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534. Wednesday, November 12.

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Mr. SPECTATOR,

AM a young Woman of

Nineteen, the only Daugh-
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ter of very wealthy Pa-
rents; and have my whole

Life been used with a Ten-
derness which did me no great Sere
vice in my Education. I have per-
haps an uncommon Desire for Know-
ledge of what is suitable to my Sex

and Quality; but, as far as I can re-
member, the whole Dispute about

me has been, whether such a thing
was proper for the Child to do, or
not? Or whether such or such Food
was the more wholesome for the young
Lady to eat? This was ill for my
Shape, that for my Complection, and
t'other for my Eyes. I am not extra-
vagant when I tell you, I do not know
that I have trod upon the very Earth
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(since I was ten Years old: A Coach 6 or Chair I am obliged to for all my • Motions from one place to another e

ver since I can remember. All who had to do to instruct me, have ever

been bringing Stories of the notable

things I have said and the Womanly • Manner of behaving myself upon ' such and such an Occasion. This has

been my State, till I came towards ? Years of Womanhood; and ever since "I grew towards the Age of Fifteen, I < have been abused after another man

ner. Now, forsooth, I am so killing,

no one can safely speak to me. Our " House is frequented by Men of Sense,

and I love to ask Questions when I < fall into fuch Conversation; but I am

cut short with something or other a'bout my bright Eyes. There is, Sir,

a Language particular for talking to ( Women in; and none but those of the

very first good Breeding (who are ve-
ry

few, and, who seldom come into
my way) can speak to us.without re-
gard to our Sex. Among the genera-

lity of those they call Gentlemen, it 6 is impossible for me to speak upon a

ny Subject whatsoever, without pro-
voking, somebody to say, Oh! to be

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fare fine Mr. such-a-one must be very

particularly acquainted with all that; all the World will contribute to her Entertainment and Information. Thus, Sir, 'I am so handsome, that I murder ali

who approach me; so wise, that I want no new Notices; and so well 'bred, that I am treated by all that know me like a Fool, for no one will answer as if I were their Friend or Companion. Pray, Sir, be pleased to take the part of us Beauties and Fortunes ' into your Confideration, and do not

let us be thus flattered out of our Sen'ses. I have got an Hussey of a Maid, who is most craftily given to this ill Quality. I was at first diverted with a certain Absurdity the Creature was guilty of in every thing she said: She is a Country Girl, and in the Dialect of the Shire she was born in, would tell me that every body reckon'd her Lady had the purest red and white in the World: Then she would tell me, I was the most like one Sisly Dobson in their Town, who made the Miller make away with himself, and walk afterwards in the Corn - Field where they used to meet. With all this,

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this cunning Hussey can lay Letters in my way, and put a Billet in my Gloves, and then stand in it she knows nothing of it. I do not know from my Birth to this Day, that I have been ever

treated by any one as I ought; and if it were not for a few Books which I delight in, I should be at this Hour a Novice to all common Sense. Would it not be worth your while to lay down Rules for Behaviour in this Cafe, and tell People, that we Fair-ones expect honest plain Answers as well as other People? Why must I, good Sir, because I have a good Air, a fine Complection, and am in the Bloom of my Years, be mis-led in all my Actions ? and have the Notions of Good and Ill confounded in my Mind, for no other Offence, but because I have the Advantages of Beauty and Fortune? Indeed, Sir, what with the filly Homage which is paid us by the fort of People I have above spoken of, and the utter Negligence which others have for us, the Conversation of us

young Women of Condition is no other than what must expose us to Ig

norance and Vanity, if not Vice. All

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this is humbly submitted to your Spe·ctatorial Wisdom, by,

SIR,
Your humble Servant,

Sharlot Wealthy
Mr. SPECTATOR,

Will's Coffee-houses RAY, Sir, it will serve to fill up a Paper, if

you put in this; which 'is only to ask whether that Copy of «Verses which is a Paraphrase of Isaiab, ' in one of your Speculations, is not written by Mr. Pope? Then you get on another Line, by putting in, with proper Distances, as at the end of a Letter, I am, SIR,

Your humble Servant,

Abraham Dapperwit.
Mr. Dapperwit,
I Am glad to get another Line for

ward, by saying that excellent Piece is Mr. Pope's; and so, with proper Distances,

I am, SIR,
Your humble Servant,

Sr.

Mr.

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