« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
531. On the Idea of the Supreme Being
ritorious Writings-Adrian's Verses STEELE
Letter from Mr. Sly on Hats.............. STEELE
tions of their Children-on Rudeness
Dapperwit's Question-from a Gro-
from Mr. Sly
her Letter on proper Employment
for Beaux-Character of a Shoeing-
537. On the Dignity of Human Nature...... HUGHES
538. On Extravagance in Story-telling-Epi-
taph in Pancras Church-yard ......
539. The Intentions of a Widow respecting
racter of Sir Roger de Coverley and
on his own Situation
the Pope-Note froin Mr. Sly
Daughter-Letter on a generous Be-
Letter from Sir Andrew Freeport on
ter on Law-phrases
Tradesmen - Motteux - Harris -
Rowley-Proposals for new Globes... STEELE
Commendations of him........
554. On the Improvement of Genius
of Assistance Letter from the Aca-
demy of Painting
bassador of Bantam
their Burthens, a Dream
a pert Baggage-on the Author's re-
covering his Speech ....
a choleric Gentleman
Characters of Mankind
N° 515. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1712.
Pudet me et miseret, qui barum mores cantabat mihi,
TER. Heaut. Act. ii. Sc. 3. I am ashamed and grieved, that I neglected his advice, who gave
me the character of these creatures.
• Mr. SPECTATOR, I
AM obliged to you for printing the account I lately sent you of a coquette who disturbed a sober congregation in the city of London. That in. telligence ended at her taking a coach, and bidding the driver go where he knew. I could not leave her so, but dogged her, as hard as she drove, to Paul's church-yard, where there was a stop of coaches attending company coming out of the cathedral. This gave me an opportunity to hold up a crown to. her coachman, who gave me the signal, that he would hurry on, and make no haste, as you know the way is when they favour a chase. By his many
kind blunders, driving against other coaches, and slipping off some of his tackle, I could keep up with him, and lodged my fine lady in the parish of St. James's. As I guessed, when I first saw her at church, her busi
ness is to win hearts, and throw them away, regarding nothing but the triumph. I have had the happiness, by tracing her through all with whom I heard she was acquainted, to find one who was intimate with a friend of mine, and to be introduced to her notice. I have made so good a use of my time, as to procure
from that intimate of hers one of her letters, which she writ to her when in the country. This epistle of her own may serve to alarm the world against her in ordinary life, as mine, I hope, did those who shall behold her at church. The letter was written last winter to the lady who gave it me; and I doubt not but you will find it the soul of an happy self-loving dame, that takes all the admiration she can meet with, and returns none of it in love to her admirers.
« DEAR JENNY,
“ I am glad to find you are likely to be disposed of in marriage so much to your approbation, as. you
You say you are afraid only of me, for I shall laugh at your spouse's airs. I beg of you not to fear it, for I am too nice a discerner to laugh at any, but whom most other people think fine fellows; your
dear may bring you hither as soon as his horses are in case enough to appear in town, and you be very safe against any raillery you may apprehend from me; for I am surrounded with coxcombs of my own making, who are all ridiculous in a manner wherein your good man, I presume, cannot exert himself. As men who cannot raise their fortunes, and are uneasy under the incapacity of shining in courts, rail at ambition; so do awkward and insipid women, who cannot warm the hearts, and charm the eyes of men, rail at affectation : but she that has the joy of seeing a man's heart leap into his. eyes at beholding her, is in no pain for want of