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Agnes, accustomed to dress in a style '; am I ever to pay for this, I have not twenty of simple elegance only, took up a piece pounds about me?" muslin which appeared to her suited to the “ And I have not twenty shillings,'' purpose, and, according to her custom, added Miss Beaclıcroft," and yet you hear when she attended Lady Priscilla in a what I have ordered. These things are shopping jaunt to Penzance, was preparing 'necessaries, my dear, and must be had, to ask its price per yard, when she heard though they were pever paid for. And the Miss Beachcroft demand of the milliner, I woman, though a little extravagant, is not what would be nearly the amount of a dress unreasonable, she can wait I assure you.— about which they were consulting? Well, Mrs. B--," continued she, “yon

“Why, I think, Misses, as you are my will be punctual with both the dresses ;" established customers," replied Mrs. B and with these words she followed her "I could make it up for about ninety niother to the coach. guineas.

They now drove immediately to the re“What, trimmings and all?" said Miss view.-Agnes was never more dissatisfied Beaclicroft.

at her irresolution, she remembered to “ Yes, Miss, at least the difference have often heard Priscilla declaim will not be considerable."

against that fashionable extravagance "Well, I will have it then," said Miss which would lavish on a dress or a trinket Beachcroft; “but be sure you follow my in- what would support almost for their lives strictions, or I shall not endure it; but I one or more poor families.-Miss Beachwill not go above the ninety guincas, re croft, however, talked with so much volumember that."

bility about the beauty of the dress, and This conversation occasioned Agnes, in " the disting.islied taste of Mrs. B-, that sonie confusion, to drop to the ground the Agnes was absolutely shamed out of her meslin she had taken up. Miss Beachcroft penitence. demanded of her whether she had yet !. You will look so beautiful in it, Agnes, phosen ? and Agnes rerlying in the nega. for I have matched it to your complexion. live, “ well then," said she, “ let me choose | The slip is a pale-pink, which will be ren. for you, and I am sure you will admire my dered still more pale as it is reflected taste."—She then again turned over the through the lace. I can assure you, niy silks, muslins, and laces, and at length fixed dear, that there is more art than you imaupon one to her taste.--" You will have gine in arranging a fancy dress. And if I this Agnes;" said she.-" The young lady was a prime minister's lady, I would give will have this, Mrs. B-4,"said she with Mrs. B-ma place or a pension for her out waiting the assent of Agnes, “ you will taste." have the goodness to make it up, and send Agnes suffered herself at length to be it home the same time that you send minc. overpowered by these arguments, and by But pray what will it come to?

a firm iesolution to be guilty of no second “Why, Miss," said Mrs. B--, “it is act of a similar nature, reconciled this first rather an exrensive dress, as it will take an concession to her mind. immensity of lace to cover the slip. I They had now gained the scene of the really carnnot tell you, Miss, what it may review. Sir George, who was one of the amount to, as from the uncertainty in these Colonels, obtained permission for their things we are careful never to fix the price | carriage to enter into the centre of the le:t we should lose."

ground marked out. They had thus a full " But tell us vearly," said Miss Beach. view of the whole line. The day was fine,

come my dear Mrs. B—-, make and the sun shining on the polished steel of haste, for we are going to the review.- the swords and musquets, and the splendid Will it come to much more than an hun regimentals of the several corps, composed dred guineas"

a scene of uncqualled splendour. The “No, Miss, not much more."

effect was heightened by the number of “Well, then, let it be made up." men, drums beating, colours flying, every

“Stop, for Heaven's sake," said Agnes, thing, in a word, which could animate and taking the arm of Miss Beachcroft; "how! | exhilarate.


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This was indeed a day of enjoyment to self to an officer amongst the company, Agnes. The King shortly entered upon toid hiin to take the bead of the table. One the parade.How happy, thought Agnes, of the company inquired after the health must be such a King, surrounded with of Sir George.--"I expected him to dinsuch a people; with what cheerful hearts, ner," replied Lady Beachcroft," for lie wbat sincere affection, what ardent loyalty I was ited; but he is gone elsewhere i is he received by the thousands around i suppose.” Agnes could not but stare.

“ This is indeed the inode," said she. Several gentlemen rode up to the car The greater part of the company were siage with compliments to Lady Beach in high spirits, and Lady Beachcroft, accroft upon her return to town. Amongst cording to custom, when in her proper these her Ladyship made a party to dinner sphere, was the life and soul of all around afier the review, and the play in the even- her. Ayncs, Miss Beachcroft, and herself ing. Agnes could scarcely repress her sur were the only ladies. This appeared someprise at the unrestrained manner in which what strange to Agnes. The conversation Miss Beachcroft gave and returned their was still more strange and scarcely in some railleıy. A young officer, in particular, of its parts intelligible, so full was it of the seemed so peculiarly gratified with her re- jargon of the day. appearance in the world, that Agnes almost * Who was that d-d figure of a tun," imagined him her lover, only that she said Captain Gorget, (a Captain in the scarcely knew how to reconcile this con- Guards,) addressing himself to Miss Beachjecture with her declared engagement to croft; “that witch of Endor, in the next Sir Tony.

coach to your Ladyship's mother's?-It was not till a late hour that they left | Damme, if her looks did not petrify me to the Park. Agnes had the envied honour stupidity. I could not shut my inouth for of peculiar notice from more than one of wonder, by G-d." the royal family. The royal carriage.pas. For shame," said Miss Beachcroft witin sing that of Lady Beachcroft, Agnes, in the an encouraging smile, “why, that lady is eagerness of youthful curiosity, regarded it the Duchess of M-, she whose charities with such fixed attention, that the King are as far-famed as those of the Man of

could not avoid looking in turn at the Roos."

lovely girl, and remarked her uncommon Why don't she shut herself up in one beauty to the general officers who rode by of her old castles then," continued Gorget, his side. Every one, as if by one motion, “and not come forth to frighten us honest looked in the face of Agnes, who perceiv- | fellows. The d-1 brimstone me, if I bave ing herself an object of this general gaze, recovered myself yet. But what have you was siuking to the ground in confusion. It done with litile Tony, hey,—den lim, has was necessary to mention this circumstance, he broke his neck offone of his horses vel." as, however trifling in itself, it added to Agnes sat fixed in amazement that Miss the importance of Agnes in the beau monde, Beachcroft would deign to answer such as from that moment she was distinguished | mingled impiety and impertinence. by the name of the Cornish beauty,

“ Lord bless me, my dear,” said she in In ber invitation to her guests, as an exo reply to a whispering reproof, "the men of cuse for the shortness of the notice, Lady | fashion are all alike, and if one wants Beachcroft had told them to expect only a purity of conversation, one must take up family dinner. It was with some surprise, with a boy from the plough. I must own therefore, that upon descending to dinner they swear a little too much, but then the Agnes beheld a repast of a luxury,splendour, mode is to be afraid of nothing, and least and variety, to which she had been but of all of Heaven, little accustomed.- Lady Priscilla had pre “ But what do you think of that Gentle. ferred a simple plenty to the e; icurcan man, Agnes," continued she; I have seen profusion of a London table.

him look at you more than once in a very It was with almost equal surprise that | earnest manner?" Agnes observed that Sir George was not “Who is he :” said Agnes; "he seems ta present.-Lady Beachcroft addressing her-me a very bold confident looking man."

“ And I can assure you, my dear, he “I pity bim, indeed," said Agnes, "has does not at all belye his looks. Why, that his banker broke:" is the famous Sir Harry Alirabel, one of “No, not that,” said Lady Beachcroft. the finest men, and if report says true, the “ It seems an old friend, and school-fellow most accomplisbed and successful of rakes. of Sir Harry's, invited him down to speod His opinion is the standard of beauty, ele

a month or two at bis house; and the wife gance, and fashion. Let him only declare of this old friend happened to be a woman that you are beautiful, and you in the same of some beauty, and so Sir Harry seduced instant almost become a toast. His fortune her. They say the husband is one of those is very ample, and enables him to support | sentimental boobies who talk of injured bis character with a good equipage, which peace, violated friendship, rights of hospiis almost every thing.-Ile has only one

tality, and so forth, and he has unluckly fault, I think, he is so intolerably bold, so enough persuaded the jury to be of the abominably false, and so inconceivably same opinion, for seven thousand pounds vain. As I am alive here he comes to ex

damages have been given against Sir Harry. changed chairs with Gorget.”

And Sir Harry, to do him justice, has paid Indeed she had scarcely concluded this them without a murmur, but with the per. character or eulogy of him, before he seat- || fect grace of a man of the mode." ed himself, and staring Miss Beachcroft

“I do not wonder at that, mamma," said full in the face with an opera-glass, though Miss Beachcroft, “ for they say the lady is vot three feet asunder" at length exclaim- ! very handsome, and the success of this ed, “Thus cherubs grow

to angels. intrigue has gained him I can assure you Efaith, child, you have not visited Corn

a no inconsiderable degree of reputation." wall in vain, for your beauty is no less im

The conversation was here interrupted proved than the fashions of the present by the entrance of Mirabel. The surprise day."

of Agnes was great that the knowledge of “Nonsense,” said Miss Beachcroft, strik- his character did not render bim less wel. ing him somewhat smartly with her fan, “ you are as extravagant as ever.”

“Lord bless me, my dear,” said Miss “As just you mean, I presume," replied Beachcroft in reply to a remark upon this be; “pay, I appeal to this lady,-madam," || subject; “how intolerable would the world continued he, addressing himself to Agnes, of fashion be, if it were governed by the “ is it not more just to feel and acknow. same prejudices as you good country folks. ledge the power of all sovereign beauty, || Howis Mirabel less agreeable to us because than to withhoid from it its merited tri- others have found him the most agreeable bute of general adoration?"

of men? Every one acknowledges that he As Agnes did not understand him, she is the most accomplished of men, and as to was somewhat embarrassed in what manner his being a profligate, what is that to us? to answer, but was saved from that neces

Evil communications, may be a good sity by Miss Beachcroft, who continued the maxim in the country, but in the fashiondialogue with equal flippancy. Agnes saw

able world would cut every one off from that Mirabel was one of those coxcombs, their next door neighbour." who abuse an excellent understanding to

The coaches were now at the door, and the purposes of general gallantry, and who accompanied by Mirabel, the party departcontent themselves with the easier fame of ed for the theatre. The mind of Agnes being a fop, when nature has intended was as yet so occupied with the novelty of them for far superior characters.

her situation, that it was less open than it Upon the ladies withdrawing to the otherwise would have been to extraneous drawing room, Lady Beachcroft repeated observation." to Agnes the question of her daughter,

Upon entering the theatre, Agnes was what she thought of Mirahel.

dazzled with the splendour of the lighıs, do not now see him in his full spirits, as he painting, and profusion of decoration; and has lately had a great loss, seven thousand when the music struck up, in her conpounds at once."

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situation. The play was The Trip to Scar- j turned round, and again encountered the borouch. Agnes was astonished at the looks of the stranger. Agnesagain trembled, licentiousness of the plot, of which Mira- and refiscd attriglied to the back part of bel himself appeared sensible, as he endea- the box. voured, for purposes best known to him- “Pray Sir Uarry," said Miss Beachcroft, self, to fix her attention upon the most “are you a magistrate." excepcionable parts. Aynes only replied Yes," said he, “when I am in the by averting her head another way, hut Miss humour.” Beachcroft, who was a perfect girl of fa- “ Then I wish you would commit that shion, smiled, blushed, and rebuked him fellow to gaol for six months.” with slight taps of her fan.

“ What has he done?" demanded the “It is no wonder," thought Agnes, " that Baronet. the town should overflow with libertines, “Why, he stares 'so impudently," said when such comedies as this are presented she," he has put Miss Karrow by out of at the theatre.- What is tbe hero of every countenance." comedy but a Miiabe!? It is in vain that “I am afraid," replied Sir Harry, “ that conjugal infidelity is so justly punished in I can do nothing in this aftzir, for there is our courts of law, when it is so scaudaiously no act of parliament against looking at a propagated by the seductive example of beautiful woman. However, you may the theatre."

have your revenge on him; for you bave Whilst Agnes was making these remarks, only to look on him in return, and strike Miss Beacheioft, in compliance with the bim blind by your overpowering jadiance." mode, was talking so loud, and with such The fellow is so ugly," said sbe,“ or [ evident disregard of the performers, as had might try what I could do." already excited the indignation of her less In the mean time the play was over, and fashionable neighbours in the gallery.- as the farce was a most vile one ; Lady Turning to Agnes rather abruptly, “I Beachcroft arose to depart. Agnes again congratulate you, my dear, upon your cast her eyes into the pit, and again for a conquest," said she.

third time encountered those of the Upon my conquest ?" said Agnes. stranger. Her terror was now so great, “ Yes," continued Miss Beachcroft, that she was compelled to support herself " there is a fellow in the pit has had liis by the arm of Sir Uariy, who, enraptured eyes on you the whole night, I scarce. with this unexpected concession, made no ly know what to make of him. Ile sits on inquiries into the cause, and Agnes lierself the third bench from the orchestra, and al. was too much confused, to explain. Her most exactly in the middle. You cannot affright was increased when Miss Beachfail to see him for his eye is not a moment croft whispered her that her admirer, as ofi you."

she pleasantly called him, had arose, and Agues cast her eyes on the pit, and with was following her out of the theatre. some confusion met the glance of the Every moment did Agnes expect to see stranger, who gazed on her unmoved. I him approach and address her, and so terAgnes withdrew her eyes but not before she rified was she by the ferocity of his looks, had impressed on her mind the singular (that she was alınost ready to sink with the image of the man. His dark countenance apprehension of seeing him nearer lier. was evidently that of a foreigner, bis eyes

She gained the coach, however, without were black and piercing, and the cout en- any interruption, though she had scarcely semble of his demeanour was that ofa villain. taken her seat, before she saw him appear; Agnes shuddered as she encountered his he appeared evidently to have lost sight of gaze.

her, and the coach drove off without her “Well I protest," said Miss Beachcroft, being again seen by him. * your charms have fascinated the fellow, for his eyes are still fixed on you."

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XXVII. COATED (tunicatus),

cloathed on the outside with mem-

Rimosus, from rima, a chink.

1. Cortice exteriore fissuras sponte agens.branes, as Betula alba.


2. Rimose, or chipked, abounding in cracks, clefts, or chinks, as the outer bark of some trees.--MARTYN.

3. Abounding with clefts and chinks.-BER. KEN HOUT.

4. Not in SMITH.

5. Fendillée, les vieux arbres.---BRISSE AT. MIRBEL.

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TUNICATUS, from tunica, a garment.
1. Membranis vestitus -LINNEUS.
2. Clothed with membranes.-MARTYN.

3. Wrapped in, or consisting of many coats.

RIMOSE (rimosus), abounding with
cracks, clefts, or chinks, as Quercus

SUBEROSUs, from suber, a cork.

1. Cortice exteriore molli elastico indutus, LINN ÆUS.

2. Not in MARTYN, wbo explains suberosus as if a little eaten, or guawn, nor has le the word suber, or cork, in his language of botany,

3. If I had not found this term applied to leaves, I should have been apt to derive it from suber, a cork, and not from sub and erodor, to be eaten into, and explained it accordingly. When applied to the stem it certainly means that the bark is soft and elastic like cork. BERKEN HOUT.

4. Not in SYITK.

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