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from myself. For I imagine, from the appearance and actions of the automata, assisted by your knowledge of the history, you will be at no loss to discover the subject of conversation.
Mrs. N.-Come, Amelia, do not be ceremonious, Mr. Davenport has paid so polite a compliment to your mamma, that for her honour, neither yourself nor your sister, must trouble him with many questions; but explain the representation, in the best manner in your power: Harriot, as you are the youngest, favour us first with
your opinion. Harriot.-0 mamma, there are so many figures in this scene, that I am sure I shall not be able to explain it, do permit my sister; perhaps, the gentleman will show us an easier one by
Mrs. N.-Amelia, oblige your sister and proceed.
Amelia.- I think, Sir, that the man who has just crossed the scene, with some straw, and has now brought some water to wash the feet of his visitor, and his attendants, must be Laban; he presents meat also to them, the servant declines the hospitable offer, and although, Sir, you will not permit your ventriloquist to assist me, yet the figure which now appears speaking, has such an expressive action, I almost think I hear him say, I will not eat until I have told my errand.
How attentively Rebekah listens to his tale! I do not think the bloom upon her countenance, arises from disapprobation, but rather indicates the pleasure which she feels, while he proceeds to acquaint the family with the design of his visit, and the success with which he had already been favoured.
The father and brother of the damsel
appear at once to comply with his request. I admire the faithful servant, well did he deserve so good a master; see how he again bows himself almost to the earth, as receiving his answer both from God and from man. He was not only a trusty, but a wise servant; not only a good man, but a man of great address. His attendants, at his direction, now bring in the treasures; jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, also elegant and superb dresses, which the well-pleased Rebekah very courteously receives.
You find, Miss, said the exhibitor, that it was an antient custom for ladies to be fond of a little finery; and travellers assert, that the same desire prevails in every country, to the present time.
Mrs. N—Then, Sir, if that be correct, ladies should not be blamed for introducing new fashions.
D.-I assure you, Madam, I by no means censure the ladies for doing so, change of fashions, may absolutely be requisite, for the benefit of the community; I wish one were now introduced, that would not only be generally approved, but universally adopted, by the whole population of the empire; such an one would please our manufacturers, bring our looms into active service, employ the poor, and be advantageous to all.
Now, Miss Harriot, a scene is prepared, which I imagine you will at once recognize, favour me with your opinion.
Harriot-I fear I shall not be able to describe it, so well as my sister; looking into the Camera, added, I see a venerable old man, reposing on a bed, or rather a sofa, he appears as if he were blind. A young man enters