believe thee: there is a crown for thee. Drive on, tious to you as the twenty-ninth of April; and percoachman.'

haps my resentment may get the better of my geneThis vehicle though sacred to love, was not rosity, and I may no longer scorn to fight one who adorned with doves : such a hieroglyphic denoted is not my equal, with unequal weapons: there are too languishing a passion. Orland, therefore, gave such things as scandalums magnatums ; therefore, the eagle, as being of a constitution which inclined take heed hereafter how you write such things as Í him rather to seize his prey with talons, than pine cannot easily answer, for that will put me into a for it with murmurs.


'I order you to handle only these two propositions, From my own Aparlment, August 2.

to which our dispute may be reduced : the first, I have received the following letter from Mr. Powel whether I have not an absolute power, whenever í of Bath, who, I think, runs from the point between us; please, to light a pipe with one of Punch's legs, or which I leave the whole world to judge.

warm my fingers with his whole carcass? the second,

whether the devil would not be in Punch, should he TO ISAAC BICKERSTAFF, ESQ.

by word or deed oppose my sovereign will and pleaSIR,

Bath, July 28. sure? and then, perhaps, I may, if I can find leisure • Having a great deal of more advantageous busi- for it, give you the trouble of a second letter. ness at present on my hands, I thought to have . But if you intend to tell me of the original of deferred answering your Tatler of the twenty-first puppet-shows; and the several changes and revoluinstant until the company was gone and season over; tions that have happened in them since Thespis, and but, having resolved not to regard any impertinencies I do not care who, that is Noli me tangere!' I have of your paper, except what relate particularly to me, solemnly engaged to say nothing of what I cannot I am the more easily induced to answer you, as I approve. Or, if you talk of certain contracts with shall find time to do it. First, partly lest you should the mayor and burgesses, or fees to the constables, think yourself neglected, which I have reason to for the privilege of acting, I will not write one single believe you would take heinously ill. Secondly, word about any such matters; but shall leave you partly because it will increase my fame, and conse- to be mumbled by the learned and very ingenious quently my audience, when all the quality shall see author of a late book, who knows very well what is with how much wit and raillery I show you I do to be said and done in such cases. He is now shufnot care a fart!ring for you. Thirdly, partly because thing the cards, and dealing to Timothy; but if he ibeing without books, if I do not show much learning, wins the game, I will send him to play at back-gamI will not be imputed to my having none.

mon with you; and then he will satisfy you that I have travelled Italy, France, and Spain, and duce-ace makes five. fully comprehended whaterer any German artist in

' And so, submitting myself to be tried by my the world can do; yet cannot I imagine why you country, and allowing any jury of twelve good men should endearour to disturb the repose and plenty and true, to be that country; not excepting any, which, though unworthy, I enjoy at this place. It unless Mr. Isaac Bickerstaff to be of the pannel, for cannot be, that you take offence at my prologues and you are neither good nor true. I bid you heartily epilogues, which you are pleased to miscall foolish farewell; and am,

"Sir, and abusive. No, no, until you give a better, I shall

• Your loving friend, not forbear thinking that the true reason of your

· POWEL.' picking a quarrel with me was, because it is more agreeable to your principles, as well as more to the Proper cuts for the historical part of this paper, are honour of your assured victory, to attack a governor. now almost finished, by an engraver lately arrived Mr. Isaac, Mr. Isaac, I can see into a mill-stone as from Paris, and will be sold at all the toy-shops in far as another, as the saying is; you are for sowing London and Westminster. the seeds of seditions and disobedience among my puppets, and your zeal for the good old cause would make you persuade Punch to pull the string from No. 51.] SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1709.

White's Chocolate-house, August 5. his chops, and not move his jaw when I have a mind he should harangue. Now, I appeal to all men, if | CONTINUATION OF THE HISTORY OF ORLANDO THE this be not contrary to that unaccountable and uncontrollable dominion, which by the laws of nature I FORTUNE being now propitious to the gay Orlando, etercise over them; for all sorts of wood and wire he dressed, he spoke, he moved as a man might be were made for the use and benefit of man : I have, supposed to do in a nation of pygmies, and had an therefore, an unquestionable right to frame, fashion, equal value for our approbation or dislike. It is and put them together as I please; and having made usual for those who profess a contempt for the world them what they are, my puppets are my property, to fly from it and live in obscurity; but Orlando, and therefore my slaves; nor is tliere in nature any with a greater magnanimity, contemned it, and apthing more just, than the homage which is paid by peared in it to tell them so. If, therefore, his exa less to a more excellent being : so that by the alted mien met with an unwelcome reception, he was right, therefore, of a superior genius, I am their sure always to double the cause which gave the supreme moderator, although you would insinuate, distaste. You see our beauties affect a negligence in agreeably to your levelling principles, that I am the ornament of their hair, and adjusting their headla myself but a great puppet, and therefore have but a dresses, as conscious that they adorn whatever they co-ordinate jurisdiction with them. I suppose, I Orlando had not only this humour in common have now sufficiently made it appear, that I have a with other beautics, but also had a neglect whether paternal right to keep a puppet-show, and this right things became him or not, in a world he contemned. I will maintain in my prologues on all occasions. For this reason, a noble particularity appeared in all

And, therefore, if you write a defence of yourself his economy, furniture, and equipage. And to conagainst this my self-defence, I admonish you to keep vince the present little race, how unequal all their within bounds; for every day will not be so propi- measures were to Antediluvian, as he he called himTHE TATLER, No. 12.






him :

self, in respect of the insects which now appear for swered, ' The gentleman you were talking to assumed men, he sometimes rode in an open tumbril, of less your air and countenance so exactly, that all fell size than ordinary, to show the largeness of his a-laughing to see how little you knew yourself, and limbs, and the grandeur of his personage, to the how much you were enamoured with your own image. greater advantage. At other seasons, all his ap- But that person,' continued my monitor, if mea pointments had a magnificence, as if it were formed would make the right use of him, might be as instruby the genius of Trimalchio of old; which showed mental to their reforming errors in gesture, language, itself in doing ordinary things with an air of pomp and speech, as a dancing-master, linguist, or orator. and grandeur. Orlando therefore called for tea by You see he laid yourself before you with so much beat of drum; his valet got ready to shave him by a address, that you saw nothing particular in his betrumpet to horse; and water was brought for his haviour : he has so happy a knack of representing teeth, when the soun:l was changed to boots and errors and imperfections, that you can bear your saddle.

faults in him as well as in yourself; he is the first In all these glorious excesses from the common mimic that ever gave the beauties, as well as the practice, did the happy Orlando live and reign in an deformities, of the man he acted. What Mr. Dryden uninterrupted tranquillity, until an unlucky accident said of a very great man, may be well applied to brought to his remembrance, that one evening he was married before he courted the nuptials of Villaria.

-“ He seems to be Several fatal memorandums were produced to revive

Not one, but all mankind's epitome." ; the memory of this accident; and the unhappy lover was for ever banished her presence, to whom he owed You are to know, that this pantomime may be said the support of his just renown and gallantry. But to be a species of himself: he has no commerce vith distress does not debase noble minds; it only changes the rest of mankind, but as they are the objects e. the scene, and gives them new glory by that altera- imitation; like the Indian fowl, called the Mock-bird, tion. Orlando therefore now rares in a garret, and who has no note of his own, but hits every sound in calls to his neighbour-skies to pity his dolours, and the wood as soon as he hears it; so that Mirroar is to find redress for an unhappy lover. All high spirits, at once a copy and an original. Poor Mirrour's fate, in any great agitation of mind, are inclined to relieve as well as talent, is like that of the bird we just now themselves by poetry: the renowned porter of Oliver spoke of; the nightingale, the linnet, the lark, are had not more volumes around his cell in his college delighted with his company; but the buzzard, the of Bedlam, than Orlando in his present apartment.crow, and the owl, are observed to be his mortal And though inserting poetry in the midst of prose be enemies. Whenever Sophronius meets Mirrour, be thought a licence among correct writers not to be receives him with civility and respect, and well knows indulged, it is hoped the necessity of doing it, to give a good copy of himself can be no injury to him; but a just idea of the hero of whom we treat, will plead | Bathillus shuns the street where he expects to meet for the liberty we shall hereafter take to print Or- him; for he that knows his every step and look is lando's soliloquies in verse and prose, after the manner constrained and affected, must be afraid to be rivalled of great wits, and such as those to whom they are in his action, and of having it discovered to be nearly allied.

unnatural by its being practised by another as well Will's Coffee-house, August 5.

as himself. A good company of us were this day to see, or

From my own Apartment, August 5. rather to hear, an artful person do several feats of Letters from Corentry and other places have been activity with his throat and windpipe. The first sent to me, in answer to what I have said in relation thing wherewith he presented us, was a ring of bells, to my antagonist, Mr. Powel; and advise me with which he imitated in a most miraculous manner: warm language to keep to subjects more proper for after that, he gave us all the different notes of a pack me than such high points. But the writers of these of hounds to our great delight and astonishment. epistles mistake the use and service I proposed to the The company expressed their applause with much learned world by such observations : for you are to noise ; and never was heard such a harmony of men understand, that the title of this paper gives me a and dogs : but a certain plump, merry fellow, from right in taking to myself, and in inserting in it, all an angle of the room, fell a-crowing like a cock so such parts of any book or letter which are foreign to ingeniously, that he won our hearts from the other the purpose intended, or professed by the writer ; s3 operator in an instant. As soon as I saw him, I re- that, suppose two great divines should argue, and collected I had seen him on the stage, and immedi- treat each other with warmth and levity unbecoming ately knew it to be Tom Mirrour, the comical actor. their subject or character, all that they say unfit for He immediately addressed himself to me, and told that place is very proper to be iuserted here. Theremc, • he was surprised to see a virtuoso take satis- fore, from time to time, in all writings which shall faction in any representations below that of human hereafter be published, you shall have from me erlife;' and asked me, whether I thought this acting tracts of all that shall appear not to the purpose; and belis and dogs was to be considered under the notion for the benefit of the gentle reader, I will show what of wit, humour, or satire? Were it not better,' to turn over unread, and what to peruse. For this continued he,' to have some particular picture of end I have a mathematical sieve preparing, in which I man laid before your eyes, that might incite your will sist every page and paragraph; and all that falls laughter ?' He had no sooner spoke the word, but through I shall make bold with for my own use. The he immediately quitted his natural shape, and talked same thing will be as beneficial in speech; for all to me in a very different air and tone from what he superfluous expressions in talk fal to me also: as had used before ; upon which, all that sat near us when a pleader at the bar designs to be extremely laughed; but I saw no distortion in his countenance, impertinent and troublesome, and cries, Under or any thing that appeared ta me disagreeable. I favour of the court with submission, my lord asked Pacolet, 'what meant that sudden whisper I humbly offer-and, 'I think I hare well conabout us ? for I could not take the jest,' He an- sidered this matter; for I would be very far from

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trifling with your lordship's time, or trespassing excellences you leave off, and acquaint me with your upon your patience-however, thus I will renture to manner of charming: for I take the liberty of our say- and so forth. Or else, when a sufficient friendship to say, that whe: I consider my own self-conceited coscomb is bringing out something in statue, motion, complexion, wit, or breeding, I cannot his own praise, and begins, 'Without vanity, I must think myself any way your inserior; yet do I go take this upon me to assert.' There is also a trick through crowds without wounding a man, and all my which the fair sex have, that will greatly contribute acquaintances marry round me, while I live a virgin to swell my volumes : as, when a woman is going to unasked, and I think unregarded.' abuse her best friend, Pray, says she, have you

Delamira heard her withı great attention, and, with heard what is said of Mrs. such-a-one ? am heartily that dexterity which is natural to her, told her, that sorry to hear any thing of that kind of one I have so all she had above the rest of her sex and contempogreat a value for ; but they make no scruple of telling rary beauties was wholly owing to a fan, (that was it; and it was not spoken of to me as a secret, for left her by her mother, and had been long in the now all the town rings of it.' All such flowers in family) which, whoever had in possession, and used rhetoric, and little refuges for malice, are to be noted, with skill, should command the hearts of all her and naturally belong only to Tatlers. By this method, beholders ; and since,' said she smiling, I have no you will immediately find folios contract themselves more to do with extending my conquests or triinto octavos, and the labours of a fortnight got over in umphs, I will make you a present of this inestihalf a day.

mable rarity.' Virgulta made her expressions of the St. James's Coffee-house, August 5.

highest gratitude for so uncommon a confidence in

her, and desired she would show her what was Last night arrived a mail from Lisbon, which gives peculiar in the management of that utensil, which a very pleasing account of the posture of affairs in rendered it of such general force while she was misthat part of the world, the enemy having been neces. tress of it.' Delamira replied, “You see, madam, sitared wholly to abandon the blockade of Olivenza. Cupid is the principal figure painted on it; and the These advices say, that Sir John Jennings is arrived at skill in playing this fan is, in your sereral motions of Lisbon. When that gentleman left Barcelona, his it, to let him appear as little as possible; for honour Catholic Majesty was taking all possible methods for able lovers fly all endeavours to ensnare them; and carrying on an offensive war. It is observed with your Cupid must hide his bow and arrow, or he will great satisfaction in the court of Spain, that there is never be sure of his game. You may observe,' conå very good intelligence between the general officers : tinued she, “that in all public assemblies, the sexes Count Staremberg and Mr. Stanhope acting in al seem to separate themselves, and draw up to attack things with such unanimity, that the public affairs each other with eye-shot : that is the time when the receire great advantages from their personal friend- fan, which is all the armour of a woman, is of most ship and esteem to each other, and mutual assistance use in our defence; for our minds are construed by in promoting the service of the common cause. the waving of that little instrument, and our thoughts

This is to give notice, that if any able-bodied Pas appear in composure or agitation, according to the latine will enter into the bonds of matrimony with motion of it. You may observe, when Will Peregrine Betty Pepin, the said Palatine shall be settled in a

comes into the side-box, Miss Gaty flutters her fan freehold of forty shillings per annum in the county of as a fly does its wings round a candle ; while her Middlesex,

elder sister, who is as much in love with him as she is, is as grave as a restal at his entrance ; and the

consequence is accordingly. He watches half the No. 52.] TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1709.

play for a glance from her sister, while Gatty is overWhite's Chocolate-house, August 7.

looked and neglected. I wish you heartily as much

success in the management of it as I have had: If DELAMIRA RESIGNS HER FAN.

you think fit to go on where I left off, I will give Long had the crowd of the gay and young stood you a short account of the execution I have made in suspense, as to their fate, in their passion to the with it. beauteous Delamira ; but all their hopes are lately • Cymon, who is the dullest of mortals, and though vanished, by the declaration that she has made of her a wonderful great scholar, does not only pause, but choice, to take the happy: Archibald for her com- seems to take a nap with his eyes open between every panion for life. Upon her making this known, the other sentence in his discourse : him have I made a expence of sweet powder and jessamine are consider- leader in assemblies : and one blow on the shoulder ably ab.ted; and the mercers and milliners complain as I passed by him has raised him to a downright of her want of public spirit in not continuing longer impertinent in all conversations. The airy Will a secret which was so much the benefit of trade. But Sampler is become as lethargic by this my wand, as so it has happened ; and no one was in confidence Cymon is sprightly. Take it, good girl, and use it with her in carrying on this treaty, but the matchless without mercy; for the reign of beauty net er lasted Virguita, whose despair of ever entering the matri- full three years, but it ended in marriage or condemmonial state made her, some nights before Delamira's nation to virginity. As you fear, therefore, the one, resolution was published to the world, address herself and hope for the other, I expect an hourly journal to her in the following manner :

of your triumphs; for I have it by certain tradition, · Delamira! you are now going into that state of that it was given to the first who wore it, by an life wherein the use of your charms is wholly to be enchantress, with this remarkable power, that it applied to the pleasing only one man. That swim- bestows a husband in half-a-year on her who does ming air of your body, that janty bearing of your not overlook her proper minute ; but assigns to a long head over one shoulder, and that inexpressible beauty despair the woman who is well offered, and neglects in your manner of playing your fan, must be lowered that proposal. May occasion attend your charms, into a more confined behaviour; to show that you and your charms slip no occasion! Give me, I say, would rather shun than receive addresses for the an account of the progress of your forces at our next future. Therefore, dear Delamira, give me those meeting; and you shall hear what I think of my new

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condition. I should meet my future spouse this of his study and labour ; insomuch, that it was said moment. Farewell. Live in just terror of the by an old sage, 'Sure Nestor will not be saunous, dreadful words, She was.'

for the habitations of gods, as well as men, are built

by his contrivance.' But this bashful quality stil From my own Apartment, August 8. put a daw.p upon his great knowledge, which has as

fatal an effect upon men's reputations as poverty; I had the honour this evening to visit some ladies, for as it was said, 'the poor man saved the city, and where the subject of the conversation was Modesty ; the poor man's labour was forgot ;' so here fe ind, which they commended as a quality quite as becom- ' the modest man built the city, and the modest man's ing in men as in women. I took the liberty to say, skill was unknown.' ! it might be as beautiful in our behaviour as Thus we see, every man is the maker of bis theirs, yet it could not be said, that it was as suc- own fortune ; and what is very odd to consider, cessful in life; for as it was the only recommendation he must in some measure be the trumpeter of his in them, so it was the greatest obstacle to us, both in own fame; not that men are to be tolerated sku love and business. A gentleman present was of my directly praise themselves ; but they are to be mind, and said, that we must describe the differ- endued with a sort of defensire eloquence, by ence between the modesty of women and that of men, which they shall be always capable of expressing or we should be confounded in our reasoning upon it ; the rules and arts whereby they gorern themselves. for this virtue is to be regarded with respect to our Varillus was the man, of all I hare read of, the different ways of life. The woman's province is, to happiest in the true possession of this quality of be careful in her economy, and chaste in her affec- modesty. My author says of him, modesty in Variltions : the man's, to be active in the improvement of lus is really a virtue, for it is a voluntary qu his fortune, and ready to undertake whatever is and the effect of good sense. He is naturaliy beld consistent with his reputation for that end. Modesty, and enterprising; but so justly discreet, that he therefore, in a woman, has a certain agreeable fear nerer acts or speaks any thing, but those who behold in all she enters upon; and, in men, it is composed him know he has sorbore much more than he has of a right judgment of what is proper for them to performed or uttered, out of deference to the persons attempt. From hence it is, that a discreet man is before whom he is. This makes Varillus truly amialways a modest one. It is to be noted that modesty able, and all his attempts successful; for, as bad as in a man is never to be allowed as a good quality, the world is thought to be by those who are perhaps but a weakness, if it suppresses his virtue, and hides unskilled in it, want of success in our actions is it from the world, when he has at the same time a generally owing to want of judgment in what we mind to exert himself. A French author says, very ought to attempt, or a rustic modesty, which will justly, that modesty is to the other virtues in a man, not give us leave to undertake what we ought. Bat what shade in a picture is to the parts of the thing | how unfortunate this diffident temper is to those who represented. It makes all the other beauties con- are possessed with it, may be best seen in the success spicuous, which would otherwise be but a wild heap of such as are wholly unacquainted with it. of colours. This shade in our actions must, there- We have one peculiar elegance in our language fore, be very justly applied; for, if there be too above all others, which is conspicuous in the term much, it hides our good qualities, instead of showing • Fellow.' This word, added to any of our adjectives, them to advantage.

extremely varies, or quite alters, the sense of that Nestor in Athens was an unhappy instance of this with which it is joined. Thus though a modest truth; for he was not only in his profession the man' is the most unfortunate of all men, yet 'a greatest man of that aye, but had given more proofs modest feHow' is as superlatively happy. “A modest of it than any other man erer did ; yet, for want of fellow' is a ready creature, who, with great kumilitr, that natural freedom and audacty which is necessary and as great forwardness, visits his patrons at all in commerce with men, his personal modesty over- hours, and meets them in all places, and has threw all his public actions. Nestor was in those moderate an opinion of himself, that he makes his days a skilful architect, and in a manner the inventor court at large. If you will not give him a great of the use of mechanic powers; which he brought employment, he will be glad of a little one. He has to so great persection, that he knew to an atom so great a deference for his benefactor's judgment, what foundation would bear such a superstructure; that as he thinks himself fit for any thing he can and they record of him, that he was so prodigiously get, so he is above nothing which is offered. He is exact, that, for the experiment's sake, he built an like the young bachelor of arts, who came to town edifice of great beauty, and seeming strength; but recommended to a chaplain's place; but none being contrived so as to bear only its own weight, and not vacant, modestly accepted that of a postilion. to admit the addition of the least particle. This We have very many conspicuous persons of this building was beheld with much admiration by all undertaking yet modest turn; I have a grandson the virtuosi of that time; but fell down with no other who is very happy in this quality: I sent him in pressure, but the settling of a Wren upon the top of the time of the last peace into France. As soon it. Yet Nestor's modesty was such, that his art and as he landed at Calais, he sent me an exact account skill were soon disregarded, for want of that manner of the nature of the people, and the policies of the with which men of the world support and assert the king of France. I got him since chosen a member merit of their own performances. Soon after this of a corporation; the modest creature, as soon as instance of his art, Athens was, by the treachery of he came into the common-council, told a senior its enemies, burned to the ground. This gave burgess, he was perfectly out of the orders of their Nestor the greatest occasion that ever builder had to house. In other circumstances, he is so thoroug! ly render his name immortal, and his persou venerable : modest a fellow,' that he seems to pretend only to for all the new city rose according to his disposition, things he understands. He is a citizen only at court

, and all the monuments of the glories and distresses and in the city a courtier. In a word, to speak the of that people were erected by that sole artist : nay, characteristical difference between 'a modest man" all their temples as well as houses, were the effects and “a modest fellow;' the modest man is in doubt

in all his actions ; a modest fellow never has a doubt that there are some genios which are not capable of from his cradle to his grave.

pure affection, and a man is born with talents for it as much as for poetry or any other science.

Osmyn began too late to find the imperfection of No. 53.] THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1709.

his own heart, and used all the methods in the world White's Chocolate-house, August 10.

to correct it, and argue himself into return of desire

and passion for his wife, by the contemplation of her THE CIVIL HUSBAND.

excellent qualities, his great obligations to her, and The fate and character of the inconstant (jmyn the high value he saw all the world except himself is a just excuse for the little notice taken by his did put upon her. But such is man's unhappy widow of his departure out of this life, which was condition, that though the weakness of the heart has equally troublesome to Elmira, his faithful spouse, a prevailing power over the strength of the head, yet and to himself. That life passed between them after the strength of the head has but small force against this manner, is the reason the town has just now the weakness of the heart. Osmyn, therefore, received a lady with all that gaiety, after having struggled in vain to revive departed desire ; and for been a relict but three months, which other women that reason resolved to retire to one of his estates in hardly assume under fifteen, after such a disaster.

the country, and pass away his hours of wedlock in Elmira is the daughter of a rich and worthy citizen, the noble diversions of the field; and in the fury of who gave her to Osmyn with a portion which might a disappointed lover, made an oath to leave neither have obtained her an alliance with our noblest houses, stag, fox, or hare living, during the days of his wife. and fixed her in the eye of the world, where her Besides that country-sports would be an amusement, story had not been now to be related : for her good

he hoped also that his wife would be half killed by qualities had made her the object of universal esteem the very sense of seeing this town no more, and among the polite part of mankind, from whom she would think her lise ended as soon as she left it. He has been banished and immured until the death of communicated his design to Elmira, who received it, her jailor. It is now full fifteen years since that as now she did all things, like a person too unhappy beauteous lady was given into the hands of the happy to be relieved or afflicted by the circumstance of Osmyn, who, in the sense of all the world, received place. This unexpected resignation made Osmyn at that time a present more valuable than the resolve to be as obliging to her as possible; and if. possession of both the Indies. She was then in her he could not prevail upon himself to be kind, he early bloom, with an understanding and discretion took a resolution at least to act sincerely, and comvery little inferior to the most experienced matrons. municate frankly to her the weakness of his temper, She was not beholden to the charms of her sex, that to excuse the indifference of his behaviour. He her company was preferable to any Osmyn could meet disposed his household in the way to Rutland, so as with abroad; for, were all she said considered with he and his lady travelled only in the coach for the out regard to her being a woman, it might stand the convenience of discourse. They had not gone many eramination of the severest judges. She had all the miles out of town, when Osmyn spoke to this beauty of her own sex, with all the conversation purpose: accomplishments of ours. But Osmyn very soon My dear, I believe I look quite as silly now I am grew surfeited with the charms of her person by going to tell you I do not love you, as when I first possession, and of her mind by want of taste; for he told you I did. We are now going into the country was one of that loose sort of men, who have but one together, with only one hope for making this life reason for setting any value upon the fair sex; who agreeable, survivorship: desire is not in our power; consider even brides but as new women, and conse- mine is all gone for you.

What shall we do to carry quently neglect them when they cease to be such. it with decency to the world, and hate one another All the merit of Elmira could not prevent her with discretion ? becoming a mere wise within a few months after her The lady answered, without the least observation nuptials; and Osmyn had so little relish for her on the extravagance of his speech : conversation, that he complained of the advantages of · My dear, you have lived most of your days in a it. My spouse,' said he to one of his companions, court, and I have not been wholly unacquainted with

is so very discreet, so good, so virtuous, and I know that sort of life. In courts, you see good-will is not what, that I think her person is rather the object spoken with great warmth, ill-will covered with great of esteem than of love: and there is such a thing as civility. Men are long in civilities to those they a merit which causes rather distance than passion.' | hate, and short in expressions of kindness to those But there being no medium in the state of matrimony, they love. Therefore, my dear, let us be well-bred their life began to take the usual gradations to become still; and it is no matter, as to all who see us, whether the most irksome of all beings. They grew in the we love or hate: and to let you see how much you first place very complaisant; and having at heart a are beholden to me for my conduct, I have both certain knowledge that they were indifferent to each hated and despised you, my dear, this half-year; and other, apologies were made for every little circumstance yet neither in language or behaviour has it been which they thought betrayed their mutual coldness. visible but that I loved you tenderly. Therefore, as This lasted but a few months, when they showed a I know you go out of town to divert life in pursuit of difference of opinion in every trifle ; and, as a sign of beasts, and conversation with men just above them; fertain decay of affection, the word “perhaps, was so, my life, from this moment, I shall read all the introduced in all their discourse. I have a mind to learned cooks who have ever writ; study broths, go to the park,' says she ; but perhaps, my dear, plasters, and conserves, until, from a fine lady I you will want the coach on some other occasion.' become a notable woman, We must take our minds He would very willingly carry her to the play; but a note or two lower, or we shall be tortured by perhaps she had rather go to lady Centaur's and play jealousy or anger. Thus, I am resolved to kill all at O.nbre.' They were both persons of good dis- keen passions, by employing my mind on little subjects, cerning, and soon found that they mortally hated each and lessening the easiness of my spirit ; while you' other by their manner of hiding it. Certain it is, my dear, with much ale, exercise, and ill company'

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