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which has ever since affected his Words and Actions. 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 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 tall, rid well, and
was very well dressed, at the Head of a whole County, • with Musick before me, a Feather in my Hat, and my
Horfe well bitted. I can assure you I was not a little 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 her self from one Eye to another, 'till she was
perfectly confused by meeting something so wistful in • all she encountered, that at latt, 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 Oppors tunities to have little Billets handed to her Council, then * would be in such a pretty Confusion, occasioned, you • 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 groundlelss 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 " those unaccountable Creatures, that secretly rejoice in • the Admiration of Men, but indulge themselves in no fursther Consequences. 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
· HOWEVER, I must needs say this accomplished • Mistress of mine has distinguished me above the rest, and . Tras been known to declare Sir ROGER DE COVERLEY
was the tameft and inoft 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 slender Æn
couragement of being thought least detestable, I made
new Liveries, new paired my Coach-Horses, sent them • 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 Retinne suitable to the Character of my
Fortune and Youth, I set out from hence to make my • Addreffes. 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 her Eyes, and the Skill of Beauty,
she will arm her self with her real Charms, and strike you with Admiration inftead of Desire. It is certain that
if you were to behold the whole Woman, there is that • Digaity in her Aspect, that Composure in her Motion, 6
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 • 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 last
came towards her with such an Awe as made me speech« less. This lhe no sooner observed but she made her Ad.
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 important 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 pleases to speak. They both kept their Coun
tenances, and after I had fat half an Hour meditating • how to behave before such profound Casuists, I rose up * and took my Leave. Chance has since that time thrown ine very
often in her Way, and she as often has directed a 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 ' to her, as you would conquer the Sphinx, by posing her. • But were she like other Women, and that there were
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 • fome 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 her top earnestly, They say
she sings excellently: her Voice in her ordinary Speech • has something in it'inexpressibly sweet. You must know
I dined with her at a publick Table the Day after I first
saw her, and she helped me to some Tansy in the Eye ' of all the Gentlemen in the Country: She has certainly
the finest Hand of any Woman in the World. I can « assure you, Sir, were you to behold her,
would be in the same Conditions for as her Speechis Musick, her • Form is Angelick. But I find I grow irregular while I
am talking of her ; but indeed it would be Stupidity to
be unconcerned at luch Perfection. Oh the excellent • Creature, she is as inimitable to all Women, as she is inacceslible to all Men.
I found my Friend begin to rave, and insensibly led him towards the House, that we might be joined by some other Company; and am convinced that the Widow is the secret Cause of all that inconsistency which appears in some Parts of my friend's Discourse; tho' he has so much Command of himself as not dire&ly to mention her, yet according to that of Martial, which one knows not how to render in English, Dum tacet
, hanc loquitur. I shall end this Paper with that whole Epigram, which represents with much Humour my honest Friend's Condition. Quicquid agit, Rufus, nihileft, nifi Navia Rufo,
si gaudet, fi.flet, si tacet, hanc loquitur :
Navia : Si non sit Navia, mutus erit.
Navia lux, inquit, Navia aumen, ave.
, speak of Nævia, or be mute.
N° 114. Wednesday, July ir.
-Paupertatis pudor & fuga
Hor. ECONOMY in our Affairs, has the fame Effect upon our Fortunes which good Breeding has upon
our Conversations. There is a pretending Behaviour in both Cases, which instead of making Men esteemed, renders then both miserable and contemptible. We had Yesterday at Sir ROGER's a Set of Country Gentlemen who dined with him ; and after Dinner the Glass was taken, by those who pleased, pretty plentifully. Among others I observed a Person of a tolerable good Alpect, who seemed to be more greedy of Liquor than any of the Company, and yet, methought, he did not taste it wich De. light. As he grew warm,
he was suspicious of every thing that was said; and as he advanced towards being fudled, his Humour grew worle. At the same time his Bitterness seemed to be rather an inward Diffatisfaction in his own Mind, than any Dislike he had taken at the Compa, ny. Upon hearing his Name, I knew hiin to be a Gentleman of a considerable Fortune in this County, but greatly in Debt. What gives the unhappy Man this Deevishness of Spirit, is, that his Estate is dipped, and is eating out with Usury; and yet he has not the Heart to sell any part of it. His proud Stomach, at the Cost of restless Nights,constant Inquietudes, Danger of Affronts, and a thousand nameless Inconveniencies, preserves this Canker in his Fortune, rather than it shall be said he is a Min of fewer Hundreds a Year than he has been commonly reputed. Thus he endures the Torment of Poverty, to avoid the Name of being less rich. If you go to his House you see great Plenty; but served in a Manner that shews it is all unnatural, and that the Master's Mind is not at home. There is a certain Waste and Carelessness in the Air of every thing, and the whole appears but a covered Indigence, a inagnificent Po verty. That Neatness and Chearfulness which attends the Table of him who lives within Compass, is wanting, and exchanged for a libertine Way of Service in all about him.