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motion, descended in profuse soft manners with a familiar simplicity, ringlets from her head, without con the great charm, and almost inseparcealing a round slender neck, whiter able companion of superior minds. than alabaster. On our young gen- Lalista, though gay and talkative in tleman's name being mentioned, she public, possessed more valuable quaturned towards him a countenance so lities than a first-sight judge would majestic, illuminated with a smile so have been inclined to allow. Predivinely beautiful, as actually deprived paration for uninterrupted exhibitions, him for some moments of his under- which great beauty seems to entail on standing. The conversation was nei- its possessors, left no time for reflecther slow in its commencement nor tion, and concealed her true character progress; but Aristus was incapable from herself, while her conversation, of throwing in a single remark, all his extempore in the strictest sense, and faculties having retired to his eyes. not unfrequently at variance with the His assistance was not wanted. The cool dictates of a judgment naturally fair enchantress set out with an ani- sound, and a very affectionate bosom, mated encomium on the young Greek rendered it as great a mystery to others. officers, who had done prodigious things The more he discovered of his mistress, during the siege,-an event which, the more was Aristus satisfied with the though several years old, was still re- reasonableness of his passion, which garded as very respectable news in the he found it impossible any longer tɔ absence of more recent calamities. She conceal; and he delighted himself enlarged on the superiority of their with the idea of snatching her from manners, courage, and accoutrements, the dissipating whirlpool of fashionto those of her own countrymen, and able life, where the fruit of all her declared herself immensely in love virtues was perishing, from the imwith Alexander, whom she described possibility of their acting for a suffias the most engaging little man she cient length of time in one direction, had ever seen in her life. The other and of maturing the noble principles lady, though, as I said, an elderly of her nature in the bosom of commatron, could, notwithstanding, talk parative retirement. One day, when as fast as other people, but as both her looks were even more complacent addressed themselves to Aristus, and than usual, and some indistinct susoften at the same time, she did not picion of a certain rival had made him receive all that preference of attention resolve to hasten an explanation, he her superior years and wisdom seemed ventured to declare his love in the to require.
precise language used by ardent young “What a charming lady,"exclaimed men on such occasions. Though his Aristus, as the lovely visitor retired. eyes had expressed the same thing a
Ah,” replied his friend, “ had my thousand times, and she had long wonsweet little Helen come, you would dered at the slow progress his ideas have seen more beauty, and heard less made towards his tongue, Lalista connoise.” _" Who is this, then ?” for he trived to listen to this avowal as a had all this while supposed the inter- young fawn does to an unexpected esting orphan was before him.—“Her clap of thunder. At first she was name is Lalista,-she is the wealthiest thrown into the most amazing confuward in Sidon.” Though somewhat a sion, and frowned with fascinating bashed at this discovery, and chagrined sweetness on the object of her terror. at the sinister interpretation the conduct By and by she begins to think meahe had already determined to pursue sures necessary for her safety,--spoke might be subjected to, he went home, seriously of withdrawing, or of calling however, devising schemes to bring in some third person to turn the conabout a second interview. The wards versation on less alarming topics,--and of those times were rather more strictly concluded by permitting him to fold guarded than those of our days. But, her in his arms, and impress his very by securing the confidence of the aunt, soul on her lips. he soon succeeded in enjoying large But this state of matters was too opportunities of access to the precious delicious to continue; for as those jewel she had in her possession. Aris- persons who are acquainted with the tus was a man of fortune, talent, and extravagant temper of fortune know fine accomplishments; and the per- assuredly, when that goddess puts on fect integrity of his heart imbued his too smiling an aspect, and prates in
terms of remarkable tenderness and flowed, was in perpetual danger of affection, that she is just on the point being so, an event which would utterly of sousing you in a torrent of abuse. deface it, as it was surrounded on all Scarcely had they exchanged vows to sides but one by cross-grained neighlove each other for an incredible length bours, who, envying her beauty and of time, when a random visitor was accomplishments, would not permit announced, on whose approach, al an outlet to be formed for the water most at the same instant with his pro through their possessions. Leaving locutor, the lady seemed confused in her to perplex herself a few days with good earnest, and hastily retired. this dilemma, he returned with the This was no other than Deinus, of plan of a monstrous drain he had forwhose proceedings I must now take a merly projected through his own short review.
grounds to the verge of hers, which, Deinus had accomplished the pure being carried a little farther, would poses of his embassy with a success entirely obviate the dreaded calamity. that never failed him, and on his re The lady was hugely pleased with the turn, proceeded in the road of prefer- ingenuity of this expedient, and the ment with augmented celerity. Hav- lover, pushing his advantage, explained ing gone, on the death of his father, the propriety of uniting the estates to look after his estates in the coun for ever, hinting intelligibly enough try, he discovered a very handsome at the means by which it might be acdomain contiguous to one of his, for complished. After a laborious fit of which he accordingly conceived an laughter, upon mature reflection, she unfeigned attachment; and no sooner could not certainly discover wherein understood that it appertained to a lay the absurdity of this proposal ; and young heiress of unbounded expecta though at that time she loved Aristus tions besides, than he hastened back to with all her strength, she found that town to secure his prize. His first re- something or other had made a powerception would not have been very pa- ful diversion in favour of his rival. latable to the primitive and harmless Matters were in this doubtful state lovers met with in modern novels. when the events above mentioned took The lady laughed immoderately at his place; and having enlightened the bandy legs, censured the whole plan of reader on this point, I return to the his construction, and made all her ac main body of the narrative. quaintance merry with stories of her The two friends saluted very civilly, amorous dwarf. But Deinus was not and as they had ever done, with a a person to allow his centre to be hearty contempt for each other. Arisshaken by a battery of this sort. He tus was too full of ecstacy to converse knew that deformity needs only to be long with an uninspired person, and made familiar to be forgotten ; and Deinus too glad of his absence to be that the supposed generosity of this very eager to detain him. What he act renders the mind so well satisfied had already learned made him tremwith itself, that a portion of its com ble for his success, and he began to placency reverts, by a kind of natural curse the unwarrantable tardiness of justice, to the object of what now ap- his former operations. Lalista returnpears unreasonable contempt. He pre- ed, however, but with a countenance sented himself, therefore, before her which boded him no good. Conas often as he could invent a tenable tempt, anger, and disdain, were expretext, continuing to supply her, at pressed in every feature. Indeed she à trifling expense to his own pride, seemed horribly chagrined, and ready with fresh materials for family and to burst into a passion of tears. She visiting amusement, till the idea of evidently came to chide, and if once him was familiarized, and constituted high words arose, it was hard to guess a part of the furniture of her mind. how far she might inflame herself. This point being gained, he seized a Deinus, therefore, with the dexterity more advanced post, and proceeded to of a cunning man on the point of being instruct her regarding the management blown up, drew from his pocket a of her domain, on the sorry state of string of pearls, reserved for such an which he descanted with great feeling emergency, so large, so genuine, and and pathos. A considerable portion so numerous, that her eyes were inof it, he said, if not absolutely over- stantly dazzled, and before she could
utter one word good or bad, he hung in particular, of the progress that has them round her neck; saying, with a been already made in the exhumation smile, he had obtained many more for of a city, that, after having been buher of superior value at the court of ried for so many centuries, has arisen Alexander, which he hoped soon to unchanged from the ashes that originhave the happiness of presenting to ally overwhelmed it. her on their wedding-day. No sooner As a testimony of the general interwas the weight of them felt on her est excited by the grand survey now bosom, than the whole economy of her pursuing for the restoration of this love for Aristus was annihilated, and place to its primitive state of existence, the half-forgotten plan of improve- and of the instructive results that may ments rushed back on her imagination be expected from its accomplishment, with tenfold impetuosity. It would as conducive to the illucidation of anonly insult the penetration of man cient customs and habits of society, I kind to suppose it necessary to add, beg to cite a passage from a highly that they were married next day, and interesting memoir on the subject, that a few weeks thereafter, the lady commenced (though I believe never commenced a fiend's life of remorse completed) in a very ably conducted and melancholy.
Italian journal. “ Una città che da Aristus bore this reverse with less circa diciassette secoli nascosta sorge patience than might have been ima- intera sotto i facili sforzi della vanga; gined. He eat little for several days, che tali offre monumenti da non las and spoke still less. At length he ciare alcun dubbio, nè sull'epoca in declared himself a man unfit for this cui fù da vulcanica eruzione sepolta, world, and retired from his native city nè sul grado alto di splendore à cui to spend the remainder of his life in `era a quell'epoca giunta, è certamenthe philosophic groves of the Academy. te un oggetto straordinario di stupore, Here his mind soon recovered its nat- riserbuto soltanto alle classiche sponde ural serenity, retaining few visible dell'antica Partenope. In Ercolano marks of the rude points of society by e Pompei veggonsi due intere città which it had been lacerated, though fuggite dalle revoluzioni degli anni e he sometimes remarked, that a man degli uomini, e rimeste tutte ad un should conceal all his good qualities tratto, come per una specie di magico from his mistress, observing, at the sonno, nello stato medesimo in cui same time, that her own equivocal furono sorprese, in mezzo a tutti i moones afford the best handles for secur ti della vita ; l'ultimo giorno di queste ing her.
F. città infelici, ci si presenta di nuovo, e
quale già fu per gli sventurati loro abitanti. Non avvi spettacolo più di questo atto a eccitare con forza l'immaginazione, e senza dubbio, le ri
cerche che hanno per oggetto di farci MR EDITOR,
conoscere dei dettagli a ciò apparteI OBSERVED, with much satisfaction, nenti saranno accolte con il più vero in the “ Literary and Scientific Intel- interesse.”* ligence” of your Second Number, p. The valuable report from which 192, some account of the researches this extract is drawn, contains some now making among the ruins of hints towards forming an estimate of Pompeii. Regarding this as one of the probable extent and disposition of the most interesting scientific prom this city, calculated from the dimenceedings of the present age, I cannot sions of its existing walls and situaavoid expressing my hopes, that you tion of its gates, with various particuwill devote future columns of your lars relative to the edifices and other journal to similar accounts of the pro- relics remaining, as far as yet discovgress of this vast undertaking; and ered, in a great degree, in their oriI am hence encouraged to suggest, ginal magnificence and grandeur. how greatly it would tend to enliven
SIMPLEX. the interest of such notices, if you May 11, 1817. were to give a preparatory general sketch of the history of these extraorLinary relics of former splendour, and, * V. L'Italico, tom. 3tio, p. 60.
ON THE RESEARCHES AT POMPEII.
HEMORANDUMS OF A VIEW-HUNTER. Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head.
Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring
Diminish'd to her cock ; her cock, a buoy, SALLIED forth at seven in the morn
Almost too small for sight. The murmuring, without giving any warning to my ing surge, indolent companions, who seemed to That on the unnumbered idle pebbles chafes, feel none of the inspiration of the view- Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more, hunting power.
Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight After looking round the harbour, Topple down headlong.' part of which they were busy in re
I was informed, that there is still pairing, pushed on towards Shake
one man who occasionally follows the Found the people of all “ dreadful trade” of gathering samclasses frank, civil, and willing to give phire by means of a ladder and a rope. information. I attributed this partly
Having now done as much as a to their incomes depending much on view-hunter could with safety, I was strangers, and partly to the manners satisfied. As a token of my success, on the other side. I had not yet been and to amuse my companions, I carried across. Passed the fortifications, which off the flower of a very large thistle are extensive and strong ; but they that was flourishing on the highest have lost much of their interest, as
part of the Cliff, and seemed proud of they now seem useless.
Under the the place where it grew. alarm of invasion, their importance would even have added to their pic
A Breakfast. turesqueness.
Called at the hotel. The mistress The highest part of the Cliff, which said I had time to go up to the Castle. has been named after a dramatist, the I took the hint. Peeped into some of first of modern, and superior to any of the vaults or excavations in the chalk, the ancient times, must be, I should which are deep and high, and serve think, four or five hundred feet above for storehouses and cellars. Passed the beach. The sea view from hence the bathing-ground. About half a is truly magnificent. The morning dozen of machines. The descent from was clear and calm, and the silver sea
the shingle is very steep. The maalmost as motionless as a lake. Seve- chines are let down by a rope from a ral vessels were passing lazily along windlass. Ascended the Castlehill. both ways. The coast of France seem The road winds round, and up the ed not much farther off than that of hill
, in a very pleasing style. As I Fife from Musselburgh, but none of was going to enter through a gate, the objects on it distinct. Examined about 100 feet lower than the base of this view in all its bearings for some the wall, where there is a battery, a time; and as I looked along the sub- little old man came up to me, and told lime winding wall of chalky cliffs, me there was no thoroughfare there; stretching to the west, which forms but that he was one of the under warpart of the southern boundary of the dens, and he would shew me the island, I felt emotions which, I trust, whole. I should have been happier to are natural to the British heart.
have followed him as a guide than he After making some prudent slow ad to have conducted me; but I thought vances, I brought my head to bear I had not time; and after wavering unlooking down this dizzy height for a pleasantly for a minute or two, I forced minute. On retiring a few steps to a myself to plead an excuse for the presafer station, I thought of the minute sent. He saw my anxiety to enter description of this Cliff given by our with him, and pressed me the more. dramatist, and which has been the It would only take a quarter of an cause of its being honoured with his hour. I could not spare even that.
To my great annoyance, for I had a “ How fearful
strong desire to comply with his wishes, And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low ! The crows and choughs, that wing the mid- this little old under warden followed
me with the perseverance of a French Show scarce so gross as beetles. Halfway beggar. down
Distanced him in the ascent. My VOL. I.
time was waning fast. Posted up the kept at a prudent distance, and then hill. Passed the turnpike gate to get retreated. Met the waiter bringing a view of the contour of the eastern the hot rolls for my breakfast, as I adside of the castle. It is a very exten- vanced to the bar to pay my bill. Had sive old building. The view to the barely time to listen to the civil folk west quite Scottish. The Priory in of the Paris, who hoped I had found the bottom seems to be of considerable myself so comfortable as to recommend extent, of the old buttress kind of their house ; but their civil tone somearchitecture. The dell, looking back what cooled my fervour, and made me into the country, strongly resembles a give them a kind answer. UnfortuScottish glen. Descended, but could nately, at this moment, a lad came for not possibly resist running up and the rest of my things. The fervour passing through the northern gate. returned with this second alarm. I The walls of vast thickness. The hol- posted on to the custom-house, relow just by, which I took at first for solved to take a boat to pursue the the gate, is formed by a building jut- packet, and there I found all things as ting over. In the inner part of the cool and deliberate as any person could gate-arch found a centinel's room. An wish. I learned the vessel would be old invalid civilly asked me if I wished ready to sail in an hour or two. The to see the castle, and said there was a mate advised me to send back the boy gentleman waiting to go round. I with my things to the inn, till he excused myself again. He was not should tell me when it would be nehalf so pressing as the little old under cessary to send them to the packet. warden. Took a peep of the square
Such was the close of this false a. between the ramparts and the castle, larm. I now, however, felt relieved. and then descended as rapidly as í The only thing I regretted, was losing could. Some small bells ringing at the comforts which I had anticipated the side of the road attracted my no from my breakfast, after my long and tice. I perceived they were rung all varied morning's hunting on Shakethe way from the debtor's window. I speare's Cliff, and round Dover Castle. attended to the charitable sound. The They are not very particular in exlittle old under warden made his ap- amining the luggage in leaving Dover, pearance again, but I was out of his as, of course, they don't care how sight instantly.
many contraband articles are carried Reached the hotel a little past nine. to France, with the exception of gold ; Found my companions, who had and that at present, from its low price, breakfasted, sallying forth. They al- and the demand for French gold, was armed me with the information that a matter of very little concern; and the packet was on the very point of when people reach good sense on the sailing. At the same time the mate, subject of metal money, it will be of attending to get my luggage, confirm no concern whatever. Walked to the ed my alarm. To lose a day, and such quay, and saw three horses, with a a day for crossing! The thought was carriage, and one or two gigs, slung not to be borne. Pressed the waiter into our packet. The current of emiand the rest in grand style. A city gration seems to be still decidedly Smart of the first order, too late in stronger towards the Continent. Saw setting out for a review, or to see some a packet come in from Calais. Had other spectacle, could scarcely have only about twenty passengers aboard. done it in a grander. And a dragoon, One of the packets that sailed a few when the enemy is approaching, might days before for Calais carried over swallow his breakfast more complete- nearly a hundred. The two currents ly, but he could not more rapidly, will be more equal by-and-by. than I swallowed mine. While I poured out one cup the waiter poured
Passage to Calais. another. The first was hot water After waiting for about two hours, scarcely discoloured, the second was we were summoned aboard. The without sugar, and the third without people kept crowding to the last, as both sugar and milk. Moses, the only one vessel was to sail this tide. money-changer, who had attended this Got under weigh at length. The day morning again, with the hope of in was remarkably fine, and the wind, ducing me to take gold for my paper, what there was of it, being westerly, seeing me in such a furor of hurry, was fair. Though the breeze was