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"Well sister," said he at last," since I find my arguments have so little weight, I shall leave 'you to be convinced by your own judgment, "which I am certain will direct you better when "you are once acquainted with Lewellin, whom, "notwithstanding all your prejudice, I shall bring this afternoon, and insist upon your receiving him as my friend at least." "Since you oblige me to see him," she answered, “decen"cy compels me to treat him with civility; but "this you may expect, nor ought to take it ill of

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me, that if he makes any declaration of the "kind you mention, I shall give him such a "reply as will put a stop to any future thoughts ❝ of me, and convince him that I am determined, "whatever be my fate, never to wear a leek in bosom."

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It is utterly impossible to describe how much the brother was astonished and troubled to perceive that so obstinate a folly domineered over the excellent understanding of his sister. He doubted not, however, but the acquaintance of Lewellin, who was deservedly accounted one of the most accomplished and handsome men of the age, would have the same effect on her as on all others who had ever discoursed with him.

He, therefore, offered no farther opposition to her humour; but flattering himself with the pleasure he should afterwards have in rallying her on the change in her sentiments, he took his leave, thanking her in an ironical way, though gravely, for the consideration she shewed him in resolving to treat a Welshman well, because he was his friend. The full confidence that an acquaintance with Lewellin would change her ridiculous prejudice against his countrymen, prevented him from acquainting his friend with any thing which had passed, and, indeed, rather inspired him with hopes of success than the contrary. He only told him that in case he found Sabina at the second sight worthy those tender sentiments she had at first inspired him with, he thought it proper, as her temper was extremely reserved, that he should not make his declaration till by a repetition of his visits they were become better acquainted. This seemed so reasonable, that all impatient as the lover was, he could not but approve it, especially as his friend promised that he would in the mean time labour for his interest.

He accordingly acted for his friend in the most prudent manner; but alas, what wisdom is sufficient to combat rooted prejudice! Sabina could not but confess that her lover was a hand

some and accomplished man, yet the thoughts of his country counteracted all the effects of his numerous good qualities.

She performed her promise to her brother indeed, and received his friend with civility; but her behaviour was so distant and reserved, as to shew any one who was acquainted with her temper how little she was pleased with his company. Lewellin, however, was not unhappy enough to discover it; and imputing her extraordinary shyness to modesty, proposed to her brother several parties of pleasure, all of which she absolutely declined. When he mentioned ombre, she hated cards; if an excursion out of town, a country ramble was her aversion; Ranelagh gave her the vapours; Vauxhall gardens were too cold; the fire works at Cuper's were shocking; the season of plays was over for polite people; and a concert always made her melancholy. These refusals were accompanied with such marks of disdain, as overwhelmed her brother with vexation, and induced him to shorten his visit, much to the dissatisfaction of Lewellin, who in spite of the coldness and indeed ill humour of Sabina, thought her more charming at this second interview, than he had done at the first, and consequently, was more in love than


To avoid a conversation in which he must either deceive or pain his friend, the brother pretended an engagement, and parted from Lewellin the moment they quitted Sabina's lodgings. His sincere friendship for Lewelliu, and his tender regard for the welfare of his sister, rendered him extremely uneasy and perplexed. Early the next morning he went to her again; and after taking the privilege of a brother in condemning her conduct and the foolish prepossession which had occasioned it, he had recourse to arguments, and endeavoured to reason her out of a prejudice which had not the least foundation in truth or

common sense.

Had he been endowed with the eloquence of an angel, all his reasoning would have been lost on the perverse, the obstinate Sabina. Equally deaf to remonstrances or persuasions, she entreated him to persecute her no more with discoursing on so disagreeable a subject; and begged he would not take it ill, if in this instance she never could be brought to acquiesce in his opinion. To the question whether she found any thing disagreeable either in the person or conversation of Lewellin, she replied,." Although I cannot "deny that he is handsome, well-bred, witty, and genteel, yet as a Welshman he is my aversion." She declined any repetition of his visit, and con

cluded, "If you had that real affection for me "which you pretend, and which I might expect "from a brother, you would not desire me to "subject myself to such constraint, as to treat "with civility or even to sit in the company of a "native of Wales."

Meanwhile Lewellin, who little suspected his misfortune, had sought his friend and confidant while he was engaged with his sister; and not finding him at home, went to every place where they were accustomed to meet. But the brother, from unwillingness, to make a painful communication, avoided him so industriously that for three days all his researches were useless. This made Lewellin imagine, that all was not so right as he had at first flattered himself; that either the brother did not approve his

alliance, or that

Sabina herself objected to it. Impatient to be satisfied he went to his lodgings, and waited till his return, though it was late at night.

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The brother, surprised to see him, and unprepared for the meeting, could neither deny that he had purposely shunned him, nor conceal the motive. He delicately hinted the aversion of his sister to Wales, and owned his apprehension that his country would be an objection not easily removed. But as he did not

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