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the other Phillis. A clofe intimacy between their pa. rents made each of them the first acquaintance the other knew in the world : they played, dressed babies, acted visitings, learned to dance and make curteties together. They were inseparable companions in all the little en. tertainments their tender years were capable of : which innocent happineís con inued till the beginning of their fifteen'h year, when it happened that Mrs. Phillis had an head-dress on, which became her so very well, that instead of being beheld any more with plasure for their amity to each other, the eyes of the neig ibourhood were turned to remark them with comparison of their beauty. They now no longer enjoyed the ease of mind and pleasing indolnce in which they were formerly happy, but ali their words and actions were misinterpreted by each other, and every excellence in their speech and behaviour was looked upon as an act of emulation to lurpass the other. These beginnings of disinclinatiin socn improved into a formality of buhaviour, a general coldnčíš, and by natural steps into an irreconcilable hatred.
These two rivals for the reputation of beauty, were in their stature, countenance, and mien, so very y much alike, that if you were ipeaking of them in their absence, the word in which you described the one must give you an idea of the other. They were hardly distinguishable, you would think, when they were apart, though extremely different when together. What made their enmity the more entertaining to all the rest of their lex was, that in detra&tion from each other ncither could fall upon tırms which did not hit herself as much as her adversary. Their nights grew restless with meditation of new druffes to outvie each other, and inventing new devices to recal admirors, who observed the charms of the one rather than those of the other on the last meeting. Their colours failed at each other's appear nce, flushed with pleasure at the report of a disadvantage, and their countenances wi: hered upon instances of applause. The decencies to which women are obligud, made these virins Itifle their resentment so far as not to break into
open violences, while they equally suffered the torments of a regula ed anger. Their mothers, as it is uiual, engiged in the quarrel, and supported the several pretentions of the daughters with all that ill-chufen sort of expence which is common with people of plentiful fortunes and mean taste. The girls preceded their paren's like queens of May, all in the gaudy colours imaginable, on every Sunday to church, and were expo ed to the examination of the audience for superiority of beauty.
During this confiant struggle it happened, that Phillis one day at public prayers Imote the heart of a gay West-Indian, who appeared in all the colours which can affect an eye that could not diftinguish between being fine and taudry. This American in a summer-illand fuit was too shining and too gay to be resisted by Phillis, and too intent upon her charms to be diverted by any of the laboured attractions of Brunetta. Soon after, Bru. netta had the mortification to see her rival disposed of in a wealthy marriace, while she was only addressid to in a manner that shewed she was the admiration of all men, but the choice of none. Phillis was carried to the habitation of her spouse in Barbadoes : Brunetta had the ill-nature to inquire for her by every opportunity, and had the misfortune to hear of her being attended by numerous flaves, fanned into flumbers by successive hands of them, and carried from place to place in all the pomp of barbarous magnificence. Brunetta could not endure these repeated advices, but employed all her arts and charms in laying baits for any of condition of the fame island, out of a mere ambition to confront her once more before she died. She at last succeeded in her design, and was taken to wife by a gentleman whose estate was con. tiguous that of her enemy's husband. It would be endless to enumerate the many occasions on which the irreconcileable beauties laboured to excel each other ; but in procéís of time it happened that a ship put in'o the island consigned to a friend of Phillis, who had directions to give her the refusal of all goods for apparel, before Brunetta could be alarmed of their arrival. He did so, and Phillis was dressed in a few days in a brocade
more gorgeous and costly than had ever before appeared in that latitude. Brunetta languished at the fight, and could by no means come up to the bravery of her antagonist. She communicated her anguish of mind to a Faithful friend, wiro, by an interest in the wife of Phillis's merchant, procured a remnant of the fame filk for Brunetta. Phillis took pains to appear in all public places where she was sure to meet Brunetta ; Brunetta was now prepared for the insult, and came to a public ball in a black filk mantua, attended by a beautiful negro girl in a petticoat of the same brocade with which Phillis was attired. This drew the attenticn of the whole company, upon which the unhappy Phillis swooned away, and was immediately conveyed to her house. As soon as flie came to herielf, she fled from her husband's hou.e, went on board a fhip in the road, and is now landed in inconsolable despair at Plymouth,
After the above melancholy narration, it may perhaps be a relief to the reader to peruse the following expoftue lation,
« To Mr. SPECTATOR, • The just Remonstrante of affronted That. THOUGH I deny not the petition of Mr. Who
and Which, yet you should not suffer them to be o rude and to call honest people names : for that bears
very hard on some of those rules of decency, which • you are justly famous for establishing. They may find
fault, and correct spetches in the fenate and at the • bar : but let them tỉy to get themselves fo often, and
with so much eloquence repeated in a sentence, as a great orator doth frequently introduce mc.
“ My Lords !” says he, “ with humble submission, " That that I lay is this : that, That, that that gentle« man hias advanced, is not That that he should have “ proved to your Lordships." Let those two quef
6. tionary petitioners try to do thus with their Who's 65 and their Whiches.
• What great advantages was I of to Mr. Dryden in « his Ind an Emperor,
• You force me still to answer you in That,' • to furnish out a rhyme to Morat? And w'lat a pool
figure wouli Mr. Bayes have made without his Egad 6 and all That? How can a judicious man diftinguish
one thing from another, without saying, This here, 6 or That there ? And how can a sober inan without « using the expletives of oaths, in which indeed the rakes • and bullies have a great advantage over others, make • a discourse of any tolerable length, without That is; • and if he be a very grave man indeed, without That is • to say? And how instructive as well as entertaining • are those usual expreslions, in ihe mouths of great men, Such things as That, and the like of That.
• I am not against reforming the corruptions of speech you mention, and own there are proper seasons for the • introduction of other words besides That; but I corn
as much to supply the place of a Who or a Which at every turn, as they are unequal always to fill mine;
and I expect good language and civil treatment, and « hope to receive it for the future: That, that I shall only add is, that I am,
R • Yours,