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tinguish between being fine and taudry. This No. 80. FRIDAY, JUNE 1.
American in a summer-illand fuit was too shi.
ning and too gay to be resisted by Phillis, and Cælum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
too intent upon her charms to be diverted by any
Hor. Ep. I. xi. 27. of the laboured attractions of Brunetta. Soon Those that beyond-sea go, will sadly find,
after, Brunetta had the mortification to see her They change their climate only, not their mind.
rival disposed of in a wealthy marriage, while the
was only addressed to in a manner that Thewed
CREECH. she was the admiration of all men, but the choice 'N the year 1668, and on the same day of that of none. Phillis was carried to the habitation of
her spouse in Barbadoes : Brunetta had the illfemales of exquisite feature and shape; the one
nature to inquire for her by every opportunity, we shall call Brunetta, the other Phillis. A close and had the misfortune to hear of her being at. intimacy between their parents made each of tended by numerous Naves, fanned into Numbers them the first acquaintance the other knew in the by successive hands of them, and carried from world: they played, dressed babies, acted vifi-' place to place in all the pomp of barbarous magtings, learned to dance and make curtesies, toge- nificence. Brunetta could not endure these rether. They were inseparable companions in all peated advices, but employed all her arts and the little entertainments their tender years were charms in laying baits for any of condition of the capable of: which innocent happiness continued same inand, out of a mere ambition to confront till the beginning of their fifteenth year, when it her once more before the died. She at last fuchappened that Mrs. Phillis had an head-dress on, ceeded in her design, and was taken to wife by a which became her so very well, that inftead of be gentleman whose estate was contiguous to that ing beheld any more with pleasure for their amity of her enemy's husband. It would be endless to to each other, the eyes of the neighbourhood were enumerate the many occasions on which these irturned to remark them with comparison of their reconcilable beauties laboured to excel each other; beauty. They now no longer enjoyed the ease of 'but in process of time it happened that a ship put mind and pleasing indolence in wiich they were
into the inand consigned to a friend of Phillis, formerly happy, but all their words and actions who had directions to give her the refusal of all were misinterpreted by each other, and every ex- goods for apparel, before Brunetta could be ceilence in their speech and behaviour was looked alarmed of their arrival. He did so, and Phillis upon as an act of emulation to surpass the other.' was dressed in a few days in a brocade more gorThese beginnings of disinclination foon improved geous and costly than had ever before appeared in into a formality of behaviour, a general coldness, that latitude. Brunetta languished at the sight, and-by natural steps into an irreconcilable hatred. and could by no means come up to the bravery of These two rivals for the reputation of beauty, her antagonift.
She communicated her anguish were in their statute, countenance, and mien, so of mind to a faithful friend, who, by an interest very much alike, that if you were speaking of in the wife of Phillis's merchant, procured a rem, them in their absence, the words in which you de
nant of the same filk for Brunetta. Phillis took scribed the one must give you an idea of the other,' pains to appear in all public places where the They were hardly distinguishable, you would
was fure to meet Brunetta, Brunetta was now think, when they were apart, though extremely prepared for the infult, and came to a public ball different when together. What made their en in a plain black silk mantua, attended by a beau. mity the more entertaining to all the rest of their tiful negro girl in a petticoat of the same brocade
that in detraction from each other nei- with which Phillis was attired. This drew the ther could fall upon terms, which did not hit here attention of the whole company, upon which the self as much as her adversary. Their nights grew unhappy Phillis swooned away, and was imme. ronless with meditation of new dresses to outvie diately conveyed to her house. As soon as the each other, and inventing new devices to recal came to herself, she fied from her husband's house, admirers, who observed the charme of the one went on board a ship in the road, and is now rather than those of the other on the last meeting. landed in inconsolable despair at Plymouth. Their colours failed at each other's appearance, ilushed with pleasure at the report of a disadvan.
POSTSCRIPT. tage, and their countenances withered upon irItances of applause. The decencies to which we After the above melancholy, narration, it may men are obliged, made these virgins stifie their rc- perhaps be a relief to the reader to peruse the fol. fentment fo far as not to break into open violer. lowing expostulation. ces, while they equally suffered the torments of a regulated anger. Their mothers, as it is usual,
To Mr. Spectator. engaged in the quarrel, and supported the several pretensions of the daughters with all that ill-cho
The just Remonstrance of affronted That, fon fort of cxpence which is common with pco HOUGH I deny not the petition of Mr. ple of picntitul fortunes and mean taste, The Who and Which, yet you should not suffer girls preceded their parents like queens of May, "them to be rude and to call honest people in all the gaudy colours imaginable, on every " names for that bears very hard on some of Sunday to church, and were exposed to the exa those rules of decency, which you are justly fainination of the audience for fupericrity of mous for establishing. They may find fault, beauty.
and correct speeches in the ferate and at the During this constant struggle it happened, that ( bar: but let them try to get themselves fo often, Phillis one day at public prayers fimote the heart ' and with so much eloquence repeated in a sen
gay Wost-Indian, who appeared in all the tence, as a great orator doth frequently introfours which can afice an eye that could not da
( duce me,
“ My Lords;" says he, “with humble submií. ' make a discourse of any tolerable length, with66 fion, That that I say is this : that, That, that out That is; and if he be a very grave man in. 36 that gentleman has advanced, is not That that deed, without That is to say ? and how instruc“ he mould have proved to your Lordships.” Let tive as well as entertaining are those usual ex• those two questionary petitioners try to do thus • pressions, in the mouths of great men, Such with their Who's and their Whiches.
things as That, and the like of That. " What great advantages was I of to Mr. Dry I am not against reforming the corruptions I den in his Indian Emperor,
of speech you mention, and own there are proper
seasons for the introduction of other words « You force me still to answer you in That," • besides That; but I scorn as much to supply the
place of a Wbo or a Which at every turn, as they to furnith out a rhyme to Morat ? And what a are unequal always to fill mine; and I expect poor figure would Mr. Bayes have made with good language and civil treatment, and hope ta out his Egad and all That? How can a judi receive it for the future: That, that I shall only cious man distinguish one thing from another, add is, that I am,
R without saying, This here, or That there ? And
6 Yours, < how can a sober man without using the Exple• tives of oaths, in which indeed the rakes and
6 Tbate' bullies have a great advantage over others,