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or an oh, at some little hazard in moving or mak-
ing a step, than in any direct profession of love,
are the methods of skilful admirers. They are
honest arts when their purpose is such, but in-
famous when misapplied. It is certain that ma-
ny a young woman in this town has had her heart
irrecoverably won, by men who have not made
one advance which ties their admirers, though
the females languish with the utmost anxiety. I
have often, by way of admonition to my female
readers, given them warning against agreeable
company of the other sex, except they are well
acquainted with their characters.
disguise it if they think fit, and the more to do
it, they may be angry at me for saying it; but I
say it is natural to them, that they have no man-
ner of approbation of men, without some degree
of love: for this reason he is dangerous to be en-
tertained as a friend or visitant who is capable of
gaining any eminent esteem or observation,
though it be never so remote from pretensions as
a lover. If a man's heart has not the abhorrence
of any treacherous design, he may easily improve
approbation into kindness, and kindness into pas-
sion. There may possibly be no manner of love
between them in the eyes of all their acquaint-
ance; no, it is all friendship; and yet they may
be as fond as shepherd and shepherdess in a pas-
toral, but still the nymph and the swain may be
to each other, no other, I warrant you, than Py-
lades and Orestes.

When Lucy decks with flow’rs her swelling breast,
And on her elbow leans, dissembling rest;
Unable to refrain my madding mind,
Nor sheep nor pasture worth my care I find. -

Once Delia slept on easy moss reclin'd,
Her lovely limbs balf bare, and rude the wind;
I smooth'd her coats, and stole a silent kiss:
Condemn me, shepherds, if I did amiss.

Such good offices as these, and such friendly thoughts and concerns for one another, are what make

up the amity, as they call it between man and woman.

It is the permission of such intercourse that makes a young woman come to the arms of her husband after the disappointment of four or five passions which she has successively had for different men, before she is prudentially given to him for whom she has neither love nor friendship. For what should a poor creature do that has lost all her friends? There's Marinet the agreeable, has, to my knowledge, had a friendship for Lord Welford, which had like to break her heart, then she had so great a friendship for Colonel Hardy, that she could not endure any woman else should do any thing but rail at him. Many and fatal have been disasters between friends who have fallen out, and these resentments are more keen than ever those of other men can possibly be; but in this it happens unfortunately, that as there ought to be nothing concealed from one friend to another, the friends of different sexes very often find 'fatal effects from their unanimity.

For my part, who study to pass life in as much innocence and tranquillity as I can, I shun the company of agreeable women as much as possible; and must confess that I have, though a tolerable good philosopher, but a low opinion of Platonic love; for which reason I thought it necessary to give my fair readers a caution against

it, having to my great concern, observed the waist of a Platonist lately swell to a roundness which is inconsistent with that philosophy.

T.

STEELE.

No. 401. TUESDAY, JUNE 10.

In amore hæc omnia insunt vitia: injuriæ,
Suspiciones, inimicitiæ, induciæ,
Bellum, pax rursum.

TER, EUN. It is the capricious state of love to be attended with reproaches, suspicions, enmities, truces, quarrelling, reconcilement.

I SHALL publish, for the entertainment of this day, an odd sort of a packet, which I have just received from one of my female correspondents.

MR. SPECTATOR,
Since
you

have often confessed that you are not displeased your paper should sometimes convey the complaints of distressed lovers to each other, I am in hopes you will favour me who gives you an undoubted instance of her reformation, and at the same time a convincing proof of the happy, influence your labours have had over the most incorrigible part of the most incorrigible sex.

You must know, sir, I am one of that species of women whom you have often characterized under the name of jilts; and that I send you these lines, as well to do public penance for having so long continued in a known error, as to beg pardon of the party offended. I the rather choose this way, because it in some measure aning for

swers the terms on which he intimated the breach between us might possibly be made up, as you will see by the letter he sent me the next day after I had discarded him; which I thought fit to send you a copy of, that you might the better know the whole case.

· I must further acquaint you, that, before I jilted him, there had been the greatest intimacy between us for a year and a half together; during all which time I cherished his hopes, and indulged his flame. I leave you to guess after this what must be his surprise, when upon

his

pressmy full consent one day, I told him I wondered what could make him fancy he had ever any place in my affections.

His own sex allow him sense, and all ours good breeding. His person is such as might, without vanity, make him believe himself not incapable to be beloved. Our fortunes, indeed, weighed in the nice scale of interest, are not exactly equal, which, by the way, was the true cause of my, jilting him; and I had the assurance to acquaint him with the following maxim: “ That I should always believe that man's passion to be the most violent who could offer me the largest settle

I have since changed my opinion, and have endeavoured to let him know so much by several letters: but the barbarous man has refused them all; so that I have no way left of writing to him but by your assistance. If you can bring him about once more, I promise to send you all gloves and favours, and shall desire the favour of Sir Roger and yourself to stand as god-fathers to my first boy. I am, sir, * Your most obedient most humble servant,

AMORET.'

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PHILANDER TO AMORET.

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MADAM,

I am so surprised at the question you were pleased to ask me yesterday, that I am still at a loss what to say to it; at least my answer would be too long to trouble you with, as it would come from a person who, it seems, is so very indifferent to you.

Instead of it, I shall only recommend to your consideration the opinion of one whose sentiments on these matters I have often heard you say are extremely just. “A generous and constant passion,” says your favourite author, “ in an agreeable lover, where there is not too great a disparity in their circumstances, is the greatest blessing that can befall a person beloved; and if overlooked in one, may perhaps never be found in another."

61 do not, however, at all despair of being very shortly much better beloved by you than Antenor is at present; since, whenever my fortune shall exceed his, you were pleased to intimate your passion would increase accordingly.

• The world has seen me shamefully lose that time to please a fickle woman, which might have been employed much more to my credit and advantage in other pursuits. I shall therefore take the liberty to acquaint you, however harsh it may sound in a lady's ears, that though your love fit should happen to return, unless you could contrive a way to make your recantation as well known to the public as they are already apprised of the manner with which you have treated me, you shall never more see

PHILANDER.'

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