96 TYLNEY HALL. the degrading comparison does her gross injustice. If in face and figure you are too blind to discover the united charms of a Rosalind, an Imogen, or a Laura, at least in the excellence of her mind, and the virtues of her heart, you ought, if not lost to feeling, to sensibility— " Aye, there you are on your hind legs, in a moment;" interrupted Ringwood, "but did I get vicious and rear up, and lash out, when you degraded Miss Twigg into Mad Moll, and Moll Flanders, and Judy, and the devil knows what besides ? But hark ye, Raby ; fair play's a jewel. Every body has a right to their own taste. You have yours and I have mine. Andl'll|lay odds the young ladies differ in their tastes as much as we do. The copies of verses that Miss Rivers is so fond of humming and strumming. Miss Twigg, maybe, would turn into curl-papers." " I should never feel surprised," said Raby, sharply, " at any act of Vandalism from Miss Twigg ; if she were even to tear leaves out of Spenser to put her hair in, and to try the heat of her tongs on the pages of Milton."
TYLNEY HALL. 97 " Like enough," retorted Ringwood. " Nor should I die of wonder if I heard Miss Rivers singing halfpenny ballads, or repeating Little Bo-peep."" " Except, that there is one circumstance," said Raby, " which makes assurance doubly sure to the contrary." " And what is that," enquired Ringwood con- temptuously, " which is to be such a safe hedge ? " " That she possesses," answered Raby, " all the sense you want; all the taste you are without; and all the feelings for the beautiful that you think you have." The colloquial pepper had been shaken out thus far, when, luckily, before the top of the castor could quite come off, the Baronet and Mrs. Hamilton appeared at the hall door, where the carriage was in waiting. Raby instantly descended the stairs, and followed his father and aunt into the coach; while Ringwood mounted his horse, taking care to place the vehicle between the Creole and himself ; and in this order they set forward. None of the parties spoke till the carriage had VOL. II. F