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103 Degradation of the Stage--Dignity of Human
Nature-Errors of the French Writers..... ADDISON
William Jingle, Coach-maker-Notice to the
123 Continuation of the Vision of the Three Roads
124 On Expectations from the Lottery.
125 Proposal for a Receptacle for Persons out of
126 Characters of a Prude and Coquette-Story of
the Gascon and the Widow ....
127 On Pride as affecting the Reason ..
128 Letter from a Fortune-liuter-From a de.
serted Female ....,
199 Dutch satirical Pictures--Letter from Pasquin
130 Superiority of Great Britain in the Number of
eminent Characters--Estcourt's Benefit.,
CONTENTS OF VOL. III.
ture of the Duke of Marlborough, &c. . STEELE
138 Deference to the Opinion of the World-
Gyges' Ring-Actions of Public Spirits
139 Women more improveable than Men-On
Courtship-—The Author's Discoveries by the
Use of his Ring....
140 Letters on a charitable Provision for poor Boys
-Cicero's Defence of Archias-Use of the
term Madam-Indecorums at Church
From an Inquisitive Lady..
141 Education of Girls—Whetters-Noisy Neigh-
bours-Letter from a Valentine-Petition
of the Inhabitants of Gotham
142 Political Anxiety-Recommendation of Charles
143 Sister Jenny appears in her own Chariot-The
Author's Letter to her Husband-Provision
for Pastorals - Public Impostors-Joshua
144 Prevalence of Extravagance and Show-
Change of Manners in Scotland.
N° 85. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1709.
From my own Apartment, October 24. My brother Tranquillus, who is a man of business, came to me this morning into my study, and after very many civil expressions in return for what good offices I had done him, told me, - he desired to carry his wife, my sister, that very morning, to his own house." I readily told him, “I would wait upon him,” without asking why he was so impatient to rob us of his good company. He went out of my chamber, and I thought seemed to have a little heaviness upon him, which gave me some disquiet. Soon after my sister came to me, with a very matron-like air, and most sedate satisfaction in her looks, which spoke her very much at ease; but the traces of her countenance seemed to discover that she had been lately in a passion, and that air of content to flow from a certain triumph upon some advantage obtained. She no sooner sat down by me, but I perceived she was one of those ladies who begin to be managers within the time of their being brides. Without letting her speak, which I saw she had a mighty inclination to do, I said, “Here
has been your husband, who tells me he has a mind to go home this very morning, and I have consented to it."-" It is well,” said she, “ for you must know “ Nay, Jenny,” said I, “I beg your pardon, for it is you must know-You are to understand, that now is the time to fix or alienate your husband's heart for ever; and I fear
have been a little indiscreet in your expressions or behaviour towards him, even here in my house." “ There has," says she, “ been some words : but I will be judged by you if he was not in the wrong: nay, I need not be judged by any body, for he gave it up himself, and said not a word when he saw me grow passionate, but, 'Madam, you are perfectly in the
right of it:' as you shall judge Nay, Madam," said I, “ I am judge already, and tell you, that you are perfectly in the wrong of it; for if it was a matter of importance, I know he has better sense than you; if a trifle, you know what I told you on your wedding-day, that you were to be above little provocations." She knows very well I can be sour upon occasion, therefore gave me leave to go on.
56 Sister,” said I, “ I will not enter into the dispute between
which I find his prudence put an end to before it came to extremity; but charge you, to have a care of the first quarrel, as you tender your happiness; for then it is that the mind will refect harshly upon every circumstance that has ever passed between you. If such an accident is ever to happen, which I hope never will, be sure to keep to the circumstance before you; make no allusions to what is passed, or conclusions referring to what is to come: do not show an hoard of matter for dissention in your breast; but, if it is necessary, lay before him the thing as you understand it, candidly, without being ashamed of acknowledging an error,