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As soon as the Sermon is finished, no Body presumes to ftir till Sir ROGER is gone out of the Church. The Knight walks down from his Seat in the Chancel between a double Row of his Tenants, that stand bowing to hiin on cach Side ; and every now and then enquires how such an one's Wife, or Mother, or Son, or Father do, whom he does not see at Church; which is understood as a secret Reprimand to the Person that is absent.
THE Chaplain has often told me, that upon a Cate. chising-day, when Sir ROGER has been pleased with a Boy that answers well, he has ordered a Bible to be given him next Day for his Encouragement; and sometimes accompanies it with a Flitch of Bacon to his mother. Sir ROGER has likewise added five Pounds a Year to the Clerk's Place; and that he may encourage the young Fellows to make themselves perfect in the Church-Service, has promised upon the Death of the present Incumbent, who is very old, to bestow it according to Merit.
THE fair Understanding between Sir Roger and his Chaplain, and their mutual Concurrence in doing Good, is the more remarkable, because the very next Village is famous for the Differences and Contentions that rise between the Parson and the 'Squire, who live in a perpetual State of War. The Parson is always preaching at the 'Squire, and the 'Squire to be revenged on the Parsoni never comes to Church. The 'Squire has made all his Tenants Atheists and Tithe-Stealers; while the Parson instructs them every Sunday in the Dignity of his Order, and insinuates to them in almost every Sermon, that he is a better Man than his Patron. In short, Matters are come to such an Extremity, that the 'Squire has not said his Prayers either in publick or private this half Year; and that the Parfon threatens him, if he does not mend his Manners, to pray for him in the face of the whole Congregation.
FEUDS of this Nature, though too frequent in the Country, are very fatal to the ordinary People; who are so used to be dazled with Riches, that they pay as much Deference to the Understanding of a Man of an Estate, as of a Man of Learning; and are very hardly brought to regard any Truth, how important foever it may be, that
is is preached to them, when they know there are several Men of five hundred a Year who do not believe it. L
Tuesday, July 10.
Virg. IN my first Description of the Company in which I I pass most of my Time, it may be remembred that I
mentioned a great Affiliation which my Friend Sir ROGER had met with in his Youth; which was no less than a Disappointment in Love. It happened this Evening, that we fell into a very pleasing Walk at a Distance from his House: As soon as we came into it, “ Itis, quoth - the good old Man, looking round him with a Smile, very • hard, that any Part of my Land should be settled upon
one who has used me so ill as the perverse Widow did; i and yet I am sure I could not see a Sprig of any Bough 's of this whole Walk of Trees, but I should reflect upon o her and her Severity. She has certainly the finest Hand
of any Woman in the World. You are to know this was o the place wherein I ufed to muse upon her; and by that I Custom I can never come into it, but the same tender "Sentiments revive in my mind, as if I had actually walk• ed with that beautiful Creature under these Shades. I
I have been Fool enough to carve her Name on the Bark r of several of these Trees; so unhappy is the Condition
of Men in Love, tó attempt the removing of their Pallicon by the Methods which serve only to imprint it deeper.
She has certainly the finest Hand of any Woman in the "World.
HERE followed a profound Silence; and I was not displeased to observe my Friend falling so naturally into a Discourse, which I had ever before taken Notice he industriously avoided. After a very long Paule, he entered upon an Account of this great Circumstance in his Life, with an Air which I thought raised my Idea of him above what I had ever had before ; and gave me the Picture of that chearful Mind of his, before it received that Stroke
which has ever since affected his Words and A&ions. But he went on as follows,
I came to my Estate in my Twenty second Year, and resolved to follow the steps of the most worthy of iny • Ancestors, who have inhabited this Spot of Earth before • me, in all the Methods of Hospitality and good Neigh
bourhood, for the Sake of my Fame; and in Country
Sports and Recreations, for the Sake of my Health. In s my Twenty third Year I was obliged to serve as Sheriff
of the County; and in my Servants, Officers, and whole • Equipage, indulged the Pleasure of a young Man (wbo • did not think ill of his own Person) in taking that pub:lick Occasion of shewing my Figure and Behaviour to • Advantage. You may easily imagine to your self what • Appearance I made, who am pretty tally rid well, and ' was very well dressed, at the Head of a whole County,
with Musick before me, a Feather in my Hai, and my " Horse well bitted. I can assure you I was not a little o pleased with the kind Looks and Glances I had from all
the Balconies and Windows, as I rode to the Hall where
the Allizes where held. But when I came there, a beau6 tiful Creature in a Widow's Habit fat in Court, to hear • the Event of a Cause concerning her Dower.. This com' manding Creature (who was born for Deftruction of all ' who behold her) put on such a Resignation in her Coun.' tenance, and bore the Whispers of all around the Court
with such a pretty Uneasiness, I warrant you, and then
recovered herself from one Eye to another, 'till she was • perfectly confused by meeting something so wistful in • all she encountered, that at lait, with a Murrain to her,
she cafts her bewitching Eye upon me. I no sooner met it, but I bowed like a great surprized Booby; and know
ing her Cause to be the first which came on, I cried, . like a captivated Calf as I was, Make way for the De.. fendant's Witnesses. This sudden Partiality made all the
County, immediately see the Sheriff also was become a * Slave to the fine Widow. During the Time her Cause
was upon Tryal, she behaved herself I warrant you, ' with such a deep Attention to her Business, took Oppor8 tunities to have little Billets handed to her Council, then
would be in such a pretty Confusion, occasioned, you r.must know, by ading before so much Company, that
• not only I but the whole Court was prejudiced in her • Favour; and all that the next Heir to her Husband had • to urge, was thought fo groundlelfs and frivolous, that " when it came to her Council to reply, there was not • half so much said as every one besides in the Court
thought he could have urged to her Advantage. You • must understand, Sir, this perverse Woman is one of 6 those unaccountable Creatures, that secretly rejoice in • the Admiration of Men, but indulge themselves in no furs ther Confequences. Hence it is that she has ever had a "Train of Admirers, and she removes from her Slaves in • Town to those in the Country, according to the Seasons
of the Year. She is a reading Lady, and far gone in the • Pleasures of Friendship: She is always accompanied by ' a Confident, who is Witness to her daily Proteftations against our Sex, and consequently a Bar to her first Steps
towards Love, upon the Strength of her own Maxims .and Declarations.
HOWEVER, I must needs say this accomplished ; Mistress of mine has distinguished me above the rest, and - lras been known to declare Sir ROGER DE COVERLEY :r was the tamest and most human of all the Brutes in the - Country. "I was told she said fo, by one who thought - he rallied me; but upon the Strength of this sender En. « couragement of being thought least detestable, I made * new Liveries, new paired my Coach-Horses, sent them r all to Town to be bitted, and taught to throw their • Legs well, and move all together, before I pretended to
.cross the Country, and wait upon her. As soon as I " thought my Retinue suitable to the Character of my • Fortune and Youth, I set out from hence to make my • Addresses. The particular Skill of this Lady has ever “ been to enflame your Wilhes, and yet command Repsect. • To make her Mistress of this Art, she has a greater Share • of Knowledge, Wit, and good Sense, than is usual even . among Men of Merit. Then she is beautiful beyond the • Race of Women.. If you won't let her go on with a s certain Artifice with thier Eyes, and the Skill of Beauty, < she will arin her self with her real Charms, and strike 6 you with Admiration instead of Desire. It is certain that - if you were to behold the whole Woman, there is tbat « Digaity in her Aspect, that Composure in her Motion,
that Complacency in her Manner, that if her. Form < makes you hope, her Merit makes you fear. But then « again, she is such a desperate Scholar, that no country. • Gentleman can approach her without being a Jeft. As I
was going to tell you, when I came to her House I was - admitted to her Presence with great Civility; at the 6 same time she placed her self to be first seen by me in
such an Attitude, as I think you call the Posture of a ** Picture, that she discovered new Charms, and I at laft 6 came towards her with such an Awe as made me fpeech« less. This she no sooner observed but she made her Ad. I vantage of it, and began a Discourse to me concerning • Love and Honour, as they are both followed by Pres " tenders, and the real Votaries to them. When she had dif. "cussed these Points in a Discourse, which I verily be. • lieve was as learned as the best Philosopher in Europe
could possibly inake, she asked me whether she was so .. happy as to fall in with my Sentiments on these impor. < tant Particulars, 'Her Confident sat by her, and upon my - being in the last Confusion and Silence, this malicious • Aid of hers turning to her says, I am very glad to ob.
serve Sir ROGER pauses upon this Subject, and seems
resolved to deliver all his Sentiments upon the Matter < when he pleafes to speak. They both kept their Coun, • tenances, and after I had sat half an Hour meditating < how to behave before such profound Casuists, I rose up
and took my Leave. Chance has since that time thrown ' me very often in her Way, and she as often has directed ra Discourse to me which I do not understand. This • Barbarity has kept me ever at a Distance from the most beautiful Object my Eyes ever beheld. It is thus also
she deals with all Mankind, and you must make Love s to her, as you would conquer the Sphinx, by posing her,
But were she like other Women, and that there were 6 any talking to her, how constant must the Pleasure of « that Man be, who could converse with a Creature < But, after all, you may be sure her Heart is fixed on 6 foine one or other; and yet I have been credibly inform
ed; but who can believe half that is faid! After she had 'done speaking to me, she put her Hand to her Bolom . and adjusted her Tucker. Then she cast her Eyes a little down, upon my beholding lier top earnestly, They say