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Palamon and Amalina, or School for Wives: tion with his nephew, for having mar. ftry; he also gives Louisa to the Colo. ried a fine lady without a fortune, and nel, and acknowledges himself obliged living like a modern fine gentleman. to him for his generous behaviour to Mr. Belford visits the uncle to exe. Woodley. The piece thus concludes cute his friendly promise, and to in to the entire satisfaction of all parties dulge the old gentleman by playing except Bromley's, who Belford prowith bim at backgammon; to him the misus shall refund the fruits of his vil. old gentleman expatiates in a severe lanous labours. and humorous ftile (though he infifts that he never jokes) and rejects Bello ford's folicitations in favour of his nephew, but proposes his nicce Louifa to Tbe SCHOOL for WIVES." Belford , who, after some heftation,
A DOMESTIC History. on account of the disparity of years, accepts the proposal, and waits on ALAMON and Amafina were al. Louisa, who acknowledges a partiality moft too young when they marfor Colonel Montford, and Belford ried to know the duties of the state withdraws his pretensions in the most into which they entered : both, howhonourable manner. The old gentle ever, being extremely good-natured, a man is, in the mean tirne, waited on mutual delire of obliging each other by the Colonel, who tells him that his appeared in all their words and acniece is married, or, what is the fame tions, and though this complaisance thing, he is determined she fall marry was not owing to those tender emoa friend of his, and that he never breaks tions which attract the heart with a any of his resolutions. The plot now reģistless force, and may be called the draws to a conclufion : Bromley finds impulfis of love, the effects were fo fiu means to draw Woodley into another milar, that they could hardly be disset at hazard, brings up the amount of tinguished. his demand to 7000l. and determines The first year of their marriage to arrest Woodley in his own honse, made them the happy parents of an at a fee given by Lady Mary. Mrs. heir to a plentiful estate. The relaBromley, who is also a gamefter, in tions on both fides seemed to vie with the mean time makes attempts to un each other in giving testimonies of dermine the virtue of Lady Mary, their satisfaction upon the animating in favour of Sir Harry Grainger,who ap- occafion. All their friends waited on pears rather to be an epicure in eating, them with congratulations on this adthan an admirer of beauty. Woodley, dition to their f.licity, and for a time previous to the fête, acquaints his wife the most perfect joy and tranquility with his situation, which she receives distinguished their conjugal connection. in a very amicable manner, and re Amalina, after she became a mosolves on quitting every scene of pub- ther, began to feel, by degrees, a lic dissipation, and retiring into the greater warmth of affection for him country, where they might live as hap- who had made her one ; and having pily, if not as splendidly, as ever on no reason to doubt an equal regard her jointure, which yet remained. from him, thought herself as happy as
Woodley is arrested at the fi:r, and a woman could possibly be : The felt, rescued from the bailiffs by the Col. indeed, that there were joys in love whose behaviour, as well as Lady Ma- of which she had not before any idea. ry's, is reprefented to Sir William in Quite different were the sensations the most favourable terms ; his heart of Palamon : the time was now arrelents, and he consents to re-establish rived which made him fenfible of the the affairs of his nephew, who had for power of love : the hopes, the fears, merly been his darling, and to take the anxieties, the impatiencies, and the Lady Mary into favour, for her volun- numberless cares attributed to that pastary proposal to retire into the coun-hon now took poslellion of his soul.
He pined-he languished - but not for them, but trad lodgings herself in an adhis wife. He had, unhappily, feel' a joining ttreet. young lady at the opera, who had Palamon was transported at this incharms for him which he had never formation, as it seemed to proinise hire seen in the whole sex before. - As he
As he an easy improvement of his acquainthappened to fit in the same box with ance with her, by the privilege of viher, he had frequent opportunities to Giting; and felt himself, at the fame speak to her; and though the conver- time, powerfully stimulated to fall in fation only turned upon common fub- with her at the masquerade. In conjects, every answer which the made to sequence of this stimulation, he went what he said to her, discovered, in his early to the Hay-Market, that he opinior, a profusion of wit, and in might examine every mask which encreased the strong desire he had to be tered. Soon discovering his dulcimer, more intimately acquainted with her. he foon, also, convinced her that he
Fortune, favourable to his willies, was the gentleman who had paid her presented her to him the very next so many compliments in the morning; day, in one of the public walks; ac. compiliinents by which her fànity had companied with a lady and a gentle-been not a little fattered. She noir mani, the latter of whom was not alto listened attentively to the assurances gether a stranger to him. He joined which he gave her of his paflor, and them, and perceiving that the gentle- often dropped some expressions, as if man was attached to the other lady, he through inadvertence, fufficient te found himself et liberty to say a thou make him imagine that she would not fand polite things, in the language of prove ungrateful, if he perfifted in gallantry, to her who was now become giving her teftimonies of a constant atthe principal object of his tender wishes. itachment.
Belinda, in all-respects one of the Palamen was transported to find fashionable ladies in the highest form, the offer he had made of his heart fa received the complimente addressed to well seceived;; and so much improved her in a manner which convinced him the opportunity the gave him to enterthat his conversation was not disa- 'tain her the whole evening, that he obgreeable to her: and when the maf- tained her permission to attend her querade on that night was mentioned, home, and as it was then too late the told him that both the and her for them to continue the conversation, companion intended to be there : ad. to visit her the next day in the afterding, that they were then going to noon. chure their dresses.
Belinda, it is probable, had no oThis hint was not thrown away, up-ther view in entertaining Palamen, on Palamon: he followed the ladies and receiving his addresses, than the at a distance, and when they left the hearing herself praised, and the giving shop, went in under the pretence of pain, as she imagined, to others among hiring a domino for himself. Finding her admirers, who were less frequentthat the woman behind the counter y admitted. 'Tis a dangerous thing, was very well acquainted with Belin- however, for a woman to have too da and her friend, he with case pre- great an intimacy with a person of . vailed on her not only to inform him different sex; and too many, with a what habits they had pitched upon, larger thare of discernment than. Be but to give him ample intelligence with linda poffefied, have experienced the regard to their characters and fitua-truth of this observation to their eeft. tions in life. From this communica- This indiscreet beaury, while the media tive female he learnt that Belinda had tated new arts to captivate 'her lover, a large fortune, and that she was under fellintothe snare which he had prepared the care of guardians, (her parents be- for her. In thort, Palamon had as ing dead) though she did not live with ample a-gratification of his illicit de
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cyes, and exhibited to her the true Amafina, from that time, loft ground reason of her husband's coldness. This in his affection. She seemed every day lady, by means of a maid-servant whom less handsome; there was an aukward she had lately entertained, and who had ness in every thing she faid or did; an lived with Belinda long enough to know aukwardness which he had not disco- the whole secret of her amour with Pavered before : every thing was now dir- | lamon, and had been dismissed upon pleasing in her: if she was endearing, her fome dislike, was made acquainted with fondness was childish and filly : if the all that passed between the guilty pair. was reserved, she was sullen and ill. From this unfaithful intelligencer the natured. This moment he was out of learnt, that Belinda had been made a humour if she spoke : the next he was mother by Palamon; and that the child offended at her filence. Continually was disposed of to a person who, for a seeking fome pretence to find fault purse of fifty guincas, had taken the with the most justifiable conduct to be fole charge of it, and in such a manner, conceived, he was even vexed when he that it should never appear to the difcould meet with nothing in her beha- grace of its unnatural parents. Not viour which really deserved his con- the minutelt circumstance relating to demnation,
the affair was concealed by this comAmalina could not help observing municative wretch, partly in revenge the change in her husband's carriage; for having been discarded by her for. but as she was far from guessing the mer lady, and partly to gain the favour true cause of it, she imputed it to some of the present, who, the easily per. unlucky turn in his affairs, though ceived, loved dearly to listen to news quite unable to divine of what nature of this kind. it was, as he had a large fortune set Amafina would fain have treated this tled on him upon his marriage, besides account of her husband's infidelity as the reversion of what his father should fabulous ; she would have persuaded die possessed of, which nobody could her friend to regard it only as a piece take from him.
of malice invented by the reporter ; For more than a whole year did she but the other was positive in her assercombat his ill-humour with sweetness, tions, telling her that such a creature gentleness, and the most obliging be- 1 could not posibly have dressed up a haviour ; and though she began to fetitious story with so many little parthink she had lost his affections, the ticulars, and with such an air of truth. bore even that allicting idea with the “ Befides,” continued she, “ if there most submiffive patience, still flattering is nothing in it, we may easily disprove herself, that if her apprehenfions were all she has said, by going to the wowell-grounded, he would, one day, be man who has the care of the child, and convinced that she did not meriť her of whose name asd place of abode she infelicity:
has informed me.” Jealousy was, however, a passion Compelled, at last, to believe the with which she was totally unacquaint-narrative which had been related to ed. Many very handsome women often her, Amalina, for a while, gave a loose visited at her house, and she had never to her tears and her complaints ; but seen in her Palamon the smallest pro- her good-sense, as well as good-nature, pensity to flirt with any of them; fo foon enabled her to behave in a more that the rather suppoled a disguit to becoming manner. When her friend the whole sex was growing upon him, asked her how she intended to proceed, than a particular attachmeni to any in order to do herself justice, the charmone female.
ing wife replied, “What frould I do, Thus did she, unsuspicious, and in but endeavour to render myself more the native innocence of her heart, de obliging, more agreeable, more engaVol. X.
ging, if posible, than my rival, and After very little fearch the mystery make Palamon fee that he can find no was nnravelled, and every thing which thing in Belinda which is wanting in Amasina had heard concerning it was me !!
corroborated. The emissary foon learn “O heavens !” exclaimed the lady, ed that Palamon daily visited this in“ can you forgive such a glaring inju. grosser of his heart; that they were ry as this
often seen to go out together in a hack “ Yes," replied Amafina, Aisling ney-coach in the evening, and that th: her fighs as much as she was able-lady rarely returned before morning, “ Love is an involuntary paffion." that she had been observed, some montti
“ And will you not upbraid him past, to be more gross in her perles with his ingratitude, and expofe Be- ihan usual, and had affeded to wear i linda ?”
loose dress; that she had been abfent “ I will do neither the one nor the from her lodgings three or four daşı, other," replied Amafina, with great came home very much indifpofed, and coolness: “ both these methods would kept her bed for more than a weck, render me unworthy of the return of yet had neither physician nor apothePalamon's affection : and I beseech cary to attend her; and that, on the you, I conjure you," added the,“ by whółe, it was believed by every body all the friendship I flatter myself yon the had been, during that time, delihave for me, never to make the leaftvered of a child. mention of this affair to any person liv The unbappy wife of Palamon, now ing."
as well assured of his perfidy as the This moderation excited astonish could be without ocular demonstration, ment in the lady who was witness to determined to bear it with as much pa it : she promised, however, to be en- tience as she was able; and the behaved, tirely filent, as her filence was requef- indeed, in such a manner, that he had ted with so much earnestness : but the not the least suspicion of the wrong was incapable of keeping her word: he had done her: but her (seeming. the not only informed moft of her ac- ly) unsuspecting behaviour very often quaintance of Palamon's unchalte con- forced him to accuse himself for being nection, but the manner in which his guilty of what he could not answer to wife received the account of it was not his reason : yet he had not resolution three days a secret.
enough to abandon Belinda, tho' the Amasina, as soon as she was left a- levity of her conduct fufficiently mars Jone, and at liberty to meditate more ed the difference between a mistress and deeply on the unwelcome intelligence a wife. The had received, began, once more, to Whenever Amafina reflected on this fancy that the information might be change in her husband, as she had litik false. Inexpressibly disquieted, how else in her mind, there was no part in ever, in a state of anxiety and fufpence, the adventure which appeared more The resolved to be fully convinced of strange to her than Belinda's share of the truth, if there was any poffibility it. She thought it particularly strange of receiving that satisfaction. Ac that a lady, born and educated in the cordingly she made an old woman who moft elegant ftyle ; that a lady who had,rred her in her infancy, and on had so far yielded to the temptations whufe fidelity and discretion she could of her passion, as to throw off all modepenu, her confidante upon this occa- desty and honour for the indulgence of Lion; and it was soon concluded be- it, should have so little regard for her treen them that a spy should be em- innocent child, as to abandon it to mi pieved to follow Palamon at a dif- series innumerable-he knew not of once wherever he weni, and also to what kind. There was a barbarity in moke a private enquiry into the be- this procedure, le thought, exceeding haviour and character of Prinda a. the crime from which it originated; monothei who lived near her, and she more readily forgave the inju
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651 y done to herself, than that to the a time, (which she mentioned exactly to helpless infant.
her) and who had given fifty guineas to The more she reflected, the more me be éased for ever of the trouble of it. was astonished, that a woman should “ I am a near relation," continued Aact a part fo krongly in opposition to mafina,“ of the gentleman to whom nature; and by often painting to her the little wretch owes its being, and who self the woes to which the poor de cannot consent that any thing which serted child might be, probably, ex does so, though begot in an unwarrantposed, she became, at length, lo dif- ableway, should be deserted and exposed solved in soft compassion, as to form a in the manner such children often are : resolution, of which few, except her. I, therefore, desire that you will let me felf, would have been capable. see it, if it is alive, that I may provide
Having been acquainted, by her of- for it in a different way than it can be ficious friend, with the name and ha- expected you should do for the poor bitation of the woman with whom this pittance left by the mother." poor little creature had been left, she The woman then began to expatiate muffled herself up in her cloak, and on the impossibility of her taking the without making any person privy to care she could wish to do with chil. her design, went in an hackney-chair dren left with her on those terms ; to her house. The woman received adding, that heaven knew she did all her with a great deal of respect and the could, and often laid out more kindness, imagining she was come on than the received: affuring her, also, business limilar to that in which the that the child she enquired after was aBelindas.of the age are engaged, who, live, and a fine boy; and that he was though they love the criminal part of with a person who, indeed, nursed for an amour, hate the shame of being de- the parish, but who was a very good tected when the “ dirty deed is done.” fort of woman, and did her duty. She was immediately conducted into a “ That may be," replied Amalina, private room, and informed, that she “ but I must have him removed, and might be quite free in the communica- if you can provide another, who can tion of any thing to her, as she was a be depended on, I have orders from person who had been intrusted by those the father to satisfy you for you trouwho would not be thought guilty of a ble, in a manner more ample than you false step for all the world.
can desire. In the mean time,” conThe virtuous Amafina blushed at be-tinued she, putting five guineas into ing suspected by this woman to be guil- her hand,“ take this as an earnest, ty of an act her foul suddered at the and let the child be brought here tothoughts of what an other should com- morrow about this hour, with a new mit,and soon put an end to the harangues nurse whom you can recommend, and she was making on her own care, skill, I will give you a meeting." and fidelity. “ I come not,” said the A great deal more conversation pafwife of Palamon, “ on the business sed between them concerning this afyou seem to think ; and yet it is bus fair : on the conclusion of which the siness which no less requires your fe woman agreed to do whatever was de-, crecy. I have no unhappy infant to fired of her, and was, doubtless, no leave with you, but am come to ease less rejoiced at the offer made her by you of one you have lately taken the unknown lady before her, thad the charge of.”
herself was at the thoughts of preferThe midwife looked
much sur. ving from misery an innocent creature, prised to hear her speak in this man for which, though she had not seen it, ner, and knew not well what answer she felt a kind of natural affection, as. to make ; but Amalina put an end to Palamon was its father. her suspense, by telling her that she The next day this excellent pattern was in the secret of a lady who was of good-nature and conjugal love, took delivered of a child ať her house such | with her every thing proper for child