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LITERARY CONTENTS (Continued.)
A Mother's request
Illustrations of the Philosophy of Flora, &c. Explanation of the Prints of Fashion.
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no longer meet her Maurice. But after-, suit me better; besides, as my wife is dead, wards, though the regret of our lovers did they may live with me. Maurice is clever not diminish, yet they both began to think | and well informed; he will attend to my of employing this weary time to advantage. business while I amuse myself. He is likeThe wheel turned, the plane slid, and the wise a fine young man, and will, I hope, time passed, but not exactly in the same make Thérèse forget that great lazy fellow, manner with one as the other. The tender Frederic, whom I have discharged.” Emestine, faithful to her grief, persevered This Frederic was a workman whose in her plan of employment: she did not thoughts and time were solely occupied by allow herself a moment's respite; and she Thérèse : Master Thomas was tired of enjoyed no other pleasure than getting on him; Maurice took his place, and soon with her counterpane and her knitting, gained the old man's good graces and the and saying to herself every night, “ Thank || heart of his daughter. She obeyed with Heaven, there is one more day yone!" great pleasure the commands of her father
Maurice also counted the hours which || to sit with him in the work-shop: she he passed away from his Ernestine; but he | amused him with a thousand sprightly saldid not devote all his time to regrets for || lies; sang to him the vaudevilles of the day, the past. In truth, the change of scene, and read to him romances, operas, and the and the variety of objects which he beheld newspaper. In the evening, when he had for the first time, speedily consoled him : finished his work, she would take a walk he contemplated with pleasure the different with him, and sometimes they played togemanners and customs of the countries ther at shuttlecock. This game was ad. through which he passed. During the || mirably calculated to display all the graces first year he travelled from town to town, of the little Lyonese, who had the prettiest working at bis business, he acquired a to- | foot and the roundest and whitest arm in lerable knowledge of the French language; the world. How captivating was her counand being at Lyons, he engaged himself tenance when, in laughing at the fall of for two years to a skilful cabinet-maker, || the shuttlecock, she displayed teeth whiter who was called Master Thomas. This man than ivory! even her little Cleopatra nose was much celebrated for his cleverness ; || appeared to Maurice at these moments he received all his models of furniture from handsome. Sonuemberg, and the sad ErParis; and Maurice thought that he could nestine, are they then forgotten? It must acquire both money and knowledge of his be owned, that Maurice does not think business from him. Master Thomas had much about his Ernestine when he plays the most fashionable business in the town, || at shuttlecock with Thérèse; nor when, but he neglected it for the bottle and the seated by him in the work-shop, she congaming table: he was enchanted, there verses with him or sings to him: but we fore, to find what he had long been seeking must do him the justice to say, that when for in vain
ma clever, honest, and prudent he retires to his room he feels something workman, to whom he could intrust the || like remorse. It is this sentiment that so care of his work-shop, while he himself often presents Ernestine to him in his was at the alehouse, Maurice was indeed | dreams; but she is always tender and afa pattern of attention and diligence, and fectionate, as in the days of their infancy; his master spared no pains to retain him in || her image is present to him: at his awakhis service. One of the most effectual || ing, he rises, vowing that Ernestine shall means, he thought, would be to bring him never have any rival in his heart. He is acquainted with his only daughter, Thé- || determined speedily to give her a proof of rèse, a pretty attractive little Lyonese, who it: but Maurice is young, Ernestine is at had been well educated, and who was a distance of four hundred miles from him, naturally amiable. “ Go into the shop,” || and Thérèse is with him. would her father say to her when he went The father continued to give them entire out;
carry your work there, and keep | liberty; he even said to those who had any Maurice company.” “ They will soon take pretensions to the hand of his daughter, a fancy to one another,” thought he; " and that she was engaged to his foreman, MauI could not have a son-in-law that would || rice, and that he would have no other
“I tell you,
son-in-law. He declared this more posi- || nexion, and all that I am worth; and that tively to her old sweetheart, Frederic, I only ask in return that you should attend whom he met one night strolling about, to business, and make Thérèse happy. and in a very melancholy mood from hav- But, come, why don't you speak? Is not ing seen Thérèse playing at shuttlecock such a gift as this worth thank ye? And with Maurice. To banish all his expec- you, you little fool, come and kiss me, intations, the father made him believe that stead of twisting your apron-strings." they were really married:
Thérèse threw herself into the arms of simpleton,” cried he, “ that you lose your her father; and Maurice, pale as death, time and labour: have not you seen how covered his face with his hands, and knew fond Thérèse and Maurice are of each | not how to articulate a refusa). The father other? I have given her to him; every was very near laughing at him, but pitying thing is concluded; and Maurice is able to his confusion, “ Come, my son," said he, break your bones, if you only look at his “ embrace your bride-exchange your little wife.” Frederic believed this intelli- | rings." gence,
which filled him with vexation. These words, embrace your bride-escHe had only remained at Lyons for the change your rings, restored Maurice all his sake of Thérèse, and he quitted it the next courage: he imagined he heard his father day, convinced that she was married. say to him, when he gave him his Ernes
Maurice had now completed his engage- tine, “ Go, my son, embrace your bride;" ment with his master. During that time he thought he saw that tender girl throw he had received some very affectionate let herself into his arms, and say,
« Dear ters from Ernestine; and he had written to Maurice, what will become of me without her, but not so often as he would have you?" aud the ring which he was required done had not Therèse occupied his leisure to place upon the finger of Thérèse was moments. Between the plane and the the same that he had received of Ernestine! shuttlecock, there remained very little time In a moment he raised his head, and in a for correspondence; and the consciousness tone full of feeling and expression he that Ernestine had some cause to reproach thanked his employer, and told him that him, often hindered him from writing, be- he should never forget his kindness and cause he was embarrassed what to say to good intentions; that he should always her. However, not having heard anything love Thérèse as a sister, but that he could from Sonnemberg for more than two not marry her, as he was already engaged; months, he began to be uneasy, and at last and that the ring which he wore on his resolved on asking leave of absence. finger was given him by his betrothed
Notwithstanding the attractions of Thé- | wife. He begged his master would ask his rèse, Maurice had been, strictly speaking, daughter, whether he had ever spoken to faithful to his Ernestine. He thought her of marriage? He might have added, that Thérèse very pretty and genteel; he liked he had spoken to her repeatedly of Ernesto romp with her; but be never had the tine, and had given her the history of his most distant idea of marrying her. What | ring; but he did not wish to bring any was his surprise then, when one night reproaches upon her. The old man flew Master Thomas, returning home half drunk, into a violent passion; but Maurice bore interrupted their play, by asking them if his reproaches with so much sweetness, that they were not thinking of a more serious Thomas, who had a good heart, concluded game? “I mean marriage, my children. by being softened towards him. This is the spring: it is the proper time to then, marry this betrothed of yours," said think of it, and I wish every thing to be hè, in a tone half sorrowful, half friendly: settled. Your engagement is expired,
“ since it is not Thérèse, the sooner you go Maurice; you must enter into another for the better. I shall always regret you, and life with Thérèse. Write home, my boy, you will perhaps sometimes regret the shop and ask the consent of your father, who and the daughter of old Thomas." will, no doubt, be satisfied when he knows
(To be concluded in our next.) that I give you my daughter, my con
ANECDOTES OF ILLUSTRIOUS FEMALES.
PRINCESS DOWAGER OF WALES.
BLANCHE OF CASTILLE
JOAN OF ARRAGON.
ever, to permit her daughters to remain in This Lady, the mother of our present
the camp, she retired, accompanied by her gracious and much-loved Sovereign, could son, and escorted by a party of horse, into
Campania. not, with her unsullied character, be safe
The fortitude and constancy of Joan on against the malignity of faction and party, which dared to attack and calumniate her the loss of her eldest son have been cele
brated by a famous French author, in a heretofore pure and unblemished reputation. In the midst of the loudest clamours dialogue of one hundred and twenty-one of her opponents, while even manual out- || pages, entitled, Statues of the Temple of rage was threatened upon the pálace and the Lady Joanna of Arragon. person of this injured and excellent Princess, a celebrated manufacturer of Birmingham was shewing her, at Carlton House, some specimens of his ingenuity; and
Was the grand-daughter of Henry I. of while the horrid yells and execrations in England, and mother to Louis IX. of the court-yard nearly prevented her being France. An anecdote is related by histoheard, she preserved all the fortitude of a
rians, when speaking of the great respect great and virtuous mind, and said, with the and affection shewn by Louis for his inesutmost coolness, “ How I pity these poor
timable mother, as follows: deluded people! I hope they will know
Tenacious of performing those rites of a better by-and-by.”
parent, from which her Majesty thought no woman ought to be exempt, she had
insisted on suckling the young Prince herShe was the daughter of the Duke of self. The example of the great, it is well
known, has an influence over the multiMontalto, the third natural son of Ferdihand, King of Naples, and was accounted tude; and a lady belonging to the court one of the most illustrious females of the nursed her child also herself: she had,
had, in imitation of her royal mistress, sixteenth century. A temple at Arragon was erected to her, under the title of the therefore, during an indisposition of the
Queen, thought proper to supply the wants Divine Lady; and as a mirror of learning in
of the young Prince. Blanche, on reviving, those times, she received the ceremonials of a poetical kind of deification, equal to put her child to her breast, which being
satisfied, refused the then feverish susthat of being canonized as a saint. During the pontificate of Paul IV. she | what had passed, requested to see the per
tenance of nature. Blanche, suspecting shared in the resolutions taken by the Co
son who had done this kind office. The lonnas against the interests of the Pope. | lady confessed the fact, alledging that she Her sex and character relieved her from || had been moved by the cries of the young experiencing the horrors of a prison, but Prince. The Queen made no reply than she was forbid to leave the city : she con
by a look of scorn; then compelling the trived, however, either to deceive or bribe | child to throw back the milk he had swalher guards. Gratiani describes her as a lowed, declared “ that no other woman woman of most masculine resolution, on
should dare to dispute with her the title of this account; and adds, that she escaped | mother to her son.” with her daughters from Rome, who had assisted their mother in bribing and cor
JOAN BEAUFORT, QUEEN OF SCOTLAND, rupting the guard. Though far advanced. in life at that time, she walked at a very Was the grand-daughter of the famous quick rate, till she had entirely lost sight || John of Gaunt, and was married, in 1423, of the centinels; then mouuting on horse- || in the church of St. Mary Overy, Southback, accompanied by her daughters, she || wark, to James 1. King of Scotland, who fled to the camp, where the Duke of Alva || had been a prisoner in England since received her with joy. Unwillivg, how- || March, 1404. No. 60.-Vol. X.
In 1437, Joan received information of a || by Joan, to Perth. Walter, who had conspiracy against her husband. Walter, watched their motions, bribed a domestic Earl of Athol, uncle to the King, was told to admit him into the apartment where the by a necromancer that before his death he King and Queen were lodged. Joan, as should be crowned amidst a great con the ruffians rushed into the room, threw course of people: this prophecy roused his herself between their weapons and the ambițion, and he determined on poisoning body of her husband; but her interposithe King, and seizing on the reins of go-tion was vain, she was torn from the arms vernment. The plot was discovered to l of the unfortunate monarch, who fell a James by his Queen; he quitted his castle | victim to his assassins. of Roxburgh, and repaired, accompanied
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE FAMOUS JOHN
Ludwig had never been used to take any thing upon trust, and was therefore conti
nually turning over the leaves of his Bible, John LUDWIG was born February to find the passages referred to in the cate24, 1715, in the village of Cosse-daude, inchism. . In March, 1736, he was employed Saxony, and was sent, among other poor to receive the excise of the little district in children of the village, very young to school. which he lived; and he found, that in orThe Bible gave him much pleasure, so that der to discharge this office, it was requisite he conceived the most earnest desire of || for him not only to read and write, but to reading it to others, but he had no oppor- | be master of the two rules of arithmetic, tunity of getting one into his own posses. || addition and subtraction. His ambition sion. In about a year his master taught had now an object, and he determined to him to write: this was very irksome to apply himself to arithmetic, but he wanted him. At ten years old he was put to arith an instructor. At last he recollected that metic; but this he found extremely enibar one of his school-fellows had a book, from rassing and difficult, and was so disgusted which rules were taken by the master for with it, that after much scolding and beat- || the instruction of his pupils. Having boring he went from school, having learned no rowed this important volume, he pursued more than reading, writing, and his cate- the study with such application that in chism. He was then sent into the fields to about six months he was master of the keep cows, and in this employment he soon rule of three, with fractions. The power became clownish, and lost all he had been of figures were now at an end, and he taught. Associating only with the sordid knew enough to make him anxiously deand the vicious, he soon became as insen- sirous of knowing more. He met with a sible as they. As he grew up he kept treatise on geometry, and finding that this company with women of bad character, science was in some measure founded on and abandoned himself to all those low what he had learned, he applied to the new pleasures which were within his reach. / study with great avidity; but not being But, at length, a desire of surpassing others, able to comprehend either its theory or that principle which is ever productive of utility, he laid it aside to attend to the cultrue greatness, was not yet extinguished in ture of his fields and vines.
A severe his bosom: he remembered how often his winter, in the year 1740, confined him a master had praised him when he was learn- long time to his cottage, and he once more ing to read and write; he was still eager had recourse to his book of geometry; and after this praise, but he knew not how to comprehending, by dint of study, the leadcome at it. In the autumn of 1735, when ing principles, he procured a little box he was about twenty years old, he bought ruler and a pair of compasses, and got the a small Bible, at the end of which was a figures formed in wood. But he was still catechism, with references to several texts in want of a new book; and having laid by on which the catechism was founded.
a little money by the next fair, he pur.