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frown, that I did not seem to know who she was. I was surprised to be treated thus, after such familiarities as had passed between us. But she has since given me to know, that whatever freedoms she may sometimes indulge me in, she expects in general to be treated with the respect that is due to her birth and quality. Our children have been trained up from their infancy with so many accounts of their mother's family, that they know the stories of all the great men and women it has produced. Their mother tells them, that such an one commanded in such a sea-engagement, that their great-grandfather had a horse shot under him at Edge-hill, that their Uncle was at the siege of Buda, and that her mother danced in a ball at Court with the Duke of MONMOUTH; with abundance of fiddle-faddle of the same nature. I was the other day a little out of countenance at a question of my little daughter HARRIOT, who asked me with a great deal of innocence, why I never told them of the Generals and Admirals that had been in my family? As for my eldest son, ODDLY, he has been so spirited up by his mother, that if he does not mend his manners I shall go near to disinherit him. He drew his sword upon me before he was nine years old, and told me that he expected to be used like a gentleman: upon my offering to correct him for his insolence, my Lady MARY Stept in between us, and told me that I ought to consider there was some difference between his mother and mine. She is perpetually finding out the features of her own relations in every one of my children, though by the way, I have a little chub-faced boy as like me as he 'can stare, if I durst say so: but what most angers me, when she sees me playing with any of them upon my knee, she has begged me more than once to converse with the children as little as possible, that they may not learn my awkward tricks.

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"You must farther know, since I am opening my heart to you, that she thinks herself my superior in sense, as much as she is in quality, and therefore treats



me like a plain well-meaning man, who does not know the world. She dictates to me in my own business, sets me right in point of trade, and if I disagree with her about any of my ships at sea, wonders that I will dispute with her, when I know very well that her greatgrandfather was a Flag Officer.

To compleat my sufferings, she has teized me for this quarter of a year last past, to remove into one of the squares at the other end of the town, promising for my encouragement, that I shall have as good a cock-loft as any gentleman in the square; to which the Honourable ODDLY ENVILLE Esq. always adds, like a jack-a-napes as he is, that he hopes I will be as near the Court as possible.


In short, Mr. SPECTATOR, I am so much out of my natural element, that to recover my old way of life, I would be content to begin the world again, and be plain JACK ANVIL: but alas! I am in for life, and am bound to subscribe my self, with great sorrow of heart,

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WHEN you talk of the subject of Love, and the relations arising from it, methinks you should take care to leave no fault unobserved which concerns the state of Marriage. The great vexation that I have observed in it is, that the wedded couple seem to want opportunities of being often enough alone together, and are forced to quarrel and be fond before company. Mr. HOTSPUR and his lady, in a room full of their friends, are ever saying something so smart to each other, and that but just within rules, that the whole company stand in the utmost anxiety and suspence for fear of their falling into extremities which they could not be present at. On the other side, TOM FADDLE and his pretty Spouse, wherever they come, are billing at such a rate, as they think must do our hearts good to behold them. Cannot you possibly propose a mean between being Wasps and Doves in public. * I should think if you advised to hate



FIELDING observes, that it is possible for a third person to be very intimate; nay, even to live long in the same house with a married couple, who have any tolerable direction, and not even


or love sincerely it would be better: for if they would be so discreet as to bate from the very bottoms of their hearts, their aversion would be too strong for little gibes every moment: and if they loved with that calm and noble value which dwells in the heart, with a warmth like that of life-blood, they would not be so impatient of their passion as to fall into observable fondness. This method, in each case, would save appearances; but as those who offend on the fond side are by much the fewer, I would have you begin with them, and go on to take notice of a most impertinent licence married women take, not only to be very loving to their spouses in public, but also make nauseous allusions to private familiarities, and the like. LUCINA is a lady of the greatest discretion, you must know, in the world; and withal very much a physician. Upon the strength of these two qualities there is nothing she will not speak of before us virgins; and she every day talks with a very grave air in such a manner, as is very improper so much as to be hinted at but to obviate the greatest extremities. Those whom they call good bodies, notable people, hearty neighbours, and the purest goòdest company in the world, are the greatest offenders in this kind. Here I think I have laid before you an open field for pleasantry and hope you will shew these people that at least they are not witty: in which you will save from many a blush a daily sufferer, who is very much Your most humble servant,



to guess at the sour sentiments which they bear to one another; for though the whole day may be sometimes too short for hatred as well as for love, yet the many hours which they naturally spend together apart from all observers, furnish people, of tolerable moderation, with such ample opportunities for the enjoyment of either passion, that if they love, they can support being a few hours in company without loving; or if they hate, without spitting in each other's faces.


'IN yours of Wednesday the 30th past, you and your correspondents are very severe on a sort of men whom you call Male Coquettes; but without any other reason, in my apprehension, than that of paying a shallow compliment to the Fair Sex, by accusing some men of imaginary faults, that the women may not seem to be the more faulty sex, though at the same time you suppose there are some so weak as to be imposed upon by fine things, and false addresses. I cannot persuade myself that your design is to debar the sexes the benefit of each others's conversation within the rules of honour; nor will you, I dare say, recommend to them, or encourage the common tea-table talk, much less that of politics and matters of state; and if these are forbidden subjects of discourse, then as long as there are any women in the world who take a pleasure in hearing themselves praised, and can bear the sight of a man prostrate at their feet, so long I shall make no wonder, that there are those of the other sex who will pay them those impertinent humiliations. We should have few people such fools as to practise flattery, if all were so wise as to despise it. I do not deny but you would do a meritorious act, if you could prevent all impositions on the simplicity of young women; but I must confess, I do not apprehend you have laid the fault on the proper persons, and if I trouble you with my thoughts upon it, I promise myself your pardon. Such of the sex as are raw and innocent, and most exposed to these attacks, have, or their parents are much to blame if they have not, one to advise and guard them, and are obliged themselves to take care of them; but if these who ought to hinder men from all opportunities of this sort of conversation, instead of that encourage and promote it, the suspicion is very just that there are some private reasons for it; and I will leave it to you to determine on which side a part is then acted. Some women there


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