Chapter 18

Containing Observations

 The observations which we make when the narration of the fact is ended, are something like the sentiments delivered in the chorus in the ancient plays, a kind of moral on what was said; or like the moral as it is called to a fable. With this view, therefore, we shall endeavour to say something.

The young man that we have seen so deeply in love, was of a handsome personal appearance, and of an eye and physiognomy that indicated sensibility and understanding; and yet it is probable the female of whom he was so much enamoured, may have been both homely, and destitute of good mental qualities. Whence could a repulse in this case happen? From a thousand causes. We will specify some of them. The very circumstance of his being beyond her first hopes, may have put him beyond her last wishes. A female wooed by a man her superior, may be led to think she has still a chance of better; and that there must be diamonds in her hair, or some hidden advantage on her part, of which she was herself ignorant; otherwise such advances would not be made to her; or she may apprehend some defect on the part of the lover, of which he is conscious; otherwise, he would not stoop beneath his natural expectations.

It is possible the Amanda may not have been of the same class and quality with himself. This would of itself account for the repulse. Should the eagle come from the firmament, and make his advances to the pheasant, he would find himself unsuccessful; for the brown bird would prefer a lover of her own species; or should the reindeer, which is a most beautiful creature, woo a frog, the croaking animal would recede into the marsh, and solace itself with a paramour of its own choosing.-- When, therefore, unexperienced young persons place their affections on an object, and do not find a suitable return, they ought to save their pride, and make the inference, that they had descended from their element, and fastened on an animal unworthy of their notice.

These observations, in addition to those made by the Captain to the young man, may be of use to unfortunate lovers; and if so, it will be a recompense for the trouble we have given ourselves in making them.