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Conclufion of Ned Drowsy:--A Story*.
THE reader will perhaps recolled that I the worthy Hebrew, who assumes the name of Abrahams, had just concluded the parrative of his adventures, and that the next morning was appointed for a conciliatory interview between Mrs Goodison and her father. Ned, whose natural indolence had now began to give place to the most active of all pallons, had been so much agitated by the events of the day, that we had 20 sooner, parted from honest Abrahami, than he began to comrent upon the lucky incident of our rencontrt with the old gentleman at the comedy; he seemed trongly inclined to deal with destiny for some certain impulfes, which he remembered to have Idli, when he was so earnest to go to the play; and declared with much gravity, that he went thither fully prenoffefred fomë good fortune would turn up: * Well, to be sure,” faid he, “ I ought to rejoice in the happy * turn affairs have now taken, and I do " rejoice; but it would have given me in* finite delight to have fulfilled the plan / “ had in delign for Mrs Goodison's accom“ modation; she will not want no atlit“ance from me ; my liitle cottage will " never have the honour of receiving her ; “ all those fche nes are at an end; Con“ ftantia too will be a great fortune, she will * have higher views in life, and think no “ more of me; or, if he did, it is not to * be supposed her grandíither, who fo bita
Chim * terly resented his daughter's match, will * sufor her to fall into the fame ofience." I must confess I thought so entirely with
in diy friśnd Ned in the concluding part of these remarks, that I could only advise him to wait the event of time, and recommend himself in the mean while as well as he could to Mr Somerville, the grandfather of Cepitantia. Art and cducation, it is trne, had not contributed much to Ned's accomplishments, but nature had done great things in his favour; to a person adımirably, though not finically, formed, the had given a molt intereiting set of features, with such attriking character of benevolence and o. pen honesty, that he might be said to carry his heart in his countenance : though there was a kind of laffitude in his deportment, the effect of habits long indulged, yet his Jessibility was ever ready to start forth upon the first call, and on those occafions no one would have regretted that he had not been trained in the school of the graces; there as fomething then displayed, which they
cannot teach, and only nature in her hans piest moments can beitowv.
The next morning produced a letter froin honet Abrahunis, full of joy for the hapnya reconciliation now eitablished, and inviting us to celebrate the day with Mis Somerville and the ladies at his house. This was an anxious crisis for my friend Ned; and I pera ccived his mind in such a state of agitation, that I thought fit to stay with him for the rest of the forenoon; he began to form a variety of conjectures astothe reception he was likely to meet from the old gentlenian, with no lesz a variety of plans for his own behaviour, and even of speeches with which he was to usher in his first addresses ; fumea' times he funk into miclanchely and defpair, at other times he woula snatch a gleam of hope, and talk hinilelf into tranports: he was now, for the first time in his life; itudiously contriving how to let off ins person to the best advantage; his hair was falsionably dret, and a handsome new fuit 'vas tried oli, during which he surveyed him?elf in the glass with some attention, and; -3 I thought, not entirely without a secret sa isfaction, which, indeed, I have seen orir gentlemen be tow upon their persons in a much greater degree, with much less reason for their excuse.
When he was compleatly equipt, and the time approached for our yoing, “ Alas !! he cried, " what docs all this fignify? I un “ but a clown in letter clothes. Why was “ my father to neglectful of my education, « or rather why was I so negligent to a di “ myself of the little he allowed me? What 06. would I not give to redeem the time I “ have thrown away! But 'tis in vain : I “ have neither wit to recommend myself, " nor address to dit uile my want of it; I « have nothing to plead in my favour, but “ common honour and honety; and what “ cares that old hard-hearted fellow for qua, “ lities which could not reconcile him to “ his own son-in-law ? he will certainly “ look upon me with contempt. As for Con « Itantia, gratitude, perhaps, might in anne « have dilpoid her hea:t towards me, and “my zealous fervices might have induced « her mother to overlook my defici'ncies, " but there is an end of that only chance “ I had for happiness, and I am a fool to « thrust myself into a fociety, where I am “ sure to heap freíh fuel on my paflion, and « fresh mistertunes on my head.”
With these impressions, which I could ona loto ly footh but not dupel, Ned proceeded' ?
VOL. XII. No. 70.
See Edin. Mag. Vol. VII. p. 386.
place of meeting with an aching hcart and less pallion, than as a modern fine gentledeinded countenance. We found the whole man with the assuming airs of a conqueror. party aflenibled to receive us, and though The charms of the beautiful Conítantiz, my friend's embarrafiient disabled him which had drawn her indolent admirer so from uttering any one of the ready-made much out of his character and so far from speeches he had digefted for the purpose, his home, now heightened by the happy re. y ( faw nothing in Mr Somerville's ciune verse of her situation, and set off with all tenure or address that could augur other. the aids of dicss, dazzled him with their wile than well for honcft Ned; Mrs Goodi luftre; and though her change of fortune fon was as gracious as portable, and Conftan. and appearance was not calculated to dimitia'; smile was benignity itfelf. Honest nih his passion, it seemed to forbid his Abiahams, who has all the hospitality, as hopes : in sorrow, poverty and dependence, well as virtues of his forefathers the patri. fhe had inspired him with the gerierous amarchs, received us with open arms, and a bition of rescuing her from a situation so face in which wide-niouthed joy grinned ili proportioned to her merits, and, though moft deleciably. It was with pleasure I ob- he had not actually made, he had very seserved Mr Somerville's grateiui attentions riously meditated a propofal of marriage : towards him and his gooil dame; they had He saw her now in a fur different point of nothing of oftentation or arrif rain them, view, ard comparing her with himicif, her but fecmid the genuine eff rions of his heauiy, fortune and accomplishments, with heart; they convinced me he was not a his own conscious deficiencies, he furk into man innately morose, and that the resente despair. This was not unobserved y Conment, fo long fottered in his bofom, was ftantii, neither did she want the penetration cftually extirpated. Mrs Abrahams, in to discern the cause of it. When he had her povince, had exerted herself to very dragged on this wretched existence for some good purpose, and spread her boird, if not days, he found the pain of it no longer sur eltgis tly, yet abundantly : Abrahams, on portable, and ashamed of wearing a face of his part, kept his wine and his torgue go- woe in the house of happiness, he took the ing with incessant gaiety and good-humour, hardy resolution of biudding farewell to and whilft he took every opportunity of Conítantia and his hopes for ever. drawing forth Ned's honest heart and natu- Whi! he was meditating upon this painral mariners to the beft advantage, I was ful subject one evening during a solitary happy in discovering that they di i not e. walk, he was surprised to hear himseli acfcap. the intuition of Somerville, and that costed by the very person, from whose chains he mide futer progresi towards his good o. he had determined to break loose ;. Coutane pinion, than if he had ethibited better breed. tia was unattended, the place was retired, ing and less fincerity of character.
the hour was solemn, and her looks were in the course of the evening the old gen- soft and fưl of compallion, What cannot tleman told us he had determined upon tak love effic? it inspired him with resolution ing his daughter and Conftantia into the to speak; it did more, it supplied him with country with him, where he flattered him. eloquence to express his feelings. self Mrs Goodifon would recover her health Constantia in few words gave him to unand spirits sooner than in town, and at the derstand, that the rightly guesed the situasame time gav. us all in turn a preting ir. tion of his mind : this at once drew from vitation to his house. Abrahams and his him a consellon of his love and his despairwife excused themselves on the fome of of the former he spoke little and with ro dilo business ; but Nod, who had no such plea to play : he neither fought to recommend his inake, nor any difpofition to invent one, paflion, or excite her pity; of his owu detha fully accepted the proposal.
fects he spoke more at large, and dwelt • The day succcding, and fome few others, much upon his want of education; he rewcie pafl d by Mrs Goodison and Constan proached himself for the habitval in plerce tia at Mr Somerville's in the necefiry pre- of his difpofition, and then, for the first tine parations and arrangements prerious to their railing his eyes from the ground, he turned learing Lordon; during this time Ned's them' on Couftantia, and after a partie exdidence and their occula'ions did not ad. claimed, “ Thank Heaven ! you are restor. mi' of any interview, and their departure “ed to a cor dition, which no longer subwas only announced to him by a note from «ices you to the poffible facrifice I had the old grantleman, reminding him of his “ once the audacity to hint at. Conscious as engagerent: his spirits were by this time I am of my own unworthiness at all times fo much lowered from their late elevation, is to aspire to such a proposal, let me do that he even doubted if he fould accept « myself the justice to declare that r.y heart the invitation : love however took care to " was open to you in the suref fenfe; thus settle this point in his wn favour, and Ned “to have tendered an asylum to your bearrived at the place of his di lination ra- “ loved mother, without ensnaring your ther as a vidim under the power of a hope- “ heart by the obligation, would still have
been the pride of my life, and I as truly Drejon, however, was to obey Constantia's * abhorred to exact, as you could disdain to advice, and seek an intervicw with Mr “ grant, an interested furrends of your Somerville. « hand : and now, lovely Conftantia, when The next morning, as soon as Ned and * I am about to leave you in the boroni of Mr Somerville met, the old gentleman took * prosperity, if I do not seem to part from him into his library, and when he was feated " you with all that unmixt félicity, which « Sir,” said he, “Thall save you some emf your good fortune ought to inspire, do « baralment if I begin our conference by * rot reproach me for my unhappy weak. " telling you that I am well apprised of " nefz; but recolleet for ouce in your life,' “ your tentiments towards my Conftantia; « that your charms are irrelisible, and my “ I shall make the same halte to put you * foul only too fasceptible of their power, « out of fufpedíc, by alluring you that I am “ and too far plunged into despair, to ad- « not ufriendly to your with us." * niit of any happiness hereafter."
This was an opening of such unexpected At the conclu ion of this speech Ned a- joy to Ned, that his spiriis had nearly funk gain fixt his eyes on the ground; after à under the surprise ; he flared wildly withfnort Glence, “I perceive,," replied Cone out power of utterance, scarce venturing to « ftantia, “ that my observations of late credit what he had heard ; the blood ruth“ were rightly formed, and you have been ed into his cheeks, and Somerville, feeing a torturing your mind with reflections very his disorder, proceeded : “ When I have said « Aattering to me, but not very juit to- “ this on my own part, understand, young " wards vouref: believe me, Sir, your o. “ gentleman, that I only engage not to obe « pinion is as much too exalted in one case, “ Aruct your success, I do not, nay I can" as it is too humble in the other. As for “not, undertake to ensure it : that must “ me, having as yet seen liitle of the world “ depend upon Conftantia; permit me to “ but its miseries, and being indebted to " add, it mu? depend upon yourself.” “ the benevolence of human nature for !up- Here Neci, unable to Tupprets his transports, « porting me under thein, I shall ever look eagerly demanded what there could be in “ to that principle as a greater recommen his power to do, that might advance him in " dation in the character of a companion the good opinion and esteem of Constantia ? " for life, than the most brilliant talents or such was his gratitude to the old gentleman “ nuost elegant accompliments : in the for his kindneis, that he could fcarce refrain « quiet walks of life I hall expect to find from throwing hint:f at his feet, and he “i my enjoyments." Tere Ned started implored him inflantly to point out the happy from his reverie, a gleam of joy rushed upon means, which he would implicitly embrace, his heart, by an invcluntary motion he had wore they ever so difficult, ever so dangerous. grafps i one of her hands; the perceived « There will be neither hardship nor hathe tunult her words had created, and er “ zard," replied Mir Somerville, “ in what tricating her hand from his Permit me," “ I shall advise. Great things may be acfaid he, “ to qualify my refped for a bene « complihed in a short time, where the ů volent disposition by remarking to you, “ disposition is good and the underítanding “ that without activity there can be no vir- “ apt : though your father neglected yout « tue : I will explain myself more particu “ education, it is no reason you Should nca a larly; I will speak to you with the fin- “ glet yourself ; you must Thake off your “ cerity of a friend-You are bleft with « indolence; and as the first step necessary u excellent naturalendowments,a good heart “ towards your future comfort is to put 6 and a good understanding;you have nothing “ yourself at ease in point fortune, you must “ to do bu: to shake off an indolent hab, “ make yourfelf master of your own estate; « ani, having youth at your command, to “ that I suspect can only be done by extri“ employ the one and cultivate the other : « cating your affairs from the hands they " the means of doing this it would he pre- « are in; but as this is a business that will « sumption in me to prcicribe, but as my « require the alliance of an honest and « grand-father isainan well acquainted with “ able agent, I shall recommend to you my « the world, and fully qualified togive advice, « own lawyer, on whole integrity you may " I should earncitly recommend to you not to « fecurely rely ; he will soon reduce your “ take a hatty departure before you have con. « affairs to such a system of revularity, « filted him, and I may venture to promise “ that you will find it an easy business, and “ you will never repent of any confidence s when you discover how many sources of “ you may repose in his friendship and dif. « future happiness it opens to you, you will u cretion."
pursue it as an employment of no less Here Constantia put an end to the confer- « pleasure than advantage.", ence, and turned towards the house; Ned To this good advice Ned promised the itood fizt in deep reflection, his mind some fullest and most unreserved obedience; Mir times brightening with hope, sometimes Somerville resumed his subject, and proceedIelapfing into despair : his final determi ed : “ When you have thús laid the foundaNn2
" tioa « tion in economy, what remains to be done her good wishes for cvery happiness in life,
will be a task of pleasure: this will con- and then yielding her hand to him, tre « fi in furnishing your mind and enlarging tenderly o essed it to his lips and departed. " your experience ; in short, Sir, rubbing I t woud be an uninteresting detail to “ oli the ruit of indolence and the prejudi- enumerate the arrangements, which Ned by
ces of a narrow education : now for this the instructions of his friendly and judice “ important undertaking I have a friend in ous agent adopted on his return to Poppy“ my eye, whosc undersanding, temper, hall. His ailairs had indeed been much is morals and manners qualify hini to rene neglected, but they were not embarrassed, co “ der you most effential sevices; with this that they were carly put into such ordor " amiable and initructive companion I and regulation, as gave him full leisure for “ hould in the first place recommend you pursuing other objects of a more anima“ to take a tour through the most intereft- ting nature; with this view he returned to “ ing parts of your own country, and here- his friend Mr Somerville, and was again " after, as occasion shall ferve, you may, or bleft with the presence of Constantia, to “ you may not, extend your travels into whom every day seemed to add new graces; « other countries; this is the best counsell he was welcomed by all parties in the mot .“ have to give you, and I tender it with all affectionate manner; Mr Somerville, upoa “ posible good wishes for your success." conversing with his lawyer, received a very
A plan, proposed with so much cordiali. flattering report of Ned's activity and atty, and holding forth such a reward for the tention, nor was he displeased to hear from accomplishm’nts of its conditions, could not the famie authority, that his estate and profail to be embraced with ardour by the late perty far exceeded any amount, which the dcfpairing lover of Conftantia, The worthy unpretending owner himėlf had ever hintlawyer was prepared for the undertaking, ed at. and Ned was all impatience to convince Mr It was now the lat:cr end of April, and Somerville, that indolence was no longer Ned had allowed himself only a few days to his ruling defe&. He gave instant orders prepare for his tour, aad to form an acquaintfor his journey, and then flew to Constantia, ance with the amiable person, who at Mr at whose feet he poured forth the humble, Somerville's request had engaged to accomyet ardent, acknowlergments of a heart pany him; their plan was to employ fix overflowing with gratitude and love : it months in this excurfion through England seemed as if love's arrow, like Ithuriel's and part of Scotland, during which they fpcar, poffcited the magic powers of trans- were to visit the chief towns and principal formation with a touch : there was a spirit manufactories, and Mr Somerville had fur. in his eyes, an energy in his motions, an ther contrived to lay out their course, so as illumination over his whole person, that to fall in with the houses of some of his gave his form and features a new cast: friends by the way, where he had secured Conftantia faw the sudden transformation them a welcome in such fociities, as promi. with surprise, and as it evinced the flexibili. fed no less profit than annulement to a young ty of his nature, and the influence of her person in the pursuit of experience. Meao'xn charms, she saw it also with delight: fures had been taken to provide equipage, “ So foon !" was her only reply, when he Servants and all things requisite for a traa unounced his immcdiate departure, but velling citablishment, among which a few those words were uttered with such a ca- well-feleded books were not forgotten, and, dence, and accompanied by such a look, thus at lengih equipt, Ned with his compa23 to the eye and ear of love conveyed nore nion, on the first morning of the month of pleaning than volumes would contain, un- May, having taken leave of Mr Somerville aiced by such expression-" Yes, adorable and Mrs Goodison, and received a ten« Conftantia,” he exclaimed, I am now fet. der adieu from his beloved Constantia, itent • ting forth to give the earliest proof in my reluctantly into his cha:fe, and left the fine « power of a ready and alert obedience to eft eyes in the creation to pay the tribute “ the di&tates of my best adviser; thefe of a tear to the sorrows of the scene. « few moments, which your condescention from this period I had heard noihing of « indulges me with, are the only moments his proccedings till a few days ago, when I « I Mall not rigidly devote to the immedi- was favoured by him with the following « ate duties of my talk : inspired with the letter, dated from the house of Mr Somer
hope of returning less unworthy of your ville ; « attention, I chearfully submit to banish “Dear Sir, “ myself from your fight for a time, con- " I am just returned from a six months 56 tent to cherish in ny heart the lovely “ tour, in the course of which I have vil.ta image there imprest, and flattering my- « ed a variety of places and perfoos in com« felf I have the fanction of your good « pany with a gentleman, from whose plcz“ wishes for the success of my undertak- “ sing society I have reaped the highest en« ing." Constantia affured him he had “joyment, and, if I do not deceive my;
self, no small degree of profit and instruc- “ sprung from the conviction, that after all
“ my efforts I must ever remain unworthy “ Before I fate out upon this excursion “ of Constantia. " I had the satisfaction of seeing my private “ I thall never forget Mr Somerville's re" affairs put in such a train, and arranged « ply, nor the action which accompanied it. " upon so clear a system, that I find my. “My good friend, faid he, (leaning over “ fclf in poflition of a fund of occupation " the arm of the chair, and kindly staking « for the rest of my days in superintending “me by the hand) it is more than enough " the concerns of my estate, and interesting " for a man to have made one such fatal “ myself in the welfare and profperity of “ error in his life as I have done, one such " every person, who depends upon me. “ unhappy facrifice to the faile opinions of
“ When I returned to this charmir.g place, “ the world; but though I have heartily re. " the reception I met with from Mr Somer “ perted of this error, I am not so far re« ville was as flattering as can be conceived : “ formed, as to be without ambition in the " the worthy mother of my beloved Con “ choice of a husband for our Conidantia; " ftantia was no less kind to me; but in “ no, Sir, I am all as ambitious as fever, « what words can I attempt to convey “ but I hope with better judgment and up" to you the impression I felt on my heart, " on better principles : I will not bate an “ when I was welcomed with smiles of ap “ atom of virtue in the bargain I am to • probation by the ever-adorable object of “ make; I infift upon the good qualities of “ my affection ? What transport did it give “ heart and teniper to the last scruple; “ me, when I found her anxious to enquire “ these are the effentials which I rigidly • into every circumstance, that had occurred “ cxact, and all these you polufs; there are “ in the course of my travels! none wire « indeed other, niany other, incidental ar" too minute for her notice; the feemed to “ ticles, which you may, or you may not, " take an interest in every thing that had “ superadd to theaccount; butlam content" happened to me, and our conversations “ed to strike hands with youon the spot, tho' “ were renewed time after time without “ you shall never have set foot upon foreign " weariness on her part, or any prospect of “foil.What says my daughter to this? “ exhausting our subject.
“ When I cant my eyes upon the counte" At this time I had no other ezpectation “ nance of the most benevolent of wonicni, " but a second excursion with the conductor “ and faw it turned expreflively upon me, “ of the first, and as that gentleman was in “ siniling through tears, joy palpitated at
“ finiling through tears, Jay as frequent conference with Mr Somerville, “ my heart, whilft she delivered herself as “ I took for granted they were concerting “ follows:- were of all beirys molt in. “ the plan of a foreign tour ; and though « sensible, could I withhold my teitimony “ my heart was every hour more and more " to this gentleman's motits, or iny entire “ fondly attached to Constantia, so that a “ asient to his alliance with my daughter; " separation from her was painful to reflect “ but as I have ever repored perfect cons.“ on, yet I was resolved at all events not to “ dance in her, and, a, far as I was cnabki, “ swerve from my engagements with her “alisays comulted her wishes, I hould be “ grandfather, and therefore held myself in “giad this quettion might be fairly alid can“ trembling expectation of another fum- “ duly referind to her unliled judgment “ mons to go forth: delightfully as the “ for decision; th: is very young; our « hours passed away in her fociety, I dread “ friend here is neither old in years nor ex" ed leit any symptoms of full-indulgence “perience; both arties have time before * should lover me in her opinion, or create “ thum; thould the he willing to hold off “ suspicions in Mr Somerville and Mirs " from the married tuto for a while, thould « Goodison that I was in any dangos of re. “ fhe foresee advantages in our friend's un“ lapsing into my former indol ince; 1 there. “ dertaking a ficond rour with the same in« fore seized the first opportunity of ex- “ ttructive affociatt, (whether into foreign " plaining myself to those reicctable « countries or roures liome) let her be the “ friends, when Constantia was not present, « judge of what is not likely to conduce to “ and, addresling myself to Mr Somerville, « her future ba pinie's in a hubund, and as " assured him that I was not disposed to for- “ I am perfuaded our friend here will prac“ get any part of his good advice, nor so « tife no unfair neaiures ir bialling her " much my own enemy as to evale any one « jurament, let him conlult Constantia's s of those conditious, to the performance of « wiihes on the care, and as fire determines “ which he had annexed the hope of so “fo let him act, and fol.* usazree. a transcendant a reward; conscious that he “ With thef: inaructio!!3, wirich Mr " could impose nothing upon me so hard " Somerville feconded!, I balead to Col« to do, or lo painful to suffer, which such “ ftantia, and without hesitzron os difonie “ a prize would not infinitely overbalance, « related to her what hid p1, and re* I had no other backwardness or appre queted her decision. Juis (if it be pose “ henfion as to his commands, but what “ lille to juuge) of my transports, when