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252 Wednesday, December 19, 1711,

Erranti, palimque oculos per cunéta ferenti.

Virg. Æn. 2. ver. 570, Exploring ev'ry place with curious eyes.

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• Mr. Spectator,
Am very sorry to find by your discourse


the eye, that you have not thoroughly studied the na

ture and force of that part of a beauteous face, · Had you ever been in love, you would have said ten • thousand things, which it seems did not occur to you:

do but reflect upon the nonsense it makes men talk, • the flames which it is said to kindle, the transport it • raises, the dejection it causes in the bravest men; and 6 if

you do believe those things are expressed to an extravagance, yet you will own, that the influence of . it is very great which moves men to that extrava

gance. Certain it is, that the whole strength of the · mind is sometimes seated there; that a kind look imparts all, that a year's discourse could give you,

in one moment. What matters it what she fays to you? see

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how she looks--is the language of all who know what * love is. When the mind is thus summed up and

expressed in a glance, did ycu never observe a sudden

joy arise in the countenance of a lover? Did you never • see the attendance of years paid, over-paid, in an in• flant? You a Spectator, and not know that the intelli

gence of affection is carried on by the eye only; that

good-brecding has made the tongue falsify the heart, and ' act a part of continual constraint, while nature has pre« served the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised

or misrepresented. The poor bride can give her hand, • and say, “ I do,” with a languishing air, to the man she • is obliged by cruel parents to take for mercenary reafons, but at the same time she cannot look as if she • loved; her eye is full of sorrow, and reluctance fits in

a tear, while the offering of the sacrifice is performed • in what we call the marriage ceremony. Do you never

go to plays ? Cannot you distinguish between the eyes • of those who go to fee, from those who come to be ' seen? I am a woman turned of thirty, and am on the « observation a little; therefore if you or your correspon• dent had consulted me in your discourse on the eye, I " could have told you that the eye of Leonora is flily watch* ful while it looks negligent; she looks round her with

out the help of the glasses you speak of, and yet seems • to be employed on objects directly before her. This

eye is what affects chance-medley, and cn a sudden, as “ if it attended to another thing, turns all its charms

against an ogler. The eye of Lusitania is an instrument • of premeditated murder; but the design being visible,

destroys the execution of it; and with much more beau

ty than that of Leonora, it is not half so mischievous. “There is a brave foldier's daughter in town, that by her

has been the death of more than ever her father • made fly before him. A beautiful eye makes filence eloquent, a kind


makes contradiction an assent, an enraged eye makes beauty deformed. This little mem-s ber gives life to every other part about us, and I be& lieve the story of Argus implies no more than that the

eye is in every part, that is to say, every other part « would be mutilated, were not its force represented more:



' by the eye than even by itself. But this is heathen • Greek to those who have not conversed by glances.. "This, Sir, is a language in which there can be no • deceit, nor can a skilful observer be imposed upon by " looks even among politicians and courtiers. If you do

me the honour to print this among your speculations, ' I shall in my next make you a present of secret history,

by translating all the looks of the next assembly of la• dies and gentlemen into words, to adorn some future paper. I am, Sir,

• Your faithful friend,

• Mary Heartfree-? * Dear Mr. Spectator, I Have a fot

of a husband that lives a very scandalous « baucheries; and is immoveable to all the arguments I.

can urge to him. I would gladly know whether in 6. some cases a cudgel may not be allowed as a good • figure of speech, and whether it may not be lawfully 6 used by a female orator. ·

6. Your humble servant,

6.Barbara Crabtree,% - Mr. Spectator, • T Hough I am a practitioner in the law of fome.

standing, and have heard many eminent plead

in my time, as well as other eloquent speakers-6 of both universities, yet



that are better qualified to succeed in oratory " than the men, and believe this is to be resolved into 6.- natural causes. You have mentioned only the volu

bility of their tongue; but what do you think of*", • the silent flattery of their pretty faces, and the per

suasion which even an insipid discourse carries with it o when flowing from beautiful lips, to which it would • be cruel to deny any thirg? It is certain t00, that" " they are poffefsed of some {prings of rhetoric which

men want, such as tears, fainting fits, and the like, • which I have ieen employed upon occasion with good

success. You must know I am a plain man and love my 6-money; yet I have a spoase who is so great an orator in

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