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78. The Mischiefs of misapplied Activity; exemplified in the

Character of Mr. Bustle


79. Alice Heartly's Account of Lady Bidmore, a Buyer of



v 80. Letter from To-morrow, proposing a Division of his Ef-

fects among his Creditors-Notice of a Letter from

Nerva, on the common Applau of the Audience at



81. Modern Soldiers less desirous of Fame than of Profit

Anecdote of General W-, an Officer in Queen

Anne's Time.


82. The Power of corrupt Society and false Shame over the

natural Feelings of Virtue-Story of Father Ni-


83. Story of Father Nicholas continued

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84. Conclusion of the Story of Father Nicholas


85. On the decreased Power of Love in modern Times

Ode to a Lady going abroad.


86. Men's Ideas of Happiness formed from their own fa-

vourite Indulgencies ; illustrated in the Character of

Symposius and others ....


v87. Effects of rural Objects on the Mind-Portrait of a

Country Dowager . ,


88, Character of Dormer, a Man of Public Spirit rather

than of private Benevolence or Virtue


89. Letter from Urbanus, in consequence of the late Paper

on the Effects of rural Objects on the Mind, giving an

Account of the rural Sentiment which is cultivated

at the Country Seat of a Man of Fashion ..... 242

Vigo. Letter from Barbara Heartless, the unfortunate At-

tendant of a Woman of extreme Sensibility and



. 91. On Misanthropy, and its different Species--Illustration

of that Subject, from the Characters of Hamlet,

Jacques, and Timon of Athens .

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N° 52. SATURDAY, JANUARY, 28, 1786.

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Most women have no characters at all.' So says

poet of great good sense, and of much observation on human character. I own, however, that I am not very willing to acknowledge the truth of the proposition. I admit that there is a certain sameness in the situation of our women, which is apt to give a similarity to their manner and turn of mind ; but I am persuaded there is a foundation of diversity in the characters of women as strong as in those of men. the features of the first, indeed, are more delicate, less strongly marked, and on that account more difficult to be distinguished; but still the difference equally exists. In their faces, the features of men are stronger than those of women ; but the difference of one woman's face from another is not there. fore the less real. So it is, in my opinion, with their minds.



N° 52.

THE LOUNGER. I have been lately more than ever disposed to deny the truth of Mr. Pope's observation, from an acquaintance with two ladies, who, in situations nearly alike, without that difference which vicissitudes of fortune, or uncommon incidents in life, might produce, are in character perfectly dissimilar. I never, indeed, knew two characters more pointedly different than those of Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Hambden. Mrs. Williams is a woman of plain good sense, and of great justness of conduct. She was early married to a man of good understanding, and in a respectable situation of life. He married her, because he wished for a wife who could be a useful as well as an agreeable companion to him, and would make a good mother to his children. She married him, because she thought him a worthy man, with whom she could be happy. Neither the husband nor the wife are remarkable for taste or refinement ; but they have both such a stock of sense, as prevents their ever falling into any impropriety. Mrs. Williams conducts the affairs of her family with the greatest regularity and exactness; and she never feels herself above giving attention to any particular of domestic æconomy. The education of her sons she leaves almost entirely to her husband ; that of the daughters she considers as peculiarly belonging to her. Believing the great truths, and attentive to the great doctrines of religion, she never troubled herself with its intricacies; and following, in morality, the plain path of right, she never speculated on points of delicate embarrassment. To her daughters, in like manner, she never taught mystery in religion, nor casuistry in morals; but she instills into them the most obvious and useful principles in both. She allows them to mix with the world to a certain degree, and to associate with companions of their own age and rank; but she guards against every thing which might give them a

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