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THEY order, said I, this matter better
in France -You have been in France ? said my gentleman, turning quick upon me with the most civil triumph in the world. Strange! quoth ), debating the matter with myself, that one-andtwenty miles sailing, for 'tis absolutely no farther from Dover to Calais, should give a man these rights. I'll look into them: So giving up the argument, I went straight to my lodgings, put up half a dozen shirts and a black pair of silk breeches the coat I have on," said I, looking at the sleeve, “ will do'-took a place in the Dover stage ; and the packet sailing at nine the next morning-by three I had got sat down to my dinner upon a fricassee'd chicken so incontes, tibly in France, that, had I died that night of an indigestion, the whole world could not have suspended the effects of the * droits d'aubaine-my
* All the effects of strangers (Swiss and Scotch excepta ed), dying in France, are seized, by virtue of this law, tho the heir be upon the spot the profit of these contingencies being farm'd, there is no redress.
shirts and black pair of silk breeches-portmanteau and all, must have gone to the king of Franceeven the little picture wrich I have so long worn, and so often have told thee, Eliza, I would carry with me into my grave, would have been torn frorn my neck. Ungenerous !-to seize upon the wreck of any unwary passenger, whom your subjects had beckon’d to their coast- by heaven ! SIRE, it is not well done ; and much does it grieve me, 'tis the monarch of a people so civilized and courteous, and so renown’d for sentiment and fine feelings, that I have to reason with
But I have scarce set a foot in your dominions.
CAL A IS.
THEN I had finished my dinner, and drank
the king of France's health, to satisfy my mind that I bore him no spleen, but, on the contrary, high honor for the humanity of his temper-rose up an inch taller for the accommodation.
-No--said Ithe Bourbon is by no means a cruel race : They may be misled like other people ; but there is a mildness in their blood. As I acknowledged this, I felt a suffusion of a finer kind upon my cheek- more warm and friendly to man, than what Burgundy (at least of two livres a bottle, which was such as I had been drinking) could have produced.
- Just God! said I, kicking my portmanteau aside, what is there in this world's goods which should sharpen our spirits, and make so many kind-hearted brethren of us, fall out so cruelly as we do by the way?
When man is at peace with man, how much lighter than a feather is the heaviest of metals in his hand! he pulls out his purse, and, holding it airily and uncompress'd, looks round him, as if he sought for an object to share it with. In doing this, I felt every vessel in my frame dilate-lhe arteries beat all cheerily together, and every power which sustained life, perform'd it with so little friction, that 'twould have confounded the most Physical precieuse in France: With all her materi. alism, she could scarce have called me a machine.
I'm confident, said I to myself, I should have overset her creed.
The accession of that idea, carried Nature, at that time, as high as she could go I was at peace with the world before, and thus finished the treaty with myself
-Now, was I a king of France, cried what a moment for an orphan to have begg’d his father's portmanteau of me!
C A L A I S.
HAD scarce utter'd the words, when a poor
monk of the order of St. Francis came into the room, to beg something for his convent. No man cares to have his virtues the sport of contin. gencies or one man may be generous, as another man is puissant-sed non quo ai hanc
Cror be it as it may-for there is no regular reasoning upon the ebbs and flows of their humors ; they may depend upon the same causes, for aught I know, which influence the tides themselves 'twould oft be no discredit to us, to suppose it was so : I'm sure, at least for myself, that in many a case I should be more highly satisfied, to have it said by the world, “I had had an affair with the moon, in which there was neither sin nor shame,” than have it pass altogether as my own act and deed, wherein there was so much of both.
-But be this as it may. The moment I cast
my eyes upon him, I was predetermined not to give him a single sous, and accordingly I put my purse in my pocket-button'd it upset myself a little more upon my centre, and advanced up gravely to him : There was something, I fear, forbidding in my look : I have his figure this moment before my eyes, and think there was that in it which deseryed better.
The monk, as I judged from the break in his tonsure, a few scatter'd white hairs upon his temples being all that remained of it, might be about seventy- but from his eyes, and that sort of fire which was in them, which seemed more temper'd by courtesy than years,could be no more than sixty-Truth might lie between-He was certainly sixty-five, and the general air of his countenance, notwithstanding something seem'd to have been planting wrinkles in it before their time, agreed to the account.
It was one of those heads which Guido has of. ten painted-mild, pale-penetrating; free from all common-place ideas of fat contented ignorance looking downwards upon the earth- it look'd forwards ; but it look'd, as if it look'd at something beyond this world. How one of his order came by it, Heaven above, who let it fall upon a monk's shoulders, best knows; but it would have suited a Bramin; and had I met it upon the plains of Indostan, I had reverenced it.
The rest of his outline may be given in a few strokes ; one might put it into the hands of any one to design, for 'twas neither elegant or otherwise, but as character and expression made it so: It was a thin, spare form, something above the common size, if it lost not the distinction by a bend forward in the figure, but it was the attitude of intreaty ; and as it now stands presented to my imagination, it gain’d more than it lost by it.
When he had enter'd the room three paces, he