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of passion on one side and prudery on the all the circumstances of his situation, and the other, of which one or two passages—the impossibility of his meaning to give me cause shortest and least unintelligible we
for gravity. find--will give our readers a more than
All his murmurs at the weariness of these sufficient specimen
winter journeys, and all his misanthropical
humours, were now vanished. He protested he * Mr. Turbulent became now every journey when he got into my room upon our arrival, he
longed for the return of the Windsor days; and more and more violent in his behaviour. He no detained me in a sort of conversation hard 10 longer sued for leave to bring in his Colonel describe, of good-humoured raillery and sport, [Greville,) who constantly sent in his own name mixed with flighty praise and protestations, till to ask it, and invariably preserved that delicacy, I was regularly obliged to force him away, by good-breeding, and earnestness to oblige, which assurances thai he would disgrace me, by make could not but secure the welcome he requested.'ing me inevitably too late to be dressed for the -Vol. jii., p. 347.
Queen. Nevertheless, till this evening, 10
which I am now coming, I was altogether Then why did she make such difficulties much amused with him, and though sometimes about it, if not to keep up her discussions for a moment startled, it was only for a moment, with Mr. Turbulent ? She proceeds : and I felt afterwards constantly ashamed I had
been startled at all. • We were travelling to Windsor-Mr. Tur * I must now, rather reluctantly I own, come bulent, Miss Planta, and myself-the former in to recite a quarrel, a very serious quarrel, in the highest spirits, and extremely entertaining, which I have been involved with my most relating various anecdotes of his former life, and extraordinary fellow-traveller. One evening at gallantly protesting he was content to close the Windsor Miss Planta left the room while I was scene, by devoting himself to the service of the winding some silk. I was content to stay and ladies then present. All this for a while did finish my skein, though my remaining compamighty well
, and I was foremost to enter into nion was in a humour too flighty to induce me the spirit of his rhodomontading; but I drew to continue with him a moment longer. Ina little back when he said we did no live half deed I had avoided pretty successfully all teleenough together during these journeys, and à-têles with him since the time when his eccendesired he might come to breakfast with me. tric genius led to such eccentric conduct in our
Why should we not,” he cried, “all live toge- long conference in the last month. This time, ther?' I hate to breakfast alone. What time however, when I had done my work, he prodo you rise ?"
tested I should stay and chat with him. I <" At six o'clock," cried I.
pleaded business-leiters-hurry-all in vain ; «« Well, I shall wait upon you then-call he would listen to nothing, and when I offered you, no doubt, for you can never be really up to move, was so tumultuous in his opposition ihen. Shall I call you? Will you give me that I was obliged to re-seat myself to appease leave ?"
him. A flow of compliments followed, every No, neither leave nor the trouble."
one of which I liked less and less; but his spirits • Why not? I used to go to Miss Planta's seemed uncontrollable, and, I suppose, ran room before she rose, and wander about as quiet away with all that ought to check them. I as a lamb.”
laughed and rallied as long as I possibly could, • Miss Planta was quite scandalized, and and tried to keep him in order, by not seeming exclaimed and denied with great earnestness. to suppose he wanted aid for that purpose; yet He did not mind her, but went on :
still, every time I tried to rise, he stopped me, ““ I shall certainly be punctual to six o'clock. and uttered at last such expressions of homage If I should rap at your door to-morrow morning ---so like what Shakspeare says of the school. early, should you be very angry ?-can you be boy * who makes “ a sonnet' on his mistress' very angry ?"
eyebrow,” which is always his favourite theme • An unfortunate idea this, both for him and --that I told him his real compliment was all for me, and somewhat resembling poor Mrs. to my temper, in imagining it could brook such Vesey's, which she expressed once in the open- mockery. This brought him once more on his ing of a letter to me in these words :-“ You knees, with such a volley of asseverations of his look as if you could forgive a liberty !” I fear sincerity, uttered with such fervour and vioMr. Turbulent thought so 100.
lence, that I really felt uneasy, and used every " His vehemence upon the eternal subject of possible means to get away from him, rallying his colonel lasted during the whole journey; him, however, all the time, and disguising the and when we arrived at Windsor he followed consciousness I felt of my inability to quit me to my room, uttering such high-flown com- him. More and more vehement, however, he pliments, mixed with such bilier reproaches, grew, till I could be no longer passive, but that sometimes I was almost tempted to be forcibly rising, protested I would not stay anquite serious with bim, especially as that other minute. But you may easily imagine my manner which had already so little pleased me, astonishment and provocation, when, "bastily returned, and with double force, so as to rise ai rising himself, he violently seized hold of me, times to a pitch of gallantry in his professions and compelled me to return to my chair, with a of devotion and complaints of ill-usage that would have called for some very effectual exer. tion to subdue and crush, had I not considered
Shakspeare talks no such nonsense.
force and a freedom that gave me as much sur-|Princess Augusta, (vol iii., p. 339,) which prise as offence. * All now became serious. Raillery, good-incorrigible an egotist
. Twenty times she
must have opened any eyes but those of so humour, and even pretended ease and unconcern, were at an end. The positive displeasure I felt seems to have suspected what every one I made positively known; and the voice, man
else saw, that it was all a mauvaise plaisanner, and looks with which I insisted upon an terie; but the delight of being worshipped immediate release were so changed from what soon overcame these gleams of common he had ever heard or observed in me before, sense, and she gladly relapsed into the that I saw him quite thunderstruck with the flattering conviction that she had inspired alteration; and, all his own violence subsiding, a passion! In short, this grand affair, which he begged my pardon with the mildest humility. He had made me too angry to grant it, so tormented her and wearies her readers, and I only desired him to let me instantly go to was from beginning to end a mere mystifimy own room. He ceased all personal opposi- cation—the occasional amusement of the tion; but, going to the door, planted himself gentleman, but an obstinate and cherished before it, and said, “ Not in wrath! I cannot let self-delusion on the part of the lady. you go away in wrath !"
“ You must, sir,” cried 1, " for I am in wrath.” He began a that we have given more space to the ex
Some readers may be disposed to think thousand apologies, and as many promises of the most submissive behaviour in future; but I posure of Miss Burney's vanity and absurdstopped them all with a peremptory declaration ity than so trivial a subject deserves; but that every minute he detained me made me but be it recollected that the work is of considthe more seriously angry. His vehemence now erable pretension, and that if it be not now all changed into strong alarm, and he opened reduced to its proper value, it may
become the door, profoundly bowing, but not speaking, hereafter a kind of authority in the history as I passed him. · I am sure I need not dwell upon the uncom
of manners, and may injuriously affect the fortable sensations I felt in a check so rude and reputation of persons whose talents it deviolent to the gaiety and entertainment of an preciates, and whose conduct it misrepreacquaintance which had promised me my best sents. Is it, for example, not our duty to amusement during our winter campaigns. I show that a clergyman honoured with the was now to begin upon quite a new system, and, intimate confidence of good Queen Charinstead of encouraging, as hitherto I had done, lotte, and employed by her in the educaeverything that could lead to vivacity and spirit, tion of her royal daughters, was not such a I was fain to determine upon the most distant and even forbidding demeanour, with the only profligate madman as Miss Burney's Mr. life of our parties, that he might not again forget Turbulent ?. There is, indeed, as we have himself.'_ Vol. iii., pp. 347–351.
already admitted, no great harm done. She
generally deals in very trivial concerns, and And this is the shortest specimen we can the tomb has closed over most of those give! Nothing, indeed, can equal the that are mentioned; but we have still stupid and prolix solemnity with which she amongst us a few amiable and honoured surlabours all the details of this affair, except vivors, who, as well as the friends and rethe incredible blindness which prevented latives of the departed, have too much her seeing the explanation of the enigma, reason to complain of these foolish gossip--Mr. Giffardier was all the while only ings. As the succeeding volumes reach laughing at her. The truth is, that he was later times, this inconvenience is likely 10 a very worthy man, and as incapable, from become more serious; we therefore basten temper and principle, of indulging, as to enter our protest against it, and to warn Miss Burney was of exciting, any irregu- the editor of a difficulty-we might almost lar transports. But he was somewhat of a call it a danger—which she does not appear humorist-a kind of Yorick-fond of fon-sufficiently to appreciate. a ready manufacturer of practical jokes But though the larger portion of the and ridiculous stories, with which, 'within work, as far as it has gone, is of this worththe limits of becoming mirth,' even the less and vexatious character, we readily queen and the princesses would sometimes admit that there are some few episodes of condescend to be amused: and it is quite a better description. In the short--alas, clear that he soon saw and seized the op- very short !-intervals in which Miss Burportunity of entertaining himself with the ney's amour-propre is permitted to slumaffectations, assumptions, and absurdities ber, we pick up some amusing details of of this foolish little woman, who persisted the state of society sixty years ago, and in taking it all au grand sérieux, though some interesting anecdotes of remarkable she herself records many similar instances persons. But these passages are of Mr. Giffardier's style of pleasantry, par-written so much in the style of the 'Préticularly a scene played by him before the lcieuse Ridicules,' and are spun out with
such incompressible prolixity, that we con “My next difficulty was for a hair-dresser. fess ourselves utterly unable to separate, Nuneham is three or four miles from Oxford; within any reasonable space, the grains of and I had neither maid to dress, nor man to seek wheat from the bushels of chaff.
a dresser. I could only apply to Mrs. Thielky, We shall
and she made it her business to prevail with endeavour, however, to find room for some one of the royal footmen to get me a messenger, sketches of the most interesting subject of to order a hair-dresser from Oxford at six o'clock the work, and that which is, on the whole, in the morning..., the best executed,--the domestic life of * August 13th.—At six o'clock my hairGeorge III., Queen Charlotte, and the dresser, to my great satisfaction, arrived. Full Princesses. The Princes rarely came un- when Swarthy, the Queen's hair-dresser, came
two hours was he at work, yet was I not finished, der Miss Burney's observation. It is really, whatever hypercritics may hair was done, and she was waiting for me. rapping at my door, to tell me her Majesty's
I think, a pleasure to praise. It has been a hurried as fast as I could, and ran down withmost reluctant and painful duty to expose, out any cap. She smiled at sight of my basty as we have done, the style and temper of attire, and said I should not be distressed about Miss Burney, and we are glad, whenever a hair-dresser the next day, but employ Swarthy's we can with any colour of truth, to say
assistant, as soon as he had done with the Prin
“ You should have had him,” she added, something favourable to her memoirs; and
to-day, if I had known you wanted him.” this we can venture to do in the very few pas. When her Majesty was dressed, all but the sages in which her personal vanity has per- hat, she sent for the ihree Princesses; and the mitted her to see clearly and to breathe King came also. I felt very foolish with my freely. Amongst her equals or those only a uncovered head; but it was somewhat the less little above her in society, she is captious, awkward, from its being very much a custom, perverse, pompous, and, we believe, deceit in the Royal Family, to go without caps
though none that appear before them use such ful; she is always striving to be something
a freedoin. which she is not; but with her royal mas “As soon as the hat was on,-“Now, Miss ter and mistress her position was so clearly Burney," said the Queen, “I won't keep you, defined and so incapable of flights and fan- you had better go and dress too."—Vol. iii., cies, that she was, as it were, pinned down pp. 89, 90. to the reality, and it would seem as if the simplicity and dignity of their personal This was the more good-natured on the character inspired Miss Burney with short part of the Queen, for Miss Burney had gleams of corresponding sobriety, both of the habitual misfortune of being always in feeling and description ; not that she is not a hurry and generally too late for her duty, very ready to bestow her tediousness' on and here we see she consoled herself for kings and princes, as well as on her even her negligence by a circumstance that Christian,' but she has discretion or rever would have additionally distressed a really ence enough to restrain her fabulous ver modest person ; she found herself, by this bosity within stricter limits than she accident, dressed as the Royal Ladies somethought necessary for Mr. Crutchley or times were, and as 'no one else took the Mr. Turbulent, or even Dr. Johnson. freedom to be. She seeros, as we before
Ladies now a days will hardly under hinted, to have tried the Queen's patience stand the dependence of our grandmothers in a variety of ways. Could it be believ. on hair-dressers. Miss Burney's first ato ed that, one day when Mrs. Schwellentempt at doing the duties of her office, un berg's absence enabled 'the sweet Queen' assisted by Mrs. Schwellenberg, was in to gratify Miss Burney with the object of waiting on the Queen in a visit, first to her ambition, the presidency of the table,' Nuneliam Courtney, the seat of Lord Har- by desiring her to invite a German clergycourt, and thence to Oxford, in the summer man to dinner, she did it by a verbal mes. of 1786. She was exceedingly disturbed sage through the same footman whose at the absence of that degree of personal blunders she has often experienced, and attention on the part of the noble ladies of who, on this occasion, as ignorant as she the fainily, to which she, forgetting the was negligent, conveyed it to a wrong perhumble character in which she appeared son ? This produced a series of embar. there, thought herself entitled, and we have rassments to all the parties, which the long pages of the ridiculous miseries which Queen had the trouble of setting right by she inflicted on herself in consequence of desiring Mrs. Schwellenberg (who had forthese imaginary indignities; but the fol- tunately returned that evening) to invite lowing distress was, in those days of pow- the proper gentleman for the next day. At der and pomatum, of a more real, though this and similar mixtures of neglect and hardly less ludicrous character :
blunder her Majesty only smiled, or some.
times, when they seemed likely to lead to | as you have not, it will be the safest way to let graver conseqences, condescended to set it alone. You may easily say, without giving her right. Miss Burney, it must be added her any offence, that you are now too much enhad the grace to be very sensible of all gaged to find time for entering into any new this kindness on the part of her Majesty,
'I thanked her for this open advice as well and records it with a gratitude wbich would as I was able, and I felt the honour its reliance be amiable if it were not spoiled by the upon my prudence did me, as well as the kindaffectations of all sorts with which it is, to ness of permitting such an excuse to be made. use a vulgar, but therefore most appropri • The Queen talked on then of Madame de ate term, interlarded.
Genlis with the utmost frankness; she admired Here and there we find more important
her as much as I had done myself, but had been traits of her Majesty's character. Some she thought it unsafe and indiscreet to form any
so assaulted with tales to her disadvantage, that common friends of Miss Burney and Ma connection with her. Against her own judg; dame de Genlis wished to establish a re ment, she had herself been almost tormented gular correspondence between them ; Mrs. into granting her a private audience, from the Delany's good sense saw the danger, in imprudent vehemence of one of Madame de Miss Burney's situation, of such confiden. G.'s friends here, with whom she felt herself tial intercourse with a lady of Madame de who, I plainly saw, from that unfortunate inju.
but little pleased for what she had done, and Genlis's very public and peculiar position, diciousness, would lose all power of exerting and advised Miss Burney to submit the any influence in future. Having thus unrematter to the Queen.
servedly explained herself, she finished the sub
ject, and has never started it since. But she An opportunity offered the next morning, for looked the whole time with a marked approbathe Queen again commanded me to follow her tion of my applying to her. Poor Madame de into her saloon; and there she was so gentle Genlis! how I grieve at the cloud which hovers and 30 gracious, that I ventured to speak of over so much merit, too bright to be hid, but not Madame de Genlis.
to be obscured !-Vol. ii., pp. 127-129. With many pauses, and continual hesitation, I then told her that I had been earnestly pressed
We have made this long extract not only by Madame de Genlis to correspond with her; because it relates to that very remarkable that I admired her with all my heart, and, with woman Madame de Genlis, but as contrastall my heart, believed all good of her; but that, ing the simple and concise good sense of nevertheless, my personal knowledge of her was the Queen with the verbosity and iuflation, too slight to make me wish so intimate an intercourse, which I had carefully shunned
bordering on nonsense, of the literary at
upon all occasions but those where my affection as
tendant. The following is a pleasant picwell as my admiration had been interested; ture : though I felt such a request from such a woman as Madame de Genlis as an honour, and there Sunday, August 6th.—The private conduct fore not to be declined without some reason of the Royal Family is all so good, so exemstronger than my own general reluctance to pro- plary, thai it is with the greatest pleasure I posals of that sort; and I found her unhappily, take, from time to time, occasion to give my and I really and sincerely believed undeservedlý, Susan some traits of it. This morning, before encircled with such powerful enemies, and ac- church, Miss Planta was sent to me by the cused with so much confidence of having volun- Queen for some snuff, to be mixed as before; tarily provoked them, that I could not, even in when I had prepared it I carried it, as directed, my own mind, settle if it were right to connect to her Majesty's dressing-room. I turned round myself with her so closely, till I could procure the lock, for that, not rapping at the door, is the information more positive in her favour, in order mode of begging admission; and she called out to answer the attacks of those who asperse her, to me to come in. I found her reading aloud and who would highly blame me for entering some religious book, but I could not discover into a correspondence with a character not more what, to the three eldest Princesses. Miss Planunquestionably known to me. I had been de- ta was in waiting. She continued after my ensirous to wait, suspended, till this fuller know- trance, only mentioning to me that the snuff ledge might be brought about; but I was now might be put in a box upon the table. I did not solicited into a decision by M. Argant, who was execute my task very expeditiously; for I was immediately going to her, and who must either glad of this opportunity of witnessing the matake her a letter from me, or show her, by tak ternal piety with which she enforced, in voice ing none, that I was bent upon refusing her and expression, every sentence that contained request.
any lesson that might be useful, to her Royal • The Queen heard me with the greatest at- daughters. She reads extremely well, with tention, and then said, “Have you yet writ to great force, clearness, and meaning.'-Vol. iii., her ?”
No, I said. “I will speak to you then,” cried she, "very honestly; if you have not yet And this is a touching one:writ, I think it better you should not write. If you had begun, it would be best to go on; but * December 24th.--When I attended the
Queen to-day after church, she kept me with she certainly repressed all approach to her the whole morning, and spoke with more familiarity and confidence ; she rarely had
yet observed. Chiefly the subject was the spoke to her beyond a few necessary words, unhappy and frail Lady C. The Queen had and appears on the whole to have been known her all her life, and particularly interest-, we had almost said-shy of her. Whether ed herself in all her proceedings: she had fre- this arose from Miss Burney's station, or quently received her in private, and had taken her manners—or her reputation as pains as well as pleasure in showing a marked, author—or a suspicion that she might be a useful, and a partial regard for her.. What a keeping a diary-we cannot say; but the disappointment, what a shock, then, did she not fact is, we think, very evident-and in one receive by her fall! She spoke of the whole view we regret it.-We have already exher situation—all at large; and at last, in speak- pressed our disapprobation of publishing ing of her utter ruin and all its horrors, the tears private conversations, but the little Miss ran down her face, and she held her handker- Burney has told us of the Queen is so chief to her eyes some time before she could dry amiable that we cannot but wish that, since them.'--Vol. iii., p. 250, 251.
she did break the ice, she had had more And we have good reason to know that the to tell. In truth, nothing can be more following estimate of her Majesty's under charming than the whole domestic character standing is perfectly just :-
of her Majesty-her tender and affectionate “The Queen was unremittingly sweet and reverence for the King—her fond, yet judigracious, never making me sensible of any in- cious, treatment of her children-her insufficiency from my single attendance; which, dulgent consideration and kindness towards in the world for becoming more intimately ac- her unvarying good temper-her plain yet to me, was an opportunity the most favourable her attendants—her high scale of morals— quainted with her mind and understanding. For the excellency of her mind I was fully pre
elegant manners-her terse and appropared; the testimony of the nation at large priate style of conversation-her sound could not be unfaithful; but the depth and good sense-her prudence--her patiencesoundness of her understanding surprised me: her piety-her dignified deportment all good sense I expected ; to that alone she could which, on proper occasions, gave lustre owe the even tenour of her conduct, universally even to her exalted station; and were acapproved, though examined and judged by the companied by a real simplicity of taste and watchful agined that, shut up in the confined limits of feeling that would have made her happy a court, she could have acquired any but the and respectable if she had been but a most superficial knowledge of the world, and curate's wife. Every one knows historithe most partial insight into character. But I cally the general excellence of her characfind now I have only done justice to her dispos- ter, but Miss Burney saw the Queen in ition, not to her parts, which are truly of that some of the details of her private life ; and superior order that makes sagacity intuitively everyline in which her majesty is mentioned, of this month I spent much time quite alone gives proof of some one or other of her adwith her, and never once quitted her presence mirable and amiable qualities. It is no great without fresh admiration of her talents. compliment to the practical exercise of Eng
* There are few points I have observed with lish liberty, that this illustrious lady-one more pleasure in her than all that concerns the not only of the most illustrious but the most office which brings me to her in this private and virtuous, benevolent, and blameless of confidential manner. All that breaks from her, in our têle-à-têtes, upon the subject of dress, is
women-was during her whole life the both edifying and amiable. She equips herself object of libels and obloquy, under which for the drawing-room with all the attention in a weaker mind would have sunk-against her power; she neglects nothing that she thinks which a more ambitious spirit would have becoming to her appearance upon those occa- revolted; but which her meek dignity and sions, and is sensibly conscious that her high conscious rectitude had the magnanimity station makes her attire in public a matter of to disregard, and the happiness to outlive. business. As such, she submits to it without murmuring; but a yet stronger consciousness of
Much the same may be said of the King; the real futility of such mere outward grandeur every additional light which time throws bursts from her, involuntarily, the moment the on his public or his private character raises sacrifice is made, and she can never resuse her him in our esteem and reverence ; but it self the satisfaction of expressing her contentment to put on a quiet undress.'--Vol. iii., pp. He had a hurried utterance--particularly
was long before he was justly appreciated. 169, 170.
in his youth, and when addressing stranAlthough the Queen treated Miss Bur- gers—which made an unfavourable imney, as she seems to have done everybody, pression; and the eh ? ch ? and what ? with great kindness and condescension, I what? which were in truth only symptoms