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Swift. The language of this new race is also singularly inharmonious. The name of the country, Nosmnbdsgrsutt, is unpronounceable, and glumm and gavrey, man and woman, have nothing to recommend their adoption. The flying apparatus is termed a graundee, and a flight is a swangean. The locale of Wilkins's romance is a grassy plain by the side of a lake, surrounded by a woody amphitheatre, behind which rises a huge naked rock, that towers up to a great height. In this retreat he constructs a grotto, and with fruits and fish subsists pleasantly during the summer. Winter approaches, and strange voices are heard. He sallies out one evening and finds a beautiful woman near his door. This is Youwarkee, the heroine. She had been engaged with a party of young people of the flying nation, resident on the other side of the great rock, chasing and pursuing one another, when falling among the branches of a tree, ber graundee became useless, and she sank to the ground stunned and senseless. The graundee, with its variety of ribs, drapery, and membrane, is described at length; but we may take the more poetical miniature sketch of it given by Leigh Hunt in liis work The Seer:' “A peacock, with his plumage displayed, full of “rainbows and starry eyes,” is a fine object, but think of a lovely woman, set in front of an ethereal shell, and wafted about like a Venus. This is perhaps the best general idea that can be given of Peter Wilkins's bride. In the first edition of the work, there is an engraved explanation of the wings, or rather drapery, for such it was when at rest. It might be called a natural webbed silk. We are to picture to ourselves a nymph in a vest of the finest texture, and most delicate carnation. On a sudden, this drapery parts in two, and flies back, stretched from head to foot behind the figure like an oval fan or umbrella; and the lady is in front of it, preparing to sweep blushing away from us, and “winnow the buxom air.” The picture is poetical and suggestive, though in working it up, the author of the story introduces homely enough materials.
Peter Wilkins and his Flying Bride. I passed the summer-though I had never yet seen the sun's body-very much to my satisfaction, partly in the work I have been describing-for I had taken two more of the beast-fish, and had a great quantity of oil from hem-partly in building me a chinney in my ante-chamber, of mud and earth burnt on my own hearth into e anche
-chocs a sort of brick; in making a window at one end of the above-said chamber, to let in
and th what little light would come through the trees, when I did not choose to open my door ; in moulding an earthen lamp for my oil; and, finally, in providing aud layil gin stores, fresh and salt--for I had now cured and dried many more fish--against winter. These, I say, were my summer employments at home, intermixed with many agreeable excursions. But now the winter coming on, and the days growing very short, or indeed, there being no day, properly speaking, but a kind of twilight, I kept mostly in my habitation.
An indifferent person would now be apt to ask, what would this man desire more than he had? To this I answer, that I was contented while my condition was such as I have been describing; but a little while after the darkness or twilight came on, I frequently heard voices, sometimes a few only at a time, as it seemed, and then again in great numbers,
In the height of my distress, I had recourse to prayer, with no small benefit : begging that if it pleased not the Almighty Power to remove the object of my fears, at least to resolve my doubts about them, and to render them rather helpful than hurtful to me. I hereupon, as I always did on such occasions, found myself much more placid and easy, and began to hope the best, till I had almost persuaded myself that I was out of danger; and theu laying myself down, I rested very sweetly till I was awakened by the inpulse of the following dream.
Methought I was in Cornwall, at my wife's aunt's; and inquiring after her and my children, the old gentlewoman informed me both my wife and children had been dead some time, and that my wife, before her departure, desired lier--that is, her aun-immediately upon my arrival to tell me she was only gone to the lake, where I shonld be sure to see her, and be happy with her ever after. I then, as I fancied, ran to the lake to find her. In y passage she stopped me, crying: Whither so fa-t, Peter? I am your wife, your Patty. Methought I did not know her, she was 80 altered; but observing her voi e, and looking more wistfully at her, she appe: red to me as the most beautiful creature I ever beheld. I then went to seize her in my arins, but the hurry of my spirits awakened me. ...
I then heard a sort of shriek, and a rustle near the door of my apartment, all which together seemed very terrible. But I, having before determined to see what and who it was, resolutely opened my door and leap. d out. I saw nobody; all was quite silent. and nothing that I could perceive but my own fears a-moving. I went then softly to the corner of the building, and there, looking down by the glimmer of my lam), which stood in the window, I saw something in hunan shape lying at my feet. I gave the word : Who's there?' Still no one answered. My heart was ready to force a way through my side. I was for a while fixed to the earth like a statue. At length recovering. I stepped in, fetched my lamp, and returning, saw the very beautiful face my Patty appeared under in my dream; and not considering that it was only a dream, I verily thought I had my Patty before me, but she seemed to be stone dead. Upon viewing her other parts, for I never yet renioved my eyes from her face, I found she had a sort of browi chaplet, like lace, round her head, under and about which her hair was fucked up and twined ; and she seemed to me to be clothed in a thin hair-coloured silk garinent, which, upon trying to raise her, I found to be quite warm, and therefore hoped there was life in the body it contained. I then took her into my arms, and treading a step backwards with her, I put out my lamp; however, having her iu my arms, I conveyed her through the doorway, in the dark, into my grotto. :::
I thought I saw her eyes stir a little. I then set the lamp further off, for fear of offending them if she should look up; and warming the last glass I hod reserved of my Madeira, I carried it to her, but she never stirred. I now supposed the fall had absolutely killed her, and was prodigionsly grieved, when laying my hand on her breast, I perceived the fountain of life had some morion. This gave me infinite pleasure; so, not despairiny, I dipped my finger in the wine, and moistened her lips with it two or three tiines, and I imagined they opened a lit:e. Upon this I bethought me, and taking a tea-spoon, I gently poured a few drops of the wine by that means into her mouth. Finding she swallowed it, I poured in another spoonful, and another, till I brought her to herself so well as to be able to sit up.
I then spoke to her, and askel divers questions, as if she had really been Patty, and understood me; iu return of which, she uttered a language I had no idea of, though, in the most musical tone, and with the sweetest accent I ever heard. It grieve me I could not luderstani her. Ilowever, thinking she might like to be upon her feet. I went to lif ber off the bed. when she felt to my touch in the oddest manner imaginable ; for while in one respect it was as though she had been cased in whalebolic, it was at the same tiine as soft and warm as if she hart been naked.
Yol :ly imagine we stared heartily: teach other, and I doubted not but she wondered iis inuch as Ihr what means we came so reach other. Toffered her everythins in my crotto which I thout might please her. som of which she gratefully recrired. parlor her looks and beleviour. But she avoided my lamp, and always placed her back toward it. I observing that, and ascribing it to her modesty in my company, letler have her will, and took care to get it in such a positio: myself a- scened agreeable to her though it deprived me of a prospect I viry much admire.
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I treated her for some time with all the respect imaginable, and never suffered her to do the least part of my work. It was very inconvenient to both of us only to know each other's meaning by signs; but I could not be otherwise than pleased to see that she endeavoured all in her power to learn to talk like me. Indeed I was not behindhand with her in that respect, striving all I could to imitate her. What I all the while wo:dered at was, she never shewed the least disquiet at her confinement. for I kept my door shut at first, through fear of losing her, thinking she would have taken an opportunity to run away from me, for little did I then think she could fly.
After my new love had been with me a fortnight, finding my water run low. I was greatly troubled at the thought of quitting her any time to go for more; and having hinted it to her, with seeming uneasiness, she could not for a while fathom my meaning; but when she saw me much confused, she came at length, by the many signs I made, to imagine it was my concern for her which made me so; whereupon she expressively enough siguified I might be easy, for she did not fear anything happening to her in my absence. On this, as well as I could declare iny meaning, I entreated her not to go away before my return. As soon as she understood what I signified to her by actions, she sat down with her arms across, leaning her head against the wail, to assure me she would not stir.
I took my boat, net, and water-cask as usual, desirous of bringing her home a fresh fish-dinner, and succeeded so well as to catch enough for several good meals, and to spare. What remained l salted, and found she liked that better than the fresh, after a few days' salting. As my salt grew very low, though I had been as sparing of it as possible, I now resolved to try making some; and the next summer I effected it.
Thus we spent the remainder of the winter together, till the days began to be light enough for me to walk abroad a little in the middle of them; for I was now under no apprehensions of her leaving me, as she had before this time had so many opportunities of doing so, but never once attempted it. I did not even then know that the covering she wore was not the work of art but the work of nature, for I really took it for silk, though it must be premised, that I had never seen it by any other light than of my lamp. Indeed, the modesty of her carriage, ard sweetness of her behaviour to me, had strnck into me a dread of offending her.
When the weather cleared up a little, by the lengthening of daylight, I took courage one afternoon to invite her to walk with me to the lake; but she sweetly excused herself from it, whilst there was such a frightful glare of light as she said :* but, looking out at the door, told me if I would not go out of the wood, she would accompany me, so we agreed to take a turn only there. I first went myself over the stile of the door, and thinking it rather too high for her, I took her in my arms, and lifted her over. But even when I had her in this manner, I knew not what to make of her clothing, it sat so true and close; but seeing her by a steadier and truer light in the grove, though a heavy gloomy one, than my larup had afforded, I begged she would let me know of what silk or other composition her garment was made. She smiled, and asked me if mine was not the same uuder my jacket. "No, lac',' says I, I have nothing but my skin uuder my clothes.' Why, what do you mean ?' replies she, somewhat tartly ; but, indeed, I was afraid something was the matter, by that nasty covering you wear, that yon might not be seen. Are you not a glumm ?' (a man). “Yes,' says I, • fair creature.' (Here, though yon may conceive she spoke part English, part her own tongue, and I the same, as we best understood each other, yet I shall give you our discourse, word for word, in plain English.) . Then,' says she, I am afraid you must have been a very bad man and have been crashee,+ which I should be very sorry to hear.' I told her I believed we were none of us so good as we might be, but I hoped my fanlts had not at most exceeded other men's; but I had suffered abundance of hardships in my time, and that at last Providence having settled me in this spot, from whence I had no prospect of ever departing, it was none of the least of its mercies to bring to my kuowledge and coin
* In the regions of the flying people, it is always twilight.
Slit. Criminals, in the flying regions, are punished by having their wings slit, thu rendering them unable to ly.
pany the most exquisite piece of all his works in her, which I should acknowledge as long as I lived. ...
Sir,' says she, pray answer me first how you came here?' Madam,' replied I, will you please to take a walk to the verge of the wood, and I will shew you the very passage ?' •Sir,' says she, 'I perfectly know the range of the rocks all round, and by the least description, without going to see them, can tell from which yoll descended. “In truth, suid I, 'most charming lady, I descended from no rock at all: nor would i, for a thousand worlds, aitemp! what could not be accomplished but by my destruction. •Sir,' says she, in some anger, it is false, anel you impose upon me. •I declare to you,' says I, .madam, what I tell you is strictly true; / never was near the summit of any of the surrounding rocks, or anything likit; but as you are not far from the verge of the wood, be so good as to step a liitle further, and I will shew you my entrance in hither.' Well,' says she, now this odious dazzle of light is lessened, I do not care if I do go with you.'
When we came far enough to see the bridere, · There, madam,' sa vs I, there is iny entrance, where the sea pours into this lake from yonder cavern,' ... We arrived at the lake, and going to my wet-dock, Now, madam.' says I, pray satisfy yourself whether I spake true or no.' She looked at my bot. but could not yet frame a proper motion of it. Says I: Madam, in this very boat I sailed from the min ocean through that cavern into this lake; and shall at last think myself the happiest of all men, if you continue with me, love me, and credit me; and I promise you I will never deceive you, but think my life h: ppily spent in your service.' I found she was hardly content yet to believe what I told her of my boat to be true, until I stepped into it, and pushiny from the shore, took my oars in my Land, and sailed along the lake by her as she walked on the shore. At last, she seemed so weil reconciled to me and my boat, that she desired I would take hier in. I immediately did so, and we sailed a good way, and as we returned to my dock, I riescribed to her how I procured the water we drank, and brought it to the shore in that vessel.
Well,' says she, I have sail d, as you call it, many a mile in my lifetime, but never in such a thing as this. I own it will serve very well where one has a great many things to carry from place to place; but to be labouring this at an oar, when one intends pleasure in sailing, is, in my mind, a most ridiculous picce of slavery. “Why, pray, madam, huw would you have me sail? for getting into the buat only will not carry us this way or that, without using some force. But,'surs she, pray, where did you get this boat, as you call it?' O madam.' says I, that is too long and fatal a story to begin upon now; this boat was made inany thousand miles from hence, among a people coal-black, a quite different sort from us; aud when I first had it, I litile thought of seeing this country; but I will make a faithful relation of all to you when we come home.'
As we talked, and walked by the lake, she made a little run before me, and sprang into it. Perceiving this, I cried out; whereupon she merrily called on me to follow her. The light was then so dim as prevented my having more than a confused siyht of her, when she jumped in; and looking carnestly after her, I could discern nothing more than a small boat on the water, which skimmed along at so great a rate that I almost lost sight of it presently; but running along the shore, for fear of losing her, I met her gravely walking to meet me, and then had entirely lost sight of the boat upon the lake. This,' says she, accosting me with a smile, is my way of sailing, which, I perceive, by the fright you were in, you are altogether unacquainted with ; audas you tell me you came from so many thousand miles off, it is possible you may be inade (litferently from me; but surely we are the partyf the creation which has had most care bestowed upon it; and I suspect from all your discourse, to which I have been very attentive, it is possible you may no more be able to fiy than to sail as I do.' No, charming creature,' says I, that I cannot, I will assure you.' She then, stepping to the edge of the lake, for the advantage of a descent before her, sprang up into the air, and away she went, further than my eyes could follow her.
I was quite astonished. So, says I, then all is over, all a delusion which I have so long been in a mere phantom I better bad it been for me never to have seen her, than thus to lose her again! I had but very little time for reflection; for in about ten minntes after she had left me in this mixture of grief and amazement, she alighted just by me on her feet.
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moments in such an agitation of inind, from these unparalleled incidents, that I was like one thunderstruck ; but coming presently to myself, and clasping her in my arins, with as much love and passion as I was capable of expressing, 'Are you returned agajn, kind angel,' said I, to bless a wretch who can only be happy in adoring you? Can it be that you, who have so many advantages over me, sh uld quit all the pleasures that mature has formed for you, and all your friends and relations, 10 take an asylum in my arms? But I here make you a tender of all I am able to be stow, my love and constancy.' 'Come, come,' says she, 10 inore raptures; I find you are a wortbier man than I thought I had reason to take you for ; and I beg your pardon for my distruist whilst I was ignorant of your imperfections; but now, I verily believe all you have said is true; and I promise you, is you have seemed so much to delight in me, I will never quit you till death or other es fatul accident shall part us. But we will now, if you choose, go home, for I know you have reeu some time uneasy in this gloom, though agreeable to me, For, giviug my eyel the pleasure of looking cagerly on you, it conceals my blushes from your sight.'
In this imanner, exchanging mutual endearments and soft speeches, hand in hand, we arrived at the grotto.
IIENRY FIELDING. Coleridge has said, that to take up Fielding after Richardson is like emerging from a sick room heated by stoves into an open lawina on a breezy day in May. We have felt ile agreeableness of the transition: from excited sensibilities and overpowering pathos, to light humour, lively description, and keen yet sportive satire, must always be a pleasant change. The feeling, however, does not derogate from the power of Richardson as a novelist. The same sensation may be experienced by turning from Lear to Falstaff, from tragedy to comedy. The feelings cannot remain in a state of constant tension, but seek re. lief in vitriety. Perhaps Richardson stretches them 100 violently and too continuously; lis portraits are in classes, full charged with the peculiarities of their mister. Fielding has a broader canvas, more light than shade, it clear and genial atmosphere, and groups of clar. acters finely and naturally diversified. Jolinson considered bin barren compared with Richardson, because Johnson loved strong moral painting, and had little sympathy for wit that was not stricily allied to virtue, Richardson, too, was a pious respectable man, for whom the critic entertained great reg:ird, and to whom he was liider obligations. Fielding was a thoughtless man of fashion--a rake Tho had dissipated his fortune, and passed from high to low life without dignity or respect; and who had commenced author without any higher motive than to make moner, and conter amusement. Imple success crowned him in the latter liepartmen:! The inimitablecer actor of Parsan alams, the humour of roadside adventures and its Trouse ilogues Torruse and his term gut wife, Pars n Trot Sosire Wesleri, ile cintul Purtridge, and a lot of judica wir selesini clandestins, ani sin9ions, a'l rise up si te menting the name Fixins! I Ricinisan matras Norette caminarist: 'Fenstvenostem
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