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kind of Tantalism, or Platonick Hell, as that which we have now under confideration. Monsieur Pontignan, speaking of a love-adventure that happened to him in the country, gives the following account of it.

“ When I was in the country last summer, I was often in company « with a couple of charming women, who had all the wit and beauty “ one could desire in female companions, with a dash of coquettry, that “ from time to time gave me a great many agreeable torments. I was, « after my way, in love with both of them, and had such frequent op“ portunities of pleading my passion to them when they were alunder, “ that I had reason to hope for particular favours from each of them. “ As I was walking one evening in my chamber with nothing about me “ but my Night-gown, they both came into my room and told me, they “ had a very pleasant trick to put upon a Gentleman that was in the same “ house, provided I would bear a part in it. Upon this they told me of such a plausible story, that I laughed at their contrivance, and agreed

to do whatever they should require of me. They immediately began to “ swaddle me up in my Night-gown with long pieces of linnen, which “ they folded about me till they had wrapt me in above an hundred “ yards of swathe: my arms were pressed to my sides, and my legs clo“ sed together by so many wrappers one over another, that I looked like “ an Egyptian mummy. As I stood bolt upright upon one end in this « antique figure, one of the Ladies burst out a laughing. And now Pon

tignan, says she, we intend to perform the promise that we find you 56 have extorted from each of us. You have often asked the favour of “ us, and I dare say you are a better bred Cavalier than to refuse to go sí to bed to Ladies that desire it of you. After having stood a fit of

laughter, I begged them to uncafe me, and do with me what they plea“ sed. No, no, say they, we like you very well as you are; and upon “ that ordered me to be carried to one of their houses,

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my swaddles. The room was lighted up ön all: fides; and I was “ laid very decently between a pair of theets, with my head (which was « indeed the only part I could move) upon a very high piilow: this was

sooner done, but my two female friends came into bed to me in « their finest Night-cloaths. You may easily guess at the condition of a “ man that saw a couple of the most beautiful women in the world un“ drest and abed with him, without being able to stir hand or foot.. I “ begged them to release me, and Itruggled all I could to get loofe, which

I did with so much violence, that about mid-night they both leaped out **s of the bed, crying out they were undone. But seeing me safe, they

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took their posts again, and renewed their raillery. Finding all my “ prayers and endeavours were lost, I composed my self as well as I « could ; and told them, that if they would not unbind me, I would fall « afleep between them, and by that means disgrace them for ever: But, “ alas! this was impossible, could I have been disposed to it, they would “ have prevented me by several little ill-natured caresses and endear« ments which they bestowed upon me.

As much devoted as I am to “ womankind, I would not pass such another night to be master of the “ whole fex. My Reader will doubtless be curious to know what be

came of me the next morning: why truly my bed-fellows left me a“ bout an hour before day, and told me if I would be good and lie still, they would send some body to take me up as soon as it was time for

me to rise : accordingly about nine-a-clock in the morning an old wo“ man came to ûnswathe me. I bore all this very patiently, being re“ folved to take my revenge of my tormentors, and to keep no meafures “ with them as soon as I was åt liberty; but upon asking my old 'wo“ man what was become of the two Ladies, the told me the believed " they were by that time within fight of 'Paris, før that they went a

way in a coach and fix before five-a-clock in the morning.

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No 92.

Friday, June 15.

-Convida prope diffentire videntur,
Pafcentes, vario mitium diverfa palato;
Quid dem? quid von dem?--

Hor.

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OOKING over the late packets of letters which have been sent to me, I found the fo

following one. Mr. SPECTATOR, « YOUR paper is a part of my Tea-equipage; and my servant knows

my humour fo well, that calling for my breakfast this morning (it being past my usual hour) the answered the SPECTATOR was not “ yet come in; but that the Tea-kettle boiled, and the expected it every

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moment. Having thus in part signified to you the esteem and venera4. tion which I have for you, I must put you in mind of the catalogue of

books which you have promised to recommend to our sex; for I have o deferred furnishing my closet with Authors, 'till I receive your advice “ în this particular, being your daily disciple and humble servant,

LEONORA In answer to my fair disciple, whom I am very proud of, I must acquaint her, and the rest of my Readers, that since I have called out for help in my catalogue of a Lady's library, I have received many,letters upon that head, some of which I shall give an account of.

In the first class I shall take notice of those which come to me from e. minent booksellers, who every one of them mention with respect the Authors they have printed, and consequently have an eye to their own advantage more than to that of the Ladies. One tells me, that he thinks it absolutely necessary for women to have true notions of right and equity, and that therefore they cannot peruse à better book than Dalton's Country Fuffice : Another thinks they cannot be without The Compleat Fockey. A third observing the curiosity and desire of prying into secrets, which he tells me is natural to the fair sex, is of opinion this female inclination, if well directed, might turn very much to their advantage, and therefore recommends to me. Mr. Mede upon the Revelations. A fourth lays it down as an unquestioned truth, that a Lady cannot be thoroughly accomplished who has not read The secret Treaties and Negociations of the Marshal D'Estrades. Mr. Jacob. Tonson, Jun, is of opinion, that Bayle's Dictionary might be of very great use to the Ladies, in order to make them general scholars. Another, whose name I have forgotten, thinks it highly proper that every woman with child should read Mr. Wall's History of Infant Baptism; as another is very importunate with me to recommend to all my female Readers The finishing stroke; being a vindication of the Patriarchal Scheme, &c.

In the second class I shall mention Books which are recommended by husbands, if I may believe the writers of them. Whether or no they are real husbands or personated ones I cannot tell, but the books they ręcommend are as follow. A Paraphrafe on the History of Susanna. "Rules to keep Lent. The Christian's overthrow prevented. A dissuasive from the Play-house. The virtues of Camphire, with directions to make Camphire Tea. The Pleasures of a Country Life. The Government of the Tongue. . A letter dated from Cheapside desires me that I would advise all young

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reckon the Ladies themselves as a third class among these my correspondents and privy-counsellors. In a letter from one of them, I am advised to place Pharamond at the head of my catalogue, and, if I think proper, to give the second place to Cassandra. Coquetilla begs me not to think of nailing women upon their knees with manuals of devotion, nor of scorching their faces with books of housewifry. Florella desires to know if there are any books written against Prudes, and intreats me, if there are, to give them a place in my Library. Plays of all sorts have their several advocates: All for Love is mentioned in above fifteen letters; Sophonisba, or Hannibal's overthrow, in a dozen; the Innocent Adultery is likewise highly approved of: Mithridates King of Pontus has many

friends ; Alexander the Great and Aurenzebe have the same number of voices; but Theodosius, or the force of Love, carries it from all the rest.

I should, in the last place, mention fuch books as have been proposed by men of learning, and those who appear competent judges of this matter, and must here take occasion to thank A. B. whoever it is that conceals himself under those two letters, for his advice upon this fubje&t : but as I find the work I have undertaken to be very difficult, I shall defer the executing of it till I am further acquainted with the thoughts of my judicious contemporaries, and have time to examine the several books they offer to me; being resolved, in an affair of this moment, to proceed with the greatest caution.

In the mean while, as I have taken the Ladies under my particular care, I 'Thall make it my business to find out in the best Authors ancient and modern such passages as may be for their use, and endeavour to accommodate them as well as I can to their taste; not questioning but the valuable part of the sex will easily pardon me, if from time to time I laugh at those little vanities and follies which appear in the behaviour of fome. of them, and which are more proper for ridicule than a serious censure. Most books being calculated for male Readers, and generally written with an eye to men of learning, makes a work of this Nature the more necessary; besides, I am the more encouraged, because I flatter my self that I see the sex daily improving by these my Speculations." My fair Readers are already deeper scholars than the Beaus: I could name some of them who talk much better than several gentlemen that make a figure

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at Will's; and as I frequently receive letters from the fire Ladies and pretty Fellows, I cannot but observe that the former are superior to the others not only in the fense but in the spelling. This cannot but have a good effect upon the female world, and keep them from being charmed by those empty coxcombs that have hitherto been admired among the women, though laughed at among the men.

I am credibly informed that Tom Tattle passes for an impertinent fellow, that Will. Trippit begins to be smoaked, and that Frank Smoothly himself is within a month of a coxcomb, in case I think fit to continue this paper.

For my part, as it is my business in some measure to detect fuch as would lead astray weak minds by their false pretences to wit and judgment, humour and gallantry, I hall not fail to lend the best lights I am able to the fair fex for the continuation of these discoveries.

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-Spatio brevi
Spemlongam reseces: dum loquimur, fugerit invida
Ætas : carpe diem, quam minimum credula poftero.

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E all of us complain of the shortness of time, faith Seneca, and yet

have much more than we know what to do with. Our

lives, says he, are spent either in doing nothing at all, or in do. ing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do: we are always complaining our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them. That poble Philosopher has described our inconsistency with our felves in this particular, by all those various turns of expression and thought which are peculiar to his writings.

I often consider mankind as wholly inconsistent with it self in a point that bears fome affinity to the former. Though we seem grieved at the fhortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honours, then to retire. Thus although. VOL. III.

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