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NO ECCXXII. MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1712.

AD HUMUM MOEROR E GRAVI DEDUCIT ET ANGIT.

HOR. ARS POET. v. 110. GRIEF DEJECTSAND WRINGS THE TORTURED SOUL.

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T is often said, after a man has heard was no reason to believe he would easily

a story with extraordinary circum- be brought to think there was any thing Itances, it is a very good one if it be in any woman's person or character that true; but as for the following relation); could balance the disadvantage of an I should be glad were I sure it were unequal fortune. In the mean tim: the faise. It is told with such fimplicity, son continued his application to ine, and and there are so many artless touches of omitted no occasion of demonftrating the distress in it, that I fear it comes too molt dilinterefted paflion imaginable to much from the heart.

me; and in plain dire& terms offered to

marry me privately, and kecp it fo til! MR. SPECTATOR,

he Thould be so happy as to gain his faSOME years ago it happened that I ther's approbation or beconie poflefied

lived in the same house with a young of his eitate. I passionately loved him, gentleman of merit; with whose good and you will believe I did nordleny such qualities I was so much taken, as to a one what was my interest also to grant. inake it my endeavour to Thew as many However, I was not fo young as not to as I was able in myself. Familiar con- take the precaution of carrying with me verse improved general civilities into an a faithful fervant, who had Te:n allo unfeigned passion on both sides. He my mother's maid, to be present at the watched an opportunity to declare him- ceremony: when that was over, I de self to me; and I, who could not expect manded a certificate, signed by the mi. a man of so great an estate as his, re- nister, my husband, and the servant [ ceived his addresles in such terms, as just now spoke of. After our nuptials, gave him no reason to believe I was dila we conv.ried together very familiarly in pleased with them, though I did nothing the same houle; but the rifraints we to make him think me more easy than were generally under, . id the interview's was decent. His father was a very hard we had being itolen and interrupted, worldly man, and proud; so that there made ou ibehaviour to each other have

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rather the impatient fondness which is vered in him, he threw the papers into vilible in lovers, than the regular and the fire, swearing that since he was not gratified affection which is to be ob- to read them, the man who writ them Served in man and wife. This observa. fhould never be so happy as to have me tion made the father very anxious for read them over again. It is insignifihis son, and press bim to a match he cant to tell you my tears and reproaches had in his eye for him. To relieve made the boilterous calf leave the room my husband from this importunity, and ashamed and out of countenance, when conceal the secret of our marriage, I had leisure to ruininate on this accident which I had reason to know would not with more than ordinary sorrow: howbe long in my power in town, it was ever, such then was my confidence in my resolved that I should retire into a remote husband, that I writ to him the misforplace in the country, and converse under tune, and desired another paper of the teigned names by letter. We long con- same kind. He deferred writing two or tinued this way of commerce; and I three posts, and at last answered me in with my needle, a few books, and read- general, that he could not then send me ing over and over my huíband's letters, what I asked for; but when he could parled my time in a resigned expectation find a proper conveyance, I should be of better days. Be pleased to iake no- sure to have it. From this time his leta tice, that within four months after I left

more cold every day than my husband I was delivered of a daugh- other, and as he grew indifferent I grew ter, who died within a few hours after jealous. This has at lait brought me her birth. This accident, and the re- to town, where I find both the witnefies tired manner of life I led, gave criminal of my marriage dead, and that my hufhopes to a neighbouring brute of a coun- band, after three months cohabitation, tiy gentleman, whole tolly was the fource has buried a young lady whom he marof ail my affliction.

This rustic is one ried in obedience to his father. In a of those rich clowns who supply the word, he suns and disowns me. Shouid want of all manner of breeding by the I come to the houle and confront hiin, neglect of it, and with noisy mirth, the father would join in supporting him half understanding, and ainple fortune, against me, though he believed my story; force themtelves upon persons and things Mould I talk it to the world, what repawithout any lente of time and place. ration can I expect for an injury I cans The poor ignorant people where I lay not make out? I believe he means to concealed, and now pafied for a widow, bring me, through necessity, to resign my wordered I could be fo thy and Itrange, pretentions to him for some provition for as they called it, to the squire; and were my life; but I will die firit. Pray bid bribed by him to adinit him whenever hiin remember what he said, and how he thought fit. I happened to be fitting he was charmed when he laughed at the in a liitle parlour which belonged to heedless discovery I often made of mymy own part of the house, and muting fulf; let hien remember how aukward I over one of the fondet of

my

husband's was in my diffemblert indifference toleiters, in which I always kept the cor- wards him before company; ask him tificate of my marriage, when this rude how I, who could never conceal my love fellow came in, and with the nauseous for him, at his own request can part familiarity of such unbred brutes, snatch, with him for ever? Oh, Mr. Spectator, ed the papers out of my hand. I was fenfible spirits know no indifference in imrnediately under fo great a concern, marriage; what then do you think is that I threw myself at his feet, and beg- my piercing ait: &tion!-I leave you to ged of him to return them. He, with represent my distress your own way, in The same odious pretence to freedom and which I delire you to be speedy, if you gaiety, swore he would read them. I have compassion for innocence exposed grew more importunate, he more curi. to infamy. ons, till at last, with an indignation T

OCTAVIA, arising from a passion I then first disco

No CCCXXIII.

NOCCCXXIII. TUESDAY, MARCH 11.

MODO VIR, MODO FOEMINA

VIRG.

SOMETIMES A MAN, SOMETIMES A WOMAN,

ner.

*HE journal, with which I pre- matches offered me for these ten years

on , , at has bronght me in several letters, with plications made to me by a very pretty accounts of many private lives cait into tellow, i As I am at my own disposal, that form. I have the Rake's Journal, I come up to town every winter, and the Sor's Journal, the Whoremaiter's pats my time in it after the manner you Journal, and among several others a will find in the following journal, which very carious piece, entitled — The Jour- I began to write upon the very day afnal of a Mohock.' By these initances I ter your Spectator upon that fubject. find that the intention of my last Tuerday's paper has been mistaken by many TUESDAY night. Could not go to of my readers. I did not delign to much feep till one in the morning for thinkto expofe vice as idleness, and aimed at ing of my journal. those persons who pass away their time rather in trifle and impertinence, than in WEDNESDAY. From eight till ten. crimes and iinmoralities. Offences of Drank two dishes of chocolate in bed, this latter kind are not to be dallied and fell asleep after them. with, or treated in fo ludicrous a man- From ten to eleven. Eat á slice of

In short, my journal only holds bread and butter, drank a dish of boup folly to the light, and thews the dif- hea, read the Spectator. agretableness of fuch actions as are in- From eleven to one. At my toilette, different in themselves, and blaineable tried a new head. Gave orders for Veny only as they proceed from creatures en- to be combed and wathed. Mem. I dowed with reaton.

look belt in blue. My following correspondent, who From one till half an hour after two. calls herself Clarinda, is such a jour- Drove to the Change. Cheapened a natiit as I require: the seems by her let. couple of fans. ter to be placed in a modih (tate of in- Til four. At dinner. Mem. Mr. difference between vice and virtue, and Froth passed by in his new liveries. to be fusceptible of either, were there From four to fix. Drelied, paid a proper pains taken with her. Had her visit to old Lady Blithe and her filter, journal' been filled with gallantries, or having before heard they were gone out such occurrences as had hewn her wholly of town that day. diverted of her natural innocence, not- From fix to cleven. At Ballet. Mem. withttanding it might have been more Never let again upon the ace of diaplealing to the generality of readers, į monds. ihould not have published it; but as it is only the picture of a life filled with a

THURSDAY. From eleven at night fashionable kind of gaiety and laziness, to eight in the morning. Dream'd that I shall set down five days of it, as I have punied to Mr. Froth. received it from the hand of my fair From eight to ten. Chocolate. Read correspondent.

two acts in Aurengzebe a-bed.

From ten to eleven. Tea-table. Sent DEAR MR: SPZCTATOR,

to borrow Lady Faddle's Cupid for YOU having set your readers an ex. Veny. Read the play bills. Received ercise in one of your lait week's pa

a letter from Mr. Froh, Mem. Lock. pers, I have performed mine according ed it up in my strong box. to your orders, and herewith fend it . Reit of the morning. Fontange, the you inclosed. You must know, Mr. tire-woman, her account of my Lady Spe&tator, that I am a inaiden lady of Blithe's wath, Broke a tooth' in my a geod fortune, who have had leveral little tortoite-shell comb. Sent Frank 652

co know how my Lady Heclic reited From twelve to two. At chapel. A after her monkey's leaping out at win- great deal of good company.

Mem. dow. Looked pale. Fontange tells The third air in the new opera. Lady me my glass is not true. Dreiled by Blithe dressed frightfully, three.

From three to four. Dined. Miss From three to four. Dinner cold be- Kitty called upon me to go to the opera fore I sat down.

before I wis risen from table. Fronı four to eleven. Saw company. From dinner to fix. Drank tea. Mr. Froth's opinion of Milton. His Turned off a footman for being rude to account of the Mohocks. His fancy Veny. for a pin-cufhion. Picture in the lid of Six o'clock. Went to the opera.

I his Inuff-box. Old Lady Faddle pro- did not see Mr. Froth till the beginning mises me her woman to cut my hair. of the second act. Mr. Froth talked to Loit five guineas at crimp.

a gentleinan in a black wig. Bowed to Twelve o'clock at night. Went to a lady in the front box. Mr. Froth and bed.

his friend clapp'd Nicolini in the third

act. Mr. Froth cried out Ancora. Mr. FRIDAY. Eight in the morning. Froth led me to my chair. I think he A-bed. Read over all Mr. Froth's squeezed my hand. letters. Cupid and Veny:

Eleven at night. Went to bed. Me. Ten o'clock. Staid within all day, lancholy dreams. Methought Nicolini not at home.

faid he was Mr. Froth. From ten to twelve. In conference with my mantua-maker. Sorted a fuit SUNDAY. Indisposed. of ribbons. Broke my blue china cup. From twelve to one.

Shut myself up

MONDAY. Eight o'clock. Waked in my chamber, practised Lady Betty by Miss Kitty. Aurengzebe lay upon Modely's skuttle.

the chair by me. Kitty repeated withOne in the afternoon. Called for my out book the eight best lines in the play. flowered handkerchief. Worked half Went in our mobbs to the dumb man a violet-leaf in it. Iyes aked and head according to appointment. Told me out of order. Threw by my work, and that my lover's name began with a G. read over the remaining part of Au. Mem. The conjurer was within a letter rengzebe.

of Mr. Froth's name, &c. From three to four. Dined.

From four to twelve. Changed my Upon looking back into this my mind, dressed, went abroad, and play- journal, I find that I am at a loss to ed at crimp till midnight. Found Mrs. know whether I pass my time well or Spitely at home. Conversation : Mrs. ill; and indeed never thought of con. Brilliant's necklace false stones. Old fidering how I did it before I perused Lady Loveday going to be married to a

your speculation upon that subject. I young fellow that is not worth a groat. scarce find a single action in these five Miss Prue gone into the country. Tom days that I can thoroughly approve of, Townley has red hair. Mein. Mrs. except the working upon the violet-leaf, Spitely whispered in my ear that she had which I am refolved to finish the first something to tell me about Mr. Froth, day I am at leisure. As for Mr. Froth I am sure it is not true.

and Veny, I did not think they took up Between twelve and one. Dreamed so much of my time and thoughts as I that Mr. Froth lay at my feet, and call. find they do upon my journal. The ed me Indamora.

latter of them I will turn off, if

you it

in.

filt upon it; and if Mr. Froth does not SATURDAY. Rose at eight o'clock bring matters to a conclusion very sud. in the morning. Sat down to my toi- denly, I will not let my life run away lette.

in a dream. Your humble servant, From eight to nine. Shisted a patch

CLARINDA. for half an hour before I could determine it. Fixed it above my left eye

To resume one of the morals of my brow.

first paper, and to confirm Clarinda in From nine to twelve. Drank my her good inclinations, I would have her tea, and drefled.

contider what a pretty figure she would

make

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