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does not, like some old women on the press the grotesquely scientific characBench, who for the present shall be ter of this inimitable Set-to. All is in nameless, shudder at the thought of perfect keeping the faces of the spec« a clean knock-down blow, but is of tators are all agrin, and agape, and opinion, that, on frequent occasions, à aghast, and a-gloom, and a-glimmer, bloody nose and a black eye are badges with the fluctuations of passionate of honour, which the best man in emotion. The helmeted head of Lærke England may, if honourably acquired, ins the Life-Guardsman rises nobly wear with honour at market, and even, in the opening between the attitudisince the Sunday will come round re- narians, towering over the crowd. And gularly, the latter badge-namely, the hark, how uproarious the applause ! black eye, even at church. Pierce The monkeys, we beg their pardon, Egan, John Bee, and Christopher the men will be matched, we have no North, wish for peace among the peo- doubt, for a hundred a-side, to fight ple; and therefore they wish, that, to probably in the same ring, after the preserve it, as far as it can be pre affair between Jack Carter and Jem served, the people should be taught Ward has come off-Jacco the favour. the art of war. Perhaps a Chief-Jus« ite-guineas to sovereigns and we tice cannot consistently with the pea should not wonder if the second battle culiar decencies of his office-which, were the better of the two, før Carter however, when not founded in reason, is a cur, and Ward a cross. are all
dge-recommend prize We must now lay aside Monkeyana, fighting from his seat. But he can and bid Thomas Landseer farewell. shew what his thoughts and feelings Twenty years ago, we should not have are on the subject; and our present cared to have put on the gloves with illustrious Chief may depend upon it, him, and shewn that we too could spar that in no part of his late admirable a bit ; for that he can spar well this charges--admirable-onevery point- plate is proof-positive. Now we are did the people of England go more feeble on our pins, our hams are weak, heartily along with him, than in his and our knees totter, our right hand panegyric on pugilism; a panegyric has forgot its cunning. Come down which should be written in letters of to the Lodge, then, our dear sir, and gold, and hung up in a handsome we shall hold out to you the right frame at the Castle, and all other hand of friendship ungloved, and insporting-houses of character and ce- troduce you into the inner ring within lebrity.
our porch, where, during our light But see the Set-to ! The Man-Mon- airy intellectual play, we shall have key to the left has evidently the ads both a second and a bottle-holder. vantage in height and length ; but One brother at a time is best ; so his antagonist has it in weight by a come down by yourself, and wedo trust few pounds, and his compact frame that you will give such a report of exhibits formidable muscle. Studies us as may induce each member of the both, for the anatomist, the statuary, family to go in by rotation. Edwin, and the painter. Had that heavy we know, has been frequently in Scotright-hander, delivered at Jacco Mac- land, and once or twice in No. 17; co's smeller, not been caught by that but we were then, most unfortunately, accomplished pugilist's sloping right laid up in bed, with gout in every lith forearm, it might have been a floorer. and limb of our body, and the greatest The little one has mischief yet in his deer-and-dog-painter that ever drew kidney-seeking left; and next time an ear or an antler left Scotland by us they hit out together, 'tis odds they unseen, but not unhonoured. Your counter. Jacco is leary as Aby Belas- pencil, your brush, and your graving co, and is difficult to be got as Spring needle, must all have, while you are himself—but his opponent will be in, at the Lodge, a holiday, except indeed he won't be denied, and at the weaving for an hour or two, that you may leave system we question if he has his equal us a relic of your genius, some exqui. in the ring. Look at him again, and site bijou to be hung up in a sunny say now, is he not in that attitude a nook of the wall among the chef-d. phenomenon ? But all the words in @uvres of the Immortals. the world would fail adequately to ex
* Since come off a miserable affair indeed
A TALE OF KHORASAN."
We have long been tired of the eter- meet at a venture with three more ta. hal tameness and insipidity which are lented and promising individuals than the prevailing characteristics of works Lord Normanby, Mr Lister, and Mr of fiction in the present day. The Robert Ward? They are quite the poor novel-writers are evidently at sort of men one would wish to meet their wits' end, and, to use a Scotch at a dinner party any day in the week; phrase, have already gone to the full clever, personable, well dressed, and length of their tether. Time was, that well bred ; amiable in their domestic when stretched on our comfortable relations, pleasant travelling compasofa, with a dish of Mocha, and a new nions, chatiy in a post chaise, and connovel, we were as happy as Sir William descendingly, communicative in the Curtis with punch and turtle. Now, mail ; good shots and quadrillers, far though we still lounge and sip cof- from despicable at Ecarté, and able, fee, the novel forms no longer an item with some cramming, to accomplish a in our catalogue of pleasurable appli- tolerable speech in the House of Comances. We can derive po amusement
We appeal to any one if we from a mere dull rifacciamento of have here overstated their merits, or old incidents dressed up in holiday whether, in the catalogue of these genfinery for the nonce of republication tlemen's pretensions, one item could by Mr Colburn. We are sick to death conscientiously be omitted. Yet take of the eternal remodelling of antiqua. them as novel-writers, and they disa ted common-places; of the incessant play a lamentable want of all imaginoutpouring of one vessel into another; ative power. How utterly stale, filat, the tame resuscitation of feeble and and unprofitable, (to any at least but everyday characters; the persevering the author and bookseller,) is the matendeavour to concoct new mixtures ter of their fictions ! They present us from old ingredients, ending, as all with no new and vigorous creations such attempts must end-in lamenta. they give utterance to no thoughts ble failure. There really appears as which bear the stamp of power and if there were something in novel-wrie originality; all is tame, drowsy, unting which numbs the faculties, and impassioned and monotonous. They paralyses the energies of ordinary describe not men but manners; the minds. We have thousands of firsta manners too, not of large bodies of sowie rate men in the country, poets, philo- ciety, but of a particular coterie, insigsophers, political economists, maga- nificant in everything but the rank zine-contributors, historians, news- and wealth of its members. Their paper-reporters, and metaphysicians. motto uniformly is, "La sauce vart Now, take these men each in their own mieux que le poisson.” In their eyes particular department, read their his- the value is not in the matter, but in torical, or metaphysical, or political the cookery, and such hashing and treatises, their police reports, their es- rehashing, such mingling of fashionsays, critical and moral, their poetry, able condiments to disguise the staleand ten to one you will find them all ness of their materials, as they are come respectable-some more than respec- pelled to employ, it is altogether martable—in point of talent. But strange vellous to contemplate. to say, let any of these lights of the It is but justice to observe, however, age sit down to indite a novel, and a that many of the faults we have noticed, change is at once wrought in the are faults as much of the system as of whole character of his intellect; his its individual supporters. Luckily for faculties desert him in his utmost Mr Colburn there is a rage among need, and he sinks at once into a drió vulgar people and vulgar people form veller. Where, for instance, will you the great majority of the reading pube
*- The Kuzzilbash, a Tale of Khorasan. 3 vols. Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, London. 1828.
lic of the present day-tato become ac- punctually fur all our contributions, at quainted with the manners, habits, the rate of five guineas a-sheet, transand pursuits of those circles, from mitted regularly, including the oda which they are excluded. It is quite shillings, in a parcel by the mail; and :wonderful to observe the interest exe though this rate of remuneration must
cited East of Temple-bar, by a de- undoubtedly appear small, we have scription of a ball at Almack's or a din- no doubt that, under all the circumner at Park Lane. And if such things stances of the work, it is quite as much please these opulent and worthy per- as could reasonably have been expected. sons, why, in Heaven's name, should We are always happy, therefore, they not be gratified? Why, if the when Mr Colburn really does publish people call for a stone, should Mr 'a good book, to do our best to add to Colburn give them bread? It is his its popularity, by impressing it with office to cater for, not to regulate the the signet of our praise. As a proof public taste, and he is not called on to of our good faith in this declaration, decide, like a Paris or an Abernethy, we do not hesitate to express our deon the value or wholesomeness of the cided opinion, that the public now viands which the popular appetite stand indebted to him for one of the may demand.
best and ablest works of fiction which Were we in a bad humour, which for a long time past has issued from -thanks to a peptic pill of Doctor the press, We allude to “ The KuzKitchiner and a good dinner - we zilbash, a Tale of Khorasan.” An acare not, we might go on in this snarlcount of which we intend shall form ing and captious strain, to the end the staple of our present article.
of our article, laying about us with Considering the almost universal our critical shillelah, like an Irish- 'Attraction of Eastern fiction, and the man in a row, and occasioning frac- number of accomplished travellers, ture and contusion to many worthy qualified by long residence to afford individuals, who rejoice in Mr Col- true and vivid pictures of the manners burn as their publisher. But this we
of those oriental nations, among whom shall not do for two reasons. The they have been sojourners, it does apfirst is, that we are not in the humour. pear strange that so few efforts should Nothing has occurred to exacerbate have been made in a department of our temper, or stimulate our liver into literature, so popular and engaging. unhealthy action, and we feel our- That the task of filling the hiatus thus selyes at the present moment in charity left, is most difficult, we admit; yet
with all mankind. The second is, we have already seen the difficulties,
« Partake the triumph, and pursue the and now almost blush, even through
gale." our own emblazonment, to find them The truth is, that the studies of a fame. Of many of the best articles in person who would acquire an intithe New Monthly, we are the author. mate knowledge of the manners, haWe wrote the Ode on the Bonassus, bits, feelings of a nation, must not be and the Elegy on the death of the Ele limited to the journal of the traveller, phant in Exeter Change. For a much or the researches of the historian. It admired article on “ Hats,” which ap is only from a series of individual por-peared some years ago, we may like traits.
--by representing men in their wise assume credit, to say nothing of domestic as well as in their public rem sundry contributions which we pur- lations--by exposing to view, not loined from Blackwood's Balaam box, merely their actions, but their motives, and which contributed in no small de- by exhibiting them, in short, as they gree to the celebrity of the New Month- exist in all their widely ramified conly-But of this enough. We now say pexions, with religion, with governpublicly, that we consider Mr Colburn ment, and with each other, that an acà liberal and enterprising publisher, curate judgment can be formed of the and an honourable man. We were paid genius and character of a people. It
is only by a story skilfully constructed work in the whole circle of British Liand happily adapted to the purposes it terature which displays greater vigour is intended to effect, that this known of conception, or exercises an influence ledge in its fullest extent can be im- more powerful and despotic over the parted. In other words, it is an Easte feelings and the imagination of the ern novel alone which can be made reader. In all its delineations, there the vehicle of such interesting but mie is a freedom of pencil, and a vividness nute information, as can lead us to any and splendour of colouring, which intimate communion with nations dif. "mark the hand of a master, while the fering, so widely from ourselves in truth of the picture in its details, its everything of thoughtor circumstance, rigid and close adherence to all the principle or observance.
lineaments of humanity, modified in Had works of this sort formed any their developement and form by the portion of the scauty but precious re- thousand visionary and material inlics of ancient Greece, how vast would fluences which affect our nature, has be our increase of knowledge on all never been surpassed, even by the those points, which at present admit most unimaginative and prosaic histoonly of the vague conjectures of the rian. The story of Euphrosyne is a antiquarian! Nay, did we possess but fine specimen of the very loftiest powone single story of Athenian fiction, in er, somewhat wantonly exercised on how great a degree would not the hise matter full of difficulty and danger.
tory, the philosophy, the poetry, of the The authorshews himself on the brink most glorious and interesting era of a precipice, but he does not fall; recorded in the annals of mankind, and we think our language affords nohave been illustrated and explained ! thing more full of melancholy beauty, * How many doubts would at once be than the latter portion of the work, removed, how many false conjectures but above all, that which relates to corrected, how many erroneous con- the illness and death of his son. Such clusions set at nought ? As it is, of descriptions as these will not die. The much which it would be most inter- tooth of time will not injure the pages esting to know, of the habitudes and of Anastasius; they bear the stamp of modes of thought of a people whose immortality-thua lus aus. productions have modelled the taste, Anastasius was followed by Hajji and ennobled the imagination, of all Baba, a work altogether of inferior succeeding generations, we are, and pretensions, and yet excellent in its must continue ignorant. Through a kind. The author knew his own medium always obscure, and
frequente powers too well to attempt a fruitless ly fallacious, we can view them only rivalry with his predecessor, and pitchas a whole, in their collective and ex- ed his tone in a lower-we think too ternal relations, while all the minuter low a-key. His model is evidently features which would have lent beauty Le Sage ; and Hajji Baba is in truth and accuracy to the picture, must re nothing more than a Persian Gil Blas, main without the scope of our obser- equally unprincipled and uninterestvation.
ing in his own personal attributes, yet It has been said that knowledge is affording scope, in the narration of his power, and it is true; but surely it vicissitudes and adventures, for deis no less so, that knowledge is plea- scription of all ranks of society in Persure; nor, of all the modifications of sia, and in the other countries of which, pleasure, of which our nature is sus- in the progress of the story, he becomes ceptible, is that the least noble and a visitor. We are thus furnished with enduring, which is derived from works a series of portraits drawn from the in which instruction is united to the life, and animated with all the spirit highest excitement of the imagination, which the Promethean skill of the artand of all the best and deepest sympa. ist enabled him to infuse. One adthies of the human heart. Such a vantage of the plan undoubtedly is, work is Anastasius; one of the proud that it obviates the necessity of any est and most successfulefforts of con- regularly constructed plot, while it temporary genius, which at once rai- gives ample room and verge enough sed its author, previously known only for introduction of incident and deas a dilettante dissertator on chairs, lineation of manners. We wish Mr chimney-pieces, and chaises longues, Morier-for such is the name of the to the very foremost rank of literary author of Hajji Baba-had thought
inction. We confess we know of nó proper to invest his hero with a de
gree of principle and feeling somewhat having had, what in Scottish phrase is greater, which, we trust, would not called, " a sair time o't," when she is have injured the truth of the delineaa visited by Roushun-u-deen Sheikh Altion.
lee Calunder, a dervish equally celeAltogether, bowever, the book is brated for his profound wisdom, his clever and amusing, and the manners unrivalled sanctity, and the impeneof the different classes of society in trable mystery which hung over his Persia are painted with a graceful fe- character, and the habits of his life. licity of touch, which bears abundant As this personage plays rather a stri. evidence of the skill of the artist. All king part in the story, it may occasions of deep feeling he avoids, well to allow the author to shadow and even when they naturally occur forth his character and attributes. in the course of the narrative, they
"The Sheikh was believed to be a native are slurred over in a manner which of India, a land fertile in magicians and shews pretty strongly, that the forte
necromancers, as well as in saints and of the author does not lie in the pa- sages; but though the person and extra, thetic.
ordinary attributes of this holy man were Between these two works below well known in Persia, and throughout all Anastasius, but, in all respects, above the east, no one in all these countries could Hajji Baba-would we place the Ad- give any account either of his family, the ventures of a Kuzzilbash. It is a work place of his birth, his age, or even of the of great talent and originality ; full of way in which he lived and moved from vivid and vigorous description and spie place to place. Strange tales were told of rit-stirring adventure, of perilous es
his age, and of the
power he possessed of capes by flood and field, of broil and transporting himself to great distances in
an incredibly short time :- his appearance battle, of human passion and human was that of a man in the prime of life, yet crime,
he had been known to speak of periods and The word Kuzzilbash, or Redhead, events of very remote occurrence, as from as our readers know-or, more proba« his own knowledge, so that those who heard bly, as they do not know-is employed him were constrained to believe that his in the present day to designate a Pera mortal span had been preternaturally exsian soldier, though in former times it tended. He was never seen to partake was exclusively applied to seven tribes, either of meat or drink, and a comparison who, in the reign of Shah Ismael the of dates between travellers in countries first, formed a sort of body-guard to
widely distant, who each had met with
this extraordinary person, reduced them to their monarch, and were bound by co
the perplexing dilemma of attributing to venant to defend the Sheah faith him the power of ubiquity, or of a miraagainst the accursed followers of Omar. culously rapid locomotion. The hero, whose adventures form the “ The Sheikh was believed to profess staple of the work, is represented as of the tenets of that sect of religious sceptics distinguished lineage, being the son of called Sooffees ; but the rigid austerity and a chief of the tribe of Affshar, which
self-denial of his life, its blameless tenor, occupies a small district in the pro.
and the power of his eloquence in the vince of Khorasan. His respectable mosques, when preaching to the people on
the sublimer doctrines of their religion, all father, we are informed, was a person
caused him to be looked upon as a worthy of truly moderate desires, and con
pillar of Islamism ;—even the priests and tented with a very limited exercise of Moollahs of the most celebrated shrines, the privileges of a polygamist. He had though they hated and feared him for his only two wives, of whom the mother extraordinary influence and endowments, of our hero was the favourite. Ismael did not dare to deny his claims to super. --for in such name does he rejoice eminent piety. was not born for several years after “ But the Sheikh possessed other and their union, and his birth was not un, more powerful holds on the minds of the accompanied by fearful omens. His people at large. Intimately acquainted mother, having fallen asleep one day with the motions of the heavenly bodies, after coming out of the bath, is visit.
and their powers over and sympathies with ed by a dream of fearful import, profound astrologer ; he surpassed Aristotle
the animal and vegetable worlds, he was a which is afterwards fully realized in
as a philosopher, and Avicenna or Hippothe misfortunes of the family, and the crates in medical skill. The unerring cerperils by which the life of her son is tainty of his predictions, and the accuracy assailed. The worthy matron is slow- with which he decided upon lucky hours ly recovering from her accouchement, and minutes, together with the mystery in