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N° 252 Wednesday, December 19, 1711,
Erranti, pafimque oculos per cuncta ferenti:
Virg. Æn. 2. - Ver. 570. Exploring ev'ry place with curious eyes.
• Mr. Spectator,
the eye, that you have not thoroughly studied the na
ture and force of that part of a beauteous face. Had
you ever been in love, you would have said ten thousand things, which it seems did not occur to you:
do but reflect upon the nonsense it makes men talk, < the flames which it is said to kindle, the transport it raises, the dejection it causes in the bravest men; and you
do believe those things are expreffed to an extravagance, yet you will own, that the influence of it is very great which moves men to that extrava
gance. tain it is, that the whole strength of th + mind is sometimes seated there; that a kind look im
parts all, that a year's discourse could give you, in one moment. What matters it what the fays to you? see
• how she looks—is the language of all who know what * love is. When the mind is thus summed up and • expressed in a glance, did you never observe a sudden
joy arise in the countenance of a lover? Did you never • see the attendance of years paid, over-paid, in an in• ftant? You a Spectator, and not know that the intelli
gence of affection is carried on by the eye only; that • good-brecding has made the tongue falffy the heart, and • act a part of continual constraint, while nature has pre« served the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised
or misrepresented. The poor bride can give her hand, • and say, “ I dc,” with a languishing air, to the man she ' is obliged by cruel parents to take for mercenary rea
fons, but at the same time she cannot look as if she loved; her eye is full of sorrow, and reluctance sits in
a tear, while the offering of the facrifice is performed ' in what we call the marriage ceremony. Do you never
go to plays? Cannot you distinguish between the eyes • of those who go to fee, from those who come to be ' seen? I am a woman turned of thirty, and am on the & observation a little; therefore if you or your correspon* dent had consulted me in your discourse on
I • could have told you that the eye of Leonora is Nilywatch* ful while it looks negligent; she looks round her with
out the help of the glasses you speak of, and yet seems
to be employed on objects dire&tly before her. This • eye is what affects chance-medley, and on a sudden, as • if it attended to another thing, turns all its charms.
against an ogler. The eye of Lusitania is an instrument • of premeditated murder; but the design being visible, « destroys the execution of it; and with much more beau
ty than that of Leonora, it is not half so mischievous. « There is a brave soldier's daughter in town, that by her
eye has been the death of more than ever her father • made fly before him. A beautiful eye makes Silence
eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an
enraged eye makes beauty deformed. This little memIber gives life to every other part about us, and I be. 4 lieve the story of Argus implies no more than that the
eye is in every part, that is to say, every other part would be mutilated, were not its force represented more:
by the eye than even by itself. But this is heathen • Greek to those who have not conversed by glances. "This, Sir, is a language in which there can be no : • deceit, nor can a skilful observer be imposed upon by " looks even among politicians and courtiers. If you
do s- me the honour to print this among your speculations, "I shall in my next make you a present of fecret history,
by translating all the looks of the next assembly of la• dies and gentlemen into words, to adorn some future paper. Tam, Sir,
6. Your faithful friend,
Mary Heartfree? Dear Mr. Spectator',
Have a lot of a husband that lives a very scandalous
life, and wastes away his body and fortune in debaucheries, and is immoveable to all the arguments
I can urge to him. I would gladly know whether in fome cases a cudgel may not be allowed as a good
figure of speech, and whether it may not be lawfully Giused by a female orator..
6. Your humble servant,
& Barbara Crabtree.*** «Mr. Spectator', THough I am a practitioner in the law of fome.
standing, and have heard many emirient .plead=.
my time, as well as other eloquent fpeakers." « of both universities, yet
with are : better qualified to succeed in oratorys: " than the men, and believe this is to be resolved iñto" 6-natural causes. You have mentioned only the volu.
bility of their tongue"; but what do you think of. • the silent flattery of their pretty faces, and the perer fuafion which even an insipid discourse carries with it* & when flowing from beautiful lips,--to which it would • be cruel to deny any thing? It is certain toom-that." - they are poffeffed of some springs of rhetoric which
men want, such as tears, fainting fits, and the like, • which I have seen employed upon occasion with good
success. You must know I am a plain man and love my' money; yet I have a spoase who is so great an oratorina