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with the greatest familiarity, reposes himself on a couch, and fancies himself at home. The master ~ of the house at last comes in, Menalcas rises to receive him, and desires him to sit down; he talks, muses, and then talks again. The gentleman of the house is tired and amazed ; Menalcas is no less so, but is every moment in hopes that his impertinent guest will at last end his tedious visit. Night comes on, when Menalcas is hardly undeceived. When he is playing at backgammon, he calls for a full glass of wine and water; it is his turn to throw ; he has the box in one hand, and his glass in the other, and being extremely dry, and unwilling to lose time, he swallows down both the dice, and at the same time throws his wine into the tables. He writes a letter and flings the sand into the ink-bottle; he writes a second, and mistakes the superscription ; a nobleman receives one of them, and upon opening it reads as follows: “I would have you, honest Jack, immediately upon the receipt of this, take in hay enough to serve me the winter.” His farmer receives the other, and is amazed to see in it, “My Lord, I received your Grace's commands with an entire submission to—” If he is at an entertainment, you may see the pieces of bread continually multiplying round his plate ; it is true the rest of the company want it, as well as their knives and forks, which Menalcas does not let them keep long. Sometimes in a morning he puts his whole family in a hurry, and at last goes out without being able to stay for his coach or dinner, and for that day you may see him in every part of the town, except the very place where he had appointed to be upon a business of importance. You would often take him for every thing that he is not; for a fellow quite stupid, for he hears nothing ; for a fool, for he talks to himself, and has a hundred grimaces and motions with his head, which are altogether involuntary ; for a proud man, for he looks full upon you, and takes no notice of your saluting him ; the truth of it is, his eyes are open, but he makes no use of them,
and neither sees you, nor any man, nor any thirt else; he came once from his country-house, aul his own footmen undertook to rob him, and suceeded ; they held a flambeau to his throat, an bad him deliver his purse; he did so, and comius home told his friends he had been robbed; they desired to know the particulars, “Ask my le" vants,” said Menalcas, “for they were with me." BRUYERf.
Lucas, with ragged coat, attends
A HARD ni Asterta
A theatrical manager, one evening when band was playing an overture, went up to horn players, and asked why they were not po ing. They said they had twenty bars 1 “Rest 1” says he, “I’ll have no rest in my e. pany # I pay you for playing not for resting.”
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On the City of London presenting Act.Keppel with the freedoun in a box of hearter and Lord Rodney in a gold box: -
Each admiral's defective part,
The wealthy Keppel wanted heart t
Aow if this palsied pair should uneet, Impell'd by common sneers, 1,1s tufter, or if both were shot, • Pray who the devil cares : o a precTATION, * * had as the world is, I find by very strict ob-vation upon virtue and vice, that if men apred no worse than they really are, I should or le... work than at present I am obliged to ornake fur their reformation. They have ge*ally taken up a kind of inverted ambition, agret even faults and imperfections of which y are innocent. The first of this order of men • the Walett:dinarians, who are never in health ; complain of want of stomach or rest every day oil wood, and then devour all which comes be
fore them. Lady Dainty is convinced, that it is necessary for a gentlewoman to be out of order; and to preserve that character, she dines every day in her closet at twelve, that she may become her table at two, and be unable to eat in public. About five years ago, I remember it was the fashion to be short-sighted. A man would not own an acquaintance until he had first examined him with his glass. At a lady’s entrance into the playhouse, you might see tubes immediately levelled at her from every quarter of the pit and side-boxes. However, that mode of infirmity is out, and the age has recovered its sight; but the blind seem to be succeeded by the lame, and a janty limp is the present beauty. I think I have formerly observed, a cane is part of the dress of a prig, and always worn upon a button, for fear he should be thought to have an occasion for it, or be esteemed really, and not genteelly a cripple. I have considered but could never find out the bottom of this vanity. I indeed have heard of a Gascon general, who, by the lucky grazing of a bullet on the roll of his stocking, took occasion to halt all his life after. But as for our peaceable cripples, I know no foundation for their behaviour, without it may be supposed that in this warlike age, some think a cane the next honour to a wooden leg. This sort of affectation I have known run from one limb or member to another. Before the Limpers came in, I remember a race of Lispers, fine persons, who took an aversion to particular letters in our language; some never uttered the letter H, and others had as mortal an aversion to S. Others have had their fashionable defect in their ears, and would make you repeat all you said twice over, I know an ancient friend of mine, whose table is cvery day surrounded with flatterers, that makes use of this, sometimes as a piece of grandeur, and at others as an art, to make them repeat their commendations. Such affectations have been indeed in the world in ancient times; but they fell into them out of politic ends. Alexander the Great had a wry neck, which unade it the fashion in his court to carry their heads on one side when they came into the presence. One who titought to outshine the whole court, carried his head so over-conpiaisantly, that this martial prince gave him so great a box on the ear, as set ali the heads of the court upright. This humour takes place in our minds as well as bodies. I know at this time a young gentleman, who talks atheistically ail day in coffeehouses, and in his degrees of understanding sets up for a freethinker; though it can be proved upon him, he says his prayers every morning and avening. Of the like turn nre all your marriage-haters, who rail at the noose, at the words, ‘‘ for ever and ave,” and at the same tide are secretly pining for some young thing or other that makes , their healts acre by her refusal. The next to these, are such as pretend to govern their wives, and boast how ill they use them ; when, at the same time, go to their houses, and you shall see then step as if they feared making a noise, and arc as fond as an alderinan. I do not know, but sometimes these pretences may arise from a desire to conceal a contrary defect than they set up for. I remember, when I was a young fellow, we had a companion of a very fearful complexion, who, when we sat in to drink, would desire us to take his sword frum him when he grew fuddled, for it was his unisfortune to be quarrelsome. As the desire of faune in men of true wit and gallantry shews itself in proper instances, the same desire in men who have the ambition without proper faculties, runs wild, and discovers itself in a thousand extravagances, by which they would signalize themselves from others, and gain a set of admirers When I was a middle-aged man, there were many societies of ambitious young men in England, who, in their pursuits after fame, were every night employed in roasting porters, smoking cobblers. knocking down watchmen, overturning constables, breaking windows, blackening sign-po-ts, and the like immortal ente; prizcs.
A lovice to Lowvhs.
Pool Hal caught his death, standing under a spout,
man's flame. Whoe'er thou art that read'st these moral rhyme, Make love at home, and go to bed betimes.
Cop Y OF A LETTER OF APPLICATION from A shoe MAKER's wife, To A customer of H ept deceased in UsbANd. Madam,_My husband is dead, but that is pe. thing at all ; for Thomas Wild, our journeyman, will keep doing for me the same as he did before, and he can work a great deal better than he do poor man, at the last, as I have experience of because of his age and ailment; so I hope fo your ladyship's custom. From your humble •er vant, ANN R–o.'' The Bishop AND the PEAs ANt. A German clown, at work in his field, serio his bishop pass by, attended by a train breem." a peer, he could not forbear laughing, and that loud, that the reverend gentleman asked the son of it. The clown answered ; –“ I laugh no I think of St. Peter and St. Paul, and see you such an equipage.”—“How is that * said the shop.–o Do you ask how " said the felt. “They were ill-advised to walk alone on r, throughout the world, when they were the to of the Christian church, and lieutenants of J. Christ, the king of kings and thou, who art our bishop, go so well unounted, as to have st train of Hectors. that thou reser blcat more a * of the realm, than a pastor of the church.” this his reverence replied, “But, my friend, dost not consider that I am to toth a count was baron, as well as thy bishop.” The rustic ta, more than before ; and the bishop askips b, ... reason of it, he answered, “Sir, when il, e. and the baron, which you say you cre, -lrail hell, where will the bishop bei”
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