264 TYLNEY HALL. for any extravagance; indeed, he was only with- held by main force from inflicting on the culprit a paternal pummelling. Nothing, however, could prevent his railing; and he actually raved at the offender, vowing to starve him, to make a beggar of him, to kick him out of the firm, and to cut him off with a shilling—and a bad shilling, too, if he coined one for the purpose. He made him over, bones, blood, and limbs, to the gallows, to the grave, to the devil. " Pooh, pooh, pooh ! " interposed the oracular Deputy Dobbs ; " wine is wine', and a frolic is a frolic. Youth is youth, and we were all young once." "Young!" ejaculated Twigg, " I wish he had never been a day old ! I wish he'd been still- born ! I don''t know what he's had, but I wish it had choked him ! " Pooh, pooh, pooh ! " repeated the Deputy. " Blood's blood, a son is a son, and a father is a father." " I know all that," retorted Twigg; " but don't go to excuse him; pray don't, for it's unexcusable.
TYLNEY HALL. 217 The Clown, an indifferent scholar, painfully puzzles out his written part, with a vexed brow, a sleepy eye, and a most dogged mouth ; as rueful and for- lorn a figure to expect quips and cranks from, as the skull of poor Yorick. The very Fairies, delayed in their aerial descent by some hitch in the ma- chinery, hang dangling aloft with faces full of terror and pain, while by frequent changes of pos- ture, they hint to maternal anxiety, that their darling little limbs are horribly cramped by sitting on wooden clouds. The Sylphs scream from fright, and Cupid whimpers with hunger. All is noise and hubbub; for Pope's rule of optimism is re- versed—Whatever is, is wrong. Nature stands on her head instead of the clown, and capers and throws summersets, till her phenomena are all topsy-turvy. Skies fall, water will not find its level, and the moon silvers the trees with a blood- red light ; the thunder runs a race with the light- ning and gets first. Unnatural connexions take place amongst the scenery, and produce monsters. A view of Regent Street, by new laws of attraction, VOL. II. L