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conversation, although I applied my whole mind to the endeavour: for I easily perceived that, although. I eagerly longed to discover myself to the cottagers, I ought not to make the attempt until I had first become master of their language; which knowledge might enable me to make them overlook the deformity of my figure; for with this also the contrast perpetually presented to my eyes had made me acquainted. -

“I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions: but how was I terrified, when I viewed myself in a transparent pool At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification. Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity. ' - “. As the sun became warmer, and the light of day longer, the snow vanished, and I beheld the bare trees and the black earth. From this time Felix was more employed; and the heartmoving indications of impending famine disappeared. Their food, as I afterwards found, was coarse, but it was wholesome ; and they procured a sufficiency of it. Several new kinds of plants sprung up in the garden, which they dressed; and these signs of comfort increased daily as the seaso advanced. . . " ; : “ The old man, leaning on his son, walked each day at noon, when it did not rain, as I found it was called when the heavens' poured forth its waters. This frequently took place; but a high wind quickly dried the earth, and the season became far more pleasant than it had been. “My mode of life in my hovel was uniform. During the morning 1 attended the motions of the cottagers; and when they were dispersed in various occupations, I slept: the remainder of the day was spent in observing my friends. When they had retired to rest, if there was any moon, or the night was star-light, I went into the woods, and collected my own food and fuel for the cottage. When I returned, as often as it was necessary, I cleared their path from the snow, and performed those offices that I had seen done by Felix. I afterwards found that these labours, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them ; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words good spirit,

wonderful; but I did not then under

stand the signification of these terms.

“My thoughts now became more

active, and I longed to discover the motives and feelings of these lovely

creatures; I was inquisitive to know lo

why Felix appeared so miserable, and -Agatha so sad. . I thought (foolish wretch 1) that it might be in my power to restore happiness to these deserving people. When I slept, or was absent, the forms of the venerable blind father, the gentle Agatha, and the excellent Felix, flitted before me. I looked upon them as superior beings, who would be the arbiters of my future destiny. I formed in my imagination a thousand pictures of presenting myself to them, and their reception of me. I imagined that they would be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanour and conciliating

swords, I should first win their favour, z and afterwards their love. * “These thoughts exhilarated me, s and led me to apply with fresh ardour to the acquiring the art of language. * My organs were indeed harsh, but supple; and although my voice was very unlike the soft music of their tones, yet. I pronounced such words as I unoderstood with tolerable ease. ... It was as the ass and the lap-dog; yet surely s: the gentle ass, whose intentions were o, affectionate, although his manners were rude, deserved better treatment than a blows and execration. o “The pleasant showers and genial a warmth of spring greatly altered the o aspect of the earth. Men, who before this change seemed to have been hid . in caves, dispersed themselves, and were employed in various arts of culti, Vation. The birds sang in more cheer

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