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REASON triumphant over FA NC Y;
Exemplified in the Singular

A D V EN TU R ES
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DoN SYLVIO DE ROSALVA.


A Hitory in which every marvellous Event
occurs naturally.
Tranlated from the GERMAN Original of
MR, C. M. WIE LA N D.
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C O N T E N T S
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SECOND VOL UM E.
B O O K IV.
CH A P. I.
I N which the Author diplays his profund killin
the myfferies of Ontology - I
C H AP. II.
An intance that ocular Tetimony is not always fa
certain as to be the mot credible - 6
CH A P. III. -

In which Don Sylvio /hews himelf in a very ad


vantageous light - 29
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The company arrive at the Inn - 36
CH A P. V.
Which the Auther hopes may notfall into the band
* of any Chambermaid or Waiting-woman 40
CH A P. VI.
Containing a notable Examination upon Interro
gatories - - 48
CH A P. VII.
A hort degreion to Lirias; which may erve to
/hew that the Author is not unkilled in the
Knowledge the human heart as perhaps
- me might think him 62 -

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4 mg/? deplorable Adventure with ome Female
Haymakers - - 69
B O O. K. V.
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In which the Author has the pleaure to talk about


himelf
imelf - 78
CHAP.
co N T E N r s.
C H A P. II. -

Wherein Pedrillo diplays himelf to great Ad


vantage, -, 86
Don Syl C H A P. III. 8
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an Sylvio's inward/ruggle
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Pedrillo's preditions begin to be accomplihed, 104
C H A P. V.

Apparition of the Fairy; 'tis a very dangerous thing to


meet with a Woman too much like one's Mi
tre, - - I 12 - ,

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An unthought of Interview, - 119


C H A P. VII.
Reciprocal Complaiance, - I25
C H A P. VIII.
A Combat between love fr the Piture, and lve fr
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What a dangerous
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her. 14
Philophers,
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Concerning the force of Relutions made again
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Hitoryy of the beautiful
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Jacintha's Hory, 150
ontinuation of the Hitory of Jacintha I
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Don Eugenio continues the beautiful Jacintha's


Narration, - - 196
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Hitory of Jacintha concluded. - Dan Sylvio cor


jectures upon the ubjekt, with preparation
r an epiodical interlude, which few of our
Readers will think tedious, 216 -
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AD vE NT UR es
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Dos SYLVIO DE ROSALVA.


B O OK IV.

C H A P I.

In which the Author dplays his pryound


Skill in the Myteries gf Ontology.
Fever man found himelf in a criti
cal ituation, it was Pedrillo, after he
had lot ight of the two fair creatures,
to whoe acquaintance we introduced
him in the preceding book. The tumult
which this apparition created, no les in
his head than in his heart, was o great,
that the bare difficulty of decribing it
throws us almot into the ame dilemma.
The quetion with him was, whether he had
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been awake or dreaming; whether the
objets were Fairies, or mere mortals;
and whether they had vanihed, or only
taken leave in the ordinary coure of
things. But this was a great problem in
his idea, and the more he thought of it
th : les was he able to reolve it. Medi
tations, indeed, are not everybody's bu
nes; at leat, Pedrillo o ill applied him
elf to the work, as preently to be in
volved in the labyrinth of his own
cogitations, which, like a net, only erved
toentangle him more and more. In
hort, after having battled with himelf
for above a quarter of an hour, he con
cluded with beginning in good earnet to
doubt his own exitence.
Of all the doubts to which man's
poor and feeble reaon is expoed, none
can be found, perhaps, o little capable
of being upported at the long run as
this l have jut mentioned. Hence poor
Pedrillo oon fancied he aw himelf in
celantly turning round upon his ownaxis,
as quick as a ilk-bobbin or a windmills
wing. -

Some, perhaps, will tell us, that had


he been a Carteian, he might have ex
tricated himelf from his doubts, by the
famous Cogito, ergo Sum. But in this
poor lads ituation, Decartes himelf
might
Don Sylvio DE RosAlvA. 3.
might poibly have lot all his Latin:
for, in fat, he thought nothing at all;
and in this tate, if he had even been
Capable of framing a Syllogim, the Car
tefan Axiom would have erved him to no
other end, than to precipitate him from
his doubts of exitence into the certainty
of not exiting; an event not much better
than that offallingex Scylla in Charybdin, or
(as the vulgar ometimes phrae it) out
of the frying pan into the fire.
It mut be confeed that crude genius
in a tate of nature, Intint, Common
ene, or what you pleae to call it (for
we are not fond of cavilling about words)
is often of more utility to the poeor,
than the ubtlet wit, or the keenet pene
tration. Had Pedrillo been a metaphy
ician, he certainly would not have top
ped at the doubt of his own exitence.
He would have gone on ruminating, re
fleting, analying, abtrating, ditin
guihing, and combining, till he had de
nied both his own, and the exitence of
all other things, and even the poibility
that they hould exit. And who knows,
but at lat he might have become the
founder of a new et of Philoophers,
of whom it might reaonably be con
jectured, that from their ingular facility
at reolving the ". difficult Problems
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in Phyics and Morals, without the leat
trouble, it mut oon have wallowed up
all the other ets of Dualits, Materi
alits, Pantheits, Idealits, Egotits, Pla
tonicks, Aritotelians, Stoicks, Epicureans,
Nominalits, Realits, Occamifts, Abe
1ardits, Averroits, Paracelits, Machi
avelians, Rocrucians, Carteians, Spino
fits, Wolffans, and Cruians put to
gether. - , -

We cannot think without horror and


trembling, of the pernicious conequences
which mut have attended fuch a Philoo
phy in the ytem of human ociety: It
feeming to be an effet impoible, that the
principle of non-exitence hould ever be
reduced into a ytem in the leat degree
tolerable; there being no known religion,
no etablihed laws or cutoms, in any
polite nation whatoever, that can poi
bly have aorted with uch a ytem:
For with what appearance of right could
it be demanded of a man who does not
exit, to pay Tithes, Offerings, and what
are called Jura Stola ? or how hould
it be poible to convit any one of a
crime, who, by a long geometrical de
montration, hould prove to his judge,
that he, the accued, did not, nor could
have exited at the time in which he is
- charged
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 5

charged with having done uch or uch


things. -

But, happily for the publick repoe,


Pedrillo had not the leat dipoition for
peculative Philoophy; on the contrary,
intead of long ratiocination upon the
perplexing ituation in which he now
tood, he had nothing o much at heart,
as to free himelf from it in the peediet
manner. He imagined that his mater,
who had lept all this while, and con
fequently mut be uppoed very impar
tial, would be the mot likely peron to
free him from o uneay a predicament.
We hall not enquire whether Pedrillo
reaoned jutly in this matter, or how far
he did fo, ince a particular examination
would infallibly involve us in that famous
dipute, concerning what is termed In
telleium Agentem et Patientem: To which
we feel ourelves o much the les di
poed at this preent writing, as the
uperlatively-learned ubjet of the fore
going Chapter hath o weakened our
brain, that we find it indipenibly nece
ary, with the kind Reader's permiion,
to make ome little paue.

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C H A P. II.

An intance that ocular Tetimony is not


always o certain, as to be the mot
credible.

EDRILLO preently waked his ma


ter, but, unfortunately, in the very
moment that the latter was engaged in
one of the finet dreams that ever pla
tonick lover enjoyed, or the lover of a
Butterfly could wih for. -

Wretch! cried Don Sylvio as he


awaked, from what a dream hat thou
diturbed me ! -

Pox take it, Signior Don Sylvio ! aid


Pedrillo, what have we to do with dreams
now ? There are very different things
upon the carpet. But I beg of you, my
dear mater, if you have a drop of cha
rity left for poor Pedrillo, only tell me
whether I am Pedrillo till, or not ? for
I'faith, everything is not as it hould
beand let me be burnt, if I hould
have believed my own mother at the
time, if he had come and told me I was
my father's on.
What the devil is the matter with
thee ? replied Don Sylvio, greatly ur
- prized
Don Sx Lvlo DE RosALv A. 7.
prized at his dicoure. What reaon haft
thou to believe that thou art any other
than thy own elf?
Nay, now, only do but tell me
whether I am myelf, aid Pedrillo, and
reaons hall follow in time and place.
Let us firt determine the principal point.
Only be o kind as to anwer me my
quetions off hand; for you will find it's
a matter of more conequence than you
may think.
Poor impleton! cried Don Sylvio
miling; thou hat been Pedrillo for thee
twenty years, and why houldt thou not
be o now ? -

- Look at me, Signior, eontemplate


me before and behind, and then tell me
the truth, upon the faith of a gentle
man.
Why then, as truly as that I am
a gentleman, aid Don Sylvio, thou art
Pedrilo,
two or thou art an as: one of the
is certain J3

An As!Stay, Signior, here's my


ears; methinks you may find longer
ones under many a Doctor's cap; and
if I am but as certainly Pedrillo, as I am
not a Dotoran As, I would ay,
every thing goes as it hould: for, to
tell you the truth, Signior, I myelf had
ome kind of forethought, omething of a
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reprehenion, that the thing could not
be otherwie, than you have jut now
affured me : but when things happen to
any body o out of the way, 'tis not to
be wondered, if one even forgot one's
own name. .

And prithee what has happened to


thee ? demanded Don Glvio. Tell me im
few words, if you pleae?
Signior, aid Pedrillo, there's no
telling the whole in a moment. A wie
man may put as many quetions in a
breth as a fool cannot anwer in a whole
day. If you'll but give me time, I'll tell
you it all to the leat yllable. For, look
ye, upon my faith it's jt as if I aw
her till before my eyes, with thoe large
brown eyes, and that charming roguih
look and mile he gave me, as he mount
ed upon her mule. Let me die if it
was not jut for all the world, as if
he was drawing my heart with a pack
thread. You may laugh atme, Signior,
but I'm as great a knave as ever breath'd,
if I did not look with an eye of envy at
the mule that carried her.
No longer abue my patience, cried
Don Sylvio who could not comprehend
a word of all this medley harangue; tell
me plainly, and in proper Order,
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has happened to thee, while I was a
leep? -

Well, Signior, that I will, pro


vided you have but patience enough to
hear me : for, as I told you, I have o
much to ay, that I know not where to
begin, though I am fill'd ready to burt
with it, and wih I could peak it all in
a breath. But fince you chooe to have
me relate the thing in proper order, be
pleaed to know, Signior, it was not
long after you fell aleep, that I begun
to gape and yawn too, and did o two
or three times together, and o went on,
till I was afraid of doing nothing ele the
whole evening. However, I judged by
that, I had ome need of leep; but, as
I had determined to keep watch and
take care of you, I beat it off as much
as poibly I could; and, to keep my
elf awake, I drank two or three ups
out of the bottle; it might be four-for
I don't exatly call to mind. In hort,
the bottle was at lat empty, and I was
not a bit more in pirits than before.
My eye-lids hut up all in a moment,
and then I yawned again; and I kept
on a good while holding an argument
between leep and myelf
Oh, the devil! exclaimed Don Syl
vio, if thou continuet talking at this rate,
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thy life and mine would not be ufficient
to ee thee at the end of thy tory. So
then, thou hat been aleep? Good.
And then waked?" True.''
Or did thee marvellous affairs thou
wihed'ft to tell me, appear to thee in a
dream ?"
In a dream! no truly, Signior, when
I aw this apparition I was quite broad
awake,as I hould have told you, if
you had let me go on without interrupt
ing me : for if you will have me relate
things in order, I mut let them follow
one after another.
Undoubtedly, aid Don Sylvio: but
is it neceary then, that thou houldet
mention every unintereting circumtance,
and make the tale as heavy and tedious
as an old nure's tory ?Thou hat been
alleep,and thou hat waked: this is the
whole mytery, and thou might't have
aid it all in two words.Well, go on
Oh the vengeance! how would you
have me go on, when you are every
moment making me loe the thread of
my tory; and then you would have me
find it again in a trice whereabouts
was IAywell: when I fell aleep.
But you was already got awake:
Ay, but however, one mut go to
leep before one can wake ? But be that
AS
Don SYLvio De RosALVA. 11
as it may, or as you pleae; I then got
awake, as you was aying: tho' to ay
the truth, I think it's very likely I might
have lept till this time, if a certain ne
ceitya certainI don't know how to
name it, o as to peak with common
decency: but, a word to the wie is
enough, ays the proverbIn hort, a
Certain want which one cannot well get
upplied by proxyYou undertand me
now, I hope ? -

Pha! yes I do; prithee get on with


thy tory, Pedrillo, and come to the
point. -

There is a time for all things, ays


Solomon. In one word, then, it was a
omething that the Corregidor of Xelva,
as well as the King himelf, are obliged
to do jut in the ame way as the pooret
country clownyes, truly. I have often
had it in my head, that if the great
lords and ladies would but think eriouly
of the matter,and its no uch very
head-breaking buines it would cut.
down a vat deal of their pride and
haughtines; as if they valued themelves
infinitely more than poor common peo
ple. If, for example, they did but think
I cannot tell it out of repect to your
Worhip; and yet 'tis very true, that they
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neither make amber nor muk; and if
you conider it cloely
Obrave! Pedrillo, cried Don Sylvio
laughing; if once thou ettt about mora
lizing, thou wilt never have done. Good
now, do pas over the fine things that
have jump'd into thy brain, and leave
this doing thy affairs-
Well, there now, your worhip has
aid it at once, and has hardly left it
a covering. For my own part, I could
never have dared to peak it out o
plainly: but as it is done, I'll tell you.
without any further preamble or circum
round about, That after having aited
nature, which, by the way, was behind a
. buh, fifty or ixty paces at leat from the
pot where you was laid down
My friend, Pedrillo, interrupted Don
Sylvio, I ee thou art dipoed to harras
and teaze me. But go on in your own
way, ince it mut be my fate to become
the martyr ofthy tunning tittle-tattle,
I hall endeavour to bear with it as long
as my patience will let me. . . .
Signior, replied Pedrillo, I hould be
very orry to abue your patience; but
you ee how the matter tands: we mut
go on from one word to another; people
oftenbegin witha gooe-quill, andend with
- the
Don SylvIo DE RosALv A. 13

the Angel Gabriel* and I could not find


in my heart, epecially to pas over this
circumtance, without peaking of it, by
reaon of what follows; ince by that
you may ee, I was certainly awake, and
had the perfect ue of my enes; but
we won'tfall but about it; for, as I am
now coming to the main point, I hall
be pretty brief. -

Wonderful! Pedrillo; No more ex


cues I beg of thee.
Know then, my dear mater, that
on my coming back from behind my
buh, and wanting to know how you did,
I awGues, Signior, what I aw ?"
Why, thou looked't into ome rivu
let, and there did'ft thou ee the mot
illy, and the mot tupid, the mot im
pudent, tireome, aud inipid As, that
ever walked on two feet fince the time
of Balaam.Is not it o?"
Nay, Signior, you are not right
there; but I'll be hang'd if you won't
guesit immediately, when I have toldyou
thatthat I aw a Fairy; ay, and more
than a Fairy let me tell you. For
urely, 'twas the mot beautiful Fairy
* This proverbial expreion eems to refer to
a ort of Diverion, imilar to the Englih Royal
Game ofthe Goe.
that
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that a man hall ee in a Summer's day;
and, if twas not the Fairy Rademante
herelf, I'm poitive he was handomer
than all your Bellinas, and Charmantas,
and Amaranlas, and Rademantes, put to
gether.
A Fairy ! fay't thou?And how
didt thou know it was one ?"
How did I know ? Deuce take it,
Signior, do you uppoe then that I
know nothing at all ?Have I been
all this while in your ervice, and
can't I tell what a Fairy is ?If this
was not one, mind me, ay that Pedrillo is
a blockhead, that deerves to be tosd in
a blanket. I tell you, Signior, her coun
tenance parked as if it had been all cut
out of a fingle diamond. For three
or four leagues about her there was
a bright light, as if half a dozen
Suns were hining all together- and if
this was not a Fairy, you would do mighty
well to throw all your Fairy-Tales into
the fire, and wear boldly that there
never was, nor never will be a Fairy,
while there have been, er hall be any
people, who have eaten, or hall eat their
oup with a poon, as long as it pleaes
God.
Well,
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 15
Well, but where didt thou ee the
Fairy, and what did he do?"
What did he do?Deuce take it;
he did nothing but keep looking at you :
you cannot think how he looked at
you: 'twas jut as if he could never
look at you enough She tood cloe beide
you, and then he tooped down, and
then again he begun looking at you afreh;
that 'twas quite a charm to behold her.
Was he alone?"
Oho! that's the principal affair:
had he been alone, I hould not have
talked o much about her; but fhe had
another little Fairy, or a Nymph, or a -
Sylphide with her, call her what you pleae,
andtwas certainly the prettiet little crea
ture you ever aw in your life"
But how did he look ? Give me a
decription of her, perhaps I may gues
who he was."
Why, as I told you, Signior, he was
agenteel little creature, with hair as black
as a crow "
I ak thee, aid Don Sylvio, what
ort of air had the Fairy ? -

She was, as I told you before, very


genteel; neither too plump nor too thin,
but as freh and as full of juice as a morn
ing roe. Her face was of a cherry
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and uch a neck, uch arms I cannot
tell you how I felt. But I aure you
Mrs. Beatrice is a mere dowdy in com
parion with her. I was quite ahamed
at having been o tupid as to amue
myelf with uch an ugly old baggage;
but one can't think of everything If I
could but have foreeen this
I want thee to inform me of the
Fairy, and thou only keep't pothering
me and prating about her attendant.
Well, Signior, and what, forooth,
would you have me tell you more? She
did not give me time to look much at
the other ? Oh, I wih you had but
een her ? O' my concience I could have
tood looking and wondering at her all
day, without ever being tired.
Well, well, but what of the Fairy ?"
The Fairy? Why, as to the Fairy,
fhe tood there, as I told you, and kept
continually looking at you, that's all
I can tell you about her ? For, as I aid
jut now, that little creature was always
in motion, and every moment I dico
vered omething in her that quite et my
brains a wool-gathering. I told you
from the firt he was a very beau
tiful Fairy; and I do think the diamonds
and' precious jewels he had about her,
WCIC
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 17
were wellworth two or three kingdoms.
They threw uch a glittering all about,
that one could not look at 'em long
together. But this little one
Well, well, but did they ay nothing
to each other ? Did't thou hear nothing?
What aid the Fairy?"
What did he ay! Oh, he aid fine
things I do aure you. I liten'd with all
my ears, and have got everything by heart
word for word. Bles me! aid he,
what a handome young gentleman is
here! Is not he, Madam ? aid the
other; I'll never be honet, if we have any
thing o handome in all Valencia. I would
lay you what you will, this is ome Sylph,
r perhaps it may be a Fan But how
hould he be here? cried the Fairy.
Mdam, aid the hort dne, he can have
got here only by enchantment for we
certainly know all the men within ten
leagues round the neighbourhood; and
I'faith, a pretty young fellow like this is
not a bargain to remain long concealed.
In hort, Signior, I hall not tell you over
again all that they aid about you, for
you know Pride is one of the even
deadly fins, and I would not take it upon
my concience to have been the caue of
keeping you a ingle hour longer in pur
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gatory God; No, not for an
empire, I aure you. -

But, my good Pedrillo, if all thou


hat beentelling me is true, thee are
rather two female Adventurers than
FairiesFor when did ever Fairies talk
in o familiar a train as this ?"
Why I mut own to you, Signior,
this put me into ome little cruple within
myelf and that emboldened me to get
nearer and nearer, and at lat I poke to
them. But, when I looked the little one
in theface, and aw thejewels that parkled.
about the otherOh, and I had almot,
forgotto tell you, they had two Salaman
ders with them, that hone all over like
the Sun, and kept charge of the Mules,
that the two Fairies came upon.
What ay't thou?Salamanders ?"
Yes, Signior, Salamanders, true Sala
manders; and I know it by this, That
when the two ladies were got upon their
beats again, they all took flight together
through the air, o that in an intant, I
faw as little of them as if they had never
been here."
Pedrillo, my friend, cried Don Sylvio,
thou art either determined to do me the
honour of trifling with me, or ele the
fumes
Don Sy Lvio DE Ros Alv A. 19

fumes of the Malaga bewitched thy eyes


when thou beheld't all thee things.
Who ever aw Fairies, ince there were
any, mounted upon Mules? If thou hadt
aid, indeed, that they took their flight in
a chariot of gold or ebony, drawn by
winged mules, one might have taken it
for granted. But for a Fairy to travel
jut as an honet farmer's wife would do,
is what you will have ome trouble to
peruade people of But, in hort, thou
mut allow thou undertandet nothing of
thee matters. Thy Fairy mut have been
at bet ome lady that has an etate in
this neighbourhood: the Nymph who
has made a conquet of thee, mut have
been her waiting woman, and thoe whom
thou tooket for Salamanders mut have
been two ons of earth, called Pages, who
might be terribly embarraed, hould
you make them pas like true Sala
manders, from one end of the world to
the other, in ix or even minute's time,
mounted upon a un-beam."
Signior, anwer'd Pedrillo, I thought
I had deerved more confidence from you,
than for you even to imagine me capable
of wihing to impoe upon you. If the
Salamanders who took charge of the Mules
were not Salamanders, it is their affair,
and
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and not mine: what have I to do with
it; or why mut I be obliged to know
whether they are one thing more than
another ? All I can ay is, that the Will
d-the-Wip, which you took lat night
for a Salamander, was not a tenth part
o much of a Salamander as thee two;
and I'll be hang'd, d'ye ee, if that, com
with them, was a bit better than a
arthing candle is to a flambeau; and as
for the Fairy, neither Artichocle nor Pluto
hall ever peruade me but he was as
much a Fairy every bit as the Fairy
Rademante; nay, I could almot have
worn 'twas your own Princes: for upon
my word he had vaftly the reemblance
ofOU.that little piture that the Fairy gave
s

Why, thou raveft, my dear Pe


drillo ?
No, faith, Signior, the thing is jut
as I tell you. Now how me the Princes,
if you pleae:Bles my oul! why 'tis
as like her as if it were pit out of her
mouth. Excepting the ize (for indeed this
whole picture might almot lie upon her
finger nail) I could wear it was he her
elf.
Harkye, Pedrillo, aid Don Sylvio,
if the whole of thy narration did not
already
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 21

already ufficiently hew that thouhatonly


been dreaming, this fingle circumtance
would be enough to prove it. I am as
ure that this portrait reembles no one in
the world but my Princes, as I am of my
own exitence: now, as it cannot be denied
to be impoible that my Princes hould
ceae to be a Butterfly, till I have found
her and have torne off her head and her
wings; Conequently, it is abolutely im
poible for any body whom thou hat
een to reemble my Princes. This is
a demontration as clear as any in
Euclid. -

- I know nothing at all about Remon


trations, Signior Don Sylvio, replied Pe
drillo; but what I aw, I aw ; and was
the Pope himelf your Couin, you mut
excue me if I rather trut to my own
eyes than to your arguments. If I had
an onion before me, and all the Batchelors
and Licentiates of Salamancha, nay, all
the Patriarchs, Monarchs, and Exarchs in
Chritendom wanted to prove to me that
this ame onion was not an onion, but a
Leg of mutton, I hould till believe
that an onion is an onion; and why ?
Why becaue my eyes are my eyes, and
becaue nobody in the world can know
what I ee, better than I myelf. In hrt,
your
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your Honour hall believe what you
pleae; my comfort is, that in pro
per time and place, we hall ee who "is
in the right: for the Fairy, be he who
he will, won't confine herelf, I uppoe,
to a firt viit. By St. 7ames he looked
as if he had ome ill deigns, and me
thinks he did not eem pleaed to hear
that you were in love with an enchanted
Butterfly.
What then, didt thou tell her that,
Pedrillo ?"
I mot humbly beg your Honour's
pardon, aid Pedrillo, a little confounded, if
I have not done right in telling it: but I
hardly know what I aid or did, that little
Sorceres did o pump me about it and
about it, that I fancied myelf bewitched,
and then I thought in this manner: If
he is a Fairy, he will know it in pite of
me, and I hould only make her angry if
I did not anwer to her quetions jut as
he would have me."
And o then, thou hat uffered her
to fift you ? and thou hat told every
thing?" -

Yes, yes, Signior!but in very gene


ral terms, and in o obcure a manner,
that he never can comprehend anything
about it, unles he be a Fairy. But, as I
told
Don Sx Lvio De RosALv A. 23
-told you before, that little one looked as
if he knew all beforehand better than 1
-did myelf; I could lay anything he
put all thee quetions to me only to ee
what anwer I would make her.
But pray what did She ay, whom
thou tooket for a Fairy?"
No great matters, for he was very
thoughtful. We mut be going, aid
ehe, eemingly a good deal vexed; what
will my brother ay, when he ees we
-have tay'd eut olate ?"
Oh Heavens! exclaimed Don Sylvio,
-turning as pale as death; what horrors
haft thou opened to my affrighted view !
What if this hould be the filter of the
Green Dwarf
Mercy onme, Signior, cried Pedrillo,
what an idea have you tarted! Heaven
grant you may not have gueed it right!
But you bring it now exactly to my
mind; he had indeed, a green petticoat,
and a green gown embroidered with
gold. Well, what a beaft am II thought
no ill, fer my part. But this plaguy lit
tle devil-of a She-thing
The more I think of all the circum
tanees of thy narration, continued Don
Sylvio, the more do I find my upicions
confirmed: nothing can be urer. It could
- be
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be no other than that odious Donna Mer
gelina
Nay, but Sir, the Fairy was asbeau
tiful as a pring morning; and Donna
Smergelina, begging your Honour's pardon,
is one of the mot diagreeable, ugliet
Hags I ever aw in my life. Now how
can all thisbe ?
The Fairy, her aunt, has power
enough to give her whatever hape he
pleaes; and urely it is not without
reaon that he hould make her reem
ble my Princes, as thou ay't he did?"
Why, yes, Signior, he had the re
emblance, it is true: but, deuce take it,
if he had her choice of whatever hape
he pleaed, ure he mut have been a
great fool to have hewn her at firt under
the mot hideous hape of all. One
would hardly uppoe he could be in
love with that montrous hump-back,
and uch a circumference of fat boom.
Be that as it may, replied Don Syl
vio; but cant thou uppoe then that this
She-Dwarf, all over deformed as he is,
does not flatter herelf with being one
of the mot amiable of her ex ? or dot
thou imagine that he would yield in
beauty to my Princes ? No, Pedrillo, Self
love is the greatet of all Fairies, and
--
- has
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 25
has no need either of Wands or Talimans
to produce the tranget metamorphoes.
When I call to mind what happened to
me in the gardens of the Fairy Radiante,
and my lat adventure with the Sylphide,
I am mightly apprehenive
Why lookye here, Signior, inter
rupted Pedrillo, if the beautiful lady who
looked at you o earnetly is Donna
Smergelina, there is no more to be aid:
but I mut begyour pardon for the little
one. I don't know how it comes about,
but my heart tells me that the hape he
appeared in was her own proper hape;
and I'll venture to loe my ears, if you
find any where in the world two eyes, a
noe, and a little mouth, that could uit
her better than thoe he had. In hort,
I cannot bear to think of any change be
falling her; but if, at all events, your
fancy is determined to have her meta
phraed, let it be only into an Orange
tree; o I may but be turned into a Bee
at the ame time, and you will but banih
for two hundred leagues every way about
her, all the other Bees, Drones, Hornets,
Flies, Gnats, and o forth."
Heigh day, Pedrillo, cried Don Syl
vio, what art thou beginning to have poe
tical allies ? What cannot love do! If
Vol. II. C thou
--

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thou goeft on at this rate we hall pre
fently ee whole volumes of tender Ele
gies and Sonnets of thy own compoing
But, my good friend, I advie thee not
to flatter thyelf too much. This may
not be the firt time that the Green
Dwarf has aumed the hape of a fair
young Nymph. Thou would't do well
to remember what happened to me this
morningThe only thing that makes me
judge the bet of them is, that they have
left me my Princes's piture jut as it
was.
Very well, Signior, aid Pedrillo; but
when you conider the matter tritly,
you will find that there is one certain
Pedrillo to whom you may owe this too:
they certainly were got o cloe to you
that I know not what might have been
the cae, if I had not come jut in the
nick of time. The little rogue, indeed,
had uch a look with herjut the look
of a young rogue; and then he whiper
ed to the other, and told her I don't
know what, and kept every moment
pointing to you with her finger. But,
as I aid before, I diturbed their
chemes a little, by creeping out of my
net. Ay, ay, my dear creatures, Pe
- drillo
Don Sylvio DB RosALv A. 27
drilla is not quite o illy as you may
think him ; he's no fool, I promie ye
Well, well, enough, aid Don Syl
vio, riing, and preparing himelf to go;
for this time we have got off afely ; bus
let us tay here no longer. The evening
is very fine, and we may travel ome
leagues before night overtakes us. Poi
bly we may oon ee what the apparition
thou peaket of prognoticated for us.
Time will clear it up.
Pedrillo, who, 'tis well known, had al
ways the gift of peaking the lat word,
took occaion from the word Prognoticate,
to turn the converation to that rich ub
jet of Fore-thoughts, Signs, and other
things of the like nature: accordingly
as they walked on, he regaled his mater
with a very circumtantial detail of all
the tories and events of this kind, which
he pretended to have happened to the
Great Aunts, and Great Grandames
of his family, from time immemorial,
and to have paed by a faithful tradition
from Grandmother to Grandmother. He
did not perceive that Don Sylvio, whoe
mind was quite otherwie engaged, paid
not the leaft attention to his tales; and
even if he had perceived it, he might
not have ceaed his loquacity on that ac
C2 COUnt;
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count; for thinking and talking were the
ame thing to honet Pedrillo; and pro
vided you let him go on without inter
ruption, it was indifferent to him whether
you litened to him or no. A dicretion
this, which he held in common with a
certain Poet of our acquaintance, who
never went to ee his friends without
having a large bundle of his works in his
pocket, which he began reading the mo
ment he was feated. His auditors in the
mean time, were at perfet liberty either
toyawn, or leep, or nore, as much and
as heartily as they pleaed. Our Poet's
enthuiam did not permit him tooberve
this; and provided the hearer, after a
nap of two or three hours, waked time
enough to hear the end of the Poem,
and confirm the Poet's elf-given applaue,
the latter had no doubt of having amued
his friend in the bet manner poible.

CHAP.
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 29

C H A P. III.

In which Don Sylvio /hews himelf in a very


advantageous light.
UR travellers had now been walk
ing about half an hour, when ud
denly they heard the report of pitols,
which was followed with a fhrill loud
cry, coming from the adjacent wood.
Hark! aid Don Sylvio, I hear a
voice that eems to demand our help;
we muft run and fee what it means.
Pedrillo, who at night, and in thoe
hours when pirits are uppoed to walk,
was the greatet poltroon in the world,
had on the contrary the courage of a
young Andaluian Buhl, when buines
called him to fight with fleh-and-blood
men, like himelf. He therefore made not
the leat difficulty to follow his mater.
They had hardly got above fifty or ixty
paces into the wood, following the noie
chey heard, when all on a udden they
perceived, in a very beautiful pot of
plainground, three men on horeback
attacked by even others (four of them
alo mounted) with the greatet fury.
-. C3 Don
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Don Sylvio, without a moment's heitation,
flew to the aitance cf the weaket, a
mong whom was a handome young Cava
lier that tood defending himelf ingly
againt three of his antagonits, and with
all the bravery of a Spaniard, fighting for
his mitres. A moment later, and his
help had been of little avail; for one of
the young gentleman's adveranies was
upon the point of giving him a troke
that might have terminated the combat,
if Don Sylvio had not immediately thrown
himelf in between them, parrying the
blow with his abre, which indeed rather
reembled the Durindana of the great Or
lando, than the word of a petit maitre in
our days. -

While Don Sylvio, as little cut out as


he was for thee death-doing exploits,
laid furiouly about him to the terror of
the enemies, who were tartled at his ap
his courage, and the bitter blows
e dealt them, Pedrillo, on his part, did
not tand till with his arms acros. His
only armour was a thick knotty club
taff; but he had the kill and addres to
weild it o nimbly, that in les than five
minutes he had down'd with two of the
mot formidable aailants. In a word,
our Adventurers laboured with uch uc
ces,
Don Sylv10 DE R3sAlv A. 31

cefs, that vitory oon declared for their


party, and the enemy were forced to eek
their afety in flight, and abandon two of
their corps, greatly bruied, to the di
cretion of the conquerors.
As oon as the combat was over, Don
Sylvio looked round for the young Cava
lier, in whoe caue he had o deeply in
tereted himelf at firt ight, totetify his
joy at the fortunate iue of this perilous
adventure. The latter, however, had
nothing o near his heart at preent, as
the uccour of a young lady that was
now lying half dead in the arms of her
waiting-woman, at a mall ditance from
the field of battle. They had much ado
to bring her to life, and the manner in
which the young gentleman eemed af
feted, left it doubtful whether he were
his fiter or his beloved mitres. The
moment he had recovered her enes,
My dear 7acintha, he cried, if your
deliverance is dear to you, and if the life
of a friend, who wihes to live but for
your ake, is not indifferent to you, be
hold here the amiable young Cavalier, to
whoe generoity and valour I am indebt
ed for both thee bleings.
At thee words Don Sylvio approached
her, with that noble, graceful air, which
- C4 11ature,
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nature, or I know not what Fairy, had
conferred upon him at his birth. After
having profoundly aluted the young lady,
he ignified to her in the mot lively
terms, the joy he felt at having been the
means of her deliverance. "Tis true, his
expreions, as uual, had a pretty roman
tick, high-flown turn; but the emotions
with which the gentleman and lady were
agitated, hindered them from taking notice
of it. The young lady was till too weak
and too much afrighted to be able to ex
pres her gratitude otherwie than by
igns; but Don Eugenio (for that was the
young gentleman's name), and Don Ga
briel his friend, who no les owed his life
to our hero, tetified theirs in the trong
et manner. At length, after having learn
ed from Don Sylvio that he was ecaped.
afe and ound from the engagement,
Don Gabriel aid to the fair 7acintha,
Our defender, in every repect, o much
reemblesa Guardian Angel, that we have
no reaon to be atonihed that he hould
be as invulnerable as an Angel.
Don Sylvio, all this while tood looking
at the young lady with uch attention,
and with uch certain inward emotions,
as the more urprized him, on account
of his having always thought that there
W3S
Don SYLvro DE RosALv A. 33
was no woman in the world charming
enough to make the leat impreion on
that heart of his, in which the piture of
his Princes bore a overeign way. The
beauty of this fair unknown, who eemed
not to be above ixteen years of age, had
nothing very dazzling, indeed, at firt
fight: but none could poes in a more
eminent degree that enchanting charm,
which cannot be defined ; and which, in
the judgment of Connoieurs, is more
taking than beauty itelf. It was impo
ible, from the firt glance, to refue her
his benevolence-fuch was the attration
diffued over her whole peron: even
the lightet look of hers had omething
tenderly affeting; the ordinary ound of
her voice eemed muick, and even ad
nes itelf could not efface the charming
fmile that graced her pretty mouth.
Don Sylvio eemed for ome minutes to
undergo uch a trial from thee educing
charms, as might have made Don Eugenio
uneay; but the wounds which the latter
and his friend had received in the combat,
and which they had neglected during the
firt heat of ation, now began to bleed
again o fat, that they found it neceary
to get them dreed immediately. 7a
cintha, who never lot ight of Don Eu
- C 5 genio,
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genio, no ooner aw the blood trickle
from her friend, than he intantly gave
a plaintive hriek and fell into a fainting
fit as before. *

This accident erved to confirm our


hero in the opinion, that they could be
no other than a couple of lovers; nor
had he now the leat doubt, but that the
young lady was a Princes, whom ome
odious rivalhad endeavoured to tear from.
her favourite lover by the help of an
enchanter. This idea, as is very natural
to uppoe, redoubled the concern he had
hitherto felt for her, from o unexpected
an unterview.
Don Eugenio's wound was not danger
ous, and the fair Jacintha's woon was as
little o as thoe of young ladies gene
rally are, whether occaioned by an ex
ces of pain or of pleaure. Having
therefore brought her to herelf again
by the aitance of Sal Volatile, and the
gentleman's wounds being dreed as well
as they could be done in uch a hurry,
it was determined, that, as the night drew
on, and Donna Jacinha wanted repoe,
they hould top at the firt inn they could
meet with on the road. Our hero, for
better ecurity, offered to accompany
them, and Don Eugenio accepted the
offer
Don SYLv1o DE RosALvA. 35
offer with the greater pleaure, as he was
curious to know who this amiable, but
fingular Unknown could be, to whom he
was o fortuitouly indebted both for his
life and his mitres. Accordingly, after
a few compliments had paft on both
fides, Don Eugenio got into their car
riage, which was in waiting jut by, and
eating the young lady beide him, gave
his hore to Pedrillo; who, throughout
the whole cene tood with open eyes
ftaring at all he aw, and felt himelf not
a little flattered by the obliging things
which Don Gabriel and his valet expreed
of his valour. It was not without ome
difficulty that he could peruade himelf
to occupy a eat o near Mrs. Tergilla, a
young las of ix and thirty, who had laid
on the white and red o artfully, that,
what with the help of a fair boom, which
fhe very modetly expoed, and o finih
ed a complexion, Pedrillo was oon mightily
inclined to believe, nay, and if need were,
could have worn to his beautiful Sylphide,
that the object before him, (or, more
properly peaking, behind him) could not
be above twenty at the utmot.

C 6 CHAP.
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C H A P. IV.

The Company arrives at the Inn.

A S they travelled very lowly it was


almot ten o'clock when they arriv
ed at an Inn, where, as their bet ac
commodation, they found nothing but a
number of empty rooms.
Happily for our ociety, the chief
perons had more need of ret than of
eating; for the Landlord had all his ex
cues at his fingers ends, as to every
thing they wanted. The wild fowl was
all gone yeterday; the butcher's meat
was to be brought in to-morrow morn
ing; the vulture had carried off his
pidgeons, and it was but the night be
fore, that a little devil of a pole-cat had
depopulated the whole hen-root. How
ever, the next day he hoped he hould
be able to regale them like perons of
quality; for his houe had the good for
tune to be frequented by nobles and
grandees, and the day before yeterday
he had lodged the Count de Leyva, and
lat Monday he had had the Dutches of
- Medina
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 37
Medina Sidonia, with a vat retinue of cava
liers and ladies.
The Landlord would have run on in
this train a long time, if they had choen
to give him audience. But as Mrs.
Tereilla, the valet-de-chambre, and Pe
drillo, had buines to tranat with their
maters and mitres, and as the latter were
bufied on their own concerns, it became
neceary to interrupt his narration in the
midt of the Dutches of Medina Sidonia's
repat, with which he regaled their ears.
At length therefore, after many compli
ments and reverences, he retired to the
ftables, to ee that the hores and mules
were well erved; that is to ay, as well
as their maters.
Donna Jacintha, who was by no means
well, took leave of her protetors, after
repeating her lively ene of gratitude to
them, epecially our hero, for having
thus riqued their lives with o much
generoity for her ake.
Don Sylvio accompanied Don Eugenio
and his friend to their apartment, to be
reent at the dreing their wounds, and
oon after retired to leave them to that
repoe, which, in their preent ituation,
they o much wanted.
" The
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The two young gentlemen, and par
ticularly Don Gabriel, had put themlelves
to a good deal of pains, as far as decency
permitted, to lead our hero to a dico
very of his name and quality. How
ever, they could get nothing out of him
but vague, myterious, and broken hints,
which erved to confirm them in the idea
of his being a kind of adventurer. On
the one hand, his beauty, noble mein,
and valour, the gracefulnes of his peron,
and the politenes of his behaviour, pre
judiced them o much the more favour
ably in his behalf, as it was eaily een
that he owed all thee advantages to Na
ture. For tho he poeed that pecies
of politenes, which is acknowledged as
uch among all nations, as it conits
merely in the expreion of a great affa
bility, and in a Combination of certain
regards which we owe to ourelves with
thoe which we owe to others; yet
was Don Sylvio totally deficient of
that Tn, which at this time reigned in
the mot coniderable cities of Spain, a
mongt that ort of people who are called
the Beau Monde. The ame thing was
obervable in his dres and outward at
tire; and the terrible abre that hung at
his
Don Sylvio De RosAvA. 39
his ide, made o ridiculous a contrat
with the ret of his apparel, that one
could hardly tell what to think of him.
While the two Cavaliers deferred
atisfying their curioity till the next
morning, Don Sylvio on his part did not
a little rejoice in having been ofortunate
as to render his ervices to one of the mot
amiable Princees upon earth, as well
as to that young Prince or Cavalier, who
eemed to him o worthy of her: and,
being peruaded that ome great Fairy
intereted herfelf in their fortunes, he was
in hopes that this new acquaintance might
poibly have ome happy influence on
his own affairs. Thee lat were too much
at his heart to uffer him to be long oc
cupied by other coniderations. The
image of this dear Princes, her deplor
able metamorphois, the nares of the
Fairy Fanfreluche; in a word, everything
that had befallen him for ome days pat,
like a torrent poured in afreh and uurp
ed his imagination. After having there
fore reigned himelf for a few retles
hours to his uual reveries, deploring
the fate of his unfortunate Princes, as
well as his own, He at length fell aleep,
with his head full of thoe agreeable
perpectives,
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perpetives, which a ecret anticipation
repreented much nearer to him than he
had any reaon to believe.

C H A P. V.

Which the Author hopes may fall into the


hands of no Chambermaid or Waiting
ZU07Na?. --

U R 1 NG the interval of our con


duting the Princes and her heroes
to bed, whom we hall allow to leep as
Iong as they pleae, Pedrillo, who as we
have already oberved, always truted to
the preent moment, could not reit an
inclination to become better acquainted
with the fair Terilla. Asgood-luck would
have it, there was no one ele that could'
have diputed with him the advantage of
a tte-a-tte ; for the Valet de Channbre,
who had been grazed with a pitol hot,
and was moreover lightly wounded by
two or three cuts of a fabre in the con
flit, was now retired to ret: as for the
coachman, he was not a man todare think
of a lady's waiting-woman.
- Pedrillo
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 41
Pedrillo avail'd himelf therefore of this
opportunity to it and chat with Mrs.
Tergilla; while afat Gallician Slattern was
bufed in the kitchen, preparing a ragout
made of a young cat well peppered, to
give thee trangers intead of a rabbet.
The charms of converation augmented
the impreion which the roes and lillies
of Tergfla's new-made complexion may
be uppoed to have made upon an honet
country lad, who took it all for natural;
and the lady, on account of the ultry
heat, having thrown off her handkerchief,
Pedrillos paion uddenly mounted to
uch a degree, bounding at every tep in
enibly beyond the limits of platonick
love, that the fair Tergilla, however great
her confidence in the trength of her
virtue might be, had oon room to fancy,
herelf in ome danger. - -

However, certain it is, he conduted.


herelf towards him in uch a manner as
if he had nothing to fear on her part:
whether this proceeded from the good
opinion he had of him (for we have al
ready remarked that he was a lad of a
very promiing appearance) or whether
from the inexperience of her youth, or
whatever other particular gaue, we can
not ay: Only we are o much the more.
- - - trongly
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trongly inclined to upect the Iat of
thee, fince no ooner did he perceive the
advantage which poor Pedrillos weaknes
eemed to give her over him, than he
diplayed all the power of her charms and
eloquence, to get from him the name and
private concerns of his mater.
But Pedrillo, who probably had made
the ame obervation as he, was de
termined to ell her the ecret, at leat as
dear as poible: accordingly he inited
upon it that he hould previouly tell
him the hitory of Donna 7acintha, if he
wih'd to tempt him even in the lightet
manner totrepas againt the expres and
rigorous prohibition of his mater.
The fair (and perhaps we may oon be
obliged to add, the tender) Tergilla, per
ceiving he had to deal with a man who
was not to be managed in too trit a
way, did not heitate a moment to atisfy
Pedrillos curioity by a very circumtan
tial relation, which, excepting a few of
the main points, was poibly jut as apo
cryphal as the relations given by waiting
women of their miftreffes memoirs uu
ally are. However, from thence Pedrillo
learned that Donna Jacintha was but jut
as good a Donna as any of thoe that
hang their hifts out to dry upon the
hedges;
Don Sylvio de Rosav A. 43
hedges; that it was her face and little
peron which compoed all her titles to
nobility, all her fortune, claims, and every
Pretenion; nay, that he was even up
poed to have been a deerted Foundling,
whoe mother could never abolutely fay
to whom he owed her exiftence; that for
ome time he had cut a great figure
upon the tage at Granada; that he had
had as many lovers there as men who
came to be petators of her perform
ance: That, among the ret, none had
taken more pains to gain her heart than
Don Ferdinand de Zamora, a very rich
young Cavalier, who had put himelf to
great expence on her account, without
being able, as was faid, to obtain the
leat favour from her. That, in hort,
among all who had ighed for her, Don
Eugenio de Lirias eemed to be the only
one whoe lively and virtuous attach
ment, he had at leat uffered, if not en
couraged ; but that none could be fool
- enough to be duped by thee appearances
of a rigid virtue, when once they were
well acquainted with Donna Yacintha.
That it was a clear point he loved
Don Eugenio to ditration; and that he
would not have continued cruel all this
while, but for a cheme he had of bring
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ing him to do the lat mad thing, by
marrying her. That in this view he
had abolutely peruaded him to remove
her from the tage, and put her for ome
time into a Convent at Valencia, from
whence he might be able to re-appear
in the world under another name. But,
unfortunately, this project had been be
trayed a few weeks before its execution, to
Don Ferdinand de Zamora; Mrs. Tergilla
might as well have aid at the ame time by
whom, for it was he herelf who had dones
this notable feat.) This Don Ferdinand,
he oberved, had aigned his depair
in conequence of his ill ucces, and other
like reaons, as a pretence for his retreat
from Granada, in order in the mean time
to make the neceary preparations for
bearing off the prize by force from his
happy rival; that he muft certainly have.
known of the very day when 7acintha
was to et out from Valencia, as the event
had very clearly hewn. That, in hort,
he had taken his meaures o well, as to
have urprized her within a league of
Montea, where he had made himelf
mater of her peron: that in all proba
bility his deign was to have convey'd her
to one of his etates in Arragon; but, as
the lady's good-luck would have it, -
Don Sx Lv1o De RosALv A. 45 -

had met with Don Eugenio upon the


road, who was uppoed to be at Valen
cia, but had merely by chance been tak
ing a ride that way with his friend Don
Gabriel; little upeting, urely, to find
his mitres in the power of a rival. Ac
cordingly the moment they met, Don
Eugenio, notwithtanding the enemy's u
periority in number, determined ooner
to loe his life than his dear Jacintha:
but that in all likelihood, he would have
lot both, if a lucky chance had not
brought him that affitance in the peron
of the young Cavalier unknown, and the
brave Pedrillo, in conequence of which,
witory immediately declared in their
favour.
The complaiant Tergilla having thus
finihed her tory, begged, as was but
reaonable, the like condecenion from
Pedrillo. The latter, however, had many
difficulties intantly at his fingers end:
as an excue, he alledged the importance
of the ecret, his word given, and the
danger to which he hould expoe himelf
by his indicretion. In hort, he ex
pended all her eloquence upon him, and
betowed even many little favours, which,
though of no mighty conequence in
themelves, mut nevertheles, in her opi
- MlOn,
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nion, be more than ufficient to inpire
him with the mot lively ene of grati
tude. Pedrillo proved to her by good
reaons, and with his uual trength of
argument, that ecrets of this nature
were to be intruted only to uch perons,
from whom nothing was kept concealedz
and even went o far as to fet the com
plaiance he required of him at o exor
bitant a price, as he might reaonably
think exceive, without being in the
tritet ene a Vetal. -

Cicero, whom every onejutly allows to


have been an incomparable Orator, a
great Stateman, a moderate Philoopher,
and a very poor General, in one of his
pleaing and intrutive pieces, ome
where oberves, That the defire of
knowledge is the mot natural intint
of mankind. This deire of knowing,
ays he, eems to be omething o een
tial to our contitution, that nature her
elf inclines us to whatever may increae
our ftock of cience, without a hope ov
view of any peculiar advantage. And
after having given a few. intances, he
adds, Homer eems to have had this in
his eye, when he ays of the Syrens, that
the magical virtue of their ong did not
o much conit in the charms of their
voice,
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 47
voice, or in the extraordinary weetnes
of their melody, as in people's being per
uaded that they knew everything that
paed throughout the world; promiing
their hearers to end them back more
learned than they came. He uppoes
that a little charm could not have at
trated o great a man as Ulyes to uch a
degree, that, without the age Regimen
precribed by the Fairy Circ, the cer
tainty even of an unavoidable Shipwreck
would have been inufficient to preerve
him from the fatal rocks of the Enchan
tres.
The youthful and virtuous Tergilla
furnihes us with a memorable intance
how far this illutrious author's ober
vation above quoted is jut. The price
tipulated by the intereted Pedrillo for
the dicovery of his ecret at firt dicon
certed her. She did not fail to urge
many objetions, and made ue of every
argument to bring him to a jut abate
ment in his demands: but, as he obfti
nately inited upon what this Hitory
cannot be uppoed capable of relating
anywhere but in his chamber; at length
he aw herelf obliged to acrifice her
little cruples to the deire of extending
her knowledge, etimating its importance
by
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by the greatnes of the price required.
Accordingly he promied him, that as
oon as all the family was retired, he
would come to him in his chamber, upon
condition, however, that he hould not
abue the great confidence he thus re
poed in him. Pedrillo, who had nothing
to urge againt the equity of this conditi
on, promied her whatever he would;
and both of them kept their word as
religiouly as can be conceived.
4

C H A P. VI.

Containing a notable Examination upon In


terrogatories.
FTER a long wakeful eries of re
TM. verie, Don Sylvio at length fell into
a ound leep. He had not continued o
above a couple of hours, when his ret
was broken in upon by the little animals
with which the lnn warmed. The gentle
Reader will be kind enough to conider
this circumtance, which we mention as
a repeated proof of that exatnes where
with we trive to acquit ourelves of the
- duty
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 49

duty of a faithful Hitorian; as it would


oertainly have been very eay for us to
have waked our hero by ome nobler
and more wonderful caue, had our ob
ject been merely to pay a compliment to
our owningenuity.
While therefore he was buied in pro
viding for his defence againt the impor
tunity of thee vermin, he thought he
heard in the adjacent chamber, which was
eparated from his own only by a wain
cot, a till voice, the ound of which
eem'd to be that of a woman. Upon.
this he fat up, and clapping his ear as
cloe as he could to the partition, fancied
he could ditinctly make out the following
words: No, no, an't pleae you; upon
no other condition than that you'll get me
a fight of the Princes's picture. But
pray, replied another voice, how can I
poibly do that? For was I even to think
of venturing into his chamber to take it
from him while he is aleep, I could not
gain the point, for he always wears it
hung about his neck,and then he'd cer
tainly wake, and I hould be Oh,
none of your excues, cried the female
voice, upon my word, I could not have
uppoed-but, I tell you, I will ee the
piture, or ele don't imagine that I
Vol. II. D Here
50 The Adventures of
Here the voice funk a little, or rather
Don Sylvio, who had already heard too
much, had not patience to liten any
longer. How! cried he, turning him
elf upon his pillow, trembling and
aghaft, a dark plot laid againt me?
nay, againt that too, which is dearer to
me than life ? O Radiante, now, now is
the time to uccour me,or I am lot
without it." -
Don Sylvio poke o loud, that Pedrillo
and the curious Tergfilla judged it im
proper to continue their converation, and
as oon after they heard him twice call
out Pedrillo ! the young lady thought it
right to take herelf very oftly out of
an apartment, where, for all the wealth
of the univere, he would not have wih'd
to be een by a third peron. She could
not however get away fo quick, but that
Don Sylvio, the moment he opened a
little door that tood between his own
room and Pedrillos, perceived, by the dull
glimpe of the twilight that now.faintly
gleam'd thro a narrow window full of
cobwebs, the figure of a woman tepping
out at the door oppoite. Luckily for
Mrs. Tergilla, this circumtance o vio
lently augmented Don Sylvio's perturba
tion, that he tood a great while quite
tupefied,
*.
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 51
tupefied, and as if he were frozen; an
event, that gave the amiable creature time
to get back to her mitres's chamber a
tOC. -

The ubtlet diputant that ever found


himelf in Pedrillos ituation, might pro
bably have been much embarraed to get
himelf cleverly out of o ticklih a crape.
All the arguments in fetino S barocco
would not have done him half the ervice
which imple intint afforded the hrewd
Pedrillo: accordingly he even ventured
to trut to it in this critical moment.
Is it you, Signior ? he cried, mak
ing as if he was jut waked out of a
ound leep;What's the matter with
you, that you are up o early ?"
Dres thyelf and follow me intantly
to my chamber, replied Don Sylvio with
a tone of voice that et Pedrillo a trem
bling. So aying, he tep'd on and locked
Pedrillos room door, which Mrs. Tereilla
had left half open.
I'll be ready immediately, Signior,
aid Pedrillo,if you will leave me alone
a moment, for twould not be quite o
decent to put on my breeches before your
Honour."
Do what thou wilt, aid Don Syl
vio: but I tell thee make hate, or we hall
be undone for ever.
- D 2 Pedrillo,
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Pedrillo, who no longer doubted but
his mater had over-heard all that paed
betwixt him and Mrs. Tereilla, cured in
his heart the year, month, day, hour, and
minute, when he firt caught fight of
this educive Siren. She in a moment
eemed to him as ugly, old, hagged and
diagreeable, as ome moments before he
had thought heryoung, handome, genteel,
and deirable; and gladly would he have
beat himelf, could that have done the
caule any good. But, as the intint
aforeaid aured him that the only means
of getting out of this hobble was a ftiff
denial, at length he made his appear
ance before his mater, firmly reolved
to be toed in a blanket ooner than confes
any thing whatever. -

As oon as he enter'd Don Sylvios


chamber, his mater ordered him to bolt
the door: this done, with all the ftern
nes of an Inquiitor-General, he began
the following examination. -

What peron was that jut now in


thy chamber ?
What peron, Signior ? replied Pe
drillo, with a voice as if he did not at all
undertand the quetion.
Traitor! cried Don Sylvio, mind me.
I will know who it was."
Signior,
Don Sylvro De RosAvA. 53

Signior, anwered Pedrillo, I know


of nobody at all, excepting yourelf, when
I aw you open the door, and you came
and waked me: for I don't uppoe you
mean to peak of the fleas, though I am
ure I have had at leat two or three
hundred thouand of them for my bed
fellows: the cured vermin kept waking
me every minute almot; whole regi
ments of them came on, and as it were
relieved guard by turns. I'll be hang'd
if they did not make uch a noie that it
almot tunned me; not to mention half
a dozen great he cats that kept running
about the roof, jut over my window,
and eemed as if they meant to give the
little cat of the Inn a Serenade, for they
did me-aw o mierably that my very
back aches with it to this moment. -

A Truce with thy impertinent prat


ing, aid Don Sylvio ; depend upon it, it
hall not erve your turn. I aw a per
on go out of thy chamber, I heard that
peron peaking with thee, and I will
know who it was. -

Signior, cried Pedrillo, let me die if


I know what to anwer you. If you
have een any thing, I don't pretend to
contradityou; the Fairies have endowed
you with this gift, and you can always
D 3 fee
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ee more than we commen folks. But
as to me, if I was to grant I had een
any thing, itit mut have been in a
dream; for I lept very ound, except
indeed, when the fleas, and the catsa
caterwauling waked me, as I told you
before. I can ay nothing more to it if
'twas for my life. -

Wretch! aid Don Sylvio, drawing


Jis terrible abre, I'll not be thus put off
by thy contemptible evaions. Confefs
the truth this infant or thou dieft.
Oh, my dear mater, Signior Don
Sylvio, cried Pedrillo, throwing himelf at
his feet, I Conjure you by all the Saints
to pare my youth; I'll tell you every
thing I know. What is it that can lead
you to ue me o cruelly ? I have erved
you many a year, and you know I would
run thro fire and water for you, if you
required it. Do pray, Signior, pray put
up that dreadful abre, and I ll confes
everything to you: and yet it would be
a montrous thing to die becaue a body
has een nothing. O holy St. James!
provided I am but aved this time-In
deed, Signior, you could not treat me
wore even if you had caught mein
hed with Donna 7acintha's waiting-wo
man. - - - - - -- -

3 -- . . Glorious
Don Sylv1o De RosALv A. 55
Glorious evaion! replied Don Syl
vio; and dot thou conceive me then o
tupid, as to imagine that the waiting
woman of a Princes would make herelf
o familiar with thee, whom he has
known nothing of but for three or four
hours pat, as to pend the night in thy
chamber ?I tell thee again, thou hat
no other way to ave thy life, than that
of declaring to me the truth. No harm
hall come to thee; but I do init upon
thy telling the truth.
And what then would you have me
tell you, Signior? aid Pedrillo: I know
nothing more than what I have told
you already, and if I mut ay more than
I know, you ought to put the words into
my mouth."
Anwer me exatly to all I ak
thee. Was there not omebody with
thee jut now in thy chamber?"
Ten thouand quadrons of fleas, as
I told your Honour before; and except
them, no oul living that I know of
Who then was the peron that I
faw go out at the other door, as I came
in at this ?
I know nothing at all about it,
Signior; I waked the moment you called
me, for I was then fat aleep. If you
D 4 have
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have een any thing, you mut abo
lutely know what it was better than I."
It eemed to me to be the figure of
a woman, but I could not ditinguih
what he was. She got away in a hurry,
or rather diappeared the very intant I
perceived her."
Oh the Devil ! Signior; why then it
mut have been ome Spirit, and that's
not at all unlikely. At our firt coming
into this houe, everything had a look
that mack'd of Ghots. If you have
een omething that immediately vanihed,
God help us! it mut certainly have been
a Spirit, that poibly may have been
killed in this room in times pat. Upon
my oul, I am as glad I aw nothing of
it, as if anybody had given me a whole
county; for I'm ure I hould have died
upon the pot.
Pedrillo poke this with o ingenuous
an air, that Don Sylvio began to think he
had accued him unjutly.
But, pray now, continued he, tho'
you might not ee anything, did not you
hear any thing tirring?
Signior, replied Pedrillo, people you
know have very droll fancies,
epecially when 'tis in the night time, and
at a trange houe. I hould not have
- thought
Don SYL v1o DE RosALv A. 57
thought much about it however, for I
till very well remember how you laugh
ed at me when I aw the Giant, that you
cut a great branch off from yeterday
morning. But now, as you yourelf
feem to believe that this Inn, is a
little bedevil'd or o, I will frankly tell
you. You mut know, about half an
hour ago I waked, and then it eemed
to me jut for all the world as if a great
bundle had tumbled upon me, that al
mot hindered me from breathing. Some
moments after this, I could have worn I
heard people talking in a low voice. I
wanted vatly to know what they aid,
but was in uch a fright that I hid my
elf under the bed-clothes, and o I fell
aleep a little and a little by degrees;
and then I heard no more of it. This
is the exat truth, and if you don't find
this is fat, kill me if you like it, or ele
throw me to the fleas of this houe, and
I am ure they are as much famihed as
the wolves are upon the Pyrenean Moun
tains. I'll conent to anything." . .
Pedrillo, my friend, anwered, Don
Sylvio, in a tone of voice that retor'd the
other to life and pirits,I am atisfied:
but when I tell thee how far the malice
of certain perons that hall be nameles,
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is carried, thou wilt not be urprized at
my having talked to thee o roughly.
Know then, that with my own ears I
jut now over-heard a cheme projected
in thy chamber to rob me of the por
trait of my dear Princes. I am per
uaded thou art incapable of o black
a treaon: but upon the faith of a Cava
lier, I wear to thee, that I heard thy
voice ditintly. I have not thereforea
moment's doubt but thee mut have been
my two enemies, one of whom bor
rowed thy voice with a deign, that if
they had not ucceeded in tealing away
the picture, they might at leat make
me uppoe Thee to be the mot infamous
6fall traitors.
Why, what a cured racal is this,
Signior, cried Pedrillo; pox take it, this
is carrying the joke a little too far. At
this rate an honet man is not afe even
in his bed, o long as a cured Dwarf
or an Enchanter can borrow his hape,
ah commit uch crimes under that mak
as might get a poor creature hanged for
their devilih tricks. But pray now, Sig
hior what did my voice, or the Sor
eres that had got my tone, ay to it?
Make thyelf eay, Pedrillo, replied
our hero; I am peruaded of thy inno
z- -cence,
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 59
cence, and we are both amply revengd,
as they have failed of their double de
ign. But get thyelf ready; I will not
tay a moment longer in this houe.
But would you go, then, aid Pe
drillo, without taking leave of the lady
and gentleman, whoe life you aved
yeterday ? You know they were o taken
up with their wounds, that they had not
even time to thank you for it as they
hould; and I can't help thinking that
faving a peron's life is uch a ervice as
at leat deerves a God bles you.
I don't pretend to thanks, replied
Don Sylvio, for an ation in which I
only did my duty, whether I conider
myelf as a Cavalier, or merely as a Man:
I would do the ame thing at any time
for a Turk, a Jew, or a Pagan; and tho'
I could have wihed to know omething
more particularly of their adventures,
the horrible dicovery which I have jut
made, forces me to change my reolu
tion. How fortunate was it for me to
have waked time enough to frutrate thee
wretches in their cheme!But I am ure
it was an inviible hand that awaked
me;and I confes to thee, I don't think
myelf afe in this houe a ingle mo
ment, The Fairy Radiante has promied
D 6 me
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me her protection, but it was on the
expres condition of our going in earch
of my beloved Princes; and if thou
call't to mind, thou wilt ee that every
michance we have met with in our
journey, has contantly befel us either
while we were aleep, or taking any re
oe
True, Signior, you are right, aid
Pedrillo,excepting the ditch indeed, that
your Salamanders led us into
And for my own part, continued
Don Sylvio, I look upon them as a juft
punihment for the not having better
fulfilled my vows, which were, that I
would not cloe my eyes till I had found
my Princes. In a word, Pedrillo, I am
determined not to tay a moment longer
in this houe, where perhaps the Fairy
Fanfreluche may have her friends, or
other advantages unknown to me. Get
thy wallet then, and let us decamp pri
vately: the day is but jut dawning, every
body is aleep, and even if our enemies
were upon the watch, I am peruaded
that Radiante will involve us in o thick
a mit, that Argus himelf with his
hundred eyes, could not ee us thro' it."
Well, Signior, aid Pedrillo, ince
you will have it o, we may think our
elves
Don Sylv1o De RosALv A. 61

elves lucky to have ecaped o well.


Pox take it! I had no good opinion of
the matter from the firt moment I
found uch legions of fleas pouring upon
me. I do aure you I am half-eaten
up; and I could venture to take my
oath upon a book, they are not natural
fleas, but enchanted Porcupines and
Hedge-hogs, that this cured tribe of
enchanters has been pleaed to hunt us
with like o manyhares.
Pedrillo went on talking at this rate,
till he had packed up his wallet, be
ing afraid every minute that if he left
his mater time for refletion, he might
get at the truth. As oon therefore as
he was ready, they allied o very oftly
out of the houe, leaving their reckon
ing unpaid, that even Mrs. Tergilla her
elf, who for good reaons kept ve
quietly in her chamber, had not the leat
upicion of their departure.

CHAP.
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C H A P. VII.

A hort Digreion to Lirias: Which may


ferue to /hew that the Author is not /6
unkill'd in the Knowledge gf the Human
Heart, as perhaps ome might think him.
T NCERTAIN which way to purue
his route, Don Sylvio cordially re
gretted the los of poor little Pimpimp.
However, as the thing was without
remedy, they contented themelves with
keeping the ame road they had hitherto
COINE.-

For ome hours together o little re


markable happened to them, that, not
to fatigue the Reader by an inceant
recital of their dialogues, we hall here
make a little digreion to Lirias, where
the amiable Donna Felicia, with her
worthy confidante, were greatly urprized
at notfinding, Don Eugenio, and much
more o on hearing that he went out on
horeback with Don Gabriel, attended
only by his footman. His unuual ab
ence put them into a cruel tate of di
quietude, and the prudent Laura thought
he could not do better than to divert
her
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 63
her mitres's attention from this to ome
other objet.
Accordingly they paed almot the
whole night in talking of nothing but
Don Sylvio. The love with which, even
leeping, he had been happy enough to
inpire the charming Felicia, manifeted
itelf o openly in her dicoure, that it
mut have been too gros an affetation,
had he wihed to make a mytery of it
to her dear Laura; who, for the good
nes of her heart, as well as of her un
dertanding, was not unworthy the con
fidence with which her mitres honoured
her, in raiing her to the rank of a
friend. - -

Their eyes had already told them that


this unknown leeper was the handomet
of all mortals. They enlarged therefore
with o much the more atisfation on
the ubjet, as hitherto they had met with
no other opportunities of knowing his
merit. But to know who he was, and
whether his condition and his moral qua
lities correponded to the beauty of his
external, this was a trying-point, and it
left poor Donna Felicia in a terrible anx
iety; at leat, however, he made it eem
o, in order to have the pleaure of eeing
allherdoubts detroyed by the good Laura.
Hence,
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Hence, after they had aid everything
that could be aid for and againt, it was
at length agreed to be not at all improba
ble, for a young man, whoe figure
eemed, as it were, expresly formed
by nature to indicate an excellent mind,
to be at the ame time the mot
noble and virtuous, the mot brave and
agreeable,in hort, the mot amiable
creature that ever woman produced to
the world. Nay, the tetimony of Pe
drillo himelf, as little dipoed as they
were to believe anything he had aid in
the leat diadvantageous to his mafter,
was eteemed o much more authentic,
on account of the praies he betowed
upon his moral charater, fince Dome
ticks are not uually fond of peaking
well of their maters to trange people.
But what was to be done with the en
chanted Butterfly, the Princes, the Fai
ries, and the Dwarf, whom Pedrillo had
thrown into his narrative ? What were
they to think of that very eriouslook, that
honet phyiognomy, and poitive tone
with which a lad like this, (who had
nothing at all the air of one that wanted
tO impoe upon ladies) had aured them,
that his mater was in love with an en
chanted Princes, whom he flatter'd him
with
Don Sylvio De RosAlva. 65
with delivering, under the aupices of a
mighty Fairy.
Donna Felicia was not o eaily to be
atisfied on this head; and it cot the in
genious Laura a deal of trouble to per
uade her mitres to do, in this cae, as the
rational Mufulmans do in regard to cer
tain incredible and childih tories of the
Alcoran, who uppoe that they mut be
taken in an allegorical ene, under which,
the moment you had got the key, no
thing more could be found than ome
very natural and very common love-ad
venture. This explication however, plau
iible as it might eem, was not intirely
atisfactory to Donna Felicia: In a word,
Laura had opportunity to remark, that
the young lady would rather ee her
young lover a little crazy, with his heart
at liberty, than to find him perfectly in
his right enes, and in love with ano
ther. -

She concluded therefore with telling


Laura, that he mut try to learn, as oon as
poible, omething more clear and poi
tive concerning this Don Sylvio de Roalva.
Luckily, chance tood her friend in this
repet better than he could have hoped;
for the ame Barber whom we have
already o frequently mentioned, (and
who
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who, by the way, paed for a great
Surgeon throughout the whole ditrit,
and was the only one for at leat ten
leagues round), came accidentally to
Lirias the day after Don Sylvios flight
from the Inn, to dres one of the do
meticks who had broke his thigh a few
weeks before.
Laura happend to come into the room
where the Barber attended, jut as he was
relating, with that volubility of tongue
appropriated to his profeion from time
immemorial, the news of Don Sylvio's
elopement; news, which as he oberved,
had become the ubject of converation
thro' the whole neighbourhood of Roalua.
Laura therefore had no great difficulty
to get from this faithful narrator all
neceary information repeting our hero:
Accordingly he learned what kind of
woman his aunt was ; next, the manner
in which the young gentleman had been
brought up, his mode of life, the cheme
of Donna Menzia for marrying him to
the hundred thouand Ducats of the hide
ous Mergelina Sanchez; and latly, how
Don Glvio had taken flight with his foot
man Pedrillo, probably to avoid being
obliged to epoue a peron o diagree
able, and that nobody knew what was
become
Don SyLvro De RosALv A. 67
become either of the mater or man.
The Barber moreover declared, that as
to peronal qualities, his uperior for
beauty, knowledge, and virtue, was yet
unborn; adding, that he uppoed he
hould have faid enough when he aured
the gentlemen and ladies preent, that
under his intrutions Don Sylvio had
made fuch great progres only in two
months upon the guittar, that he freely
acknowledged himelf his inferior at that
intrument. As to any love-intrigue of
Don Sylvios, whatever might have been
aid, the Barber, for his part, inited,
that he was entirely ignorant of it. How
ever, he could not but ay, that the
Cavalier was really a little ingular and
romantick, and that in a late convera
tion they had held together, He, the
Barber, had dicovered in the young
man uch a tate for Fairy-tales, that he
believed it had led him to take them all
for true hitories; nay, and that Don
Sylvio was o trongly peruaded of the
exitence of Fairies, as to have aured
him that he hould not think it at all
extraordinary, if uch things happened to
himelf.
This intelligence comprehended almot
everything that was wanted to compoe
the mind of Donna Felicia. B
ut
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But tho' the romantic turn of Dorn
Sylvios brain was the more agreeable to
her, as he found it coincide o nearly
with her own mede of thinking, yet
till, on the other hand, he was not very
well atisfied to ee him carry his paion
for Fairies to uch a degree of extrava
gance as nearly bordered upon a kind of
madnes. Perhaps, aid he, he may
be in love with an ideal Princes whom
he never aw, and poibly, to give his
amour a more myterious air, he may
have peruaded himelf he has been
changed into a Butterfly by ome Fairy
that protets his rival. The idea, how
ever, eemed to be an extremely illy one:
but urely, if Don Sylvio was ridiculous
for being enamoured onhy in idea, how
much les o was Donna Felicia, to be
jealous of that idea ? She herelf indeed
aw and felt it; but in pite of the con
fidence he had in her good Laura, he
could not, without bluhing, avow her
weaknes. Their converation on the
ubjet, led them inenibly to form vari
ous projets to ee if they could not
bring about a more intimate acquaintance
with Don Sylvio. But, unfortunately for
them, freh difficulties aroe every mo
ment; difficulties which they had not
dicovered,
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Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 69
dicovered, till after having highly pleaed
themelves in anticipation of the g
effet their plans mut certainly produce.
Nothing therefore at length was left them,
but to hope for ome lucky Chance, which
they flattered themelves might oon turn
out more favourably for them and their
deign, than the bet-concerted projets
they could devie.

C H A P. VIII.

A mot deplorable Aventure with a parcel 9f


Female Hay-makers.
ON Sylvio, with his fidus Achates,
had now been travelling a good
while, dicouring by the way on the
various ubjets with which the adventures
of their journey had upplied them, and
every now and then repoing themelves
in thoe pleaant little woods, that, like
o many garlands, variegate and adorn
the charming rural cenes of the province
of Valencia. -

At length they found themelves in a


little Cypres grove, whither the heat, that
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now begantobetroubleome, obliged them
to retire. There for a while they amu
ed themelves in contemplating that mil
ing propect which extends itelf over the
flowery meads along the banks of the
Guadalaviar; when, uddenly, Pedrillo
made uch a dicovery, as eemed to pro
mie our hero a happy iue of all his
cares, his amorous anxieties, and almot
hopeles puruits.
Huzza! courage Sir, he exclaimed ;
let us jump for joy; for unles I am as
blind as a beetle, we have found our
Princes. Don't you ee that blue But
terfly there, kipping about the roe
buhes?"
Pedrillo was not quite out in his con
jeture, for it was really a blue Butter
fly; and Don Sylvio too eagerly wihed
it might be his Princes, to uffer him a
moments doubt upon the ubjet. Come
along, Signior, aid Pedrillo; do You lip
oftly down on the other ide, and I'll
keep cloe to this: It can't get away from
us, and I fancy the Princes will have
nothing to do but ee you, to make her
fly immediately into your hands.
In truth, the Butterfly eemed to jutify
Pedrillos hopes. It made directly up to
Don Sylvio, and kept flitting about him
OIl
Don Sylvio DE RosALvA. 71
On all ides. He had now got very near
it, and in a tranport of exulting joy
and warm deire tretched out his hands
to eize it. When, as our poor lover's
ill-luck would have it, another Butterfly
of a greyih complexion, having got
ight of the blue one, intantly prung
upon her with a boldnes conitent with
the genius of that coquettih tribe ; and
in the very teeth of his rival took uch
liberties with the azure Princes uch
liberties as poibly he uppoed were the
more allowable, from having never once
taken it into his head that the fair Vola
tile before him could be a Princes.
Startled, as may eaily be imagined, at
this temerity of the grey Butterfly, Don
Sylvio burt into a rage, which was o
much the more violent, as he fancied he
could dicern in the blue Butterfly's reit
ance a new reaon to peruade him it
was his Princes. He therefore threw
himelf in between them, and was fortu
nate enough to knock down his rival
with a little witch he had in his hand.
This circumtance however, o terrified
the uppoed Princes, that with all the
wings he had he intantly darted away,
purued by Don Sylvio and Pedrillo. in
vain did they run, and ftrain, and puff,
and
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and blow; the more they followed her,
the fater he fled from them ;perhaps
uppoing herelf to be till purued by
the grey-coated Inamorato.
It happened odd enough, that three
or four girls of a neighbouring village,
after fatiguing themelves with mowing
gras, were et down upon the riveride
to refreh them in the hade; and by way
of amuement, exercied their fancy in
making garlands of the flowers, thatgrew
in vat quantitiesjut beide them.
The blue Butterfly had left its pere
cutors o far behind that they could
hardly keep fight of it. Hence, fancy
ing itelf out of danger, it began to be
compoed, and reumed its portive dance
from flower to flower; till at length, be
hold it fell into the hands of one of thoe
hay-making girls, who took and fatened
a thread to its leg, and then let it fly AS
it pleaed round about her.
Don Sylvio by this time was got near
enough to oberve all that paed, and
addreing Pedrillo; Now, aid he, at
lat I perceive the iue of that dream,
which yeterday morning o puzzled me
to explain it. It was a warning from
my friend the Fairy, who made me fore
ee in my dream what now awaits me,
1Il
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 73
in order that I may take my meaures
accordingly, o as not to fall into the
fnares of my enemies. Do but ob
erve that Nymph yonder itting under
the hade, holding the blue Butterfly,
fatened with a thread, and flying about
her. -

A Nymph ay you ? anwered Pe


drillo; deuce take it, Signior, ure you
are only laughing at me. Why, that
creature there is jut as much like a
Nymph as I am like a bottle of hay. She
is only a country wench, jut as the
others that fit under the trees befide her.
I am already too much accutomed
to thy blundering condut, replied Don
Sylvio, to make myelf angry at this im
pertinence. I know what I am to think
of the matter, thanks to the Fairy Rad
ante; and whatever thou halt take her
for, nymph or rutick, I tell thee he
hall yield me up my Princes, or I will
loe my life." -

Signior, aid Pedrillo, whenever there's


any thing to do about Salamanders and
Sylphids, or about Spirits, or other things
of that fort, which are quite above the
reach of a common man, there l'll
readily give up to your Honour, and I'll
own to you with all my heart, that I
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am ure you undertand uch matters
better than 1: but, as to country-folks,
'tis quite another affair; for urely I mut
be able to know omewhat about thoe
things. Beides, 'tis impoible to be
deceived in a cae of this kind, for you
may even mell thee honet wenches at
leat thirty foot off Now I hould be
glad to know when you ever met with
any Nymphs that melt of Garlick, or
their petticoats o rent and tattered that
you may ee their mocks every way
you look at them. In hort, Signior, I
tell you 'tis a downright country-wench,
ay, and one of the natiettoo that ever
you aw in your life. Shell yield you
up the blue Butterfly, never fear; and if
you'll but give her a few Maravedis, will
return you a thouand thank ye's and
God bles yes into the bargain."
Don Sylvio, who never litened to rea
on, when once he had got any thing
into his head, did not deign the leat at
tention to what Pedrillo aid; but, marching
up to the uppoed Nymph, demanded
ef her his Butterfly.
And what will you give me for it
Signier ? aid the girl laughing.
Whatever thou wilt, replied Don
Sylvio."
Ayvo. Oh, -
Don Sy Lvio De RosALv A. 75
Oh, very well; then pray give me
the little toy that hangs about your neck,
aid the Nymph; I'll give it to my little
fiter at home, and if you'll but put half
a Real to it, the Butterfly and the thread
are both yours." r

Cured green Dwarf! cried Don


Sylvio, drawing his abre, and foaming
with rage; Hope not, that under that
borrowed hape, which ufficiently proves
thy cowardice, thou cant mock me with
impunity. Die, thou wretch! or retore
me the Butterfly, to which thou hat no
right or claim, and which I will tear
from thy accured heart, though it hould
cot me my life.
It will eaily be imagined, that to an
apotrophe o ungracious, and accom
with terrible menaces, the fair
Nymph before him could make no other
reply than by crying out with all her
might. Pedrillo, whom hismaters follyhad
almot worked up into a violent paion,
threw himelf forwardbetween the Nymph
and our Hero, endeavouring at the ame
time to diarm his mater, on finding
him deaf to all his remontrances. Mean
while the other Nymphs, eeing their
companion o roughly treated, came u
in a great hurry, and fell like furies bo
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upon Don Sylvio and Pedrillo; inomuch
that our Hero had the greatet difficulty
in the world to defend himelf againt
their violent hands and forked nails.
Unfortunately, the lover of the young
Nymph mitaken for the Green Dwarf,
was at work with two or three other
Peaants in the neighbouring fields. The
lamentable cries of the women, and the
countenance f his mitres, whom Pe
drillo was jut going to pull by the hair,
put him in uch a fury, that he run up
t them, accompanied by his fellow la
bourers. The firt thing he did, was to
wrench Pedrillo's large taff out of his
hands; which done, he thrah'd our ad
venturers in o emphatical a manner, that
in pite of their vigorous defence, at
length they yielded to the multitude of
their enemies. This exploit, however,
did not yet appear ufficient to the furi
ous lover, or the young wench, who
breathed nothing but revenge; nor was
their rage atisfied, till after having o
batter'd our adventurers with fity cuffs,
that the Peaants themelves begun to
think that they had gone too far. Mat
ters being brought to this tate, the
Nymph made herelf mitres of our
Heros trinket, as he lay
: . . & ..
s re les
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 77
les on the ground, which he did to in
demnify herelf for the Butterfly, who,
from the commencement of the fray,
had taken wing. This done, the rutick
aembly quitted the field, leaving our
poor adventurers half dead, extended
upon the gras.
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C H A P I.

In which the Author has the pleafre ts


- talk about himelf.

Every much doubt, whether, ince


Fairy-Tales firt exited in the
world, there ever was a lover protected
by Fairieswhether he were Prince,
Knight, or Shepherd, that aw or felt
himelf in uch critical circumtances as
thoe in which we left our Hero at the
cloe of the preceding book.
"Tis.
Don SYLv10 DE RosALvA. 79

"Tis true, other heroes, travelling under


the aupices of Fairies, have their tribu
lations likewie: they are often obliged
to wage war with Dragons, Sea Mon
fters, blue Centaurs, and the like: they
Tun the rique of being devoured by
yenas and Chimeras; they are brought
up by old toothles Fairies, who put their
virtue to the keenet trials, and at lat
turn them into Parroquets, Cats, or
Crickets. But, that ever a peron o
extraordinary as the favourite of a queen.
of the Salamanders, and the lover of an
enchanted blue Butterfly, hould be o
terribly cratched and mauled by a par
cel of country-wenches, is what you may
in vain look for an example of in the
whole collection of all thoe hitories,
that begin with that elegant phrae, There
was once upon a time. -

The benevolent Reader will deduce


the conequence; but, as perhaps he may
not do o, the author hereby begs leave
to inform him, that this palpable differ
ence between the hitory of Don Sylvia,
and all other tales of the Fairies, incul
cates a very favourable prepoeion in
regard to the hitorical fidelity and veri
dicity of the Writer. Had we made our
Hero travel in a Sapphire Car, drawn
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by Birds of Paradie; had we made him
decend every evening to ome enchanted
palace; had we given him the little red
hat of Prince Hobgoblin, or the Fairy
Mutachios Slipper, or King Gyges Ring,
or the royal Fairy Truos enchanted
Wand by means of which he might
have extricated himelf from all difficul
ties; Then, every child of ten years
old, mut have perceived we had only
been entertaining him with a Fairytale.
But though our hitory is more extraor
dinary, and more marvellous than any of
thoe with which they once upon a time
endeavoured to amue the age Schac Ba
ham, Sultan of the Indies; yet nobody
can reproach us with ever having made
any adventure befall our Hero, that does
not perfetly coincide with the ordinary
coure of nature, or that may not be een
to happen every day:As for intance,
that a Frog hould run the hazard of being
wallowed up by a Stork, or that a peron
hould find a piture et round with
diamonds, which probably ome other
might have lot before. Beides, we
have made our Hero travel afoot, without
having even taken care to guard him
againt bogs and ditches. Has he been
aleep? It was only upon the hard
- # ground,
Don SYLvro De RosAvA. 81

ound, or in a mierable inn, where he


is half devoured by fleas. Intead of
Nymphs with roey arms, or Sylphs
with golden wings, to erve him with
netar and ambroia on the flowery
borders of crytal fountains, we have fed
him with a pie, found in Pedrillos wallet;
and, till more recently, we have een
him almot knock'd at head, not by Giants
or enchanted Black-a-moors, but by
fimple country-clowns. 2 : 1 -
We flatter ourelves that what has been
faid, will erve as convincing proofs to
the gentle reader; mot incerely wihing
we could ay as much, and as jutly of
many a famous hitorian, and hew them
to have been as ditant from that propen
fity to impoition, which leads them to
embellih their pitures and charaters,
or to give their adventures a mack of
the marvellous, as we are ourelves; whoe
whole aim in the publication of this very
faithful and credible hitory has been,
not (as ome giddy hair-brained youn
people may poibly have
merely to divert our readers, but rather
to promote their public health and wel
fare, both of body and mind. - -

Perhaps ome of thoe, whoe agacity


can penetrate no farther than the uper
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feies of things, may not be able to
comprehend how the hitory of Don
Sylvio hould avail to o alutary apur
poe. To Us nothing could be eafier
than to prove to them, as well from the
writings of the greatet phyicians, as
from thoe of naturalphiloophers, That
there is a certain Fever to which the
Human mind is very ubjet, from the
fourteenth year of Man's exitence up
to his grand Climaterick: that this
fever cannot o efficaciouly be expelled
by any other remedy, as by that which
at once hakes the Diaphragm, thins the
Blood, and vivifies the Animal Spirits;
jut as the envenomed bite of a Taran
rula can be cured only by the ympha
tick virtue of certain airs, which are
played to the ick folks to et them a
dancing. We could alo very eaily,
and upon very good authorities, demon
trate to them, that the ame alutary
virtues here mentioned Hie concealed in
this preent hitory. But, as this might
carry us too far from the continuation of
our Hero's adventures, to the great
dipleaure of our Readers, we rather
wih to leave it to their own dicretion
to judge of the matter as they hall think
belt, Howsver, in the econd edition of
- - this
Don SY.vio DE RosALv A. 83
this work (which, without vanity, and
judging from the good tate of the pub
lick, we foreee can be no very ditant
event) we hall not fail to inert Parera,
of the College of Phyicians, upon the
ubject: That Parera, who knows how
to turn everything to our advantage.
And for his fuller confirmation, we hall
ubjoin a detail of the various remarka
ble cures, which the Phyicians of our
acquaintance have made by means of this
book.
Over and above all this, we hould be
very glad if ome Academy in Europe,
(were it even that Pau in Bearn) would
condecend to offer a premium of fifty
Ducats for an invetigation of that utili
ty, Phyical, Moral, and Political, which
ociety in general might derive from
writings calculated to make people laugh,
in a decent manner, I mean. An exami
nation of the following quetion in par
ticular, would certainly merit the pre
mium, viz. Whether the public good,
as well as bookeller's profit, (which, 'tis
well known, is o confiderable a branch
of commerce in Europe) would not turn
to better account, if, intead of that quan
tity of vile productions in morality, great
or mall, which their tedious authors
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pour in upon the world, under pompous


titles, and which, ak bottom, are no
thing more than trite obervations, lame
thoughts, badly compiled and ill-digeted,
cold declamations, &c. Whether, I ay,
if, intead of thoe, we were to produce
every ix months ome dozen of books in
the tate of the Roman Comique, the
Batchelor of Salamanca, or the Foundling ;
nay, or even in the tate of Candide,
Garagantua and Pantagruel: books, in
which truth is poken laughingly; books
which tear off the fale mak from tupi
dity, fanaticim, and racality; books
which exhibit mankind in their true
light and jut proportion, with their
paions and follies about them, and with
out the leat addition or diminution;
books which remove from the ations of
men that varnih wherewith they are o
ingenious to cover them, while at the
ame time they are all the offspring of
ride, private views, and a voluntary
elf-delufion; books, in hort, which in
trut and corret their readers o much
the more uccesfully, as they eem to be
intended merely for amuement; and
which, even though they erved only to
divert and recreate perons deeply en
gaged in buines, or innocently to amue
- - - perons
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 85
perons of no buines at all, and in a
general view, to keep people in good
humour. Such books, 1 infift upon it,
would be of infinitely more ue to the
public, than that inipid pecies of morali
ty, that ytematicaljumble of mis-hapen
whimical ideas; thoe phlegmatic and
fanatical monkeries, now under contem
plation; and which (no affront to their
authors good intentions, of which they
make uch parade) puzzle more brains
than they correct hearts; and the poi
ble pernicious effects of which, nothing
could prevent from being formidable,
but the common pratice of cutting them
to pieces to packup otherbooks. -

For certain reaons we could have been


glad to have placed thee remarks to the
account of Pedrillo, or ome other privi
leged peron; for nobody blames a Pe
drillo, or a Launcelot Gobbo, or Gobbo
Launcelot, when he peaks the truth. But
as this could not be managed conveni
ently, we were obliged to pluck up a
reolution and do it ourelves, as it were
by the bye ; offering at the ame time
our humble deprecations, and hoping for
the beft allowances, in whatever place,
or to whatever peron, they hall eem
neceary. -
CH A P.
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C H A P. II.

Wrin Pedrillo p f a great


- Aduantage.
HOUGH Pedrillo had much the
feveret hare of drubbing in the
kirmih with the country-clowns, he
eame firt to himelf again, after lying
upon the ground a full half quarter of
an hour, quite tunned with the blows
he had received. The firt ue he made
of his enes, was to give to the Devil,
all the Nymphs, Fauns, Sylvans, Dwarfs,
Princees and Butterflies, with every
Fairy-tale that had been told from the
Creation, and ever hould be to the end
of the world; together with their Au
thors, Abettors, and Relators; not for
getting their Kinsfolk and right Heirs,
in the acending and defcending line all
together, and every one in particular.
Such was his mighty wrath and fiery in
dignation ! Next did he cure every
Gooe, whoe quills had adminitered
to the writing of all fuch tales; nor les
did he execrate the letters and the ink
employed in printing them: wihing
frora
Don Sx Lv1o De RosALv A. 87
from the very bottom of his heart, that
the Holy Inquiition might reduce to
duft and ahes, all who had given ut--
terance to uch confounded Devils tricks,
which had only erved to turn the head
of the noblet and bravet young gen
tleman in all Spain. For now the blows
he had received without number or mea
fure, and all for the love of a blue But
terfly, fully convinced him, that what
ever his mater had told him about the
Fairy Radiante, and the enchantment of
his pretended Princes, was nothing but
a parcel of dreams and foolih fancies..
Pox take it! he cried, when did ever
a Fairy allow country-fellows and coun
try-wenches to knock people down, after
he had once taken them under her pro
tetion ? Indeed, if one had been oblig
ed to fight with Monters, or Dragons
fpitting fire out of their notrils, nothing
could have been faid to it. But to think
that uch low ragged devilsAds death!
I'll conent to be wallowed up by the
firt monter we meet with, if this Rad
ante of his that has played us this
trick, to name no more, is not jut as
much a Fairy as the three jades that
have almot cratched my eyes out with
their nails, are Nymphs - -

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At this emphatical rate he ran on for
a good while, till looking about he ob
erved his mater till lying tretched
along beide him, without life or motion.
His countenance, with the fear of his
being quite dead, made the poor fellow
intantly forget his own misfortunes.
At firt he called his mater by his name,
then he hook him; but till finding no
igns of life in him, he began to cry as
piteouly, or more o, than the Wicked
King's on Hunchback did, when the
girl that tended the geefe refued to
marry him.
In this ditres, however, he preently
recolleted a bottle of Madeira in his
knapack, which luckily the enemy had
nt perceived in the heat of their en
gagement; Pedrillo having prudently
thought of laying it down a little way
off jut before the onet. Accordingly
he took the bottle, and, without the leat
regret, threw the wine into Don Sylvios
face. This expedient had the deired
effet, and our hero oon came to his
fenes; for it eems his diater proceed
ed only from a ingle blow, well applied
indeed, but which had done him no other
harm than the raiing a large tumour
upon his head. At length he opened
his
Don Sy Lvio DE RosALv A. 89
his eyes, and aked with a feeble voice,
Where am I ? Art thou till alive,
Pedro 2' -

Yes, my dear mater, aid he, and


you too, thank Heaven ! or my eyes
deceive me. But upon the faith of an
honet lad, look you, Sir, had you been
dead, as I really thought you was, I
would ooner have jumped into the
river than have wih'd to urvive you"
Would it were in my power im
mediately to reward thee for thy fidelity
and kind concern ! replied Don Sylvio;
but tell me, if thou know'ft, Pedrillo, what
is become of my Princes ? Oh Hea
vens!
The Princes? cried Pedrillo, he is
got off, and gone to the devil; he
flew away the moment that thoe fat
cheeked Nymphs fell upon us with their
crooked claws: deuce take her, l could
only wih fhe did but feel But pray
what's the matter with you, Signior ?-
Mercy on me ! My dear mater, what
ails you?O the Cured Fairies!
The reaon of Pedrillos uttering thee
lamntations was, that his mater, hav
ing looked for the Princes's piture, and
not finding it, intantly fell into a woon,
ever whelmed with terror and depair. i
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It was with very great difficulty he
could recover our Hero to any ene or -
pirits ; and much more to cothe the
defperation to which he gave himelf up
the moment he was capable of feeling
the greatnes of his los. Pedrillo, how
ever deirous he might be topour out
invetives againt the Fairy Radiante, and
all the Fairies in the univere, or to di
vet his mater of that mad paion for
a Butterfly, no longer knew what to do
or ay, on hearing Don Sylvio end forth
fuch bitter lamentations; more epecially
too, when he found him reolving to
make the River Guadalaviar famous by
his death. He therefore threw himelf
at his feet, wept, rail'd at all Fairies and
the cience of Faiery, begd and pray'd of
him ; but alas! the one did him noman
ner of good, and the other only erved
to make him wore.
After having in vain attempted every
imaginable method, he at lat hit upon
the only remedy that could promie him
fucces in uch a circumtance. This
was to et up a crying in concert with
his mater, and this he did fowell, as
if poible, to exceed him. He reaoned
in this manner My young mater
will at length be tired of making lamen
- tat1ONS,
Don Sy Lvro DE RosAkv A. 91

tations, and provided I do but let him


get over the firt fits of his phrenzy,
remontrances may poibly be brought
on, to compoe his troubled fpirits.
Accordingly the moment he found
Don Sylvio ceae to complain, he began,
though contrary to his own convition,
to ruminate in his brain, the beft means
to oothe our Heros mind. He affured
him that even if his Princes's portrait
was in the hands of the Green-Dwarf,
though that was very unlikely, yet ehe
Princes, as to her peron, was till afe
and found, for he had een her with his
own eyes take her flight. Believeme,
my dear mater, continued he, the Fairy
Rademante only means to try your pa
tience: things will oon change their
face; while there is life there's hepe.
Beides, don't you uppoe that other
Princes or Cavaliers have been treated full
as bad, or wore than yourelf? On
think of what the Blue Bird fuffered be
fore his deliverance from the villainous
Forella, and yet at laft he was put in
poeion of his dear Florina; and what
a deal of trouble and difficulty did the
Prince Hunchback go through before he
could unite his fortunes with thoe of the
beautiful Brillanta, whom the black en
chanter
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chanter had changed into a Grashopper;
though by the bye, he was full as good
a Princes as others, that I don't chufe
toname. And therefore, Signior, I can't
fee any reaon you can have to tos your
elf neck-deep into the water, or into a
cave full of toads and lizards, like the
brothers of the Princes Roetta. You
have not been turned into an animal, like
the Prince of the fortunate Iland, nor have
you ever been in danger of being de
voured by monters and Hyenas as Prince
Amalus was. In hort, Signior, let me
tell you, I have jut as much reaon to
complain, and as bitterly too, as you
yourelf. I don't know why the Lady Rade
mante hould favour me o much, not I:
But this I am ure of, I have received
ten times more blows than you; and be
ides, the Princes who is to make me
amends for it is till unborn. If you
uffer, you know at leat why you fuffer;
but there's nobody to give poor Pedrillo
the leat: word of comfort; and yet in
every unlucky crape, he is always cer
tain to come in for the wort hare of
drubbing. But no matter for that, I
han't complain; though, to tell you the
truth, thee cured coundrels have o
tuned my poor back, that it is
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bm Ott
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oft as my belly: However, once for all,


'tis my fate, and if o be you are eay,
Signior, that's enough for me. I will
never forake your Honour o long as
Heaven hall pare me, and whileI have
arib unbroke in your Honours er
vice. . . .: -

Thee remontrances, to which Pe


drillo's good heart added great weight
and emphais, together with the certainty
not only that the Princes lived, but was
at full liberty, o effetually operated
upon our Hero by degrees, that he be
gan to recover his pirits. He aid ome
very obliging things to Pedrillo in cone
quence of the devotion he had tetified to
his ervice, auring him that if he ever
was o happy as to obtain the deired
objet, his firt care hould be to reward
his integrity, and to make him uch
amends for the inconveniences he had
uffered out of regard for him, as to leave
him nothing to wih for on that head.
Thee conolatory promies, notwithtand
ing the little likelihood at preent of their
being accomplihed, rejoiced Pedrillos
grateful heart to uch a degree, that he
could readily have forgot his late hearty
- beating, had not his back been o un
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polite as to put him in mind of it every
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Things being in this tate, Pedrillo


ued all his endeavours to re-animate
his mater. He choe out the mot fhady
pot cloe by the river, and there they
determined to tay awhile, till they were
quite come to themelves again.
Don Sylvio felt himelf too much af
feted at the los of his beloved's picture
to be enible of anything ele. Every
moment he renewed his dolorous com
plainings, and it necearily took him
ome time, before he could determine to
become Pedrillos econd in conuming the
proviions of their knapack, notwith
tanding hunger loudly called upon him.
Among thoe proviions they met with
one more bottle of Malaga wine, that
came very opportunely in their preent
uncomfortable ituation, and it oon re
tored honet Pedrillo to uch good-hu
mour, that he could no longer bear with
his mater's gloomy countenance. Cou
rage, Signior Don Sylvio ! he cried; Bad
luck ought to have good pirits, any
body can laugh when fortune finiles: then
let us begay while we may. Courage!
Signior, one good wedding will pay for
all. Chance is changeable, and every
dog
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 95
dog has his day. One hour comes with
a whole volley of dry blows; the next
hour we may wim in pleaure. My
grandmother always ued to ay, Sogoes
the world; o many days, o many
tribulations: but everything comes round
as long as people have but patience; for
Rome was not built in a day. Methinks
now, it is as if I aw you as gay as a
linnet, in the peaceable poeion of
your Princes; but not like a mierable
Butterfly, an't pleae you; no, no, but
like a beautiful Princes made of fleh.
and blood, jut as he came out of her
mother: ay, and by uch tokens too,
lookye, that I can ee her now as it were,
with a rich gold crown upon her head,
wrapped up in a royal mantle et with
pearls and carbuncles, and hining like
the un. Oh! how will our hearts then
leap for joy: then indeed, They that have
much hall have more; we hall have
nothing bat days of feating and rejoie
ing, and the moment we open our
mouths, it will be, What's your plea
ure ? We hall dance, and jump, and
laugh, and divert ourelves, were all the
Caraboes and Fanfreluches to burt them
elves out effpite, at eeing us in uch
good pirits. Once more then, Signior,
courage!
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courage! Devil's in't, what hall we want
with her Piture, when we have the
Princes herelf? This would be my
way of thinking, was it my own af
fair; and what is more, I could freely
take my oath, that the Green Dwarf has
jut as much een your Trinket, as he has
feen the Maid of fourcore, whom he
was to erve for a Tooth-pick, For, urely,
my eyes are none of the wort; and I
think I can pretty well ditinguih a
woman from a lip of wood. I tell you,
Signior, the Nymph was a poor country
wench, and I'm as poitively ure of it,
as if I had made her myelf. - If you
won't believe me, you have till one way
more to come at the truth, and foon
too, The village where the girl lives,
can't be a hundred leagues off. We'll
go there this evening, and eek abgut
till we have found her; and then, if
there's any jutice to be had for love or
money, I warrant you we'll get our
piture from her.
. But if thisbe o, aid Don Sylvio,
whence aries that ingular conformity
between our late adventure, and my
yeterday's dream?
Signior, replied Pedrillo, I remember
your dream as well as if I had dreamt1t
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it myelf; but for the oul of me, I can
ee none of that Conformity which you
find in it: For where is the Sylphide that
appeared to you ? Where is the Chariot
of Roes, drawn by twelve ruby-colour'd.
- birds of Paradie, that conducted you to
the inchanted iland? And yet that's a
material point, which we know nothing
of. And then you aid that the Nymph
held the Blue Butterfly by a golden
thread; now this too is wrong, for the
thread that the girl here made ue of,
was only uch a one, as perhaps he in
tended to have mended her mock with ;
and there, o'my concience I think he
wou'd not have been wrong, for her
kin peeped out on all ides; I'll be
hanged if it was not as black as oot,
and I have always heard ay that Nymphs
had a complexion and a kin like Lillies
and Roes. But to um up the matter,
it is of no mighty conequence whether
he was a Nymph or anything ele;
All I know of it for certain, is, that the
blows we have received from thee
great loobies, were not given us in a
dream.But I don't love to bear malice
What is done is done. Here's to the
Princes's health wherever he be, and I
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hope one day or other he'll make us
full amends for all we have fuffered for
her ake.

C H AP. III.
Don Sylvios inward truggle with hime/.
EIZED with Pedrillos loquacity,
Don Sylvio pretended to take a
nap during the heat of the day, in order
to get rid of him, and reduce him to
ilence. Accordingly he diembled leep,
and Pedrillo oon followed the example
in good earnet. Don Sylvio's pertur
bation was an effetual bar to his own
indulgence: A thouand unpleaant ideas
that intruded themelves in pite of him,
at length brought him to that irkome
tate, that now, for the firt time in his
life, he began to doubt the reality of
his fond conceits. How is this? aid
he; what if the pretended apparition
of the Fairy Radiane hould be only the
port of an heated imagination? The
more he refleted on this uppoition,
the more probable he found it; and the
- late
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Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. - 99


late unlucky adventure with the clowns,
whom he was now trongly inclined to
take for what they really were, in a few
minutes changed that probability into
certainty ; for it eemed to him incom
prehenible, that the Fairy Radiante, if
he had indeed granted him her pro
tetion, hould thus have abandoned him
to the fity-cuffs of uch a rabble.
Thee doubts made him exceedingly
uneay. He collected all the forces of
his undertanding to beat them off; but
till they returned to the charge with
redoubled impetuofity, and the tumult
they excited in his brain became o
violent, as greatly to endanger the total
los of that mall reidue of good enle,
which Fairy-cience had left him.
In this affliting ituation the image of
his beloved mitres was the only objet
to upport his migiving and haraed
mind; the only thing that remained ua
haken amidt this general vertigo of bis
ideas. If all the ret, cried he, is
mere illuion, Yet till, thou dear un
known in peron and in name, till am I
ure that I incerely love thee, and here
is no deception. Whether a Fairy there
fore has thrown thy picture in my way,
or friendly chance alone produced the
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event; whether thou art a Princes or a
Shepherdes; whether thou art detined
for me, or wert once beloved by ome
more happy mortal: O thou, the fairet
Nymph under the cope of Heaven, if
my fate will have it o, that till de
prived of thee I till mut languih, yet
never hall it tear thy image from my
heart. Through every land and ea I'll
eek thee round the globe. From pole
to pole I'll urge my fond puruits; from
the Cimmerian Mountains, clad in eternal
nows, even to the torrid Zone, where
neither hady tree, nor cooling fountain
tempers the ultry heat; and if there
I find thee not, and this low earth has
lot thee, its chiefet ornamentWhat
then hall hinder my unwearied pirit,
till contantly apiring to poes thee,
and elevated by the power of deathles
love, to take its aerial flight from
phere to phere, and there to eek thee,
where thine alone eclipes all thee num
berles beauties of Ether?Or who hall
forbid me to decend the ubterraneous
regions, and there explore thee amidt
thoe happy hades, who, by thy eyes
enlightened, no more regret the beams of
day, ipping from thy looks a weet ob
livion of all their other wihes.
- - Thee
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Thee dithyrambick thoughts, fond


and frantick as they may eem to our
grave readers, wrought however o alu
tary am effet upon our hero, that they
ulled him inenibly into a ound lum
ber; the only circumtance in his preent
tate that could afford him conolation:
for what better can await the wretched,
than Tir'd Nature's weet retorer,
balmy leep ?"
For this once Don Sylvio found a
double advantage from fleeping; firt,
an oblivion of his cares, and next, the
happines of a pleaing dream; which, at
leat for the time it lated, had the ame
effet upon him as if it had been ever
o real. He imagined he aw his dear
Princes, not under the form of a Nymph
or a Butterfly, but in her own hape,
attired like a Goddes: She was reclined
upon a roe-colour'd cloud, that hung a
little above the earth very near him.
The Princes talked with him a long
time; he conjured him not to loe cou
rage; requeted him, on the contrary,
manfully to reit the obtacles which
their enemies interpoed againt them;
and aured him that the period was not
farremote, when her real hape, under
which he now appeared to him, hould
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be retored to her by his means; adding,
in a manner equally tender and obliging,
that he could wih herelf a thouand
times more amiable, were it but to re
ward the troubles he had necearily un
dergone, to gain the poeion of her
peron and of her heart. Don Sylvio
was jut going to make ker the ame
reply that every lover mut have had
ready for o flattering a declaration,
when, all on a udden, the fair phantom
diappeared.
This circumtance was indeed the mot
Junpleaant of the whole dream. But
the pleaure of having beheld his lovely
objet, joined to that oft and conola
tory tone of voice which till eemed to
found in his enchanted ear, rendered
him inenible to everything les palat
able. He forgot all his pat anxieties,
depied all thoe that were to come,
and now thought of nothing ele but to
a journey, every tep in which
rought him till nearer and nearer to
the ummit of his wihes. Accordingly
he awaked Pedrillo, and after relating to
him his viion with a very joyful heart,
ordered him to get ready for decamp
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s - God
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 103
God bles my oul! cried Pedrillo;
why, this now is very droll. Only think
how much our dreams are alike. You
have had a viion of the Princes, and I.
have had an apparition of the Syphide.
Methought I found her laying upon a
bed of roes, in the very pot where you
laid yeterday; but the Fairy, her mitres,
was not there. Well, now I do repent
that I did not ak her name: but how
hould I, when we had fo many other
things to talk ofI vow the time lid
away without our perceiving it. We
were at leat three or four hours together,
and the un went to bed unnoticed b.
either of us; and yet methinks, it eeme
but a moment. I really fancied I was a
Sylph myelf: If it was for my life I
cannot tell you what I felt at the time;
but ure it is, I never in my life felt
anything like it. Now did not I al
ways ay, that fortune would mile one
day or other ? Thee dreams are certain
ly no chance-work, and who knows till
what may happen ? Perhaps Madam
Radamante may make us amends all at
once for having neglected us o long.
We hall ee," aid the blind man: Tis
a long lane that has no turning. How
ever, this I can aure you poitively,
F 4 Signior,
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Signior, that if ever the Green Dwarf
falls into my hands, I'll pay him the
handy cuffs he has betowed upon us to
day, and with interet too. This I'm deter--
mined, without fail; o let him look to
it if he wihes to ave his bones,

C H A P. IV.

Pedrillos prediions begin to be ac


complihed.

W HILE Pedrillo thus gave free


cope to his talkative faculties,
our adventurers purued their walk cloe
beide a foret of chenut-trees, which,
the farther they went, had more and
more the appearance of a park. Here
and there they perceived large alcoves
of ever-greens, with fountains, grottoes,
and old ruins that eemed to make their
way through thickets of roes, jamines and
honey-uckles; at length, after about
half an hours march, they found them
elves in a kind of Labyrinth compoed
of Roe-buhes and Myrtles, the -alleys
- of which were o artificially interwoven
OI1E
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 105
one within another, that they had much
ado to get out of it. -

Thee appearances left our travellers


no room to doubt of their being pretty
near ome Fairy-catle, and they fancied
themelves already entering upon a great
adventure.
Pedrillo, for his part, intantly ex
claimed, There, did not I tell you
that the Fairy Rademante would oon et
us to rights ? You ee now, Signior,
whether we hould have done well to throw
ourelves into the river, and all for the
ake of that cured tribe of enchanters,
as you certainly would have done, had
not I prevented you. The bet that could
have happened to us beneath the tream,
might have been for ome Nymph or
Siren to have changed us into Hydras or
Dolphins; whereas now we may ho
to pas the night in a Catle of Crytal
or Diamonds; to lie down upon ilken
mattrafes, and to be waited upon by
beautiful Sylphides, the leat of them
loaded with pearls and jewels that would
buy a little kingdom.
As Pedrillo aid this, they came for
ward into a large walk of orange-trees,
at the end of which they perceived a
uperb Pavillion, whoe folding doors,
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tanding half open, preented to their
view a grand hall, wherein they could
ee the windows, gilding, and rich furni
ture parkling o brilliantly on all ides,
that by the help of the etting un which
hone full againt them, they already
from far dazzled the eyes of Pedrillo.
Highly tranported as he was at this
ight, he could not however help being
a little tartled at the idea of approach
ing a place, where all eemed the work
of enchantment. The nearer he came
to the Pavillion, the more his heart beat
within him. Don Sylvio himelf, who in
other repects was not timid, appeared
for ome time irreolute what to do; for
he had already o many proofs of the
malice and indefatigable wickednes of
his enemies, as rendered him uncertain,
whether, under thee gay appearances,
there might not be ome newtrap laid
to ennare him. However, the com
fortable aurances which his dear Prin
ces had lately given him, oon banihed
all his fears; and though he could dicern
no Hiving oul, except a few Parrots fly
ing about the gilt balluftrade that ur
rounded the hall, yet that did not hinder
him from entering to ee what this ad
venture would lead to.
But
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 107
But what was his atonihment, when,
on coming into the Hall, whoe beauty
and furniture eemed worthy of a Fairy,
he perceived a quantity of Cats of differ
ent colours, who by their getures eemed
to proclaim that they were the ole in
habitants of this uperb palace. Some
were lying upon rich brocaded cuhions,
others were compoedly walking amongt
the flower-pots and Chinee Pagodas that
decorated the chimney; and others eem
ed to be employed in paying their court
to a charming little white cat, adorned
with a pearl collar, and tretch'd negli
gently along upon a pink-coloured opha
embroider'd with filver.
At a ight like this, a man more of
a age than Don Sylvio, would have called
to mind the palace of Felalba, or the
White Cat, one of the finet Fairy-tales
we have. But when the cats, thus re
elined on their cuhions, regaled him oa
his entering the Hall with a ymphony in
their own tyle, he had no longer a.
doubt, agreeably to his mode of reaon
ing, but that he was now in that very
palace where a certain Prince, whom the
tory gives no name to, pent three
years (which to him eemed to be no
more than three ingle days) in company
F 6 with
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with a very lively, virtuous, and tender
White Cat, which at lat turned out to be
a mot beautiful Princes.
Exceedingly great was Don Sylvios joy
at o fortunate an accident ; for, not to
mention the obliging reception he was
to expet in this noble manion, the
White Cat's goodnes of heart and gene
roity of temper were too well known,
to leave him a moment's doubt, but he
would grant him every aitance that
lay in her power, in order to bring his
various enterprizes to an happy iue.
Full of thee entiments, out Heroap
proached the opha on which the delicate
little White Cat lay, and was jut upon
the point of addreing her with all the
repet due to a Cat of uch high birth
and ingular qualities;when all at once
a door opened, through which, to the
great amazement of Pedrillo, the little
Sylphide, whom he had een in the foret
the day before, put forward her head. If
o unexpectd an apparition confounded
Pedrillo, it had no les effet upon the
Sylphide. No ooner did he perceive our
adventurers, than etting up a loud
hriek, he-drew back her head, hut too
the door after her, and fled away with
AS
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 109
s much precipitation as if he had een
a Spetre. -

Don Sylvio knew not what to think of


this mode of appearing and diappear
ing; but Pedrillo preently relieved him
from his perplexity. Well, look'ye
there now, Signior, he cried; be of good
chear, our dreams are made out: Give
yourelf no more trouble about any
thing; She will not be long before he
comes back, and Sherun away o fat only
to acquaint the Fairy with our arrival.
Who art thou peaking of?" de
manded Don Sylvio, taking him aide, and
whipering very oftly.
Deuce take it! who would you have
me be peaking of, but of that Sylphide
who peeped at us but a moment ago
through the door; and who, ITl give
you my oath, is the very ame Sylphide
that I aw yeterday tanding beide
you near the roe buhes: nay, and what's
more, 'tis the very he that appeared to
me to day in my dream.
Pedrillo, aid Don Sylvio, I am
greatly deceived, or we are now in the
Palace of the White Cat, who is a great
- Princes and a Fairy at the ame time.
Now if this Sylphide whom thou art ac
quainted with, belongs to this palace,
very
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very probably the Fairy thou awet
yeterday is the White Catherelf
I can't tell what you mean by your
White Cat, anwered Pedrillo; But I hope
you won't uppoe that the little Puy
upon the opha there, making wry faces,
is a Fairy -

Don't peak o loud, interrupted


Don Sylvio, and know, once for all, that
in uch places as that where we now
are, one cannot be too circumpet or
too cautious."
Don Sylvio had hardly done peaking
the lat words, when Pedrillo began td
cry aloud, jumping and capering about
like a mad thing. The caue of this
phenomenon, it eems, was one of the
villainous Parrots, that kept the Cats
company in thee apartments; for this
ame Parrot, whether it did not greatly
like Pedrillos phyiognomy, or for other
reaons, which for aught we know were
never yet dicovered, thought proper
to give him a light cratch with her claw
as he came by him ; accordingly Pe
drillo, who did not immediately oberve
the author of this piece of gallantry,
olemnly proteted, that the troke muft
have come from ome Hobgoblin or in
viible Dwarf. "

Take
- Don Sylvio De RosAvA. 1 11
Take it then, aid Don Sylvio, as the
wages of thylate impertinent chatter
It is but a light corretion given thee
by one of thoe inviible hands which
miniter to the viitants of this Palace.
- Pox take it, cried Pedrillo, but this
is a curvy fahion of minitring to
honet people. If this was a hand, I
am ure its nails have not been cut thee
even years. I can aure your Honour,
the gripe of a young Satyrs claws could
not go deeper into one's fleh. The
deuce is in it-if one is to meet with
fuch rough alutes for every word that is
not well-weighed beforehand, I mut
een be forced to ew up my mouth, or
thee malicious Hobgoblins will have
cored out all the letters of the alphabet
upon my face before the day is over.
In truth, aid Don Sylvio, thou
can't do nothing better here, than to at
the part of a mute; for in the way
thou goet on, I'll not anwer for it,
but that wore accidents may befall thee;
not to mention the little hare of honour
thou wilt do Me by thy impertinent
prate, as well as by thy low expreions,
and thy continual wearing at every en
tence." * -

Very
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Very well, aid Pedrillo, a word to
the wife is enough ; and ince You think
it right, ITl be as mute as a fih; I'll
play my part well, I warrant you. But,
hit! I hear omebody coming Ha!
did not I tell you o? There hit!
"Tis the Fairy her own elf
- -

C H A P. V.

Apparition gf the Fairy. 'Tis a very danger


ous thing to meet with a Woman too much
like one's Mir.
T is now exatly two and forty mi
nutes, eighteen econds, by the Eng
lih clock et up at Geneva, that we have
fat puzzling to find out half a dozen
fine new comparions, by the help of
which, if need were, a poet might en
deavour to paint the highet degree of
atonihment and urprize. But we have
not been lucky enough to find a ingle
one, but what, by having paed thro'
o many hands from the days of old
Homer to our own times, is o worn out
as to be really good for nothing. -

- For
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 113

For this once therefore, all we do in


the matter mut be to avail ourelves of
a certain figure in Rhetorick, which we
borrow from one of the bet writers of
dedicatory epitles, and hall accordingly
ay as follows. Neither the affright of
an imprudent boy, who, having put his
hand into a hole unexpectedly, lays hold
of a erpent; nor the terror of a young
huband, who, the morning after his nup
tials, intead of that amiable and beau
tiful girl of whom he was enamour'd,
found her ugly iter lying by his ide;
nor the confuion of a judge, at the
ight of a ilver cup filled with bright
Hungarian Ducats, by which his client,
who undertands life perfectly well, ena
bles him to comprehend the jutice of
his own caue: Not thee, nor all of
thee, are ufficient to expres a tenth
part of the perturbation which Don
Sylvio felt on beholding, in the peron of
the Fairy of this enchanted catle, the
Original of his mitres's Portrait.But
top,methinks this wereayingtoo much;
for Don Sylvio, having now fully per
uaded himelf from his late dream, that
his mitres was till a Butterfly, his
confuion aroe merely from eeing how
triking
114 The Adventures gf
triking a reemblance there was between
her and this ame Fairy. - -

Donna Felicia (forwe neither chue,


nor can we any longer conceal that we
are now at Lirias) had taken care to pre
ent herelf to our Heroin a drefs, whieh,
while it dicovered her charms to the
greatet advantage, gave her at the fame
time o ingular an air, that fhe wanted
nothing more than a little ebony wand
to repreent the Fairy Luminoa in the
exatetmanner imaginable.
She was jut got to her toilet to dres
herelf, expeting the arrival of her
brother with an unexpected party, when
Laura brought her the urprizing news,
that Don Sylvio, nobody knew how, had
made his appearance in the hall. -

That happy intint, which in the


heart of ladies makes up for long re
flexions, preently uggeted to her, that
if he hoped to encreae the impreion
which he wihed to make upon our
Hero, the more he appeared like a Fairy
o much the better.
Accordingly he paid him her com
pliments with that noble and gracious air,
fuitable to her charater, though it re
quired no little elf-violence to conceal
the flutter that agitated her heart. She
- profeed
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 115

profeed herelf much indebted to the


good fortune which had led to her coun
try-eat a young gentleman whoe mien
fufficiently proclaimed him to have no
Common hare of merit; at the ame time
affuring him that her brother, whoe arri
*val he every minute expeted, would
be extremely happy in making o agree
able an acquaintance. -

Had Don Sylvio met with nothing more


to combat than the urprize of finding o
perfet a reemblance betweenhis piture
and the Fairy before him, it might not
have been o difficult for him to keep his
Countenance. But Nature, who never
W gives up her prerogatives, and at the
long run always gains the vitory over
Imagination, played him uch a trick in
t this critical minute, as was totally beyond
his power to obviate or elude.
: Poor Don Sylvio had taken the im
C preion which his pretended Princess
portrait had made upon him, as well as

the deires it had excited in his heart, for
Love. But in this he was deceived; it
was no more than a weak anticipation,
a mere vain hadow of that love with
l
which the original alone could inpire
him.
d
S
The
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116 The Adventures of
The firt glance of Donna Felicia's eye
that met Don Sylvio's, eemed as it were
to throw both their ouls into a confu
ion. The mighty force of that inex
preible extay wherewith a ympathetick
love, epecially at firt ight of the be
loved objet, knows how to intoxicate a
feeling a foul dipoed for this
kind of happy enthuiam, intantly
penetrated, filled up, and took poeion
of his whole being. All his former
ideas eemed utterly effaced; new enes
uddenly developed themelves as it
were in the very bottom of his oul, and
greedily graped at all thoe countles
charms which hone with full radiance
upon him. In a word, he was tranported
to that degree, as to be able to make no
other reply to the pretended Fairy's
obliging apotrophe, than by tammer
ing out a few broken and incoherent
fyllables.
In all probability Donna Felicia might
not have been o well atisfied with the
finet-turned compliment as he was with
that infinitely more eloquent confuion
which he dicovered in our Hero. What
paed in her own heart, very abundantly
upplied all that was defetive and unintel
ligiblein his dicoure; but, as he had more
command
Don Sx Lv1o De RosAlvA. 117
command of herelf, (or, to peak more
clearly, as he was a Woman) he not
only knew how to conceal her pertur
bation, but had even the politenes to
give him time to come to his enes. So
feating herelf firt upon a opha, and
begging him to take his place beide her
in a large elbow chair, he took the little
White Cat up into her lap, and begun to
divert him by talking of the ideas which
mut have arien in his mind on entering
the hall. Pray tell me, Don Sylvio,
aid he, did not you find it rather dif
ficult to divet yourelf of the thought,
that you was in the palace of the White
Cat, the moment you aw o coniderable
an aembly of the pecies all paying their
court to my little favourite?
Beautiful Fairy! replied Don Sylvio,
nobody can have been more agreeably
unceceived than I now am ; and fince
you can equally well dicern more, as
you have already divined my firt
thoughts; be pleaed to look into my in
mot foul, and condecend to read there,
what I have neither the preumption nor
the power to name. -

Intead of making a reply to this re


petful declaration of love, Donna Feli
cia thought proper to give him the
hitory
1 18 The Adventures gf
hitory of the little White Cat, and en
tertain him with its extraordinary good
qualities. This ubjet, trite and com
mon as it might eem in itelf, became
very important, epecially to o com
plaiant a hearer as Don Sylvio, when
treated by the pretty mouth of Donna
Felicia, who diffued an inexpreible
charm over all he aid or did. Don
Sylvio learnt but too much; every look,
every word he aid, the leat motion of
hers erved only to increae that extay
of oul, in which he eemed as it were
annihilated. His imagination, unable to
conceive anything more perfet than the
objet he aw before him, was deprived
of all its former powers, and erved but
to render the triumph of his enibility
more abolute. -All thoe beautiful fan
tomes with which his fancy had been
filled preently diappeared, as the light
vapours of a pring morning diappear
before the plendors of the dawning
day. He remembered his pat tate only.
as a mere dream, or, to peak more ac
curately, he as much forgot all that he
had loved or thought of, or hoped or
feared before, as if he had been drink
ing the larget draughts of the Lethean
floodand this oblivion lated all the
-- while
Don SYLvio De RosALv A. 119
while he beheld Donna Felicia before
him.
A ituation like this might be agreea
ble enough to Don Sylvio, but it is not
quite o eay to anwer for Donna Fe
licia's enations. After having therefore
exhaufted all that could be faid on the
fubjet of her Cats, the converation
might poibly have become languid, had
not the Parrots, who love prattling and
were then in the right humour, dropped
in from time to time, and furnihed their
part in the dialogue.

C H A P. VI.

An unthought-9f Interview.
ONNA Felicia expreed ome un
eaines at her brother's abence,
who, he oberved, had given her room
to hope he would bring a elect com
pany home with him. Jut as he was
peaking, the inner door of the Saloon
flew open, and Don Eugenio de Lirias,
the beautiful Jacintha, and Don. e tlG
12O The Adventures gf
the friend of Don Eugenio, appeared
before our Hero, who beheld in this
Unknown the peron whoe life he had
aved, or at leat his mitres's, and
whom he found to be the brother of his
adorable Fairy. -

It was undoubtedly an agreeable ur


prize to both, but the atonihment of
the brother and fiter was not inferior to
that urprize. However, this was not a
time to hew the latter emotion; accord
ingly, after having preented the fair
7acintha to his iter, and recommended
her to her care, Don Eugenio contented
himelf with auring our Hero of his
joy in finding him again o unexpectedly
at his own houe, after that udden de
parture from the Inn, which eemed to
him a little unaccountable. Perhaps,
aid he to Donna Felicia, you don't know
how much we are indebted to Don
Sylvio; you hall oon be circumtanti
ally acquainted with a tory, my dear
fiter, that ought not to be kept- as a
mytery from you any longer. All I
can tell you at preent is, that in the
peron of this amiable tranger, you ee
the gentleman, who at the generous
hazard of his own life, has aved "O
Don Sylvio De Rosalva. 121
of your brother, and preerved to you
the bleings of o dear a relation.
Sir, replied our Hero, you exagge
rate the merit of an aitance, which your
own and your friend's valour rendered
uperfluous, and which is olely owing
to the entiments with which the firt
ight of you inpired me. If I had
known then, what this fortunate hour
has taught me, I would have acrificed
the lat drop of my blood to preerve a
life o precious.
Don Eugenio would certainly have
ben truck with this compliment, tho'
a little hyperbolical in its way, had not
the attention with which he trove to ob
erve the impreions that the beautiful
acintha made upon his iter, prevented
is attending to anything ele.
Donna Felicia had been greatly em
barraed how to conceal, or to render
agreeable to her brother, the inclination
he had for our Hero, as well as the plan
he had been laying in her mind for the
lat halfhour, and which he hadprojected
with a promptitude peculiar only to the
effets of love. It will not therefore be
wondered at, that he could hardly con
tain herelf for joy on hearing how
deeply Don Eugenio thought himelf
Vol. II. G obliged
122 The Adventures of
obliged to Don Sylvio. This happy cir
cumtance not only jutified the extra
ordinary repect which he entertained
for the peron who had aved the life of
a brother he o tenderly loved, but it
alo induced her to hope it might lead
her to a clearer dicovery of that ecret
hitory, in which, laying other circum
tances into the cale, he could eaily
uppoe Donna Jacintha would appear
to be none of the leat important cha
raters.
She was therefore in great hopes of
eeing her lover approved by a brother,
who, as the cae now tood, had o much
need of her concurrence and approba
tion. This idea made her redouble her
civilities to the young Jacintha, and poi
bly he might alo feel herelf naturally
inclined to love the engaging objet, on
whom Don Eugenio doated to uch
ditration, that though he ued every
imaginable appearance of reerve, he
could not conceal it from his fiter,
Placing therefore all his iters carees
of Donna Jacintha to the account of
merit in the latter, his joy was o great
as to make him heartily wih for a proper
moment to pour forth his enraptur'd oul
into the boom of o dear a friend.
-
Perhaps
Don Sx LvIo DE RosALv A. 123

Perhaps there never was an intance


when o much ympathy, and uch a
variety of tender and latent emotions
ran through a whole company, (and
mot of them hardly known to each
other) as in this before us. Perons o
amiable as thoe here aembled together,
cannot, in the coure of nature, be in
different to each other: but that ecret
relation which ubited between them,
though not yet developed, rendered the
ubject infinitely more intereting to them;
and love and nature, which here ated as
it were under cover, produced uch a
cordiality, uch a harmony between thee
perons in a few minutes, as it might
have required as many weeks to bring
forth, upon any other footing.
Don Gabriel was the only one, who,
without being particularly intereted,
hared in the general atisfaction. The
tranquility of his own heart allowed
him to make obervations upon the other
parties with the penetration of a age,
and the philanthropy of a incere friend:
and though part of what he fancied he
faw eemed an enigma to him, he could
ufficiently dicern that omething curi
ouly myterious was oon to be un
ravelled.
- G 2 And
124, The Adventures. gf
And now came in two little Negroes
uperbly dreed, who preented the,
company with refrehments, while Don,
Gabriel complaiantly ued his be en
deavours, by the vivacity of his dicoure,
to prevent the converation from degene
rating every now and then into a
ilent tle-a-tte.

Notwithtanding a certain whimical
turn which Don Sylvio gave to all he,
aid or did, Don Eugenio felt a grow
ing friendhip rie upon him every mo
ment; and, enible of the great obliga
tions he owed our Hero, he thought he
could do no les than invite him to give
him the honour of taying ome time at
Lirias, in order to cultivate an acquaint
ance which had o extraordinarily be- -
gun, and thus form it into that perfect
friendhip, of which he hoped to render
himelf not unworthy.
Don Sylvio accepted this obliging in
vitation with great pleaure, and without
uing more ceremony than Princes in
Fairy-Tales commonly do, when apart
ments are offered them in an enchanted
Catle.
Soon after Donna Felicia retired with.
the fair 7acinha ; while her brother,
conducted Don Sylvio to a uperb room,
which
Don Sylvro De RosALv A. 125
which he begd him to conider as his
own during his tay at Lirias; and then,
leaving him till upper-time, waited im
patiently the moment of Laura's coming,
to acquaint him that his iter was alone
in her dreffing-room. -

c H AP. vII.
Reciprocal Complaiance.
T was long ince remarked, that the
aying of Terence, Tuf hic ees,
aliter eniias, * if properly attended to,
would be an infallible means to obviate
all thoe Contraditions, Altercations,
and Dienions, which commonly pring
from the variety of men's opinions, the
diverity of their paions, and that con
tinual clahing which reults between
them. -

To a man who hould be a imple


Spetator of other men's follies,if it be
poible for uch a being to exit,no
thing can be conceived more laughable
than to ee a whole ociety of moral
Egatis, where every one was mutually
* . e. Were you in my place, you would
be of another mind.
G3 - diputing
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diputing for his own peronality, and -
apparently auming to himelf no les,
than for everybody ele, at all times, and
in all circumtances, to think, feel, judge,
believe, love, hate, at, and o on, jut
like himelf: which, in other words, could
only be aying, that uch perons are
not Subtantive Beings, but mere imple
Accidents and Contingents of himelf.
- Indeed, of all uch Egolifts, there is
none o impudent as to require this in
plain terms; and yet, by pronouncing
all the opinions, judgments, and incli
nations of other men, foolih, erroneous
and extravagant, the moment they in
any repet contradit our own; what
do we ele, but give it as it were under
our hands, that they are fools for hav
iny eyes, brains and heads as well as
we ? -

Pray, Sir, why does that pleae


ou ?" -
I can give you no other reaon for
it, but that it does pleaeme.
But I cannot conceive what you ee
in it, that can pleae you to uch a de
gree ? I, for my part -

Very well, Sir, this proves nothing


more than the bare poibility that ome
- - - thing
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 127
g may
OU ?
pleae me, which dipleaes
-

yo I won't poitively ay that this abo


Hutely dipleaes me; but then neither can
I ay that I find it o excellent, or o
extraordinary as you do.
But granting now that it really
eemed o to me ?"
Then you'd be wrong.
And why o, Sir?" -

Becaue the thing is not o.


And why hould it not be o?
That's an odd quetion, begging
your pardon. Have not I as good eyes
as you?Is not my tate as accurate as
yours? Cannot I judge as competently
of the value of a thing as you ? if
this was o excellent as you imagine it,
I mut necearily find it o as well as
yourelf. * * *

I can ay all this with the ame


right as you: If the eye, the under
tanding, or the imagination in this cae
are to decide, why mut I trut to your
eyes, to your undertanding, and to your
imagination, rather than my own? I
fhould be glad to know that?
I'll tell you in one word. I con
ider the thingjut as it is, and you, on
the contrary, are blinded by paion."
1. G4 Very
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Very well, Sir; 'tis jut what I ex
peted. If ometimes paion blinds,
(and it does o only when it exceeds the
bounds, which can hardly lat long;) yet,
on the other hand, it commonlymakes Peo
ple ee clearer. How can you expet that a
fugitive, fortuitous, look, cat
upon an objet with indifference, hould
be able to dicover in that objet o much,
or to remark the degrees of its true
value o jutly, as paion does; which,
conidering it with the minutet attention,
examines it on all ides, and oberves it
in every point of view ?"
But the imagination, whichinenibly
intrudes into all one's obervations-
Pray, Sir, be kind enough to con
fider, none but fools or madmenta
their imaginations for real entiments;
why are you much fonder of periting
to prove a uppoition, which would
render the oundnes of my brain dubi
ous, than of owning that there may be
a Something, which I may know better
than yourelf, or for good rea
ons, may appear very differently to me,
## Frge -
Pray, gentlemen, don't be warm,
athird peron, who had over
- - You

Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 129

* You might go on at this rate for a whol


day together without changing each
9ther's opinion; and why o? The
Teaon is very plainbecaue you are
both of you in the right. Tuf hic ees,
aid Terence: You judge like a lover, and
as uch you are right; and you, Sir,
judge like an indifferent man, and as uch
you are right too.
But, Mr. Umpire, the quetion here
is, whether he can be in the right to love
any thing, which in fat
Is indifferent to you, you mean to
ay ?" -
No, Sir,but which does not merit
that degree of love, which he
Why there now, that's the very
quetion, Sir, which cannot be .
At this rate we always run round and
round in the ame circle, and may do o
eternally without ever eeing an end.
Your dipute is of uch a nature as can
only terminate in the Amiable. Do but
freely confes to each other, that I is
well authorized not to be thou; then
each of you put himelf in the other's
place; and I'd loe my head if you did
not think as he does, provided you were
he, or found yourelf in his ituation:
and o the quarrel is ended."
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There is not a more vexatious ituation
in this world, (as Aritotle probably may
have remarked before us) than that of
a lover, who is to give an account of his
inclinations to a third peron, epecially
if that third Peron is at all inenible.
Donna Felicia and her brother now found
themelves in this critical ituation, and
had it not been for the preent dipoition
of affairs, each of them might probably
have met with many difficulties to ur
mount, previouly to the obtaining each
others approbation Donna Felicia and
Don Eugenio might mutually, and in vain
have recriminated upon the Tu hic ees;
never could they have made half the way
they actually did, but that they found
themelves in each other's fituation: Sucht
is the difference of that effet which a
uperficial abtration, or a real-entiment
has upon us! Indeed, had they been
inclined to baffle and perplex each other,
or had they been of that unbluhing
ort of people, who are determined to
have the ole right of wearing the Fool's
Cap, there was matter enough before
them for mutual aggravation to work
upon. But now both of them having a
good hare of reaon, and a fund of
complaiance, the only quetion was how
- tO
Doe SYvo de RosALvA. 131
to remove that obtacle which the inT
difference of one party might naturally
throw in the other's way. Put the cae
that Donna Felicia had been in no want
of her brother's indulgence in her own
favour, what objetions might he not
have raied againt his love for a girl
without name, fortune, or even hinin,
qualities?for a peron, who poibly
might have reaon to bluh at her own
birth, and with whom his acquaintance
commenced upon a tage? I grant all
this," Don Eugenio might have replied,
all thee objetions, and all that you, or
my friends, or the world could ay, my
own reaon has told me a thouand times
over; and, however foolih I may appear
to you, yet am I not o far infatuated,
as not to ee clearly that you and my
reaon have the advantage. But what
can all this avail againt the ditates of
my heart ? againt an irreitible attrac
tin, which I neither can nor deire to
ubdue. Half of the circumtances al
ready urged might have been more than
fufficient to damp an ordinary paion:
but the force of Sympathy, my dear
fiter In hort, it mut be experienced,
before any one can know how far it is -
- G 6 impoible
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#
impoible to reit it even from the firt
+T . F fir
-F

Donna Felicia might have thought this


ayery weak argument, had he nther
elfknown that ame Sympath which
his folly,
his weaknes, or whatever thoe age
ones who are got above all uch ex
travagancies hall pleae to call it if he
had not known if I ay, by her own ex
perience: And indeed how could he hel
thinking it aburd, that a entiment o
deluive, uncertain, and inexplicable,
that this, I know not what, which per
haps isbut a # phantom of the ima
gination, hould be thought ufficient to
get the better of the voice of reaon, of
Prudence, and of honour? But, luckily
for their two-fold paion, they were now
both of them, if not in the ame, at leat
in a very imilar ituation. What Donna
Felicia felt for Don Sylvio, well
explained to her what Don Eugenio
called his ympathy for the fair Jacintha;
and Don Eugenio could not be o unjut
as to require his iter totifle an incli
nation, which himelf had
irreitible. Accordingly they did each
other the favour of tarting uch objec
tions as their own 1eaon could readily
- - furnih
Don Sylvio De RosalvA. 133
furnih them with, to combat
of their hearts; and then they mutual Y
endeavoured, by means as ready and
more agreeable, to remove the obtacles
which oppoed their warmet wihes:
The complacency with which Donna
Felicia entertained her brothers paion,
merited all imaginable gratitude on his
rt; and as nothing in fat, but the
extravagant turn of our Hero's fancy
could render him unworthy of Donna
Felicias love, everything now eemed
to depend upon the methods to be ued
for retoring his brain to its natural
feat. The Barbers hints were laid down
as their foundation, and Don Eugenio
prudently judged that no great pains
would be requiite to et right a young
man, whoe folly conited merely in a
pecies of fanaticim, which had taken o
fingular a turn from accidental caues.
I can clearly perceive, aid he to his
fiter, that you are not indifferent to
. him. Indeed you have a rival; but as
that is only a Butterfly, till unchanged
into an imaginary Princes, he will not
long dipute the vitory with you. In
the mean time let us hew his folly o
much indulgence as may be neceary to
gain his confidence, and nature and
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will then do the ret. This fanaticim
will by degrees give place to entiment;
and when once the latter has got the
acendant, nothing will be eaier than to
remove from his mind thoe prejudices
and wrong notions, which will no longer
meet with any authority in his heart to
countenance or upport them.
To ee her own ideas thus jutified by
her brother, highly delighted Donna Fe
licia. She did not fail to tetify her grati
tude for his kindnes, by aying everything
obliging and civil of his dear 7acintha
that his heart could wih: She even aur
ed him that he found omething in her
peron and mode of thinking too noble,
not to be peruaded that the mytery of
her birth would one day unfold itelf
greatly to her advantage; while Don
Eugenio, with whom this idea was very
familiar, had always found it too favour
able to the true feelings of his heart, to
wih his undertanding o bad an em
ployment as that of raiing objetions to
what he heard. -

After having therefore ettled their


minds repecting the meaures to be taken
for obtaining their end, which was to
cure Don Sylvio of his follies; they
judged it proper to communicate part of
the
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 135
the fecret to the fair 7acintha and Dom
Gabriel: And now, matters being o well
adjuted, they parted as highly atisfied
as they had ever been in their lives, and
retired to the hall to join their guets till
upper time.

C H A P. VIII.

A Combat between Love for the Piture,


and Love for the Original.
HE brilliant plendor of the hall
they were in, the number of wax
candles that enlightend it, the magni
ficence of the plate, the delicacy of the
dihes, and a variety of the mot exqui
fite wines; all this, even in other cir
cumtances, would not at all have ur
prized our Hero, though it was the firt
time in his life he had ever een o
umptuous an appearance, or known
any thing of it more than in idea. It
atisfied him, to imagine himelf real
ly preent in ome Fairy Palace. But
had he been only in a cottage, it
would have been pretty eay to peruade
him
136 The Aduentures gf
him that he was in the palace of th
Fairy Luminoa; o entirely had Donna
Felicia engroed his thoughts and atten
t1On. - -

The beautiful Felicia could not be the


lat to perceive the impreion he had
made upon him; and, imagining he could
not make herelf too ure of her con
quet, he oon determined to employ all
her charms to keep his heart awake. An
agreeable ymphony which was heard
during the repat, though there was no
eeing whence it came, (and of which,
therefore, Don Sylvio preently gave the
whole merit to the Syphs, thoe uual
Servitorsin Fairy courts,) furnihed Donna
Felicia with an opportunity of diplaying
her muical talents, which he did as oon
as upper was ended. Young Jacintha
thought herelf excelled, nor had a ingle
wih to dipute with Donna Felicia the
high and extravagant applaue which
the enchanted Don Sylvio poured largely
upon her. Don Eugenio, however, was
too jealous of his young friends fa
vourite accomplihments to leave his iter
in the quiet poeion of uch great and
univeral praie ; and therefore every now
and then preed her to enter the lits
with the fair Felicia, which could #
fai
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 137
fail to give a general pleaure to the
whole company. The two ladies, con
trary to the uual mode with perons of
their ex, eemed o mutually and o
cordially to give each other the prefer
ence, that it was rather difficult to doubt
the incerity of their obliging efforts.
Don Gabriel fancied it mut have been
eaier for Paris to adjudge the golden
apple to one of the three Goddees on
Mount Ida, than to ay which of thee
two lovely Mues excelled the other,
whether in beauty of voice or elegance
of ong, in the dexterity of finger, or in
the kill of applying all thoe enehanting
powers of harmony which they had o
much at their command. The lovers
themelves, fully determined as the point
was in every other view, confeed,
however, that if it was poible for one
of them to be urpaed, Donna Felicia
could be o only by Jacintha, and the
beauteous 7acintha only by Felicia.
Our little ociety were o far from bein
tired of this patime, and the ladies car
ried their complaiance in this repect to
uch a degree, that day-dawn at length
broke in, to inform them that it was
high time for repoe.
Excepting
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Excepting Don Gabriel,who at the
age of forty, was now elevated above
that tormy region of the paions, to
the calm and erene ummit of an al
mot toical tranquility of out;except
ing him, it is hard to ay whether any
of the ret of the company had the leat
wih or inclination for leeping. This
we certainly know, that Don Sylvio never
found himelf in a ituation o little fa
vourable to that indulgence. Nay, in his
preent extay, he did not even take notice,
that intead of his honet Pedrillo, whom
he aw nothing of, and whoe abfence he
had not once perceived, there were two
oungpages waiting in his anti-cham
er, who follicited the honour to un
dres him, and in fact they did fo, be
fore he thought of preventing it. Hav
ing then firt dimied thee pages, whom,
according to his laudable cutem, he had
elevated to the rank of Sylphes, he put
on his clothes again; threw himelf into
an arm-chair with his face turned to
ward the riing un, and preently fell
into a deep reverie, with that pleaure of
which few people are eapable of enjoy
ing an idea, repeting the charming
objet ever preent to his enchanted mind.
Thus he continued for a coniderable
time,
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 139
ime, and at length, arouing from his
Gogitations, and collecting his cattered
wits about him, he began to ak himelf
what he was to think of all that had
happened to him in this palace. He
thought he could perfectly remember
that it was neither a dream nor an ap
parition, like what he had met with be
fore. But to ay what the mitres of
this palace could be, whether he was a
Fairy, a Mortal, or a Goddes, or even
perhaps his Princes, as the reemblance
he bore to his lot portrait eemed tg
peruade him; this was a point he could
by no means ettle within himelf. In
deed the latter uppoition was o uited
to his wihes, that he trove for a long
time to find it probable; but, after a ma
turer inquiry, this hypotheis appeared
o full of difficulties, that he even gave
it up. Poibly, aid he, he may be
a relation of my Princes; or poibly he
is a peron born under the ame contel
lation, or under the influence of the ame
tars: Or perhaps he may have aumed
this reemblance for other private rea
ons; or perhaps all this is but a oft
error of my heart, educed by ome
imilar feature, that makes it fancy it ees
everywhere, what everywhere it deires
tQ.
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to ee. After various reflections of thi
kind, the lat eemed to him the mot
likely, as it eemed bet to coincide with
his worn fidelity to his mitres. ln
this manner then he perited to admire
his Princes in the peron of Donna
Felicia; concluding very judiciouly how
charming, how enchanting, upernatural,
divine, and if poible, more than di
vine, mut his Princes's perfections be,
when a bare reemblance only could
render the Fairy o delectable in his
eyes! -

In order to give more force to this


argument, his imagination exerted its ut
mot efforts to repreent the pretended
Princes as till more charming, more
lovely, and more complete than Denna
Felicia; but, whether his imagination was
incapable of producing anything more
erfet than nature, or whether love in
this cae played him one of its uual
tricks; certain it is, that the image of
the beautiful Felicia contantly appeared,
intead of the Princes's; and all his en
deavours to repreent her to himelf
under any other form or features, were
vain and fruitles.
This circumtance extremely embar
raed him. Without ditruting his own
heart,
Don Sx Lvio DE RosALv A. 141
heart, he began hrewdly to upet that
inchantment which Donna Felicia eemed
to exercie over it. Many an odd idea
crowded into his brain, which he rejected
or retained by turns, as he thought
them plauible or otherwie; and the
reult of his deliberations was, that his
bet plan would be to get away from
this dangerous manion as oon as poi
ble, or at leat, as oon as ever he found
reaon to uppoe that his upicions were
well grounded.

CHA P. IX.

What a dangerous ort gf Men are Phi


loophers!

W HILE Don Sylvio was puruing


thee abtrat refletions, the un
aroe. To meditate more coolly there
fore, he went into thegarden ; and Hea
ven knows whither his: thoughts might
at length have carried him, had not Don
Gabriel, who commonly amued himelf
there in a morning with a book in his
hand, met him in one of the alleys
- which
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which formed the labyrinth before-men
tioned.
The book which Don Gabriel held, as
luck would have it, was a volume of
Natural Philoophy. This led them in
enibly into a dicoure upon nature, in
which Don Sylvio maintained his caba
litical notions and principles with o
much agacity and eloquence, that Don
Gabriel could no les help wondering at
the beauty of his genius, and the gene
ral falenes of his ideas.
None but uch a Philoopher as Don
Gabriel could have helped utterly de
pairing to ubdue o rooted a fanati
cim. Out of complaiance however to
our Heros prepoeions, he rationally
hoped that, without diretly encounter
ing his principles, he might lead Don
Sylvio inenibly on to uch a length, as
hould in the end incline him to doubt
the truth of his favourite ytem.
Our readers of both fexes, (for not
withtanding Mr. Roueau's trit prohi
bition, we hall not overlook them)
amongt whom, there may not probably
be one, that needs to be cured of the
errors of a Zoroater, a Plotinus, a Para
celus, the Cabal/s, and Rgcruans;
might, perhaps, think themelves not
much
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 143
much obliged to us, were we to com
municate to them this profoundly meta
phyical Converation, which lated from
fix in the morning till the company were
afembled to breakfat in a little aloon
down the garden. We hall content
ourelves with informing them that Don
Gabriel, in pite of all that imaginable
repet which he pretended to have for
all thoe ages who make nature, both in
the whole, and in every part of it, move
by the agency of pirits, urged uch
trong objetions againt this marvellous
pecies of Natural Philoophy, that Don
Sylvio, if not fully convinced, was at
leat coniderably taggered in entiment;
and, notwithtanding Don Gabriel's great
precaution not to offend the Fairies,
began to fear for all his Fairy-tales, and
even for his own adventures; uppoing
that the principles of Don Gabriel, which
however, were advanced only as mere
hypothees, hould be found true in
faio.
"Tis certain Don Syluio endeavoured to
extricate himelf by that uual argument
of Fanatics, when ound reaons reduces
them to extremities, viz. That he ap
pealed to his own experience ; conclud
ing, that principles contraditory to his
ene
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enes mut abolutely be fle. But
there was an inexpreible Something in
his head, that hindered him from being
o compoed as we uually are, when a
truth is proved to us by a geometrical
demontration; not to ay that he felt a
ecret relih for this kind of peculation.
"Twas agreed therefore, and he with plea
ure conented to it, that the converation
hould be reumed ome other day when
they had more leiure. Accordingly
Don Eugenios library was fixed upon as
their Rendezvous for that purpoe.
Y

C H A P. X.

Concerning the force 9f Reolutions made


againt Love.
MONGST other impreions, Don
Sylvio had determined with a manly
force to reit thoe, which the reemblance
between Donna Felicia and his Princes,
whereof he greatly wihed to peruade
himelf, had made upon his heart. This
heroicalreolution, intantlyon his entering
the Saloon with Don Gabriel, gave him a
NOTC
Don Sx Lvio DE RosALv A. 145
more tiff and borrowed air than any
intermediate being between a boy and a
young man that had jut left college,
and found himelf for the firt time in
good company, ever yet put on. Donna
Felicia perceived it, but took no notice;
gueing at the caue with that extraordi
nary agacity which love commonly im
parts to his votaries, and not without
reaon, indulging a hope that her pre
ence would oon decide this truggle
betwixt the heart and the imagination.
The Moralits have often told us, and
will often tell us again, That there is but
one certain remedy againt love. This,
ay they, is to fly as fat as poible, the
moment you feel its infetion eize you.
This remedy is undoubtedly excellent :
and yet we cannot help regretting that
thee wie teachers have not carried their
complaiance o far, as to point out to
us, the method in which this remedy is
to be applied to the dieae. For, as
ome pretend, 'tis obervable, that a
lover is naturally as incapable of flying
from the object that excited his paion,
as if he were tied hand and foot, or had
entirely lot the ue of all his limbs. Nay,
ome have even inited, after a variety
of experiments made upon the ubjet,
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that in uch circumtances, it is not
poible for us to wih for the power of
flight, though it were otherwie attain
able.
*Tis true, Don Sylvio had taken a ort
of reolution to fly as oon as he hould
find it neceary; but, as we have een,
this reolution was only conditional, and
love had always the right of deciding
whether it was neceary to fly or no;
and what is more, this reolution was
taken when the beautiful Felicia was not
reent.
The preence of the beloved objet
diffues around it a ort of magical force,
or rather, (to avail ourelves of a term
equally unintelligible, but more worthy
of our Philoophick age) a ort of mag
netical effluence. The Lover no ooner
comes within this magnetical vortex,
than he feels himelf whirl'd on by an
irreitible impule, cauing the brain to
turn round and round in a kind of piral
line, o brikly, that at length We leave
it to our Readers agacity to run the
allegory as far as he pleaes, or as far
as it can go, and hall only offer this
remark, That the attrative virtue of a
peron one loves, hath this peculiar
quality,without reckoning thoe which
it
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 147

it poees in common with natural and


artificial magnets, namely, to efface
intantaneouly, in the oul of the at
trated body, every thought, imagina
tion, remembrance or reolution, that
could poibly weaken its effect.
Don Sylvio will oon erve as a proof
of this phyical obervation. He had
propoed to himelf not to look at, or at
all regard Donna Felicia; and yet he
could not for the oul of him help, at
leat obliquely, cating a glance that
way. Soon after he ventured to look
full at her, but with o timid an air, as
if he feard he had Bailik's eyes. This
trial ucceeded o well that he became
bolder; and at length he tried o long, as
to be incapable of taking, or wihing to
take off his eyes from this enchanting
objet. In hort, the magnetical virtue
above-mentioned, wrought o effetually,
that he gave himelf up as perfetly, as
compoedly, and with as much extay,
to the pleaure of beholding his fair
Goddes, as if neither a Radiante, nor a
blue Butterfly, nor an enchanted Princes,
had ever exited in the microcom of his
brain. -

With repect to her own heart, the


amiable Felicia found herelf pretty
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nearly in the ame ituation Don Sylvio
had at leat as magnetical an influence
over her, as he had exercied upon him;
nay, if we will believe Albertus Magnus,
and ome other invetigators of nature
(not to mention good old blind Tireias,
who as having been ometime Man,
ometime Woman, could peak experi
mentally); if, I ay, we may credit thee
ages, the attration which he felt, mut
have been by much the mot power
ful, however able he might be to weaken
its effet, as need and circumtances re
quired, by means of that property call
ed Vis Inertiae, wherewith nature or
education have endued the ex. This
reciprocal attration naturally accelerated
that wonderful Concentration, which is
the uual conequence of it; and while
both of them, unconcious and unawares,
tood mutually attrating and attrated,
they found their ouls already in perfect
contat at all points, o perfet, that to
think of difuniting the one from the
other, mut have been jut as eay as to
eparate two dew-drops blended together
in the boom of a new-blown roe.
The converation, in a company o
ympathiing as this, could not long re
main indifferent. Their dicoure turned
inenibly
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 149
inenibly upon that ingular chance
which had brought our Hero acquainted
with Don Eugenio, and the part which
the fair Jacintha bore in that adventure,
excited in thoe who were not yet fully
informed of her hitory, a curioity o
much the more reaonable, as the young
Hady's amiable qualities had already pre
poeed all their hearts in her favour:
for Don Sylvio himelf, inenible as his
affion for the beautiful Felicia mut
have rendered him to every other, felt,
in fpite of him, a kind of inclination
towards her; an inclination, which
mightily puzzled him how to explain
to himelf and which, without having
any of its ardent inclinations and glow
ing deires, eemed to have all the ten
dernes of Love.
The fair 7acintha had no reaon to
make a mytery of her tory to any one
of the company preent; on the contrary
fhe had many things of importance to
reveal. Don Eugenios paionwhat he
had already done for herhis intentions
towards her, and perhaps too the mot
coniderable events of her life, were in
a great meaure known before; and
however great the repet which Donna
Felicia hewed her, there might poibly,
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fhe feared, be ome pejudices taken a
gaint her which he the rather wihed to
remove, as he had formed a reolution,
(as firm a one as a peron in love can be
uppoed to form) of putting an end to
her acquaintance with Don Eugenio. She
made no difficulty therefore of gratify
ing her lovers requet, econded by that
of Don Sylvio and the beautiful Felicia;
and accordingly began to relate her ad
ventures, which our Hero litened to
with great avidity, as not doubting but
the Fairies would be found to have a
pretty coniderable hare in them,

C H A P. XI.
Hitory of the fair Jacintha.
F it be true, as I am trongly in
clined to think, aid Jacintha, be
ginning her narration, That a woman is
o much the more te be eteemed, as
he excites les talk about her: If this is
true, I am very unfortunate to be re
duced to give a relation of my adven
tures, at an age, when mot perons of
OUN
Don Sylv1o De RosAlvA. 151
our ex only begin, with great timidity,
to quit their tender mothers' wing; and
indeed, if the fault were my own, this
conideration would render me very un
eay to myelf.
All I can tell you of my origin
is, that I know nothing at all about
it. I remember indeed, but very con
fuedly, the time that I fell into the
hands of an old Gipey woman by
whom I was brought up: and I have
ome tranient idea of having been before
that time in a large houe, where there
were everal women, and a little brother
whom Itenderly loved. But this flight
remembrance is o weak, and o much
effaced from my mind, that I could not
poitively aure you that the fat is
really o.
The Gipey who paed herelf for
my Grand-mother, though my heart
contantly diavow'd the relation, be
towed a good deal of pains to give me
an education uitable to her views re
peting me. I was hardly even years
old, when the gracefulnes with which I
danced to the ound of the Tabor, the
ready anwers I gave, and a thouand
little turns of addres which I was mi
tres of, o gained me, wherever we went,
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the affetion of the people, that it drew
upon us howers of Reals and Mara
vedis. This ucces animated the old
woman to neglect nothing which might
help to diplay the talents which he fan
cied I poeed. At the age of twelve
I play'd upon the Guittar and Theorbo;
I fung a vat number of romances and
little ongs; I could tell fortunes, and
was as clever a Chiromancer,* as any
Gipey whatever.
The attention I paid to everything
I aw and heard, though it might not
have been credited from my giddy ap
pearance, led me to remark one Fetival
day, while we were at Toledo, that among
the multitude of pectators brought to
gether by the dancing and ballads, in
which I and ome other young girls
were obliged to figure for the benefit of
our old Governes, there were two men
of a grave appearance, who eemed to
look at me with compaion. What a
pity, cried one, that he is a Gipey! Ah,
how oon will that beauty, now unknown
to herelf, become the prey to educ
tion! Nay, trut me, aid the other,
*One who pretends to read the detiny of
people by inpecting the lines in their hands.
he
Don Sylvio de RosAlva. 153
he eems much more likely to educe
others than to be educed herelf, if we
may credit her looks " So much the
wore for her, replied the former: that
virtue, which in every other conditionis
a merit, is fuch a defet in this, as can
only render her o much the more un
happy.This dicoure, which I caught
up without their perceiving it, made a
very trong impreion upon me, and
the les I could reach its meaning, the
more earnetly did I trive and wih to
find it out.
The old Gipey, who really thought
of nothing but how to render me fe
ducing, had given herelf very little trou
ble to make me undertand what virtue
was; and indeed, how hould he do it,
who neither knew the enation herehf,
nor had a ingle idea concerning it ? T
was mot, however, utterly detitute of
principles. A certain Intint, which
gradually unfolded itelf in my mind
from the attention I betowed upon the
ations of our little ociety, joined to
the emotions of my own heart, told me
that one thing was good, and that ano
ther was not o, though I was till in
capable of giving any other reaon fr
it, than my own opinion. The romances
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and Faerytales, of which I knew a pro
digious quantity by heart, were another
ource from whence I derived to myelf
a pecies of morality; which, though
rhaps it was by no means exat, was
at leat far better than to have none at
all. This Intinct, thee confued ideas
which I had of moral beauties, and the
dicoure of the two Toledans, which I
could not forget, at length inpired me
with a enible abhorrence of my con
dition, and of the kind of life we led, in
nocent as it was in ome repets. Surely,
thought I to myelf, I mut be in a mier
able ituation indeed, when trangers think
me o worthy of their pity; and is it not
o in fat ? obliged as I am to exhibit
myelf everywhere as a how, and all
for a mean and contemptibe reward; to
uffer the leer of every thoughtles, illy
petator, and to be made a laughing
tock to people totally unknown to me.
This idea made me by degrees o depi
cable to myelf, that I oon lot all tate
for thoe trifling diverions which hither
to had taken up a chief part of my
life. -

I was in uch a ituation of mind as


this, when one day the old woman con
duted us to a large handome houe,
where
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 155
where he hoped to pick up a few Ducats
by means of the talents of her pretended
daughters, (for there were five or ix of
us, the oldet carce fourteen years of
age:) The lady of the houe was a widow
of thirty, whoe chief employment con
fited in well educating her only daugh
ter, a very genteel young creature, near
ly about my own age. This lady eem
ed touch'd with my innocence, and that
ecret chagrin which appeared in my
countenance. She took me aide, put
many quetions to me, and eemed ati
fied with my replies. At length he
afked me whether I hould not like to
live with her. I was o enchanted with
her noble air, and her great afability,
that he might read my anwer in my
face, before I could find words to ex
pres the joy I felt at her propoal. She
repeated her offer to the old Gipey, and
forgot nothing that he thought neceary
to aure her, that he would take good
care of me. The old woman however,
who had other deigns upon me, was
inexorable; and at length declared, I
was too ueful to her, to think of giving
me up without being amply recompened
for the los of me. Unfortunately for
me, this generous lady who had o cap
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tivated my heart, did not think herelf
rich enough to gratify the old Beldam's
exorbitant demands; who no ooner
perceived that, than he made hate to
quit the houe. My tears o powerfully
affeted the good lady, that he could
hardly peruade herelf not to employ
ome force to detain me: but the old
woman o trenuouly urged her maternal
claims upon me, that I could not tand
the contet with her, though my heart
murmured at the compliance. In hort,
we were forced aunder, and the fear
of being purued made the old creature
o circumpet, that he led us back all
the way through Forets, Lanes, and Bye
roads, till at length we came to Seville.
I was inconolable, and the old woman
found it neceary to give cope to my
grief before he undertook to make me .
conider my lot in a more miling point
of view. I was too young and too
much inclined to gaiety, to let the ad
nes I had hitherto indulged be of any
long duration. Our arrival at Seville
made a great change in our mode of
living. The old woman hired a very
pacious houe, gave me a room to my
elf, and grew doubly complaiant and
civil to me; he procured me maters
tO
-
-

Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 157


to perfet me in muick, and every day
made me ome preent of Ribands and
other pretty Gewgaws.
At length, one day when he aw
me more chearful than ordinary, fhe
entered into a long converation with me,
accompanied with uch carees and flat
tering peeches as he thought might
bet open the way to my heart. Then
he told me, that now the time drew
nigh in which he hoped to reap the
fruit of all thoe cares he had betowed
upon me. She praied my charms very
highly, auring me that the felicity of
my life would entirely depend upon the
ue I hould learn to make of them.
Thou ee't by my example, my dear
child, aid he, that old age creeps upon
us every day; Our harvet time is in
Youths May-morning, and if we let
that lip, the los is irreparable. I can
not leave thee riches; thy figure and
talents are all thy fortune: but never
fear, if thou dot but manage them well
twill produce thee a hower of gold.
After this flattering preamble he began
to talk of Love; and here he thought
herelf ure of making me believe every
thing he wihed, on account of my in
experience, She exhauted her own
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imagination to warm and elevate mine
but the cool indifference with which I
heard her, declared that the picture he
took uch pains to exhibit had not made
the leat impreion upon me. She
imagined, probably, that this coolnes
proceeded rather from that total igno
rance of gallantry in which I lived, than
from an abolute inenibility; and might
therefore uppoe that a handome young
intrutor would be more capable than
her, of giving me a tate for that new
art in which he wihed me to be initi
ated. Accordingly, oon after this he
brought a young gentleman of Seville
into my chamber, who he told me was
very defirous of the pleaure of my ac
eguaintance; and then, under a pretence
of I know not what buines, left us to
gether alone. The young gentleman
introduced the converation with a few
compliments pick'd up, as it hould
feem, from ome old books of Knight
Errantry, and which, in all probability,
he had got by rote. Thee were fol
lowed by a very prightly declaration of
love; and apprehending perhaps, that I
had not ufficiently undertood it, he
concluded with an attempt to take liber
ties with me. I was a good deal alarm
* * ed,
Don Sylvro de RosAlva. 159
ed, and repuled him not in the politet
manner. But a moment's reflexion, or
rather the Intint beforementioned, and
which, at leat to me, upplied the want
of reflexion (for I would not be thought
to judge of all our ex, by the oberva
tions I have made upon my own per
on) This preently uggeted to me
that indignation and rigorous meaures
would avail me nothing here. I therefore
addreed him with an affeted gaiety;
Pray, Sir, is this your uual way ?
I will uppoe you may like Me; it may
be o; but you mut own, however,
there is a previous quetion till unre
olved, and that is, whether or no I like
You; Nay more, whether I could like
you if I would, for that does not always
depend upon our will. You fall in love
it eems, very eaily: That's your way. I
proceed a little more lowly; that's mine.
My favours are ineparable from my
heart, and that is not o eay to gain, as
perhaps you may imagine: my heart,
begging your pardon, does not like to
yield immediately at the firt ummons.
But if you love me o much as you
weuld wifh me to believe, a little com
placency, and the waiting calmly for
what my capricious heart fhall at length
- determine,
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determine, will not give you a great
deal of trouble. Come, Sir, continued
I, to relieve your pain I will ing you a.
romance, which you will own to be the
bet you ever heard in your life. So
aying, without giving him time to re
ply, I flew to my Theorbo, gently
flourihed with my voice while I tuned
the intrument, and then ung him one
of thoe old ballads above a hundred
and fifty couplets long, whoe melody
was o foporiferous, that the vivacity of
a Frenchman could hardly have been
ufficient to cope with it. My young
gentleman at very quiet, eyed me with
a ort of illy admiration, and every
now and then, with a gape, cried out,
Ah, how weet, how pathetick is that!
Oh incomparably fine!At length he
grew heartily tired, and perceiving that
the romance was not likely to have an
end, took up his hat, made me a very
low bow, and diappeared, after giving
me the flattering hope of eeing him oon
again.
Perhaps you will ay, that on this oc
caion I hewed too much of a dipoition
to coquetry; but my only purpoe is to
relate the truth, whether advantageous
tO
W.
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosAlvA. 161
to me or otherwie; and o it was, and I
cannot help it.
Soon after this the old woman came
to ee for me, and I thought I could
dicern from her dicoure, that the young
gentleman was gone away very little
pleaed with me. She was equally, or
Jefs o than he, when I told her how I
had managed to moderate his little vivaci
ties. However, he commended me for
fo doing, hoping to derive great ad
vantages from the dipoitions which he
fancied he aw in me. There's no
abolute neceity, aid he, that we
hould love every one that loves us: on
the contrary, there is nothing in the
world which a young peron who wihes
to make her own fortune, ought more
carefully to avoid, than a erious paion.
Complaiance, my child, that's all that
can be wifhed for. In the mean time
you do well to et a proper value upon
the leat favours you grant: Amaid is
worth only jUt o much as he knows
how to rate herelf at. Now, now is thy
time, my child, we are not fifteen every
day."And thus the old creature ran
on for a long while.
At length, From your dicoure,
faid I, interrupting her, I judge it is
your
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your intention to bring this young man
here again." Why not ? replied the
old woman; ay, and twenty more too,
who hall pleae thee far better perhaps
than he. We'll ee everybody, and re
fue nobody; we'll chue one, and in
the mean time amue the ret till it comes
to their turn. Intead of anfwering
Jer, I burt into a flood of tears, and
then told her, I had not the leat incli
nation for uch a kind of life, bitterly
reproaching her for not having left me
with the good lady who would have
been o glad to take me under her pro
tetion.If I am chargeable to you,
faid I Oh that thouhalt never be,
interrupted the old woman; thoufhalt
be ueful both to me and to thyelf at
the ame time. But how can that
be ? cried I ; we have now done with
finging and dancing in private houes,
or publick places, or upon Fetival days;
and if I may peak incerely, I would
ooner fuffer death than continue ram
bling about the country to divert people
with my gambols, and pick up money
here and there as if I was a young Ape;
I hould die with hame, and I declare
to you, I would rather do anything in
the world than Make thyelf eay,
- aid
Don SYLvio DE RosALv A. 163
aid the old woman, thou halt never
- do o again. When thou wat but a
child, all that was very well, but now
that thou art a grown-up girl, and be
ginnet to unfold like a roe-bud, other
employments will better uit thy con
dition. What is a roe worth till it be
gathered?and roes like thee have this
peculiar faculty, that when they are
gathered they flourih o much the bet
ter. When thou wat only a child, it
became thee very well to divert people
with thy little playful tricks; now it is
time to think of ome other kind of
amuement. Thy youth, figure, and
talents, will procure thee lovers, as many
as thou halt wih for.'' But I tell
you, I will not have any lovers, replied
I; and if I mut, I will repeat it a
hundred thouand times over." Thou
zwil not have any lovers! cried the old
woman, burting into a loud laughpoor
fool that thou art ! Thou wilt not ?
we hall oon ee that. I know thee
better than thou knowet thyelf; we
fhall talk more about it in a week's time.
Thou imaginet that, becaue the firt
viitor thou hat een was indifferent to
thee: But, as I aid before, if thou
dot
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dot not meet with a lover in les than a
week, whom thou halt be as fond of
as any little pus upon earth, I renounce
my profeion." So aying, he went
out without looking at me, while I tood
bluhing for hame and indignation. I
was really beide myelf; I threw me
into an arm chair, then got up, cried,
ighed, obbed, lifted up my hands to Hea
ven; and amidt that confuion of ideas,
when one is hardly capable of think
ing, I began to cat about for the means
ofridding myelf from the clutches of this
vile old wretch. In thee ad moments
I bethought me of that amiable lady
beforementioned. Surely, faid I te
myelf, he would receive me, could I
but find any way to ecure my ecape.
But, to my great vexation, I neither
knew her name nor place of abode, for
the old Gipey had never given me the
leat intimation of them. I could re
collet however, that her eat was but a
few miles ditant from Calatrava, and I
had no doubt of being able to find it
out, could I but get to that village.
Thee coniderations erved to adminiter
fome little conolation, as I determined
to make my ecape, and put my plan in
executions
Don SYLvio De RosALvA. 165
execution at the firtfavourable opportu
nity which hould offer itelffor that pur
poe. -

C H A P. XII.

Continuation gf the beautiful Jacintha's


Hitory.
C Y companions, whom I had een
but very eldom for ome time
pat, had, as I afterwards found, hewn
more docility in ubervience to the old
womans deigns. Great pains had been
hitherto taken to conceal from me every
thing that paed in the houe: But
now the old wretch fancied it was time
to undraw the curtain. Thee poor
young creatures, who aw only the
agreeable apect of their new mode of
life, eemed quite enchanted with it:
they could not find words ufficient to
point out to me their felicity; and the
eidet of them was now become expert
enough to be able to laugh pretty mart
ly at my Prudihnes, as he called it.
In hort, I played a very illy part
amongt
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amongt thee girls: but my confuion
was coniderably augmented when I
aw a groupe of young fellows appear,
who, coming in one after another to the
private apartment where we were, affect
ed an air of acquaintance and familiari
ty, as if they belonged to the family.
My phyiognomy being unknown to
them, the whole train preently came
about me, and eemed to give each
other the ignal to embarras me, if
they could, by the exceive praies they
lavihed upon me. The old woman
perceiving my ditres, took me aide,
and told me that thee were perons of
quality who did her the honour of ome
times pending an evening with her;
auring me at the ame time, that they
were very polite young gentlemen, who
had no other view than that of inno
cent mirth and diverion; that all they
wanted was chearful converation, ome
muick, a collation, and now and then
a ball; that they paid like princes, and
that as her's was a Coffee houe, no
body in the world could find anything
to objet againt her eeing uch good
company. For my own part, I could
only appear atisfied with thee reaons,
and indeed the gentlemen : conduted
themelves
Don Sy Lvio De RosALv A. 167
themelves o well till upper-time, that
the fear they had put me into gave place
by degrees to the natural vivacity of my
temper. I did not long objet againt
inging them ongs and romances, as
many as they deired; and I mut own
my little vanity was not quite inenible
to the flattering things they were pleaed
to ay of me. Supper, however, oon
changed the cene: for no ooner had
the wine got into their heads, than they
began to make themelves amends for
that retraint which hitherto had appear
ed to be not at all involuntary. The
indicreet levity of my companions,
eemed to invite them to the liberties
which they took; the dicoure, the eyes,
the hands, all became more unbridled,
and before it could well be perceived,
the former decent, and allowed gaiety
was changed into a frightful exces of
drunkennes and libertinim. In hort,
they were downright Bacchanals. "Twould
be in vain for me to attempt to give
you a decription of the ituation I
found myelf in, at the ight and hear
ing of uch horrors, My perturbation
and confuion was made the object of
their mad mirth. Two young ots of
this noble fraternity, undertook, as they
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told me, to make me more tratable;
and their Nymphs, who certainly could
not be taxed with Prudery, encouraged
them in it. I attempted to get away,
but the two beforementioned cut off my
retreat to the door; I then ran up to
the old woman and threw myelf at
her feet, conjuring her to protect and
ave me; but all he did was to deride
and laugh at my ditres. What, aid
he, dot thou think we want to kill
thee ? Fie upon thee for a tupid thing!
nobody hall do thee harm. Thee
young gentlemen do thee a great deal
of honour to amue themelves with
thee, and thou truly, mut play the
fool, and cry and make a noie as if
thou wert mad! Come, come, Don Fer
dinand, comfort the poor child for me.
This language completed my depair;
I tarted up, flew to the table like a
frantick creature, and matching up a
knife, vowed to kill myelf on the pot
if any one dared to lay hands upon
me. Adzounds! cried one of the
ots, this begins to be a tragical kind
of affair: Did you ever ee the like ?
why this out-does Lucretia ! for he,
before he determined to make away
with herelf, choe at leat to try whe
- ther
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 169
ther the fat was worth the punih
ment. This pretended ally was fol
lowed with a great many others, in
which the Gentlemen trove who hould
out-do the ret. At lat, there aroe a
great dipute between them, which of
the company hould attempt, as they
faid, to tame this little Dragon; when
one of them made a propoition to de
cide it, by drawing lots for me. A.
treatment of uch indignity, o over
whelmed my pirits, that I funk down
into an arm chair, I carcely can tell
how,more dead than alive. I know
not what might have enued, or what
would have become of me in the pre
ent ituation, had not one of the com
pany, for whom the others eemed to
have ome repet, and who had been
looking at me the whole evening very
attentively, all of a udden taken up
my defence. He told the others, in
tone of voice which had its effet, that
I did not deerve uch treatment; at
the ame time making igns to the old
Woman to lead me out of the room.
Accordingly he conduted me into a
little apartment, where I threw myelf
upon a couch, and relieved my heart
by a flood of tears. The old Woman
VoL. II. I left
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left me alone to myelf for above an
hour: At length, having recovered my
fpirits, I again ruminated in my brain
the projet of my ecape. Whatever
had formerly appeared as inurmount
able obtacles, now eemed as nothing in
my eteem: all my thoughts now were
only how to get out of the houe, and
which way to extricate myelf from the
difficulties urrounding me, detitute as
I was of money, and having no acquaint
ance. But, however, aid I to myelf,
if I could but once make my retreat
from under this hateful roof, Heaven
will take care of the reft. My impa
tience increaed to uch a degree, that I
would not a moment defer the execu
tion of my cheme, whatever ill-cone
quence might enue from it. But how
great was my ditres when I found the
door hut againt me! I ran to the
windows that tood over the Market
place, but they were too high for me to
get at them, and fortified with a trong
iron gratig. I then called out as loud
as I was able, to make myelf heard in
the treet: but, to complete my ill-for
tune, the room was too far ditant for
any one to ditinguih my voice: then
returned to the couch, tore my hair,
-
-
- * - and
Don SYLVIo De RosALv A. 171
and cried and lamented myelf like a
peron mad; taxing Heaven for having
given me a Gipey's birth, with a heart
like mine, too noble and exalted for my
mean condition; or, if I were not thus
born, for having expoed me to affronts
o inupportably injurious. Oh, ure
ly, I cried, I never could have been
born for o vile a tation! If my figure
and complexion had not told me o,
till would my oul protet that I cannot
be the grand-child of this detetable
old creature, into whoe power I have
- thus fallen, God knows how. Alask
poibly I may have derived my being
from noble parents, and that tender
mother who brought me into the world,
at this very hour, perhaps, may till be
weeping the los of a daughter, whom
once it was her highet hope to render
amiable and happy! -

My heated imagination purued for


a good while thee ideas, which had
more than once heretofore, made my
ituation intolerable, and which never
failed to inpire me with a ort of
courage to raie myelf, at leat in en
timent, above my abjet circumtances.
I trove, far as I was able, to trace
back in my mind the earliet years of
- I 2 my
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my infancy, to find, if poible, ome
confirmation of what I wihed to know,
in the feeble traces of an almot oblite
rated memory: "Twas all preumption
indeed, and yet this preumption, vain
and all uncertain as it might eem,
flattered my eager deires, and erved
to trengthen within me the reolution
I had taken, to watch as carefully over
my honour, whatever my real condi
tion might be, as if the noblet Cati
iian blood ran through my veins. I was
totally aborbed by thee reflexions, when
the old Woman again made herap
pearance, and with all imaginable mild
nes, told me I mut get myelf ready
to follow her to another place of abode,
fince her own, as it eemed, o much
dipleaed me: and then, to give me the
highet idea in her power of the happi
nes that awaited me, he added, that
everything where I was going would
depend upon me and my orders, while
myelf hould be independant of any
body. She next endeavoured to per
uade me to believe, that her deign in
the evening had been only to make a
trial of my virtue; accordingly, he
failed not to applaud my condut, aur
ing me, that to it I ewed that happy
- - - - change
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 173
change of ituation in which I hould
find myelf before the night was over.
On hearing this, I immediately thought
of that young Gentleman who had taken
upon him my defence: I put the que
tion to the old Woman, but could only
get vague and doubtful anfwers from
her. My deire of getting away from a
houe o abominable, too much leened
in my eyes the freh dangers into
which I was about to run, to uffer an
uncertain fear to overbalance the horrid
fate, which here, where I now was,
eemed o unavoidable; for what would
all my reitance have availed me, if
once he had exercied her power againt
me?I conented therefore to her pro
poal, adjuted myelf as well as I could
in a hurry, and putting on my veil,
followed her out of the houe. It was
now midnight, and the moon hone out
through a light cloud. After going down
a few treets and narrow lanes, we came
to a coach that was waiting it eems for us:
We got into it, and to my great urprize
I oberved one of my companions fol
low, and eat herelf beide us; who, as
the old woman informed me, was to be
Rmy attendant till I had time to procure
another. It gave me not a little pleaure,
- I 3 however,
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however, to find he had taken care
to aign me one whom I had always
the bet liking to, and who, excepting
a certain weaknes of undertanding,
was a very good kind of girl. For
ome time we were carried from one
ftreet to another, till at lat our coach
topped at a mall houe which had
not the mot triking appearance. The
door opened, we went in, and were
received by an elderly woman, who
lighted us forward with wax candles in
her hand. She was clad in a coarfe
grey tuff gown; he had a pair of
petacles upon her noe of an enormous
fize, and at her girdle there hunga
roary which decended to her feet. This
dres, with a round ruddy Face that
peeped through a very antique kind of
a cap made like a veil, and two little
eyes which he rolled about with an air
of ingular antity, gave her altogether
o perfetly the look of a bigoted
Devotee, that I almot fancied myelf
to be entering a Convent. That idea
however oon vanihed, when this curious
condutres led me into an apartment
coniting of four rooms on a floor,
which, as he told me, was to be my
place of reidence for the future.
-
Thee
Don SYLv1o DE RosALv A. 175

Thee rooms urpaed each other in


magnificence. The Tapetry, Glaes,
China, Pictures, fplendid Ceilings and
gilded ornaments on every ide, were
all o unexpectedly elegant, that I tood
dazzled at the fight for a few moments,
The old Woman, my late Governes,
who had followed me thus far, waited
only till I had recovered myelf from
the firt urprize, in which, to ay the
truth, both fear and pleaure had an
equal hare. Now, faid he, my dear
7acintha, taking me aide,her I leave
thee to thyelf. Thou art a lovely girl,
and thou hat taken it into thy head to
be a virtuous one. 'Tis a good notion,
and if thou dot but know how to make
a proper ue of it, Virtue will be worth
a hundred times more to thee, than thy
youth and beauty could have been to
me." At thee words he left me, with
out taying for a reply, and the vener
able Duenna followed her, after giving
me a profound curtey and wihing me
a good night. The moment I was
alone I began to reflet upon o ingular
an adventure. I aked little Stella, whom
they left with me, what all this meant,
but he was full as much in the dark
as myelf: only this he could tell me,
- I 4 he
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he recollected that the Marquis of Villa
Hermoa the ame who had tood up
that evening in my defence,retired with
the old Woman oon after I had quitted
the room, and was out above an hour
before he returned. All this eemed
more than fufficient to confirm me in
the opinion, that I had been old to this
young Nobleman by that infernal grey
headed old wretch. I cat myelf upon
a opha, and paed the remainder of
the night in a tate of inexpreible un
eaines 2nd perturbation, amidt uch a
confuion of ideas as utterly prevented
my taking the leat repoe. I turned
it in my thoughts how I ought to re
ceive the Marquis if he came. My
imagination preented to me a number
of adventures which I had met with in
old romances, and my little vanity found
itelf flattered by the idea that, poi
bly, I too might become an Heroine in
romance. Undoubtedly, aid I to
myelf, the Marquis is in love with me ;
and if he loves me, I am ure, at leat,
he will treat me with uitable decorum :
Perhaps he may think to gain me over
by preents, or jewels, rich habits or
the allurements of a life of pleaure;
but if o, he is mitaken. The
1C1C3.
Don Sylvro DR RosAIvA. 177
idea that Jacintha could be capable of
giving herelf a vitim for any price,
to any peron whatever, is too hocking
to be indulged. I have nothing to
fear on that handBut what if he is
amiable ? what if my own heart hould
inenibly educe me, or what if it be true
that love is not always in our own
power ?At leat it is in my power to
conceal it from himand even hould
he at length dicover it, I will not avow
it to him, nor liten to his propoals,
till I have dicovered to whom I owe
my exitence.Oh ye, I cried, whoe
blood animates my heart, whoever ye
are; that heart tells me you are worthy
of a daughter, whom one day you
may acknowledge as uch, without bluh
ing at the event. -

This, amidt that multitude of ideas


which now crouded into my brain,
was undoubtedly the bet : It had its
ource in my heart; I found an inex
preible pleaure in puruing it, and I
could feel it gave me a certain trength
of mind, which elevated me above my
age and the meannes of my condition.
The Marquis on his firt viit found
me in this dipoition, and dicovered
to me his views. I had not taken
5 much
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much notice of him the evening be
fore; and indeed I could only look at
him then with an eye of confuion,
being in uch an extreme flurry and
uneaines, as rendered me incapable of
the leat attention. Now, that I ex
amined his peron at more leiure, and
was more compoed, I found him per
fetly handome; my heart however re
mained unmoved, and fpoke not the
leat word to me in his favour. He,
for his part, eemed o prepoeed with
his own figure, as not to uppoe it
poible to be reited. This palpable
pride hocked my vanity, a vanity un
doubtedly, which the Marquis had no
reaon to look for in the heart of a
young Gipey Girl. I hall not abue
our patience by giving you a circum
tantial detail of the declarations he
made, or of the anwers I returned
him. The implicity with which I ex
preed my indifference to his charms,
and the haughty modety wherewith I
refued a beautiful et of diamonds,
which, as he very gallantly told me,
could erve only to be effaced by the
hutre of my fine eyeseemed entirely
to diconcert him. I then told him there
was nothing in the world by which
-

W.
he
Don SYLvro DE RosALvA. 179
he could oblige me more than by re
commending me to the ervice of ome
lady amongt his family or friends.
He knew not how to reconcile o modet
a requet with that haughtines he had
in other repects oberved in my enti
ments: So at length, after taking a good
deal of ueles pains to incline me to
a change of mind, he left me; hoping,
as he aid, that the averion with which
his figure had unfortunately inpired
me would not be invincible. He was
mitaken however in his hopes, and
found out after a few more viits, that
I had abolutely no oul at all. I, in
return, inited upon it that he ought
to retore me to liberty. And what
wouldt thou do then, little fool ? aid
he. My Lord, I replied, it is im
poible for me to flatter you with an
hope which my heart would difavow:
I am well peruaded that I hall like
you no more in a week, nor in a dozen
weeks, than I do now: This you may
ret aured of, and hence you may
learn what to expet on my part.
Is that all ? cried the Marquis with a
fneerThou art very frank, Jacinha,
it mut be owned ; 'tis certain thou
hat given me no room to complain of
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being long leftto languih in a tate ofum
certainty. Another in thy place would
at leat have endeavoured to make me
believe he loved me, whether he really
did o or not.
I know not what another might do,
aid I, but I know very well that I am
not in my right place here; nor can I
rightly comprehend what you would
have of me, after I have thus told you
that I hall never love you. Harkye
Jacintha, replied the Marquis, 'tis but
fair I hould return thee one ingenuity
ifor another. I found thee in a houe
where people don't uually look for
Prudes, and where thou could'ft have had
nothing to ay againt it, if I had treated
thee as thoe young fellows did, from
whoe impertinence I have delivered
thee. But I aw it would be wrong
to rank thee in the ame clas with
thy other exceedingly-civil companions.
I found thee agreeable to my fancy;
thy innocence prejudiced me in thy
favour; in hort, I found thee amiable,
and I intantly reolved to deliver thee,
by recuing thee from an houe where
thou appearedt infinitely more out of
thy phere than where thou art now. I
have purchaed thee of thy mother
- - - What
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 181

What did you ay, my Lord, ex


claimed I! Have you bought me?"
Yes, replied he, and far too dearly
for you to pretend that I have betowed
my money for nothing." But, aid I,
I would have you to know that this
old Woman, who aumes to be my
Grand-mother, is no uch thing."
And who then are thy parents ? aid
the Marquis. I know not that, an
wered I; Poibly they may be perons
of genteel extration, and poibly, it
may be better for me to be utterly
ignorant who they are. But this
mut tell you, that in my preent tate
of uncertainty on that head, I am rather
inclined to imagine myelf prung from
no ignoble houe; and however ridi
culous this imagination may appear to
you, yet o great a power and influ
ence has it upon my mind, that neither
the mot dazzling promies nor the
cruelleft menaces can ever make me
capable of forgetting my duty. I will
remain virtuous, as I have hitherto been,
pite of whatever prejudice my preent
fituation may authorize the world to
entertain againt me. The old Woman
had no right to ell me to you, and
it is in your power to oblige her to
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give you back the um he has o un
jutly received."
Thou thinket o ? aid the Marquis
fneering: But let me tell thee that I
have not the leat deire for it, and
that thou halt be mine in pite of thee,
or all the fine imaginations thou hat
taken into thy head. Lookye, Jacintha,
I have no faith in the virtue of a girl
of fifteen, and thou would'ft not be the
firt inexorable fair one I have met
with among a variety of others. Believe
me, many others uperior to thyelf,
have not made o much ado about the
matter; but I ee we mut have more
till. I replied to this only by a flood
of tears, and the Marquis eemed em
barrafled what coure to take with me.
I fell down at his feet, conjuring him
to et me at liberty and abandon me
to my fate. My prayers had quite a
contrary effet. He lifted me up with
an extraordinary emotion, threw himelf
on his knees before me, and aid every
thing that the mot lively paion can
inpire. I do believe there is a Some
thing epidemical in thee vehement agi
tations of mind; and indeed it eems
evident from that daily experience which
mult trike pectators, on eeing a
--

3 Il
>
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 183
and real paion repreented. I had no
love for the Marquis, but I could not
help being uneafy at the vehemence of
his emotion. He eized my hands, and
might probably not only feel my pule
beat quicker than ordinary, but likewie
oberve me to have much more than
my uual colour: and hence, the Senes
having a greater hare in his love for me
than the Heart, he fancied this a fa
vourable moment to take me by ur
prize.It would be ridiculous in me to
attempt to peruade you that I am in
capable of any weaknes. In my opi
nion, Virtue, under certain circumtances,
does not o much conit in a total in
enibility, (which never can be a merit)
as in the vitory which a more powerful
entiment, or a tronger paion obtains
over the impules of nature. But be
this as it may, I am rejoiced in being
able to tell you, that the Marquis's firt
attempt to take advantage of my con
fuion, retored me on a udden to my
former trength. I tore myelf from his
arms, telling him that I would hear no
more of an amour which I had not the
leat intention to encourage; and con
cluded with adding o much to per
uade him fully of my mind in that
repet,
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repet, that he preently lot all pati
ence. He flew into a violent rage againt
me and loaded me with reproaches;
alledging that my prudery was nothing
but an artifice by which I fancied to
wind him up to the madnes of acri-,
ficing his honour to me; and wearing,
that in pite of all my ancetors, were
l even decended in a direct line from
the Egyptian King Miphragmugs, he
would bring me to better terms with
hin. His choler and his threatenings
terrified me to uch a degree, that I
made ue of every method to often him
by good words; and indeed, availed my
elf of ome which he might readily
interpret as giving him room to hope
for more favourable entiments from me
in future. By degrees he eemed to be
omewhat appeaed, and at length left
me, with a promie, that if after three
day's reflection which he aigned me, I
perited in my refual of his offers, he
would no longer object to my dimiion.
This heuttered with o ingenuous an
air, that I believed him upon his word.
I then paed the remainder of the even
ing with great compoure, well atisfied
with the vitory which I flattered myelf
I had gained over him, I took up my
t - - Theorbo,
Don Sy Lvio DE RosAlv A. 185
Theorbo, ung and chatted with little
Stella, then took my upper and went
quietly to bed. I was not got quite
aleep, nor the taper yet burnt out,
when all on a udden I heard the door
ef my chamber open. l might very
poibly have been frightened at the ight
of a Spetre, but the appearance of the
Marquis there terrified me infinitely
more. He had omething in his looks
and manner o ferocious, that I tarted
up on oberving him advance towards
me. I endeavoured intantly to jump
out of bed,for I never undreed myelf
entirely;but he caught hold of me and
held me down, wearing I hould abo
lutely urrender myelf that moment. I
cried out with all my might, and tho
he trove to top my mouth with a pil
low, I defended myelf with uch fury,
that he found himelf obliged to take
breath a little; while I continued my
outcries o loudly, that Stella, who lept
in a ditant room from mine, waked,
and came in half-naked to my aitance.
The ight of her redoubled my courage,
weak as the aitance might eem which
I had reaon to expect from uch a.
girl: accordingly I repuled the Mar
quis with uch violence, that he over
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threw young Stella, and fell with her
Upon the floor. This circumtance, in
different as it may appear in itelf at
firt fight, aved me however from the
impending danger.
This honet girl had not one of thoe
faces which are reckoned pretty in Spain,
though amongt the Negroes it would
have wanted nothing but the complexion
of the country to render its mitres a
Grace: But in return, the diorder into
which her fall had put her dres, which
was rather more than negligent, dico
vered to the Marquis other imaginary
perfetions, by which nature eemed to
have made her amends for the defici
encies of her face. He was o truck
with them, that he determined to make
them the intrument of avenging him
elf for my coldnes. He told her, on
raiing her from the ground, what im
preion her charms had made upon him;
and that in a tyle o figurative, and
accompanied with uch glowing expre
fions, as left her no time to treat it as
trifling. She therefore fled away like
Daphne, and he with greater peed pur
fued her like Apolo. In hort, he hut
himelf up with her in her room, and
in all likelihood oon thought no m
O
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 187
of any 7acintha in the world. This
unexpected change of cene fprung an
idea in my mind, which I intantly
attempted to realize, I dreed myelf
with all expedition, and after waiting
a little while, lipped gently toward
Stella's room door, to learn whether I
might believe myelf ecure, I did not
dare hope for fuch another favourable
moment. The old creature beforemen
tioned was gone to ret very quietly, as
knowing that the Marquis was himelf
in the houe. I lole down tairs there
fore unmoleted, though in uch fears
that I hardly dared to breath; and after
groping about a good while, (for it was
very dark, and I every moment afraid
of hitting againt omething or other that
might occaion a noie) at length I
reached the door, but found it fat under
lock and key. However, I crept about
from ide to fide, till at lat I found a
kind of cloet unlocked, which, intead
of windows, had an opening in the
wall next the treet, grated with iron
bars, and thee I found placed o wide
from each other, that without more
heitation, I made the utmot efforts to
drag myelf through them. The ex
pedient ucceeded, and not without great
difficulty
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difficulty, and greater pains and bruies,
I aw myelf oon on the afe ide of
danger. -

You can carcely conceive the joy I


felt on finding myelf in the treet. I
ran with all my trength, without know
ing whither; and the houe I had jut
ecaped from being in the Suburbs of
the town, I preently dicovered I was
got into the adjacent fields. Never did
the Heavens appear o beautifully co
vered with tars as now, while they
favoured my flight. I commended me
to the inviible protetors of innocence,
and the moment I perceived myelf in
the high road, et off again, running
as fat as if I had wings intead of
feet; o that by the time of Sun-riing,
I was about three leagues ditant from
Seville. I then exchanged my clothes
for thoe of a young country girl about
my own ize, whom I met by the way;
and after providing myelf in the vil
lage with a loaf and a bottle of milk,
purued my journey. In the day-time
I reted me in the thicket hady pots I
could find in the woods, and when the
evening came on et forward, till I could
meet with an Inn where I might pas.
the night. I direted my coure to
wards
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 189
wards Calatrava, where I flattered my
elf I might find out the good lady
upon whoe kindnes all my hopes were
founded. But being obliged to travel
a-foot, (for out of a crupulounes,
carried perhaps too far, I had brought
nothing from the old Gipey's houe but
the little money I had then about me,
and that hardly enough to defray the
expences of my journey) my progres
was very low: I had leiure both to
reflet upon my pat adventures and
think upon thoe to come: and unpro
pitious as the preent might eem, it did
not at all dicourage me. The idea of
having aved my innocence by o critical
an expedient, rendered me alert and
gay; and of all I had left behind me at
the Marquis's houe, where everything
was at my own dipoal, I regretted no
thing but the los of my pretty Ebony
Theorbo, which might have amued me
as I walked along. However, I went
on inging all day, and diverting myelf
with imitating the Larks; in which I uc
ceeded o well, that I won't ay but the
HLarks themelves might be jealous of my
I1OteS.
In this manner, without meeting any
other remarkable event, I at length
- arrived
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arrived afely at the Lady's eat I looked
for. But gues at my atonihment,
when they told me that the young lady,
her only daughter, had been ome months
dead of the Small-pox ; and that her
diconolate mother, equally dead to all
that had before given her delight, had
foon after buried herelf in a Convent
near Toledo ! This unk my pirits to
that degree, that I fell fick, and continu
ed o for ome days. No ituation could
be more critical than mine. I was in
want of money, not a oul in the place
knew me, and the wretched equipage I
appeared in made me o much more
liable to many inconveniencies, as it
might eaily be perceived that I travelled
in diguie: Nor could I think of any
other expedient to extricate me from
my troubles, except that of entering into
the ervice of ome lady; but how to
meet with any body to give me a re
commendation, was an obtacle which I
could not get over.
While I was in this perplexing tate
of anxiety, a little company of Come
dians came to the Inn where I lodged.
The Manager's wife was a peron of a
genteel appearance, and her deportment
o engaging that we oon became ac
- quainted.
Don SYLv1o De RosALv A. 191
quainted. We were pleaed with each
other at firt fight, and he o won my
confidence, that I ventured to inform
her of my hitory, and the preent
fituation of my affairs. She was in want
of a young woman at that junture to
upply the place of her bet Atres,
whom the Count de L had lately
taken from her, to the great diadvantage
of the whole company. Accordingly he
put it to me whether I could not be
peruaded to devote myelf to the
Theatre; and to perfuade me to it, he
pared neither arguments nor intreaties.
To a girl like me, who had hitherto
ated in no other character than that of
atrolling Gipey, the honour of be
eoming a Heroine on the Stage could
not fail to be a very flattering idea.
But notwithtanding my youth, I knew
at the fame time that the difference, in
the publick etimation, between a Come
dian and a Gipey, is not fo great as
thoe Theatrical Princees may imagine;
o that the Lady Arfenia had no little diffi
culty to overcome all my cruples. She
eemed enchanted with my entiments,
and redoubled her carees and perua
fons to induce me to embrace a kind
of life, which, in her idea, had nothing
in
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in it depicable or ignoble; and which
could only be decried by the corrupt
manners of the generality of its pro
feors. In proof of her aertion, he
told me ome things which eemed to
have an air of truth; and though he
could not deny but that a young Atres
was infinitely more expoed to the arti
fices of men than other females, yet he
- inited upon it that courage and a firm
reolution to be really virtuous in that
tate, would the more redound to her
honour, as there were o many things
in it to be put up with. In hort,
Arenias Remontrances, Civilities, and
warm Wihes, the friendhip he pro
mied me, and my preent ituation,
which left me no choice, at length ur
mounted my cruples, though they could
not remove them; and I declared myelf
in favour of a profeion, for which Are
nia was pleaed to tell me I had evi
dently great talents. I was accordingly
received with the general approbation
of the whole Company, and after Are
nia had intruted me in the myteries
of their art, Corduba was fixed upon as
the cene in which I was to make my
firt eay before the publick. The
petators decided as favourably of me
- - - 3S
Don Sx Lvio DE RosALvA. 193
as they did of Arnia, and I mut con
fes to you, that the clapping of hands,
and that lively expreion of an univer
al atisfaction with which a young Ac
tres, who pleaes as oon as he appears,
is applauded from every quarter, makes
a very agreeable impreion all together;
though by the way, a very dangerous
one for the vanity of a young girl.
And yet this enibility for the ap
plaue I enjoyed during the whole re
preentation, and for which I was per
haps principally indebted to the novelty
of my figure, could not totally hinder
certain humiliating elf-reproaches from
riing in my mind the moment I ceaed
to be Arpgfia or Roxellana. I bluhed to
think I had been o detitute of hame
as to abandon myelf, as it were, to the
publick view, and under a borrowed
charater to excite paions, which in -
ome meaure eemed to countenance
unbridled youth to expet from me,
that I hould favour their paions in
private, and in my own proper peron.
Thee coniderations, while they em
bittered everything that eemed agree
able in my ituation, erved to make
me the more circumpet in my con
dut. My heart, which had never in
VoL. II. K dulged
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dulged vicious inclinations, was there
by more eaily on its guard againt
Sedution. But the great difficulty was
how even to ave appearances in o lip
pery a phere of life; how to hinder
calumny itelf from laying hold of any
thing in my condut to reproach me
with, and to filence its clamours repect
ing me. I know not whether I have
entirely ucceeded in my purpoe; but
it would be ungrateful in me hould I
forget to aure you that Arenia, whom
I every day found more worthy m
friendhip and eteem, was of the greatet
utility to me in the arduous tak; up
plying to me the place of a mother,
and in every repet econding my bet
intentions. She never left me out of
her ight; I ate and lodged with her;
her converation and her example at
once realized and confirmed my own
entiments, and her charater to which
none could help doing jutice, creened
me from the malevolence of uch as
lay it down for a maxim, that a female
who appears virtuous, is in fat no more
than wary and cautious. In a few weeks
we left Corduba and repaired to Grenada,
where we tayed almot a year, perform
ing with a contant run of
--
erp CIG
Don Sylvio De RosAlvA. 195
Here it was that I had the good for
tune to commence an acquaintance with
Don Eugenio. The high reputation he
was held in, both on account of his
merit and his politenes, too much di
tinguihed him from the crowd of young
gentlemen, for Arenia to heitate at
receiving his viits, and thoe of a few
of his intimate friends: Viits, which
intead of bringing cenure upon us,
were rather conidered as a proof that
we were in higher eteem than our con
dition in life might eem to announce.
In a ociety like this in which I have now
the honour to peak, it would ill-become
me to make a mytery of Don Eugenio's
too obliging partiality for me; and it
will be allowed me to declare, that unles
I had been tupid even to inenibility, I
could not but have been touched with
his entiments: nor do I bluh to own,
that from the beginning of our ac
quaintance I felt for him uch an eteem
as I had never before or ince felt for
any peron, nor perhaps ever hall
feel for any other. If ever I have had
reaon to be proud, it is of the friend
hip with which he hath always honour
ed me. The world, which generally
determines without undertanding the
K 2 caue,
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caue, or will not give itelf the trouble
to examine matters with attention, has
uppoed an artifice and cunning in my
condut, of which the incerity of my
heart was ever incapable: But the idea
that Don Eugenio knew me better, has
always made my mind quiet on that
head; and the execution of a Plan which
I have long laid down for myelf, will,
I hope, perfectly jutify that friendhip
whereof he has not found me hitherto
unworthy.

C H A P. XIII.

Don Eugenio continues the beautiful Ja


cintha's Narration.

N peaking as above, the amiable


7acintha appeared to be o much
affected, that he found herelf obliged
to top a moment, in pite of the efforts
he made to conceal her emotion. Per
mit me, dear Jacintha, aid Don Eugenio,
(without eeming to have taken notice
of her confuion) permit me to go on
with your relation, ince the part of
- your
Don Sy Lvio De RosALv A. 197
your Hitory which you are now enter
ing upon, is where my own Adventures
begin to be blended with yours.
Accordingly he thus proceeded. It
was now almot a twelvemonth ince I
et out with Don Gabriel for Grenada,
where I had everal affairs to ettle. I
went one evening to the play, and there
I aw Jacintha. She pleaed me, and
he affeted me: the former was a
natural conequence of her peronal at
trations,for whom, indeed, would he
not pleae ?The latter was as natural
an effect of the charater he then re
preented. The univeral applaue he
poeed, and which eemed to me to
confound her own peron with that he
was to repreent did not dazzle me, I
oberved that he was no more than a
very moderate Atres. In ome places
indeed, where he was to point out
noble, natural, and inartificial entiments,
he appeared incomparable; but the
Poet had taken care to give her that op
portunity but very eldom. In all the
ret I thought I could oberve he did
herelf a violence, in affecting entiments
and paions that were foreign to her.
This remark, in my opinion, was great
ly to her advantage: nor do I really
- K 3 think,
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think that, during the whole evening, he
ever pleaed me more than when cen
fidered as an Atres, he hould have
pleaed me leat. I left the Play-houe
not a little uneay to find that the image
of this young girl purued me wherever
I went; I thought I aw her before my
eyes the whole evening: the affecting
tone of her voice was continually ound
ing in my ears; and nothing I could
meet with in the company where I pent
the ret of the day, was capable of di
verting my thoughts, or in the leat
abating the emphais and vivacity of
thee firt impreions. For ome time I
aid no regard to it; at length I trove
fo diipate thee ideas, but till they re
turned inceantly to the charge, and it
took me up everal days before I could
make thee troubleome guets give place
to others which demanded my immediate
attention.
A few days after this I viited the
Theatre again, and waited in fruitles
expectation, the appearance of Jacinha.
Her place that evening was upplied by
another, who had the talent of transform
ing herelf into every charater imagin
able; a qualification which properly con
titutes the good Ator, and which this
peron
Don Sx Lvio De RosALvA. 199

peron poeed in a degree of perfec


tion infinitely fuperior to Jacintha. But
till he dipleaed me, and yet I could
give no other reaon, but becaue he was
not 7acintha. Never did I wait for the
lat at of a play with o much impa
tience. I gained ome account of Ja
cintha from one of my friends: next I
learnt Arenias character, who paed for
heraunt, and was alo informed of the
retired life which they both led. This
intelligence only erved to increae my
curioity, and I reolved to become ac
quainted with them. Accordingly I paid
them a viit, and found that my friend
had aic nothing too much of Arenia.
It is o rare a thing to meet with vir
tue, generous principles, and elevated
entiments in an Atres, that the world
is not to be blamed, if, when it finds
all thee qualities in uch a ubjet, it
looks upon them to be jut as much the
effect of Art, as thoe other charaters
are which the Poets give them to repre
ent. I made my obervations upon Ar
a for a good while, with that degree
of diftrut, which her ituation in life
inpired; but I found her gain upon me
jut as much as another, that had made
a great otentation of her virtue would
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have lot by uch a crutiny. You may
judge whether I was les attentive to the
examination of 7acintha. "Tis true, her
tender age eemed to abolve her from
every apprehenion of artifice and di
fimulation. The innocence which ac
companied all her ations, effetually
creened her from all upicions of this
nature: But the pleaure of eeing that
idea, which I had conceived of her from
the firt, now more and more confirmed,
made me examine her with the minutet
exatnes in my power. That ame in
cerity, and amiable implicity of heart,
which rendered her incapable of thoe
little artful tricks by which the fair ex,
whether from vanity or whatever other
caue, often lay nares for our hearts;
thee at the ame time hindered her from
perceiving that he was critically ob
ferved. Hence, he had as little inten
tion to conceal as to diplay herelf.
She pleaed without deigning to pleae ;
and that nameles charm which made her
flightet motion intereting, at upon her
as naturally and as eaily, as the fine
glow of health that animated her cheek.
Her ations appeared to have but one
end, and that the only one which they
naturally ought to have. She eemed
- - unconcious
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 2OI

unconcious that her eyes, all animated


as they were, could be of any other ue
to her than to ee with. If he laughed
or miled it was not to hew her fine
teeth ; and hence he would let twenty
opportunities lip by her within an hour
of diplaying to the company the beauty
of a fine arm, or the educing delicacy
of a charming little foot; opportunities
of which many another female might
have availed herelf with pleaure. Your
preence, fair 7acintha, excues me from
continuing the Piture, which I hould
neither be happy enough, nor ufficiently
kilful to finih. Innocence has a thou
fand native charms which cannot well be
painted, and which it is equally impoi
ble for art to imitate: Charms, whoe
impreion is the more dangerous, as
they appear mild and innocent like itelf.
My heart was already entirely hers, be
fore I had conidered whither thoe en
timents might tend, with which, though
unwittingly, he had inpired me. I
accutomed myelf inenibly to ee her
every day, and as inenibly, all that
had formerly amued my imagination
lot its charms with me. Her preence
alone delighted me, and I felt nothing
but languor when deprived of its re
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lief. I withdrew myelf by degrees fromr
all other ocieties, pleaures and diver
ions, to enjoy unmoleted the only
pleaure which my heart was capable of
tating. Every minute that by chance
detained me from eeing her o oon as
uual, eemed an inupportable pace of
time, and every evening I pent in her's
and Arenia's company (for I never aw
her by herelf alone) appeared but as a
tranient moment. -

The reproaches of my friends at


length obliged me to give them ome
account of that tender incination which
eemed to have extinguihed in my heart
all others; and the outcry raied againt
me on that account, foon dicovered to
my mind that this inclination, intead of
being a volatile amuement or an airy
fancy, as ome thought they had a right
to fuppoe it, was in fat a paion that
mut decide the happines or the infe
licity of my life. I hall not tire you
with a circumtantial detail of all that
paed in my heart in conequence of
this dicovery. They who fancy that
Love can be combated with ucces, mean
nothing more than a fantatick chimera,
which they very improperly call by that
appellation. Thoe rapidardors which
beauty
Don Sylvio De RosALvA. 203
beauty only, or a mere reciprocal im
pule of imagination have kindled, and
which are kept alive by animal deire;
thoe arbitrary ties in which the heart
has no hare, formed perhaps by vanity,
vexation, curioity, caprice, or cutom;
given up on the ame principles, when
and how you pleae; and which, merely
to give them more dignity, are often
called Love, though they have not the
leat connection or correpondence with
it;all this, I ay, may eaily, and with
out much pains, be combated. But
no one ever gained the vitory over a
real love, founded upon a ecret corre
pondence of hearts, and built on a re
ciprocal eteem: nay, the very obtacles
oppoed to it, erve only to render the
vitory more complete and deciive on
the ide of Love. I urged every imagin
able objection againt myelf; I felt the
whole force of thoe objetions, and was
but too well informed, that people eldom
depie with impunity thoe precedents
on record which declare againt fuch
amours. But what could all thee con
fiderations avail againt an inclination,
the fource of an internal heart-felt feli
city, and to which I was ready at any
time to acrifice every other atisfaction ?
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A acrificeindeed, for which he who truly
loves thinks himelf amply recompened
by a ingle look, or a ingle tarting
tear from the object of his tender paf
fion.But why hould I wih to urge
excues before this little ociety of
friends who require no uch at my
hands: Indeed, was any one here pre
ent incapable of the enation I am
peaking of, from uch an one I could
expet no excue at all.
I reolved then, with all poible in
trepidity, to pas for a madman in the
etimate of this lat-mentioned pecies,
and accordingly ued every means in
my power to ecure a ole interet in
that Love which contituted my only
happines. I had now been acquainted
with 7acintha ome months, and had
taken my meaures in conequence be
fore he herelf could perceive that I
was her admirer; my conduct towards
her was o much upon the reerve, and
the tendernes I had hewn for her had
o much more the air of a Brothers
friendhip for a Siter, than that of Love.
Arenia however began to upet ome
thing of my deigns: She gueed, indeed,
that I was wihing for the pleaure of
eeing that ympathy which eemed
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Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 205
exit between our hearts, unfold itelf
gradually in Jacintha's, and yet ome
times he could not help doubting, whe
ther the ue I purpoed one day to
make of that circumtance might be o
innocent as he could wih, on her dear
Jacintha's account: though he might
not uppoe there was any room to di
trut my manner of thinking or my prin
ciples; yet, on the other hand, he was
fearful let the prejudices of the world,
or perhaps the conideration of my own
fortune, might et us at too great a
ditance from each other, and the rather,
as he could hardly uppoe me to have
courage or love ufficient to overcome
thoe obtacles. She knew that the world
would much more eaily pardon me an
engagement, by which I hould only facri
fice Facintha to my deires, than excue
another engagement, by which (according
to the corrupt maxims of a licentious pub
lick) my honour might receive a tain:
And as to my manner of thinking, he
undertood mankind too well to take the
principles of a young man as ufficient
vouchers againt his paions. Thee
coniderations, as he herelf afterwards
told me, did not indeed eem urgent
enough for her to think of repreing,
by
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by premature apprehenions, an inno
cent incination, which by almot imper
ceptible degrees unfolded itelf in the
heart of her young friend. However, he
thought it but right to keep a more at
tentive eye upon me and in a delicate
manner to give me a eaonable oppor
tunity of explaining what he uppoed
to be the real entiments of my heart.
Among the number of young perons
who had declared themelves admirers
of the amiable 7acintha, and as uch had
exercied their pretended right to teize
her by thoe poor impertinencies, and
hallow conceits, which they vented be
hind the cenes: there were ome who
would gladly have carried their deigns
upon her to a greater length, but from
their doubts of ucces, while as they
were pleaed to oberve, I tood in their
way; though I had no reaon to fear
that any of this tamp could ever ba
formidable to Jacintha's heart; it was,
notwithtanding, a very diagreeable cir
cumtance to be unable to releae her
from uch a warm of importunate
triflers: and yet till thought I, 'tis a
very natural inconvenience for a roe to
fuffer, that the moment it blooms forth,
all orts of inets hould hover and buz
. around
Don Sylv1o De RosAlvA. 2o?
around it. Jacintha's condut however
had omething in it that contantly in
fpired the Coxcombs with uch a kind
of deference and repect as at once ur
prized herelf, and made me jut as eay
on that head as if no uch intruders
had exited, or I had been wholly in
different to the general object of their
puruit. But about that eaon Don
Ferdinand de Zamora, came to Gre
nada, and the firt time he awjacintha
on the Stage conceived uch a violent pa
ion for her, in his way, as did not
long leave me to enjoy this calm tran
quility. A rival, who to the beauty of
a Narcius joined the unbridled licenti
ounes of a Satyr, who had accutomed
himfelf to give free cope to all his pa
ions, and whenever it erved to accom
modate his brutality, made no cruple
of diipating without bounds, the vat
fortunes which came to him by the
death of his parents. Such a rival as
this, little as I feared him with repect
to Jacintha's heart, was formidable in
deed on many other accounts. He made
his firt declaration of love by preents,
which poibly many aprude might have
been unable to reit. Jacintha ent
them back to him, without once up
poing
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poing that he made a great acrifice in
o doing, either to her own innocence,
or to my love; which latter, though it
eemed contantly confined within the
pale offriendhip, could not be a mytery
to Don Ferdinand. She could not, hew
ever, conitently with decorum, refue to
receive his viits, or to partake of thoe ex
travagantly-uperb entertainments, which,
to gratify his ample vanity, he gave her,
Arenia, and others belonging to the
Theatre. My heart paid dear for it,
but till I thought it bet in this danger
ous circumtance, if it were o, to leave
Jacintha to the motions of her own
mind.
The whole City of Grenada could
tetify that I had never een Jacintha,
except in the company of Arenia or
other perons; o that Don Ferdinand
might be the les inclined to believe I
could be his rival, as, after a trit in
quiry into my condut, he was unable
to dicover the leat circumtance that
could render me upeted. And even
if he had entertained upicions on that
head, it might have erved only to timu
late him to redouble his aiduities to
wards jacintha. But neither his beauty
nor his brilliant equipage, neither his
- -
preents
Don Sylvio De RosAvA. 209
preents nor his feats, nor that prodigi
ous quantity of Odes and Elegies, in
which he complained of the hardnes of
her adamantine heart, or tood atonih
ed how the now of her fair boom could
be fo cold: Neither thee, nor all of thee,
were capable of triking a ingle park
of compaion from that little flinty heart
though the whole corps of Grenadian
Poets attacked it mot unmercifully with
the name of Don Ferdinand de Zamora.
At length the latter thought proper to
offer his Heart, his Preents, and his
Elegies to another Atres, who, except
ing Prudihnes,as he called it,was
in every repet jacinthas competitor.
The more reaon I had to be atisfied
with the iue of this adventure, the
more impatient I grew to recue Jacintha
from thoe inconveniencies of a Theatri
cal life, to which uch events expoed
her. I now thought myelf o well
aured both of the character and dipo
itions of jacintha, that it eemed need
les to make further crutiny upon the
ubjet, and accordingly determined to
explain myelf ingenuouly to Arenia,
and concert meaures with her for the
execution of my plan; when all on a
fudden he was attacked with a conump
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tive diorder, the progres of which was
fo rapid, as oon to put her out of all
hopes of a cure. This therefore induced
her to anticipate me upon the ubjet.
Accordingly he requeted a private con
ference with me; the ole object of
which (excepting a hort enumeration
of her own adventures) was Jacintha.
I love her, aid this valuable woman,
as if he was my own daughter, and
the circumtances in which I muft leave
her, are the only things that could make
me wih for the prolongation of a life,
which, through a eries of misfortunes,
and a tate of anxiety which can end only
in my death, hath kong fince been
burdenome to me. My love for Ja
cintha is the more impartial, as it is by
no means the effect of a mechanical
intint, but rather olely founded on
the qualities of her heart. Ohow highly
doth he merit a better lot! Yet whab.
hopes can I conceive that her fortune
fhould ever be anwerable to that merit !
Situated as he is, there is no coure of
life he can chufe, but mut be attended
with dangers. Youth and innocence,
accompanied with o many charms, are
a very dangerous endowment for per
ons of our ex, unles they are likewie
accompanied
Don Sylv1o De RosALv A. 211
aceompanied with the advantages of birth
and fortune. The ame innocence, and
the ame charms, which would inpire
a repetful love, or at leat honourable
views towards a young Lady of quality
or a rich Heires, inpire none but un
bridled paions towards a girl detitute
of all uch advantages, and tend only to
excite uch deires as pave the path of
her ruin; and the man who might have
thought it no hame to cat himelf at
the feet of uch an one, and, in a rapid
enthuiam to tell her how much he
adores her peron, and that he is the
divinity of his heart, would be offended
at the bare upicion that he could have
the leat idea of a matrimonial connec
tion. Judge then, Don Eugenio, whe
ther I can be eay repecting the fate of
jacintha. She is not formed for the
condition to which her ill-fortune con
demns her; and her innocence and
oftnes of temper eem only to render
her enibility more exquiitely tender.
I have not the leat apprehenion for her
with repect to all thoe brilliant Fops
that hover about her, and are as incapa
ble of inpiring Love, as they are of
conceiving it. Thee are not the people
that I fear. But hould he meet with a
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man who is capable of gaining her
- eteem by the qualities of a noble heart,
by virtuous entiments, and a repetful
tendernes a man who could conceal
his deires under the appearance of great
diinteretednes, and inenibly introduce
the Love in her heart under the name of
Friendhip;a man who hould have
ufficient patience to wait for the mo
ment in which (diarmed by that con
fidence which he imagines herelf to owe
him, diarmed by the innocence of her
own entiments, or by the facinating
charm of ympathy, or by certain ecret
intint which, in the implicity of her
inexperienced heart, he might confound
with the tender emotions of that heart)
he may yield herelf to his deires as a
voluntary acrifice, without ditrut, and
without reerve.Ah! Don Eugenio l
how am I apprehenive that he may al
ready have met with this man lPardon
me, generous friend! my preent itua
tion authorizes me to peak to you with
out diguie. A perfon, who in a little
while will have nothing more to fear or
to hope for from Men, can pierce thro
that veil of deluion which o commonly
impoes upon, taggers, or retrains the
judgment, while we are buily occupied
1Il.
-
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 213
in the affairs of this lower world. You
will not doubt me, Signior, when I in
form you, that I have long ince been
apprized of your love for Jacintha, and
you know better than I, that you have
but too well ucceeded in the plans you
have concerted repeting the bet and
tenderet of hearts. I eteem you Don
Eugenio, and but a few days ince hould
have thought I had offended you, had
I expreed the leat hadow of ditrut
or diffidence. But now, Signior; now
that every other care gives place to that
of 7acintha's afety, what entiments
would you have me to entertain of your
inclination towards her?
Here this good creature proceeded to
unfold to me her apprehenions, and
at length cloed her dicoure by conjur
ing me, with tears in her eyes, to hew
every proper repect to the innocence of
her young friend. She aw me o
enibly affected, that it was impoible
for her to doubt my incerity in the de
clarations I uttered on the ubjets. I
related to her in the amplet manner, all
that had paed in my heart from the
firt moment I had een 7acintha; how
far the deire of eeing her happy had
ever prevailed over the conideration of
my
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my own views or interets, and that I
was firmly reolved hence forward, to
acrifice every other conideration, how
ever important they might be in them
elves, to our mutual felicity. I begged
of her to prepare her friend accordingly,
and permit me to make my declaration
to Jacintha in her own preence. This
was done, and the amiable 7acintha
made no heitation to tetify how much
he was affected with my conduct
Thee tears, aid he, looking at me
with over-flowing eyes; thee true wit
nees of that perfect confidence I place
in your integrity, and which I wih not
to concealI owe them to your generous
entiments. But alas! thee are all that
the unfortunate Jacinha can command
or do to evidence her gratitude! So
aying, he related to me the whole
tory of her life, with an ingenuity that
rendered her a thouand times more
amiable in my eyes.-
And now, judge for yourelf, Don
Eugenio, continued he, after finihing
her narative, judge whether I hould
not merit the mot odious of titles could
I wih to abue your exceedingkind
nes before I have obtained an abolute
certainty repecting what may
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 215
be only a elf-deluion, the creature of
my vanity;though till I cannot help
flattering myelf, that poibly I may
have les caue to bluh at my Origin,
than the Gipey woman, who brought
me up, would have had me believe
In vain did Arenia unite with me to
peruade her that he carried her cruples
too far.She continued firm in the reo
lution of retiring to a Convent when
ever he hould loe Arenia. All I
could at lat obtain from her was, that
he would leave the choice of the place
to me, with a olemn promie not to en
gage herelf by any vows, without my
previous conent. I wrote immediately
to a friend.at Seville, deiring him to
get and end me the neceary intelligence
repeting the old Gipey woman: but
I received for anwer, that the Corre
gidors trit watch kept over the houe,
had a little while before obliged her to
conult her afety by a peedy flight.
Diagreeable as this circumtance was to
me, I did net give up the hopes of
meeting with the old woman one day or
other: Accordingly I took my meaures
for that purpoe, flattering myelf I hould
be able to extort from her an account o
the manner in which Jacinha fell into
her
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her hands; but in cae he ecaped my
earch, I determined not to depair of
bringing Jacintha, by my contancy, at
length to change her mind. My iters
affairs, which indipenibly required my
preence, obliged me in the mean time
to quit Grenada, leaving the objet of
my tenderet affetions with her worthy
friend, from whom nothing but death
could part her, and whoe daily declin
ing health left me little hopes of ever
eeing her again.

C H A P. XIV.

Jacintha's Hitory concluded. Don Sylvio's


Conjetures upon the Subjet, with Prepa
rations or an epiodical Interlude, which
few gf our Readers will think tedious.

Ntereting as the above hitory of the


amours of Don Eugenio and the
beautiful Jacintha might have been
to themelves, and poibly to their
immediate hearers; we are not at all
dipoed to blame our Readers, if they
ecretly wih to ee an end of them.
To
Don Sylvio DE RosALv A. 217

To a certain good ort of people indeed,


calm and cool in entiment, and who
have either forgotten the heigh-day
of the blood," or never felt its impule.
To uch there certainly cannot be a more
tireome creature in the world than a
Lover, relating the hitory of his own
heart. We hall content ourelves then
with oberving, that jacintha reumed
the dicoure, and continued the account
of her adventures from the death of her.
friend, till the lucky moment in which
Don Eugenio and Don Gabriel, upported
by our Hero, recued her from the hands
of Don Fernand de Zamora. Thee ad
ventures, elucidated by the confeion
which the faithful Tergilla had been
obliged to make to her mitres of her
ecret correpondence with Don Ferdi
nand, and the everal petit-treaons he had
committed for a coniderable time pat,
upplied all that had hitherto been in
comprehenible to the lady herelf: For
unfortunately for this worthy waiting
woman, one of Don Fernand's letters,
which, intead of burning, he fancied
he had afe about her, had ome how
(though nobody knows how) dropped out
of her pocket in Pedrillo's bed chamber;
and as everything, in a manner, nece
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arily conpires, when a gros fraud ap
roaches to its dicovery, this fame
letter fell into the hands of Don Euge
nio, on his entering that chamber by
chance the very morning after our Heros
udden departure from the Inn.
Jacinha accordingly informed them in
what manner Don Fernand de Zamora,
intead of giving up his degns as he
pretended to do, had found means to
gain over her attendant; what chemes
he had aid in concert with Tergilla, for
carrying her off in her way to Valencia,
a journey for which he had been pre
paring herelf from the death of Arenia;
how he had executed his deign;
what pains he had taken to often her,
endeavouring by a more repetful car
riage, to inculcate a better opinion ef his
views concerning her;and laftly, the
fortunate event that Don Eugenio, inftead
of being, as he herelf thought him, at
Valencia, was at Lirias, where, through a
ftill more lucky chance, he had effeted
her deliverance, by lighting upon them
in his ride between Lirtas and Juhlla.
The fair jacintha upon this occaion
forgot not to return our Hero her re
peated thanks for the generoity with
which he had expoed himelf for her
- - and
Don Sylvio De RosALv A. 219

and Don Eugenio's account. To thee civi


lities Don Syvio replied in the gallant tile
of the Knights of Graal, or the Round
Table. He told her how much he eteem
ed himelf obliged to her for being
thus permitted to hear her hitory from
her own mouth; auring her, that it
needed only to ee and to hear her, to
be peruaded he was of an Original as
illutrious as her peronal merit, although
her birth was till concealed under a
myterious obcurity. He could not
however help intimating his atonih
ment, that in a hitory which had truck
him as very extraordinary, there was
not the leat notice taken of any Fairy's
interpoition; accordingly he aked her
very gravely, how it happened that he had
oberved o great a ilence on that head,
it not being at all comprehenible, that
the Fairies and Enchanters hould have
had no concern in the adventures of a
young Lady o perfet in charater and
of uch excellent endowments ? The
countenance with which he put this
quetion was o erious, that the two
ladies could not forbear laughing, though
they had previouly agreed to pay all
imaginable repect to his folly. If
you wihed me, aid Jacintha, to make a
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22O The Adventures gf
Faery-tale of my hitory, why did you
not tell me o beforehand ? If I had
thought it would have been more agree
able on that account, it might have
been very eay for me to have made a
Caraboa of the old Gipey woman, to
have turned the good Lady of Calatrava
into a Luminoa, and to have transformed
Don Fernand de Zamora, at leat, into a
Sylph or a Salamander, if not into a
malicious Dwarf.
Pardon me, faid Donna Felicia, if
in my opinion your narrative would
have gained no inconiderable addition
by o doing Fordo but conceive how
frigid the Poetmuft appear, who hould
content himelf with telling us, Daphnis
or Coridon reted himelf, and took the
air in the hade;" or, He quenched
his thirt at a fountain. But when he
informs us, That, at the wihes of
Flora, the howers pontaneouly prung
from the earth, and formed the oftet
couch for beautiful Celadon's repoe;
that the wanton Zephyrs gave him to
breathe a freher balmy air, wafting am
broial odors, borne lightly to him on their
roeate wings, and that a Nymph, charm
ing as young Hebe herelf, with gracious
miles preented him the puret water
- - IIR
Don Sy Lv1o De RosALv A. 22

in a cup of pearlsThen it is, and


then only, we uppoe the Poet to have
done his duty, by repreenting nature
jut as he ought to do. But poi
bly, aid Don Gabriel, (who oberved our
Hero a little at a los, as not knowing
how to take thee allies from the two
Ladies); poibly the fair Jacintha deign
ed nothing more than to give us a um
mary idea of her adventures. For
after all, the Fairies undoubtedly may
have been the ecret prings and chief
agents in all thee wonderful events.
And now I think of it, Nay, pardon
me, Don Gabriel, interrupted Jacintha,
I protet to you with the greatet eri
ounes in the world, that to my know
ledge I have not given the Fairies the
leat trouble on my account. Nor can
I believe you would wih to peruade
me that thoe chimerical beings, who
make uch a deal to do in Tales of the
Fairies, ever exited elewhere. But
is it poible to doubt of it? cried Don
Sylvio. Don't you ee then, that we mut
rejet all hitoricalcredibility.
Don't be warm, my dear Don Syl
vio, replied Don Gabriel miling; you
ee jacinha is only dipoed to be merry;
but indeed, if he was peaking eriouly,
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222 The Adventures gf
we hall oon make her change her
opinion. Poibly he may be unac
quainted with any other Tales than
thoe of Blew-beard, Red-bonnet, or the
Gcod little Moue. She would talk very
differently were he to hear, for intance,
the tory of Prince Biribinquer, a tory
of indiputable notoriety, being taken
from the Sixth Book of the famous
Palaphatus's incredible hitory. I
mut confefs, faid Don Sylvio, the Prince
you mention is utterly unknown to me,
and I hould be very glad You
would be till more o, interrupted Don
Galriel, if it were poible for you to
repreent to yourelf beforehand, the
extraordinary and intereting nature of
his adventures. I don't think it would
be aying too much, was I to aure you
that they exceed all that has ever been
een or met with hitherto in any Faery
tales whatoever. You excite my
curioity, aid Don Eugenio. The in
credible hitories of a writer, who dif
putes antiquity with Homer himelf, are
undoubtedly uch vouchers as no one
will ever think of Conteting; and though
the Sixth Book has been long ince lot to
the publick, it does not follow but that
Don Gabriel, whoe profound erudition
I
Don Sy Lv1o DE RosALv A. 223

in occult Philoophy is generally allowed,


may know much more of it than many
others." I am of your mind, aid
Donna Felicia, and could venture any
wager that even though this Sixth Book
hould never have been written at all,
Don Gabriel's extenive cience would be
more than ufficient to relate us the
hitory of Prince Biribinquer word for
word, jut as it would have appeared in
that Sixth Book, if it ever was written.
You are pleaed to be merry, Donna
Felicia, very gravely replied Don Gabriel.
I grant you the hitory of Prince Biri
binquer has lain hitherto unknown, but
this does not at all affet its veracity;
and with your leave, Madam, I hould
chooe in this matter to appeal to Don
Sylvio. He will ee whether there be
anything in it that can render the fidelity
of the Hitorian upicious. Ay, and
we hall fee too, anwered Donna Felicia,
for I hope you will be kind enough to
permit the ret of us to be Hearers at
leat, though we mut not preume to
be Judges. Upon this every one pre
fent expreing a deire to hear a tory,
of which the bare name of Biribinquer
eemed already to promie uch remark
able things, it was agreed, that they
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hould meet again for that purpoe in the
little Myrtle Grove, after their Sieta,
or afternoon's nap, was over. And now
the un beginning to be troubleome, the
company took their walk homeward
through a green hady Arbour that led
up to the houe.
While Jacintha was relating her hitory,
/
an idea, it eems, truck into our Heros
mind, which he dicovered to Don Euge
nio the moment they were alone together.
What would you ay to it, Don Euge
nio, aid he, if jacintha hould be my
Sifter? Your Siter! exclaimed Don
Eugenio; what then, have you ever lot
one ? I had one, replied Don Sylvio,
who was lot at about three years old,
without anybody's being able to learn
what became of her. Heavens! cried
Don Eugenio, how happy hould I be
if your conjetures were well founded ;
and to ay the truth, I am atonihed to
think that certain features of both your
faces, which are very like, hould not
have truck my attention ooner. But
cannot you recollet any circumtance
may not there be ome kind of index
that might turn our doubts into cer
tainty ? If there were any truting
to intint, replied Don Sylvio, I hould
be
Don Sylvio De RosAIvA. 225
be trongly tempted to take the firt
emotion I felt on eeing her face, for the
voice of blood But I am afraid I
flattered myelf with a vain hope.
And why o? demanded Don Eugenio,
with great impatience. Becaue, e
plied the other, I find a circumtance in
jacintha's tory which embarraes me.
Oh! I beg of you explain yourelf, in
terrupted Don Eugenio; I am on the
rack every moment you keep me in this
uncertainty. jacintha was brought
up by a Gipey, and, as he uppoes,.
was torn from her parents, aid Don
Sylvio. The time and her age agree ex
atly together, for my Siter was pretty
near three years old when he diap
peared. She might have been now about
the ame age as jacintha. The difference
of names, indeed, (for my Siter's was
Seraphina) is no great matter, for he
may have been made to change her
name: But that circumtance of the
Gipey poils all. It was uppoed, in
deed, in my father's family, that an old
Gipey had carried off my Siter; but
it was uppoed upon very light grounds.
For my own part, I have trong reaons
to be peruaded that the pretended Gip
ey was a Fairy.
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At thee words Don Eugenio was ready
to loe all patience, and found the great
et difficulty in the world to repres the
fudden emotions of his mind. If you
have no other fcruples, (at length he
cried, after ome little recolletion) we
have nothing more to make us uneay.
What hould hinder us from allowing
that the Gipey, who tole away your
Siter, might be the Fairy who rendered
her inviible ? As to the name, it is no
matter; and trut me, all your Caraboas,
Fanfreluches, Cucumbras, and Magotnes,
were neither more nor les Fairies than
this Gipfey Woman. Who knows, at
the long run, whether we may not find
that this Fairy influence has had more to
do in 7acintha's hitory than he herelf
may imagine?Don Sylvio thought this
an admirable idea; accordingly both of
them emplayed all their ingenuity to
fortify their minds in the imagination
which o highly flattered their inclina
tions Our Hero had no doubt but
the mytery would be oon cleared up,
and perhaps before it was expected, by
the Fairy's udden appearance; while
Don Eugenio Concerted new meaures
for finding out and ecuring the Gipey,
as flattering himelf that he hould
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able to obtain better intelligence from her
repecting his dear jacinthas genealogy,
than he could get for love or money
from all the Fairies in the world.
During this conference Donna Felicia
had retired to her cloet, where, while
Laura was dreing 7acintha, he enjoyed
the atisfaction of giving a looe to thoe
pleaing reveries which inceantly occu
pied her mind. She had reaon indeed
to be atisfied with the advances he had
already made upon Don Sylvios heart, but
he might poibly have been much more
o if her own heart had had a les hare in
her views, than her vanity. Love however,
is o timid a creature, as often to fancy
itelf at the greatet ditance from its
happines, when it is really nearet to
it. Donna Felicia for once found herelf
in this ituation, and the extravagant
idea he formed to herelf of the diffi
culty there was in chaing from Don
Sylvio's heart the Blue Butterfly, made
her apprehend it indipenibly neceary
to combat him wich more powerful
weapons, than all he had hitherto em
ployed for that purpoe; nor could fhe
help thinking it might be greatly to her
diadvantage, if he left him time to put
himelf into a tate of defence. Accord
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ing to her opinion, the heart of this
young man could only be carried by
torm, and every minute in which her
eyes did not dart their looks at him,
eemed, as it were, to repair the breaches
which might otherwie have been made
in the citadel of his breat. In the
midt of thee refletions, he took it in
to her head to end for him to her
Toilette; and after having, in les than a
quarter of an hour, ometimes approved
and ometimes rejeted this idea, at
length it gained the acendant, and notice
was forthwith ent by Laura (under the
token of an idea which Laura undertood)
to inform our Hero that her Lady was
viitable.
Here would be a fine opportunity for
us to diplay our talents in the exhi
bition of pictures, which require a cer
tain delicacy of pencil; as, for intance,
by analyfing the entiments, and un
covering the mot latent prings that
atuate the human heart;if we wihed
to enter upon a detail of all that paed in
this interview at which 7acintha and Laura
were both preent. But, as our vanity is
amply gratified by the amples which we
fancy have already been given ourReaders,
they will permit us (without acrificing
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our convenience to their pleaure) to
content ourelves this once with telling
them, that the beautiful Felicia perfetly
ucceeded in her deigns; or, if this may
- eem too vague, we will inform them,
that all thoe fantatical raptures into
which Fairies and the love of a chimeri
cal objet had from time to time thrown
our Hero, were no more, in comparion
with thoe he now experienced, than a
Blue Butterfly, in competition with a
charming young Widow of eighteen.
If Donna Felicia had an opportunity
at her Toilette to hew our Hero her
material beauties in the mot variegated
and advantageous manner; he did not
fail during their repat, to augment the
enchantment produced by thoe intel
letual charms of her mind, which are
ever o educing under the veil of viible
beauty. The heat of the afternoon was
that day o upportable, that the plea
fure of an animated converation made
all parties forget their Sieta. Don Sylvio,
who neither aw, nor heard, nor lived
but for his Goddes, might even have
forgot the tale with which Don Gabriel
had promied to regale the company,
had not jacintha, as they walked in the
evening through a little grove of Myrtles,
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put him in mind of it. Don Gabriel,
having no other deign in the narrative
than to ee how far our Hero would
carry his prejudices of imagination, had
already prepared the ret of the com
pany to expect the relation of a tale,
the mot extravagant and ridiculous that
could be conceived. This however only
erved to excite their curioity the more,
and made them eagerly wih to know
how he would come off in this trial of
the fancy. No ooner therefore had
7acinha mentioned the name of Prince
Biribinquer, than the whole company
united with her in requeting Don Ga
briel to gratify their impatience, by re
lating the promied hitory. Don Sylvia
himelf, the moment he heard a Fairy
tale brought upon the carpet, emerged
from thoe pleaing reveries in which the
idea of his beauteous Felicia long held
him, as it were, buried in fweet obli
vion. Such is the force of Cutom; and
thus it is that an objet, however com
paratively vain and inignificant, when
once it getspoeion, and ufficient cope
to exercie a certain empire over our
imagination and enes, can, at its firt
ummons, hinder the mot perfet objet
from remaining mater of our
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After having eated themelves therefore


in a bower compoed of Jamines, Don
Gabriel firt began with a hort pream
ble to the honour and glory of his
faithful Hitorian Palaephatus; and then
entered upon that relation with which
we purpoe to entertain our Readers in
the following Book.

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