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reproachingly seemed to inquire for her once boasted virtue.
For the Literary Magazine. Philario appeared and offered his hand, but she spurned him from THE TWO SAVINIAS; OR, THE her, with the contempt he merited.
TWINS. Wretch, she cried, would you tyrannize over me for years yet to
From the French. come? will marriage restore innocence? will it obliterate memory ? AT the castle of Schindelingen, can I, or will you forget my shame? in one of the wildest districts of Away, I want not your pity! away, Switzerland, two sisters lived, and my love flew with my innocence! were brought up together. Born The grave shall shelter me, there on the same day, they were nurtured I will take refuge.
at the breast of the same mother, To Emily she said, Forbear, my with the same care, and the same sister, speak not of life, speak not tenderness. Nature had formed of forgiveness; though the world them after precisely the same model. should never know my shame, or, Never did two living beings appear what is of far more consequence, more exactly alike. They had the should my infamy never wound the same features, the same tone of bosom that cherished my happy in- voice, and to the exact conformity fancy, or raise a blush on the cheek of their exterior corresponded their of my sister, never, never could I character and inclinations. They be at peace with myself, or wish to delighted in the same sports and live the polluted wretch I am. the same amusements, as they
Nor did she long exist for the charmed by the same graces; and, finger of scorn to point to, or to war that no distinction might be made with her own frailty. A fever, the between those whom nature had effect of an agonized mind, seized chosen to render so similar, the unrelenting on her tender frame, same name was given to them. nor loosed its hold until the vital Savinia was the name of each, and stream forgot to flow. Soon came seemed to blend in one the persons the morn that saw her numbered of those whose sentiments, habits, with the unthinking dead, that and lively affection for each other, freed her spirit from the loathed exhibited no difference. clay. Pure in itself, it sought its Antonia, their mother, had long native skies, refusing, as it were, to been the victim of the prejudices of inhabit a tenement, however lovely, her parents, and the preference contaminated by vice.
they gave to an elder sister ; and Oh may this mournful instance of had vowed, before she became a female error, of the danger of mother, to tear from her heart countenancing the dissipated, serve every sentiment which might proas a memento to my dear Serina, duce the slightest inequality beand induce you to prefer the man of tween the children that might be virtue to those boasters of their own born of her. On the day when shame. A smile bestowed on a li. she gave birth to her daughters, bertine, those starers who put inno- she therefore thanked Heaven for cence to the blush, ill becomes the having thus, beyond her expectalips of a modest woman. Love is a tion, facilitated the accomplishdangerous guest to the heart of sen- ment of her resolution. She threw sibility ; when permitted in bosoms away the tokens that had been fastsuch as yours to gain admittance, ened to them in order to distinguish
them, and wished, by renouncing In vain will Prudence, lovely matron,
the power of recognising a diffe. plead,
rence between them, to destroy And deaf to her dictates you'll be even the possibility of injustice, and ļost indeed.
deprive the objects of her affection
of all pretext for jealousy. If service to your sister when she may the maternal eye could discover in want it.' Ought any other emula. them some slight shade of diffe. tion to be permitted between the rence, which by it alone could be children of the same father? discerned, she never betrayed the Never did one of the two Sa. secret of the discovery. No person vivias imagine it possible that she could perceive but that the two could enjoy a pleasure of which her Savinias were to Antonia one and sister did not partake, till the mothe same person. Never did the ment when one receive a caress which the They were sixteen years old. A other might not believe was equally young stranger arrived at Schindeintended for herself. If one had lingen. He was most agreeable committed any fault, the mother and interesting in his person and reprimanded or enjoined a penance manners : they were amiable and to her who first presented herself, charming. Both felt an equal who, if she were not guilty, never emotion at the sight of him. But complained, since she had been ac- one of these pleasing females having customed to believe that herself first displayed for him the sensibility and her sister were the same. Nei- of dawning affection, fixed that ther ever thought of saying-It love which it appeared otherwise was not I; for had the penance impossible should be guided by been inficted on her sister, she choice. For the first time, one of would have suffered equally: in the Savinias was told that she was fact, perhaps, still more, for we preferred to her sister, and for the suffer less when we suffer for those first time she felt a pleasure in the we love. But how much must thought of such a preference. For each resolve no more to be guilty the first time she was gratified by of a similar fault, since the punish- being loved alone, or rather she ment of her offence might fall upon did not advert that love was beher sister ! It is rarely that those stowed on her to the exclusion of who love nothing can be corrected her sister. Perfectly happy herself, of any thing: it is only when we could she imagine that the compalive for another, that we know the nion of her life suffered any pain ? true value of our own virtues. Yet, while preparations were mak
There was no particular quality ing for her union with her lover, in either from which a common ad. her unfortunate but in voluntary vantage did not result to both. rival, the prey of love and regret, 'The very slight difference which reproached herself with suffering existed in their external appearance, while her sister was happy. At was somewhat more sensible in their length her secret escaped her: she intellectual faculties. One had the revealed her love, and confessed her stronger memory, and occasionally shame and her sorrow to her sister. displayed the most acuteness and From that time was her sister, be. wit. But it was never intimated to fore so happy, a stranger to repose : them that this was perceptible. her happiness was odious to her, Frequently she who could learn with since it cost her that of her sister. most facility recited the lesson of Determined each to sacrifice herher sister; and this without artifice; self to the other, they no longer for she would say, with great sim- confided their real intentions to plicity, my sister could not learn each other, but bore their sufferings her task: I have learnt it for her in silence, and pined away, and at besides my own : that is all the length sank to the grave one after same, you know.' This was ac- the other. Their parents did not cepted; and Antonia only said to long survive them. The castle of the other take care to apply Schindelingen was deserted ; and yourself to your lessons, that you nothing now remains but the rock may be able to render the same on which it was built, the tomb, and the remembrance of the two blushed, and cast down her eyes Savinias.
with a thoughtful air. This is she who is to be the companion of my life, thought I with transport, and I
disclosed to her my passion ; she inFor the Literary Magazine. terrupted my first words, by assur
ing me of her tender friendship, of EXTRACT FROM THE WILL OF AN which she was about to give me a
OLD BACHELOR, WHO DIED AT proof. She then told me, in confi. THE AGE OF 87.
dence, that she had a long time been
strongly attached to a young man, From the German. * and never would marry any other
than him. In thus renouncing my LOVE, hope, and even fear, tender and pretty fair-one, I did not ought by turns to agitate the human renounce the hope of being one day breast, to prevent our days from happy in marriage. I offered my passing over in an insipid uniformi. vows to a third, a young lady who ty. It is to escape this insipidity, so was beautiful as an angel ; she reinsupportable to man, that he em- ceived my declarations with expresploys himself in a thousand trifles, sions of esteem, but she received a thousand follies : one plays at them as the homage due to her chess, another builds houses; one charms. Amelia (for that was her learns to warble like the birds, an- name) was proud of her beauty other to decypher music; this man and wit, and only thought of multi. learns to cultivate flowers, the other plying her conquests, considering it to write books, &e.
beneath her to sacrifice those to the These various means of escaping happiness of one man only. When ennui had nothing in them to capti. I merely talked of love, she willingvate my fancy. In examining the ly heard me; but when I pronoundifferent interests which arose in ced the word marriage, I was remy view, I found that which alone pulsed, I left her, and went home had power to attach me to life, and much mortified by her refusal; make it valuable, were the extatic but as I had been more dazzled by ties of husband and father: celibacy her charms than touched by her never made a part in my schemes character, I felt more resentment of happiness; I loved in good ear than grief. nest; my vows were always sin- Nothing is more suffocating than cere and honourable, as I only as. anger and vexation; I opened my pired to become a good husband window to get air, and my eyes and a good father of a family. I were mechanically cast upon the have been in love seven times, is street. In that moment, a young not that enough? and is it not un. brunette, neat and smart, crossed fortunate that I have not found à it; I recollected to have seen her wife ? Ah ! my friend, my first before, but she had never drawn my affections alone have power to make attention; the general elegance of my tears flow ! A gentle innocent her air struck me, and, as a flash of girl, who was to me most truly a lightning, it occurred to my mind to first love, and who returned my avenge myself on the haughty Amepassion as tenderly, death snatch- lia, by paying my court to this young ed from me, and I was near person. This suggestion quickly following her to the grave. Never ripened into a settled project, and, shall I forget that amiable crea. as usual was combined with the ture !
idea of marriage, which still more em After some years of grief and in- bellished in my eyes the object of my difference, a very pretty fair-one new flame. I found means to introanimated my heart; I exerted all duce myself at her house; I followmy assiduities with kindness, she ed her with assiduity ; I suffered no
opportunity to escape to make known ed her, and, passing his arm round my sentiments, which she appeared her waist, laughed heartily with well inclined to return; when sud. her, as their eyes followed me. denly her parents said to me, that I withdrew much quicker than I my frequent visits to their house went, and soon learned that the did them much honour; that they young man had become her husbegged I would continue them, and band two days before. This melanremain always a friend to the fa- choly adventure, which ought to mily ; but they believed they ought have humbled me, on the contrary to apprise me, that their daughter suddenly renewed my courage. I had been long before promised to a resolved to be no longer the dupe of very rich man of the next town; of my own feelings, and to marry, that his arrival was expected, and cost what it would. I went into an they besought me, as a friend, not to assembly of young persons, and adoffer him any offence. My young dressing myself to her who pleased friend gave me to understand that me the most, I asked to speak to she would have preferred me, but her apart; she granted my request, that she must obey. He was hand. and the next day I went to her some, he was amiable; and I soon house. Are you at liberty?' said perceived that my young brunette 1, entering. (Yes,' answered she, obeyed without reluctance.
absolutely free.' " Will you accept You may easily imagine that I my heart and hand ? • Both,' said became timid and suspicious after she, smiling, and extending hers. all these disappointments; hardly From that moment, I considered dare I look at a woman, lest I myself married : but this engageshould become enamoured; but the ment, so suddenly formed, was as disease quickly banished my fears. suddenly dissolved. It would be I became again in love, and this too tedious to inform you of the partime was very seriously so. * I loved ticular circumstances; happily bewith passion, but with such diffi- fore the ceremony, I perceived . . dence, such an apprehension of not ..... In short, she was succeeding, that I dared not to avow unfaithful, and God be praised she my sentiments to her who had in was not yet my wife. It requires spired them : I regularly passed much precaution, thought I; one before her windows three times a- ought to study a long time, and day, and, when she appeared, I with much attention, the woman bowed with the most tender and re- who is to be one's companion. Try spectful air, almost touching the once more. I then made a seventh ground with my hat. During some choice, which was more wise and days, she appeared there more fre- reasonable, a charming young girl, quently, and I even remarked, that well educated, and who had never when she saw me at a distance she been in love. fixed herself in her balcony, and an- This time no one could accuse me swered my salutations with a sweet of too much precipitation; I caresmile. I was overwhelmed with joy, fully watched all her steps, all her and employed my thoughts on the actions, all her intentions, without means of making myself known to making my declaration. I hoped her; when one day that I passed, as incessantly. I was as yet only in usual, before her house, and was the fourth year of vigilance and walking slowly to prolong the plea- observation, when in the moment I sure of being near her, I heard her least expected she was carried off burst into a fit of laughter, and say, by a young man who knew her only
come, I pray, my dear friend, come four days. This shall be my last and look at this cringing fellow ! trial, said I; I can no more resolve he is of all beings on earth the most to begin new amours: I still love ridiculous.' A young man approach the ladies, but this sentiment is accompanied by such timidity, that praise of her superlative charms; I cannot again venture to speak to and in hyperbolical accounts of the them.
flames, darts, and daggers, by which his lungs, liver, and midriff were burnt up, transfixed, and
gnawed away. He who, in writing For the Literary Magazine. a song to his sweetheart, described
his heart to be without " one drop ANECDOTE OF A SWISS CAPTAIN of gravy, like an over-done muttonIN FRANCE.
chop," was a fool at a simile when
compared to our hero. À Swiss captain of grenadiers, One day, as he was ranting, whose company had been cashiered, kneeling, and beseeching his godwas determined, since Mars had no dess to send him of an errand to more employment for him, to try if pluck the diamond from the nose of he could not procure a commission the great mogul, and present it to in the corps of Venus; or, in other her divinityship, or suffer him to words, if he could not get a wife : step and steal the empress of China's and, as he had no fortune of his own, enchanted slipper, or the queen of he reasoned, and very justly, that it Sheba's cockatoo, as a small testiwas necessary his intended should mony of what he would undertake have enough for them both. The to prove his love, she, after a little captain was one of those kind of he- hesitation, addressed him thus : roes to whom the epithet of hector. .“ The protestations which you ing blade might readily be applied : daily make, captain, as well as what he was nearly six feet high, wore a you say at present, convince me long sword, and fiercely-cocked there is nothing you would not do to hat: add to which, he was allowed oblige me: I therefore do not find to have the most martial pair of much difficulty in telling you, I am whiskers of any grenadier in the willing to be yours, if you will percompany to which he had belonged. form one thing which I shall request To curl these whiskers, to comb and of you." twist them round his fore-finger, Tell me, immaculate angel,” and to admire them in the glass, cried our son of gunpowder; "tell formed the chief occupation and de- me what it is: though, before you light of his life. A man of these ac. speak, be certain it is already done." complishments, with the addition of “ Captain," replied the fair one, bronze and rhodomontade, of which “ I shall enjoin nothing impossible. he had a superfluity, is supposed to The thing I desire, you can do with stand at all times, and in all coun. the utmost ease. It will not cost tries, a good chance with the ladies. you five minutes' trouble. Yet,
Accordingly, after a little diligent were it not for your so positive as. attention and artful inquiry, a surances, I should, from what I young lady was found, exactly such have observed, almost doubt of your a ove as we may well suppose a compliance ?” person with his views would be glad Ah, madam!" returned he, to find. She was tolerably hand. "wrong not your slave thus : deem some, not more than three and it impossible, that he who eats hap. twenty, with a good fortune ; and, piness, and drinks immortal life what was better still, her fortune from the light of your eyes, can ever was entirely at her own disposal. demur the thousandth part of a
Our captain, who thought now or semi-second to execute your behests. never was the time, having first Speak! say! What, what must I found means to introduce himself as perform ?" a suitor, was incessant in his en. “Nay, for that matter, 'tis a mere deavours to carry his point. His trifle :-only to cut off your whis longue was eternally running in kers, captain ; that's all.”