« VorigeDoorgaan »
general having an eye to both front and rear, or a lar endeavours in the province of Spectator, to pious man taking a review and prospect of his past correct the offences committed by Starers, who and future state at the same time.
disturb whole assemblies without any regard to "I must own, that the names, colours, qualities, time, place, or modesty. You complained also, and turns of eyes, vary almost in every head; for, that a starer is not usually a person to be con not to mention the common appellations of the vinced by the reason of the thing, nor so easily black, and the blue, the white, the gray, and the rebuked as to amend by admonitions. I thought like; the most remarkable are those that borrow therefore fit to acquaint you with a convenient their titles from animals, by virtue of some par- mechanical way, which may easily prevent or corticular quality of resemblance they bear to the eyes rect staring, by an optical contrirance of new perof the respective creatures; as that of a greedy spective-glasses, short and commodious like operarapacious aspect takes its name from the cat, that glasses, fit for short-sighted people as well as others, of a sharp piercing nature from the hawk, those of these glasses making the objects appear either as an amorous roguish look derive their title even they are seen by the naked eye, or more distinct, from the sheep, and we say such a one has a though somewhat less than life, or bigger and sheep's-eye, not so much to denote the innocence, nearer. A person may, by the help of this invenas the simple slyness, of the cast. Nor is this me- tion, take a view of another without the imperti. taphorical inoculation a modern invention, for we nence of staring; at the same time it shall not be find Homer taking the freedom to place the eye of possible to know whom or what he is looking at. an ox, bull, or cow, in one of his principal god. One may look towards his right or left hand, when desses, by that frequent expression of
he is supposed to look forwards. This is set forth The ox-eyed venerable Juna
at large in the printed proposals for the sale of “Now as to the peculiar qualities of the eye, acre, next door to the White Hart. Now, Sir, as
these glasses, to be had at Mr. Dillon's in Longthat fine part of our constitution seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions, appetites, this invention for the benefit of modest spectators,
your Spectator has occasioned the publishing of and inclinations, as the mind itself; at least it is the inventor desires your admonitions concerning the outward portal to introduce them to the house the decent use of it; and hopes, by your recomwithin, or rather the common thoroughfare to let mendation, that for the future beauty may be beour affections pass in and out. Love, anger, pride, held without the torture and confusion which it and avarice, all visibly move in those little orbs. suffers from the insolence of starers. By this I know a young lady that cannot see a certain means you will relieve the innocent from an insult gentleman pass by without showing a secret desire of which there is no law to punish, though it is a seeing him again by a dance in her eye-balls; nay, greater offence than many which are within the she cannot, for the heart of her, help looking half cognisance of justice.” a street's length after any man in a gay dress. You
“I am, Sir, your most humble servant, cannot behold a covetous spirit walk by a gold
“ ABRAHAM Spy." smith's shop without casting a wishful eye at the heaps upon the counter. Does not a haughty person show the temper of his soul in the supercilious No. 251.] TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1711. roll of his eye? and how frequently in the height
Linguæ centum sunt, oraque centum, of passion does that moving picture in our head start and stare, gather a redness and quick flashes
A hundred mouths, a hundred tongues, of lightning, and make all its humours sparkle And throats of brass inspir'd with iron lungs.-DRIDN. with fire, as Virgil finely describes it,
THERE is nothing which more astonishes a fo
reigner, and frights a country squire, than the Scintillæ absistunt : oculis micat acribus ignis.—Æn. xii. 101. Cries of London. My good friend Sir Roger often
declares that he cannot get them out of his head A fiery stream, and sparkles from his eyes.--DRYDEN.
or go to sleep for them, the first week that he is in “ As for the various turns of the eye-sight, such town. On the contrary, Will Honeycombe calls as the voluntary or involuntary, the half or the them the Ramage de la Ville, and prefers them to whole leer, I shall not enter into a very particular the sound of larks and nightingales, with all tbe account of them; but let me observe, that oblique music of fields and woods. I have lately received vision, when natural, was anciently the mark of a letter from some very odd fellow upon this subbewitchery and magical fascination, and to this ject, which I shall leave with my reader, without day it is a malignant ill look; but when it is forced saying any thing further of it. and affected, it carries a wanton design, and in playhouses, and other public places, this ocular in
“I am a man out of all business, and would willtimation is often an assignation for bad practices. ingly turn my head to any thing for an honest liveliBut this irregularity in vision, together with such hood. I have invented several projects for raising enormities, as tipping the wink, the circumspective many millions of money without burdening the sub roll, the side-peep through a thin hood or fan, mustject, but I cannot get the parliament to listen to me, be put in the class of Heteroptics, as all wrong who look upon me, forsooth, as a crack, and a pronotions of religion are ranked under the general, ector; so that despairing to enrich either myself name of Heterodox. All the pernicious applica-or my country by this public-spiritedness, I would tions of sight are more immediately under the di- make some proposals to you relating to a desiga rection of a Spectator, and I hope you will arm which I have very much at heart, and which may your readers against the mischiefs which are daily procure me a handsome subsistence, if you will be done by killing eyes, in which you will highly pleased to recommend it to the cities of London oblige your wounded unknown friend, “T. B" and Westminster. “Mr. SPECTATOR,
The post I would aim at, is to be comptroller“ You professed in several papers your particu-general of the London Cries, which are at present
VIRG. Æn. vi. 625.
Ardentis ab ore
From his wide nostrils flies
under no manner of rules or discipline. I think I and are in my opinion much more tuneable than the am pretty well qualified for this place, as being a former. The cooper in particular swells his last man of very strong lungs, of great insight into all note in a hollow voice, that is not without its har. the branches of our British trades and manufac- mony; nor can I forbear being inspired with a most tures, and of a competent skill in music.
agreeable melancholy, when I bear that sad and “The Cries of London may be divided into solemn air with which the public are very often Focal and instrumental. As for the latter, they are asked, if they have any chairs to mend? Your own at present under a very great disorder.. A freeman memory may suggest to you many other lamentable of London has the privilege of disturbing a whole ditties of the same nature, in which the music is street for an hour together, with a twanking of a wonderfully languishing and melodious. brass kettle or frying-pan. The watchman's thump “I am always pleased with that particular time at midnight startles us in our beds as much as the of the year which is proper for the pickling of dill breaking in of a thief. The sowgelder's horn has and cucumbers; but alas! this cry, like the song of indeed something musical in it, but this is seldom the nightingale, is not heard above two months. It heard within the liberties. I would therefore pro-would therefore be worth while to consider, whether pose, that no instrument of this nature should be the same air might not in some cases be adapted to made use of, which I have not tuned and licensed, other words. after having carefully examined in what manner it “It might likewise deserve our most serious conmay affect the ears of her majesty's liege subjects. sideration, how far, in a well-regulated city, those
á Vocal cries are of a much larger extent, and humourists are to be tolerated, who, not contented indeed so full of incongruities and barbarisms, that with the traditional cries of their forefathers, have we appear a distracted city to foreigners, who do invented particular songs and tunes of their own: not comprehend the meaning of such enormou such as was, not many years since, the pastry-man, outcries. Milk is generally sold in a note above commonly known by the name of the Colly-MollyE-la, and in sounds so exceedingly shrill, that it Puff:* and such as is at this day the vender of often sets our teeth on edge. The chimney-sweeper powder and wash-balls, who, if I am rightly inis confined to no certain pitch; he sometimes utters formed, goes under the name of Powder-Wat. himself in the deepest bass, and sometimes in the “I must not here omit one particular absurdity sharpest treble; sometimes in the highest, and which runs through this whole vociferous generation, sometimes in the lowest, note of the gamut. The and which renders their cries very often not only same observation might be made on the retailers incommodious, but altogether useless to the public. of sınall-coal, not to mention broken glasses, or I mean, that idle accomplishment which they all of brick-dust. In these, therefore, and the like cases, them aim at, of crying so as not to be understood. it should be my care to sweeten and mellow the Whether or no they have learned this from several voices of these itinerant tradesmen, before they of our affected singers, I will not take upon me to make their appearance in our streets, as also to say; but most certain it is, that people inow the accommodate their cries to their respective wares; wares they deal in rather by their tures than by and to take care in particular, that those may not their words; insomuch that I have sometimes seen make the most noise, who have the least to sell, a country boy run out to buy apples of a bellowswhich is very observable in the venders of card- mender, and gingerbread from a grinder of knives matches, to whom I cannot but apply that old pro
and scissars. Nay, so strangely infatuated are verb of 'Much cry, but little wool."
some very eminent artists of this particular grace in “Some of these last-mentioned musicians are so a cry, that none but their acquaintance are able to very loud in the sale of these trifling manufactures, guess at their profession; for who else can know, that an honest splenetic gentleman of my acquaint- that work if I had it should be the signification ance bargained with one of them never to come of a corn-cutter ? into the street where he lived. But what was the “Forasmuch, therefore, as persons of this rank. effect of this contract? Why the whole tribe of are seldom men of genius oi capacity I think it card-matchmakers which frequent that quarter would be very proper that some men of good sense passed by his door the very next day, in hopes of and sound judgment should preside over these public being bought off after the same manner.
cries, who should permit none to lift up their voices " It is another great imperfection in our London in our streets, that have not tuneable throats, and Cries, that there is no just time nor measure ob-are not only able to overcome the noise of the crowd, served in them. Our news should indeed be pub- and the rattling of coaches, but also to vend their lished in a very quick time, because it is a commo- respective merchandises in apt phrases, and in the dity that will not keep cold. It should not, how- most distinct and agreeable sounds. I do therefore ever, be cried with the same precipitation as fire. humbly recommend myself as a person rightly qualiYet this is generally the case. A bloody battle fied for this post; and'if I meet with fitting encoualarms the town from one end to another in an in- ragement, shall communicate some other projects stant. Every motion of the French is published in which I have by me, that may no less conduce to so great a hurry, that one would think the enemy the emolument of the public. Fere at our gates. This likewise I would take upon
“I am, Sir, &c. me to regulate in such a manner, that there should C.
“ RALPH CROTCHET.” be some distinction made between the spreading of a victory, a march, or an encampment, a Dutch, a
This little man was but just able to support the basket of Portugal, or a Spanish mail. Nor 'must I omit pastry which he carried on his head, and sung in a very pecu
liar tone the cant words which passed into his name Collyunder this head those excessive alarms with which Molly-Puff. There is a half-sheet print of him in the Set of several boisterous rustics infest our streets in turnip London Cries, M. Lauron, del. P. Tempest, exc. Granger's season; and which are more inexcusable, because Biographical History of England. they are wares which are in no danger of cooling upon their hands.
* There are others who affect a very slow time,
No. 252.] WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1711. this is heathen Greek to those who have not con
versed by glances. This, Sir, is a language in Erranti, passiinque oculos per cuncta ferenti.
which there can be no deceit, nor can a skilful obVIRG. Æn. ii. 570.
server be imposed upon by looks, even among poliExploring every place with curious eyes."
ticians and courtiers. If you do me the honour to “MR. SPECTATOR,
print this among your speculations, I shall in my “I am very sorry to find by your discourse upon Dext make you a present of secret history, by trans the eye, that you have not thoroughly studied the lating all the looks of the next assembly of ladies nature and force of that part of a beauteous face. and gentlemen into words, to adorn some future Had you ever been in love, you would have said ten paper. thousand things, which it seems did not occur to
“I am, Sir, your faithful Friend,
“ MARY HEARTFREE.” you. Do but reflect upon the nonsense it makes men talk; the flames which it is said to kindle, the ~ MR. SPECTATOR, transport it raises, the dejection it causes in the “I have a sot of a husband that lives a very scanbravest men, and if you do believe those things are dalous life; who wastes away his body and fortune expressed to an extravagance, yet you will own, in debaucheries; and is immoveable to all the arguthat the influence of it is very great, which moves ments I can urge to him. I would gladly know men to that extravagance. Certain it is, that the whole whether in some cases a cudgel may not be allowed strength of the mind is sometimes seated there; that as a good figure of speech, and whether it may not be a kind look imparts all tirat a year’s discourse could lawfully used by a female orator. give you, in one moment. What matters it what
" Your humble Servant, she says to you ? 'see how she looks,' is the lan
“BARBARA CRABTREE.” guage of all who know what love is. When the mind is thus summed up, and expressed in a glance,
*. “MR. SPECTATOR, did you never observe a sudden joy arise in the
Though I am a practitioner in the law of some countenance of a lover? Did you never see the at. standing, and have heard many eminent pleaders tendance of years paid, overpaid in an instant ? in my time, as well as other eloquent speakers of You a Spectator, and not know that the intelligence both universities, yet I agree with you, that women of affection is carried on by the eye only; that good, are better qualified to succeed in oratory than the breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart, and men, and believe this is to be resolved into natural act a part of continual restraint, while nature has
You have mentioned only the volubility preserved the eyes to herself, that she may not be of their tongues; but what do you think of the disguised or misrepresented. The poor bride can silent flattery of their pretty faces, and the persua: give her hand, and say, 'I do,' with a languishing sion which even an insipid discourse carries with it air, to the man she is obliged by cruel parents to when flowing from beautiful lips, to which it would take for mercenary reasons, but at the same time be cruel to deny any thing? It is certain, too, that she cannot look as if she loved; her eye is full of they are possessed of some springs of rhetorie which sorrow, and reluctance sits in a tear, while the of men want, such as tears, fainting fits, and the like, fering of a sacrifice is performed in what we call which I have seen employed upon occasion, with the marriage ceremony. Do you never go to plays? good success. You must know that I am a plain Cannot you distinguish between the eyes of those man, and love my money; yet I have a spouse who who go to see, from those who come to be seen? 1 is so great an orator in this way, that she draws am a woman turned of thirty, and am on the obser- from me what sum she pleases. Every room in my vation a little; therefore, if you or your corre- house is furnished with trophies of her eloquence; spondent bad consulted me in your discourse on the rich cabinets, piles of china, japan screens, and eye, I could have told you that the eye of Leonora costly jars; and if you were to come into my great is slily watchful while it looks negligent; she looks parlour, you would fancy yourself in an India Ware round her without the help of the glasses you speak house. Besides this she keeps a squirrel, and I am
and yet seems to be employed on objects directly doubly taxed to pay for the china be breaks. She before her. This eye is what affects chance-medley, is seized with periódical fits about the time of the and on a sudden, as if it attended to another thing subscriptions to a new opera, and is drowned in turns all its charms against an ogler. The eye of tears after having seen any woman there in finer Lusitania is an instrument of premeditated murder; clothes than herself. These are arts of persuasion but the design being visible, destroys the execution purely feminine, and which a tender heart cannot of it; and with much more beauty than that of Leo- resist. What I'would therefore desire of you, is, to nora, it is not half so mischievous. There is a brave prevail with your friend who has promised to dissoldier's daughter in town, that by her eye has been sect a female tongue, that he would at the same the death of more than ever her father made fly be-time give us the anatomy of a female eye, and ex: fore him. A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, plain the springs and sluices which feed it with such a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an en-ready supplies of moisture ; and likewise show by raged eye makes beauty deformed. This little mem- what means, if possible, they may be stopped at a ber gives life to every other part about us, and I be
Or indeed, since there is lieve the story of Argus
implies no more, than that something so moving in the very image of weeping the eye is in every part; that is to say, every other beauty, it would be worthy his art to provide, that part would be mutilated, were not its force repre- these eloquent drops may no more be lavished on sented more by the eye than even by itself. But trifles
, or employed as servants to their wayward
wills; but reserved for serious occasions in life, to With various power the wonder-working eye
adorn generous pity, true penitence, or real sorrow. Can awe, or soothe, reclaim, or lead astray.
“ I am," &c. The motto in the original folio was different, and likewise taken from Virg. Ecl. ii. 103.
Nescio quis teneros oculus mihi fascinat agnos.
No. 2531 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1711. they are placed in so beautiful a light, and illus
trated with such apt allusions, that they have in Indignor quicquam reprehendi, non quia crasso Compositum, illepideve putetur, sed quia nuper.
them all the graces of novelty, and make the reader
Hor. 1 Ep. ii. 76. who was before acquainted with them, still more I feel my honest indignation rise,
convinced of their truth and solidity. And here When with affected air a coxcomb cries,
give me leave to mention what Monsieur Boileau The work I own has elegance and ease,
has so very well enlarged upon in the preface to But sure no modern should presume to please. his works, that wit and fine writing do not consist
so much in advancing things that are new, as in There is nothing which more denotes a great giving things that are known an agreeable turn. mind than the abhorrence of envy and detraction. It is impossible for us, who live in the latter ages of This passion reigns more among bad poets than any the world, to make observations in criticism, moraother set of men.
lity, or in any art or science, which have not been As there are none more ambitious of fame than touched upon by others. We have little else left those who are conversant in poetry, it is very natu- us, but to represent the common sense of mankind ral for such as have not succeeded in it, to depre-in more strong, more beautiful, or more uncommon ciate those who have. For since they cannot raise lights. If a reader examines Horace's Art of themselves to the reputation of their fellow-writers, Poetry, he will find but very few precepts in it, they must endeavour to sink that to their own pitch, which he may not meet with in Aristotle, and which if they would still keep themselves upon a level were not commonly known by all the poets of the with them.
Augustan age. His way of expressing and apply. The greatest wits that ever were proauced in one ing them, not his invention of them, is what we are age, lived together in so good an understanding, chiefly to admire. and celebrated one another with so much generosity, For this reason I think there is nothing in the that each of them receives an additional lustre from world so tiresome as the works of those critics who his contemporaries, and is more famous for having write in a positive dogmatic way, without either lived with men of so extraordinary a genius, than language, genius, or imagination. If the reader if he had himself been the sole wonder of the age. would see how the best of the Latin critics wrote, he I need not tell my reader, that I here point at the may find their manner very beautifully described in reign of Augustus; and I believe he will be of my the characters of Horace, Petronius, Quintilian, opinion, that neither Virgil nor Horace would have and Longinus, as they are drawn in the essay of gained so great a reputation in the world, had they which I am now speaking. not been the friends and admirers of each other. Since I have mentioned Longinus, who in his Indeed all the great writers of that age, for whom reflections has given us the same kind of sublime, singly we have so great an esteem, stand up toge- which he observes in the several passages that occa ther as vouchers for one another's reputation. But sioned them; I cannot but take notice that oui at the same time that Virgil was celebrated by English author has after the same manner exemGallus, Propertius, Horace, Varius, Tucca, and plified several of his precepts in the very precepts Ovid, we know that Bavius and Mævius were his themselves. I shall produce two or three instances declared foes and calumniators.
of this kind. Speaking of the insipid smoothness In our own country a man seldom sets up for a poet, which some readers are so much in love with, he without attacking the reputation of all his brothers has the following verses : in the art. The ignorance of the moderns, the scribblers of the age, the decay of poetry, are the
These equal syllables alone require,
Tho' oft the ear the open vowels tire, topics of detraction with which he makes his en- While expletives their feeble aid do join, trance into the world: but how much more noble
And ten low words oît creep in one dull line. is the fame that is built on candour and ingenuity,
The gaping of the vowels in the second line, the according to those beautiful lines of Sir John Den-expletive do” in the third, and the ten monosylham, in his poem on Fletcher’s works:
lables in the fourth, give such a beauty to this pas-
ancient poet. The reader may observe the followNor deeds thy juster title the foul guilt
ing lines in the same view:
A needless Alexandrine ends the song,
That like a wounded snake drags its slow length along. I am sorry to find that an anthor, who is very
And afterward, justly esteemed among the best judges, has admitted some strokes of this nature into a very fine poem;
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence,
The sound must seem an echo to the sense. I mean the Art of Criticism, * which was published
Sost is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, some months since, and is a master-piece in its And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; kind. The observations follow one another like But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, those in Horace's Art of Poetry, without that me
The hoarse rough verse should like the torrent roar.
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, thodical regularity which would have been requisite The line too labours, and the words move slow; in a prose author. They are some of them uncom- Not so, when swist Camilla scours the plain, mont but such as the reader must assent to, when Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main. he sees them explained with that elegance and per- The beautiful distich upon Ajax in the foregoing spicuity in which they are delivered. As for those lines puts me in mind of a description in Homer's which are the most known, and the most received, Odyssey, which none of the critics have taken notice
of. It is where Sisyphus is represented lifting his • See Pope's Works, vol. v. p. 201. 6 vols. Edit. Lond. 12mo. stone up the hill, which is no sooner carried to the 1770
See Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope, sect. III. top of it, but it immediately tumbles to the bottom p. 97. 2d ed 1763.
This double motion of the stone is admirably do scribed in the number of these verses; as in the four in any public places with your husband, and never first it is heaved up by several spondees intermixed to saunter about St. James's-park together: if you with proper breathing-places, and at last trundles presume to enter the ring at Hyde-park together, down in a continued line of dactyls ;
you are ruined for ever: nor must you take the
least notice of one another, at the playhouse, o. I turn'd my eye, and as I turn d survey'd A mournful vision! the Sisyphian shade:
opera, unless you would be laughed at for a very With many a weary step, and many a groan,
loving couple, most happily paired in the yoke of Up the high hill he heaves a huge round stone.
wedlock. I would recommend the example of an The buge round stone, resulting with a bound,
acquaintance of ours to your imitation; she is the Thunders impetuous down, and smokes along the ground.
POPE most negligent and fashionable wife in the world; It would be endless to quote verses out of Virgil husband, and if they happen to meet, you would
she is hardly ever seen in the same place with her which have this particular kind of beauty in the think them perfect strangers ; she was never heard numbers; but I may take an occasion in a future paper, to show several of them which have escaped to name him in his absence, and takes care he shall
never be the subject of any discourse that she has the observations of others.
a share in. I hope you will propose this lady as a I cannot conclude this paper without taking notice that we have three poems in our tongue, which pattern, though. I am very much afraid you will be are of the same nature, and each of them a master: wives, much brighter examples. I wish it may
so silly as to think Portia, &c. Sabine and Roman piece in its kind; the Essay on Translated Verse,* the Essay on the Art of Poetry, and the Essay upon quated creatures so far as to come into public in
never come into your head to imitate those anti Criticism.-C.
the habit, as well as air, of a Roman matron. You
make already the entertainment at Mrs. Modish's No. 254.) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1711
tea-table: she says, she always thought you a dis
creet person, and qualified to manage a family with Virtuous love is honourable, but lust increaseth sorrow.
admirable prudence; she dies to see what demure When I consider the false impressions which and serious airs wedlock has given you, but she are received by the generality of the world, I am says, she shall never forgive your choice of so galtroubled at none more than a certain levity of lant a man as Bellamour, to transform him into a thought, which many young women of quality have mere sober husband; it was unpardonable. You entertained, to the hazard of their characters, and see, my dear, we all envy your happiness, and no the certain misfortune of their lives. The first of person more than the following letters may best represent the faults
" Your humble Servant I would now point at; and the answer to it, the
"Lydia." temper of mind in a contrary character.
“Be’not in pain, good madam, for my appearance “ My Dear HARRIET,
town; I shall frequent no public places, or make " If thou art she, but oh how fallen, how changer, any visits where the character of a modest wife is what an apostate ! how lost to all that is gay and ridiculous. As for your wild raillery on matrimony, agreeable ! To be married I find is to be buried it is all hypocrisy; you, and all the handsome young alive; I cannot conceive it more dismal to be shut women of your acquaintance, show yourselves to no up in a vault to converse with the shades of my other purpose, than to gain a conquest over some ancestors, than to be carried down to an old manor-man of worth, in order to bestow your charms and house in the country, and confined to the conversa-fortune on him. There is no indecency in the contion of a sober husband, and an awkward chamber- fession; the design is modest and honourable, and maid. For variety I suppose you may entertain all your affectation cannot disguise it. yourself with madam in her grogram gown, the "1 am married, and have no other concern but spouse of your parish vicar, who has by this time, I to please the man I love; he is the end of every am sure, well furnished you with receipts for mak- care I have; If I dress, it is for him; If I read a ing salves and possets, distilling cordial waters, poem, or a play, it is to qualify myself for a conmakiug syrups, and applying poultices,
versation agreeable to his taste; he is almost the "Blest solitude ! I wish thee joy, my dear, of end of my devotions ; half my prayers are for his thy loved retirement, which indeed you would per- happiness. I love to talk of him, and never hear suade me is very agreeable, and different enough him named but with pleasure and emotion. I am from what I have here described : but, child, I am your friend, and wish you happiness, but am sorry afraid thy brains are a little disordered with ro-to see, by the air of your letter, that there are a set mances and novels. After six months' marriage of women who are got into the common-place railto hear thee talk of love, and paint the country lery of every thing that is sober, decent, and proper: scenes so softly, is a little extravagant; one would matrimony and the clergy are the topics of people think you lived the lives of sylvan deities, or roved of little wit and no understanding. I own to you, among the walks of paradise, like the first happy I have learned of the vicar's wife all you tax me pair. But pray thee leave these whimsies, and with. She is a discreet, ingenious, pleasant, pious come to town in order to live and talk like other womar; I wish she had the handling of you and mortals. However, as I am extremely interested Mrs. Modish; you would find, if you were too in your reputation, I would willingly give you a free with her, she would soon make you as charmhttle good advice at your first appearance under ing as ever you were; she would make you blush the character of a married woman. It is a little in as much as if you never had been fine ladies. solent in me, perhaps, to advise a matron; but I am The vicar, madam, is so kind as to visit my hus80 afraid you will make so silly a figure as a fond band, and his agreeable conversation has brought wife, that I cannot help warning you not to appear him to enjoy many sober happ: hours when even !
am shut out, and my dear master is entertained only . By the earl of Roscommon. :
with his own thoughts. These things, dear madam,