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of a love elopement, and it would ap- lected orphan whom he found in care pear from the history of our Opium- of a large untenanted house, in which eater, that a "haughny, obstinate, and himself was allowed by charity to reintolerant" guardian of a young gentle pose, is touching to a degree of exqui. man is io natura rerum a justification site pain; it awakens the mind to re of the said young gevtleman's running flection upon the countless evils to away from school avd plunging into which so many are exposed in large vagrancy and the lowest vice. The cities--the orphan stunted by want and Opium-eater, being thwarted by his misery-almost unknown to human as guardian in his desire of going to col sociation-her face deformed by ceaselege, runs away from school with ten less woe-suffering from hunger, and pounds in his pocket, and lives in a a prey to cold-and left for months Welch cottage. As he describes his alone in this large and gloomy bouse, guardian as “ a worthy man in his is a picture which must wring the way," we cannot but reprobate the heart-the heart at least of a parentelopement as a very unworthy way of it is a picture exquisitely drawn in the treating a worthy man-or indeed of work before us--the author has been treating any man placed in such sacred so intent upon natural feeling, that he authority over bim. We can, however, bas never even thought of effect-and view this as a mere boyish indiscretion, hence the effect is doubly powerful. whilst he was living in a Welch cot. These observations may be applied with tage, amidst innocence, cleanliness, and equal truth to his tale of Avn, the unhealth, and beguiled by the enthusiasm chaste companion of his pigbt rambles. of letters, and by a keen sensibility to the reader for a time forgets her vices the beauties of nature ; but soon his in her woe-but reflection upon the untoward disposition induces him to realities of so vicious a life at length quarrel with his mountain hostess, and dissipates the sympathy, wbich the au. Hying to London, his resources are ex- thor so powerfully raises in her favour. hausted, and rather than return to his The second part of the volume is a deguardian, he listlessly becomes a mere scription of the author's motives for vagrant-the strolling companion of eating opium, the exbilirating effects the most filthy and abandoned of the it had upon the mental and corporeal worst class of outcasts. We can relax system—the excess to wbich he carried our moral rigidity, and euter into the this babit, the manner in which it at feelings of a proud, but misgoverned last vitiated the constitution-the difi. youth, who rather than be conquered culty of abandoning the vice, and the by adversity, and submit to return to diseased vigour of fancy which it prothat discipline from which he had con duced. All this is related in a manner temptuously fled, would prefer mar wbich rivets the attention and interests shalling himself in the ranks, or re the feelings exceediogly. The narrasorting to the wretched support of his tive or description is also accompanied pen--but we can make no allowances by associations of thought, which eviuce for the disposition, which would prefer power of intellect-and the Confessious to even the mortification of a return to of an English Opium-eater may safely duty, a life of idleness and vagrancy be pronounced a very entertaining amidst filth, vice, disease, and wretcli duodecimo. edness. Genius and talents may sometimes shield, if not gild obliquity of Stories after Nature. 12mo. pp. conduct, but no genius can bestow upon such a course even the equivocal
251. 6s. palliation of eccentricity. Dr. Johuson
We have perused these stories with rored bouseless about the streets of much pleasure, but we think the epiLondon with Savage, but they avoided thet of odd," is that which can be ap. vice, and solaced themselves by in- plied to them with the least chance of tellectual converse: when our Opium- contradiction. Whether the term of eater, however, tells us that he roved for odd be one of praise or of dispraise, or nights through Oxford-street the friend, what degree of either it may convey, the companion, and lover of one of the will very materially depend upon the very lowest class of the most abandon- dispositions and tastes of readers. For ed, and wben he tells us that her lips our parts, we are much inclined to like had no pollution in his eyes, we can them for this qualification-for they apply to such a tale but terms of strong lift the mind from scenes and thoughts reproof. Having thus completed our of worldliness into fresher regions of moral criticism, we are bound, as in- chaste and simple fancy. We captot tellectual critics, to bestow very bigh agree with the author, that they are praise on the work. The author's de. by aùy means stories after satore; oni veription of the lonely child, the neg. the contrary, they are stories after
what nature ought to be, or after the evincing at least the feature of originature which a utopian mind can cre- 'nality. ate, but resembling no state of mapners, 'of feelings, or of action which
Isn't it, Odd. By Marmaduke have cver yet existed. The stories are destitute of any ingenious complexity Merrywhistle. 3 vols. 12mo. pp. 847. of plot or arrangement, and void of 21s. ' London. any discrimination of character, or of interest in the circunistances and events, If Democritus be right, that laughter but they are conceived and told in a is the sovereigo good of life, or even style so simple and so upsophisticated ifold Montagne be sound in his opinion, by worldly imodifications of conduct or that laughing is excellent policy, we of motives, that the reader is in a must be bound to give Mr. Marmaduke world of a new creation, where he is Merrywhistle's bust a niche in that at once delighted and invigorated by part of the temple of fame allotted to the novelty and freshness of every the benefitters of mankind. Mr. Merthing he witnesses. Each slory has a rywhistle in these three volumes gives good moral, and cause and effect are us his ancestry and parentage, and made to have an ethical relation to runs through his life, " e'en from his each other. Ou reading much at a boyish days” up to that awful period time, however, the style has the un. wbich usually terminates a novel the pleasant effect of mannerism, and the marriage of the hero. author, in his effort to keep up the Mr. Merrywhistle possesses wbat tone of original simplicity, frequently may be called jocose wit, rather than degenerates into inelegance, and some wit itself, or that broader member of times into vulgarity. In an age so ad- the same family, termed humour-and, vanced in civilization, the character of in narrating his adventures, he diffuses all composition necessarily becomes bis fertile vein of odd joke much to polished, but at the same time lame the amusement of the reader, and to and uniform, yet we have no doubt the the benefit of bis own pretensions as a pablic will appreciate these tales as writer of this species of novel.
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