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o thinks she has Wit, and insists that she will “ improve more by the Example than the Dif« courses of her Aunt.
The fifth Letter, is a compleat Discourse upon the Method of preserving our selves in a proper State for the Search and Discovery of the Truth; and for the Usefulness of it, deserves to be printed by it self.
Ånd the sixth Letter contains a Conversation, by which the Use and Practice which may
be made by the former Letter is discover'd.
In the seventh Letter the ingenious Author, by an unexpected Incident, varies, in an agreeable manner, the Thread of his Discourse, but is not wanting to draw an excellent Moral from it.
By this time I believe my Reader may desire to have the Characters of the Parties that form this agreeable Conversation ; you may please to take them as follows:
The Master of the Family is one of the handsomest Men in France, and has a great deal of Wit, but spoilt by too great a fondness for the prevailing Prejudices at Court. He seems reserv'd, is a Man of few words, indolent, and so great a Slave to Custom, that he takes every thing upon Trust; nay, were he to find himself imposed upon, he wou'd not give himself the trouble to remedy it ; and as he carries good Nature so far as to take up with every Thing, , and from every Body, he often puts us in mind of those two Verses of Madam des Houlieres.
Il fait tort a fon Jugement,
He wrongs bis own Judgment, and doth no Honour to any Body.
As for the Countess his Lady, she can hardly be called a thinking Being, but is more like a piece of Clockwork set a going by different Liquids, where sometimes the sowre gets uppermost. Every now and then you wou'd say good Sense had the ascendant, but that is seldom and but for a Moment. This Automaton is besides cased in an exceeding fine white Skin, sings well, games well, and is never so agreeably employ'd as with her Dogs, and at her Tapistry.
The Marchioness of A is one of those amiable Women, whom indulgent Nature has taken a pleasure in forming. She is extremely delighted with reading, knows the best Authors, and has the quickest relish of what the reads. Not only is she most happy in a Memory, but in a most graceful manner of applying whatever the retains. Such too is her Penetration, that the at first sight distinguishes between real and imaginary Beauties. Happy if the sprightliness of her Fancy had not got the better of her Judg.
But other Objects run away with her ; Gaming, Entertainments, Gallantry, Shews, magnificence in Drefs and Equipage; all these have bewitching Charms in her Eyes ; and in the hurry of the World make her forget the Reflections The made in her Closet.
But how shall I describe Miss V, unless I begin with telling you, that never was there a more lovely or deserving young Lady? She is tall, but perfectly well made ; has a noble, but winning Air, and is all over graceful in her least Motions. Her Hair is of the finest Chesnut, and her Eyebrows of the brightest black in the World: Her Lips are of the most glowing red ; her Make plump, but not gross, and her Complexion extremely smooth and fair, but that fort
of animated fair, that gives an Air of Health and Freshness. Her Features are exactly regular, without being any disadvantage to her Charms, but altogether play in the most agreeable manner. This Harmony, which properly forms what is called Physiognomy, makes her equally happy and agreeable. In her Eyes appear a certain Pride and Sweetness, but above all a Modesty which inspires the greatest and sincerest Respect; yet neither her Pride, nor Modesty exclude that Vivacity which flows from Mirth and Reason ; widely different, you know, Sir, from that arising from Presumption and Stupidity. She has the finest Hand that can be feen, and the fineft Voice that can be heard ; is a perfect Mistress of Musick, and plays upon the Harplicord, Theorbo, and Lute, like an Angel.
Shall I open to you the Treasures of her Mind ? Rich in her own Stock, she has yet cultivated it with the greatest care ; and tho' she scrupulously observes what Monsieur de Fontenelle calls, the Decencies of Ignorance, yet such as have conversed with her for any time, wou'd easily take her for a Person that had read every thing. She understands Latin, and speaks Italian as if she had been brought up at Rome and Florence. She has an easy natural turn of Expression in Conversation, and makes the most judicious use of that genteel delicate Raillery which shews the weak side of an Argument to him that maintains it, and which by making him Judge in his own Cause, forces him to condemn himself, and admire that Discernment and Art which lay his Error before him. Thus being an Enemy to Disputes, her Wit never shines at the expence of Truth: And if the ever seems
to be its Adversery, it is never any thing more
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