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Ilinja 0 910 Toto) SIL From my own Apartment, September 30. I Am called off from public dissertations by a domestic affair of great importance, which is no less than the disposal of my sister Jenny for life.'. The girl is a girl of great merit, and pleasant conversation; but I being born of my father's first wife, and sbe of his third, she converses, with me rather like a daughter than a sister. I have indeed told her, that if she kept her honour, and behaved herself in such a manner as became the Bickerstaffes, I would get her an agreeable man for her husband, which was a promise I made her after reading a passage in Pliny's Epistles. That polite author had been employed to find out a consort for his friend's daughter, and gives the following character of the man he had pitched upon. Aciliano plurimum vigoris et industriæ quanquam in maxima verecundia : est illi facies liberalis, multo sanguine, multo rubore, suffusa :. est ingenua totius corporis pulchritudo, et quidam senatorius decor, quæ nego nequaquam arbitror negligenda, debet enim hoc castitati puellarum quasi premium dari. ss 1 setiapiji on Acilianųs is a man of extraordinary vigour and industry, accompanied with the greatest modesty. He has very much of the gentleman, with a lively colour, and fushof health in his aspect. His whole
personbrist finely turned, and speaks him a man of qualityio whichodre qualifications, that, I think, ongho by no means to be overlooked and should be bestoweds onla daughterias the reward of cher chas tity." salqigaib to moi juodt. 8 l90-64 biteri ar - Ar woman that will give herself liberties, need not put her parents to so much trouble ; for if she does not possess these ornaments in a husband, she can supply herself elsewhere. But this is not the case of my sister Jenny, who, I may say, without vanity, is as unspotted a spinster as any in Great Britain. I shall take this occasion to recommend the conduct of our own family in this particular.
We have in the genealogy of our house, the descriptions and pictures of our ancestors from the time of King Arthur; in whose days there was one of my own name, a knight of his round table, and known by the name of Sir Isaac Bickerstaffe. He was low of stature, and of a very swarthy complexion, not unlike a Portuguese Jew. But he was more prudent than men of that height usually are, and would often communicate to his friends his de. sign of lengthening and whitening his posterity. His eldest son Ralph (for that was his name) was, for this reason, married to a lady who had little else to recommend her, but that she was very tall and fair. The issue of this match, with the help of his shoes, made a tolerable figure in the next age; though the complexion of the family was obscure, until the fourth generation from that marriage. From which time, until the reign of William the Conqueror, the females of our house were famous for their needle-work, and fine skins. In the male line there happened an unlucky accident, in the reign of Richard" the Third, the eldest son of Philip, then chief of the family, being born with a hump-back, and very high noscu: This was the inore astonishing, biecause none of his forefathers ever had such a blepish; nor indeed was there any in the neiglibourhood of that make, except the butler, who was noted for round shoulders and a Roman nose: what made the nose the less excusable, i was the remarkable smallness of his eyes. Po to ill. (0 903
These several defects were mended by succeeding matches; his eyes were opened in the next generation, and the hump fell in a century and a half; but the greatest difficulty was how to reduce the nose; which I do not find was accomplished till about the middle of Henry the Seventh's reign, of rather the beginning of that of Henry the Eighth.
But while our ancestors were thus taken up in cultivating the eyes and nose, the face of the Bickerstaffe's fell down insensibly into chin; which was not taken notice of (their thoughts being so much employed upon the more noble features) till it became almost too long to be remedied.
But length of time, and successive care in our alliances, have cured this also, and reduced our faces into that tolerable oval which we enjoy at present. I would not be tedious in this discourse, but cannot but observe, that our race suffered very much about three hundred years ago, by the marriage of one of her heiresses with an eminent courtier, who
gave us spindle-shanks, and cramps in our bones, insomuch that we did not recover our health and legs, till Sir Walter Bickerstaffe married Maud the milkmaid, of whom the then Garter king at arms (a facetious person) said pleasantly enough, “ That she had spoiled our blood, but mended our constitu36. After this account of the effect our prudent choice of matches has had upon our persons and features, I cannot but observe, that there are daily instances of as great changes made by marriage upon mens' minds and humours. One might wear any passion out of a family by culture, as skilful gardeners blot a colour out of a tulip that hurts its beauty. One might produce an affable temper out of a shrew, by grafting the mild upon the choleric; or raise a jackpudding from a prude, by inoculating mirthi and melancholy.:. It is for want of care in the disposing of our children, with regard to our bodies and minds, that we go into an house, and see such different complexions and humours in the same race and family. But to me it is as plain as a pikestaff, from what mixture it is, that this daughter silently lowers, the other steals a kind look at you, a third is exactly well behaved, a fourth a splenetic, and a fifth a coquette."
In this disposal of my sister, I have chosen, with an eye to her being a wit, and provided, that the bridegroom be a man of a sound and excellent judgment, who will seldom mind what she says when she begins to harangue: for Jenny's only imperfection is an admiration of her parts, which inclines her to be a little, but a very little, sluttish; and you are ever to remark, that we are apt to cultivate most, and bring into observation, what we think most excellent in ourselves, or most capable of improvement. Thus my sister, instead of consulting her glass and her toilet for an hour and an half after her private devotion, sits with her nose full of snuff, and a man's nightcap on her head, reading plays and ro
Her wit she thinks her distinction; therefore knows nothing of the skill of dress, or making her
person agreeable. It would make you laugh, to see me often with my spectacles on lacing her stays; for she is so very a wit, that she understands no ordinary thing in the world.
For this reason I have disposed of her to a man of business, who will soon let her see, that 'to be well dressed, in good humour, and chearful in the command of her family, are the arts and sciences of female life. I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman, who extremely admired her wit, and would have given her a coach and six: but I found it absolutely necessary to cross the strain; for had
they met, they had“ eternally been fivals ik 'discourse, and in continual contention for the supetiority of understanding, and brought forth critics, pedants
, or pretty good poets. As it is, I expect an offspring fit for the habita? tion of city, town, or country; creatures that are
we put them to. To convince men of the necessity of taking this method, let any one, even below the skill of an astrologer, behold the turn of faces he meets as soon as he passes Cheapside Conduit, and you see a deep attention, and a certain unthinking sharpness, in every countenance. They look attentive, but their thoughts are engaged on mean purposes. To me it is very apparent, when I see a citizen pass by, whether his head is upon woollen, silks, iron, sugar, indigo, or stocks. Now this trace of thought appears or lies hid in the race for two or three generations.
I know at this time a person of a vast estate, who is the immediate descendant of a fine gentleman, but the great-grandson of a broker, in whom his ancestor is now revived. He is a very honest gentleman in his principles, but cannot for his blood talk fairly: he is heartily sorry for it; but he cheats by constitution, and over-reaches by instinct.
The happiness of the man who marries my sister will be, that he has no faults to correct in her but her own, a little bias of fancy, or particularity of manners, which
grew in herself, and can be amended by her. From such an untainted couple, we can hope to have our family rise to its ancient splendour of face, air, countenance, manner, and shape, without discovering the product of ten nations in one house. Obadiah Greenhat says, he never comes into any company in England, but he distinguishes the different nations of which we are composed : there is scarce such a living creature as a True Britón. We sit down, indeed, all friends, acquaintance, and neighbours, but after two bottles, you see a Dane