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use of a moft impudent and lascivious step called Setting, which I know not how to describe to you, but by telling you that it is the very reverse of Back to Back. At last an impudent young dog bid the fiddlers play a * dance called Moll Pately, and after having made 'two or three capers, ran to his partner, locked his arms in hers, and whisked her round cleverly above ground in such a manner, that I who sat upon one of the lowest benches, faw • further above her shoe than I can think fit to
acquaint you with. I could no longer endure · those enormities; wherefore just as my girl was going to be made a whirligig, I ran in, seized on the child, and carried her home,
• Sir, I am not yet old enough to be a fool, • I suppose this diversion might be at first in* vented to keep up a good understanding be*tween young men and women, and so far I
am not against it; but I shall never allow of these things. I know not what you
will say 'to this case at present, but am sure that had you been with me, you would have seen matter of great Speculation. I am,
I must confess I am afraid that my correspondent had too much reason to be a little out of humour at the treatment of his daughter, but I conclude that he would have been much more fo, had he feen one of those Kissing DANCES, in which WILL HONEYCOMB assures me they are obliged to dwell almost a minute on the fair one's lips, or they will be too quick for the music, and Dance quite out of time.
I am not able, however, to give my final fentence against this diversion; and am of Mr. Cowley's opinion, that so much of Dancing at least, as belongs to the behaviour and an handsome carriage of the body, is extremely useful, if not absolutely necessary.
We generally form such ideas of people at first fight, as we are hardly ever persuaded to lay aside afterwards : for this reason, a man would wish to have nothing disagreeable or uncomely in his approaches, and to be able to enter a room with a good grace.
I might add, that a moderate knowledge in the little rules of Good-BREEDING, gives a man fome assurance, and makes him easy in all companies. For want of this, I have seen a professor of a liberal science at a loss to falute a lady; and a most excellent mathematician not able to determine whether he should stand or sit while my lord drank to him.
It is the proper business of a dancing-master to regulate these matters; though I take it to be a just observation, that unless you add some
your own to what these fine gentlemen teach you, and which they are wholly ignorant of themselves, you will much sooner get the character of an affected fop, than of a well bred iman.
As for Country-DANCING, it must indeed be confessed that the great familiarities between the two sexes on this occasion may some
times produce very dangerous consequences; and I have often thought that few ladies hearts are so obdurate as not to be melted by the charms of music, the force of motion, and an handsome young fellow, who is continually playing before their eyes, and convincing them that he has the perfect use of all his limbs.
But as this kind of Dance is the particular invention of our own country, and as every one is more or less a proficient in it, I would not discountenance it; but rather suppose it may
be practised innocently by others, as well as myfelf, who am often partner to my landlady's eldest daughter.
POSTSCRIPT. Having heard a good character of the collection of pictures which is to be exposed to sale on Friday next; and concluding from the following letter that the person who collected them is a man of no unelegant taste, I will be so much his friend as to publish it, provided the reader will only look upon it as filling up the place of an advertisement. From the three Chairs in the Piazza, Covent
Garden, « SIR,
May 16, 1711. S
you are SPECTATOR, I think we who
make it our business to exhibit any thing to public view, ought to apply ourselves to you for your approbation. I have travelled • Europe to furnith out a low for you, and have brought with me what has been admired
* in every country through which I passed. You
have declared in many Papers, that your great* est delights are those of the eye, which I do not doubt but I shall gratify with as beautiful
objects as yours ever beheld. If castles, fo• rests, ruins, fine women, and graceful men, can .
please you, I dare promise you much fatisfac' tion, if you
auction on Friday next. A fight is I suppose, as grateful to ‘a SPECTATOR, as a treat to another perfon,
and therefore I hope you will pardon this in(vitation from,
• Sir, your most obedient humble servant, X*,
* J. GRAHAM. * By Mr. E. BUDGELL. See Spect. Vol. VII. N° 555.
ADVERTISEMEN T. * Mr. PINKETHMAN's Pantheon, or the Temple of Heathen Gods, the work of several years, consisting of five pictures, the contrivance and painting of which is beyond expreflion admirable. The figures, above one hundred, move their heads, legs, arms, and fingers so exactly in what they perform, setting one foot before another like living creatures, that it deserves to be esteemed the greatest wonder of the age. In the Little Piazza, Covent-Garden. Price is. 6d.; is. and the lowest 6d. See N° 31, where the visitation of Mr. PINKETHMAN'S “ Heathen Gods" is mentioned among the diversions then in vogue. See also Tat. N° 129, No 167, N°171, Notes and Adv. concerning Moving Pictures, &c.
*** At Drury-Lane, this evening, “ The Scornful Lady.” The S. Lady by Mrs. Oldfield; Loveless, Mr. Wilks ; Youngless, Mr. Mills; Welford, Mr. Bickerstaff; Morecraft, Mr. Bullock; Rover, Mr. Cibber; Poet, Mr. Norris; Martha, Mrs. Bicknell; Abigail, Mrs. Willis; and Sa. ville by Mr. Dogget. The farce, “ A. Bickerstaff's Burial; or, Work for the Upholders.” SPECT, in folio.
N° 68. Friday, May 18, 1711.
Nos duo turba sumus
Ovid. Met. i. 355.
pany is in which we are engaged, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started in discourse; but instead of this, we find that conversation is never so much straitened and confined as in numerous assemblies. When a multitude meet together on any subject of discourse, their debates are taken up chiefly with forms and general positions ; nay, if we come into a more contracted assembly of men and women, the talk generally runs upon the weather, fashions, news, and the like public topics. In proportion as conversation gets into clubs and knots of friends, it descends into particulars, and grows more free and communicative: but the most open, instructive, and unreserved discourse, is that which passes between two persons who are familiar and intimate FRIENDS. On these occasions, a man gives a loose to every pafiion and every thought that is uppermost, discovers his most retired opinions of persons and things, tries the beauty and strength of his fentiments, and exposes his whole foul to the examination of his friend.
Tully was the first whoobserved, that FRIENDship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy, and dividing of our grief; a