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• After-Life to come. I have nothing of my self left · which I like, but that
I am, SIR,
Partheniffa. WHEN Lewis of France had lost the Battle of Ramelies, the Addresses to him at that time were full of his Forti. tude, and they turned his Misfortune to his Glory ; in that, during his Prosperity, he could never have manifefted his heroick Constancy under Distresses, and so the World had lost the mos eminent Part of his Character. Parthenissa's Condition gives her the fame Opportunity: and to resign Conquests is a Task as difficult in a Beauty as ans Hero. In the very Entrance upon this work the muft burn all her Love Letters; or since she is so candid as not to call her Lovers who follow her no longer Unfaithful, it would be a very good beginning of a new Life from that of a Beauty, to send them back to those who writ them, with this honest Inscription, Articles of a Mare riage Treaty broken off by the Small-Pox. I have known but one Instance where a Matter of this kind went on after a like Misfortune, where the Lady, who was a Woman of Spirit, writ this Billet to her Lover.
SIR, " | Fyou flattered me before I had this terrible Malady, • 1 pray come and see me now: But if you sincerely liked me, stay away; for I am not the same
Corinna. THE Lover thought there was something so fprightly in her Behaviour, that he answered,
| Am not obliged, since you are not the same Woo "I man, to let you know whether I flattered you or
not; but I assure you, I do not, when I tell you I now • like you above all your Sex, and hope you will bear
what may befal me when we are both one, as well as • you do what happens to your self now you are single ; • therefore I am ready to take such a Spirit for my Companion as soon as you please.
: Amilcars IF Parthenisa can now possess her own Mind, and think as little of her Beauty as the ought to have done when she had it, there will be no great Diminution of her Charms ; and if she was formerly affected too much with them, an easy Behaviour will more than make up for the Loss of them. Take the whole Sex together, and you find those who have the strongest Postelfion of Mens Hearts are not eminent for their Beauty : You see it often happen that those who engage Men to the greatest Violence, are such as those who are Strangers to them would take to be remarkably defective for that End. The fondest Lover I know, said to me one Day in a Croud of Women at an Entertainment of Musick, You have often heard me talk of my Beloved: That Woman there, continued he, smiling when he had fixed my Eye, is her very Picture. The Lady' he shewed me was by much the least remarkable for Beauty of any in the whole Assembly; but having my Curiosity extremely raised, I could not keep my Eyes off her. Her Eyes at last met mine, and with a sudden Surprise she looked round her to see who near her was remarkably handsom that I was gazing at. This little Act explain'd the Secret: She did not understand herself for the Object of Love, and therefore she was fo. The Lover is a very honest plain Man; and what charmed him was a Person that goes along with him in the Cares and Joys of Life, not taken up with herself, but sincerely attentive with a ready and chearful Mind, to accompany him in either.
I can tell Parthenisa for her Comfort, That the Beauties, generally speaking, are the most impertinent and disagreeable of Women. An apparent Desire of Admiration, a Reflexion upon their own Merit, and a precious Behaviour in their general Conduct, are almost inseparable Accidents in Beauty. All you obtain of them is granted to Importunity and Solicitation for what did not deserve so much of your Time, and you recover from the Poffeffion of it, as out of a Dream.
YOU are ashamed of the Vagaries of Fancy which so Itrangely mised you, and your Ādmiration of a Beauty, merely as such, is inconsistent with a tolerable Reflexion upon your self: The chearful good-humoured Creatures, into whose heads it never entered that they could make
any Man unhappy, are the Persons formed for making Men happy. There's Miss Liddy can dance a Jig, raise Paíte, write a good Hand, keep an Accompt, give a reafonable Answer, and do as she is bid ; while her elder Sifter Madam Martha is out of Humour, has the Spleen, learns by Reports of People of higher Quality new Ways of being uneasy and displeased. And this happens for no Reason in the World, but that poor Liddy knows she has no such thing as a certain Negligence that is so bee coming, that there is not I know not what in her Air: And that if the talks like a Fool, there is no one will say, Well! I know not what it is, but every thing pleases when the speaks it.
ASK any of the Husbands of your great Beauties, and they'll tell you that they hate their Wives Nine Hours of every Day they pass together. There is such a Particularity for ever affected by them, that they are incumbred with their Charms in all they say or do. They pray at publick Devotions as they are Beauties. They converse on ordinary Occasions as they are Beauties. Ask Belinda what it is a Clock, and she is at a stand whether so great a Beauty should answer you. In a Word, I think, instead of offering to administer Consolation to Parthenisa, I should congratulate her Metamorphosis; and however she thinks she was not in the least insolent in the Prosperity of her Charms, she was enough fo to find the may make herself a much more agreeable Creature in her present Adversity. The Endeavour to please is highly promoted by a Consciousness that the Approbation of the Person you would be agreeableto, is a Favour you do not deserve; for in this Cafe Assurance of Success is the most certain way to disappointment. Good-nature will always supply the Absence of Beauty, but Beauty cannot long supply the Absence of Good-nature.
February 18, "I Have yours of this Day, wherein you twice bid me il not disoblige you, but you must explain your self • further before I know what to do.
Your most obedient Servant,
The SPECTATORE K 3
N° 307. Thursday, February 2 I.
Verfate diu, quid ferre recufent, : Quid valeant humeri
I Am so well pleased with the following Letter, that I
am in hopes it will not be a disagreeable Present to the Publick. SIR, . • THOUGH I believe none of your Readers more
1 admire your agreeable manner of working up • Trifles than my self, yet as your Speculations are now • swelling into Volumes, and will in all Probability pass. • down to future Ages, methinks I would have no single · Subject in them, wherein the general Good of Mankind
is concern'd, left unfinished.
• I have a long time expected with great Impatience • that you would enlarge upon the ordinary Mistakes \ which are committed in the Education of our Children. “I the more easily flattered my self that you would one • time or other resume this Confideration, because you. • tell us that your 168th Paper was only composed of a • few broken Hints; but finding my self hitherto disap• pointed, I have ventur'd to send you my own Thoughts & on this Subject. * • I remember Pericles in his famous Oration at the • Funeral of those Athenian young Men who perished in • the Samian Expedition, has a Thought very much ce• lebrated by several ancient Criticks, namely, That the • Loss which the Commonwealth suffer'd by the Destruc• tion of its Youth, was like the Loss which the Year would • suffer by the Destruction of the Spring. The Prejudice • which the Publick sustains from a wrong Education of • Children, is an Evil ofthe same Nature, as it in a man• ner starves Pofterity, and defrauds our Country of those • Persons who, with due Care, might make an eminent • Figure in their respective Pofts of Life.
• I have seen a Book written by Juan Huartes a Spa• nish Physician, entitled Examen de Ingenios, wherein . he laysit down as one of his first Positions, that Nothing • but Nature can qualify a Man for Learning; and that (without a proper Temperament for the particular Art • or Science which he studies, his utmoft Pains and Ap• plication, assisted by the ableft Masters, will be to no
* H E illustrates this by the Example of Tully's Son • Marcus.
• CICERO, in order to accomplish his Son in that sort • of Learning which he designed him for, sent him to • Athens, the most celebrated Academy at that Time in • the World, and where a vast Concourse, out of the • most polite Nations, could not but furnish the young • Gentleman with a Multitude of great Examples, and • Accidents that might insensibly have instructed him in • his designed Studies: He placed him under the Care • of Gratippus, who was one of the greatest Philosophers • of the Age, and, as if all the Books which were at that « time written had not been sufficient for his Use, he com• posed others on purpose for him : Notwithstanding all • this, History informs us, that Marcus proved a meer • Block-head, and that Nature, (who it seems was even ! with the Son for her Prodigality to the Father,) ren• dered him incapable of improving by all the Rules of
Eloquence, the Precepts of Philosophy, his own En• deavours and the most refined Conversation in Athens. • This Author therefore proposes, that there should be cer• tain Triers or Examiners appointed by the State to in• fpect the Genius of every particular Boy, and to allot • him the Part that is most suitable to his natural Talents.
• PLATO in one of his Dialogues tells us, that som • crates who was the Son of a Midwife, used to say, that • as his Mother, tho' she was very skilful in her Profef«sion, could not deliver a Woman, unless she was first • with Child, so neither could he himself raise Knowledge • out of a Mind, where Nature had not planted it.
• ACCORDINGLY the Method this Philosopher took, • of instructing his Scholars by several Interrogatories or • Questions, was only helping the Birth, and bringing 8.their own Thoughts to Light.