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you will observe, that this is the him before his departure, which first step towards visiting a patient she persuaded herself would be sudwith any professional credit.” den.

To announce the intended depar. « Could any danger arise," said ture of Ismael to the lovely Zulima the compassionate Tangra, “ from was a task that seemed to tax all a compliance with her request ?” the ingenuity of Nadir ; for although “ The greatest to both parties," she had never seen that youth since replied Nadir, with extreme emotheir short accidental interview in tion. « Sooner than suffer such an the shop of black Absalom the jew. interview, I would end my life in eller, he had been the constant the severest tortures. I will imme. theme of her conversation, and the diately see the fair Zulima: I will ensubject of her contemplation. deavour to sooth her sorrows : every

Every morning it was the task of indulgence to her unhappy passion, Nadir to inform her of the health consistent with my duty to Mirza, of Ismael, of his pursuits and avoca. which honour, nay which she extions, and every evening these inter- pects from me, shall be allowed. rogatories were renewed. The But if she has a lucid interval, of physician, well knowing how much which I have little doubt, I know her health was connected with the the rectitude of her mind so well, object of their constant colloquy, that I shall instantly convince her took all the pains in his power, that it is impossible I should prowhile he exhibited the young Gol- ceed further in promoting a conneccondian in the amiable light in tion betwixt the daughter of a Perwhich he appeared to him, to re sian prince, allied to the sophy, and press every overture of the young the son of a jeweller, who, however lady that had a tendency towards amiable, does not appear to have a an interview, or that even indicated friend or ally in the world.” a wish to see him. But although “ Perhaps,” continued Nadir, af. he had used this caution, he still ter he had left the apartment, “ the was aware of the danger with which departure of Ismael may be necesthe departure of this object of her sary to secure the health and repose adoration wculd be attended to his of Zulima : I shall therefore no lonlovely patient in her delicate state

ger oppose it.” of mind. Impressed with this idea, “ Will not my dear master take yet still apprised of the necessity some refreshment?” cried Tamira, which there was for preparing her as he descended into the hall. for this event, he, in the course of “ Refreshment and repose shall conversation, mentioned it as be equally strangers to my body and thing within the scope of possibility; mind,” said Nadir, " till I have enThis hint, slight as it was, alarmed deavoured to relieve the distress of hei' to such a degree, that when he the object of my solicitude.” left her for a short period, he was fear « What will be done with the ful that her disorder would return. patient up stairs ?

Obliged to take an extensive “ What patient ?” asked Nadir, round, as his patients had so much with quickness. increased, he did not reach his own “ W'hy, the lady that has so long house till the afternoon, when, to waited for you,” said Tamira. his great surprise, he found Tangra “ Oh! the nurse! She must wait waiting for him. As he had conjec- till my return, if she does not chuse tured, she came to exhibit a melan

to follow me,' choly picture of the health of the " A nurse !” muttered Tamira, lovely Zulima. By her account, she " and so finely dressed ! I hope I seemed to have relapsed into her shall never have occasion to call former extravagance, with this ad- her mistress ; though she does not dition, that she raved about Ismael, seem very old, the doctor himself and, indeed, insisted upon seeing is not very young. Strange things


do happen in Ispahan! Gentlemen berality of words detailed all that do take strange fancies ! I am re. had happened to her. How, in the solved to speak with her.”

wreck of the affairs of Akbar, In consequence of this, to her she came into the family of Mirza; agreeable, resolution, Tamira enter the death of the mother of the loveed the apartment.

ly Zulima; the passion of that As to speak, upon any subject, young lady for Ismael (at which was the delight also of Tangra, the Tamira expressed more surprise, impatience of the learned doctor, and and almost as much displeasure as the abrupt manner in which he had her master); the present situation departed, without taking her with of the daughter of Mirza, and her him, furnished two copious ones, on strong desire to have an interview both of which she descanted with with Ismael, &c. great fluency and success.

This discourse had not been long “ You expected that he would finished, and Tangra departed, have taken you with him in the car when Nadir returned. He seemed riage ?” said Tamira.

more composed ; from which Ta“Certainly ! could I expect less, mira conjectured that his patient, after what has passed ?"

of whom she had learned the whole “ I am ignorant of what has pass. history, was better. ed," continued Tamira, “ but I am If it had puzzled her to endeaconvinced that it was his desire to vour to guess what could induce visit a patient whose case, it ap- Tangra to linger so long after the pears, from his precipitation, is learned doctor had left the house in desperate, that induced him to order to wait upon her mistress, leave the house in such a hurry.” the conversation she had had with

“ That unpolite, inconsiderate her would have developed the mysprecipitation,” said Tangra,“ which tery; for it appeared from this, possesses Dr. Nadir, is so like the that her desire was to see Ismael, rudeness of his father. I remem and that she ardently and impatiber, when the old man came to vi. ently waited his return, as long, nay sit the dying Akbar, though I was longer, than politeness would have then at the height of my beauty, he prescribed. took no more notice of me

This, however, was not the only “ Did you know Akbar?” cried matter that attracted the attention Tamira.

of Tamira : the situation of Zulima “ Certainly I did ! he purchased strongly excited her compassion; and brought me up."

the impending departure of Ismael, “ Then you cannot forget Tami. to whom she was both confidante ra, whom he presented to Nadir.” and counsellor, her regret. While

6. Oh, Alla!” cried Tangra, “ I he was taking some refreshment, thought I recollected you ; but she endeavoured to learn from her years

master the present state of the Years !" said Tamira.

young lady's health ; but he was im“The events of life, I mean, have penetrable. She next asked Ismael altered us both. My course though when he intended to begin his joursplendid, has been full of care." ney; but he was undetermined.

“ And mine, though plain and “ The child of Chance," he said, frugal,” added Tamira, “ far from « his future operations must be gounhappy."

verned by circumstances over which This dialogue and rencounter led he had no controul.”

Never was to mutual explanation, which con- curiosity so foiled as that of poor tinued a considerable time; for al. Tamira. How she passed the night, though Tamira, from slender or how she would have existed ness of her story, was concise, Tan- through the next day, it is impossigra was diffuse, and with great li- ble to say, had not Tangra most op

portunely appeared, soon after the ful infection from Lesbia, Tangra, doctor had left the house to make and the other of her principal athis morning visits.

tendants. In this distressful situaThe conversation of the preced- tion of affairs, every eye was turning afternoon was, by these sage ed upon Nadir ; every bosom beat matrons, renewed, perhaps improve high with expectation of relief to ed on, as we gather from the source the fair sufferer from his skill; that has produced our other ma while he was unfortunate enough to terials, that Ismael, the elegant know, that the efforts of his skill, and amiable Ismael, was fortunate even had they been seconded by enough to be at home to partake those of all the physicians in the of it.

east, were not of the smallest imIn this part of the history, the portance in the case of his present sage of Zulpha has, with great pro. patient. priety, through many pages, des On a few threads, fine as the fila. canted on the ancient magi, and the ments of gossamer, his hope of her modern gours of Persia, those ador cure seemed to depend. He knew ers of fire, and has most philosophi. the ardent affection she bore to her cally defined all kinds of fire, from father and her brother; he knew a glow-worm to the sun, from a the generosity of her temper ; and spark arising from the collision of had, in her lucid moments, heard flint and steel to a volcano, from an her declare, that to shield them, or ignis fatuus to the fire of love. But either of them, from sorrow or deswe must observe, and we do it in pair, she would devote her life. defiance of all the critics on the Upon this theme he meant, when whole Indian peninsula, that he has he had an opportunity, to assail not with sufficient accuracy mark- her; but this opportunity did not ed the distinction betwixt physi. occur in the present visit; for alcal, metaphysical, and nietaphorical though he tried to introduce the flames; for he says, that at the subject, she seemed insensible to its sight of this Adonis of Golconda, the import, and her whole soul absorbbosom of Tangra, heretofore as ed in the dread she had of the decold as snow, glowed with fire equal parture of Ismael without an interto that which inflamed the lovely view. bosom of her mistress. The com The sensibility of the doctor inparison of the bosom df Tangra, duced him to sympathise in his påwhich we know was as brown as tient's distress. To comply with mahogany, in any way to snow, is her desire he knew to be impossible. another slip of the pen of the learn The only chance he had of comed sage whom we have quoted ; and posing her mind upon this subject it has had this bad effect, that it would, he imagined, be when the has left the bosom of Zulima with- ebullition excited by the departure out a parallel, as we now have no of the youth had in some degree thing, either celestial or terrestrial, subsided. He therefore almost to compare it with, except we bring wished him gone ; though his gratiit to this side the line, and exhibit tude would not permit him to hint it against those of our fair compa. his wish: indeed he would nearly triots.

as soon have stated to him the case The relapse of the lovely conva. of his patient, to which he feared he lescent had changed the palace of had in a former conversation inadMirzı, which the prospect of her vertently alluded. recovery had enlivened, into the Completely dejected with this sia mansion of mourning.

tuation of affairs, as his carriage The omrah himself was incon- rolled slowly towards his mansion, solable. His dejection spread to he viewed with envy the satisfac. the male part of his household ; tion that appeared in the important while the female caught the sorrow. busy faces which the crowded

streets exhibited, and the smiles in Doctor Nadir, who was a little dicating happiness, which embel- incredulous as to the effect of his lished those of even the lowest medicines upon the complaint of the ranks of society.

lovely Zulima, was, when he saw " Foiled in my endeavours to her, convinced that they could not soothe the mind of Zulima, and be praised too highly. She was evince my gratitude to her father,” much more composed than even be. he exclaimed, " I believe that I am fore her last relapse ; her eyes, ever the only unfortunate person in Ispa. irresistable, had indeed a brilliancy han! Would to Alla that I had ne which he did not much like, but he ver left my old shop in the bazar !” attributed this to some small re.

Harassed and fatigued both in mains of a fever still lurking in the mind and body, his repast was take system. Against this enemy he en away almost untouched. From was induced to level the artillery of his pipe, which he had formerly a prescription. However, before it considered as his friend in the hour

was made up, he was determined of adversity, he did not seem to de to try the strength of her underrive the least consolation.

standing : he therefore talked to The next morning Tamas came her on a variety of subjects, music, to inform him, that his lady seemed literature, painting, her brother, more composed.

her father : upon all these she seem" Then,” said the doctor, “ my ed collected, upon some animated. medicines have done what I never She, in her turn, questioned him expected they would, procured her respecting his pursuits, the news of sleep. If that be the case, we have Ispahan, and an assemblage of other still another chance, and I will topics, in which her good sense and hasten to her.”

judgment were equally conspicuous. Nadir had scarce crossed the After this colloquy, which might marble vestibule of the palace of be deemed a trial of skill betwixt Mirza, when the omrah met him the doctor and pa ht, the former with open arms. “ Saviour of the departed, highly satisfied with the flower of my family? friend to the wonderful effects of his medicines, honse of Mirza !" he cried, “ my which, to this hour, he does not daughter will be restored to me! know had never been taken. He, she is composed ! I am just come in this case, discovered virtues in from her!"

them that hal hitherto been latent. “ I am glad you are, most noble Upon these he resolved to write a Mirza,” said Nadir ; “

you never

treatise ; and, in the mean time, to did a prudenter thing. You say send his said patient a few doses your daughter is composed ; long more the same evening. may she continue so; but you will extremely hazard her health if

(To be continued.) you suffer her to see these emotions of your mind.”

Your medicines have had the desired effect; she has slept !”

For the Literary Magazine. “ Restrain these ebullitions, or I must administer them to you,” said


GATTI, A MILANESE " I will do any thing for you! I LADY, WHO SERVED WITH REwill take anything from your PUTATION AS AN ENSIGN AND hands!”

LIEUTENANT OF THREE DIFFE" I shall not,” replied the doc RENT AUSTRIAN REGIMENTS tor, “ consider that as a compli. ment, because I have the greatest regard for your health, oh noble FRANCES SCANAGATTI was Mirza !"

born at Milan, and baptized at the




parish of St. Eusebius, the 14th of military studies in the academy of September, 1781. In her in. of that town, which is esteemed the fancy she made considerable pro- nursery of the best officers in the gress in the German and French Austrian army. The pupils, to the languages under a Strasburg gover. number of four hundred, mostly ofness named madame Depuis. This ficers' sons, are maintained and edu. lady having in her youth belonged cated by the imperial court, and, beto a company of the comedie Fran. sides the military exercises, are in. caise, possessed some information, structed in languages, mathematics, and engaged her pupil to apply to and the belles lettres. study with pleasure, by the amusing During the journey the brother means she employed of reciting and fell sick, and acknowledged to his explaining, sometimes in the one, sister, what he had not had the couand sometimes in the other language, rage to avow to his father, that he such small pieces of comedy and ro had neither taste nor inclination for mance as were within her reach, a military life. His sister then and obliging her to repeat the same strenuously urged him to return by degrees. It is not improbable, in home with the servant to re-estaconsequence of so many comic and blish his health : and, having obtainromantic ideas arising from these ed from him the letter of recomamusing studies, that this young lady mendation he carried to M. de Hal. insensibly conceived a passion for ler, surgeon on the staff of the acathe military profession, and adopted demy, and at whose house he was to as a maxim, that women might run have been boarded, she had the inthe course of glory and science as trepidity to introduce herself, under well as men, if they entered on them its sanction, to the gentlemen as the with equal advantages of instruction recommended boy, and as such and emulation.

received the kindest welcome. In At ten years of age she was put a short time she had the good forunder the charge of the nuns of the tune to gain the friendship of M. de visitation, an institution in high re. Haller, his wife, and two lovely pute throughout Italy for the educa. daughters, so as to be considered as tion of young ladies; and here she one of the family. Giving daily conducted herself so as to obtain proofs of an amiable character and and deserve the esteem and friend. a strong disposition to be instructed, ship of the whole house, for her she obtained from court permission sweet, amiable, and engaging dispo. to attend the lectures at the acadesition. Such are the very expres- my, and so conspicuously distinsions made use of by the venerable guished herself by her exemplary and distinguished superior, madame conduct and her progress, that she de Bayanne, to convey her approba. bore away the prizes of distinction tion, and the general sense of the in both the years, 1795 and 1796, that nuns of this respectable establish: she remained there. ment.

At this Academy she perfected Towards the end of 1794 her fa. herself in the knowledge of German ther, Mr. Joseph Scanagatti, resolv- and French, and also acquired a ed to send his daughter to Vienna knowledge of the English language as a boarder with a widow lady, under Mr. Plunket, a clergyman in order to improve her in the from Ireland, one of the professors knowledge of the German language, of the institution, who declares and to qualify her in the details that he never had the smallest susof house-keeping: On the journey picion of young Scanagatti being a she was dressed in boy's clothes to girl, but considered her as a very avoid trouble and impertinence, and mild and accomplished boy, of unshe was accompanied by one of her common prudence. Here also she brothers, who intended to stop at made the most successful application Neustadt, in order to attend a course to fencing and military tactics, as

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