36 THE PAVILION.
Edward asked why his mother called it oriental.
" Because," she said, " it resembles the palaces of the eastern princes. Some say that it was modelled from a design brought from China, by lord Amherst."
" Ah!" said Edward, " our old friend, lord Amherst; he went to Batavia, you know, for help for captain Maxwell and his crew, after the wreck of the Alceste, while all those brave men were left on the little island of Puloleat."
His mother said she was glad he remembered the story; and then went on to describe her visit to the Pavilion.
" We entered," she said, " on the western side, where the garden is si-