The Female Spectator

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T. Gardner, 1755
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Page 168 - THE pleafures, which an agreeable fociety beftows, are indeed the moft elegant we can tafte ; but even that company we like beft would grow infipid and tirefome, were we to be for ever in it ; and to a perfon who knows how to think juftly, it would certainly be as great a mortification never to be alone, as to be always fo.
Page 10 - ... seems hereditary, married to a Gentleman every way worthy of so excellent a Wife, and with whom she lives in so perfect a Harmony, that having nothing to ruffle the Composure of her Soul, or disturb those sparkling Ideas she received from Nature and Education, left me no room to doubt if what she favoured me with would be acceptable to the Public. The next is a Widow of Quality, who not having buried her Vivacity in the Tomb of her Lord, continues to make one in all the modish Diversions of the...
Page 175 - Affliction. — To be able to reflect on our Misfortunes, goes a great way towards bearing them with that Fortitude which is becoming the Dignity of human Nature; but all have not Courage to do it, and those who have not would sink beneath the Weight of Grief, were they to indulge the Memory
Page 8 - I shall also acknowledge, that I have run through as many scenes of vanity and folly as the greatest coquet of them all. — Dress, equipage, and flattery, were the idols of my heart. — I should have thought that day lost, which did not present...
Page 11 - ... remark can escape me; and this I look upon to be a more effectual way of penetrating into the mysteries of the alcove, the cabinet, or field, than if I had the power of invisibility, or could, with a wish, transport myself wherever I pleased, since with the aid of those supernatural gifts, I could still be in no more than one place at a time; whereas now, by tumbling over a few papers from my emissaries, I have all the secrets of Europe, at least such of them as are proper for my purpose, laid...
Page 176 - I would perfuade any one to a continual poring over books ; too much reading, though of the heft authors, is apt to dull the fpirits, and deftroy that attention which alone can render this employment profitable. A few good maxims, well...
Page 12 - ... following Pages is to reform the Faulty, and give an innocent Amusement to those who are not so, all possible Care will be taken to avoid every thing that might serve as Food for the Venom of Malice and Ill-nature. Whoever, therefore, shall pretend to fix on any particular Person the Blame of Actions they may happen to find recorded here, or make what they call a Key to these Lucubrations, must expect to see themselves treated in the next Publication with all the Severity so unfair a Proceeding...
Page 10 - The third is the Daughter of a wealthy Merchant, charming as an Angel, but endued with so many Accomplishments, that to those who know her truly, her Beauty is the least distinguished Part of her.
Page 18 - THE hcufe where their acquaintance firft began, was now the fcene of their future meetings : the miftrcfs of it was too great a friend to gallantry herfelf, to be any interruption to .the happinefs they enjoyed in entertaining each other without witneffes. — How weak is virtue when love and opportunity combine ! — Tho...
Page 265 - Some ladies have shewn a truly public spirit in rescuing the admirable, yet almost forgotten Shakspeare, from being totally sunk in oblivion: — they have contributed to raise a monument to his memory, and frequently honoured his works with their presence on the stage: — an action which deserves the highest encomiums, and will be attended with an adequate reward; since, in preserving the fame of the dead bard, they add a brightness to their own, which will shine to late posterity.

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