss P:That is Shimei, the Benjamite.
Henry.-Notwithstanding you seem so well acquainted with him, I think he is no favourite of yours; he is a most malignant looking fellow.
Miss P.--He will be paid for all his bad tricks by-and-by.
Henry.—Many of the armed men appear to be requesting the king's permission to slay that angry man ; but I perceive he does not permit them. i Miss P. - No, no, he will not. Good David too keenly felt the re
bellion of Absalom, to be much moved by Shimei's undeserved abuse. O the scene is closed.
Henry.—But here is another. The distant country is covered with the contending armies. The vanquished flee into a wood, are pursued by the victors, become entangled among the trees, and are beaten down with great destruction. A mule running away furiously, leaves its rider hanging between the thick boughs of a great oak. Surely this must be Absalom !
Ex.—You are right, Sir; but what follows?
Henry.- I think he was killed, but I will look to your scene.
O here comes one of the captains; he soon
dispatches the pendant youth-a very summary way of proceeding, but I suppose it is according to the laws of war. His men take down the body, and unceremoniously cover it with a heap of stones.
Mrs. P.-My dear Henry, how can you describe with such -levity so melancholy a scene ?
Henry.-0, Mamma, you know it is only the representation that I am describing
Mrs. P. That is true ; but then it should lead you to think on the event which is thus brought to your recollection, and reflect on the awful death that befel Absalom, in consequence of his rebellion against his father. I am glad you remembered the history, and I hope you will consider the moral it inculcates-duty to God and obedience to parents.
Henry. — I am obliged to you, Mamma ; I will endeavour to do so. Having been so successful with the preceding scene, I will venture to examine the present ; I have no idea what this can mean. The view is rural: in the foreground an extensive .and smooth area; sheaves of corn are spread on it in a circular manner, over which two oxen, yoked together, are drawing a man, seated in a lumbering machine; and another man, with a fork, is throwing the straw into the middle of the ring : surely this