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N° 144. Wednesday, August 15.

Niros quam elegans formarum
Spectator Jiem.

Ter. DEAUTY has been the Delight and Torment of the B World ever fince it began. The Philosophers have

felt its Influence so sentibly, that almost every one of thém hás left us fome Saying or other, which intimated that he too well knew the Power of it. One has told us, that a graceful Person is a more powerful Recommen. dation, than the best Letter that can be writ in your Favour. Another defires the Poffeffor of it to consider it as a mere Gift of Nature, and not any Perfection of his own. A Third calls it a short-liv'd Tyranny; a Fourth, a filent Fraud, because it imposes upon us without the Help of Language; but, I think Carneades spoke as much like a-Philosopher as any of them, tho' more like a Lover, when he called it Royalty without Force. It is not indeed to be denied, that there is something ir. refiftible in a Beauteous Form; the most Severe will not pretend, that they do not feel an immediate Prepoffeffion in Favour of the Handsome. No one denies them the Privilege of being firft heard, and being regarded before others in Matters of ordinary Consideration. Ac the same time the Handsome should consider that it is a Poffeffion, as it were, foreign to them. No one can give it himself, or preserve it when they have it. Yet fa it is, that People can bear any Quality in the World better than Beauty. It is the Consolation of all who are Daturally too much affe&ed with the Force of it, that a little Attention, ifa Man can attend with Judgment, will cure them. Handsome People usually are so phantasti. eally pleas'd with themselves, that if they do not kill at first Sight, as the Phrase is, a second Interview disarms them of all their Power. But I shall make this Paper rather a Warning-Piece to give Notice where the Danger

is, than to propose Instructions how to avoid it when you have fallen in the Way of it. Handsome Men shall be the Subjects of another Chapter, the Women fhall take up the present Discouse,

AMARYLLIS, who has been in Town but one Wina ter, is extreamly improved with the Arts of Good-Breed. ing, without leaving Nature. She has not lost the Native Simplicity of her Alpeet, to substitue thar Patience of be. ing ftared at, which is the usual Triumph and Distinction of a Town Lady. In Publick Assemblies you meet her careless Eye diverting it self with the Objects around her, insensible that she herself is one of the brightest in the Place.,

DULCISS A is quite of another Make, she is almost a Beauty by Nature, but more than one by Art, If it were poffible for her to let her Fan or any Limb about her reit, The would do some part of the Execution The meditates; but tho' fhe designs her self a Prey, she will not stay to be taken, No Painter can give you Words for the different Afpects of Dulciffa in half a Moment, where-ever she appears: So little does she accomplish what she takes so much Pains for, to be gay and careless. : MERA B is attended with all the Charms of Woman and Accomplifhments of Man. It is not to be doubted but she has a great deal of Wit, if she were not such a Beauty; and she would have more Beauty had she not so much Wit. Affectation prevents her Excellencies from walking together. If the has a Mind to fpeak fuch a Thing, it must be done with such an Air of her Body; and if she has an Inclination to look very careless, there is such a smart Thing to be said at the same Time, that the Design of deing admired destroys it self. Thus the unhappy Merab, tho'a Wit and Beauty, is allowed to be neither, because she will always be both. · ALBACINDA has the Skill as well as Power of Pleasing. Her Form is majestick, but her Aspect humble, All good Men should beware of the Destroyer. She will speak to you like your Sifter till the has you sure ; but is the most vexatious of Tyrants when you are fo. Her Familiarity of Behaviour, her indifferent Questions, and general Conversation, make the filly Part of her Votataries full of Hopes, while the wise dy from her Power,


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She well knows she is too Beautiful and too Witty to be indifferent to any who converse with her, and therefore knows she does not lessen her self by Familiarity, but gains Occasions of Admiration, by seeming Ignorance of her Perfections.

EUDOSIA adds to the Height of her Stature a Nobility of Spirit which still distinguishes her above the rest of her Sex, Beauty in others is lovely, in others agreeable, in others attractive ; but in Eudosia it is commanding : Love towards Eudofia is a Sentiment like the Love of Glory. The Lovers of other Women are softened into Fondness, the Admirers of Eudofia exalted into Ambition.

EUCRATIA presents her self to the Imagination with a more kindly Pleasure, and as she is Woman, her Praise is wholly Feininine. If we were to form an Image of Dignity in a Man, we should give him Wisdom and Valour, as being essential to the Character of Manhood. In like manner, if you describe a right Woman in a laudable Sense, me should have gentle Softness, tender Fear, and all those Parts of Life, which distinguish her from the other Sex; with some Subordination to it, but fuch an Inferiority that makes her ftill more lovely. Eucra. - tia is that Creature, she is all over Woman, Kindness is all her Art, and Beauty all her Arms. Her Look, her Voice, her Gesture, and whole Behaviour is truly Fe. minine. A Goddess mixed with Fear, gives a Tincture to all her Behaviour. It would be Savage to offend her, and Cruelty to use Art to gain her. Others are Beautiful, but Eucratia thou art Beauty! . OM NAMANTE is made for Deceit, she has an A.

Spect as Innocent as the famed Lucrece, but a Mind as Wild as the more famed Cleopatra. Her Face speaks a Veftal, but her Heart a Meffalina. Who that beheld om. namante's negligent unobserving Air, would believe that The hid under that regardless Manner the witty Prostitute, the rapacious Wench, the prodigal Curtizan: She can, when she pleases, adorn those Eyes with Tears like an Infant that is chid! She can cast down that pretty Face in Confusion, while you rage with Jealousie, and storm at her Perfidiousness; she can wipe her Eyes, tremble and look frighted, till you think your self a Brute for your


Rage, own your felf an Offender, beg Pardon, and make her new Prelents.

BUT I go too far in reporting only the Dangers in bcholding the Beauteous, which I design for the Instructi. on of the Fair as well as their Beholders; and shall end this Rhapsody with mentioning what I thought was well enough said of an Ancient Stage to a Beautiful Youth, whom he saw admiring his own Figure in Brass. What, said the Philosopher, could that Image of yours say for it self if it could speak? It might fay, (answered the Youth) That it is very beautiful. And are not you ashamed, reply'd the Cynick, to value your self upon that only of which a piece of Brass is capables


NO 145.

Thursday, August 16,

. Stultitiam patiuntur opes.

Hor, If the following Enormities are not amended upon the

firft Mention, I defire further Notice from my Cor. respondenrs.

Mr. SPECTATOR, 6 Am obliged to you for your Discourse the other Day

1. upon frivolous Difputants, who with great • Warmth, and Enumeration of many Circumstances and

Authorities, undertake to prove Matters which no Body • living denies. You cannot employ your self more • ufefully than in adjusting the Laws of Disputation in • Coffee houses and accidental Companies, as well as in ** more formal Debates. Among many other Things

which your own Experience must suggeft to you, it o will be very obliging if you please to take Notice of • Wagerers. I will not here repeat what Hudibras says • of such Difputants, which is so true, that it is almost • Proverbial; but thall only acquaint you with a Set of • young Fellows of the Inns of Court, whose Fathers have provided for them so plentifully, that they need

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not be very anxious to get Law into their Heads for • the Service of their Country at the Bar; but are of * those who are sent (as the Phrafe of Parents is) to the

Temple to know how to keep their own. One of these • Gentlemen is very loud and captious at a Coffee-House ' which I frequent, and being in his Nature troubled

with an Humour of Contradiction, though withal ex' ceflive Ignorant, he has found a way to indulge this 'Temper, go on in Idleness and Ignorance, and yet • still give himself the Air of a very learned and know• ing Man, by the Strength of his Bocket. The Misfors ' cune of the Thing is, I have, as it happens fometimes,

a greater Stock of Learning than of Money. The Gen• tleinan I am speaking of, takes Advantage of the Nar"rowness of my Circumstances in such a manner, that

he has read all that I can pretend to, and runs me

down with such a pofuive Air, and with such pow. • erful Arguments, that from a very Learned Person I

am thought a meer Pretender. Not long ago I was s relating that I had read such a Passage in Tacitus, up • starts my young Gentleman in a full Company, and • pulling out his Purse offered to lay me ten Guineas, • to be staked immediately in that Gentleman's Hands, « (pointing to one smoaking at another Table) that I was . utterly mistaken. I was Dumb for want of ten Guincas; • he went on unmercifully to triumph over my Ignorance • how to take him up, and told the whole Room he • had read Tacitus twenty Times over, and such a re. ' markable Incident as that could not escape him. He • has at this Time three corsiderable Wagers depending

between him and some of his Companions, who are rich

enough to hold an Argument with him. He has five • Guineas upon Questions in Geography, two that the Isle of Wight is a Peninsula, and three Guineas to one • that the World is round. We have a Gentleman comes

to our Coffee-House, who deals mightily in Antique • Scandal; my Difputant has laid him Twenty Pieces • upon a Point of History, to wit, that Cafar never lay • with Cato's Sister, as is scandalously reported by some People. : i

THERE are several of this fort of Fellows in • Town, who Wager theselves into Statemen, Hiftori

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