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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.
EUDOS IA adds to the Height of her Stature a NobiJity of Spirit which still distinguilhes her above the rest of her Sex, Beauty in others is lovely, in others agreeable, in others attractive; but in Eudojia it is commanding: Love towards Eudosia is a Sentiment like the Love of Glory. The Lovers of other Women are foftened into Fondness, the Admirers of Eudojia 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, she 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 such an Inferiority that makes her still more lovely. Eucratia 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 Tin&ture 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!
OMNAMANTE is made for Deceit, she has an A. fpe& as Innocent as the famed Lucrece, but a Mind as Wild as the more famed Cleopatra. Her Face speaks a Vestal, but her Heart a Meffalina. Who that beheld omnamante's negligent unobserving Air, would believe that she 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 raid 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 capable ?
Tbursday, August 16,
Stultitiam patiuntur opes.
Hor. the following Enormities are not amended upon the firft Mention, I defire further Notice from my Cor. respondents.
Mr. SPECTATOR, 'I Am obliged to you for
your Discourse the other
Day • upon frivolous Disputants, 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 fuggeft to you, it
will be very obliging if you please to take Notice of • Wagerers. I will not here repeat what Hudibras says • of such Disputants, 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
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.che 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 • ftill give himself the Air of a very learned and knowSing Man, by the Strength of his Pocket. The Misfor.
cune of the Thing is, I have, as it happens sometimes,
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 pofitive 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 Paffage in Tacitus, up • starts my young Gentleman in a full Company, and
pulling out his Parse offered to lay me ten Guineas, to be taked 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 considerable 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.
" THERE are feveral of this fort of Fellows in • Town, who Wager theselves into Statemen, Hiftori
ans, Geographers, Mathematicians, and every other Art, when the Persons with whom they talk have not Wealth equal to their Learning. I beg of you to prevent, in these Youngsters, this compendious Way to Wisdom, which costs other People.so much Time and Pains, and you will oblige
Your humble Servant,
Coffee-House near the Mr. SPECTATOR, Temple, Aug. 12, 1711. | ER
E's a young Gentleman that fings Opera
" Tunes or Whiftles in a full House. Pray let ! him know that he has no Right to act here as if he
were in an empty Room. Be pleased to divide the Spaces of a Publick Room, and certifie Whistlers, Singers, and Common Orators, that are heard further than ! their Portion of the Room comes to, that the Law is
open, and that there is an Equity which will relieve us
from such as interrupt us in our Lawful Discourse, as ' much as against such as ftop us on the Road. I take these • Persons, Mr. SPECTATOR, to be fuch Trespassers as : the Officer in your Stage-Coach, and am of the same
Sentiment with Counsellor Ephraim. It is true the young Man is rich, and, as the Vulgar say, needs not care for any Body; but sure that is no Authority for him to go whistle where he pleases.
I am, SIR, Tour most Humble Servant, P.S. ' I have Chambers in the Temple, and here are • Students that learn upon the Hautboy; pray desire the • Benchers, that all Lawyers who are Proficients in Wind-Mufick may lodge to the Thames.
Mr. SPECTATOR, (WE are a Company
of young Women who pass our Time very much together, and obliged by ' the mercenary Humour of the Men to be as mercenarily ! inclined as they are. There visits among us an old Bat
chelor whom each of us has a Mind to. The Fellow is i rich, and knows he may have any of us,
therefore is particular to none, but excessively ill-bred. His Plealantry consists in Romping, he snatches Kisses by Sur.
prize, prize, puts his Hand in our Necks, tears our Fans, robs
us of Ribbons, forces Letters out of our Hands, looks • into any of our Papers, and a Thousand other Rudnesses, • Now what I'll desire of you is to acquaint him, by
Printing this, that if he does not marry one of us very • suddenly, we have all agreed, the next Time he pretends • to be merry, to affront him, and use him like a Clown • as he is. In the Name of the Sisterhood I take
Leave of you, and am, as they all are,
Your Constant Reader and Well-Wijher.
And several others of your Female Readers, have
• conformed our felves to your Rules, even to our very Dress. There is not one of us but has reduced our « outward Petticoat to its ancient Sizable Circumference, 6tho' indeed; we retain still a Quilted one underneath,
which makes us nor altogether unconformable to the Fashion; but 'tis on Condition Mr. SPECTATOR ex
tends not his Censure so far. "But we find you Men • secretly approve our Practice, by imitating our Pyta« midical Form. - The Skirt of
fashionable Coats « form as large a Circumference as our Petticoats; as these « are set out with Whalebone, so are those with Wire, to
encrease and sustain the Bunch of Fold that hangs down on each fide ; and the Hat, I perceive, is decreased in just proportion to our Head-dresses
. We make a regular . Figure, but I defy your Mathematicks to give Name • to the Form you appear in. Your Architecture is mere • Gothick, and betrays a worse Genius than ours;
there.' . fore if you are partial to your own Sex, I shall be less than I am now.
T Your Humble Servant,