« PreviousContinue »
you have given us of antient mourning; although I do not imagine it will be adopted in this country, I think we shall not easily forget it.
Harriot.-I am certain I shall not; besides I hope to see the ladies habited in their antient costume, and hear them perform a solemn dirge, in full concert, when we come to the funeral of Joseph.
Ex.-A scenic representation of that circumstance, would be too similar to one you have already noticed, to allow it to form a part of my exhibition, but I have prepared another, which perhaps you (as many of my visitants have done) will find equally interest
ing; that is, Joseph's revenge on his brethren, for their former ill-treatment of him.
Amelia. ---Joseph's revenge on his brethren! Sir, you quite surprise me! I have neither ever read nor ever heard, that he expressed any displeasure against them. Then looking into the Camera, added, nor does this scene in the least assist me. What can you mean, Sir?
Ex.-Exactly what I said: Joseph's revenge on his brethren after their father's death.
Amelia.—Then certainly, Sir, this representation can have nothing to do with it; for Joseph appears as returned from Canaan, and I suppose is musing
on the death of his father; his countenance does not indicate either anger or revenge, nor does Scripture mention any thing on that subject.
Ex.--Perhaps, Miss, you have not read his history with due attention.
Harriot.-What, Amelia, are you puzzled! I must acknowledge I am not sorry, for I have been so many times.
Mrs. N.-0 fy! how unamiable it is to be pleased at your sister's embarrassment. I confess, that till I recollected the mode of scripturally applying coals and fire, I did not myself know what Mr. Davenport meant.
Harriot.--I hope you will not be
displeased with me, Mamma, I think we shall know presently, for attendants enter and address Joseph with great earnestness; were the ventriloquist but present, I think we should soon know the allusion of the scene; will you, Sir, permit him to speak?
D.--No, Miss, I must not, because 1 fear, when you read the history, you did not attend to the lesson it inculcates, the full forgiveness of all injuries.
Harriot.—This is quite enigmatical : you first said, that it represented Joseph's revenge against his brethren; and now, that it teaches the forgiveness of all injuries.
Mrs. N.-Harriot, if you had been more attentive, you certainly would not have been so much at a loss.
Harriot.-Indeed, Mamma, I am not conscious of having been inattentive; I recollect the history perfectly well, but cannot even guess what the gentleman means by Joseph's revenge. O, his brethren are coming, they address him most respectfully, and he receives them very kindly; this is according to Scripture. I am certain there is nothing like revenge in this scene; Joseph's countenance, action, and manner, indicate the most cordial affection towards his brethren.
Mrs. N.-And is not that, my child, the revenge which Scripture autho