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STEELE

THE

TATLER.

N° 145. TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1709-10,

Nescio quis teneros oculus mihi suscinat agnos.

Virg. Ecl, iii, 109, Ah! What ill eyes bewitch my tender lambs?

White's Chooolate-house, March 13, Tuis evening was allotted for taking into con, sideration a late request of two indulgent parents, touching the care of a young daughter, whom they design to send to a boardiny-school, or keep at home, according to my delerinination; but I am diverted from that subject by letters which I have received from several ladies, complaining of a certain seçt of professed enemies to the repose of the fair sex, called Oglers. These are, it seems, gentlemen who look with deep attention on one object at the playhouses, and are ever staring all round thein in churches, It is urged by my correspondents, that they do all that is possible to keep their eyes off these insnarers; but that, by what power they know not, both their diversions and devotions are interrupted by them in such a manner, as that they

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cannot attend to either, without stealing looks at the persons whose

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them. By this means, my petitioners say, they find themselves grow insensibly less offended, and in time enamoured of these their enemies. What is required of me on this occasion is, that as I love and study to preserve the better part of mankind, the females, I would give them some account of this dangerous way of assault; against which there is so little defence, that it lays ambush for the sight itself, and makes them seeingly, knowingly, willingly, and forcibly, go on to their own captivity.

This representation of the present state of affairs between the two sexes gave me very much alarm; and I had no more to do, but to recollect what I bad seen at any one assembly for some years last past, to be convinced of the truth and justice of this remonstrance. If there be not a stop put to this evil art, all the modes of address, and the elegant embellishments of life, which arise out of the noble passion of love, will of necessity decay. Who would be at the trouble of rhetoric, or study the bon mien, when bis introduction is so much easier obtained by a sudden reverence in a down-cast look at the meeting the eye of a fair lady, and beginning again to ogle her as soon as she glances another way? I remember very well, when I was last at an opera, I could perceive the eyes of the whole audience cast into particular cross angles one upon another, without any manner of regard to the stage, though king Latinus was himself present when I 'made that observation. It was then very pleasant to look into the hearts of the whole company; for the balls of sight are so formed, that one man's eyes are spectacles to another to read his heart with. The most ordinary beholder can take notice of any

violent agitation in the mind, any pleasing transport,

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