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lows down both the dice, and at the same time throws bis wine into the tables. He writes a letter, and flings the fand into the ink-bottle. He writes a second, and mistakes the fuperscription. A nobleman receives one of them, and, upon opening it, reads as follows: “I would have you, honelt jack, immediately upon the receipt of this, take in hay enough to serve the winter.” His farmer receives the other, and is amazed to see in it, “ My Lord, I received your Grace's commands."
If he is at an entertainment, you may see the pieces of bread continually multiplying round his plate: 'tis true the company want it, as well as their knives and forks, which Menalcas does not let them keep long. Sometimes in a morning he puts his whole family in a hurry, and at last goes oat without being able to stay for his coach or breakfait ; and, for that day, you may fee him in every part of the town, except the very place where he had appointed to be upon bufiness of importance.
You would often take him for every thing that he is not-For a fellow quite stupid, for he bears nothings for a fool, for he talks to himself, and has a hundred grinaces and motions with his head which are altogether involuntary ; for a proud man, for he looks fullupon you, and takes no notice of your faluting him. The truth of it is, his eyes are open, but he makes no use of them, and neither fees you, nor any man, nor any thing else. He came once from his country-house, and his own footmen undertook to rob him, and fucceeded. 'They held a flambeau to his throat, and bid him deliver his purse. He did fo; and coming home, told his friends he had been robbed. They desire to know the particulars.—" Alk my servants," said Menalcas; " for they were with me."
X. The Monk. A Poor monk of the order of St Francis came into
the room to beg something for his convent. The moment I cast my eyes upon him, I was determined not to give him a single fous; and accordingly I put my purse into my pocket-buttoned it up--set myself a Little more upon my centre, and advanced up gravely to him: there was fomething, I fear, forbidding in my looks I have his figure this moment before my eyes, and think there was that in it which deserved better. - The mouk, as I judged from the break in his tonsure, á few feattered white hairs upon his temples being all that remained of it, might be about fevepty--but from his eyes, and that sort of fire which was in them, which feemed more tempered by courtefy than years, could be no more than fixty-Truth might lie between-He was certainly fixty-five ; and the general air of his countenance, notwithltanding fometiiing seemed to have been planting wrinkles in it before their time, agreed to the account.
It was one of those heads wliich Guido has often painted--inild, pale,-penetrating i free from all common-place ideas of fat contented'ignorance looking downWards upon the earth-It looked forwards; but looked: as if it looked at something beyond this world. How one of his order came by it, Heaven above, who let it fall upon a monk's moulders, best knows: but it would have suited a Bramin ; and had I met it upon the plains of Indoftan, I had reverenced it.
The rett of his outline may be given in a few strokes: one miglit put it into the hands of any one to design ; for it was ceither elegant not otherwise, but as character and expreffion made it fo. It was a thin, spare form, fomething above the common size, if it lost not the distinction by a bend-forwards in the figure- -but it was the attitude of intreaty ; and, as it now ftands pre.. fent to my iinagination, it gained more than it loft by
When he bad entered the room three paces, he stood still ; and, laying his left hand upon his breast (a slenderwhite staff with which he journeyed being in his right) when I had got-clufe up to him, he introduced himself with the little story of the wants of his convent, and the poverty of his order--and did it with so simple a grace---and such an air of deprecation was there in the whole cast of his look and figures--I was bewitched not to have been struck with it
-A better reason was, I hagi pre-determined not to give him a single fous.
'Tis very true, faid I, replying to a cast upwards with his eyes, with which he had concluded his address -'tis very true--and Heaven be their resource who have no other but the charity of the world; the stock of which, I fear, is no way sufficient for the many great claims which are hourly made upon it.
As I pronounced the words great claims, he gave a flight glance with his eye downwards upon the fleeve of his tunic-I felt the full force of the appeal-I acknowledge it, said I-a coarse habit, and that but once in three years, with meagre diet-are no great matters: but the true point of pity is, as they can be earned in the world with so little industry, that your order should wish to procure them by pressing upon a fund which is the property of the lame, the blind, the aged, and the Infirm: the captive who lies down counting over and over again the days of his afflictions, languishes also for his share of it; and hard you been of the order of mercy instead of the order of St Francis, poor as I am, continued I, pointing at my portmantean, full cheerfully fhould it have been opened to you for the ranfom of the unfortunate. The monk made me a bow. But, refumed I, the unfortunate of our own.country, furely, have the first rights ; and I have left thousands in dit tress upon the English flore-The monk gave a cordial wave with luis head as much as to say, No doubt, there is misery enough in every corner of the world, as well as within our conventBut we distinguish, faid 1, laying my hand upon the sleeve of his tunic, in return for his appeal-we diftinguish, my good father, betwixt those who wish only to eat the bread of their own labour --and those who eat the bread of other people's, and have no other plan in life, but to get through it in sloth and ignorance, for the love of God.
The poor Franciscan made no reply : a hectie of a moment passed across his cheek, but could not tarryNature seemed to have done with her resentments in him; he showed none-but letting his staff fall within his arm, he presled both his hands with refignation upon his breast, and retired.
My heart smote me the moment he shut the door Phaw! said I with an air of carelessness, three several times—But it would not do: every ungracious fyllable I had uttered, crowded back intú my imagination. I reflected I had no right over the poor Franciscan, but ta deny him; and that the punishment of that was enough to the disappointed, without the addition of unkind language-I considered his gray hairs--his courteous tigure seemed to re-enter, and gently ask me what injury he had done me ? and why I could use him thus would have given twenty livres for an advocate -I have behaved very ill, said I within myself; but I have only just set out tipon my travels, and thall learn better mais ners as I get along.
XI. On tbe Head-dress of the Ladies. THERE is not fo variable a thing in nature as a lady's:
head-dress: within my own memory, I have known: it rise and fall above thirty degrees. About ten years. ago it fligt up to a very great height, infomuch that the female pari of our species were much taller than the men. The women were of such an enormous ftature, that 'we appeared as grasshoppers before them. At present the whole sex is in a manner dwarfed and shrunk. into a race of beauties that seem almost another species. I remember several ladies who were once very near seven feet high, that at present want fome inclies of fiv*: how they came to be thus curtailed, I cannot learn; whether the whole fex be at presert under any penance which we know nothing of, or whether they have cast their head-dresses in order tof urprise us with fomething in that kind which shall be entirely new; or whether fome of the tallert of the sex, being too cunning for the rest,' have contrived this metiiod to make themfelves appear sizeable, is still a secret ; though I find most are of opinion, they are at prefent like trees new lopped and pruned, that will certainly sprout up and flourish with greater heads than before. For my own part, as I do not love to be insulted by women who are tailur than myself, I admire the fex much more in their present humiliation, which has reduced them to their natural dimensions, than when they had extended their perfons, and lengthened themselves out into formidable and gi. gantic figures. I am not for adding to the beautiful L.3
edifices of nature, nor for raising any whimsical fuperstructure upon her plans : 1 muft 'therefore repeat it, that I am highly pleased with the coiffure. now in fafion, and think it shows the good senfe which at prefent very much reigns among the valuable part of the sex. One may observe that women in all ages have taken more pains than men to adorn the outside of their heads; and indeed I very much admire, that those are chitects, who raise such wonderful structures out of rib. bands, lace, and wire, have not been recorded for their respective inventions. It is certain there have been as many orders in these kinds of buildings, as in those which have been made of marble; sometimes they rise in the fhape of a pyramid, sometimes like a tower, and fometimes like a steeple. In Juvenal's time, the building grew by several orders and stories, as he has very hue mourously described it.
With curls on curls they build her head before,
And then she dwindles to the pigmy kind. But I do not remember, in any part of my reading, that: the head-dress aspired to fo great an extravagance as in the fourteenth century; when it was built up in a couple of cones or fpires, which stood fo excessively high on each side of the head, that a woman, who was but a pigmy without her head-dress, appeared like a Colossus upon putting it on. Monsieur Paradin fays, “ That these * old-fashioned fontanges rose an ell above the head ; * that they were pointed like fieeples, and had long si Joole pieces of crape fastened to the tops of them,
which were curioully fringed, and hang down their ** backs like streamers.”
The women might possibly have carried this Gothic building much higher, had not a famous monk, Thomas Connecte by name, attacked it with great zeal and re. solution. This holy man travelled from place to place to preach down this monftrous commode; and succeeded fo well in it, that, as the magicians facrificed their books to the flames upon the preaching of an apostle, many of: the women threw down their head-dresses in the middle of his sermon, and made a bonfire of them withio fight