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eighteen stone. These wise traders regulate their beauties as they do their butter, by the pound; and Miss Cross, when she first arrived in the Low Countries, was not computed to be so handsome as Madam Van Brisket by near half a ton. On the other hand, there is 'Squire Lath, a proper gentleman of fifteen hundred pound per annum, as well as of an unblameable life and conversation; yet would not I be the esquire for half his estate; for if it was as much more, he would freely part with it all for a pair of legs to his mind: whereas, in the reign of our first king Edward of glorious memory, nothing more modish than a brace of your fine taper supporters; and his Majesty, without an inch of calf, managed affairs in peace and war as laudably as the bravest and most politic of his ancestors; and was as terrible to his neighbours under the royal name of Longshanks, as Cœur de Lion to the Saracens before him. If we look further back into history, we shall find that Alexander the Great wore his head a little over the left shoulder, and then not a soul stirred out till he had adjusted his neck-bone; the whole nobility addressed the prince and each other obliquely, and all matters of importance were concerted and carried on in the Macedonian court with their polls on one side. For about the first century nothing made more noise in the world than Roman noses, and then not a word of them till they revived again in eightyeight*. Nor is it so very long since Richard the Third set up half the backs of the nation ; and high shoulders, as well as high noses, were the top of the fashion. But to come to ourselves, gentlemen, though I find by my quinquennial observations,
On the accession of King William III. in compliment to whom Dryden, in the plates to his translation of Virgil, had Æneas. always represented with a Roman nose.
that we shall never get ladies enough to make a party in our own country, yet might we meet with better success among some of our allies. And what think you if our board sate for a Dutch piece? Truly I am of opinion, that as odd as we appear in flesh and blood, we should be no such strange things in mezzotinto. But this project may rest till our number is complete; and this being our election night, give me leave to propose Mr. Spectator. You see his inclinations, and perhaps we may not have his fellow.
"I found most of them, as it is usual in all such cases, were prepared; but one of the seniors, whom by the by Mr. President had taken all this pains to bring over, sate still, and, cocking his chin, which seemed only to be levelled at his nose, very gravely declared,That in case he had had sufficient knowledge of you, no man should have been more willing to have served you; but that he, for his part, had always had regard to his own conscience, as well as other people's merit; and he did not know but that you might be a handsome fellow; for as for your own certificate, it was every body's business to speak for themselves.' Mr. President immediately retorted, 'A handsome fellow! why he is a wit, sir, and you know the proverb: and, to ease the old gentleman of his scruples, cried, That for matter of merit it was all one, you might wear a mask.' This threw him into a pause, and he looked desirous of three days to consider on it; but Mr. President improved the thought, and followed him up with an old story, 'That wits were privileged to wear what masks they pleased in all ages; and that a vizard had been the constant crown of their labours, which was generally presented them by the hand of some satyr, and sometimes of Apollo himself:' for the truth of which he appealed to the frontispiece of
several books, and particularly to the English Juve nal, to which he referred him; and only added, That such authors were the Larvati, or Larva donati of the ancients.' This cleared up all, and, in the conclusion, you were chose probationer; and Mr. President put round your health as such, protesting, That though indeed he talked of a vizard, he did not believe all the while you had any more occasion for it than the cat-a-mountain;' so that all you have to do now is pay your fees, which are here very reasonable, if you are not imposed upon; and you may style yourself Informis Societatis Socius: which I am desired to acquaint you with; and upon the same I beg you to accept of the congratulation of,
"Your obliged humble srvant,
"Oxford, March 21."
A FRIEND of mine has two daughters, whom I will call Lætitia and Daphne: the former is one of the greatest beauties of the age in which she lives, the latter no way remarkable for any charms in her person. Upon this one circumstance of their outward form, the good and ill of their life seems to turn. Lætitia has not, from her very childhood, heard any thing else but commendations of her features and complexion, by which means she is no other than Nature made her, a very beautiful outside. The consciouness of her charms has rendered her insupportably vain and insolent towards all who have to do with her. Daphne, who was almost twenty before one civil thing had ever been said to her, found herself obliged to acquire some accomplishments to make up for the want of those attractions which she saw in her sister. Poor Daphne was seldom submitted to in a debate wherein she was concerned; her discourse had nothing to recommend it but the good sense of it, and she was always under a neces
sity to have very well considered what she was to say before she uttered it; while Lætitia was listened to with partiality, and approbation sate in the countenances of those she conversed with, before she communicated what she had to say. These causes have produced suitable effects, and Lætitia is as insipid a companion as Daphne is an agreeable one. Lætitia, confident of favour, has studied no arts to please; Daphne, despairing of any inclination towards her person, has depended only on her merit. Lætitia has always something in her air that is sullen, grave, and disconsolate. Daphne has a countenance that appears cheerful, open, and unconcerned. A young gentleman saw Lætitia this winter at a play, and became her captive. His fortune was such, that he wanted very little introduction to speak his sentiments to her father. The lover was admitted with the utmost freedom into the family, where a constrained behaviour, severe looks, and distant civilities, were the highest favours he could obtain of Lætitia; while Daphne used him with the good-humour, familiarity, and innocence, of a sister: insomuch that he would often say to her, 'Dear Daphne, wert thou but as handsome as Lætitia-.' She received such language with that ingenuous and pleasing mirth, which is natural to a woman without design. He still sighed in vain for Lætitia, but found certain relief in the agreeable conversation of Daphne. At length, heartly tired with the haughty impertinence of Lætitia, and charmed with the repeated instances of good-humour he had observed in Daphne, he one day told the latter that he had something to say to her he hoped she would be pleased withFaith, Daphne, continued he, I am in love with thee, and despise thy sister sincerely.' The manner of his declaring himself, gave his mistress occasion for a very hearty laughter. Nay,' says he, I