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moft obedient servant (endeavours to hide the work). Curse the cufhion! (throws it off).
Dame. Oh! he bas spoiled my lace! . . • Handy jun. Hus! I'll make you a thousand yards another time-You ste, Ma'am, I was explaining to this good woman what-what need not be explained again-Admirably handsome by heaven! (afiue.)
• Sir Abel. Is not Qie, Bob?
• Handy jun. (to miss B.) In your journey from the coast, I conclude you took London in your way? Huih! (to Dame.)
• Mifs. B. Oh no, Sir, I could not fo foon venture into the beau monde, a stranger just arrived from Germany
• Handy jun. The very reason the most falliionable introduction pofible! but I perceive, Sir, you have here imitated other German importations, and only restored to us our native excellence.
lifs B. I assure you, Sir, I am eager to seize my birth-right, the pure and envied immunities of an English woman!
• Handy jun. Then I trust, Madam, you will be patriot enough to agree with me, that as a nation is poor, whose only wealth is importation-that therefore the humble native artist may ever hope to obiain from his countrymen those fostering fmiles, without which genius must ficken and induftry decay. But it requires no valet de place to conduct you through the purlieus of famion, for now the way of the world is, for every one to pursue their own way, and following the fashion is differing as much as poflible from the rest of your acquaintance.
• Miss B. But surely, Sir, there is some distinguishing feature by which the votaries of fashion are known?
• Handy jun. Yes; but that varies extremely - sometimes fashionable celebrity depends on a high waista-sometimes on a low carriage--sometimes on high play, and fometimes ou low breeding-at winter it rested solely on green peas!
Mifs B. Green peas! • Handy jun. Green peas !-that lady was the moft enchanting who could bring the greatest quantity of green peas to her table at Christruas! the Itruggle was tremendous ! Mrs. Rowley Powley had the best of it by five pecks and a half, but it having been unfortunately proved, that at her ball there was room to dance and cat conveniently that no lady received a black eve, and no coachnian was killed, the thing was vcted decent and comfortable, and scouted accordingly.
6 Mifs B. Is comfort then incompatible with fashion ?
· Handy jun. Certainly !-Comfort in high life would be as prépolierous as a lawver's buz crammed with truth, or his wig deco. rated with coquelicot ribbons ! No--it is not comfort and se. lection that is fought, but nun,bers and confusion! So that a fashionable party resembles Smithfield market, only a good one when plentifuly stocked-and ladies are reckoned by the score bike leer, an their husbands by droves like horned cattle!
• Miss B. Ha, ha! and the conversation• Handy jun. Oh! like the assembly-confusod, vapid, and abundant; as “ How do, Ma'am! -no accident at the door?-he, he!"_" Only my carriage broke to pieces!"_“I hope you had not your pocket picked!"..." Won't you sit down to faro?" “ Have you many to night?"-"A few, about lix hundred!'' “ Were you at lady Overall's?"-" Oh yes; a delicious crowd and plenty of peas, he, he !”—and thus runs the fashionable race.
! Sir Abel. Yes; and a precious run it is full gallop all the way: first they run on-then their fortune is run through-then bills are run up-then they are run hard--then they've a run of luck-then they run out, and then they run away!- But I'll forgive fashion all its follies in confideration of one of its blessed Jaws. • Handy jun. What may that be?
Sir Abel. That husband and wife must never be seen together. P. 23. The Lawyers, a Drama, in Five Arts, translated from the German
of Augustus William Iffland. By C. Ludger. 8vo. 25. 6d. West.
The great object of Iffland in all his dramatic productions, as we are informed by his translator, • is to render the theatre what it was in the palmy days of Terence, a school of morality, by exhibiting virtue in all her native charms, and vice in all her de. formity.' This is a laudable object ; but, in attempting to execute it, the German dramatist introduces improbable incidents, and characters that are not to be found in life.
The subjeet of the play is the conversion of two lawyers to ho. nefty ;-the one a young man, milled by ambition and by the counsel of the other, an old and successful pra&titioner in iniquity. Young Clarenbach is reclaimed by the blunt honesty of his father and the virtue of his mistress,-Reissman, the old lawyer, by the fear of punishment for an attempt to poison one of his own pro. feffion.
All the dramatic pieces that we have seen of this author are defective in plan, and have too much of the violence of German writing.
NOVEL S. Pitzmaurice : a Novel. By William Frederick Williams. 2 Vols.
12mo. 55. Sewed. Murray and Highley. 1800. This novel has greater merit than the generality of works of that description. Some pieces of poetry are introduced ; and though the introduction of poems in narratives may be deemed aukward and unseasonable, their merit in this instance made us wish that they were more numerous. We select part of an ode, written on a mountain in Devonshire.
• Crown'd, yon gray mass of rock behold,
Of risin» winds that fullen blow!
Who molt thy thoughts employs.' Vol. i, P. 153:
the German of Auguftus von Kotzebue, by P. Will. 3 Vols. 12mo. 95. Jezed. Geisiveiler. the
The admirers of the drama have been frequentiy entertained with the sentinental effusions of Kotzebue; and the readers of novels may in this work find frequent appeals to the feelings, mingled with the effufions of satire. Charles Frederic Ortenberg,
nmar-school in a Prullan town, is introduced in a scene of domestic happiness, from which he is suddenly callad away. His pregnant wife, alarmed at his departure, and fufpecting danger from an enemy, miscarries, and dies. We are then informed of the previous history of Ortenberg, who, after an aca. demical education, had eagerly courted an examination before the consistory, that he might prove himself worthy a benefice, which might enable him to maintain Caroline, the charming object of his affection. While he was waiting the effect of a promise of preferment, he kept a small school; and Caroline supported herself by attending an old lady. In this situation fie was exposed to an attack from an amorous colonel, at whose infolence her lover was To enraged, that he attempted to challise the offender, but was wounded on the occasion. Being disappointed in his hopes of ecclefiaftical preferment, he banished himself from his native place, and re-engaged in the task of tuition. He was in a state of indigence and obscurity, when he was unexpectedly visited by a young nobleman whom he had known at the university. Commiserating his poverty, his friend warmly recommended him to the king of Prussia, who appointed him master of a confiderable school. Haftening to communicate this intelligence in person, the patron of Ortenberg had an opportunity of rescuing a beautiful girl from the danger of violation; and he found, on inquiry, that she was the intended wife of the worthy divine. He strongly felt the force of her charms; but, as he knew that her heart was engaged, he Checked the riGng passion, and conducted her to the abode of her lover. He then, in consequence of a challenge, fought with the villain who had assaulted Caroline; but, in this combat, as it too frequently happens, the innocent person lost his life. The brutal conqueror afterwards occafioned the death of Caroline, and confined Ortenberg for twelve years in a dungeon, from which he escaped only to die of hunger and grief.
The sufferings of Ortenberg's son are also included in the nar. rative. · After having lived for many years in poverty, he meets with his uncle Nicolaus, by whom he is maintained and liberally educated. He enters into the army, and saves the life of an officer, whom he discovers to be the persecutor of his parents. By this ungrateful villain he is ftudiously expoled to danger, being sent out with small parties in search of the enemy; and he loses his life in a skirmish.
The story of Nicolaus Ortenberg is less tragical in its close. He undergoes various hardships at sea, but acquires wealth in India by marriage, and, after his return to Europe, lives in retirement, oc. casionally lamenting the death of his Hindu wife, and moistening her urn with his tears.
This novel is not very regular in its plan or construction; but it claims the merit of sentiment and pathos, and, in various par. lages, traits of humour are discernible. Many readers will perhaps be disgusted at the occasional strokes of satire on the great; but it ought to be observed, that the author has made fome compensation for this freedom by introducing a very respectable cha. racter from the circles of high life.
CRIT. Rey. Vol. XXX. November, 1800.
MISCELLANEOUS LIST. A New Syrien of Short- Hand, by which more may be written in Ore
Hour, than in an Hour and a Half by any other System hitherte published; which is here fully demonstrated by a fair Comparison' with one of the best Systems extant; with a short and easy Method by which any Person may determine, even before he learns this Sja. fem, whether it will enable him to follow a Speaker. By Samuel Richardson. Svo. Vernor and Hood. 1800.
The comparison of different systems of short-hand requires s great deal of time and reflexion; and it is necessary to establish previously just principles on which the comparison is to be formed.
The principles are very judiciously laid down in this work; and the comparison between the author's and Dr. Mavor's system of Thort-hand is conducted with a great degree of impartiality. The chief points to be considered are facility in making and learning the characters, quicknefs in writing, and legibility. The want of the latter quality is the great obstruction to the general use of fhort-hand; for, withoui continual practice, the meaning of a variety of abbreviations is likely to escape the memory. la point of time, it appears from several specimens that a great deal is faved in the author's mode ; for Dr. Mavor uses about 2060 marks. where Mr. Richardion uses 1199. But the latter has proposed an improvement in thort-hand, which entitles him to great praise, and deserves the confideration of every person employed in the art. It is fimply this. The paper to be used is previoufly ruled like musical paper, with three instead of five lines; and perpendicularly to i hele lines are drawn oihers, a small distance from each other, from the top to the bottom of the page. Between these perpendicular lines are drawn other perpendiculars, which do not mark the paper from top to bottom, but only where they crols the horizontal lines. Hence, by means of the three horizontal and the two perpendicular lines, twenty places are obtain). ed, and the first letter of every word is known by the place in which the next letter is written. Thus, to write turn, the pen is fixed on the place for t, and the letters in are written. The fav. ing, when practice has given a facility to the learner, must be im. mense; and the ingenuity and fimplicity of the contrivance mult recommend it to liort-hand writers, Paper ruled for the purpose is to be had at the places where the book is sold; and to give persons who have no knowledge of short-hand a true idea of its nature, as well as to enable ihem to form an eitirnate of the system which they propose to adopt, we recommend this work to their perusal. The teachers of the art will, we doubt not, avail themfelves of many useful hints which abound in this work, and do great credit to the writer. Some Account of St. Bartholomeru's Hufpital, London. 1200. 6d.
West and Hughes. 1800. This is a short but accurate history of this useful and celebrated