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and her ladyship's gown of exceedingly long-worn satin. A cat, in better case than any thing else in the apartment, was seated in a chair opposite to her, while on a perch close by it, all natural hostility between the parties appearing to be extinguished, screamed a magnificent cockatoo. The note of welcome uttered by this amiable creature, rendered all other greetings for some time inaudible, but at length it betook itself to silently nodding its head, and then her ladyslip was heard to say, “ Never mind, never mind the bird. There, sit down, sit down both of you, but don't disturb the cat. Take that chair, my girl, that one out there ; I can't have my cat disturbed.”

“ How are you, my dearest Lady Susan?" said Mrs. O'Donagough, in an accent of deferential affection. “Is that abominable rheumatism that tormented you so last night, more quiet to-day?"

“ I don't know, I'm sure, any thing about it just now, for I've been busy—I've been making out my card account for the last month. But I tell you what, Mrs. O'Donagough, the tea you gave me last night was most abominable--so weak, I mean. You must recollect, if you please, that if I come to your house to play at cards, I do it out of pure kindness, of course, to give a good style to your rooms, you know—but tben I must have tea that will keep me awake, remember. I positively will not play without it.”

To be sure not, my dearest Lady Susan! Good heaven! of course! I am so very much obliged to you for naming it! it's so like you! such kindness! so very friendly! I am sure I can never thank you enough!"

This series of exclamations acted much as her ladyship's own hand did upon the back of her ladyship's owu cat, which, jealous it may be of the near and passing approach of the visiter, was come to look after her own interest, and now sat in the venerable spinster's lap. In short, Mrs. O'Donagough’s gentle touches so far rubbed down the temper of the old lady, that she said with rather unusual civility, “Well! and what do you come for now ?

Give me that box, Patty!" said Mrs. O'Donagough, without making any direct reply. “ Here, my dearest Lady Susan, is the real object of my coming. May I flatter myself that these feathers suit your taste?

“ They are well enough for feathers," replied the noble, but very sour-looking maiden,“ but it is quite nonsense, and out of the question, if you suppose I can stick them on by way of a head-dress to go to court. That

may
do all

very well for a young girl, like your blowsy Miss there, with a cart-load of curls on her head, but you know weil enough it won't do for me; I must have a cap to wear with them, if they are to be of any use.

“Of course, my dearest Lady Susan, I never dreamt of any thing else ; but as I observed to Patty, as we drove along to Madame Bonéton's, it would not do at all for me to take the liberty of buying your ladyship a cap, till your ladyship had been kind enough to tell me what sort of one your ladyship would like.”

Why for that matter, there's no such great variety, Mrs. O'Donagough. The only question is between Brussels point and blonde, and I like the Brussels point best.”

“ And Brussels point it shall be, my dearest Lady Susan. And now

with us,

about the day, you know. The next drawing-room is fixed, Madame Bonéton tells me, for the 29th-I hope that will suit your ladyship?"

Suit? humph! I can't very well say it suits me, Mrs. O'Donagough, for the plain truth is, I have got no suit at all. It's years, and years, since I last went to court, and I thought you knew that I should never have dreamed of going now, with no earthly motive but just to present you and your daughter. I should never have dreamed of going, if you had not promised that I should have no trouble at all about it and what's more, I won't neither. Really I have no notion of it,-it is quite too bad.”

“My dearest Lady Susan !” began the frightened Mrs. O'Donagough, “ you have only to say exactly what you want, and wish, and Madame Bonéton shall send it in without your having the least trouble in the world. Will your ladyship have the great kindness to give me a little list of every thing you would like to have, and I will see to it without giving your ladyship the least atom of trouble in the world."

“ There is no need of a list, Mrs. O'Donagough,” replied the old lady, taking a long pinch of snuff ; " I only want a proper dress to go to court in. The train must be black velvet, and the petticoat satin; I don't care twopence about the colour. Only don't forget the gloves and shoes, you know."

“ I will forget nothing, dearest Lady Susan! You will go then, on the 29th ?”

“ Yes, if all my things are sent in properly, without my having any trouble about it, I will."

Good morning, then, dearest Lady Susan! I will take care that every thing shall be right. Good morning."

“Take the plume back with you, for mercy's sake. I can't think how you could be so thoughtless! How do you suppose my old Alice would like to have the plague of fastening it in ?"

“ To be sure! what a fool I am! so very thoughtless! Take the box again, Patty.-Good morning, dearest Lady Susan ?”

“Good bye. There, that will do—I hate shaking hands. Take care that I get some good tea this evening, Mrs. O'Donagough; don't go and forget that."

“Depend upon it, dearest Lady Susan! depend upon it;" and with these words Mrs. O'Donagough at length tore herself from her most valued friend.

“To be sure nothing ever was more kind and flattering than dear Lady Susan Deerwell's behaviour to Patty and me. People may call it illiberal, or affected, if they will, but I do like the nobility, and it is no good to deny it,” said Mrs. O'Donagough, as soon as she was reseated in her carriage; and she then added, “I hope you won't be tired with a little more driving,—you two I mean, Louisa and Matilda,

- for you will have to get home to Brompton, you know; but I really must down to Madame Bonéton's again."

Her obsequious friends, of course, assured her that the greatest pleasure they could have, was to go about with her. On again reaching the portico of this votary-thronged temple of fashion, Mrs. O'Donagough, in her usual unceremonious manner of settling all things in which the dear good Perkinses were concerned, proclaimed that she did not wish them again to enter it with her; and taking Patty, with the footman

go

and the box, mounted to the shrine, before which the priestesses were still performing their respective offices. The most exact and satisfactory orders were then giving respecting the court-dress of Lady Susan Deerwell; with a hint, in conclusion, that her ladyship did not wish her ladyship's bill to be sent in to her ladyship till Christmas, at which season her ladyship always settled all her ladyship's accounts.

“ Good gracious, mamma!” whispered Patty, as they descended the stairs," how frightened the old woman will be when the bill is sent in! I thought you were going to make her a present of it all, and I am sure she thought so too."

“I dare say she did, my dear," replied Mrs. O'Donagough, “and I had my suspicions that you might fall into the same mistake, and it was just for that reason that I made you come up, and left the Perkinses in the carriage, because I hope it will be a useful lesson to you, Patty. When people have a great object in view, my dear, and your papa says our going to court is a very great object, they should alwa y make use of every means in their power to bring it about. But when it is done, Patty, they of course owe it to themselves to take care that the sacrifices they have made to obtain it should become as little injurious to them as possible. This is the principle upon which I have just acted, and you may depend upon it, my dear child, that without firm and steadfast principles of action, no one will ever get honourably and prosperously through life.”

" That's all very well, mamma,” replied Patty, “ but I'll bet you five pounds the old lady will never speak to you again after she finds out the trick you have played her."

“Well, my dear,” returned her mother, with great dignity and composure, “ and what difference will it make to me, whether she does or no ? I choose to have a person of title to introduce me at St. James's: to obtain this, I submit to endure considerable annoyance, and to suffer many inconveniences. Good—I ought to do this, I should be unwise if I did not. But the object once obtained, should I be wise to submit still to these annoyances ? No, Patty; what was wise before, would be folly after, and render me totally unworthy of the confidence your father reposes in me. Remember all this, my dear girl, and always act, as much as possible, in conformity to my example."

At this moment Mrs. O'Donagough's carriage, which had been obliged to make way for another, recovered its place before the door, and the mother and daughter entered it, the happier, and the better, for the delay; for the young lady felt that she had listened to what might be very useful to her, one day or other, while the elder one enjoyed the most delightful satisfaction that can warm a parent's heart,namely, the consciousness of having established an excellent principle in the breast of a child.

(To be continued.)

BAGATELLES!

I saw one day—near Paphos' bowers,

In a glass-sweet Fancy's own-
A boy lie down among the flowers

That circled Beauty's throne.
Poor youth !-it moved my pity quite,

He look'd so very sad ;-
Apollo said, “his head was light,"

But Pallas called him “mad :"
A little sylphid, hiding near,

Flew out from some blue-bells,
And whisper'd in the pale youth's ear, ,

“ Pray try our Bagatelles !

“ You've ponder'd o'er those musty bonks

Till half your locks are gray ;-
You've dimm'd your eyes-you've spoild your looks-

You've worn yourself away!
Leave Wisdom's leaden page a while,

And take your lute again,
And Beauty's eyes shall round

you

smile,
And Love's repay the strain :
Leave politics to dull M.P.S,

Philosophy to cells,
Good youth !-you'll ne'er succeed in these,

So-try our Bagatelles !"

“ We've cures in these enchanted bowers,

For every sort of ill,-
Our only medicines are flowers,

Sweet flowers that never kill!
Our leeches, too, are wondrous wise

In mixing simples up,-
We've frozen dew-drops from the skies,

For the fever'd lover's cup;
We've moonbeams gathered on the hills,

And star-drops in the dells;
And we never send you in our bills-

Pray, try our Bagatelles !"

“ And youths from every coast and clime,

Come here to seek advice,
And maids who have misspent their time

Are kept preserved-in ice! .
Bright fountains in our gardens play,

And each has magic in it,We cure blue devils every day,

Blue-stockings every minute :
And heartaches, when they're worst, and when

No other medicine tells,
In maids or matrons-youths or men,

Yield to our—Bagatelles !"

“ Last week a statesman came, whose eyes

Scarce knew what sweet repose is,
We gave one draft of Beauty's sighs—

Look there!-how calm he dozes !
A lawyer called the week before,

Who talk'd of nought but Blackstone,
We took him to our sylphid store,

And a pair of wings we wax'd on :
And if you'll look up yonder grove,

-Just by that grot of shells-
You'll find him making shocking love,

And talking-Bagatelles!"

The sick youth raised his drooping head

As the sylphid ceased to speak,
“ Hush, hush,” she cried, “you must to bed,"

And be quiet for a week !"
And soon a muse with rainbow wings,

And looks of laughing joy,
Came, with a lute of silver strings,

And she sat beside the boy;
And when I saw them last, they lay

Far up those flowery dells,
And the boy was growing glad and gay,

As she sung him—Bagatelles !

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