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mation that one of the Masters is be tired of his amusement, and to at hand, and arouses him from that sigh for novelty. To sum him up dreamy ideality, which is so often in a few words—he is a compound, talked of by some of the poets of a very essence of sporting, satithe present day, to a sense of the rical, and dramatic ingredients ; necessity of his disappearance from each of which rises uppermost, the observation of the Guardian (much on the principles of chemisof school discipline. A propen- try, which sets the lightest body sity for dramatic representation afloat) in obedience to the caprice was formerly a striking feature in of the présent moment. his character. He had contrived ALLEN LE BLANC is the absoto enrol a corps, of which he was lute reverse of Golightly. His constituted the head; and the sure very figure bears testimony to the prising versatility with which he eccentricity of his mind. He is of could assume and support the most a diminative round stature; his opposite characters, as also the able limbs are well compacted and manner in which he discharged the clean made: in short, he is a neat' arduous office of manager, has sél- little miniature. He has small grey dom, if ever, been equalled at twinkling eyes, snubbed nose, dea school; his skill in drilling añ cided lines of thought prematurely awkward squad, in overawing furtowed on his brow; and, as he presumption, in encouraging diffi- bears his blushing honours thick dence, and (the most difficult of allúpoti him, one would shrewdly tasks) in reconciling the preten- guess he was by no means desions of each individual with his ficient in paying his devoirs to capacity for fulfilling them; these Bacchus. He has read deeply, and many other suitable qualities, though his course of study has confirmed him in a station, which, been perverted, and thought still without them, could not have been more deeply: but not having sufsupported by the most shining ficiently founded his principles on abilities as an actor. While this the rock of morality and revealed mania was upon him, it monopó- religion, either owing to inadlized his entire attention. He was vertency, or a too great confidence perpetually studying some new in the uuassisted powers of the theatrical attitude, and he scarcely humáñi understanding, he has often ever opened his mouth, except to been led away by strange theories give you a pithy sentence from and speculations, which happened some play. By the way, he had for the moment to fix his attenalways been notorious for his quo- tion, and which he pursues through tations at all times, and in all all the intricacies of metaphysical places, a propensity which stacks argument, till he has lost himself strongly of pedantry. But now in the labyrinth of his own ideas. he was doubly armed, and there Naturally of a strong mind, and was no end of the contimual volleys imbued with a taste for the abwhich he sent forth from his ma- struse, he turned with supercigazine of farces and comedies. At liousness from the Epic and Lyric last the theatre was knocked up Poets. The natural simplicity of from the failure of the funds, and Homer, the more polished beauGolightly's growing cold in the ties of Virgil, and the sportive discharge of his duties; for, with gaiety of Horace, with the exhis usual inconstancy, he began to ception of a few isolated passages, were totally uninteresting to our plaster of Paris; on the skull of young philosopher. He flew with which are marked the different eagerness to the dark speculations organs, according to the doctrines of Lucretius, and the sneering in- of Gali and Spurzheim. For be it fidelity of Lucant; or examined known, our universal philosopher into the opinions of the Academy, has lately been inquiring into the and joined in the disputations at ingenious, but visionary study, of the Tusculat Villa. His chief pur- craniology; and has paid more suits have been the study of astro attention than they deserve to the nomy and history; an examination various importations of German into the main spring and con- absurdities which have inundated nexion of events; the rise and fall us of late years. In this sanctum of nations, as exemplifying the sanctorum he pores over his fagreat doctrine of the instability of vourite authors with spectacles all human institutions. His studies on sapient nose,' taking no notice then took a more profitable turn; of his candle (though, with its imhe penetrated with avidity into mense snuff, it only renders darkmodert discoveries, from the Prin- ness visible) till it has become cipia of Newton, to the metaphy- finally extinguished in the socket; sics of Coleridge, and the moral when, on arising to retire, he finds philosophy of Paley. From hence that the door of
his study bas been the transition was easy to an eager blockaded with bedsteads by some investigation into theological sub- evil-disposed person or persons ; jects; but here he was apluckily and, having no remedy, he calmly entangled among controversial ties his pocket handkerchief round points; and the spirit of religion his head, and contentedly passes was overlooked through a too ar- the remainder of the hours usually dent desire of coming to the un- dedicated to repose in his arm derstanding of the letter by the chair. One would naturally supaid merely of human acquire- pose that his exercises would be ments. It may be hoped, how imbued with a strong tinge of his ever, that a more attentive con- pursuits. However light or sportive sideration of the nature of this the subject may be that is prostudy has, by this time, removed posed for his theme, you must that film from the intellectual eye. have but a slight idea of Allen's His manners and actions ardour for abstruse disquisition, equally singular with his line of did you not expect to find some study; indeed so much so that metaphysical hints and observathey often incur the charge of tions dispersed throughout. Never affectation, though they mostly is he in greater glory than when result from an absence of mind, engaged in a laborious treatise on and inattention to outward ap- the lunar influences, or the propearances. Though his library is perties of matter, in rough unfull, and his choice of books good, polished hexameters, after the you will find his study a very Lucretian model; or an investichaos. In the centre of one shelf gation into the principles of the a duodecimo gilt Horace stands human mind, in a long copy of along side of a ponderous black iambics, in which the stabile sponbacked quarto, on theology: in dees have their full weight. I am front of you, as you enter, by the not, however, prepared to assert, window, is a great staring head in that although the harshness of
rhythm has been overlooked, the duty might be safely delayed till sense of the ideas intended to be the last moment, and then slurred embodied therein, has been, on over as a disagreeable task. Hence that account, more distinctly con- also, not being accustomed to veyed. In company Allen' is si- find any difficulties in the mere lent and reserved, unless when school business which was required exhilarated by copious draughts of him, he determined not to seek from the mantling bowl, which for them of his own accord, in the certainly in his case succeeds in more arduous pursuits of knowunfolding the contractæ seria ledge, which demand effort and frontis.
application. In his course of readThe next member of the club who ing, he skimmed with volatile offers himself to our notice is the eagerness along the gayer and Hon. GERARD MONTGOMERY, the more pleasing paths of literature : son of a rich Warwickshire Peer, he flew from author to author, as whose bodily habits have been ren- the bee sips the sweets from every dered weak and effeminate, owing flower, without troubling herself to the over-abundant attentions be- with inquiries into the nature and stowed on him in the nursery, by properties of each one that she his maiden aunt, Lady Deborah visits. By these means MontgoMildmay. This character, with re- mery
amassed an extensive stock ference to the former two, forms of information on almost every the same connecting link which branch of the belles lettres; but twilight does between the opposite in spite of the ability with which extremes of day and night. His he would discuss a question, and genius is a brilliant of the first support his share of conversation water, but his talents have been among the members of the Club, suffered to run wild, owing to he has often been found to be their very luxuriance. Gifted with but superficially acquainted with wonderful quickness and reten- the subject which he has been tiveness of memory, and an ardent adorning with all the beauties of imagination, always on the wing a fluent and persuasive eloquence. in search of variety, his progress Eton, however, cannot boast of in classical attainments was the possessing another youth of whom theme of universal admiration, and it may be as truly averred, that he his instructors augured highly of has quaffed copious draughts of the future reputation of their pupil. the genuine Hippocrene. His naBut the success which he met with tural talent for poetical composiin his studies was the means of tion has been greatly improved preventiog him from ever become and strengthened by his acquainting a solid scholar. The facility ance with the mighty masterwith which he was able to master spirits of the old time of Greece all his tasks engendered presump- and Rome. His sense of pleasing tion, and an unbounded confidence emotions was so refined, and his in his own powers, than which perception of the beautiful and nothing can be more detrimental pathetic so acute, that a tear has to the cause of learning. Hence been observed glistening in his Gerard indulged in habits of pro- eyes, while contemplating the crastination, because he could parting of the Trojan hero with write his verses off-hand, and his Andromache, or while tracing therefore the performance of his the agonizing feelings of the impassioned Dido on the departure by the stout old Capulet of the of Æneas. But the eagerness with premises. which he delivered himself up to The pursuits of Sir FRANCIS the sway of the potent wands of WENTWORTH are perfectly disour own native magicians, Shak- tinct from any that have been speare and the elder tragedians, hitherto described. This youth with Scott, Byron, and Coleridge was born and bred a staunch of the present day, was carried to Whig. Even in the nursery the an excess. I believe he had reached true principles were instilled into the perfection of human happiness, his expanding ideas with the greatwhen, having locked himself in his est assiduity. Instead of the comroom, this poetical enthusiast in- mon food with which the love of dulged in sentimental tears over the marvellous, so early evinced some favourite poem which he was by children, is usually served, reading aloud with energy and such as the astonishing exploits feeling. This sensibility often led of Jack the Giant Killer, or the Gerard into many other extrava- adventures of Tom Thumb; little gancies; and he was looked upon Frank was supplied with politias a romantic visionary by those cal caricatures and electioneering of the common mould. He would ballads. His laced baby-cap was frequently steal away from a com- made in the shape of that of fortable fire-side to wander on a liberty; and whenever he was adchilly autumn evening in the gloom mitted to the family dessert, to of Poet's Walk, with his arms have half a glass of wine on Papa's folded, to commune with solitude, knee, he was first required to to watch the fleecy clouds as they lisp out the patriotic toast of past over the glimmering moon, 66 The cause for which Hampden and, I was going to add, to me- bled in the field and Sydney peditate on some ideal beauty. But rished on the scaffold," long beno! Gerard was not a shadow fore he could possibly understand hunter : unexistent creatures of the import of the sentence; and the imagination were by no means to repeat after his uncle, in a shrill to bis taste, for he knew well how voice,-“The liberty of the Press to attach sufficient value to the -it is like the air we breathe ;" liquid blue eyes of a substantial -(while his eyes were evidently Charlotte, or the graceful figure turned towards the glass at the and auburn ringlets of a real latter part of the sentence,) “ if Sophia. Hence his pockets were we have it not, we die." The crammed with billet-doux and labours of the parents met with sonnets on the charms of the the success their most ardent adorable Miss R. T-, or the wishes anticipated. When he had Jast dying speech and confession now reached the period at which of the love-lorn Gerard, previous boys who are intended for public to his quenching the flames of schools prepare for their debut on passion in a cold bath. This
This a miniature world, his father (the amorous disposition led our Romeo late Sir Marmaduke) was a long into many ludicrous scrapes.
He time debating with himself at which has been shot at for a black cat; seminary the future hopes of the has narrowly escaped a man family should be placed. At first trap; has been well soused by his he was afraid that Eton was siJuliet, and soundly horsewhipped tuated too near the atmosphere of
a Court; and the main considera- Opposition, as one might readily tion was, the danger there might expect, made him more violent, be of Frank's principles becoming because the foundation had been corrupted. This school had also deeply laid in his infancy; and been disgraced, in his eyes, as the during the whole course of his nursery of Canning; but when boyhood, the most indefatigable he reflected, on the other hand, exertions had been used to build that it had had the honour of edu- a firm superstructure upon it. cating two such“ burning and Having therefore been beforehand shining lights” in the parliamen- furnished with arms, and well intary hemisphere as the great Fox, structed in the art of wielding and the kindred spirit who caught them, he had now a field opened the
mantle of the departing orator, for him on which to signalize himand with it an inspiration which self; and so successful did he has raised him to the pre-eminent prove, that he was at length tastation which he at present holds citly acknowledged as the Whig among his party,--the Earl Grey, Leader of the School. But such all scruples vanished, and Frank a distinction could not be obwas sent to Eton. Here, however, tained or permanently secured he did not find that coincidence without a close application to the of opinion which he had been in study of political economy. It is the habit of meeting with at his true that some, who pretend to father's table : nothing is more take the lead in this line, content foreign to the dispositions of the themselves with ringing the changes would-be politicians at school, on a certain string of set sentences, and at Eton in particular, than while their mouths are continu. sycophancy or complaisant con- ally full of aggravated philippics Cessions in party sentiments. It is against tyranny, taxation and opan independence of soul worthy pression, and theoretical panethe true offspring of Englishmen; gyrics upon universal liberty and and although it is the cause of a the unshackled freedom of the good deal of squabbling between press, without being able to bring the champions of opposite parties, them to bear really and substanwhich are as regularly organized tially on the question in debate. Juere as on the more extensive stage This is not the case with the young of the real world ;--- yet when we Baronet. From a close investiConsider that these are the minds gation of his darling study, and which will be hereafter summoned a sincere desire of information, he to the management of the helm of has lately learnt a degree of moLegislature, can it be otherwise deration in his assertions which than beneficial for themselves and was heretofore a desideratum. He their destinies, that they should still, however, pushes the same be exercising those talents here, outcries against existing corrup. which will be of so much import- tions, boroughmongers, and placeance in their maturity elsewhere? men ;-the extravagance of the Thus young Frank met with those expenditure, and the incapacity who were both willing and able of Ministers. Step into his room, to grapple with and discuss every and you will discover the man from notion which he advanced, and the company he keeps. The first had hitherto been taught to con- object which strikes the eye is sider asincontrovertible as Gospel. an immense bust of Charles James