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REASON triumphant over FANCY;
Exemplified in the Singular

A D VENTURES
O F

DoN SYLVIO DE ROSALVA.


A Hitory in which every marvellous Event
occurs naturally.
Tranlated from the German Original of
MR. C. M. W I E L A N D.
VG) L. III.

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Dos SYLvio de RosALVA.


B O O K VI.

C H A P I.

Hitory,9f Prince Birbinquer


N a country, of which no mention
is made either in Strabo or Martiniere,
there formerly lived a King, who, as
having employed no Hitorians himelf,
was of o little ervice to their lucrative
interets, that, inflamed with a deire of
vengeance, they mutually united to
render even his very exitence doubtful
to poterity. All their malice, however,
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could not prevent a few authentick do
cuments being preerved, in which is to
be found almot everything that could
be aid about him. According to thee
documents he was a very honet good
fort of a King; made his four meals a
day, fiept very well, and was moreover
--
uch a lover of peace and quietnes, that
it was forbidden, under great pains and
penalties, even to pronounce in his pre
fence the name of Sword, Muket, Can
non, Sc. Sc. What was mot remark
able in his peron, ay thee ame docu
ments, was a fair round belly, of o
majetick a peripheria, that the bigget
Monarchs of his time were all forced
to yield to him in point of corporature.
We cannot poitively aert, whether the
ur-name of Great, which was given to
him and which he through life enjoyed,
was aigned him on account of this cir
cumtance, or for any other private rea
ons; but it is very certain, that through- -
out the whole extent of his kingdom,
there had never been a creature whom
this ur-name of his had cot a ingle
drop of bloodA conideration, by the
way, of no little moment to ome great
folks, if they knew how to make a proper
ue of it. - - - -

When
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Don SYLw1o De RosALv A. 3


When it was thought neceary that
his Majety hould marry, as well out
of friendhip to his people, as to pre
erve in his family a ucceor to the
crown, the Academy of Sciences was
not a little puzzled how to determine,
according to the allowed grandeur of the
royal corpulency and other proportions,
the uitable figure of uch a Princes as
might be deemed worthy to anwer the
national expetations. After a variety
of academical ittings, they at length hit
upon the deired figure, and at length,
by ending: Ambaadors into all the
courts of Aia, met with a Princes who
perfetly anwered to the model precrib
ed. The joy occaioned by herarrival
was extraordinry, and the nuptials were
- celebrated with o much pomp, that at
- leat fifty thouand couples of his Ma
jety's ubjects were obliged to determine
I favour of Celibaey, to anwer the
regal expences on this memorable event.
The Preident of the Academy, who,
though the wort Geometrician of his
tiraue, knew how to arrogate to himelf
aLL the merit of the abovementioned in- -

vention, now reaonably concluded that


11is reputation depended upon the Queen's
fecundity, and being infinitely better
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killed in the experimental department
of Natural Philoophy than in Geometry,
found out I know not what method,
of verifying the Academy's calculations.
In hort, the Queen was brought to bed
of the handomet young Prince that
ever eyes beheld; and o great was the
King's joy at the event, that he in
tantly nominated the Preident his Prime
Vizir. - -

As oon as the Prince was born, twenty


thouand young girls of ingular beauty
aembled, who had been previouly
convoked from every corner of the
empire, in order to make choice amongt
them of a nure for his Royal High
nes. lt mut be confeed, that among
the whole twenty thouand there was not
a ingle maiden to be found. But,
however, they were judged o much
the properer to fulfil the honourable
charge in quetion,for which, by the
way, every one thought herelf the
mot worthy, becaue the King's firt
phyician had expresly enjoined that the
- Chice hould fall upon the fairet. The
commiion to chooe the faireft from
among twenty thouand fine girls, is not
o eay a matter as ome might poibly
imagine; accordingly the firt
- - -
prtho"
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tho he had a pair of excellent petacles
upon his noe, met with no mall difficulty
to find out a ufficient reaon why he
fhould give one the preference to ano
ther; hence the third day had ahmot
elaped before he was able to reduce
the probationers from twenty thouand
to a elet number of twenty-four. But
as it became neceary to make a de
ciion, he was jut upon the point of
chooing from among thee twenty-four
girls a large Brunetta in preference to
the retby reaon, that above all others
he had the mallet mouth and finet
neck and boom; qualities, which, as he
aerted, Galen and Avicenna abolutely
require to contitute a good mure;
when lo! all on a fudden, and beyond
all expectation, they beheld a Bee ap
oach, of a prodigious ize, and with
her a black She-goat, who both of them
demanded admiion to, and an audience
of the Queen.
Beautiful Queen, aid the Bee, I
am informed you are in want of a
nure for the handome - Prince your
on. If you have ufficient confidence in
me to give me the preference to thee
two-footed creatures, you hall not re
pent it. I hall uckle the Prince with
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none but milk of orange flowers, and
to your heart's full content, you hall
ee how he will thrive upon it, and grow
into good plight and beauty. His breath -
hall mell as deliciouly as the Jamine,
his Saliva hall be weeter than Canary
wine, and his clouts and blankets ,
- Great Queen, interrupted the She
Goat, as a friend I advie you to be epe
cially on your guard againt this Bee.
'Tis true, if you are particularly follicit
ous to have your young Prince become
a weet pruce little creature, he will be
the properet Peron you can pitch upon
for the purpoe: but oberve, what a
- Snake lurks Concealed under the flowers;
he will endow him with uch ating
as hall draw upon him infinite evils.
I am only a poor mean She-Goat, but .
by my beard I wear, that my milk hall
do him more good than any that the
Bee can give him ; and though he will
neither produce Netar nor Ambroia,
I promie you in return, that he will be
the mot valiant, wie, and happy Prince
that ever fucked Goat's milk, be the
next whom he will.
All the tanders-by were atonihed
hear the Goat, and the fat Bee her rival,
talk in this manner. But the Queen
- - - intantly
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intantly perceived that thee mut be


two Fairies, and this peruaion rendered
her for ome time uncertain how he
ought to proceed. At length he de
clared in favour of the Bee, for, being
a little inclined to covetounes, he rea
foned in this manner: If the Bee
keeps her word, the Prince will yield
fuch a profuion of weets as will cer
tainly ave the expences of a deert."
The She-Goat eemed much dipleaed
at being thus dimied; thrice he mur
mured out omething which nobody could
undertand, and intantly a chariot fu
perbly gilt and varnihed, and drawn by
eight Phenixes, made its appearance.
TheblackShe-Goat asintantlydiappeared,
and in her tead there was beheld itting
in the chariot a little old Woman, who
preently roe into the air, uttering
loud menaces againt the Queen and
the young Prince. The chief phyician
was not at all atisfied with a choice o
extraordinary as the Queen had made,
and therefore determined to propoe it
to the fair-boomed Brunetta, whether
he would like to accept the office of
being his houekeeper; unfortunately,
however, he applied too late, and was
forced to take up with one among the
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other nineteen thouand nine hundred
and eventy-ix young women, for the
elet twenty-four were all of them already
engaged.
The black Goat's menaces put the
King into uch a terror that he ummoned
his Council of tate that very evening,
to deliberate upon what was to be done
in o critical a circumtance; for it be
ing his uual cutom never to leep with
out having Faery-tales read to him, he
very well knew, that when Fairies vented
uch threatenings, it was no laughing
matter. Thee grave Counellors hav
ing accordingly aembled, after every
one had given his entiments on the
ubjet, it appeared, that among ix and
thirty profound tatemen with large full
bottomed perukes, there were no les
than fix and thirty different opinions, of
which each opinion was at leat attended
with as many difficulties. Thus they
went on for ome dozen fittings toge
ther, diputing with great pirit and
agacity, and in all probability the Prince
might have reached his age of manhod
before they could have agreed what
expedient it was bet to adopt, had not
his Majety's favourite Jeter truck out
a propoal, to end an embay to Cara
mu/al
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mual the great Magician, who dwelt on


the ummit of Mount Atlas, and was
conulted from all parts as an Oracle Gf
Widom. The Jeter having the King's
ear, and being moreover reputed to
have the bet head of the whole court,
every one ubcribed to his propoition.
Accordingly, in a few days Ambaadors
were deputed, who, the better to miti
gate their expences, ued uch diligence,
that within three months they arrived
at the top of the Mountain in quetion,
though it was almot two hundred
leagues ditant from their Capital.
They were immediately admitted to
an audience of the great Caramua,
who, feated in a uperb aloon upon a
throne of ebony, had been employed the
whole day in anwering impertinent
duetions ent him from all quarters of
the Globe. The chief of the Ambaf
fadors, after having twited his Muta
chios, and pit three times ucceively,
opened in olemn order his capacious
mouth, and was proceeding to repeat
an excellent harangue which his Secre
tary had compoed for the purpoe, when
Caramalinterrupted him with the fol
lowing addres: * Mr: Ambaador, aid
he, I thank you for your peech, and
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from your phyiognomy I can readily


conceive it to be a very fine one. I
have o much to ay myelf all day long
that little time is left me to liten to
others. But over and beide all this,
I already know beforehand what you
mean to tell me. Inform the King
your mater, that he has made himelf
powerful enemy in the peron of the
Fairy Capr0na; that it is not however
impoible to avert the evils wherewith
he hath menaced the Prince, provided
a neceary precaution be taken not to
let him ee a Milk-maid until he is
eighteen years of age. But ince, not
withtanding every precation in the
world, it is very difficult, not to ay
impoible, to avoid his detiny, I am
of opinion, that, in order to arm him
againt all events, the Prince hould have
the name of Biribinquer given him; a
name, whoe mytical virtues are alone
ufficient to extricate him happily from
every danger that might ele befal him.
Having vouchafed them this Solution,
Caramu/al dimied the Ambaadors,
who at the end of three months more
reached the capital of their country
amidt the general acclamations of the
eople. - -
Peop This
Don SYLVIo DE RosALv A. 11

This anwer of the great Caramal


eemed to the King o trifling, that he
had the greatet inclination in the world
to take umbrage at it. By my belly,
cried he, (for that was his uual oath)
I can't help thinking that the great Cara
mul laughs at us Biribinquer !
what a confounded name! Who ever
heard of a Prince that bore uch an
appellation ? I would fain know what
ecret virtue can lie concealed in a name
o ridiculous at firt ight? Nor, to ay
the truth, does the prohibition, to let
him ee no Milk-maid till he is eighteen,
eem at all more conitent with reaon
or common-ene. Why o poitively
no Milk-maid ? How long have Milk
maids been o much more dangerous
than. other wenches? Indeed, if he
had aid no Dancing Girl, or none
of the Queen's maids . of honour,
that might have been omething; for
(under ecrecy be it aid) I myelf would
not wear not to be ometimes tempted
by uch as thee-However, ince the
great Caramu/al will have it o, let the
Prince be immediately called Biribinquer.
He will at leat be the firt of that
name, and that is always enough to give
us : ome little ditinction in hitory
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And as to the Milkmaid, I will order
fuch meaures to be taken, that there
fhall neither be a Cow, She-Goat, nor
Milkmaid to be found within fifty leagues
round my place of reidence.
And now, without ever refleting be
forehand on the conequences that might
follow from his reolutions, the King
was jut about to publih a Royal Edit
upon the ubjet, when his Parliament
repreented to him by a numerous de
putation, how very hard, not to ay
tyrannical, it would be, hould his Ma
jety's faithful ubjets be compelled from
hence-foxward to drink no milk with
their coffee; and the previous rumour
of the purpoed Edit having moreover
already caued a great tumult and up
Loar among the people, his Majety at
length found himelf obliged, after the
example of many other Kings in the
Faery-tales, to end away the Prince
Royal to ome great ditance, under
the care of his nure the Bee; and leave
it to her dicretion hew bet to preerve
him from the nares of Milkmaids, or
the machinations of the Fairy Capro
Jna. - -- e

In conequence of this determination,


the Bee conveyed her young charge into
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the midt of a large fore, which was
at leat two hundred leagues in circum
ference, and o totally uninhabited, that
there was not even a mole to be found
all through it. There, by her art, he
contruted an immene Bee-hive of a
reddih-coloured marble, and planted it
round with an orange grove which ex
tended above five and twenty leagues
every way. A warm of an hundred
thouand Bees, of whom he was Queen,
were et at work to make honey for the
Prince and for the ue of the Queen's
Seraglio; and that every thing might
conduce to the Prince's perfect ecurity,
fwarms of Wafps were garrioned round
the foret at the ditance of about five
hundered paces from each other, with
trit orders to guard the frontiers.
Mean time the Prince grew up, and
in beauty and rare qualities urpaed
any thing that had ever been een be
fore him. If he pit, it was nothing
but yrup of roes; if he made water
it was the quinteence of orange flowers;
and his humblet waddling necearies,
blankets, and o forth, contained things
o delicious, that they were ent from
time to time to the Queen, to complete
her deerts on high days and holidays.
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The moment he began to lip, the firt
things heuttered were all Epigrams and
ingenious Conceits of Fancy; and his
wit became gradually o keen and ex
quiite, that not a Bee amongt them
could hold up his head againt him, tho'
the dullet in the whole hive had at
leat as much wit at will, as any of the
forty members in the French Academy.
At length however, having attained
his eventeenth year, he found a ecret
Intint pringing within him which told
him, that he was not made to pend
all his days in a Bee-hive. Indeed
the Fairy Meliotta (for that was his
Nures name) ued her utmot endea
vours to divert and amure his mind. She
prcured for him a number of very in
genious Cats, which ued every evening
to miaule him a French Concerto or
one of Lull's Operas; he had alo a
Dog that was a rope-dancer, and ome
dozens of Parrots and Magpies, which
had nothing ele to do but to tell him
tories and entertain him with their witty
fallies. But all this was of little or no -
avail Bribinquer thought of nothing
ele night or day, but how to procure
his liberty. The greatet difficulty he
found in his way, was thoe plaguy
- - - Waps
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Waps that guarded the foret, who
were in fat uch a kind of pretty
little animals as might have tartled a
very Hercules, for they were about the
bulk of a young elephant, and their
Stings in hape and ize was pretty nearly
like thoe partians or halberts, armed
with which the ancient Helvetians main
tained o uccesful a truggle in upport
of their endangered Fiberty. But one
day as Biribinquer laid repoing himelf
under a tree, with a heart full of defpair
at eeing himelf thus kept a prioner,
a Bee approached him, which, like all
the ret of the male inhabitants of the
Faery-hive, was nearly the ize of a
half grown Bear. - -

Prince Biribinquer, aid the Bee,


whether You may be tired or not, I
aure you I am heartly o. The Fairy
Mcljotta our Queen has done me for
ome weeks pat the honour of chooing
me for her favourite; but I confes t
you, I fink under the burden of my
employment. Between you and I he
has above five thouand Bees in her
Seraglio, who, trut me, are not uffered
to lie idle. I hould not wih to com
plain of being treated upon an equality
with my other comrades But,
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take it! the preference he beows upon
me, begins to be rather inconvenient,
and I declare to you I can hold it out
no longer. Now, Sir Prince, if you
choe it, nothing could be eaier for
you than to procure both your own
liberty and mine too. But how o?
demanded the Prince :''. I have not
always been a Bee, replied the dicon
tented favourite, and it is olely in your
power to retore me to my pritine
hape. Only get upon my back; it grows
late, and the Queen is buied in her cell
about matters which leave her no leiure -
to think of any thing ele; I will
fly away with you: but you mut firft
promie me that you will do what I re
quire of you. The Prince gave him
his promie, got upon his back without
heitation, and the Bee took flight with
him o rapidly, that in les than even
minutes they were out of the Foret.
Now, aid the Bee to him, you are
at liberty. The power of the old En
chanter Padmanaba, who reduced me to
this ituation, does not allow me to ac
company you farther; but mind what I
am going to tell you. If you go on and
keep to this road upon the left hand, you
will at length come to a wide open plin
- - where
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where you will ee a flock of blue Goats
feeding round about a little thatched
cottage. Take good heed not to enter
there, for if you do you are undone
Mind and keep the left-hand road, and
o get on till you arrive at an old ruin
atedpalace, whoe magnificent remains will
ferve to hew you what it has been here
tofore. On going through a few courts
you will come to a large tair-cae of
white marble; That will lead you for
ward to a long gallery, in which you
will find on each hand a number of
magnificent and well-lighted apartments.
Enter into none of thee, for if you
hould, the door will intantly cloe upon
you of itelf, and then no power upon
earth can extricate you. At length you.
will meet with one of the apartments
hut, which will open of itelf the moment
you pronounce the name Biribinquer.
In this apartment you will pas the
night-and this is all I require of you.
A good journey to you, Signior, and if
you find my counels good and ueful to
you, don't forget that one good turn de
erves another. -

At thee words the Bee took its flight,


leaving the Prince in the highet atonih
ment at all which it had told him. F
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of impatience to ee thoe marvellous
adventures realifed which he was encou
raged to expect, he marched all night
long, for it was now the middle of um
mer, and the moon fhone clear. The
next morning he perceived the predicted
Meadow, the thatched Cottage, and the
blew Goats grazing round it. He well
remembered the Bee's expres prohibi
tion repecting them; but at fight of
the Goats and Cottage he felt a ort of
attration which it was impoible for
him to account for or reit. Accord
ingly he entered the Cottage, and found
nobody there but a young Milkmaid in
a jacket and petticoat as white as the
driven now: She was jut going to milk
ome Goats which were tied up to a
cribet round with diamonds. The
milk-pail he caried in her beautiful hand
was made of a fingle Ruby, and, in
tead of traw, the whole floor of the
out houe was trewed with Jamines
and Orange-flowers. All this indeed
was enough to trike admiration: but
the Prince himelf could carce at all
attend to it, having no eyes but for the
beauty of the young girl. To ay the
truth, Venus, at that moment, when he
was carried by the Zephyrs through the
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Pphian Coats, or young Hebe, while


with half-tucked garment he poured
forth Netar for the Gods, was not
more beautiful nor more charming than
this Milkmaid. Roes of the freheft
hue at mingled on her cheeks, while
the rows of pearl, which he wore upon
her arms and round her delicate feet,
eemed only to augment her own dazzling
whitenes: nothing could be more ele
gant than the features of her face, or
amore ravihing than her miles. There was
a peculiar expreion of tendernes and in
nocence diffued over her whole form,
and her lightet motion had a certain
nameles grace which captivates all hearts
at firt ight. This charming young
creature eemed agreeably urprized at
this interview with Prince Biribinquer,
and quite undetermined, whether he
ought to tay or fly; he tood ftill and
contemplated him with an intermingled
lock of bahfulnes, timidity, and plea
ure; at length, jut as the Prince had
thrown himelf upon his knees before
her, Yes, yes, he exclaimed, it is he,
it is he!. How ? cried the Prince in
the height of tranport, gathering from
her words, that he already knew him and
was not indifferent to his addrees; and
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is then the too, too happy Biribinquer.
Ye Gods! eried the Milkmaid, tarting
back all trembling and confounded,
what odious name is this I hear ! how
have my too credulous eyes and heart
deceived me! Fly, fly, O unhappy.
Galaiina ! So aying he fled out of
the Hovel with a wiftnes that out-trip
ed the wind. The Prince quite tupefied,
and unable to comprehend this averion
he had conceived againt his name, ran
after her as nimbly as poible; but
the Milkmaid eemed to fly in uch a
manner that her feet carce touched the
unbending gras. In vain did the beau
ties which her flowing.dres every mo
ment dicovered, add wings to the deires
and feet of the puruing Prince. He
preently lot fight of her in a thick
wood, where he continued all day long
his vague and rambling earch, litening
around him every tep he went, and
following every little noie that rutled
among the leaves, but without being
able to find the leat trace of the deired
objet.
The un was now et, and the Prince
at length found himelf at the gate of an
old half-ruinous Manion; on allfides from
amidt clumps of hrubs, old
-
s O
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 2 .

of marble, and broken pieces of columns


of the finet Adamant reared their heads;
fo that every moment the Prince tum
bled againt ome ruin or other, the
leat of which was well worth an Iland
of Terra firma. From thee circum
tances he collected that he was now
arrived at the Palace which his friend,
the Bee, had told him of; flattering
himelf, (as people in love and full of
anguine expectations commonly do) that
in this manion poibly he might again
meet with his lovely Milkmaid. With
ome pains and difficulty he made his
way through two or three outward
courts, and at lat came to the Stair
cae of white marble. It had at leaft
ixty teps, and upon each tep on both
fides there tood a winged Lion, which
every time it breathed, cat out o much
fire from its notrils that it rendered the
night brighter than noon-day. So far
however was the Prince from being
burned by it, that no ooner did the
Lions perceive him, than they tretched
forth their wings and fled off with terri
ble roarings. -

Prince Biribinquer then mounted the


Stair-cae, and oon came to a large
gallery, wherein he found the everal
Open
22 The Adventures gf
open Rooms againt which the Bee had
told him to be upon his guard. Each
of thee apartments led to two or three
others, whoe magnificence of arrange
ment and furniture urpaed everything
that his imagination could conceive,
although Faery matters were nothing
new to him. For this once, nevertheles,
he took good heed not to yield to the
emotions of his curioity, but till kept
on his way, till he arrived at a door
made of Ebony, which was cloe hut
too, and in the lock of which he per
ceived a golden key. All his efforts to
turn this key were vain: But the mo
ment he pronounced the name Biri
binquer the door opened of its own ac
cord, and he found himelf in a grand
Saloon, the walls of which were covered
over with Looking-glas compoed of
Crytal. A large chandelier of Dia
monds, coniting of above five hundred
branches, and burning with oil of Cina
mon, illuminated the room. In the
middle of the Saloon tood an ivory.
table of an oval form, and its feet were
made of Emeralds. Upon this table
there lay two covers, and cloe by it
tood two ide-boards of azure full of
plates and dihes of beaten Gold, with
- - goblets,
V.
Don Sx Lvio De RosALv A. 23

goblets, cups, and other veels and


utenils of the ame metal. After hav
ing conidered for ome time, and in
great admiration every thing that offer
ed itelf to his view in this Saloon, he
perceived a door, through which he
entered into divers other apartments,
each urpaing the other in magnificence.
He tood a while contemplating every ob
jet ditintly, and knew not what to
think of uch a profuion of plendors.
The avenues to the Manion had pro
mied him a ruinated building: the in
fide left him no room to doubt but
that it mut be inhabited, and yet he
could neither ee nor hear a living crea
ture. He once more, therefore, run
through all thee rooms, earched and
ranacked every corner, and at lat di
covered in the lat room of all, a little
fide-door made in the tapetry. He
epened it, and preently fund himelf
in a Cabinet where even Faery kill
eemed to have excelled itelf. An
.
agreeable mixture of light and hade
illuminated the Room, tho there was no
-,
ditinguihing from whence this magical
twilight proceeded. The walls were of
Granate, black and polihed; all like o
*
many mirrors, repreented different cenes
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24 The Adventures of
in the Hitory of Venus and the beauti
ful Adonis, all wrought in o lively a
manner that one would have uppoed it
to be Nature itelf without a poibility
of divining by what art thee vivid por
traits had incorporated themelves into
the marble. Delicious odours, like thoe
wafted to us by the Zephyrs from
freh-blown parterres of flowers, filled
all the apartment, yet whence they
came could neither be dicerned or con
ceived; while a oft harmony, as of a
concert heard at a great ditance, re
ounded, as it were, inenibly through
the enchanted ear, and melted the heart
into a gentle languor. A uperband
voluptuous Couch, whoe flowing cur
tains were half undrawn by a little god
of love wrought in marble, that eemed,
as it were, to breathe, was the only
piece of furniture in : this charming
apartment. It excited in the heart of
our Prince a myterious deire after cer
tain objets, of which, novice as he yet
was, he had only confued ideas, though
the linings of the room, which he con
fidered very attentively, and not with
out ome gentle inquietude, gave him a
degree of inight into the ubjet. At
this junture the image of the beautiful
Milkmaid
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Don SYLv1o De RosALvA. 25

Milkmaid preented itelf before him


with new vivacity, and raied in his
boom a igh at eeing himelf deprived
of the reality. This acrifice offered to
her charms, he again took a turn thro
the rooms to make a more accurate earch.
about him, but with no better ucces
than before: Tired at length, and un
able to atisfy his curioity, he retired to
the Cabinet, at him down on the Couch,
undreed himelf, and was jut about to
take his repoe, when one of thoe in
dipenible neceities of human nature
obliged him to look under the Couch;
there he found a crytal vae which till
carried the marks of the ue it had
formerly been put to. The Prince ac
cordingly began to prinkle it with
Orange-flower water, when,Oh won
derful to relate ! the crytal Vae diap
peared, and intead thereof, he beheld
a young Nymph before him, o beauti
ful, that it eemed impoible for her to
have put the Prince into uch fear and
trembling as in fat he did. She im
mediately miled upon him, as if they
- had been already long acquainted; and
before he could recover from his per
turbation, aid to him, Welcome
Prince Biribinquer ! Do not regret the
Vol. III- C havong
26 The Adventures gf
having done a kindnes to a young
Fairy, whom a jealous Barbarian has
o grosly abued as to have made her
ferve, for two long centuries, as an in
trument to the meanet ues. Tell me
fincerely Prince, do not you think me
deigned by Nature for infinitely nobler
purpoes? Saying this, he fixed her
eyes upon him with uch a look, that it
fell in a direct line immediately upon
the dicreet Biribinquer, and put him
into no mall confuion. Biribinquer,
as we have before oberved, poeed
as much wit and undertanding as any
one; but withal, we muft add as much
heedlenes and inattention. He found
it neceary to ay omething civil to the
Fairy, but being ued to give every
thing he aid a ingular turn, all his
wit could not prevent him, this once,
from uttering a very filly peech. Tis
very fortunate for you, beautiful Nymph,
aid he, fince I could have no intention
to render you this ingular piece of
ervice; 'twas very ignorantly done on
my part, believe me; for be aured I
am too well acquainted with what de
cency and good breeding require, to.
Oh, not o much formality, I be
eEch you, replied the Fairy; 'tis quite
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Don SYLv1o DE RosALv A. 27
out of eaon, under the circumtances
with which we have o lately commenced
our acquaintance. The leat I owe you
in return is myelf; and as we have
only this night to be together, I hould
have reaon to reproach myelf, were I
to occaion you to loe your time in
ceremonies. I know you want repoe;
you are already undreed; get into bed
then; there is only this one indeed in
the room; but there is a Sopha in the
great Saloon, upon which I can pas
the night very quietly. -

Madam, faid the Prince, hardl


knowing what he was going to utter,
I hould beat this intant-the hap
piet of mortals, if Iwas not the mot
unhappy. I mut confes I have found
what I did not look for, in looking for
what I had lot; and if the pain of
having found you, could equal the joy
of what I have lotNo, no, I would
ay, if the joy of having found you,
could but
O'my concience, interrupted the
Fairy, I believe you are raving! what
is it you mean by all this tring of in
coherencies ?Come, come, Prince Biri
binquer, confes to me in plain proe, chat
yo are in love withC a2 Milk-maid. You
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* You gues o exatly, replied the
Prince, that I mut confes the truth.''
Oh pray don't let that give you any
uneaines, continued the Fairy. You
are enamoured of a young Milk-maid
whom you met with this morning in a
little thatch'd houe, or more properly
peaking, in a hovel.
But now, I beg of you, from
whence is it how could you poi
bly
Y And who was jut then going to
milk a blue Goat that was foddered with
Orange-flowers, and the pail he received
the milk in was all tudded with Rubies.
Is it not o?"
Surely, exclaimed the Prince, for
a peron, who not a quarter of an hour
ago (pardon me) was but aI will not
fay whatWhy you know a great deal,
Sure 'tis a mot urprizing
And the Lady fled away the mo
ment he heard the name of Bir
binquer
But I beg of you, Madam, from
whence could you learn all this ? being,
as you aid, for above two
years kept in that ingular tate in
which I had o very unexpectedly the
honour
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 29
honour to become acquainted with
OU,

Not o unexpectedly on my part,


as you may imagine, replied the Fairy;
but defer your curioity for a few mo
ments. You are fatigued, and have
eaten nothing all day, follow me into
the Saloon, my people are already pre
paring for us, and I hope your fidelity
to the fair Milk-maid, will at leat per
mit you to partake of the repat with
me. Biribinquer enibly felt the ecret
reproach couched in this brief remon
trance, but waved taking further notice
of it at preent, contenting himelf with
flipping on his clothes, making the Lady
a profound obeiance, and following her
into the Saloon.
As oon as they had entered the
Saloon the beautiful Crytallina (for that
was the Fairy's name) went up to the
Chimney-place and took out a little
Ebony Wand,. at each end of which
hung a Taliman compoed of Diamonds.
Now aid the Fairy, I have nothing
more to fear. Sit you down, Prince
Biribinquer, I am now the mitres of
this palace, and of forty thouand ele
mentary Spirits, whom the great En
chanter who contruted the edifice five
C 3 hupdred
30 The Adventures of
hundred years ago, detined to wait
upon me on all occaions.
So faying, he truck thrice upon the
table, and in as many econds of time,
to his great atonihment, Birbnquer
beheld the table covered with dihes of
the mot delicious kinds, and the ide
boards as it were pontaneouly loaded
with full goblets of Wine.
I know, Prince, aid the Fairy, that
you eat nothing but honey. Tate this
if you pleae, and tell me if you ever
ate any like it. The Prince ate of it,
and olemnly proteted it could be no
thing ele but the ambroia of the Gods.
- *Tis prepared, aid he, from the
puret exhalations of flowers which never
fade, and which blow in the Gardens of
the Syphs. But what ay you to this
Wine, continued he, offering him a
fparkling cup? I wear to you, cried
the Prince, all tranported, that the
bright Ariadne never poured forth better
for young Bacchus. *Tis preed,
replied fhe, from Grapes that grow in
the Syphian Vineyards, and thoe beau
tiful Spirits owe all their youth, and
that immortal gaiety which flows thro'
their veins, to the contant ue of this
grateful Fluid.
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Don Sy LvIo De RosALv A. 31
The Fairy concealed one of the qua
lities of this Netar, but the Prince foom
became enible of its efficacy. The more
he drank of it, the more charming he
found his fair Companion. At the firt
glance he perceived he had a beauti
fully flaxen head of hair; the next truck
him with the exquiite delicacy of her
arm; the third dicovered to him a.
dimple in her left cheek; and on a
fourth urvey he was enchanted with the
whitenes and elegant Peripheria of a
neck and boom, which, though a little
haded by the intervention of a thin
Gauze, made a powerful attack upon
his eyes. An objet o engaging, with
a Goblet that replenihed itelf as fat as
it was exhauted, were more than fuffi
cient to bury his enes in a oft oblivion
of all the Milk-maids in the univere.
What hall we ay ? Biribinquer was
too polite to let o beautiful a Fairy
leep alone upon the Sopha; and the
beautiful Fairy had too much gratitude
to refue him her company in a houe
where forty thouand Spirits walked day
and night. In a word, the politenes of
the one, and the gratitude of the other,
were carried as far as poible, and
Birbinquer hewed himelf perfectly wor
- G4 thy
32 The Adventures g/
thy of the good opinion which Cryal
lina had conceived of him from the firft
moment he aw him. -

The Fairy, ays our Hitory, waked


firt in the morning, and could not up
port the indecorum of eeing o extra
ordinary a Prince lay leeping in uch
good company. Prince Biribinquer,
aid he, after having waked him nobody
knows how, I am under many obliga
tions to you. You have delivered me
from an enchantment of the utmot in
dignity that ever female uffered; you
have avenged me of my jealous foe;
and now there is only one thing left to
do, after which you may depend upon
the mot perfet gratitude in the power
of the Fairy Crytallina." -

And what then remains to be


done ? demanded the Prince, rubbing
his eyes and yawning.

Hear me, replied the Fairy. This


palace, as I before informed you, origi
nally belonged to an Enchanter, whoe -
cience gave him an almot unlimited
power over all the Elements ; but his
power over hearts was limited on the
contrary in an equal proportion. Un
fortunately for him, in pite of his great
age, and his white beard, which hung
down
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 33
down to his girdle, he had one of the
mot amorous contitutions that ever
exited, He fell in love with me, and
though he had not the gift of making
himelf loved, he had ufficient power
however, to make himelf feared. Do
but think of the whimicalnes of fate !
I refued him my heart, which he trove
to gain, and I yielded to him my peron,
which to him could be of no poible
ue or avail. At length, out of mere
vexation, he became jealous; o jealous,
I aure you, that it was inupportable.
He had Sylphs at his command of ex
ceeding beauty; but at the ame time
he was kind enough to init upon it I
hould neither look at thee Syphs nor
take any little innocent freedoms with
them. If he ever found one of them
in my Chamber or upon my Sopha, I
was ure never to ee the Sylph again.
I deired him to place ome confidence
in my virtue; but that did not eem to
this Infidel a ufficient ecurity againt
a detiny which he was concious he
had but too well deerved. In hort,
he dipatched all the Syphs, and took
into his ervice none but Gnomes, little
deformed Dwarfs, whoe ight alone
was enough to throw one into a Swoon.
C 5 - How

-
34 The Adventures of
However, as cutom at length makes all
things tolerable, this ame cutom recon
ciled me by degrees to the figure of
thee Gnomes, inomuch, that in time I
found that droll and comical, which at
firt had appeared to me hideous.
There was not an individual among
them but was a perfect Caricatura. One
was dignified with a Camel's Bunch,
another had a Noe- that hung down
below his Chin; a third had Satyr's
Ears, and a Mouth which cleft his Head
into two Hemipheres; a fourth had an
enormous prominent Belly. In a word,
a Chinee imagination could have in
vented nothing more extravagant than
the viages and hapes of thee Dwarfs.
Old Padmanaba, however, did not per
ceive that among his Dometicks there
was one, who, in a certain fene, was
more dangerous than the handomet
Syph in the world; not that he was
les ugly than the ret, but through a
very fingular frolick of Nature, that in
him eemed a merit, which in the others
erved only to offend the ight.I don't
know whether you comprehend me,
Prince Biribinquer ?
Not entirely, replied the Prince:
But pray be kind enough to proceed;
- - perhaps
Don SylvIo DE RosALv A. Z5

perhaps you will be more intelligible as


you go on. -

In a little while, continued the beau


tiful Crytallina, Grgri,for o the Gnome
was called, had reaon to believe that he
was les diagreeable to me than his com
panions What hall we ay for it ?
People have trange ideas when they are
teized and haraed, and Grgri had a
ingular talent at amuing dicontented
Ladies. In fhort, he o well knew how
to fill up my leiure hours,and many
uch I had that hung upon my hands
that no creature upon earth could be
more atisfied than I was with him.
Padmanaba at length perceived the ex
traordinary chearfulnes that hone in m
face and animated my whole frame, but
he could not o oon dicover the true
ource of it, and the idea of its pro
ceeding merely from the pleaure of his
Society was-too ridiculous for any but
himelf to conceive. But, unfortunately,
he was a great mater in the art of form
ing thoe arguments which are termed
Sories *; at lat, therefore, by a eries
- -
of

" Avague, imperfect kind of syllogim, con


A
iting of everal unconnected propoitions heaped
together, in which the lat predicate or Property
13
36 The Adventures of
of Syllogims, he hit upon a uppoition
which eemed to him to develope the -
whole mytery. He accordingly reolved
to oberve us, and choe his time o
well for the purpoe, that in this very
cabinet he urprized us at our amue
ments, which little Grigris clevernes
very well knew how to render extremely
intereting. Could you think it poible,
my Prince, for any one to have a heart
o maliciouly wicked as the old En
chanter exhibited upon this occaion?
Intead of generouly taking part in my
pleaures, he grew enraged at them;
pitiful wretch that he was! nobody
hindered his being in a pet with him
elf for not being Grgri; but was ever
any thing more than to punih
us both for that reaon ?"
Notruly, cried Biribinquer, nothing
could be more o. For he had nothing
more to do than to be Grigri in one
ingle repet, and I am ure, in pite
is attributed to the firt ubjet. Such was the
merry argument urged by Themitocles, to prove
that his little Son, under ten years of age,
governed the whole world. My Son governs
his Mother, his Mother me: I the Athenians;
the Athexians the ret of Greece : Greece com
mands Europe; Europe the whole World. There
fore my Son governs the whole World. f
O -
Don SYLvro DE RosALv A. 37

of his long white beard, you mut have


given him the preference to an ill-looking
little Dwarf." -

Why do you tell me of an ill-look


ing Dwarf? interrupted Crytallina: I
aure you at the junture we are peak
ing of, Grgri was an Adonis in my eyes.
But have patience and you hall know
the reult. After the old creature had
been for ome time an inviible petator
of what paed, he at length appeared to
us, and put us into a terror more eaily
to be imagined than decribed. He
immediately vented againt us all the
rage which a cene like this, that eem
ed a reproach upon him for his im
potence, naturally tended to produce.
I am ahamed to repeat before you the
compliments he made me upon the occa
on: Infine, for time is precious, he
changed meyou well know howand
turned poor Grigri into a Bee.
Into a Bee! exclaimed Biribinquer:
well, that is very ingular. Why at this
rate, Signior Grgri may poibly be one
of my acquaintance- -

Upon this condition, continued Cry


tallina, that I hould not recover my
former hape, till after having erved
the Prince Biribinquer Pardon my
-
bahfulnes,
38 The Adventures of
bahfulnes, if I do not mention the cir
cumtance under which I had the plea
ure of becoming acquainted with you ;
and in which, indeed, not to flatter you,
you appeared to uch advantage, that in
my firt confuion, I was jut ready to
take you for poor Grgri himelf.
Oh Madam, you do me too much
honour, replied Biribinquer, and had I
but known that your heart was already
captivated by o worthy an object-
1 beeech you, aid the Fairy, throw
aide that aukward cutom of making
o much ceremony, and o very ill-timed
into the bargain. You cannot conceive
what a weak illy air it gives you. I
tell you. I have the bet opinion that
can be of your dicretion; and, I hope,
have given you a pretty convincing proof
of it, by thinking myelf perfectly afe
in being o intimate with you. I don't
very well remember, indeed, how it
happened that we hould be o familiar,
for I confes to you, the pleaure of an
interview o long deired made me drink
a few glaes more than I uually do.
But I flatter myelf you will not have ex
ceeded the bounds.
Intruth, beautiful Crytallina, inter
rupted the Prince, I find your memory
-
- IS
Don SyLvro De RosALvA. 39
is as extraordinary as the virtue, upon
which you required old Padmanaba to re
poe his confidence: but tell me now,
whether you have not forgot what became
of the Bee?
Ay, indeed, that's well remembered,
replied the Fairy; poor Grigri I had
really forgot him ;I was very orry for
his fate. But the cruel Padmanaba et
his deliverance at o impertinent a
price, that I know not how I hall be
able to tell you
But what was the price then ?" de
manded Biribinquer.
I cannot comprehend, replied Cry/
tallina, what you can have done to this
old Enchanter, or why he hould bring
you in for a hare in all his devilih
tricks; for it is certain, your great
grandfather himelf was not born when
thee tranactions happened. In fhort,
Grgri can never be retored to his pri
tine hape, till you have But no;
the delicacy of my entiments does not
permit to tell it you; nor can I con
ceive how I hall be able to ugget it.
I hope. however, you may already have
formed an idea of what it is: for my
own part, I cannot explain myelf more
clearly
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clearly to you; indeed I hould die with
hame to think of it
May I be intantly turned into a
Bee myelf thrice over, exclaimed Biri
binquer, if I can poibly gues what you
would be at: Don't make o many pre
ambles, I beg of you ; the day draws on
apace, and I cannot tay
How! aid the Fairy, does the time
you are pending with me eem o long?
and cannot l make you forget a Milk
girl even for a few hours ? Your interet
at leat, requires you hould pay ome
little court to me; for know, it is in my
power to contribute much more to your
happines than you are aware of -

Tell me quickly then, replied Biri


binquer, what I am to do."
How vatly impatient you are ! cried
the Fairy. Know then that poor Grgri
will never again become Grigri, till Prince
Birbinquer hall have Well now, can
not you gues ?But of this I can cer
tainly aure you, that nothing but a con
cern for the deliverance of an old friend
could make me reolve to become the
acrifice of that vengeance, which by
your interpoition Padmanaba is deter
mined to take upon poor Grgri.
Why,
49
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 41

Why, he would not wih me to


take away your life, I hope," replied the
Prince. -

Indeed and indeed, aid Crytallina,


you are very dull of conception to day.
Don't you think then that a Lover, really
captivated by his mitres, would ooner
- chooe to die than ee her in the arms of
another.
Oho! now I comprehend you at
lat, Madam, aid Biribinquer, with an
air of cool reerve. Upon my word,
your modety need not have made o
many cruples againt peaking the bu
nes out boldly. But give me leave, if
you pleae, to help your memory a little,
and jut to remind you, that if the
matter only reted here, Grgri mut
have been dienchanted a long while ago.
You mut certainly recollect that it is
not three hours ago ince
I verily think your brain is turned,
interrupted the Fairy. Why then you
mut know, that Padmanaba is extremely
rigid in his adherence to the Law of Re
taliation, and that of conequence Grgri
never will recover his former hape, till
you have retaliated upon him all thoe
offences, which the Enchanter imagines
himelf to have received from him." Ol
M.
- 42 The Adventures gf
Oh Madam, cried Prince Birin
quer, leaping out of bed, I am Signior
Padmanaba's very humble ervant. But
ince nothing more than this trifling cir
cumtance is requiite, you have only
to look out among the ten thouand
Gnmes retained in your ervice, for a
new Grgri to avenge your old grey
headed fool upon his wonderful rival;
and probably this may be of more im
portance than to retore your old ac
quaintance, the little Dwarf, to his origi
nal beauty. For my own part, I
imagine you have reaon to be atisfied
with my having reftored you to your
pritine form. I don't mention this as
if I thought myelf not amply recom
pened for a piece of ervice, which has
cot me fo little, by the ingular civi
lities you have betowed upon me. I
only mean to remind you of the main
point which mut ever claim your con
ideration; namely, that intead of being
a crytal Vae of low degree, you are
now again become the Fairy Crytallina,
and that the power with which old
Padmanaba's Wand invets you, ought
very amply and eaily to conole you for
the los of a ingle individual.
I hope,
Don Sy Lvio DE RosALv A. 4Z -

I hope, however, replied Crytallina,


that you will not attribute my ollicitude
for poor Grgri to intereted views. You
mut be greatly mitaken indeed, as to
the delicacy of my entiments, as well
as the duties of friendhip, if you cannot
allow, that a peron may expres zeal
for a friend without having any other
motive than that friends welfare; and I
hould be orry
Oh Madam, replied Biribinquer,
(who had been dreing himelf all this
while), I am perfetly well peruaded
of that quinteence of delicacy which
pervades your entiments: but you fee
how fine a morning it is for the con
tinuation of my journey. Be o kind
then, You, whoe heart is capable of o
diintereted a friendhip, as to inform
me which road I hall take to find my
beloved Galatina again. Do this, and I
will then maintain againt all and every
Gainayer upon earth, that you are at
once the mot generous, the mot diin
tereted, and even, if you pleae, the
coyet, chatet Fairy, of all that inhabit
the univeral Globe.
You hall be atisfied, aid Crytal
lina: Go eek your Milkmaid, ince
your detiny will have it o. "# IM
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find reaons not to be entirely pleaed
with your deportment; but I ee you
are one of thoe that mut not be cru
tinized too cloely. Go, Prince, in the
Court-yard you will find a Mule, which
will never lacken its pace till it has
brought you to your Galaina; and,
hould any michance unexpectedly befall
you,in thee Pea-hells you will find
an univeral and an infallible remedy.

Well! faid Don Eugenio, interrupt


ing his friend's narration, how glad am
I that you have brought your Biribinquer
at lat out of that cured Palace. I
proteft to you I am above half-tired of
this Crytallina. What an inipid crea
ture! You need only ay he is a
Fairy, replied Don Gabriel, and then you
have aid everything." You certainly
don't mean by that, to make us under
tand that there are no worthy and re
petable Fairies, aid Don Sylvio with a
very erious countenance; for it is evident
beyond a doubt, that there are uch. It
cannot however be denied, that there is
a omething very ingular and aburd,
which ditinguihes them from mortals,
at leat it appears o to us; but it
may be we are not competent judges
repeting them, and may err in judging
of
Don Sylv1o DE RosALv A. 45

of them by rules, to which beings of a


different clas from our own, are by no
means confined. But what ay you
to her pompous pretenions, the deli
cay of her entiments, and the virtue
he o much boats of ? This itting
in judgment upon Fairies, replied Don
Sylvio, is a ftring o difficult to touch,
that I hould rather chooe to ay no
thing at all concerning it, and epecially
on the preent occaion ; the Hitory of
Prince Biribinquer being in all repets
the mot extraordinarytale that I ever
yet heard of As to the Fairy
Crytallinas charater, aid Don Gabriel,
the Hitorian only gives it jut as it
really was; and, without violating that
veneration which is o jutly due to the
Fairies, I apprehend we may freely pro
nounce that charater blameable: and
as to the ret, you will grant me, Don
Eugenio, that were you to put yourelf
in the Prince's place, the Fairys vaunt
ing and parade might not eem near o
tireome to you, as it may poibly have
appeared from hearing me repeat it.
We are always fond of hearing a fair
female peak, epecially if we can ee her
at the ame time, and he has an agree
able tone of voice. Then you are at
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once peruaded and affected without
paying any minute attention to what he
ays; and if you did, generally peak
ing, perhaps you might not be much
the gainer by o doing." Oh, prithee
now, if you have nothing more civil to
ay of our ex, faid Donna Felicia, you
had better go on with your hitory,
however tireome it may be, or eem
to be. -

Don Gabriel promied his bet en


deavours to render it more amuing,
and continued as follows. Prince
Bribinquer put the Pea-hells into his
pocket, thanked the Fairy Crytallina for
all her civilities, and accompanied her
down to the Court-yard. There
now, aid he, obferve that Mule, there
is not perhaps her equal. She is de
cended in a right line from the famous
Trojan Hore, and the As of old Silenus.
On the paternal ide he has the quality
of being wood, and tands in no need
either of provinder, litter, or the curry
comb; on the mother's fide he derives
the advantage of travelling very commo
diouly, and is as mild and gentle as a
lamb. Mount her, and let her go with
you wherever he will, he will carry
you to your Milkmaid, and if you are
NOt
Don Sylvio De RosAlva. 47
Pl not as happy at the long run as you
defire to be, the fault will be entirely
your own.
The Prince examined this extraordi
nary beat on all ides, and it required
all the wonderous things he had een in
the Manion to make him put as much
confidence in the animal as the Fairy
would have him. However, while he
was mounting, Crytallina determined to
give him a convincing proof that he
had advanced nothing too much repet
ing her own power. She cleft the air
thrice with her Ebon ftaff, and in a
moment, behold all the ten thouand
Sylphs, whom Padmanabas Wand had now
ubjeted to her authority, made their
appearance ! The court, the tair-cae,
the gallery, the roofs, and the very air
itelf, all warmed with winged youths,
every one of whom urpaed the Vati
can Apollo. Oh! by all the Fairies, ex
claimed Biribinquer, in an extay at the
ight, what a brilliant court is this of
yours, Madam! Leave little Grgri in
his Bee-tate as long as he pleaes,
here's ufficient to make you amends
for his abence. "Twould be a bad
affair indeed, if among all thee
could be found capable
--- none 99" o
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filling up the place of a Gnome, who,
by your own account, had no other
preference over his other deformed com
panions, but that of being montrous
in a more agreeable manner than the
ret. You ee, at leat, replied
Crytallina, that I am in no want of
company to conole me for your infi
delity in cae I hould ever wih for that
conolation."
Having aid this, he wihed him a
good journey, and Biribinquer trotted
away upon his wooden Mule with all
expedition, and full of refletion on the
many wonderful events that had befallen
him in the Fairy's palace.

C H A P. II.

Continuation gf Prince Biribinquer's


Hitory.
Shall wave giving you the various
private reflections which occurred
to Biribinquer, and proceed to inform
you, that about noon, when the heat
began to be inupportable, he alighted at
the
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 49
the entrance of a foret, and at himelf
down upon the bank of a little rivulet
which ran under the hadow of ome
thick preading trees. Soon after he
perceived a Shepherdes driving a little
herd of pink-coloured Goats before to
water in the rivulet, jut by the pot
where Biribinquer was laid down in the
hade.
Imagine to yourelf, Don Sylvio, how
great mut be his rapture, on recollect
ing in this young Shepherdes his well
beloved Milkmaid! She now appeared
to him a hundred times more lovely
than when he firt beheld her: but what
rejoiced him mot was, that intead of
flying from him, he approached nearer
and nearer to him. At length he eated
herelf upon the gras cloe befide him,
eemingly as if he had taken no notice
of his being there. The Prince had
not courage to peak to her, but threw
at her uch ardent glances, as might
almot have vitrified the flint tones at
the bottom of the tream before him.
The fair Shepherdes, who mut have
been of a very cold contitution not to
have been broiled by uch powerful
glances, was tying up in the mot com
poed manner imaginable, a Garland
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of flowers, but could not help every
now and then giving him a ide-lon
look, as it were by fiealth. The Prince
thought there eemed to be no indigna
tion in her Countenance; and this
rendered him o bold that he tole nearer
to her unperceived, jut as he was
careing a little She-goat, which, in
tead of hair wore nothing but fine
ilver threads, and was all over bedecked
with Garlands and roe-coloured Rib
bands. Biribinquers looks glancing from
this new-fixed point, faid full as many
clever things now as they had done be
fore; while hers correponded with them
from time to time o politely, tht at
length he could not help throwing him
elf ather feet, and, according to his
Cutom, repeating to her in very poeti
cal figures, what he had before told
her in language much more intelligible
and peruaive. Having finihed his
tender Elegy, the beautiful Shepherdes
anwered him with a look, the beginning
of which was more cool than the clofs
of it. I know not, faid he, whether
I have perfectly undertood you: but
did not you mean to tell me all this
while, that you love me ? That I
love you! cried Biribinquerall tranport
- - ed,
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 51
ed, Heavens!ay rather that I adore
you, and could wih to yield up my
oul thus languihing at your feet.
Well, lookye, replied the Shepherdes,
I am but a very imple girl: I neither
wih you to adore me, nor that you
hould yield up your oul, for I do not
imagine you to have too much of it. I
hall be atisfied if you do but love me.
But I mut tell you, it will be a more
difficult matter to peruade me, than the
Fairy with whom you pent the evening
yeterday. Gods ! exclaimed the
Prince, in the deepet confuion, what's
this I hear! How is it poible who
can have given youfrom whence could
you learnI know not what I ay
Oh! wretched Biribinquer !
Scarce had heuttered this fatal name,
when the beautiful Shepherdes et up a
loud hriek: Yes, wretched Biribinquer
indeed, he cried, tarting up with great
precipitationand mutyou again offend
my ears with that dctetable, unworthy
name ?You force me at once to hate
and to fly from you, jut when I
Here the enraged Galalina was uddenly
interrupted by a Spectacle, which equally
prevented her and the Prince from
hinking of anything ele but the before
object
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before their eyes. Advancing towards
them they beheld a Giant, whoe fore
head was encircled with a couple of
young oaks twited together intead of
a Diadem. The monter talked for
ward, picking his teeth with a large
pointed take, and coming up to the
Shepherdes, poke to her in o terrible
and thundering a voice, that upwards of
two hundred Crows which had built their
nets in his huge buhy beard, iued
Forth on all ides in the greatet hurry
and confuion. What art thou about
there, Girl, he criedWhat bet doing
with that little Dwarf ? Follow me this
intant, or I will hack thee as mall as
mince-meat. And as for Thee, aid he,
turning to the Prince, and puhing him
to a large ack which he had brought
upon his houlders,Get thee into my
bag here, get thee in I tell thee. After
which very laconick compliment, he tied
up the ack, took the Shepherdes in
his arm, and walked away.
Poor Biribinquer fancied himelfplung
ed into an unfathomable world, and for
a good while kept tumbling from ide
to ide without being able to reach the
bottom ; at length, however, he topped
there, but o hurt with a blow on the
W - - head
Don Sylv10 DE RosALvA. 53
head by falling againt a knot whic
tood out of the ack's eam, that fo
ome minutes he lay quite tunned, and
imagined he had broken his kull. But
coming to himelf by degrees, he luckily
recollected the Pea-hells which Crytallina
had given him: accordingly he broke
them open, but found nothing there
but a little Diamond knife, with a haft
made out of a Griffins claw, and o
mall that he could hardly hold it in
his three fingers. And is this all that
the Fairy Crytallina has done for me ?
aid he to himelf. What would he
have me do with this trifling toy ? 'tis
hardly big enough to cut my throat
with, if I wihed to do it; and poibly
that might be her view in betowing
the gift upon me. But no, everything
mut be tried before throat-cutting.
Who knows but I may make a hole in
the ack with this idea of a knife, tho'
, it will cot me no little pains to manage
it, and I may be obliged to hazard a
dangerous leap into the bargain ?But I
had rather run any hazard, than rique
this cured Monter's making Sauages
e
of my body to feed his Brats with.
:
Full of this noble ardour, Biribinquer,
e
or rather the little knife, upon which a
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Taliman was engraven, went to work
o effectually, that in a little while it
made a pretty moderate hole in the ack,
though the threads of which it was com
poed were as thick as a cable. He
preently oberved that they were going
through a foret, and was in great hopes
of uiting matters o, as that in jumping
through the orifice of the ack, he might
fome how catch hold of one of the tallet
trees. This cheme was immediately
put in execution without the Giants
perceiving any thing of it; but the
branch he wanted to hold by broke,
and poor Biribinquer tumbled headlong
in a marble baon very deep and full
of water, that lay luckily beneath the
tree;for what he had taken for a Foret,
proved to be a very fine Park belong
ing to an adjacent noble manion. He
thought himelf at leat fallen into the
Capian Gulph, or more properly peak
ing, he could thing of nothing at all; ,
the fright he was in having o tunned
his brain, that he lay motionles awhile,
and probably might never have een the
Continent again, had not a Nymph who
luckily happened to be bathing herelf
in the bafon, that intant come to his
aitance. The danger in which he
-
beheld
\
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 55

beheld o handome a young man, made


her forget her own preent condition;
and indeed the young man might have
been drowned out and out, before he
could have dreed her fair frame. Biri
binquer on recovering his pirits, found
his face lying againt one of the mot
beautiful booms that ever tood expoed
to view, and the moment he opened his
eyes, aw himelf tretch'd out on the verge
of an extenive piece of water in the
arms of a Nymph, who, in the negligent
dehabille under which he beheld her,
retored him almot intantaneouly to
an equal, if not greater degree of viva
city, than he had ever enjoyed before.
This adventure put him into o a
greeable a urprize, that it hindered him
from uttering a ingle word. But no
ooner did the Nymph perceive him be
ginning to revive, than he diengaged
herelf from him, and leaped into the
water. Biribinquer, who imagined he
was about to fly, intantly began to
lament in a plaintive voice, like a young
ehild when his favourite Doll is at
tempted to be torne from him. The
beautiful Nymph it eems was in reality
very far from harbouring o cruel a
deign; for in a few minutes he aw
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her back re-appear upon the urface,
urpaing the lilly in whitenes. She
- lifted up her head a little, but the mo
ment he perceived the Prince, plunged
again into the water, and wam under
the wave till he got to the oppoite
ide where her garments lay. But ob
ferving the Prince was coming round
towards her, he raied herelf to the
waift above the water, encircled with
her long fair treffes, which partly hung
floating round her on the tream, and
partly decended to her feet; concealing
from the Prince's view beauties which
might have retored a Tithonus to freh
youth and vigor.
'Tis very indicreet in you, Prince
Biribinquer, aid he, to embaras peo
ple by your preence, at a time when
they would chue to be alone.
Pardon me, beauteous Nymph, re
plied the Prince, if I conceive your
cruples to be a little out of eaon.
After the ervice you have o generouly
rendered me, I hould apprehend
Why, look now, what inolent crea
tures are thee men! There is no hew
ing them the leat civility, but they will
intantly criticie and find fault; and
what is merely the effect of generoity
O
Don Sylv1o DE RosALv A. 57
or pity, is in heir fancy a ufficient
authority to take freedoms. What!
becaue I have been kind enough to ave
your life, I uppoe now, you think
O how cruel you are, interrupted
the Prince, to attribute that to infolence,
which is really nothing but the effect of
that enchantment necearily communi
cated by a ight of your charms. If -
you wih to take from me the life which
you have o lately aved, (for who could
behold you, and at the ame time endure
the deprivation of a ight o ravihing!)
kill me at leat in a generous manner:
let me tand a monument of your tri
umphant beauty, and while I thus con
template you, convert me, if you pleae,
into a lifeles form of marble. -

You have read the Poets, I ee,


aid the Nymph, and pretty attentively
too; prithee whence did you take that
alluion ? Was not there once upon a
time a certain Medua-O'my concience
you have thumb'd your Ovid to ome
purpoe, and it mut be owned you.
have done credit to your School-mater.
Cruel! exclaimed Biribinquer, with
great impatience, what pleaure can you
find in Confounding the language of my
heart, (which can meet with no other
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expreions trong enough to decribe what
it feels; to confound, I ay, this lan
guage) with the Rhetorical figures and
flourihes of a young School-boy?
You time it very ill for diputing,
interrupted the Nymph; don't you ee
then, that in the element where I am,
I have greatly the advantage over you?
But I prithee now, jut tep behind
thoe Myrtle hedges, and give me leave,
if you pleae, to lip on my clothes.
But would it not be more agree
able to you, if I might be permitted to
help dres you?" What an idea!
replied the Nymph. I am extremely
obliged to you for your politenes, but
I hould not chooe to put you to o
much trouble; beides, as you may oon
ee, I am in no want of people more
capable, and better adapted to the bui
nes than you are."
So aying, he ounded a little Con
que Shell which hung about her neck,
fatened to a collar of the larget and
finet pearls. In an intant the whole
baon was filled with young Nymphs,
who prung from the water and formed
a circle round their mitres. At fuch
a ight, Birlinquer could till les find it
in his heart to retire; but no ooner
- - - - - did
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 59

did the Nymphs perceive this, than they


dahed in his face o large a quantity of
water, that out of fear of becoming
another Ateon, he fled away as rapidly
as if he had already had the feet of a
Stag. Every moment he kept feeling
his forehead, but finding no horns prout
ed there, and hence recovering pirits,
he lipped behind the Myrtle-hedges in
order to contemplate his beautiful
Nymph while he was dreing But
nw it was too late. The attendant
Nymphs were all diappeared, and on
his advancing frm behind the hedges,
he was within an ace of hitting his
head againt that of his fair deliverer,
who was come thither in earch of
him. Full of atonihment to behold
her thus intantaneouly as it were,
How, Madam, he cried, do you call.
this dreing yourelf?
Why not? replied the Nymph.
Don't you ee I am wrapped round
with even veils, one over the other?"
* Od! Madain, I ee, aid the Prince:
but if thisbe drpery, I hould be
mighty curious to know the peron that
wove it. Why, the finet cobweb is
mere packing-cloth in comparion to
this. I could have worn it was nothing
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but the pure, air. It is made of
the finet ort of fluid, replied he; a
pecies of water without moiture; pun,
or rather wire-drawn by the Polypues,
and woven by our young girls. *Tis
the connmon wear of us Undinar, and
what other could you wih us to have ?
For we are in no need of any thing to
defend us either from heat or cold.
Heaven forbid that I hould wih you
any other, aid Biribinquer; but don't
take it amis, if I protet to you, that
in my mind you might very well have
excued putting yourelf to o much
trouble and puntilio, when you wanted
to come out of the Baon. Hear
me, Monieur Honey, aid the Nymph,
(with one of the mot gracious half
neering, half-miling looks in the world)
if I was to give you any counel, it.
hould be to get rid of that ill habit
you have acquired of continually at
tempting to moralize; for to tell you.
the truth, you have no kill at it, and
it its but very aukwardly upon you;
not to ay that it's a cutom which flies
diretly in the face of what we call
good-breeding. "Tis very eay to dicern
you have een nothing of the world,
unles it were through the chinks of a
- Bee-hive,
Don SYLvio DE RosALv A. 61

Bee-hive, and therefore it would be


highly proper in you to follow the age
Avicennas advice, and never to jdge of
any thing at firt ight.But let us call
another ubjet. You have not yet
dined, I apprehend, and however ena
moured you may be of your Milkmaid,
under certain limitations, yet I know you
are not ued to live upon ighs. A

This aid, he ounded her Conque


again, and intantly three Nymphs iued
from the Baon. The firt brought a little
table made of Amber, and upported by
three Graces cut out of one fingle Ame
thyt. The econd covered this table
with a mat of the finet chipped Ruhes:
The third brought upon her head a
baket, from whence he took out everal
covered hells, and et them on the table.
I am told, aid the Nymph, to Prince
Biribinquer, that you eat nothing but
Honey; I can give you a tate of ome
that is not of the wort ort, though its
extrated entirely from Sea-plants. The
Prince - accordingly tated, and found it
o good, that he could have almot de
voured the very hell in which it was
< erved up. After the repat two other
Naiads appeared, bearing a little fide
board of Sapphire, garnihed with drink
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ing veels. They were all made out of
compated water, hard as adamant,
tranparent as crytal; and, as it eemed
to the Prince, were full of clear fountain
water. But the moment it touched Biri
binquer's lips, he found that the bet
wines of Peria were but fegm in com
parion of what he tated. Now, faid
the Undina, you will allow yourelf to
be not much wore off here than at the
Fairy Crytallina's, with whom you pent
lat night in o ociable a tte-a-tte.
Beautiful Undina, replied the Prince,
you are too modet, thus to think of
comparing yourelf with a Fairy, who
is in every repet o greatly your in
ferior." -

Why there now, this is bad rea


oning again, aid the Nymph: I did
not ay it out of Modety, but merely
to know what you would ay to me in
reply. - -

But tell me then, my Goddes, aid


the Prince, how could you come by alk
this good news repeting me ? The
moment you aw.me, you called me by
my name" By which, replied the
Nymph, you may dicern that I am as
good a Connoieur as the Fairy Crytal
lina herelf And you likewie know,
5 - that
-
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 63
that I was brought up in a Bee-hive
That is eaily een with half an eye,
aid the Nymph. And that I am
in love with a Milkmaid Oh, yes,
and as deeply as ever Being was; nay,
you are more o till ince he became
a Shepherdes; and who knows how far
you might have purued your fortune,
had not the Giant Caraculiamborix, But
you need give yourelf no trouble about
that matter. You hall ee her again,
and be as happy too as ever creature
can be in the poeion of a Shepherdes
or Milkmaid."
Oh, cried Biribinquer, (who now
began powerfully to experience the effects
of that liquor with which the Undina
had been treating him), who can wih
to ee or poes any other objet, after
having once beheld you, divine Undina !
In truth, I carce even remember to
have had eyes hitherto. The firt moment
in which I looked at you, was the com
mencement of my exitence; and I nei
ther know nor defire any other felicity,
than to be conumed at your feet by that
ardent flame which your firt glances
enkindled in my heart. -

Prince Biribinquer, aid the Undina,


you have had but a poor mater in
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torick. I hould have thought the Fairy
Crytallina might have cured you of the
ridiculous opinion, that to evidence the
force of one's paion, one mut be abo
lutely obliged to talk in an extravagant
tyle. I could venture to lay any wager
you will, that you do not talk eriouly
when you tell me you wih to be con
umed at my feet. Believe me, I know
your deires much better, and you would
gain more by talking to me in the
natural way. This tiff bombat language
to which you have accutomed yourelf,
may be of the right tamp poibly to.
touch the heart of a Milkmaid: but let
me tell you once for all, you mut not
treat every one you meet with in the
ame way. A female, who like me has
tudied her Averroes *, does not uffer
herelf to be caught by Poetiaal flour
ihes. You mut know how to convince
us, if you would make us feel; and it is
the force of truth alone which can
bring us to a voluntary elf-urrender.
Biribinquer was too well inured to the
reprimands of thoe Ladies into whoe
* One of the mot ubtle Philoophers among
the Arabians, in the 12th Century; and a man
of very doubtful character, in point of Religicn.
and Morals. - -- - - - -

- - - - - hands.
Den Sylv1o De RosALv A. 65
hands he fell, to loe courage on receiv
ing uch a reproach, as at the ame time
pointed out to him by what means he
might hope to make his party good
among the female diciples of Averros:
In fat, he dicerned that he hould have
much les difficulty to ubdue the fair
Nymph by the energy of truth, than by
artificial and high-flown declarations of
love. The charms of the Undinae, accord
ing to the authentick tetimony of the
Count de Gabalis, exceed everything that
can be deired in the poeion of the
fairet amongt mortal beauties. In a
word, to the wihes of this bright Un
dina Biribinquer by degrees became more
natural and more convincing; and tho
the Lady herelf very exatly oberved
what we call the Gradations, he knew o
well how to regulate her time, that
jut as the able veil of night involved
the Hemiphere,jut then had our
Prince carried convition to that point
of evidence, which no longer admits of
doubt. The Hitory ays nothing more
of what paed between them, excepting
that Biribinquer, when he awaked the
next morning, found himelf, to his
great atonihment, upon the ame couch,
in the ame apartment, under the ame
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palace-roof, and in the ame ituation,
in which he had been the day preced
ing, at the ame hour !
The beautiful Undina,nobody knows
how or wherefore was at no great
ditance from him; and no ooner per
ceived him to be awake, than with that
enchanting gracefulnes which had o
captivated him but a few hours before,
but which at this moment feemed a mat--
ter of perfect indifference to his philoo
phick oul,She apotrophized him in
the following manner. Fate, my dear
Bribinquer, has fingled you out to oblige
unfortunate Fairies. Having the plea
ure to be one of them, it is but jut I
fhould inform you who I am, and what
obligations I owe to you. Know then
that I am one of thoe Fairies who are
called Undinae, on account of their in
habiting the element of water, from the
ubtilet atoms of which their frame and
being is compoed. My name is Mira
bella, and the Faery-tate, joined to that
rank which my birth gives me among
the Undinae, might have rendered me
completely happy, had there been any
thing in the world capable of guarding
us againt the influences of our evik
tars. Mine condemned me to be be
loved
Don Sylvio De RosAvA. 67
loved by an old Enchanter, whoe pro
found cience gave him an unlimited
power over the Elementary Spirits: but
withal, he was the mot diagreeable
creature in the world; and but for the
friendhip of a Salamander, who was
one of the favourites of old Padma
maba"
How! exclaimed the Prince, Pad
manaba did you ay?That man with a
beard two yards long, and as white as
now, who transforms poor languihing
laes into Chamber-pots, and little merry
Gnomes into Bees?'' Yes, 'twas really
he, replied the Undina, who arrogated
over my peron the prerogatives of a
Huband, without the leat capability
of fulfilling the duties of that relation.
A female who had preceded me, and
whom he one day urprized in the
arms of a Gnome, had made him o mi
trutful, that he grew jealous even of
his own hadow. He had dimied all
the Gnomes, and taken into their place
none but Salamanders, whoe fiery nature
he judged was rather calculated to in
fpire terror than love. You mut cer
tainly remember to have read in your
Ovid the tory of the fair Semel, who
was reduced to ahes for her preumption
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in daring to embrace a Salamander *. The
old Man however, with all his fore
fight, forgot that the aqueous nature of
the Undinae renders them perfetly afe
againt all uch danger. On the con
trary, this ame aqueous nature o com
pletely temperates the fire of a Sala
mander into a gentle heat, as to render
it very favourable to love. Padmanaba
placed o intire a confidence in the
fidelity of his favourite, that he left us
all the liberty we could deire. You
may imagine perhaps, Prince Biribinquer,
that we availed ourelves of thee mo
ments like material lovers; but if o,
you are mitaken. Flox, (which is the
name of my friend the Salamander) was
at the ame time the tenderet, and the
prightliet lover in the world, He oon
perceived that my heart could only be
by good ene and undertanding:
He even carried his complaiance to my
delicacy o far, that he did not once
feem to oberve that I had, as you ee,
a tolerably fine kin, a hape not at all
depiable, and a pair of thoe pretty
little delicate feet, which might jut as
emphatically have interpreted for me,
as eyes could do for other perons. In
a word, he lived with me as if I had
* The Poet calls him Jupiter. Sce Metam. li. 3.
conited
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 69
conited olely of pirit. Intead of
toying and trifling with me as other lovers
do, he analyed to me the myterious
writings of Averros; we at and talked
entimentally for whole days together;
and though in the main it was all upon
the ame things, we contrived however
to give the ubjet o many different
turns, that it eemed as if we were con
tinually treating of omething new, when
really it was no more than repetition
upon repetition of the ame entiments.
You ee, my Prince, nothing could be
more innocent than our friendhip, or
if you will, our Love: And yet, in
pite of all this, neither the purity of
our intentions, nor the precaution of a
young Gnomide (or female Gnome) who
waited upon me, and was one of the
cunninget little creatures that ever eyes
beheld, could defend us againt the
malicious obervations of thoe many
envious eyes which were continually
upon us. Several Salamanders, offended
at the preference which I gave to my
friend above them, grew o bold as to
make certain remarks upon our condut,
which, as they pretended, mut have
arien from certain familiarities, which
they hinted they had oberved between
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us. One pretended to dicern that I
was unuually gay and alert, and that
a certain fire parkled in my eyes, which
had hitherto been extinguihed for a con
iderable length of time. Another could
not comprehend how my attachment to
Philoophy could be o great, as to make
me fit to receive lefons in it, even in
my Bed-room, nay, and in bed too. A
third would have it he had dicovered a
certain ympathy between our knees and
elbows; and in hort, a fourth peruaded
himelf of ome unaccountable ecret
intelligence between our feet. You ee,
my Prince, that even if amidt thoe di
trations of thought to which Metaphy
ical ouls are the mot frequently liable,
any thing of this kind had paed, it
mut have required all the malice, and
the material mode of thinking of our
wort enemies, to have interpreted
trifles like thee to the diadvantage of
uch virtue as had always maintained
itelf in a well-founded reputation, by
the mot rigid rules of Morality."
However, our enemies continued to
murmur o loudly, that at length it
came to the ears of old Padmanaba,
who was but too naturally inclined to
liten with attention to all uch ininua
tions.
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tions. He was the more hocked and
diturbed at this intelligence, on account
of that high opinion he had hitherto
entertained of my virtue, or at leat of
the coldnes of my blood. Means were
aecordingly concerted to urprize us;
and at lat our enemies ucceeded, taking
us unawares in one of thoe abovemen
tioned ditrations of mind, which for ome
moments was veryunluckily too profound
to leave us the free ue and manage
ment of our, enes. The thundering
voice of the formidable Padmanaba, at
length arouzed me from that kind of
extay, in which all interruption is ex
tremely diagreeable. Judge you, how
atonihed and confounded I mut be, on
eeing myelf expoed to the view of o
many petators, and in o critical a itua
tion ! All preence of mind however did
not entirely leave me. I intreated my
old Huband not to condemn me before
he had heard my jutification; and was
jut going to prove to him by the
eventh Chapter of the Metaphyicks of
Averrs, how deceitful and fallacious are
the enes; when he cut me hort with
thee words. I have loved thee too
much, thou ungrateful creature! to be
-
capable of taking that vengeance 1CE
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thee which my offended honour de
mands. Thy punihment hall conit
imply in a trial of that virtue to which
thou till daret to pretend. I banih
thee, continued he, (touching me with
his Wand,) to the incloure of the park
which urrounds this Manion. Retain
thy hape and the prerogatives of thy
Fairy condition; but loe them both,
and be transformed into an hideous
Crocodile, o often as ever thou halt
lape again, with whomoever it maybe,
into a ditration of thought like that in
which I have jut now caught thee. It
irks me that I have not power to render
this enchantment indioluble. But greatly
am I apprehenive that future times
will produce a Prince, whoe wonderous
tar hall defy every influence of my
magick kill.All that I can do, is to
tie down the conditions of thy dien
chantment to the Talimanick virtue of
a Name o extraordinary, that perad
venture, millions of years may elape
before it hall ever be pronounced or
heard in any language of the world.
The moment Padmanaba uttered thee
myterious words, I was tranported by
an inviible power into that great baon
of water, in which you firt beheld me;
and
- Don Sy Lvio d RosALvA. 73
k, and hortly after, I learned that the old
Man, deeply chagrin'd at my pretended
infidelity, had left the palace without
any one's knowing what became of him,
or of my beloved Salamander. I was
inconolable for the los of the latter,
which for ome days put me into uch
an ill-humour with my Nymphs, and
made me give them uch terrible looks,
that ome of them became paralytic at
the ight of me, and others, half-dead
with the fright, fell in labour, and were
brought to bed before their times. But
as great griefs eldom lat long, mine
ceaed the moment I called to mind that
Padmanaba had at leat left me one way
to ave my honour and ecure my vir
tue. What hall we ay to it, Prince
Biribinquer ?More than fifty thouand
Princes and Cavaliers have for upwards
of a Century pft, attempted in vain that
adventure, which you alone was capable
of atchieving. What complaints, what
maleditions have reounded through the
Foret, when thoe Unfortunates, intead
of a charming Nymph, whom they
fancied they were embracing, uddenly
beheld a hideous Crocodile-The horror
which o humiliating a recollection ex
cites in my oul, hinders me from pro
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ceeding. "Tis true, this horrible Meta
morphois preently ceaed; but every
freh attempt they made to dienchant
me, only erved continually to produce
the ame effet. The baon before
mentioned, which formerly was of an
ordinary ize, is now become o deep
by the addition of their tears, that, as
you aw, it looks rather like a little lake,
where everal of them, who in depair
plunged themelves headlong, would
have found death in the watery element,
had not my Nymphs dragged them out
and reconciled them to life. You alone,
thrice happy Biribinquer ! you alone was
fortunate enough to annihilate an en
chantment, which hitherto had reduced
me to the melancholy neceity of hav
ing o many millions of pectators to
witnes my wretchednes
But tay now, aid the Prince,
this is the very circumtance I cannot
fee through What occaion had you
for all thee witnees ? Methinks the
honour and reputation of your Virtue,
as you are pleaed to call it, would have
been better jutified if you had never
reduced yourelf to the hazard of be
coming a Crocodile at all. Why there!
zeplied Mirabella, this is the way in which
- - you
Don SYLvIo DE RosALv A. 75
you and uch as you reaon. But pray
tell me, if you pleae, what glory can
reult from a contrained virtue? What
female is there who may not retrain her
defires, while he beholds at the ame
time the impoibility of gratifying them,
and the opprobrium of that punihment
which mut attend the gratification? But
to acrifice the fear of hame, and, in
a certain fene, Virtue itelf, to the love
of virtue; this is a degree of moral
Heroim, of which none are capable but
the mot exalted fouls.
Well, but prithee now, aid Biri
binquer, explain this matter to me a little
more clearly. I am not quite tupid in
other repets; but may I be hangd if
I have comprehended a yllable of what
you have been aying."
Our Virtue, replied the Fairy, is
then only a merit when it depends upon
ourelves, whether to acrifice or to pre
ferve it. Lucretia would never have
been held forth as a pattern of chatity,
had he reduced young Tarquin to an
impoibility of attempting her honour.
An ordinary virtue might have bolted
her chamber door againt intruders; the
ublime Lucretia left her's open. She did
more, for he even urrendered herelf,
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to have an opportunity of tetifying to
all the world, by the great acrifice
which he made to Virtue, that the light
et tain, which obcured its native luftre,
deerved to be obliterated with her
blood.
You ee by this intance, my Prince,
how highly the refined mode of think
ing in great ouls is elevated beyond
the ideas of thoe perons, whom we
might morally call, Little folks. To
detroy an enchantment which bereft
my virtue of its highet value the
liberty and the pleaure of triumphing
over difficulties, it was neceary for
me to put myelf o frequently in a con
dition of offending that Virtue, until I
hould have met with the peron who
could deliver me from a burden, the
bare idea of which is inupportable to
my exalted way of thinking. I hope
you undertand me now?
O yes, wonderfully well, cried Biri
binquer: You always explain yourelf
mot intelligibly. But, begging your
ardon, I mut confes I think you the
mot ingularly finical, delicate, nice lady,
that ever eyes beheld. What do you
ay? anwered the beautiful Undina with
great vivacity; What! finical ? me fini
- cal
Don Sx Lvio De RosALv A. 77

cal did you ay ? O'my concience,


ou mut either know me very ill, or
ele you have never een a finical lady
ince the hour you were born. What
is it you can find tiff or affetedly
formal in my peron, manners, dres, or
mode of peaking ? what aukwardnes
or contraint In one word, do you
wih me to give you proofs that I am
the furthet upon earth from being that
fantatick thing you talk of ?''
Biribinquer was equally tartled at
this unexpected propoition, as at the
manner of her demontrating the eri
ounes with which he poke Oh,
dear Madam, replied he, I hall believe
any thing you'd have me. There's no
occaion for further proofs; nor can I
for the life of me conceive how your
Virtue Ha! my Virtue, exclaimed
the Fairy lWhy 'tis that very virtue,
which requires that I hould convince
you I am not finical, nor formal, nor
affeted. Well then, retorted Bir
binquer, if you are not fo, I wear to
you I am no Salamander, nor am I of o
fiery a nature-.
Fie! cried the Undina; are not you
ahamed to talk o indecently before a
woman ?What can have poeed your
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brain ? Who aks you anything repet
ing your nature, or what is it to me
whether it be full of fire or cold as
frot ? This I can aure you, you are a
young man void of delicacy, and know
not how to addres either the ears or the
cheeks of a lady. Are you not enible,
that it is a crime to make a woman
bluh for nothing ? Our Virtue 33

Oh, Madam ! interrupted Biribinquer,


I beg of you, mention that word no
more : if you did but know how it
ditorts that pretty mouth of yours
and permit me to tell you, with the
utmot delicacy in my power, I appre
hend I have done every thing that can
be expeted from a gentleman, having
atchieved a buines which has put the
valour and patience of fifty thouand
Heroes to the proof. Whatever then is
left till to do, I give up to the Sala
manders, Sylphs, Gnomes, Fauns, and Tri
tons of your acquaintance, who are now
at full liberty to experience and to exer
cie your Virtue without any intermiion
or moletation whatoever. All I have to
requet of you, is your protection and
my dimiion. -

As to your Dimiion, replied the


charming Mirabella, you are entirely at
your
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 79
your own dipoal; for you know L.
never ent for you or defired your
coming. But ince you demand my
Protection, I mut not conceal it from
you, that your happines depends upon
your own condut. If you go on at
this rate, the protection of all the Fairies
in the univere will avail you nothing
Who ever aw a Lover like you ?
You ramble about all day long in earch
of your beloved mitres, and then pend
your nights in the arms of another. The
next morning your love begins its pur
fuit again, and the next evening your
infidelity again returns. What can be
the iue of uch a condut? Surely
your Shepherdes mut be a paragon of
patience to be atisfied with this new
vogue of making Love. Upon my
word, cried the Prince, it's mighty pretty
for you, Madam, to reproach me in
this manner. I hall ay no more, Ma
dam, but trut me, this eternal Morality
of yours, though you are very clever at
it, begins to be omewhat tireome. You
had better tell me, how I may deliver my
bet-loved Galatina from the hands of
thatcured Giant, who yeterday brought
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Oh, give yourelf no uneaines
about the Giant, aid the Undina. A.
rival that picks his teeth with a hedge
take, is not by any means o formidable
as you may imagine; and I know a certain
Gnome, who, little as he eems, might
do you more injury than this Caracul
aborix, was he two hundred yards higher
than he is. In hort, give yourelf no
concern about any thing, but how to
often your Shepherdes. The ret will
follow of coure: and if you hould
chance to have any need of my ait
ance, you have only to break this
Otrich's Egg which I now give you,
and take my word for it, it will do you
full as good ervice as the Fairy Crytal
lina's Pea-hells.
No ooner had Mirabella uttered thee
lat words than he diappeared, Self,
cloet, palace and all : as for poor Biri
binquer, he found himelf without know
ing how, in the very pot where the
Giant Caraculiamborix had urprized him
the day before with his fair Shepherdes.
No creature could be more atonihed
than he, at the extraordinary things
which had befallen him ince his flight
from the great Bee-hive. He rubbed
his eyes, pinched his arms, pulled
-
C
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 8 I.

elf by the noe, and would have been


glad to inquire of any one, if any one
could have told him, whether he was
really Biribinquer, or whether it was
ome other wrapped up in his kin. The
more he refleted upon the ubjet, the
more likely it eemed to him, that the
whole was nothing but a dream: thus
for a while he tood fixing himelf in this
opinion, when uddenly he beheld iuing
from amidt the buhes a Huntres, who,
to judge by her hape and gait, eemed
no other than Diana herelf. Her robe
of green, all over wrought with golden
Bees, was tucked up to her knees, and
fatened above her boom by a clap of
Diamonds. Her fair locks were partly
tied up with a tring of Pearls, and
partly flowed in wanton ringlets upon
her ivory houlders. She carried a
Javelin in her hand, and a Quiver of
Gold hung at her back. For once
however, aid Biribinquer to himelf, I am
now fure that this is no dream; and
thus till muing and wondering at this
bright Huntres, he inenibly drew o
near her as preently to dicern it was
his dear Galalina. Never had he ap
peared to him o ravihingly beauteous
as in this triking dres, which gave her
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the air of a Goddes. He intantly
forgot all the Crytallinas and Mirabellas
that had ever enchanted him before;
he threw himelf at her feet, and teti
fied to her in the mot lively terms his
tranport at having found her once
again. The beautiful Galaiina, however,
was more a mitres of his adventures
than he could have imagined. How!
aid he, (turning away her charming
face with a kind of indignation that did
but the more heighten her charms) and
daret thou again appear before my
eyes, after having rendered thyelf, by
repeated injuries, o unworthy the par
don I had already once granted thee ?
Divine Galalina, replied Biribinquer,
let me not be the objet of your anger;
nor turn from me thoe eyes, unles
you wih me to fall a lifeles vitim at
your feet. Leave me, and ilence
thy romantick follies, aid the fair Hun
tres; follies which thou art but too well
accutomed to lavih upon every new
comer. Thou hat never loved me, in
contant creature that thou art ! He who
loves ali, loves none.
. Never, cried Biribinquer, with tears
in his eyes, never have I loved any other
than you. This is a declaration o
trUe,
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 83
true, that I could wear every thing
which happened to me in a certain
Palace, was but a hadow or a dream:
At leat, I can poitively aure you that
thoe heedlenelles, upon which you pas
o harh a contruction, were only wan
derings of the enes, in which my heart
had not the leat hare. A fine di
tintion truly, replied the Huntres;
and do you call thee Heedlenees ?
But take my word for it, I will have
no concern with any Lover that is ub--
ject to uch heedlenees. I have never
tudied the Philoophy of Averros; on
the contrary, I am a creature of oma
terial and dull a pecies, that I cannot
comprehend how the heart of my Lover
can be innocent, when his enes are
unfaithful to me.
Pardon me only this once, Ma
dam, aid Bribinquer obbing" Me !
I pardon you! interrupted the fair
Galaina, and prithee why hould I par
don you ?Look at me then; is it likely
that one with a face like mine, can
think herelf obliged to pardon ? or can
you think, that, to gain Lovers if I
wanted any, I mut be as tame and
patient as you would have me ? No,
trut me, I can chooe whenever I pleae
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from amongt twenty others, who know
far better how to value a heart which

et.
thus coolly and deliberately neg
Thee words, though accompanied
with a look that at leat diminihed more
than half the everity of them, reduced
poor Biribinquer to downright defpair.
What is it I hear, aid he, O cruel
fair one; and would you then urge my
death ?Cannot my tears avail to move
your pity ?No, by all the Divinities
I wear, never will I endure that any
other than Biribinquer"
Oh mot odious of all monters!
exclaimed Galalina in the height of
fury ; and dot thou till harrow up
my ears with that deteted Name, which
twice already hath transfixed my very
oul? Fly, fly for ever from my ight!
or look to endure the mot terrible
effets of that perpetual hatred, which
I have worn to thee, and thy accured
Name!
Biribinquer trembled, to behold his fair
one thus uddenly brought up to the
extremity of rage. In the height of
his ditres, how did he cure the name
of Biribinquer, and execrate thoe who
had betowed it on him! In all proba
- bility
Don SYLVIO DE RosALVA. 85
bility (for we would not poitively aer
it) he might have dahed his brains
againt the next Oak he came to, if,
lo! at the ame intant he had not per
ceived ix Hogras *, which iued from
the

* Authors, who know no better, have pre


umptuouly ventured to aert, that the Hagra,
Ogre or Oger, is a pecies of imaginary monter.
We, for a good while, were imple enough to be
of the ame opinion; and accordingly, at the
beginning of Book the fifth, have tranlated the
word, Hyena or Chimaera. But, on dipping into
the elaborate writings of Madame d'Anoi, that
faithful Hitorian of the Fairies, how greatly
were we urprized and delighted to find the truth
burt upon us in the following decription, which
we cannot withhold from our les intelligent
Readers! The Ogres, ays he, eat up every
body that comes in their way, and are the mot
terrible race of Beings in the world. When they
have once fed upon fre meat (for o they call
Man's fleh) they can eat nothing ele. They
are Half Fairies, very greedy, and never can
more hideous figures terrify mankind with a
reemblance of human creatures; for they Are
full as tallas Giants: Each has a Saucer-eye
in the middle of the forehead. Their noes are
flat and broad. Their ears are like thoe of an
As. They go clothed over with Snakes of all
colours, hocking to behold! Their hair is like
Hog's britles. They have paws intead of
hands, in which they carry great iron clubs.
Their kin is pitol proof. They have a large
bunch on their body, both before and All
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the wood, running towards them, and
eized the beauteous Huntres before his
eyes. Thee Hagras were of a ize more.
than human. Round their heads and
waits they wore great branches of Oak
in the form of Garlands, and upon their
left houlder they carried a maive club
of teel. Thus equipped, Bribinquer
found them o formidable, that in pite
of all his native valour, he depaired
of being able to extricate his beloved.
miftres from their clutches. In this
urgent neceity, he called to mind the
Otrichs Egg which the Fairy Mirabella.
had given him. Hebroke it trembling,
and, as may eaily be conceived, was
now more than ever atonihed to be
hold the appearance of an infinite number
of Nymphs, Tritons, Dolphins, and o
forth, which in the twinkling of an eye,
grew larger and larger; and ome from
their Urns, and the ret through their
Notrils, poured forth o prodigious a
quantity of water, that in les than a
and they dwell in a very deolate country, thinly
inhabited;And we may add, which neither
the traveling Jew, nor faon, nor Hercules, nor
Cadmus, nor Columbus ; nor yet Rgers, nor Anon,
nor Bankes, nor Solander, nor any but Madame
d'Anois, and our Author, ever yet aw and
urvived. -

minute
Don SyLv1o DE RosALv A. 87
minute it had formed itelf into a Lake
bounded only by the Horizon. He
found himelf feated on the back of a
Dolphin, which wam along with him
o very gently that the Prince hardly
perceived himelf to move, while the
Nymphs and Tritons that dived and
tumbled around him, ued all their en
deavours to divert him with their muick,
and a thouand whimical and portive
gambols. Biribinquer, however, could
only keep looking towards the pot
where he had been o recently compelled
to abandon to the Hogras his beft-loved
Galatina. At length, no longer able to
ditinguih any objects whitheroever he
turned, nor any thing about him but
the liquid Element, his afflition became
o great, that he was often tempted to
plunge himelf into the foaming flood:
Indeed nothing, in all likelihood, could
have prevented him, but his fear of
falling into the arms of one of thoe
Nymphs who wam around his Dol
phin; which, as he very wiely judged,
might eaily have tempted him to infringe
that eternal fidelity which he had jut
before worn to his fair mitres. Nay,
o far did he carry his cruples for this
once, that he tied up his eyes with a
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ilk handkerchief, for fear of being too
much affected by thoe encircling beau
ties, who by a thouand educing mo
tions might lay fnares for his con
tancy.
He had now been wimming two hours
in this manner without meeting with the
leat accident, when by chance moving
the handkerchief a little to ee where he
was, he found, to his great atisfation,
that the Nymphs had diappeared ; but
in return, he dicovered omething at a
great ditance iuing from the waves,
which eemed to him as it were an huge
Mountain. He alo perceived that the
Lake became very tempetuous, and oon
after a furious hurricane aroe, accom
panied with howers of rain o violent,
that it appeared as if another Ocean
was tumbling from the clouds.
The caue of this tumult and confu
ion was a Whale, but uch a Whale as
is not to be een or met with every
day: For thoe which are commonly
fihed for upon the coats of Greenland,
are no more in comparion of this we
are peaking of, than one of thoe An
malcula which, by the help of a Micro
cope, are een floating by thouands in
a ingle drop of water. Every time
- - he
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 89
he breathed, (which was once within
four hours) he tirred up a tempet,
and the floods which pouted from his
notrils, occaioned uch heavy rains,
that all the adjacent countries were
overflowed with them for fifty leagues
round. The motion of the Lake was
o violent, that Biribinquer could no
longer keep his feat upon the Dolphin ;
accordingly he abandoned himelf to the
waves, and lay as their port for ome
time, till at length he was drawn for
ward by the air inhaled by this pro
digious Fih, and in this manner was at
lat ucked into the body of the monter
through one of his wide notrils. There
he kept falling downward for ome
hours inceantly, without knowing what
was to become of him, o great was his
giddines and atonihment of oul! At
length, however, he perceived himelf to
be fallen into a great mas of waters
that filled up one of the cavities of the
Whale's belly. It was but a mall Lake
indeed, yet it covered a circumference
of between ten and a dozen leagues; and
here in all probability mut Biribinquer
have found the end of all his adventures,
had he not, by great good luck, dropped
o near the hore of an Iland, d
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had but about two hundred paces.
to wim before he could reach firm
ground.
Neceity, the mother of all arts,
taught him to wim this once, and the
only time he had ever wam ince the
hour he was born. Luckily for him
he reachcd land, and after having eated
himelf for a little while upon a Rock,
which like all other Rocks was of tone,
but at the ame time as oft as a pillow,
he amued himelf while his clothes lay
drying in the un, with breathing a
delicious odour conveyed to him over
the adjacent country from a little Foret
of Cinnamon trees that extended itelf
towards the coat. His clothes dried,
and being curious to ee the country, and
inform himelf whether it was inhabited,
and by whom, he decended from the
Rock the moment he found his pirits
a little recruited, and travelled for about
half an hour through the Foret.
At length he arrived at a large garden,
in which every pecies of tree, hrub,
plant, flower and herb in the known
world, grew and bloomed around him
in charming confuion and diorder.
Art lay o concealed in the arrangement
of this Garden, that the whole appeared
only
Don SYLv1o DE RosALv A. 91

only as a port and patime of wanton


Nature. Here and there he dicerned
Nymphs of dazzling beauty, lying under
the hade of fragrant thickets, or reclin
ed in cool Grottos, pouring through
their urns little rivulets that ran meander
ing through the wondrous cene, and
while in ome places they purted forth
in Fountains, in others they fell dahing
in Cacades, or met together in Baons
urrounded with marble of every ort
and colour. Thee Baons warmed as
it were with all kinds of fihes, which,
contrary to the cutom of creatures of
their pecies, ung o melodiouly, that
Biribinquer tood quite enraptured at the
ound. In particular he admired a Carp,
which chanted the finet treble in the
world, trilling forth uch extatick Qua
vers, as might have done honour to the
firt Catrati in Italy*. The Prince
litened to him a long time with great
pleaure; but as all thee wonders erved
only to excite his curioity the more,
he determined to know who this En
chanted Iland belonged to, and whether,
as he uppoed, he was really in a ub
terraneous world or no. To this end he
* Fuimus Romani; at nunc.See the Roman
Hitory, and The preent tate of Italy.
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put everal quetions to thee fihes; fr;
aid he to himelf, as they ing o well,
in all probability they can talk till
better. The fihes, however, kept on
their inging, without giving him any
anwer, or eeming to pay the leat at
tention to anything he aid.
Accordingly he gave it up, and pur
ued his journey, till at length he came
to a large Kitchen-garden. Here every
plant and vegetable eemed to grow a
bundantly, and in the greatet perfection,
without the leat culture. While he
was endeavouring to trike out a path
way in this kind of wildernes as well as
he could, he chanced to hit his right.
foot againt a large Pompion, that nearly
in ize reembled the prominent belly
of a Chinee Mandarine, and which he
had not taken notice of before, as it lay
blended with its broad leaves. -

Signior Biribinquer aid the Pompion,


another time, pray, be kind enough to
look a little before you, and take care
how you tumble over the paunch of
an honet Pompion. I humbly beg
your pardon, my friend Pompion, replied
Biribinquer; upon my word it was not
done deignedly, and I certainly hould
have been more cautious, could I have
uppoed,
Don SylvIo DE RosALv A. 93

uppoed, that the Pompions of this Iland


had been peronages of that importance
which I now ee they are. I am re
joiced however, that this little accident
introduces me to the pleaure of your
acquaintance; for now I hope you will
be o obliging as to inform me where I
am, and what I am to think of all that
I ee and hear in this new cene of
abode ?"
Prince Biribinquer, replied the Pom
pion, your preence is too agreeable to
my wihes, to uffer me to neglet o fa
vourable an opportunity of rendering
you, with the greatet pleaure, every
little ervice in my power. Know then
that you are now in the belly of a
Whale, and this Iland In the
belly of a Whale ? exclaimed Biribin
quer,this exceeds every thing that has
happened to me yet. Look ye, Pompion,
I wear to you, from this moment, no
thing in the world hall ever urprize
me again. Egad ! if one may find air,
and water, and iflands, and gardens, and
as it eems to me, even a Sun, Moon
and Stars in a Whales belly: if the
Rocks are as oft as cuhions; if the Fihes
fing like Nightingales, and even Pom
ions can talk' Oh, but top, tlS
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the Pompion in his turn,as to this lat
matter, you'll pleae to oberve, I am
peculiarly ditinguihed from all other
Pompions, Cucumbers and Melons in
the whole garden; and you might afely
walk over or tread upon a hundred of
them without aueezing out a ingle
yllable." Well then, I begyour par
don again, aid the Prince. There's
no need of that, replied Pompion, I
aure you, I hould have been very
orry if this accident had not happened
to me. I have long ince my being
here expected your coming, and was
beginning to depair of ever eeing this
fortunate event: for believe me, to
any one not born to be a Pompion, 'tis
a very tedious circumtance to lie o for
two hundred years together as I have
done, epecially when one is fond of
converation, and has been ued to good
company. At lat, however, the time is
come for you to avenge me of that
cured Padmanaba. What do you ay
about Padmanaba ? aid Biribinquer; are
you peaking of that Enchanter who
turned the beautiful Crytallina into a
Chamber-pot, and condemned the more
beautiful Mirabella to become a Crocodile
every time he endeavoured to put her
Virtue
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Virtue to the proof?" This quetion


of yours, replied the Pompion, aures
me I was not deceived in taking you
for the Prince Biribinquer ; I can ee
from thence, that more than half of this
old Wretch's enchantments are already
diolved, and that the moment of my
own deliverance is come. What
then, demanded Biribinquer, have you
any complaint to lay againt him?
I ak your pardon, replied Pom
- pion, if this quetion makes me laugh,
(and laugh indeed did he mot heartily,
o long and o loud, that by reaon
of his hort breath, a conequence of
his big belly, he fell into a violent fit
of coughing for a great while before he
could recover his voice) Why, don't
you oberve then, continued he, that
I mut certainly be a omething better
than I appear to be ?Did not Mirabella
tell you any thing of a certain Sala--
mander, who had the honour of being
urprized by old Padmanaba under certain
circumtances ? Yes, yes, aid Biri
binquer, he did; I remember he told
me of a certain prightly lover who
entertained and engroed her mind with
the ublime Myteries of the Philoophy
of Averros, in uch a manner, that he
paid
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paid no attention to certain little Experi
ments; and that jut in the interim-
Softly, oftly, cried the Pompion, I
ee you know more of the matter than
you needed to have known. I am that
Salamander, that Flox, who, as I told you,
and as you knew before, was fortunate
enough to make the charming Mirabella
ome amends for thoe tedious nights
he was obliged to pend with the old
Enchanter. The abovementioned cene,
at which he had the tupidity to be pre
ent as a pectator, without being invited,
threw him into a kind of depair, yet
was not ufficient to cure him of his
ridiculous and ill-placed paion. His
palace and every other place of abode,
of which he had his choice in whatever
element he pleaed, now became odious
to him. He no longer put any confi
dence either in Mortals or Immortals.
Gnomes, Sylphs, Tritons, Salamanders, all
alike became objets of mitrut and
upicion; nor could he think himelf
any where ecure, but in ome olitude
utterly inacceible. After having formed
many projets, which he almot as in
tantly rejected, at length he took it into
his head to retire into the belly of this
Whale, where, as he uppoed, no crea
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Don SYLv1o de RosALvA. 97
e ture would come to eek after him.
Here, by the help of the Salamanders,
he built him a Palace, and then, to pre
vent their betraying him, he changed
them, as well as myelf, into o many
Pompions, on condition o to remain,
until Prince Biribinquer hould come in
peron, and retore us to our former
hape. I was the only one to whom
he indulged the ue of reaon and peech;
the former of which, he uppoed, would
only erve to torment me with the
remembrance of my lot felicity;
and the latter to enable me to utter
many a vain Oh, or Alas! and wate
my pirits in mournful Soliloquies.
However, for once this fagacious villain is
caught out with a vengeance, for, un
favourable as the figure and organim
of a Pompion may eem for making ob
ervations, 'tis by no means ill-adapted
for reaonings and arguments d priori;
and befides, in the coure of a hundred
years, one gets at many things by de
grees that tend ither to confirm our
Hypothees pre-conceived, or lead us
onward to new dicoveries. In hort, I
am not o ignorant of the flightet
motions of Signior Padmanaba, asper
haps he may imagine me to be ; and I
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flatter myelf I can give you uch hints
as may enable you to render all his
precautions vain and fruitles
I hall eteem myelf infinitely
obliged to you, replied the Prince; for
I feel within me a ingular propenfity to
play old Padnandba ome fhrewd turn.
"Tis certainly the influence of my tars
that inclines me o, for I cannot ay
that in my life he ever peronally offend
ed me What! aid the Pompion,
is it not a ufficient offence, to have been
the fole caue why the great Caramu/al,
who dwells on the ummit of mount
Atlas, hould have given you the name
of Brilinquer ? A name, which aheady
hath been o fatal to your interet with
your beauteous Milkmaid ?" And is
old Padmanaba then the caue of my be
ing called Biribinquer ? cried the Prince
full of atonihment. I beeech you,
explain to me a little, the connection of
all this buines; for I protet to you, I
have often puzzled rny brain to no end,
in order to learn, if poible, the mytery
of a name, to which, as it hitherto
eems, I am indebted for all my extra
ordinary adventures. But in particular
1 hould be glad to know whence it
comes to pas, that wherever I am, or
- - - - whoever
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 99
whoever I meet, even the very Pompi
ons, all know my name; and every
body, the moment I appear, is as well
acquainted with all the circumtances of
my hitory, as if it were written upon
my forehead.
I am not yet permitted, replied the
Pompion, to atisfy your curioity on this
head. Let it uffice to ay, that it in
tirely depends upon you, to inform
yourelf further, after what I hall tell
you. The greatet difficulty of all is
now urmounted. Padmanaba certainly
never imagined you would find him out
in his Whales belly. And I mut
incerely confes to you, interrupted
Biribinquer, I had it till les in my idea
than he; and you will allow he has at
leat done all he could to avoid his
detiny. But you jut now mentioned
omething of a palace that this old Man
had built in this iland by the aitance
of the Salamanders. We are now, I up
poe, in the gardens belonging to that
alace; but how is it, I can ee nothing
of the edifice ?" The reaon, anwer
ed Pompion, is a very imple one. You
would infallibly ee it, if it was not in
viible. Inviible! cried Biribinquer
But I hope, at leatF is not impalpabl
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too
built?" No, replied
of compated Flox; but, as it is
Flames JP

How! interrupted Biribinquerthis


is a mighty odd kind of palace: But
pray now, granting it to be built of
flames, how can it be inviible ?
That, aid the Pompion, is the very
oint in which the wonder conits. In
whether it be poible or not, the
circumtance is no les true : You will
never be able to ee the palace, at leat
in your preent condition; but all you
have to do is to walk on for about two
hundred paces, and then the heat you
will feel, will oon convince you of the
truth of what I have told you.
The extraordinary things Piribinquer
had already een in the Whales belly
(and who indeed would expet anything
1es than extraordinary in the belly of a
Whale ?) might naturally be uppoed to
make him the more readily give credit
to all he had heard. Fr this once,
howevcr, he was o head trong, that he
would trut nobody but his own elf,
and his own enes. Accordingly he
advanced towards the inviible palace;
but no ooner had he got about two
hundred paces on his way than he felt
a prodigious heat increaing at every
- -- tep.
Don Sy Lv10 De RosALv A. 1 Q1

tep. The farther he proceeded, the


more did the heat and a certain invii
ble radiance rie upon him. He there
fore thought it bet to return, and look
for his friend the Pompion; who the
moment he heard his foot-teps, cried
out, Well, Prince Biribinquer, will
you trut my word for the future ?
I hope you are now fully atisfied that
nothing in nature can be more conitent,
than for a palace of flames to be inac
ceible and inviible, merely from the
force of its radiance and plendor.
In truth, replied Biribinquer, I can
more eaily conceive this, than how I
hall be able to get into that ame palace:
But I mut teil thee, I feel within my
elf an irreitible deire to enter it; and
was it to cot me my life, I could
readily It will not cot you o
much, interrupted the Pompion. If you
will but follow my diretions, the palace
will become viible to you, and you hall
enter it with as much afety as if is
were a Cottage of thatch. - The method
of doing o is very imple, and will cot
you no more than a ingle leap.
Don't keep me o long with your
Enigmas, Pompion, cried Biribinquer;
tell me in one word, what I am to do.
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Let the enterprize be difficult or not,
you ee me here ready to hazard eve
thing in the world to get within idea
Palace inviible from its very luftre.
Within fixty paces of this pot, re
plied the Pompion, jut behind thoe
Pomegranate trees, in a little labyrinth
compoed of Jamines and Roe-buhes,
you will find a Bafon ditinguihed from
the ret that lie round it, only by its
being filled with fire, whereas the others
are full of water. Go, Prince, and
plunge yourelf into that baon; and
then, in a quarter of an hour, return
and tell me the effect which your bathing
has upon you.
Nothing but this ! exclaimed the
Prince, (with a voice and air that ex
preed rather more vexation than con
tempt); why, Pompion, methinks thou
art only trifling with me.And o then
I am to bathe myelf firft in a flood of
fire, and after a quarter of an hour's
tay there, am to return and tell thee
what effet I feel from it? Prithee now,
who ever heard of a cheme fo ex
travagant as this? Don't be angry,
Prince, faid Pompion, it is at your own
option, whether you chooe to enter the
inviible Palace or no; and had you
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Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 103
not eemed o determined upon the ub
jet, I hould never have thought of
making you uch a propoal.
Monieur Pompion, replied Biri
binquer, I perceive you are inclined to
divert yourelf at my expence: but let
me tell you, I am not at preent in a
humour to be made your laughing-tock.
I have no deire to enter the Palace in
the charater of a departed pirit."
Nor do I wih you, aid the Pompion,
brikly. This bath of fire which I pro
poe to you, Prince Biribinquer, is not
o dangerous as you may imagine. Pad
manaba himelf makes ue of it every
third day, and without it he would be
as little capable of inhabiting a fiery
Palace as yourelf. For though, except
ing the great Caramu/al who dwells on
the ummit of mount Atlas, he is the
greatet and mot powerful Enchanter
upon earth; yet is he of a nature and
origin as terretrial as your own. Was
it not for the ue of this bath, which is
one of the profoundet ecrets of his art,
he would be incapable of enjoying that
mall particle of happines which he at
preent enjoys, or at leat eems o to
do, in the company of that fair and
beautiful Salamander whom he keeps
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locked up in his palaceAnd you may
gues for yourelf, whether the poeion
which a Tihonus is capable of haring
with his Aurora, deerves to be called
an Enjoyment. What then, aid Biri
binquer, has he a Salamandra with him?"
Why not? replied Pompion; do you
uppoe he would hut himelf up in a
Whales belly for nothing?"
But is he very beautiful ? continued
Biribinquer. Why urely, replied the
Pompion, if you are capable of aking
uch a quetion, you can never have een
a female Salamander. Need you be told
that the mot beautiful of mortals is but
a mere Dowdy in comparion of our
Belles ? Though indeed I know an
Undina, that in point of beauty may well
enter the lifts with the faireft Sala
mander of them all : But then, you
are to oberve, there is but one
Mirabella amongt the whole race of
Undinae. Well then, cried the Prince,
if that is all, and if old Padmanaba's
Salamandra is not fairer than Mirabella,
you might have excued yourelf the
trouble of depreciating the mortal beau
ties. I own to you that he has charms;
but I know a certain Milkmaid.
Of whom, aid the Pompion with a
-
fneer,
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 1o5
fneer, you are o enamoured, that you
preently wore to Mirabella, you had
never een her*. The caue is bet
known by its effets, and if one was in
clined to judge of your paion upon
this principle 3

Why, upon my oul! exclaimed


Bribinquer full of impatience, urely you
think I am come hither for nothing ele
but to learn Philoophy from a Pompion!
Tell me rather how I may get into
that inviible Palace; which, unles I do,
I hall die with vexation. But prithee
now, is there no other method but you
mut want to ee me broiled like a Raher
in that cured bath of fire ? What
an odd creature you are ! cried the Pom
pion. I have already told you once,
how highly it concerned my own interets
that you hould enter the inviible palace;
where, to judge from circumtances, one
of the mot extraordinary adventures in
the world awaits you. Can you uppoe
then, that I am a Pompion here for my
own amuement, and that I do not
wih as oon as poible to be et free
from this devilih clumy belly that fits
o ill upon a pirit of my lively and
* See Page 63, of this Volume.
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peculative turn ? I repeat it to you,
that unles you chooe to prih in the
flames, you have no other way of getting
into the Palace, but through the fiery
bath I have propoed to you. Sooner
than die with impatience, as you talked
of, you ought at leat to try, were it
only for a few minutes. Were you
even to perih (though I can warrant
you to the contrary) it is but meeting
with one kind of death intead of ano
ther, which by the way, will come when
it will come. Well, well, aid Bir
binquer, we hall ee what's to be done.
Perhaps I ought not to repoe o much
confidence in you as I now do; but my
fate is tronger than my reaon. I go
then; and if in a quarter of an hour
you hear nothing of me, even reign
ourelf patiently to remain a Pompion,
till old Padmanaba hall ceae of his own
accord to be plagued with love, or
tung by jealouy."
So aying, the Prince made Pompion
a very low bow, and advanced towards
the Labyrinth, in which he was to look
for his fiery bath. There he found a
large circular baon, the borders of
which were edged with large quare
tones of olid Diamond. In the baon
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Don Sylvrope RosAlvA. 107
was a vat quantity of fire, which, with
out being fed by any viible matter,
mounted up in erpentine columns, re
fembling flahes of lightning, and con
tinually touched without burning them,
the Roe-bufhes that formed a kind of
arbour round about the baon. In thee
wonderous flames were beheld innumer
able colours, which varied every moment;
and intead of moke, a tepid, inviible
exhalation, replete with the mot delici
ous odors, diffued itelf on every ide.
Biribinquer tood for ome time conider
ing this prodigy, in a tate of irreolu
tion, that redounded but little honour to
a Hero of the Fairies, and in all proba
bility till might he have tood on the
edge of the baon, had not ome power
uneen, plunged him quite unexpectedly
into the midt of the flames. So great
was his terror at the event, that it hinder
ed him from crying out; but the mo
ment he perceived that the fire he was
in did not even burn a ingle hair of
his head, and intead of putting him to
any pain, rather pervaded his whole
frame with a delightful enation of
glowing warmth, he oon recovered from
his fright and became o pleaed with.
his ituation, that he lay beating the
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flaming waves with his hands and feet,
like a fih in common water. Nor is it
at all unlikely, but he might have ex
ceeded the time precribed in o delici
ous a bath, had not the heat, which every
moment increaed upon him, obliged
him to retire. He accordingly made the
bet of his way out; but what was his
atonihment, on finding himelf o light
and o immaterial, that, like a Zephyr,
he carce touched the earth ! and what
completed his joy, was to dicover in
the twinkling of an eye, as it were, the
- Palace in quetion, whoe lutre and
beauty urpaed all that the human eye
had hitherto ever been able to behold.
He tood for ome time in a manner be- -
fide himelf, and the firt clear idea that
truck his mind, when he recovered the
ower of thinking, was to repreent to
himelf, thoe plendors and that beauty
which a palace o magnificent mut con
tain. For Diamonds and Rubies eem
ed no more than the commonet treet
ebbles, if compared with the materials
of which this brilliant manion was com
poed; nor did he doubt but the fair
Salamandra, in comparion with all the
other beauties he had ever yet known,
would appear jut as this truture now
appeared
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 1og
appeared in comparion with the other
ordinary Palaces of the Fairies, which
are thought to be built very umptu
ouly, when their walls are made of
Diamonds and Emeralds, the ceiling of
Rubies, and the floors of Pearl, and o
forth: And yet all this could only
have furnihed out a mean Hovel or
Cottage, compared with this Palace of
flaming fire.
With his head full of thee ideas, Bir
binquer inenibly approached the Palace,
and had already croed the firt court,
whoe replendent gate intantly opened to
him of its own accord; when uddenly he
recolleted that the Pompion had expresly
told him, he mut come back and find
him out again, after having bathed him
elf in the fiery baon. Probably,
aid he to himelf, he may have ome
intrutions to give me, without which it
might be dangerous to venture my per:
on in uch a building; and fince I have
hitherto met with o good ucces from
his intrutions, it would neither be
prudent nor grateful, were I to think
of having no farther need of his ait
ance. Who will ay, after this, that he
hall never be in uch a condition as to
want the good counel of a Pompion,
when
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when even a Prince may find himelf in
a ituation to require it ?
Accordingly, Biribinquer retired very
oftly, and not without fear of being
dicovered, to eek his friend the Pom
pion. So, o! cried Pompion as he
drew nigh, I ee the bath has had a
wonderful effet upon you. O'my con
cience, you look charmingly ; I wear by
the virtue of my dearet Mirabella, that
in the condition you now appear, no
Salamandra in the world could refift you
a ingle minute. But what is to become
of your fidelity to the Milkmaid ?
My dear Pompion, aid Biribinquer,
notwithtanding the great regard I have
for thee in other repects, I mut tell
thee, that in my preent mood, freh
from the bath as thou eet me, thou
wouldft do better to be more fparing
of uch impertinent remontrances.
Oh! I beg your pardon, replied Pom
pion, I only meant to ay Very
well, interrupted the Prince; I know
what you meant to ay, and I tell you
in anwer, that without your exhorta
tions, which imply an offenive diff
dence of my firmnes, I think myelf as
ecure againt the united charms of your
fiery beauties, as I could be in the
midt
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 111
midt of the mot ugly She-Gnomes:
and that merely from the recolletion
of my divine Milkmaid. We hall
fee, aid the Pompion, whether you will
keep up to thee generous entiments; I
have as good an opinion of you as can
poiblybe, after all that befel you lately
in a certain Palace; but at the ame time
I cannot conceal it from you, that I per
ceive your fidelity to be in very great
jeopardy, if you enter into the luminous
manion before you. It till depends
upon yourelf, whether you will run the
hazard of it or no. Think well of the
matter, or elfe
Friend Pompion, cried Biribinquer in
a pet, I ee thou hat the me trange
propenity to reaoning, as the virtuous
and affected Lady, thy beloved Mira
bella is plagued with... Prithee, why
wouldt thou have me bathe myelf as I
have done, if I mut not go into the
Palace?But once for all, my friend,
put yourelf into no concern about m
fidelity; rather intrut me what I have
to do when I get there. That re
quires very little intrution, replied the
Pompion, for you will meet with no ort
of reitance: Every door will pontane
ouly open itelf before you, and hould
you
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you chance to have any thing to fear,
it can only arie from your own heart,
as I told you before,though you are
not very fond of hearing it. But
with what kind of countenance dot thou
think old Padmanaba will receive me ?"
demanded the Prince. Why, replied
the Pompion, if we may give a gues
from the motion of the tars, it is now z
midnight, a time at which the old fellow
is generally in a ound leep. But up
poing he hould wake, till you have
nothing to fear from his anger. Tis
not all his power can cope againt the
magical virtues of your name; and if
one may judge by the advantages you
have already gained over him, you may
undoubtedly hope to be equal uccesful
on the preent occaion.
Let come what will, cried Biribin
quer, I am reolved to try the adventure
of this inviible Catle; for certainly it
could not be without ome good reaon,
that I am thus trangely Cooped up in
a Whale's belly. Well, Pompion, good

night to you till I ee you again.'


Much good luck be with thee, vali
ant and lovely Biribinquer ! cried the
loquacious Pompion. May properity
till attend thy teps, thou flower and
Ol'1131M1CMC
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 1 13 ,
ornament of all Faery-Knights! and may
the great adventure on which thou art
marching with o much intrepidity and
courage, meet with uch an iue as
never Tale recorded fince the firt ex
iftence of Fairies, and Nurfes, in the
whole univeral world. Go, wie Son of
a King, whither thy detiny impells thee;
but take heed of negleting the advice
of a Pompion, who is not only thy friend,
but perhaps penetrates into futurity
with far more agacity than any Al
manack-maker in all Chritendom.
Pompion was o taken up with this
fine parting harangue, that he did not
perceive the Prince had got through the
firt court of the Palace before he had
done peaking. Biribinquer, for his part,
had at preent no other concern or at
tention, but for the adventure which
awaited him ; and his imagination, which
had been already exalted by the ue
of the fiery bath, repreented the beau
tiful Salamandra whom he hoped to fee,
as arrayed in uch irreitable charms,
that he could not help wihing, for this
once only, that he might have a dipen
ation for being unfaithful to his dear
Milkmaid. While he went on thinking
in this manner, he advanced through
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the econd court, and came to a veti
bule or large entry, in which his ears
were intantly attacked with a prodigi
ous noie and clatter. He topped a
while to liten; at length he ditinguih
ed the hrill voices of females, who
eemed to be in high dipute and con
tention; and, being naturally very curi
ous, he could not reit a deire of
eeing who thee agreeable voices belong
ed to. He opened the door of a large
and uperb hall; but what was his
amazement on beholding the room filled
with a group of at leat fifty of the
ugliet little She-Dwarfs, that ever could
have been caricatured even by the bur
leque imagination of a Hogarth or a
Calot. - -

Poor Biribinquer at the firt ight,


thought all Witches Bedlam was broke
looe upon him, and into a fit he cer
tainly mut have fell, had not thee
trange whimical figures at the ame
time made him burt into an immoderate
hore laugh. Thee charming Nymphs,
who were neither more nor les than
Gnomides, and the younget of them at
leat about eighty years old, no fooner
perceived him than they all ran up
towards him as fat as their crooked legs
could
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 115
could carry them. Ha! Prince Biri
binquer, cried one of the ugliet, you
are jut come in right time to decide a
dipute which had almot et us to pul
1ing of caps. I hope, aid Biri
Binquer, you are not quarrelling which is
the prettiet of the company.Why
not? replied the Gnomide, you have nick'd
the quetion to a needle's point. But
only think of it, my handome Prince;
after having got all the ret of them
to give me the preference of the whole
company, in point of beauty, this ill
favoured thing here, this puny Pagoda,
has the face to dipute the Golden Apple
with me. Oh agreeable young Prince!
cried the Lady accued, (pinching him
by the calves of his legs, which it
feems was one of her methods of
careing); I boldly venture to refer
the deciion of the matter to you. Look
well at us both, confider us feature for
feature, and then pronounce according
to your concience ;perhaps I hould
flatter myelf too much, were I to add,
according to the emotions of your heart.
Prince Biribinquer, aid the firt
female orator, is it eaily to be conceived
how impudence can be carried to uch
a height? In the firt place, he is but a
- - whole
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whole inch indeed horter than I, and
you will agree with me perhaps that
this is not an objet. As to her Hump,
I hope mine will never be ahamed to
appear in the ame lit with hersand
my Feet, as you ee, are full as broad,
and at leat two good inches longer than
hers are. I know indeed he makes a
great ado and parade about the width
and blacknes of her Neck and boom ;
but yet, continued he, turning aide her
handkerchief, you will allow that mine,
tho not quite of the ame circumference,
is at leat infinitely darker than hers.
Granted, cried the other; I give up
to you o frivolous an advantage, while
convinced as I am, of having the upe
riority in every other point whatever.
You laugh, my dear Prince Biri
binquer, and indeed, nothing can be more
laughable than this homely Pufss vanity.
I am ahamed of being obliged to praie
myelf; but only look and ee how much
crookeder, and more ditorted my Legs
are than any he can boat of I hall
fay nothing to you of other repets.
He mut be blind with a vengeance,
who cannot ee at the firt look, that
my Eyes are much maller, and more
funk by half than hers; that my Cheeks
tOO
Don SY Lvro De RosALv A. 1 17
too are above twice as much puffed out,
and my lower lip is thicker, and hangs
down much lower than her kinny dew
lap: not to mention the preferable length
of my Ears, and that I have at leat five
or ix more warts and wens in my face,
with longer hairs ticking out of them
than he. But etting all this aide for a
moment, let us now peak of the Noe
only. 'Tis true, hers is one of the
larget that ever eyes beheld, and might
indeed be thought the handomet that
ever neezed, by any body that had not
feen mine: but all we have to do, is to
meaure them, and then ee whether
my noe is not at leat five or fix
inches longer, and does not hang much
lower beneath my mouth than hers.
Modety does not permit me, added
fhe, with a horribly tender ogle, to talk
to you repeting other beauties, which
rone but a happy lover ought to ee.
However, I hope Madam, cried
Biribinquer, the moment his loud burts of
laughter would uffer him to peak, I
hould not chooe abolutely to et myelf
up for a Connoieur; but really, your
friend is only trifling with us, if he
thinks of diputing with you the uperi
ority in point of beauty. The advantage
- - - which
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which you have over her is palpable,
and it is impoible for the good-ene
of Meieurs the Gnomes, not to do you
all imaginable jutice on that head.
At hearing this deciion, the former
Gnomide eemed a good deal chagrined
and angry. However, as Biribinquer now
burned with impatience to ee the beau
tiful Salamandra, he gave himelf very
little concern what he muttered from
betwixt her long teeth ; but, wihing
the whole charming Aembly a good
evening, took his leave of them. Intead
of any reply, they were heard burting
out into loud fits of laughtera matter
indeed, perfectly indifferent to the Prince,
who now beheld before him the Palace,
whoe incomparable beauties drew all
his attention. After having conidered
and admired it for ome time, heper
ceived the two folding doors in the
front fly open; a circumtance which
he naturally took for a ign that his
enterprize would be crowned with all
imaginable ucces. Accordingly, full of
courage and high in hope, he entered,
and after acending a ftair-cae, found
himelf in a large Anti-chamber, which
led him on to a long uite of apart
ments, whoe plendour dazzled, and
- - almot
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 119
almot dimmed his ight, notwithtand
ing the change which the fiery bath had
operated in his contitution.
But, diverified and extraordinary
as were thoe fine things which hone
on all fides around him all were for
gotten, and his whole mind aborbed by
certain pitures, which in every one of
the rooms were hung up to repreent a
young female Salamander of incompara
ble beauty. He had not a moment's
doubt, but that this was old Padmanaba's
beloved mitres; and the Copies before
him, which exhibited her in every at
titude imaginable, under every mode of
dres, and in every poible point of
view ometimes awake, ometimes a
leep; now like Diana, and now like
Venus, Hebe, Flora, or ome other God
des,All this gave him o great an
idea of the Original, that even in tle
bare expectation of his happines to
come, he felt an extay of rapture But
epecially was he caught, and carcely
could he enough feat his eyes with
contemplating one large piture, in
which he was repreented itting in a
Bath of flames, and erved by little
Gods of love, who at ight of her uper
natural beauty, eemed as it were befide
themelves.
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themelves. Biribinquer was at a los


which he hould mot admire,whether
the beauty of the object, or the great
kill of the painter. At length he ac
knowledged, that in point of colourings,
Ttian and Rembrandt were no more
than mere .dawbers, compared with
the Salamandrian painters. The impre
fion whicht this piture made upon him
was o trong, that he now wihed with
more impatience than ever to behold the
objet, whoe inanimate copy alone, was
thus capable of inpiring him with uch
irreitible deires. He ran therefore
through an infinite number of rooms,
but without meeting a ingle creature:
He hunted and ranacked the whole
Palace above and below, and everal
times over; but all till in vain, not a
oul could he find. At length, however,
he epied a door tanding half-open,
which led him out to one of the mot
extraordinary Gardens that ever was een.
All the Trees, Plants, Flowers, Arbours,
and Fountains in this Garden, were of
fre; every vegetable in it burned in
natural colours, and with a luftre o
agreeable and o vivid, that really the
effect of the whole together, urpaed
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Don SYLv1o De RosALv A. 1 21

in magnificence everything that imag


nation can form or mind conceive.
Biribinquer cat but a curory tranient
look upon this majetick petacle; per
ceiving a pavillion at the bottom of the
Garden, in which he hoped to find his
beautiful Salamandra. He flew thither,
and the door opened to him of its own
accord, giving the Prince a free paage
through a large Saloon into a cabinet
at the farther end, in which he aw no
body but an old Man of a majetick
appearance, with a long beard white as
now, who was lying in a deep leep
upon a uperb Spha. The Prince had
no doubt but this mut be old Padmanaba
himelf; and though he was ure he had
no violence to fear on his part, yet
could he not help trembling a little on
finding himelf in uch a tate of mind,
and with fuch intentions too as he now
had, o near the Enchanter, and in a
place entirely at the old Man's dipoal.
However, the idea, that Fate had made
choice of him to detroy Padmanabas
Enchantments, and a deire of eeing
the beauteous Salamandra, made himr
pluck up his courage, and dare all
events. He was jut about to approach
the Sopha, in order to make himelf
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122 The Adventures of
mater of a Sabre that lay upon a pil
low by the old Man's ide, when ome
thing, which he had not hithertoper
ceived, eemed to hit againt his foot.
He topped a moment, and feeling about
with his hands, dicovered one of the
mot charming little feet in the world,
that lay tretched along upon another
pillow. So unexpected an event made
him curious to know the leg to which
this delicate foot belonged: for in this
cae, Biribinquer reaoned as Thomas
Aquinas himelf would have done, viz.
Where there is a foot, there, accord
ing to the common coure of nature,
we may rationally expect to find a leg. .
He accordingly purued his invetiga
tions, and at length, paing from beauty
to beauty, dicovered in the inviible
figure before him a young Lady, who
eemed buried in a profound lumber,
and (judging by the only ene that in
dicated to him the preence of this per
on) mut be of uch perfet beauty, that
ihe could be no other than Venus her
elf, or at leat the charming Salamandra.
At the very intant of his making this
dicovery, a lively ymphny, compoed
of al kinds of muical intruments, was
heard around him, though there was
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Don Sx Lv1o DE Ros Alv A. 123
no eeing either the muicians or intru
ments from whence uch ravihing har
mony could proceed.
Biribinquer was truck with terror,
and retired trembling to ome ditance
from the fair Inviible ; for his firt idea
was, that this noie would certainly
wake the Enchanter. We may eaily
judge then, how much greater his con
ternation mut be, when on looking up
he beheld that Padmanaba was vanihed
and gone ! -

The Enchanter, it eems, was old


enough to be prudent. He had now
for a good while known how formidable
to him Biribinquer would one day be ;
and his fear of a Prince, who eemed
born on purpoe to break his Enchant
ments, had been his mot powerful
motive for fixing his place of abode in
the belly of a Whale. But till, even in
this Aylum, he did not think that him
elf and his fair Salamandra, who now
contituted the ole objet of his cares,
were ufficiently ecure. And as a certain
foreight (or as ome would ay, econd
fight) had told him that Bribinquer might
poibly follow his teps even into the
Whale's belly, he thought he could not
ue too much precaution for avoiding
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thoe evils with which the udden ap


pearance of o dangerous an adverary
threatened him. In this view he had
armed his beloved mitres with a myli
cal pecies of Taliman, which had the
two-fold quality of rendering her in
viible to all eyes but his own, and
of producing a magical compoition of
muick the moment it hould be touched.
For old Padmanaba reaoned with him
elf in this manner: If Biribinquer,
notwithtanding every difficulty, hould
come into the belly of the Whale, and
even into this palace, yet till would
the beautiful Salamandra be inviible to
him. And if, in pite of her very in
viibility, he hould find her outthis
muical Larum, at the intant he touches
the Taliman, will certainly betray his
preence, and give Padmanaba ufficient
time to prevent his dreaded Catatro
phe This precaution was the more
neceary, as the poor honet old fellow
had for everal years pat been ubjet
to a kind of Lethargy, which obliged
him to leep and doze at leat ixteen
hours every day. The ill opinion he
had of the fair ex, after the various tricks
his former mitrees had played him,
induced him every time he went to leep,
LO
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 125
to bury the fair Salamandra in an en--
chanted flumber, from which none but
himelf could awaken her. Biribinquer
alone might otherwie, upon certain con
ditions, and in certain circumtances,
have had the ame power, and Pad
manaba (uch was the will of fate) would
at the ame moment have lot all his
powerat leat over the beauteous Sala
mandra. As all this then might eaily
have happened while the old Man was
taking his nap, he had applied the
Taliman which was to waken him, with
o much judgement, that Biribinquer,
(even if we uppoe him to have had
but a very moderate hare of curioity)
could not abolutely fail of finding it.
HERE Don Sylvio could not help in
terrupting the thread of Don Gabriel's
narration, by begging of him to explain
himelf a little more clearly repecting
the Taliman. Methinks, faid he, con
trary to your uual cutom, you have
been a little myterious for ome time :
and I mut confes to you, I have not
undertood half of what you have been
aying, with regard to this waking of
old Padmanaba." The whole company,
not excepting even the fair Jacinha,
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fmiled to hear a remark like this urged
by Don Sylvio o very gravely; and
Don Gabriel knew no other way how
to extricate himelf, than by oberving
to Don Sylvio that the whole mytery,
of which he complained, was in the
matter itelf; and that, generally peak
ing, there were but few Faery-tales o
clear and intelligible from one end to
the other, as a body might wih them
to be. Don Sylvio eemed atisfied with
this reply, and Don Gabriel reumed his
Hitory in the following manner: -

The moment after Biribinquer had


dicovered, that the beautiful foot, which
occaioned this adventure, belonged to o
fair a Lady, and intantly, upon his
touching the fatal Taliman, the muick,
we have already poken of, began to trike
up, and old Padmanaba tarted from his
leep. He did not, as may eaily be
imagined, look upon the Prince with the
mot favourable eye; but, as open force
could avail him nothing againt uch an
opponent, no other way was let him,
than to render himelf immediately in
viible, and to ue all poible diligence
to prevent the deign, which he might
very well uppoe the Prince, to have in
view againt him. -

- The
A
Don Sy Lv o DE Ros AIv A. 127

The Prince, who in proper time and


place was not deficient in courage, had,
during this interval, recovered from the
firt confuion into which the inviible
concert and Padmanabas udden diap
pearance had thrown him: And danger
ous as it might eem to be over-curious
in uch a place, he determined however
to know what was become of the old
Sorcerer. He accordingly went in earch
of him through all the Rooms, and
pried into every hole and corner of the
Palace, firt taking the precaution of
furnihing himelf with the Sabre which
Padmanaba had left behind him, and
upon both ides of which he found o
many Talimanick figures engraved,
that thus armed, he would not have been
afraid even - of the Enchanter Martin
himelf. " At lat, however, being unable
to trace out the old Man (or whoever
it was) he no longer doubted but that
Padmanaba had decamped, abandoning
both the Palace and his fair one to his
Royal Highnes's dicretion. Full of
this idea, Biribinquer returned in triumph,
threw the Sabre upon the Sopha, and
himelf at the feet of the lovely Invi
ble; whom, to his great atisfation, he
found till aleep, though the muick,
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reulting from the Taliman he had
touched, kept continually playing on,
ometimes a fine Allegro, and at thers
an affecting Andante; pieces, that in fat
could not have been more exquiite,
had they even been compoed by Jomeli
himelf. We cannot pretend to pecify,
whether it was owing to the influence
of one of thee Andantes, or whether
(as is often the cae) it proceeded from
any doubt that aroe in his mind, as to
the ufficiency of tetimony that might
reult from the only ene left him in
this circumtance, or as to the certainty
of that incomparable beauty lying on the
Sophas being any thing more than a
mere illuion (a matter, nothing extra
ordinary in an enchanted Palace)I ay,
we cannot pretend to aert, whether we
are to attribute, to one or other of thee
caues, the pains which Biribinquer took
to aure himelf of the truth of o
unuual a phenomenon, by renewing his
late invetigations. However, o it was;
and oon after, new and freh experi
ments were uper-added ;and all thee,
as well as the mot violent concomitant
ymptoms of a paion, which preently
roe to the highet pitch of Enthuiam
and intoxication of the enfes, no longer
allowed
Don Sylvio pe RosALwA. 129
allowed him to doubt, but that he had
the beauteous Salamandra within his
arms;that very identical She, whoe
viible form, found in the apartments of
the Palace, had o tranported him. This
idea, and the enchanting glow of colours
with which his memory upplied the
imperfection of the fifth ene, the
only one now at his commandput him
too far befide himelf, to allow him at this
junture any recollection of his beloved
Milkmaid, his quondam firm reolutions,
or all the Pompions grave exhortations
In a word, he became more and more
enterprizing; and the obcurity of the
room, which gradually increaed, and
which he took for an encouragement to
his enterprize, joined to the muick of
the Taliman, which grew more and
more tender and pathetick; all this can
hardly be thought very well calculated
tomoderate his tranports [Here we find
a mall Hiatus or Cham in the original
ef this memorable Hitory, which there
fore we mut leave to the Scriblerus's
and Bentleys of the age to fill up, not
caring to hazard a ingle conjeture of
our own, upon what its contents might
be.] Bribinquer, continues the Hitorian,
was jut emerging from one of thoe
5 extaies,
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extaies, which, to ome of the Indian
Philoophers, appear o deletable and
charming, that in the continual dura
tion of uch raptures they have inclined
to place the highet degree of felicity,
when lo! he perceived that the fair In
viible anwered his carefes with becom
ing enibility. He judged from thence
fhe muft now be awake, and therefore
failed not to tell her, in that ublime
language to which he had been ued in
the Fairy Meliottas Bee-hive, the ame
weet things which Crytallina and Mirabella
had heard from him before on a like oc
caion. The inviible fair one anwered
to all thee fine Declamations, Eulogiums,
Exclamations, Protetations, and oforth,
only by fighs; he modetly depreciated
her own charms, and eemed to doubt
of the Prince's contancy, but in uch
a manner, that a lover les enthuiatick
than Biribinquer might have thought the
declaration miplaced in the mouth of
fo lovely a peron. The Prince, how
ever, who was not then in a mood for
verbal argumentation, contented himelf
with imply redoubling his carees, the
common method of removing thee orts
of doubts. She paid all polible atten
tion to his reaonings, without eeming a
- " - whit
Don SYLvro DE RosAEvA. 131
whitmore convinced than before. Have
you not loved Mirabella and Crytallina,
as much as me ? aid he. Did not
you tell both of them the ame paionate
and tender things ? Did not you make
them as many protetations, and did you
not give them the ame proofs; yet
neither of them, charming as they ap
peared to you in the firt intoxication of
your enes, was capable of tealing you
a ingle day from the Milkmaid, whom
you had taken it into your head to run
after ? Ah! Biribinquer, the fate of thee
my predeceors does but too plainly tell
me what mine will be, and how think
you then that I can ret eay or atisfied,
under the irkome uncertainty of loin
you, like them, in a few hort hours ?
Biribinquer replied, by giving her the
tronget and mot olemn aurances
of a lafting and unbounded love. He
infted upon it, that he debaed her
own figure and accomplihments, by
comparing herelf with two Fairies, who,
as he oberved, were not ufficiently
lovely to inpire him with more than a
tranient liking; and by all the Cupids
hefwore to her, that from the firt mo
ment of his being o lucky as to behold
her pourtrait in the great Saloon, the
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Milkmaid, who gave her o much uneai
nes, had retained no more empire over
him than any other Milkmaid in the
world. This aurance did but weakly
foothe the apprehenions of the fair In
viible; and Biribinquer found himelf
obliged to exhaut all his Rhetorick in
order to overcome her obtinate incredu
lity. O beautiful Inviible, he cried,
why cannot I call the whole earth and
all the elements with their inhabitants
to witnes, when I wear to you the
mot inviolable fidelity. We are all
of us Witnees, exclaimed a vaft num
- ber of voices, male and female, that
came from perons on all ides round
him.
Biribinquer, who, to ay the truth, could
never have thought of being thus taken
at his word, roe up with ome confu
fion, to ee from whence thee voices
proceeded. But, O Heavens ! what
tongue is ufficiently eloquent to expres
the trouble and horror he felt at eeing
the whole apartment all on a fudden
blazing with light around him?In the
very Cabinet, which had borne witnes
to his incontancy and infidelity, he
beheld, O wonderful, terrible fight!
Intead of the beautiful Salamandra, he
--- - beheld
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 133
beheld himelf locked in the arms of
that very deformed Gnomida to whom
he had o lately adjudged the Prize of
beauty. But what above all completed
his confuion and ditres, was to ee
himelf urrounded on every ide by He's
and She's, whom of all living he would
lat have choen to be petators of his
preent tate. Thee perons were cruel
enough to burt out into immoderate fits
of laughing, at the very moment he was
diengaging himelf from his montrous
fair one. He was ready to fink into the
earth, what with hame on one hand,
and averfion on the other, while the
whole palace rung with unbounded
laughter from every buy Spetator. On
the right ide of the Sopha he aw, Oh!
how at that intant could he have wihed
for blindnes and inviibility !he aw
the Fairy Crytallina, holding in her
hand little Grgri : on the left ide, ap
peared the charming Mirabella with her
dear Flox, who now cut a far better
figure as Salamander, than in his late
condition of a big-belied Pompion. But
what above all added torture in extreme
to the unhappy Bribinquer, was to be
hold the Fairy Cargina with his beau
tiful Milkmaid, and cloe beide them,
old
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old Padmanaba, holding the fair Sala
mandra in his hand, both eated upon a
cloud intermixed with azure and gold,
borne by young Syphs, and caling dif
dainful looks at him! Oh, mighty
well! Prince Biribinquer, cried the Fairy
Crytallina; upon my word, Prince, I
pardon you now for the impatience you
hewed to get rid of me. He who goes
in puruit of uch a conquet, certainly
cannot exercie too much diligence to
obtain it." And, Prince Biribinquer,
cried Grigri, taking up the converation,
I uppoe you may now recollect, that
I am not under any particular obliga
tion to uppoe myelf greatly indebted
to your care: for had it only depended
upon You, I fancy I might have con
tinued a Bee as I was for ever; but in
your preent ituation it would really
be cruel to laugh at you. Only then
look upon what has befallen you, as a
punihment you have well deerved for
more reaons than one ; and o good
bye to you! If the Fair-one with
whom you have o unexpectedly been
urprized (aid Mirabella with a malicious
air) were not in all repects thus worthy
of your attention, you have at leat the
atisfaction of finding her neither prudih
- IlO L'
-
-- - / .
Den Sx Lvio De RosALv A. 135
nor formal. As to myelf, cried he
that had been the Pompion, I ought in
deed to be mortified for having recover
ed, at the expence of your happines,
- my natural hape, and the poeion of
my dear Mirabella; but having o gene
rouly warned you before-hand of the
conequences of a freh infidelity, while I
was but a poor Pompion, you will not blame
me, if I rejoice as a Salamander, to ee
you punihed for the contempt of my
precautions." See now, unhappy,
but jutly punihed Biribinquer, (exclaim
ed the Fairy Capr0na, with a hoare
dionant eagernes of voice,) ee how
Caramu/al has guarded thee againt my
anger and reentments! Look here, and
behold the amiable Galalina, whom thou
lovedt as a Milkmaid, and of whom,
in pite of my hatred towards thee, a too
favourable fate had detined thee the
ole poeion, had not thy own thrice
perpetrated infidelity rendered thee un
worthy of her. Little as thou hat
merited it at my hands, poor Prince!
aid the beauteous Milkmaid, if my com
paion could avail thee any thing, thou
houldt be les unhappy: for full weil
I ee, the punihment thou hat been made
to fuffer is greater even than thy crime;
nay,
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nay, I verily believe, that the Fairies and
Enchanters have at leat had as great a
hare in thy diater, as any to which
thy own faultines hath contributed.
At thee words Biribinquer lifted up his
eyes, and darted a look full of inex
preible enibilities at his bet beloved
Milkmaid: then, finking to the ground,
he heaved a great figh that eemed as
if life and foul fled with it, and lay
protrate without power to utter a ingle
word. Learn, admirable Biribinquer,
cried. old Padmanaba tanding on the
other ide of him; learn, thou rare pat
tern of Widom and Contancy, and
from hence be convinced that Padmanaba
is not yet o old as to let thy temerity
ecape unpunihed. Let thy Hitory,
through uccefive and uncounted ages,
be tranmitted to the latet poterity,
from Goip to Goip, from one old
Wife to another; that o they may learn
how equally dangerous it is for any one
to conult the great Caramal about
Fates or Fortunes, or to look upon a - -

Milkmaid before the expiration of his


eighteenth year.
Padmanaba had carce done peaking,
when all on a udden were heard terrible
claps of Thunder, accompanied with
treams
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 137
treams of Lightening, and uch a furi
ous Tempet, that the whole Palace
hook with its violent concuions, jut as
if an Earthquake were rooting up the
very foundations. Every one preent,
excepting only the depairing Biribinquer,
was truck with fear and horror; and
even old Padmanaba himelf perceived,
that the Storm proceeded from a power
uperior to his own. In an intant the
roofs of the Palace, with the ceiling of
the room above them, were all torm
off, while, amidt the Thunders and
Lightenings, they beheld the great Cara
mual mounted on a Hippogriff, and de
cending from the clouds. He alighted,
and took his place betwixt old Pad
manaba and the Fairy Caproina. The
Prince Biribinquer, cried Caramual with
a majetick voice, is ufficiently punih
ed. Fate is atisfied, and I take him
under my protection. Vanih, unworthy
Strumpet! continued he, touching the
Gnomida with his Wand; and now,
Prince Birbinquer, chooe you out from
amongt thee four fair females, the Sala
mandra, the Sylphide, the Undina, or the
Mortal, whichever you bet approve. She
whom your own heart hall fix upon,
hall be your Wife, and cure you of
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that incontancy, which hitherto, it muk
be owned, has been your fault.
Had Padmanaba had any, he could
have gnahed his teeth for pite, at eeing
the whole plot of the Drama o unex
petedly unravelled. As to the fair
ones, they all together kept their eyes
fixed upon the Prince; and you might
particularly read in thoe of the young
Salamandra, who hitherto had not uttered
a ingle word, that rather than old Pad
manaba hould have ubtituted the ugly
Gnomida in her tead, he could have
gladly been permitted to repreent her
own elfin propri peron. But Biribinquer,
who in a moment paed from one
extreme to another, that is to ay, from
the greatet grief, and deepet depair, to
the highet fetivity and joy, did not
heitate a minute where to chooe; tho
the elementary Ladies infinitely urpaed,
his Milkmaid in beauty, all their charms.
could not, however, obtain from him
more than a tranient regard, when.
he conidered his dearet Galatina.
He threw himelf at the feet of that.
charming young creature, and implored
her pardon for all his faults, in terms
full of a incere penitence, and a love
o violent, that, unable to call up cruelty
- enough
Don Sy Lvio DE RosALVA. 139
enough not to flatter him at leat with
hope, he at length uffered herelf to
be moved by his intreaties. Caramal,
at whoe feet alo in like manner he laid
himelf protrate, raied him from the
ground, took him by the hand, and
led him towards the Princes Galaina.
Receive, aid he, from my hands, the
Prince Cacamielo, for ince the views,
with which I had the other appellation
betowed upon him, are fulfilled, this is
his preent name. Biribinquer and the
Milkmaid now no longer exit. Both of
them therefore having atisfied the caprice
of their tars, and paid their tribute to
the Faery Science; nothing more remains
to do, than to retore Prince Cacamiello
to his royal parents, and bind him by
an indioluble tie to the Princes Galac
tina. You, bright Fairies! continued
he, turning toward Crytallina and Mira
bella, you, I hope, have reaon to be
Content with my proceedings; having
your former hape, together with your
Lovers, retored to you by my care.
But, as it would be umjut that I hould
be the only one to return back empty
handed, I here dipene old Padmanaba
from every care whatever, and hall
keep for myelf the beautiful Salaman
dra,
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dra, whoe reidence with him could leave
her no other employment than to leep,
and to be inviible.
So aying, the great Caramu/almote
the air thrice with his Wand, and in
tantly found himelf with the Prince
and Princes in the King's cabinet; who,
as may well be imagined, was full of
joy to behold once more his on and
heir, accompanied with o besutiful a
Princes, and with o fine a name. Soon
after the nuptials were celebrated with
great pomp and ceremony. The new
married couple loved each other as
long as they could, enriching the world
with Sons and Daughters, and at length,
on the old King's departure for the
nineteenth world, King Cacamiello go
verned o wiely in his tead, that the
fubjets under his fway found little or
no difference betwixt the Father and Son.
In reward for the good ervices which
his friend Fox, while a Pompion, had
rendered him, he made him his prime
Vizir; nor did the Fairy Crytallina or
Mirabella everfail of appearing at Court
as often as the Queen lay in. Crytal
lina always brought with her the little
Grgri, who, in pite of his uglines,
met with the approbation of mot of
- the
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 14t

the maids of honour; a circumtance


by no means palatable to their repective
admirers. It mut be owned, faid all
the Ladies with an unanimous voice, that
Grgri, in pite of his uglines, is the
mot diverting companion in the world!
HERE then, at length, aid Don
Gabriel, concludes the Hitory of Prince
Biribinquer, which is equally as true
as it is intrutive. Happy hall I
eteem myelf, if I have ucceeded in
my undertaking, which was at once to
amue you, and to cure the fair 7a
cinha of her prejudices againt the Fairies
and Faery-Science.

C H A P. III.

Remarks on the foregoing Hory.


. F you had no other deign but
that, Don Gabriel, aid 7acinha,
I am only orry to find you have o ill
ucceeded. To tell you the truth, I
believe it is impoible to puh the matter
of impertinence and extravagant folly
- farther
142 The Adventures 9/
farther in a Tale than you have done:
and certainly Don Sylvio mut have been
very credulous and honet-hearted, if
he has not perceived that your ole
view was to put the Fairies out of all
credit or countenance with him." You
judge very rigorouly, Madam, replied
Don Eugenio : "Tis true, all nature is
turned topy-turvy in this Hitory from
one end to the other: 'Tis equally true,
that the charaters which it exhibits are
as impertinent, as the adventures it relates
are incredible; and that if we were to
judge of either according to the princi
ples of Reaon, Probability, and Morali
ty, nothing could be invented more out
of-the-way, or more aburd. But then,
in o doing, we might exercie as little
jutice, as if we hould chooe to de
termine the climate of Siberia from that
of Valencia, or our country politenes from
that of the Chinee. The land of the
Fairies is ituated beyond the confines
of nature; it is governed by its own
laws, or, to peak more accurately, like
certain Republicks which I don't chooe
to name, it is governed by no laws at
all. There is no judging of one Faery
tale but by another Faery-tale; and
conidered in this point of view, Bri
- binquer
Don SY Lv 1o De RosALv A. 1 43

Hinquer is not only as probable and as


intrutive, but in all repets more in
tereting, than any other tale in the
world, (excepting the Hitory of the Four
Facardins.) But pray now, demanded
Jacintha, I could be glad to know what
you find o intructive in this tale.
Moralits by profeion, replied Don
Eugenio, perons who are capable of
extrating a whole ytem of Morality
from one of Tibulluss Elegies, would
undoubtedly give you a better anwer
to this quetion than I. However, not
entirely to give my poition, Do tell me,
are not irregularity and a vicious con
dut, contantly and uniformly punihed
in this Hitory ?Is not virtue at length
rewarded in the peron of the fair Milk
maid ? and does not the whole tale very
convincingly make good the moral maxim,
That the foolih curioity of wihing
to pry into futurity, with a purpoe of
extricating ourelves from the lot aigned
us, is equally imprndent and dangerous?
If the big-bellied King had not conulted
the great Caramal, we hould never
have known it was dangerous for the
Prince to look at a Milkmaid till he
was eighteen years of age;and, by the
ame rule, he could never have received
the - name of Bribinquer. He might
- have
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have been brought up in his Father's
court as other Princes are; and when
it had been time for him to marry, his
parents might have demanded by their
Ambaadors the Princes Galaiina; and
thus every thing would have come
about in the natural coure of things.
Now the curioity of the King, and the
fatal oracle of the great Caram/al, were
the alone caue of all his diaters. The
means made ue of to hinder the Prince
from eeing any Milkmaid, were pre
ciely what facilitated their union; not
to ay, that the name Biribinquer, which
in fat contantly extricated him out of
every difficulty, could have been of no
ue or avail, becaue the Prince would
never have engaged in uch adven
tures as he did, had he never been
o called." You are perfetly in the
right, aid Donna Felicia; but herein you
oberve, conits the greatet beauty of the
narrative; or, to peak more properly,
if this ingle circumtance had been taken
away, the whole Hitory of Prince Biri
binquer, intead of being one of the
drollet Faery-tales in the world, would
have become merely one of thoe dull
common tories, which at bet are only
fit to make a News-paper paragraph,
OP
Q

Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 145


or a Hitory of my owntimes;" and that
would have been a great pity. In hort,
whether it be trifling, or impertinent, or
not, I take the Prince Biribinquer under
my protection; and had I but the honour
of wearing a hat and word, I would
maintain it againt all opponents, that
the love of Prince Biribinquer, the virtue
of the Lady Crytallina, the delicacy of
Mirabella, her habits of dry-water, and
ditrations of mind; that the Giant
Caraculiamborix, the Otrichs Egg, and
Pea-hells; the Whale, with the Lakes,
Iles, and enchanted Strutures it con
tains within its belly; the Palace of
compated Fire, the Pompion that talks
o fluently, and knows the coure of the
Stars o well; together with all the
other marvellous and unexpected circum
tances that warm in this tale, do make
it the mot comical tory of all tories
that ever I heard in my days. You
have forgot, aid Jacinth, the Carp
which ung uch fine Opera Airs, the
rope-dancing Dog, and thoe fiery glances
of Biribinquer's eye, that melted the
pcbbles of the rivulet into glas. Per
1mit me moreover to add, aid Don
Gabriel, You will hardly meet with any
tale more abundantly rich in materials
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of the mot precious and cotly kinds.
For certain I am, that in no Cabinet of
curioities throughout Europe will you
meet with a Milk-pail compoed of
Rubies; nor do I know of any en
chanted Garden, where the fountains
and water bafons are et round with
large cut Diamonds.
Hitherto Don Silvio had litened with
great attention to all that had been aid;
but oberving that each of the company
had delivered his or her entiment, and
that they were waiting for his own opi
nion, he addreed them very gravely
thus: I mut own to you I could
either have wihed Prince Birtbinquer
had been more faithful to his Milkmaid,
who really mut have been a very ami
able young creature, or ele I could
have been glad to have een him more
feverely chatied for his irregular con
dut. But,excepting this fingle circum
tance, together with the characters and
deportment of ome other peronages in
the Hitory, which never can be approv
ed ofI do not ee what there is in the
whole Hitory of this Prince, either
impertinent, impoible, or contrary to
nature. How! Don Sylvio, aid Jacin
tha; and do you uppoe all thoe marvel
- Hous
Don SYLvio De RosALv A. 147
lous things about the Giant's picking
his teeth with a great hedge-take, the
Whale's throwing from his notrils de
luges of water for fifty leagues round,
the oft Rocks, the inging Fihes, and
talking Pompions; pray do you uppoe
all this natural and poible ? Un
doubtedly, beautiful Jacintha ! replied
Don Sylvio; unles we ehooe to mea
ure what is poible to nature by that
infinitely mall portion of nature that
lies before our immediate ight, or by
what we ee happen every day we live.
"Tis true, Caraculiamborix is a monter
in comparion with common men; but
he becomes a Pygmy compared with
an inhabitant of Saturn, whoe ize, as
a great Atronomer informs us, we are
to meaure and reckon by leagues. And
why might there not be a Whale large
enough to contain Lakes and Ilands
within its belly, ince there are little
Inets in water, compared with which,
a common-ized Greenland Whale is at
leat as huge and bulky, as the Whale
in quetion is in comparion with a Green
land Whale.'' Oh, as to the Whale,
interrupted Don Gabriel, its poibility
cannot be diputed, ince in all likelihood
it is the ame with that which Lucian
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o circumtantially decribes in his au
thentick Hitories, and in which he di
covered a wide country, that was then
inhabited by five or fix different nations,
who were continually at war with each
other. So that probably at the time
when Padmanaba ereted his palace in
the Whales belly, thee hotile nations
rnight have utterly extirpated one ano
ther. The only thing that can render
this affair incredible, eems to be, that
Biribinquer is aid to have een there a
Sun, Moon, and Stars. As to that,
aid Don Sylvio, I do not apprehend it
means that a Sun, or Moon, or Stars
really held their coure in the Whales
belly, but only that it eemed o to the
Prince; and fuch an illuion Padmanaba
by his art might very eaily have
ctfeted. That Sun and thoe Stars for
intance, might be o many Salamanders
tationed by Padmanaba to hine at cer
tain ditances, to form a kind of phere,
and oberve a regular coure of rotation,
and indeed there are certain circum
tances which make me incline to think
that the thing was o. I hould be
mighty glad, aid Jacintha, to know what
Don Sylvio calls Impoible ! for at his
rate of extending the bounds of pofi
- bility,
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 149
bility, I uppoe everything a peron
could imagine in the delirium of a
raging fever might be poible. If there
be uch things as compated fire and
dry water, there muft equally be up
poed golden lead, or a quare circle.
Pardon me, fair jacintha, replied Don
Sylvio, this argument is not o ubtantial
as you may think it. Rotundity or
roundnes makes the eence of a circle,
and therefore it is impoible to conceive
a quare circle. But how could you
prove fluidity to be an eential quality
of water and fire ? Don't we every
Winter ee Ice, which is nothing more
than olid compated water: then why
might not the power or art of elementary
Genii produce dry water or compated
fire ? I apprehend, continued he, that
the true ource of thoe erroneous judge
ments which are commonly paed upon
every wonderful event, prings from this
fale preumption, That whatever cannot
be explained by caues corporeal and
Palpable to the enes, is Impoible; as
if the powers of Spirits, to which cor
Poreal things are but the merely gros
unanimated tools and intruments, mut
not necearily and infinitely urpas the
mechanical and borrowed powers of thoe
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ame intruments. Upon this footing, I
am firmly peruaded that many things
are held impoible, only becaue they
are incomprehenible to our ignorance;
and is not this being pretty nearly as
rah as the Savage would be, who hould
fancy the enchanted modulation of ounds
drawn by a Virtug0 through the tops of
his German Flute, to be impoible, merely
becaue he himelf can get nothing out of
his calumet, (or pipe of traw) but
hoarfe, dionant, and in-harmonious
tones?Upon the whole then, I find
nething impoible in the Hitory of
Prince Biribinquer, and (taking for grant
ed the Hitorian's authenticity) I do not
ee why it might not be as real as
genuine, and as worthy of credit as any
other Hitory whatever. Aye, now,
ou are come to the very point,
Don Gabriel. Everything depends
upon the authenticity of witnees; for,
though we might grant a conditional
poibility to all thoe wonderful things
with which Hitorians and Poets have
filled the world, or at leat to the major
part of what they have aid; yet are all
thee things, notwithtanding, only mere
Chimeras, till our reaon can have proof
incontetible laid before it, that they do .
. -- exit,
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 151
exit, or that they really have exited:
but till then, I mut confes to you, the
caue of Hitorical truth, as it repets
Faery-tales and Stories about pirits, is
in no mall danger, unles you can pro
duce better vouchers for their veracity
than the Prince Biribinquer. But
pray why o?" demanded Don Sylvio
hatily. Becaue, replied Don Gabriel,
this whole Hitory is of my own inven
tion. Of your invention / cried the
other, not a little thundertruck; ah!
Don Gabriel, I could not have expected
uch an artificial trick from you.But
prithee now, did not you mention the
name of an Hitorian, from whom you
told us you had taken the whole ?
Pardon me Don Sylvio, aid Don
Gabriel, the matter is uch as I have
informed you. I wanted to ee how far
you would carry your prepoeions in
favour of Faery-cience, and therefore
ued my utmot endeavours, (aving your
preence) to invent a Story o extrava
gantly out-of-the-way, o marvellouly
impertinent, and o contraditory, as
that you have jut been hearing: and
this is the ole origin of Prince Biri
binquer. But at the ame time I mut as
freely confes to you, that it was not
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poible for me to invent anything o
aburd, but what the like has already
been faid in other Faery-tales, and I
might eaily have foreeen that this
Analogy would deludeyou. Believe me,
Don Sylvio, the Authors of Faery-tales,
and mot of uch marvellous ftories,
had as little intention to impoe them
upon people of ene, as I myelf have
had. They had nothing more in view
than to amue the imagination; and
for my own part I mut own to you,
I am fonder of uch Tales than of any
fytems of Metaphyicks. I know that
both among the Ancients and Moderns,
there are perons of great merit, who
have diverted themelves at their leiure
hours in writing talesand many peo
ple far uperior to myelf, perons who
upported the gravity of their charater
better than ever I hall do, have pre
ferred thee toys of fancy to any other
works of Genius. Who, for intance,
does not like Arigios Orlando furioo,
which yet in fat is but a long tring
of Faery-tales? I could ay much more
in their favour, if I were now pro
feedly called upon to draw up an
apology for them. But, however, all this
does not prevent Tales from being only
A " - Tales,
Don SYvo de RosAlva. 153
Tales, and tho the Salamanders, Sylphides,
Fairies, and Cabbalits afford us a deal of
pleaure, when the materials are worked
up by the hand of an ingenious Poet;
yet certain it is, they are at bet but
merely chimerical beings, for whoe
reality no better reaon or argument
can be urged, than I hould be capable
of urging in behalf of Prince Biribin
quer. Sir, aid Don Sylvio, you eem
not to conider, that there is no denying
the exitence of Fairies and elementary
Spirits; of the Cabbala, or that occult
Philoophy, which gives to Sages the
power of ubjeting thoe pirits to their
controul, without over-turning the bais
of all Hitorical faith : For, is not all
Hitory in general unanimouly in their
favour ? Poibly, replied Don Gabriel,
you may have read the Hitory of the
Count de Gabalis, in which this argument
is puhed to the highet degree of pro
bability of which it is capable. But all
that can poibly arie in proof from
thence would be that Hitory is mixed
up with fables and falfhoods; and this
is an evil which we ought entirely to
impute to the feeble undertanding, the
finiter views, or at leat the vahity of
Hitorians; which, in my mind, is the
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true ource of thoe many pernicious
errors with which we ee whole Societies
contaminated. Do you uppoe that
Biribinquer's Hitory, for example, would
be a halfpenny worth more credible, if
it were related word for word by the
Hitorian Palaphatus?How hould we
be able to know, whether an Author,
who exited three thouand years ago,
and whoe hitory no les than his cha
rater are equally unknown to us, had
even a wih or deire to tell us the
truth? and uppoing he had, might he
not be a very credulous creature him
elf? Might he not have et himelf to
work upon very vile materials ? and
might he not have been egregiouly
deceived either by his own prejudices,
or by fale intelligence ? Or, even up
poing him peronally clear from all
this, yet may not his Hitory, written
two or three thouand years ago,
what by lape of time, or the negligence
of trancribers,have been altered, in
- terpolated, or enlarged by uppoitious
emendations ? So long then as we are not
capable of proving that in every Ad
venture of Biribinquer, and, as it were,
in every Page, any one of thee poible
eaes might happen, even Herodolus
-

S
-
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 155
elf could not be a ufficient voucher
for the truth of this pretended Hitory.
I own to you, the tetimony of a Tacitus
or a Hume* might be of great au
thority for the exitence of elementary
Spirits, or for any thing ele not to be
met with in the known beaten circle of
human cience. But unhappily for the
Marvellous, they cannot boat themelves
of o repetable and weighty a teti
mony: and put the cae, that amongt
the infinite number of wonders of this
fort, which from the creation of the world
have reached by tradition all nations of
the earth from generation to generation,
and been partly believed by them; I
ay, putting the cae that any one amongt
all thee hould be found to have incon
tetible authority on its fide; thee, not
withtanding, could render the ret not
a whit more credible, nor weaken the
force of this general principle. So that
whatever is not analogous to the ordi
* The Reader will oberve a pretty izeable
Anachronim in this place; which, unfortunately, is
not the only one in the coure of the work, and
which poibly might excite doubts repeting the
authenticity of this whole Hitory. We therefore
leave it with the Critics either to remove the
tumbling block, or to trim and idolize it jut as
they pleae.
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156 The Adventures of
nary coure of nature, according to the con
ception which ourenes are capacitated to
form of it, nor analogous to the daily
experience of the generality of mankind,
has for this reaon a very trong and
almot invincible preumption of fale
hood againt it. This is one of thoe
principles which the univeral entiment
of mankind fully jutifies tho by the way
it abolutely annihilates the exitence of
Fairies and all that belongs to them."
The Ladies had retired the moment
they oberved that the converation was
taking a cientifick turn. Don Sylvio did
not come too o eaily as his adver
fary at firt imagined he would. He
availed himelf of every advantage, that
the apparent connetion between this
matter and others (on which Don Gabriel,
after the manner of the Hufars, could
only fight him flying) eemed to lay in
his way. But after eeing himelf forced
into his lat entrenchments, by the kill
of his antagonit, all that he had left
him to do, was to appeal in his turn
to thoe elf-experiences by which the
other had thought to convince him. Don
Sylvio, however, oon found he hould
gain but little by fighting with uch a
Philoophr as Don Gabriel, at his own
- - weapons;
Don Sylvio de Rosatva. 157
weapons; who proved to him, that par
ticular and extraordinary experiences,
whenever they-contradit the general ex
perience, are always to be fupeted;
and that in order to contitute uch an
evidence as hould oblige reaon to yield,
it required arguments o cogent, that
amidt a thouand uch private and ex
traordinary experiences, there is hardly
one to be found, which, upon a cloe
examination, can keep even o much ap
pearance of probability as was necear
to ground a trong Preumption. The
better to explain his axioms, he took for
an example the viions of Siter Mar
d'Agreda, and inenibly heathed himelf
o deep in peculations, that the Tran
lator really thought them too profound
for mot readers of this preent writ
ing. He has therefore retrenched them
here, and the more willingly from eeing
by the preface at the head of the
Spanih manucript, that the Reverend
Father Dominican to whoe criticim the
Book was committed, took occaion from
this innocent dicoure to interdit the
printing of the whole work. Be that
as it may, Don Eugenio himelf thought
good to put a top to thee Metaphy
ical reearches. Upon my word;
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aid he, I am almot inclined to think,
that if you wih to prove how far im
thee caes prepoeion, or a too ative
imagination may deceive us, you have
nothing more to do than refer us to
Don Sylvio's own peronal experience
Now I will venture any wager you
pleae, Don Sylvio, that upon entering
thee gardens, and on eeing thee pavil
lions, you thought you had got into
ome abode or other belonging to the
Fairies: and yet mot certain it is, that
you are in no other individualpot than
the Village of Lirias, for which my
Grandfather Gil Blas de Santillane is in
debted to the grateful generoity of Don
Alphono de Leyva; and the enlargements
and decorations that have been made in
it, are partly his, and partly my father's,
Don Felix de Lirias. You feem, my
dear Don Sylvio, to have een o little of
the real world, that the reemblance
betwixt the gardens and buildings of
Lirias, and thoe which your imagination
has picked up an acquaintance with in
Faery-tales, might eaily induce you to
take that for a production of Genii and
Fairies, which is no other than the work
manhip of very common and ordinary
men. Do now, tell me ingenuouly,
Don
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 159

Don Sylvio, did not you, on eeing my


fiter, heitate a moment about taking her -
for a Fairy ?and yet my Chaplain hall
prove to you by his Regiter of Bap
tims, that he is no more than a Mortal,
decended from good old Chritians, who
were never in their life-times upected
of magick or orcery. He hall alo
prove to you, that he is really the
grand-daughter of the love!y Dorothea
de jutella, detined to upply the place
of my grandfather's dear Antonia, Khona
he had lot; and between which aid
Dorothea and my aid iter, there is o
triking a reemblance, that the pourtrait
of the one might eaily be taken for
the pourtrait of the other. -

This indution of particulars alone,


had more effet than all Don Gabriels
arguments. Don Sylvio (excepting a mall
compliment he paid upon the occaion
to Donna Felicia's charms) found o
little room for a reply, that by degrees
he became very ilent;but it was only
becaue he was unk into a profound
reverie, which rendered him totally
giddy, tupid, and inenible to every
thing about him. Luckily it was now
time to go to a Comedy which Don
Eugenio had ordered a mall company
--- of
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of trolling Players to repreent, whom
he had retained at his houe for ome
few weeks pat. This agreeable diverion
of thought, and the preence of Donna
Felicia, which he enjoyed the whole
evening, retored our Hero by degrees
to his uual gcod-temper: the politenes
of o fair a young creature, or (to peak
more properly) the tendernes which
reigned in all her ations, preently ani
mated Don Sylvio's pirits into vivacity;
gave him eloquence, and led him to
exert his utmot endeavours to pleae
- and to be pleaed. In a word, that tone
of gaiety, prightlines, and great good
humour which Donna Felicia very affidu
ouly imparted to the whole company,
particularly at upper time, operated o
powerfully upon our Hero, that he in
enibly forgot the charater he had un
dertaken to repreent; laughed as heartily
at Prince Biribinquer, and as perfectly
depied all the Fairies, as if he had
never believed in their exitence, nor
had ever been in love with a blue But
terfly. -

T H E
- ( 16 )
T H e
A D V EN TU R ES

O F

DoN SYLVIO DE ROSALVA.


B O O K VII.

C H A P I,

A remarkable Dicovery. Singular dicretion


- 9f Pedrillo.
UR Spanih author begins this Book
with a ort of apology, which he
addrees to uch of his Readers as may
poibly have been diatisfied with his
condut; becaue truly, from the mo
ment of Donna Felicia's and Don Sylvio's
fo unexpectedly meeting in one of the
pavillions at Lirias, honet Pedrillo has
been
162 The Adventures of
been o totally neglected, and not uffered
once to make his appearance, and divert
both the company and reader with his
laughable fallies.
We apprehend, ays the Author,
that it is a great defet in a Dramatical
piece, when the Poet, who hath under
taken to condut the charaters, paions,
virtues or follies of his peronages thro'
a labyrinth of complicated Incidents to
the end propoed; intead of giving his
whole attention to thoe peronages, is
every moment turning to the pectators
for whom he writes, and putting them
inmind of what is doing. This is
ometimes carried o far, that the writer
is often obliged to make up for the
lame dipoition of his plan, and poor
contrivance of the catatrophe, by throw
ing in an ad Speiatores addreed to the
audience by one or other of the per
formers. Now uch a Hitory as ours
eems to be pretty much under the ame
predicament. Indeed, if Pedrillo, like
Punchinello in certain Comedies, was
placed there only to make the Readers
laugh, it might with jutice be laid to
our charge, that we have let lip more
occaions than one, in which he might
have anwered his detination, by amuing
- - his
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 163
his partians. But Pedrillo, as the Reader
mut long ince have oberved, has a
part much more important to perform:
and even if, by making him appear in
this Hitory, our deign had been partly
to amue our Readers with his drollery,
yet certainly, this could only have been
as an Under-plot, or (to expres ourelves
more learnedly) a finis ecundarius; which,
as every one knows, ought always to
give place to the principal end in view,
where there is not room ufficient left
for both together. Hence it is, that
Pedrillo comes or goes, chatters away or
holds his tongue, is buied or idle, or
even inviible if need be, according to
the nature of the ervice he cando,
or as the relation between him and his
mater requires. While accompanying
the latter on his wonderful expedition,
he was in the right to talk away when
and how he pleaed, Don Sylvio having
no better company to amue him: But
the moment his nafter meets with more
repetable Society, he retires either to
the Footmen's Hall, or the fair Laura's
apartment. It is true, ome might ob
jet to us the example of Sancho Pana,
who, in the Catle where his mater (in
pite of his enemies the Enchanters and
Moors)
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Moors) was o well received, continu
ally made one of the company, had free
paage everywhere, and even enjoyed
more than once the honour of talking
with my Lady Dutches face to face. But
the Reader will be kind enough to re
member, that the buines, there, was to
make the ceremonious folly of the Knight,
and the hrewd implicity of the Squire
erve equally as matter of diverion.
Here, on the contrary, in the eat at
Lirias, the main point is how to cure our
Hero as oon as poible of this enchant
ment of his brain, without giving our
elves any great concern to inquire whe
ther our dear Readers, (who perhaps
might rather chooe to ee him in his
tate of madnes,) are gainers or loers
by o important a change in his intel
lets. - -

However, that we may not be re


proached with having ungratefully re
jected honet Pedrillo, when we had no
longer any need of him, we have appro
priated a portion of this Chapter, on
purpoe to inform his admirers in few
words, how this gallant youth paed
his pare time after his arrival at
Lirias. - - -

.
The
Don Sylvro De RosALv A. 165
The Reader probably will remember,
that the firt time the agreeable Laura
appeared to Pedrillo in the form of a
Sylphide, he had carried off his heart,
though the poor young fellow hardly
knew how. It mut be confeffed, that
for a lover who found himelf eized
with the firt fervours of a growing
paion, the ditraction of mind into
which Mrs. Tereilla threw him the ame
evening, was pretty violent. But in this
repet Pedrillo was a econd Biribinquer.
He was never once unfaithful to his
Mitres but when opportunity offered :
Every freh infidelity erved only to
re-kindle his love o much the more
ardently towards her, and he had no
thing more to do than to ee the real
overeign Mitres of his heart, and
preently he forgot every other that had.
before been capable of pleaing him.
Such being the tate of things, nobody
will wonder to hear that it required
but little trouble to keep this faithful
Valet at a ditance from his mater for
two or three days. Laura, who had her
mitres's orders for that purpoe, found
the execution of thoe orders eaier, as
Pedrillo was o intoxicated with the
pleaure of eeing and toying with her,
that
L 66 The Adventures gf
that perhaps he would not have thought
of Don Sylvio, during a longer pace of
time, had not the Gyphide herelf firt
put him in mind of it.
The tender paion, with which Pedrillo
had been o happy as to inpire this
young Nymph, induced her to avoid no
opportunities of being alone with him,
whenever it could be done without
noie, or her abence being perceived.
Accordingly it o happened, that the
next morning after his arrival they met
in a very hady thicket, which lay at the
lower end of the Labyrinth, preciely
at the fame time when the ladies and
gentlemen were in converation together
in one of the pavillions belonging to the
Garden. The ret of the dometicks
were now taking their afternoons nap. The
gentle couple, as I aid, met there, with
out any mutual previous appointment;
whether it was by chance only, or thro'
the effect of that magnetick power and
virtue already mentioned elewhere. The
intention of both was to take their
Sieta; but meeting here, as unexpeted
ly as Dido and the Trojan Hero met in
a Cave in times of old, nothing could
be more natural than to it down and
chatter away, intead of wating the
hours
Don Sylv1o De RosALv A. 167
hours in leep. Heat does not produce
the ame effect upon all men: for, tho'
the Naturalits inform us, that any
great degree of it diipates the vital
pirits, and relaxes the fibres, Pedrillo,
for his part, never found himelf in a
dipoition more calculated to form a
dangerous Lover than on the preent
occaion. Laura oon perceived it; and
as, contrary to the cutom of Spanih
Chamber-maids, he was neither wanton
nor a prude, he found herelf obliged
to give him to undertand, that if a
Lover wihed to convince her of his
paffion for her, it mut be by great di
cretion and much decorum. In cone
quence of this rebuff, Pedrillos fear of
having offended her preently effeted
what the heat might otherwie have
done according to the ytem of the
Naturalits. He became as timid and as
fubmiive as the humbleft adorer of the
Queen of the Crytal Ilands; promiing
her, that if he would not banih him
from her preence, he would be as gentle
and innocent as a lamb. Upon thee
conditions Laura conmted to keep her
feat beide him, but at the ame time
wanted to divert him from that great
attention which he continually paid to
- - her
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her charms. She accordingly turned
the dicoure o variouly, and plied him
with o many quetions, that at length
he got him to relate very circumtan
tially, every thing he knew himelf of
his young Maters hitory. Conequently
fhe learned from him the tory of the
enchanted Princes's portrait; and from
the decription he gave of it, preently
dicerned that it was the very trinket
which her mitres had lot but a few
days before, in walking to her little
Arcadia beorementioned. She imparted
her thoughts to Pedrillo, and from the
account he gave her of the manner in
which it had been taken from Don Gylvio,
determined to et offimmediately with her
new friend to ee if they could not recover
it. They had no doubt of finding the
trinket in the cutody of one of the Peaant
Girls that worked in the neighbourhood
near the Seat; and by great good luck,
their uppoition proved jut. The trinket
was retored, in exchange for a few
Maravedis, and delivered the ame even
ing into the hands of Donna Felicia; to
whom,though it was of great value,
the hints and counel which Laura com
municated with it, as he had drawn
them from Pedrillos mouth, gave far
more
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. . 169
more pleaure than the recovery of the
toy itelf. For now he thought he had
uch a Taliman in her own power, as
might well effect the dienchantment of
her dear Don Sylvio de Roalva;an event
which he determined not to defer longer
than till the next morning.
In the mean time, Laura, the ove
reign mitres of Pedrillos heart, very
tritly forbad him to reveal anything
of the matter to his mater. This pro
hibition, however, only erved to make
honet Pedrillo o very impatient, that he
had the utmot difficulty in the world -
to wait for an opportunity of jutifying
the old remark, That there cannot be
a urer means of making people ay in
dicreet things, than to forbid them to
talk. The opportunity offered itelf
next morning: both mater and man
were too much in love to allow any
great portion of time for leeping. Pe
drillo perceived Don Sylvio at day-break
walking in the Garden, and buried in
profound cogitations. He therefore lip
ed oftly out of his chamber, and un
oberved by the fair Laura, went to
meet his mater.
Don Sylvio had pent good part of the
night in a train of reflections not very
Vol. III. I favourable
17o The Adventures gf
favourable to the Fairies. To ay the:
truth, ever ince the little trick which
Don Gabriel had played him with the
tale of Prince Biribinquer, the faith he
had hitherto repoed in thoe Ladies and
their Hitorians had uffered a conider
able alteration. The Hitory of Biri
binquer really eemed to him o fiIly
and o vapid, that he could not con
ceive how it was poible for him not to
have intantly dicerned the cheat. At -
lat he found there could be no other -
reaon for it, than the reemblance be
tween this and other tales of the ort,
joined to the favourable prepoeion
which he had always indulged of the
truth of uch narrations: nor could he -
conceal it from himelf, that if incon
itency and folly were carried farther in
the tale of Bribinquer, than in other
Faerytales, yet the analogy between
this and the ret was till ufficiently
great, in his opinion, to render all other
tales of the Fairies without exception
doubtful; epecially too, when he re
fleted upon all that Don Gabriel and
Don Eugenio had urged againt them.
In the midt of thee reflections he
at length fell aleep; and after having
lept about three hours, (during which
- -
-
he
Don Sx Lvio De RosALvA. 171.
he had dreamt of nothing but Donna
Felicia) he aroe, to purue, with greater
ucces, his reflectins on an affair of
fuch importance; to which the frehnes
of the morning, and the charms of a
olitary walk powerfully invitej.
Pedrillo looked abuta good while
before he could find his mater; for
while he dreed himelf and Was com
ing down, Don Sylvio had got into the
winding allies of the Labyrinth, which
Was Oile of the mot agreeable pots in
the world, both on aCCOunt of its
large extent, and the variety of Walks,
Thickets, Groves, Cacades, Grecia
Temples, Pagodas, Statues, and o forth,
which were all well adapted to give it
the air of one of thoe enchanted Gar
dens decribed in Romances Our Hero
(who could no longer doubt but that
all this, though trongly reembling an
enchanted country, was Yet only a work
of art, which, conducted by a poetical
imagination, kilfully uniting the various
elegancies of Nature withje arts which
imitated Nature, had Produced o plea
ing an aemblage of Beauties; our
Hero I ay) on entering this agreeably
Sylvan cene, could not help reflecting,
that poibly Imagination jas the only
I2 and
172 The Adventures gf
and real mother of that Marvellous,
which hitherto. from a want of experi
ence, he had taken for a part of Nature
itelf. He had now for ome time pur
ued this idea with that pleaure which
minds of a lively turn naturally feel on
tracing out a new dicovery; when on
a udden he perceived Pedrillo, who,
tarting from behind ome buhes of
wild Laurel that urrounded the ruins
of an antiquc Temple, came running
up to him with great joy. Ha!
good day tye, Signior Don Sylvio, (cried
he at a diftance the infant he dicovered
him) what, are you till alive! Peacods
take it, Signior, one can't get the ight
of you a moment in the whole day. If
I had not picked up from Mrs. Laura
that you were till here, I hould have
uppoed (God forgive me) that the
Fairies had made a et-off with you thro'
the air. Well, but methinks I have
mot reaon of the two to complain,
replied Don Sylvio, miling; urely thou
mut have been vatly enchanted with
thy Sylphide, for I have not once et
eyes upon thee ince the moment of thy
quitting the Hall, on perceiving Donna,
Felicia enter it. Signior, aid Pedrillo,
I believe you gues it pretty right,
when
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 173

when you believe me to be enchanted:


Some folks tell us that people enchanted
neither eat nordrink, without getting
half an ounce the leaner for it; and may
I be hanged, (but round my mitres's
neck only, undertood) if I have ate a
crumb more ince the day before yeter
day, than what a fly could carry away
upon its wings. Now do but mind;
when we come to table, I am always
eated directly over againt Mrs. Laura;
and there I ome how can't help look
ing at her continually; ometimes this
way, o; and then again o;and then
I ee how pretty he eats, and look in
her little mouth; for he has uch a
row of teeth, that it is quite a charm
to ee how white and how well fett
they be, jut like a tring of pearls.
And then,but what was it I was ay
ing?Oh, o then he keeps teizing of
me every minute almot, and makes
igns, and winks and nods at me, or
treads upon my toe, or ele puts her
handkerchief to rights; o that what
with one thing, and what with another,
i'faith, I hould forget to eat or drink
either, if he herelf did not now and
then put ome little tid-bit or other to
mymouth. And yet, as you ee, Sig
I 3 nior,
174 The Adventures gf
nior, I am as gay and as brik, as if
great Bel 9f Babylon and I had been at a
feat together, and tried who hould hold
it out longet*. Well! this it is to keep
: good company. But, deuce is in't,
Signior, you don't eem to want any
thing any more than myelf: You are
was freh, and you have o fine a colour,
that one might take you for a Bride
groom ;and yet I could lay a mall
wager, you lept but a very little lat
night ? True, anwered Don Sylvio,
'tis as thou ayet; all the effet of good
company. But how dot thou amue
thyelf in this fine houe, Pedrillo ?
Mut not we think of tt g C# DT "
* Setting off ? exclaimed Pedrillo, kip
ping back like a frighted Squirrel, and
looking at his mater with an arch leer;
pox take it! let us firt become as well
as we can, before we think of going.
Why, Signior, there's no uch might
hurry; people don't meet with

* For the Babylonians had an Idol called


Bel, and there was pent upon him every day,
twelve great meaures of fine flour, and forty
heep, and fix veels of wine ;yet was it but
Clay within, and Bras without, neither did it
eat nordrink anything. Hitory of Bel, in
AFocrypha, v. 3, 7. -
lodgings
Don Sylv1o De RosALvA. 175
lodgings as thee upon every high
road; and as to the Fairies, (if you
pleae not to take it ill of me, Signior,)
let them ay what they like about it. I
am of the fancy, lookye; that it is al
ways much better to live among chritian
people, than in the midt of that tribe
of Enchanters, Hobgoblins and Spirits,
where one never knows who and who's
together. The fair Laura made a con
quet of me from the firt moment I
aw her, though by the way I took her
for a Sylphide; but now that we know
her to be Mrs. Laura, mads of fleh and
blood like the ret of us honet folks,
and that he is a good chritian, and
that he is neither a Sylphide, nor a
Gnomide; but on the contrary, that he
is Mrs. Laura, waiting-woman to our
very gracious Lady Donna Felicia de
Cardena;I love her ten times more
and more for it. In hort, Signior Don
Sylvio, I hope you was only laughing
when you talked about leaving this
charming eat, where I am ure we are
o well off that I cannot think what
people could wih for more. Though
the houe itelf is neither built of Sap
phires nor Diamonds, yet till, as Laura
tells me, it is one of the finet in the
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whole province; and was I you, Sir, I
do think, I hould never wih for a
better as long as I lived. I know very
well what I know, though I don't blow
a Trumpet, and tell every body. But
ometimes people find more than they
looked for; I am ure a Lark is quite a
Kite at any time, and who minds loing
a Gudgeon to catch a Salmon ? For
my own part, I han't ay a word:
But lookye here, Signior; we hall not
budge out of this houe without etting
two or three Weddings upon the Church
teeple firt and foremot. l only beg
of you, Signfr, to remember this in
roper time and place, and that 'twas
I that told you o before-hand.
I hould be glad to know, aid
Don Sylvio, what kind of ecret thou
hat got in thy tomach, which o peters
thee; for I perceive that thou canft hardly
wait the moment of dicharging thyelf
of it?" So then, you take me for a
Blab, I uppoe ? replied Pedrillo. Upon
myword, though, You deerve to find
me as tiff and obtinate in my turn, as
the dumb Man that would not anwer
a yllable. You may think I can't
keep a ecret, jut as you pleae: But
no no! I have my own reaons, and I
fancy
Don SYLv1o DE RosALv A. 177
fancy Laura has hers too, or he would
not have o tritly charged me to ay
nothing to you about the Princes's
Pox take it! I had like to have blown
the whole mytery; but, however, I
caught myelf up in good time.
Well! only have a little patience, Sg
nior, when the pears are ripe they fall
of themelves: we hall oon ee extra
ordinary things come about. But it
mut be owned, Signior, you are born
under a lucky Star. Huzza! long live
the Fairies and enchanted Butterflies;
for certainly, had we never been uch
fools as to run hunting after the blue
Butterfly-But, I ay no more ! I
know what I know, and that's enough;
and what is more, Signior, you ee
now I can hold my tongue, and I can
keep ecrets. Was I a prating fellow,
as your Worhip is o often pleaed to
throw it in my teeth, how fhould I
have been o ilent after finding both
piture and Princes, and all together ?
Ha! what aidt thou? hatily
eried Don Sylvio,haft found my Prin
ces's pourtrait ? Where is it,or what
hat thou done with it ?" Oho! I
beg your pardon, Signior, replied Pe
drillo, with all the calmnes in the world.
5 I have
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have no pourtrait, believe me; no,
nor did I ay I had found your Prin
ces's picture ; for in truth, I mut have
told a grievous lie if I had aid
Fool! what art thou chattering then
about finding a pourtrait and a Princes ?
demanded Don Sylvio. Signior, aid
Pedrillo, you did not take me right. I
did not ay o, really now: for lookye,
that is exactly the whole mytery of the
matter; and, having once promied to
ay nothing about it, though you were
sto promie me mountains and wonders,
not a yllable of it hall jump out of
my lips. I begand beeech you, Sig
nior, ak me no quetions, The Devil
is full of his tricks; and if I was not to
take great care, ome little word or
other might lip me unawares.In hort,
Signior Don Sylvio, I hall ay no more
than this; and that is, That if we had
known, what I know at this moment,
the Fairy Rademante might have aved
you the trouble of puruing the blue
Butterfly over hill and dale, as well as
thoe ktlocks with the club-tick, that we
received for its fake; and might jut as
well have Heft us at home But no,
what a fool am I! for then we hould
never have met with our Princes; tho
by
Don Sylvio De RosalvA. 179
by the bye, he is no other thanAye,
true! yes, 'tis o. Well, let them ay
what they will But oftly; O'my con
cience, the whole mytery was jut going
to burt from my lips. Why, what
the Devil is come t thee, tupid beat !
cried Don Sylvio, half mad with impa
tience. Racal! mind me; either peak
o as one may comprehendthee, or hold
thy babbling tongue. Why then,
call me an As, Signior, if I compre
hend anything more of it than yourelf
though I ay it, anwered Pedrillo: If
we conider the matter one way, one
hould uppoe the Fairy has been laugh
ing at you: and yet, certain it is, he
has kept her word with you. The
picture is found again, that is very ure ;
and the Princes tob, though to peak
trictly, he is neither a blue Butterfly,
nor as if one hould ay, a Princes ?
The Devil himelf I think could not
cleverly make out this affair, that has
neither head nor tail to it; and yet
to be ure, a peron mut be omething
or other; and if the piture-But really
now, I don't know myelf what I would
fay. My head quite turns round with
thinking about our adventures. Nobody
hall ever beat it out of my Brains, but
I 6 there
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there mut be uch things as Fairies
and Faery doings; for 'faith it is a very
clear cae, that all this could never have
come about o queerly, and all by mere
chance -But, if I am not mitaken
aye, there comes the Princes herelf
Donna Felicia, I would ay. 'Ifackins!
he drops in jut at the nick of time.
One minute later, and my whole ecret
would have blown up, unles I could
have ceaed talking.
At thee words he withdrew to a
ditance from Don Sylvio, who, the
moment his fair one appeared, intant
ly forgot the curioity with which the
myterious Pedrillo had inpired him.
Accordingly, advancing with long teps,
he truck into another walk of the Laby
rinth, where oon he hoped to meet
with the objet of his warmet wihes.
Don Sylv1o DE RosALVA. 181

C H A P. II.

In which the Plot begins to unravel.


H EN two Lovers avoid each -
other, the one does it commonly
to be ought for with more eagernes,
and found with more eae by the other.
Donna Felicia no ooner perceived our
Hero, than he took a path directly
contrary to that where he was, but not
without turning her head round more
than once as he went. The moment
he aw he was in earch of her, he
tole inenibly into an alley where he
was ure of meeting her. Both eemed
atonihed - at finding each other in the
Garden at o early an hour, but Donna
Felicia was not quite o incere as Don
Sylvio, to acknowledge the true reaon.
She pretended the finenes of the morn
ing, whereas Don Sylvioingenuouly con
feed he was come into the Garden to
enjoy his reflections more coolly and
more to his mind. A very ignificant
look which he glanced at Donna Felicia
at the ame time, and a figh that tole
from him unawares, upplied everything
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.
that
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that might eem obcure in his dicoure,
and tamped its genuine value. Donna
Felicia, however, who clearly undertood
their meaning, eemed not to have ob
erved them ; but, turning the conver
ation to the Fairies, aked him, whe
ther the lat night's Hitory had not
eemed to him like a dream: Form
own part, continued he, I mut con
fes to you, I have been all night long
travelling in the Whale's belly; and i
you have any curioity to know more,
I could perhaps give you ome news
that may not be indifferent to you."
Upon this, with all the gravity of a
Lover of eventeen, Don Sylvio replied,
That for his part, as he had thought
of nothing but her, waking, ince he
firt beheld her, it was impoible for
his oul to employ itelf on any other
objet in his dreams. At the ame time
he owned, that from what had
within him ever ince he had the honour
of becoming acquainted with her, he was
almot peruaded there could be no other
Enchantment in the world than Lve.
Ah! why is it, he cried, that I
eannot ind words to paint to yo my
ituation? You have given me a new
exitence. Your preence diffues a bright
mes
Don Sylv1o De RosAlvA. 183
nes round me, that embellihes all
Nature, and renders it more affetingly
beautiful in my eyes. I fancy myelf
in another world. Every thing I ee
eems but as a reverberation of your
charms; things the mot inanimate, appear
animated, and breathe as it were only
Love. Even in your abence, at every
place where I before have een you, you
leave the traces of ome magick charm;
and, though inviible, methinks I feel
you contantly, and always preent.
Don Sylvio interrupted Donna
Felicia, giving him a tender look, which
he trove to conceal under an airy
mile, Do not oblige me to tell you,
that you are as well verfed in the Poets
as the Prince Oh, name him
not, Donna Felicia, cried our Hero;
(whom her words, very innocently as they
were uttered, had o moved that the
tears tood in his eyes.) Do not hurt
the fincerity of my oul by a compari
on which I fo little deerve. I" tell
you what I fee, and would I could tell
it you in uch a language, as might better
expres my real entiments than all
languages in the world. What I have
felt ince I aw you, differs infinitely
from the effects of an heated imagina
1ON :
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tion. Your firt look extinguihed all
that fire. I remember my pat life, but
as a vain airy dream; twas from that
fortunate moment alone in which I firt
beheld you, that I can reckon myelf
to have truly exited. And oh how
Here our young, too-timid Hero top
ped hort, explaining the reidue of what
he had not courage to pronounce, by
a look that pierced the beautiful Felicia
to the inmot oul. Perhaps, replied
he, I might accue you with too much
reaon, of not being o incere towards
me as you would wih me to believe.
But I will not reproach you, nor have
I any authority to do o. You have
done me the honour, Don Sylvio, to take
me for a Fairy; and now permit me to
prove to you, that at leat, in one re
pet, I reemble your Radiante. Ob
erve here, this is the pourtrait of your
mitres which you lot; I retore it to
you jut as you received it from her
hands. So aying, he gave him the
picture, inwardly diverting herelf at
the perplexity into which o unexpected
a preent threw him. He accepted it
with a tremblinghand, contemplated it
for ome time, then teadfatly looked
at Donna Felicia, and again returned to
-- the
Don Sylv1o De RosALv A. 185
the pourtrait. At length he cried,
Whereoever this pourtrait comes
from, or whoever it is intended to re
preent, my eyes, Madam, tell me that
it is yours; and my heart avouches,
that all the power this piture has
uurped over me, abolutely proceeds
beautiful Felicia / from the wonderful
reemblance it bears to you. I did not
receive it from a Fairys hands, as you
mentioned jut now: I found it in the
wood adjoining to the park at Roava.
This circumtance, added to that of its
having been eized from me, and now
retored to you, eems to imply ome
thing myterious. Do explain it to me,
fair Felicia. Certainly it is your own
pourtrait; the moment I aw it, it took
an entire poeion of my oul. I per
ceived it by that inexpreible Love
wherewith it inpired me I aw it mut
reemble Her who alone was capable of
rendering me happy: my heart avowed
in thoe lively colours the object of all
its wihes. But oh, how infinitely more
exquiite was that enation when I be
held the original! Take care, aid
Donna Felicia miling; your heart had
like to have played you a little hrewd
turn; for I aure you, this pourtrait
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186 T- Adventures of
is not mine, notwithtanding the refem
blance which you think you find it."
During their converation they had
purued their walk, and now, jut as
Donna Felicia uttered the lat words,
they came up to the pavillion. She
perceived the embarrament into which
her explanation had put Don Sylvio,
though he inwardly perited, that in
loving that portrait, he had never loved
any but her, let it repreent whom it
would. He attributed it to the effet
of a ecret pre-entiment, or foreight,
though he could not help owning, that
the circumtances, in which he had re
ceived the piture back, eemed a Riddle
to him. Donna Felicia could not be o
cruel as to leave him long in a tate of
perplexity, which, at bet, could only
erve to gratify her vanity. She there
fore led him through the hall of the
pavillion into a cabinet; on entering
which he immediately perceived two
pourtraits of the natural ize, placed on
the oppoite fides of the room, and
which o perfectly reembled each other,
that there was no ditinguihing between
them any otherwie than by a light
difference in the colouring, which none
but an able Connoieurcould have ob
*.- - ferved.
Don Sylvio De RosAvA. 187
erved. Now one of thee pourtraits,
aid he, is mine; gues, Don Sylvio,
which of the two it is. Both are
yours, cried our Hero; for the one
eems evidently a copy of the other-
No, Don Sylvio, you are mitaken,
replied Felicia. That yonder, which you
take for mine, is at leat ixty years
older than this other; for it repreents
my Grandmother, Donna Dorothea de
Jutella, jut as he was at ixteen years
of age: And here, continued fhe, point
ing to a little miniature pourtrait which
hung below the large one, here you
fee another picture of her, which was
done nearly about the ame time. It
perfectly reembles the large one, and
from this was taken that very copy which
gave birth to the ingular intrigus ws
have been peaking of. Upon finding
o trong a likenes between Donna
JDorothea and myelf, my father was in
duced to have my picture taken in my
fixteenth year, in the ame dres and
attitude as hers; and every body that
aw this pourtrait declared it equally
reembled my Grandmother and myelf.
My Grandfather, who was extremely
fond of his Lady, got the little pour
trait painted which fell into your hands,
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188 Te Adventure gf
and wore it about him, as was the
cutom at that time, fatened to a golden
chain. He left it to my mother; from
her it at length came to me, and I fixed
to it that tring of pearls, and contantly
wore it as a collar, till the day I lot it
in that very Foret where you mut have
found it oon after. Thus you have
the whole Hitory of this matter: and
now, added he miling, ince both have
an equal claim upon your inclinations,
'tis with You to decide in favour either
of the Grandmother, or of her Grand
daughter." -

Don Sylvio was quite beide himelf


on hearing a deduction and elcidation
of particulars o exatly conformable to
the wihes of his heart. He threw him
elf at Donna Felicia's feet, and told her,
in that pathetick diorder of pirits which
contitutes the true eloquence of Love,
uch things as might eem no-les in
ipid to our Readers, than they were
naturally pleaing to Donna Felicia, who
was enibly affected by them. In the
fituation wherein he found her own
heart, he took uch pleaure in liten
ing to a lover like Don Sylvio, that a
coniderable time elaped before he
once thought of retraining the young
gentleman's
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 189
gentleman's enthuiam. At length he
deired him to rie and follow her into
the Saloon, where they might more com
modiouly purue their converation.
There Don Sylvio ingenuouly related
to her all his Faery-tale, the Hitory of
the Butterfly, and the apparition of the
Fairy Radiante. He acknowledged, that
this uppoed Viion was partly owing
to the having his imagination filled with
marvellous Anecdotes of the Faery-gene
ration; and the more willingly did he
make this confeion, becaue Donna
Felicia allowed him, uninterruptedly o
to do; not without feeling a ingular
pleaure, in placing the other part of
this very particular phenomenon, to the
account of ome ecret divination, or
kind of precience of the oul, which
anticipated, as it were, that he hould
oon behold the original of this darling
copy. Though the Fairies, continued
he, are but imaginary Beings, I hall
ever conider them as my bet Bene
fatrees, ince but for them I might
have languihed out my days in olitude
at Rgalva; and, perhaps, might forever
have mied the happines of finding her,
whom my heart, full of thoe deires
which
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which it has ever ince felt, eemed o .
ardently to think of and purue.
He went on painting his entiments
to the beautiful Felicia for a good while,
with the perfet enthuiam of a Lover
truly mitten. The young lady herelf:
became imperceptibly affected to uch a
degree, that, forgetting all her former
reolutions, he could not help relating:
to him how he had found him leeping
under the Roe-buhes, and that from -
the moment he aw him, it had been :
out of her power to be unintereted in
favour of the unknown Sleeper; and -
ftill more o now, as the entiments with
which he had evidently eemed to in
pire him, mut render him dearer to
her. This animating confeion threw
our Hero into o perfet an extay,
that all he could do was again to cat,
himelf at his fair one's feet, and kis
her hands a thouand and a thouand"
times over, till fight and breath almot
forook him together. There cannot
erhaps be anything more dangerous
for a fair lady of Donna Felicias age,
than a view of that felicity with which
her firt favours inebriate her lover,
and whenever that lover is young,
handome, well made, and has as much
natural
Don SYLv1o DE RosALv A. 19 It

natural vivacity as Don Sylvio, I hould


apprehend the danger to be not much
les on his fide. -

On this account we hope the amia


ble Felicia will tand excued, for hav
ing, perhaps, hewn her enraptured
adorer too much indulgence. Under
that oft intoxication of oulin which
fhe appears, diolving as it were in
love and its delights, and where the
liveliet expreion of thoe entiments
appears all too feeble; we cannot in
jutice expet her to have the power of
preerving that equanimity, which the
widom of moral. Philoophers is o fond
to precribe. Thee ublime Geniues
demand (and indeed with reaon) that
we hould never go too far. But the
point is to know, what may or may
not be - too far, in caes like thoe we
peak of; and by what means, hitherto,
unknown, it is poible to make Love and
Widom walk trait forward in parallel
lines, o as that the one may never
tray from the other. -

To an amorous young couple, like


Don Sylvio and the beautiful Felicia,
Time is not a eries of moments, but
one continual immoveable Moment, that
would
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would inenibly wallow up whole years,
wereit not drawn out of this enchant
ing extay by external caues, or a diffi
pation of the animal pirits. The parties
in quetion o little found themelves
under the latter predicament, that they
were equally urprized to learn from
Laura that breakfat waited for them.
In conequence of this information, it
was thought proper for Don Sylvio to
withdraw a few minutes; minutes, which
however, appeared not a little tedious,
for during four hours ucceively lat
pat, he had found himelf o little tired
with looking at his dear Felicia, that it
eemed almot impoible to detach him
elf from her for a ingle moment.
Preently after the whole little ociety
aembled in Donna Felicia's apartment
to drink tea. Don Eugenio and Don
Gabriel were greatly atonihed at the
viible metamorphois which had taken
place in our Hero. The latter had got
himelf ready armed with a variety of
arguments, in order to force the Fairies
to their latentrenchments in Don Sylvios
brain. But he oon perceived the whole
buines done without him, and found
himelf obliged to allow, that two fine
eyes
Don Sxlvio De RosALv A. 193
eyes know better how to peruade, and
can work a more udden converion,
in a few minutes, than the Academy, *
the Lyceum , or the Stoa*, might
with all their united forces have been
able to do in the coure of as many
years.

C H A P. III.

New Dicoveries.
Reakfat being over, the company
retired into Don Eugenios Library,
where Don Gabriel employed himelf in
hewing his young friend and the ladies
various experiments in Natural Philoo
phy ; when, all on a udden, a noie
like that of ome kind of carriage was
head in the Court-yard before the
houe, which preently interrupted the
attention of his diciples. - Let any one
imagine the agreeable confuion of Don
*** The famous Schools in which Platz,
Aritotle, and Zeno, taught the Athenians Phi
loophy. -

VoL, III. K Sylvio,


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Gylvio, when a minute or two after he


beheld his dear Aunt, Donna Menzia,
enter the room. - -

In order to ave any future Critick,


who may poibly be inclined to give
himelf the trouble of defending this
work againt the biting tooth of a Zoilus,
or any of his brethren; that is to ay,
againt all and every one, who,to the
very great mortification of our jut,
aternal love for this procreation of our
intelletshould maliciouly dare to
attempt for to wih or to dicover
its faults and imperfections: To ave,
I ay, this excellent and learned peron
age (to whom, thus publickly and be
forehand, we pay our bet thanks for the
labours he hall undetakefor he will
find enough to do) the pains of defend
ing us from the reproach of having,
againt all probability, brought the age
and venerable Donna Menzia, qug Deum
ex Machin, to the eat of Don Eugenio,
riding in a Calahdrawn by two poor
worn-out Tits, without aigning any
other good reaon for o doing, but
truly becaue we have occaion for her:
For thee reaons we think it incumbent
supon us firt and foremot to oberve,
- v that
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 195
that this unlooked-for apparition did
not happen by our means, but through
the care and dicretion of that famous
Barber, or Barber-furgeon, or Surgeon
barber, who hath already more than
once in the coure of this performance,
appeared and figured upon the Stage.
This gentleman, in a tour he had made
the evening or two before to Lirias to
dres the wounded peron, had heard of
Don Sylvios arrival, and through the im
prudent loquacity of the dicreet Pedrillo,
had picked up certain other little par
ticulars, which made him upet there
was ome mytery in the matter. Fraught
with this intelligence, Mater Blas imme
diately hied him away to Roalva, where
every method had already been ued to
dicover our Hero in all the adjacent
places. Donna Menzia was very greatly
alarmed at thee tidings; for as her
Nephew's marriage with the beautiful
Mergelina was one of the conditions,
without which her own nuptials with
Signior Rodrigo Sanchez could not abo
lutely take place, it was impoible for
her to be unconcerned at the news
which Mater Blas, with a very myteri
ous air, poured into her ear in a whi
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per; and which, if they meant any
thing, imported that to judge from ap
pearances, Don Sylvio was not at Lirias
for nothing. In a word, he thought
the affair ufficiently important to de
mand her peronal attendance to bring
him back to Roalva. She accordingly
arrived in thee dipoitions, which,
joined to the profound contempt with
which the high antiquity of her houe
inpired her for the nobility of a freh
date, gave her on her arrival at Lirias
- one of thoe gracious cats of feature,
which it is eaier to imagine than de
cribe. And moreover, to complete her
misfortunes, eeing her Nephew in uch
dangerous company as that of Donna
Felicia and Jacintha. (dangerous to the
lat degree, according to her principles;)
her ill-humour roe to uch a pitch,
that her countenance (which, without
thee additional charms, was better cal
culated to expres the everity of Virtue
than its graces) took the air of a Fury
o perfectly, that her meagreform want
ed nothing more than a few Serpents
hung round the head, and a Torch in
her hand, to repreent one of the Graces
of the Infernal Regions. However, not
withtanding
Don Sylv1o De RosAlvA. 197
withtanding all thee charms, as being
Don Sylvios aunt, he was received in a
manner o repetful and o engaging, as
to find herelf obliged a little to un
wrinkle her terrible and memacing brow.
The beauty and noble mein of Don
Eugenio likewie contributed their part
to recaim her; and thee ucceeded o
well, that the two Ladies, who, upon
the firt look with which he honoured
them, had retired to the farther end of
the room, at length reumed courage
to advance toward the Sopha, where
Donna Menzia had feated herfelf at Don
Eugenios requet. They did it, how
ever, with uch precaution, as to place
themelves near enough the door to get
clear off in cae of accidents. Donna
Menzia after a hort preamble explained
the reaon of her coming; expreing no
fmall atonihment at what could poibly
have occaioned her Nephew's being at
Lirias. Don Eugenio informed her it
was entirely owing to chance, and put
it to the account of certain adven
tures which had happened to himelf;
mentioning the valiant aitance Don
Sylvio had afforded him, without which
he hould have run a great rique of
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being over-powered. But he took care
to uppres a few eircumtances relative
. to the Hitory in quetion. Donna
Menzia expreed o much atisfaction at
her Nephew's good condut, as it
rendered him not unworthy the noble
blood which flowed in his viens, that
the amiable 7acinha could not help
venturing a few words likewie in praie
of our young Hero's prowes.
"Twas then for the firt time that
Donna Menzia condecended o far as
to cat a didainful look upon thee
little female Beings. We have already
oberved omewhere, that jacinha was
neither tall, nor had he that exat
ymmetry of features or exquiite de
licacy of complexion which we expect
in a conummately fine woman. 'Twas
that certain inexpreible charm which
dicovers itelf ometimes in the phyi
ognomy, and diffues itelf over the whole
form, and that alone, which rendered
her unaccountably engaging at the firt
ight. This it was which made her
find favour in the eyes of Donna
Menzia, who was perfectly well atisfied
with her own charms, and what herelf
imagined to be, a majetick p ZC.
--
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 199
fize. Nay, by little and little, he even
went o far, as to honour the young
creature with ome degree of her at
tention; when, jut as he was about
telling 7acintha that he had never een
any peron in her life that o much put
her in mind of her deceaed Siter-in-law, -
Donna Iidora, as he didin tepped
Don Sylvio, (after no mall heitation to
appear before her) attended by Don
Gabriel.
The panegyricks which had already
been betowed upon him, the politenes of
addres with which he aluted his Aunt,
and, perhaps alo the figure of the
gentleman who accompanied him ;
one of thoe lucky figures, calculated
to conciliate eteem the moment they
appear:Thee, altogether, had o good
an effect, that Don Sylvio met with a
much more gracious reception than he
had dared to hope for. Don Gabriel,
it eems, had been a good while ac
quainted with the old Lady's charater;
accordingly he was michievous enough
to tell her ome of the finet things in
the world, in the Court-tyle ued at
the time of Charles, the econd of that
name in Spain: So that preently, to
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the great diverion of the company, he
aw himelf honoured with the laugh
able charater of a declared adorer and
favourite of this Dowager beauty. Every
one exerted himelf and herelf to
entertain the Lady in the very bet
manner, heaping eulogiums and com
pliments upon her in the bombat tyle
and tate of Amadis de Gaul. The gen
tlemen had eyes only for her Ladyhip;
and the young Ladies affected o timid
and o infantine a look in her preence,
that he could not help verily fancying
herelf at leat twenty years younger.
In hort, he became by degrees o gay,
o facetious, and o cheary, thatit was
really a pity!
This Comedy went on for ome time.
The repeated obervation which Donna
Menzia had made upon the reemblance
betwixt Jacintha and Donna Iidora de
Roalva, had led her into a very circum
tantial detail of the adventures of her
own youth, with which he tired the
audience for about half an hour; when
infantly loud houts were heard, the
noie of which eemed to come from
the tair-cafe. Pedrillo's voice oon di
tinguihed itelf, and the next moment
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he appeared in peron, or rather tumbled
himelf head and houlders into the
room, without any regard to his mater
or the ret of the company; crying out
with all his might, Huzza! Joy to great
Caear ! There Signior, Pimpimp is found
again; we have got little Pimpimp again!
Ah, I'faith, I knew the cured old
Caraboa at fifty paces ditance. But
truly, he would not give him up, not
fhe: So he vowed and proteted he
did not teal him away; and then he
did et upon me, and did o-clapper
claw and abue me with her Bil
linggate Language, that for the life of me
I would not dare to repeat it before uch
good company. But upon my oul,
he did not throw away her civili
ties into the Dead Sea: I gave her
flah for flah, and combed her head for
her a little in her own way. Oh what
an old Carrion it is ! and then lookye,
he had not tole him, forooth ! No,
nor poitively he would not give him
up into any body ele's hands but your
own, Signior; ay, and Don Eugenio he
would peak to, in pite of us all, that
he would, though the Devil himelf
Rood over her with a hore-whip. So I
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told her, as how, there was company;
and, aid I, there's time enough to hear
thee tell Fortunes ome time ele: and
all what we wanted to know, is known
already, aid I ; and o, aid I, thou
hat nothing more to do than give us
little Pimpimp, and then prithee, Madam,
troop off as oon as thou wilt, or by
St. Jago! I hall pay thee back a hun
dred fold all the buffets, cuffs, and
kicks of the breech, and o forth, that
H received the day before yeterday
by thy contrivance, or that of thy brin
tone Companion's, aid Iold Fanfre
luche / But all this, however, would have
been talking to no purpoe in he
would come in pite of my teeth, had
not I, at lat, een took hold of her
by main force and puhed her down
tairs.
Well, but what art thou talking
about, my friend? demanded Don Eugenio:
Who is this old Woman? Did not he
tell thee what he wanted ?" Signior,
replied Pedrillo, he herelf can bet tell
you who he is. My mater there,
Signior Don Sylvio, did init upon it
againt wind and tide, that he is the
Fairy Caraboa. But if I mut peak.
my
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my mind, I think, aving your Honour's
preence, he is only an old Gipy
No ooner had Don Eugenio caught
the ound of thee lat words, than he
roe precipitately from his eat, and went
out with all poible expedition. Per
chance, thought he, this may be the
very Gipey I am in earch of? And
happily for him, for this once his hopes
were not deceived.
The uppoed Caraboa, whom our
Hero had met with in the woods the
morning after his flight from Roalva,
was no other than that very Gipey,
who, as we have before oberved, ated
o principal a part in Jacintha's Hitory.
The Reader poibly may recollect that
the indicreet curioity of the Corregidor
at Seville had obliged this worthy Matron
to retire from that Capital. Unluckily
for her, her name, peron, and merit
were o celebrated through all the pro
vinces of Spain, that he knew not which
fide to turn herelf, to keep from
falling into thoe very toils which he
wihed to avoid. In this dilemma he
thought of Jacintha, who, as he had
learnt from one of her old acquaint
ance, was acting with univeral applaufe
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"pon the Stage in Grenada. She ac
ordingly bent her coure thither as
much diguied as poible, and arrived
at Grenada the ame day that Jacintha
had left it. She gained full intelligence
of everything concerning her from an
Atres, who failed not to enlarge upon
what people heard and imagined with
regard to Don Eugenios inclinations and
views repeting 7acintha. This infor
mation preenthy uggeted to her a means
of procuring herelf a protetor in the
peron of the young gentleman, who
might amply reward her, by affording
her a ecure retreat within his own
territories, for the ervice he could
render him. Upon this he ued the
utmot diligence to get to Valencia be
fore 7cintha, and it was jut at this
junture that he had met with our Ad
venturers upon the road, in her way
through the wood. A few leagues from
Xelva, by a like chance, fhe met with
one of Don Eugenios Stewards at the Inn
where he paed the night, who was
come from an etate of his Lord's in
the neighbourhood of Valencia, and in
tended going next day to Lirias. This
man informed her that if he wanted
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to peak with his mater, he had only


to go back the way he came; and as
he pretended to have things of the
utmot conequence to communicate to
him, the Steward had politenes enough
to accompany her. They accordingly
reached Lirias jut at the nick of time
when the truth of the dicovery he
wanted to make might. be put pat doubt.
by the preence of Donna Menzia.
A minute or two after Don Eugenios
quitting the Saloon, he returned, lead
ing in the old Gipey by the hand.
Donna Menzia, aid he, I bring you
here a Woman, who boats of being
able to retore to you a lot Neice.
The amiable 7acintha, the intant the
perceived her foter-mother, hrieked out
in the greatet conternation and terror;
while the old Woman, immediately on
eeing Donna Menzia, threw herelf at
her feet, and begged pardon of her
for a crime, of which he confeed her
elf guilty towards her. This done, he
gave her a very circumtantial account
of the place and time in which he had
artfully carried off her Niece Donna
Seraphina, then about five years of age;
adding, that that young Lady, pointing
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to Jacintha, was the ame Seraphina,


whom he was rejoiced thus to find
again; and as a certain proof that what
he aid was true, he produced a little
chain of gold with a Crucifix, which
Seraphina wore as a necklace at the time
of her being carried off
It would be eaier to imagine than
decribe the agreeable urprize which
o fortunate a dicovery mut occaion
in our little ociety. Don Eugenio,
who could not contain himelf for joy,
would readily have excued the Gipey
from urging any other proofs whatever:
But Donna Menzia was not quite o
open to convition, or o eay to be
peruaded. She examined the old Gipey
with the utmot tritnes repeting the
minuteft circumtances of this female
Rape; and at length, perfectly atisfied
with the old Woman's anwers, he
began to conider attentively the gold
Necklace, which he recolleted to be
the very ame that he had given her
little Neice, when Don Pedro the Father
committed his children to her care. In
a word, after an examination and cru
tiny that lated near an hour, Jacintha
was acknowledged as Donna Seraphina
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de Roalva, and cordially embraced in


that charater by the whole company,
particularly by our Hero and his Aunt. -
This unlooked-for dicovery diffued in
expreible joy through the whole Houe;
and Don Eugenio, who wihed to diffue
his own happy feelings through all Na
ture, gave immediate orders for cele
brating the day with every expreion
of Fetivity.

C H A P. IV.

Concluion gf this Hitory.


A T length we have conduted the
" Hitory of our Hero to a period,
at which it ceaes to be marvellous,
or (what amounts to the ame thing)
at which it begins to take the common
turn of all human events; ceaing, of
coure, to be adapted to the views
which we propoed to ourelves in the
compoition of this work. Don Sylvio,
who from this hour acknowledges no
other Fairies than his adorable Felicia,
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and no other Enchantment than that
which darts from her fine eyes, is upon
the point of being happy, worthy of
his happines, and if (as we hope) he
fhall live 1ong enough, even of becom
ing wie in due time. In his preent
agreeable ituation, therefore, we might
now leave hin to his Love, and the
care of his propitious tars, had we
not in all probability ome Readers
too indolent to imagine for themelves
the natural iue and reult of this
wonderful Story; though certainly no
thing can be more eaily gueed out,
without any need of our interpoition.
Hereby then we inform all uch Readers,
that Don Sylvio, the ame day, gave his
Aunt a full account of Don Eugenios
proceeding, and how highly worthy he
had evinced himelf of this newly-found
Siter. He then acquainted her with
their mutual inclination for each other,
as well as with the ingular commence
ment, and uccesful progres of his
own paion for the beautiful Felicia de
Cardena. Don Sylvio met with little
difficulty in obtaining the old Lady's
conent to this two-fold alliance, pro
poed to her by Don Eugenio and
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her Nephew. She now blufhed to think
that an hundred thouand Ducats hould
have rendered her capable of deeming
a pettifogging Attorney of Xelva and
his monfter of a Neice, worthy to be
allied with her family: not to ay, that
being omewhat of a calculator, he
was clearly of opinion that with a for
tune of forty thouand Ducats per ann.
which Donna Felicia would bring her
dear Don Sylvio on their marriage,
the ancient plendour of her houe
was likely to be much better re-etab
lihed. One of the marriage articles
on her Nephew's part, by which he
aigned her an annual penion ef ix
thouand Ducats for life, did not a little
further contribute to convince her Lady
hip of the propriety of the connection.
So nug an income ufficiently enabled
her to make hift without Signior Rode
rigo Sanchez; and let matters turn out
how they would, he could eaily make
herelf amends for the los of him by
the help of o comfortable a pittance.
Though there are very good reaons
to believe that our Hero, was now
entirely recovered of any pernicious
effects which the Fairies had produced
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in his brain, it was nevertheles judged
proper to fill up with realities that
Vacuum, which the banihment of the
Fairies had left there. It was accord
ingly ettled that he hould make the
tour of Europe, the better to render
himelf worthy the poeion of his fair
Felicia. Don Eugenio very affectionately and
chearfully determined to accompany him.
Don Gabriel carried his friendhip o far
as to init on erving him as the Mentor
of his travels; and our fair ones were
generous enough to give their afent to
o eligible an expedition, though likely
to be attended with a eparation of two
whole years. In the mean time the
Ladies concluded to retire to a Convent
in Valencia, and there wait for the re
turn of their admirers;a period, not a
little enlivened by the frequent letters
which they regularly received from
them. The two years being elaped,
Don Eugenio and Don Gabriel brought
back their young friend o accomplihed,
that it was carce pofible for any but
Donna Felicia to recollect him. - She,
however, was by no means urprized to
ee that an intercoure-with the great
world, and the various opportunities it
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offers of informing and cultivating the
mind, hould thus have developed thoe
happy dipoitions, which he knew he
Poeed; and which from their firft
aquaintance had rendered him oami
able and etimable in her eyes.
At length, this lovely young widow
and her worthy friend onna Seraphina
(whom the converation of Donna Felicia,
and others of imilar rank and merit,
had rendered one of the mot amiable
Creatures living) conented with pleaure
to make their ardent lovers happy Honet
Pedrillowho had accompanied his mater
and returned as alert and as talkative,
but much more polihed and gentee than
heretofore,in reward of thj ufferings
he had formerly endured in the toilome
Perilous puruit of the blue Butterfly,
and, as a return for the ervices j had
rendered his mater during their late
Tour ;-Honet, faithful Pjri obtain
ed, the fair, the prudent Laura together
with the pot of Steward of the Houhold,
of which, very Probably, he remains
poeed to the preent hour, in the mot
amiable and the happiet family through
out Spain,

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