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party-coloured Feathers of Fowls, which that World afforded.
To make his Confinement more tolerable, she would carry him in the Duk of the Evering, or by the Favour of Moonlight, to unfrequented Groves and Solitudes, and thew him where to lie down in Safety, and feep amidst the Falls of Waters, and the Melody of Nightingales. Her Part was to watch and hold him awake in her Arms, for Fear of her Countrymen, and wake him on Occafion to consult his Safety.
In this Manner did the Lovers pass away their Time, till they had learned a Language of their own, in which the Voyager communicated to his Mistress, how happy he hould be to have her in his own Country, where she should be cloathed in such Silks as his Waistcoat was made of, and be carried in Houses drawn by Horses, without being exposed to Wind or Weather. All this he pronised her the Enjoyment of, without such Fears and Alarms as they were then tormented with.
In this tender Correspondence these Lovers lived for several months, when Tarico, in
structed by her Lover, discovered a Vessel on the Coast, to which she made Signals; and in the Night, with the utmost Joy and Satiffaction, accompanied him to a Ship's Crew of his. Countrymen, bound for Barbadoes. When a Vessel from the Main arrives in that Idand, it feems the Planters come down to the Shore, where there is an immediate Market for the Indian and other Slaves, as with us of Horses and Oxen.
To be short, Mr. Thomas Inkle, now coming into English Territories, began serioufly to reflect on his Loss of Time, and to weigh with himself how many Days Interest of his Money he had loft during his Stay with rarico. This Thought made the young
Man very pensive, and careful what Account he thould be able to give his Friends of his Voyage. Upon which considerations, the prudent and frugal young Man fold rarico to a Barbadian Merchant, notwithstanding that the poor Girl, to incline him to commiserate her, pleaded her Condition ; but he only made use of that Information, to rise in his Demand upon the Purchaser, I was so touched with this Story, (says my
Author) which I think should be always a Counterpart to the Ephefian Matron, that I left the Room with Tears in
my Eyes; which a Woman of Arietta's good Sense did, I am fure, take for greater Applause, than any Compliments I could make her.
OBSERVATIONS. MISS Sally having finished her Character of Arietta, the
whole Assembly seemed highly delighted therewith, thinking that should either of their Brothers, in their Letters to them, fay any Thing against the Ladies, they should now have an opportunity of obtaining a compleat Victory.
Their Governess suffered them to go on with these, and some other innocent Reflections; but, finding their little Larums beginning to ceale, fhe thought it was her Turn to speak, and to give them to understand, that they were to make a quite different Use of what they had heard.
You see, my little Pupils, (faid their Governess) in the Character of Mr. Inkle, the fatal Effects of early Prejudices the Love of Gold, which he had been taught to confider
as the principal of all human Acquisitions, poisoned in him the Seed of every Virtue; and, what should have sprung up in Love, Pity and Humanity, produced only thofe pernicious Weeds, Self-Love, Avarice, and Cru. elty. Who can read of the hapless Yarico, without dropping the tender Tear of Com passion ?- Who can read of the faithless and perfidious Intle, without recollecting some worfe Monster, than a Nero or a Bajazet? The Name of Yarico will be pitied and revered by future Pofterity; the Name of Inkle will never be repeated, but when Mankind are at a Loss for an Epithet to call fomething by, that is too horrible to be told by its own Name. Take Care, my dear little Pupils, how you steel your Hearts, in your early Years, against the soft Impressions of Humanity, Generosity and Benevolence. The most effectual Way to avoid this, is to preserve among yourselves a mutual Friendship, and to make it a Point of your Study, which shall do the other the greatest Kindnesses; this will accufton you in your Youth, to what you will not forget in your riper Years. I have at present nothing further to say, than that, as there will be only one Saturday Night more, before your Breaking-up for the Holidays, I would propose to you Miss *Nancy Goodwill, as a very proper young Lady for your next Night's Entertainment.
Miss Nancy bowed her Head and blushed: The Question, however, was put, and carried without a single dissenting Voice.
-THE NINTH NIGHT.
My dear Schoolfellows, TH
HE kind Manner, in which my Go
verness and you were pleased to appoint me to this Night's Office, however conscious I may be of my Inability in giving Rules for the Conduct and prudent Behaviour of others, is nevertheless a Mark of your Approbation, which calls aloud for my Return of Gratitude. Iknow not how better to convince you of the Sense of the Obligation, than by my employing this Night to your Advantage. As we hall next Week each of us separately visit our Parents, and consequently have much Time on our Hands,