Mary 0 ,
the heroine of this fiction 57 , was
the daughter of
Edward , who married
Eliza 2 1
a gentle , fashionable girl 58 , with a kind of indolence in
her 2 temper , which might be termed negative good-nature :
her 2 virtues , indeed , were all of that stamp .
She 2 carefully attended to the _ shews _ of things , and
her 2 opinions ,
I 3 should have said prejudices , were such as the generality approved of .
She 2 was educated with the expectation of a large fortune , of course became a mere machine : the homage of made a great part of
her 2 puerile amusements , and
she 2 never imagined there were any relative duties for
her 2 to fulfil : notions of
her 2 own consequence , by these means , were interwoven in
her 2 mind , and the years of youth spent in acquiring a few superficial accomplishments , without having any taste for them .
she 2 was first introduced into the polite circle ,
she 2 danced with
; but soon after recommending
an officer , whom
faintly wished to be united to 5
another in a more distinguished rank of life 1 ,
she 2 readily submitted to
his 6 will , and promised to love , honour , and obey , (
a vicious fool 1 , ) as in duty bound .
they 7 resided in
London 8 ,
they 7 lived in the usual fashionable style , and seldom saw each other ; nor were
they 7 much more sociable when
they 7 wooed rural felicity for more than half the year , in
a delightful country 9 , where Nature , with lavish hand , had scattered beauties around ; for
the master 1 , with brute , unconscious gaze , passed them by unobserved , and sought amusement in country sports .
He 1 hunted in the morning , and after eating an immoderate dinner , generally fell asleep : this seasonable rest enabled
him 1 to digest the cumbrous load ;
he 1 would then visit ; and when
he 1 compared
their 11 ruddy glow of health with 's countenance , which even rouge could not enliven , it is not necessary to say which
a _ gourmand _ 12 would give the preference to .
Their 11 vulgar dance of spirits were infinitely more agreeable to
his 1 fancy than
her 2 sickly , die-away languor .
Her 2 voice was but the shadow of a sound , and
she 2 had , to complete
her 2 delicacy , so relaxed
her 2 nerves , that
she 2 became a mere nothing .
Many such noughts are there in the female world !
she 2 had a good opinion of
her 2 own merit , -- truly ,
she 2 said long prayers , -- and sometimes read
her 2 Week 's Preparation :
she 2 dreaded
that horrid place vulgarly called _
the regions below 62 ; but whether
her 2 's was a mounting spirit ,
I 3 can not pretend to determine ; or what sort of a planet would have been proper for
her 2 , when
she 2 left
her 2 _ material _ part in
this world 14 , let
metaphysicians 15 settle ;
I 3 have nothing to say to
her 2 unclothed spirit .
she 2 was sometimes obliged to be alone , or only with
French waiting-maid 16
she 2 sent to
the metropolis 17 for all the new publications , and while
she 2 was dressing
her 2 hair , and
she 2 could turn
her 2 eyes from the glass ,
she 2 ran over those most delightful substitutes for bodily dissipation , novels .
I 3 say bodily , or the animal soul , for a rational one can find no employment in polite circles .
The glare of lights , the studied inelegancies of dress , and the compliments offered up at the shrine of false beauty , are all equally addressed to the senses .
she 2 could not any longer indulge the caprices of fancy one way ,
she 2 tried another .
The Platonic Marriage , Eliza Warwick , and some other interesting tales were perused with eagerness .
Nothing could be more natural than the developement of the passions , nor more striking than the views of the human heart .
What delicate struggles !
and uncommonly pretty turns of thought !
The picture that was found on a bramble-bush , the new sensitive-plant , or tree , which caught
the swain 18 by the upper-garment , and presented to
his 18 ravished eyes a portrait .
-- Fatal image !
-- It planted a thorn in a till then insensible heart , and sent a new kind of
a knight-errant 19 into
the world 20 .
But even this was nothing to the catastrophe , and the circumstance on which it hung , the hornet settling on
the sleeping lover 21 's face .
What a _ heart-rending _ accident !
She 2 planted , in imitation of
those susceptible souls 22 , a rose bush ; but there was not
a lover 23 to weep in concert with
her 2 , when
she 2 watered it with
her 2 tears .
-- Alas !
If would excuse the sportiveness of fancy , and give
me 3 credit for genius ,
I 3 would go on and tell
them 24 such tales as would force the sweet tears of sensibility to flow in copious showers down beautiful cheeks , to the discomposure of rouge , & c. & c. Nay ,
I 3 would make it so interesting , that
the fair peruser 25 should beg
the hair-dresser 26 to settle the curls
himself 26 , and not interrupt
her 25 .
She 2 had besides another resource , two most beautiful dogs , who shared
her 2 bed , and reclined on cushions near
her 2 all the day .
she 2 watched with the most assiduous care , and bestowed on them the warmest caresses .
This fondness for animals was not that kind of _ attendrissement _ which makes
a person 27 take pleasure in providing for the subsistence and comfort of a living creature ; but it proceeded from vanity , it gave
her 2 an opportunity of lisping out the prettiest French expressions of ecstatic fondness , in accents that had never been attuned by tenderness .
She 2 was chaste , according to the vulgar acceptation of the word , that is ,
she 2 did not make any actual _ faux pas _ ;
she 2 feared
the world 28 , and was indolent ; but then , to make amends for this seeming self-denial ,
she 2 read all the sentimental novels , dwelt on the love-scenes , and , had
she 2 thought while
she 2 read ,
her 2 mind would have been contaminated ; as
she 2 accompanied
the lovers 29 to
the lonely arbors 30 , and would walk with
them 29 by the clear light of the moon .
She 2 wondered did not stay at
home 31 .
She 2 was jealous -- why did
he 1 not love
her 2 , sit by
her 2 side , squeeze
her 2 hand , and look unutterable things ?
Gentle reader 32 ,
I 3 will tell
thee 56 ;
they 7 neither of
them 7 felt what
they 7 could not utter .
I 3 will not pretend to say that
they 7 always annexed an idea to a word ; but
they 7 had none of those feelings which are not easily analyzed .
In due time
she 2 brought forth
a son 33 ,
a feeble babe 59 ; and the following year
a daughter 0 .
the mother 34 's throes
she 2 felt very few sentiments of maternal tenderness :
the children 35 were given to
nurses 36 , and
she 2 played with
her 2 dogs .
Want of exercise prevented the least chance of
her 2 recovering strength ; and two or three milk-fevers brought on a consumption , to which
her 2 constitution tended .
all died in
their 35 infancy , except the two first , and
she 2 began to grow fond of
the son 33 , as
he 33 was remarkably handsome .
she 2 divided
her 2 time between the sofa , and the card-table .
She 2 thought not of death , though on the borders of the grave ; nor did any of the duties of occur to
her 2 as necessary .
were left in the nursery ; and when
Mary 0 ,
the little blushing girl 60 , appeared ,
she 2 would send
the awkward thing 0 away .
To own the truth ,
she 0 was awkward enough , in
a house 38 without any play-mates ; for had been sent to
school 39 , and
she 0 scarcely knew how to employ
herself 0 ;
she 0 would ramble about
the garden 40 , admire the flowers , and play with the dogs .
An old house-keeper 41 told
her 0 stories , read to
her 0 , and , at last , taught
her 0 to read .
talked of enquiring for
a governess 42 when
her 2 health would permit ; and , in the interim desired
own maid 16 to teach
her 0 French .
she 0 had learned to read ,
she 0 perused with avidity every book that came in
her 0 way .
Neglected in every respect , and left to the operations of
her 0 own mind ,
she 0 considered every thing that came under
her 0 inspection , and learned to think .
She 0 had heard of a separate state , and that
angels 43 sometimes visited
this earth 44 .
She 0 would sit in
a thick wood 45 in
the park 46 , and talk to
them 43 ; make little songs addressed to
them 43 , and sing
them 43 to tunes of
her 0 own composing ; and
her 0 native wood notes wild were sweet and touching .
always exclaimed against female acquirements , and was glad that 's indolence and ill health made
her 2 not trouble
herself 2 about them .
She 2 had besides another reason ,
she 2 did not wish to have
a fine tall girl 47 brought forward into notice as ;
she 2 still expected to recover , and figure away in the gay world .
was very tyrannical and passionate ; indeed so very easily irritated when inebriated , that
Mary 0 was continually in dread lest
he 1 should frighten to death ;
her 2 sickness called forth all
Mary 0 's tenderness , and exercised
her 0 compassion so continually , that it became more than a match for self-love , and was the governing propensity of
her 0 heart through life .
She 0 was violent in
her 0 temper ; but
she 0 saw 's faults , and would weep when obliged to compare
his 1 temper with
her 0 own .
She 0 did more ; artless prayers rose to
Heaven 48 for pardon , when
she 0 was conscious of having erred ; and
her 0 contrition was so exceedingly painful , that
she 0 watched diligently the first movements of anger and impatience , to save
herself 0 this cruel remorse .
Sublime ideas filled
her 0 young mind -- always connected with devotional sentiments ; extemporary effusions of gratitude , and rhapsodies of praise would burst often from
her 0 , when
she 0 listened to the birds , or pursued the deer .
She 0 would gaze on the moon , and ramble through
the gloomy path 49 , observing the various shapes the clouds assumed , and listen to
the sea that was not far distant 50 .
The wandering spirits , which
she 0 imagined inhabited every part of nature , were
constant friends 51
confidants 52 .
She 0 began to consider
the Great First Cause 53 , formed just notions of
his 53 attributes , and , in particular , dwelt on
his 53 wisdom and goodness .
she 0 have loved or
mother 2 , had
they 7 returned
her 0 affection ,
she 0 would not so soon , perhaps , have sought out
a new world 54 .
Her 0 sensibility prompted
her 0 to search for an object to love ; on
earth 55 it was not to be found : had often disappointed
her 0 , and the apparent partiality
she 2 shewed to gave
her 0 exquisite pain -- produced a kind of habitual melancholy , led
her 0 into a fondness for reading tales of woe , and made
her 0 almost realize the fictitious distress .