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extremely different when together. What made their enmity the more entertaining to all the rest of their sex was, that in detraction from each other neither could fall upon terms which did not hit herself as much as her adversary. Their nights grew restless with meditation of new dresses to ourvie each other, and inventing new devices to recall admirers, who observed the charms of the one rather than those of the other on the last meeting. Their colours failed at each other's appearance, fluihed with pleasure at the report of a disadvantage, and their countenances withered upon instances of applause. The decencies to which women are obliged, made these virgins ftifle their resentment so far as not to break into open violences, while they equally suffered. the torments of a regulated anger. Their mothers, as it is usual, engaged in the quarrel, and supported the several pretensions of the daughters with all that illchosen fort of expence which is common with people of plentiful fortunes and mean taste.

The girls preceded their parents like queens of May, in all the gaudy colours imaginable, on every Sunday to church, and were exposed to the examination of the audience for superiority of beauty.

During this constant struggle it happened, that Phillis one day at public prayers smote the heart of a gay WeftIndian, who appeared in all the colours which can affect an eye that could not distinguish between being fine and taudry. This American in a fummer-island suit was too shining and too gay to be refifted by Phillis, and too

her charms to be diverted by any of the laboured attractions of Brunetta. Soon after, Brunetta had the mortification to see her rival disposed of in a wealthy marriage, while she was only addressed to in a manner that shewed she was the admiration of all men, but the choice of none. Phillis was carried to the habitation of her spouse in Barbadoes : Brunetta had the ill-nature to inquire for her by every opportunity, and had the misfortune to hear of her being attended by numerous flaves, fanned into flumbers by successive hands of them, and carried from place to place in all the pomp of barbarous magnificence. Brunetta could not endure these repeated advices, but employed all her arts and

intent upon

N° 8o.

Friday, June 1.

Cælum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.

Hor. Ep. I. xi. 27. Those that beyond-sea go, will sadly find, They change their climate only, not their mind.

Creech. IN

N the year 1688, and on the same day of that year, were born in Cheapside, London, two females of exquisite feature and shape ; the one we shall call Brunetta, the other Phillis. A close intimacy between their parents made each of them the firft acquaintance the other knew in the world : they played, dressed babies, acted visitings, learned to dance and make curtefies, together. They were inseparable companions in all the little entertainments their tender years were capable of: which innocent happiness continued till the beginning of their fifteenth year, when it happened that Mrs. Phillis had an head-dress on, which became her so very well, that instead of being beheld any more with pleasure for their amity to each other, the eyes of the neighbourhood were turned to remark them with comparison of their beauty. They now no longer enjoyed the ease of mind and pleasing indolence in which they were formerly happy, but all their words and actions were misinterpreted by each other, and every excellence in their speech and behaviour was looked upon as an act of emulation to surpass the other. These beginnings of disinclination foon improved into a formality of behaviour, a general coldnels, and by natural steps into an irreconcilable hatred.

These two rivals for the reputation of beauty, were in their ftature, countenance, and mien, so very much alike, that if you were speaking of them in their absence, the words in which you described the one must give you an idea of the other. They were hardly distinguishable, you would think, when they were apart, tho' extremely different when together. What made their enmity the more entertaining to all the rest of their sex was, that in detraction from each other neither could fall upon terms which did not hit herself as much as her adversary. Their nights grew restless with meditation of new dresses to outvie each other, and inventing new devices to recall admirers, who observed the charms of the one rather than those of the other on the last meeting. Their colours failed at each other's appearance, Alushed with pleasure at the report of a disadvantage, and their countenances withered

upon

instances of applause. The decencies to which women are obliged, made these virgins ftifle their resentment so far as not to break into open violences, while they equally suffered. the torments of a regulated anger. Their mothers, as it is usual, engaged in the quarrel, and supported the several pretensions of the daughters with all that illchosen sort of expence which is common with people of plentiful fortunes and mean tafte. The girls preceded their parents like queens of May, in all the gaudy colours imaginable, on every Sunday to church, and were exposed to the examination of the audience for superiority of beauty.

During this constant struggle it happened, that Phillis one day at public prayers smote the heart of a gay WestIndian, who appeared in all the colours which can affect an eye that could not distinguish between being fine and taudry

This American in a summer-island suit was too shining and too gay to be refifted by Phillis, and too intent upon

her charms to be diverted by any of the laboured attractions of Brunetta. Soon after, Brunetta had the mortification to see her rival disposed of in a wealthy marriage, while she was only addressed to in a manner that shewed she was the admiration of all men, but the choice of none. Phillis was carried to the habitation of her spouse in Barbadoes : Brunetta had the ill-nature to inquire for her by every opportunity, and had the misfortune to hear of her being attended by numerous flaves, fanned into flumbers by successive hands of them, and carried from place to place in all the pomp of barbarous magnificence. Brunetta could not endure these repeated advices, but employed all her arts and charms in laying baits for any of condition of the same island, out of a mere ambition to confront her once more before she died. She at last succeeded in her defign, and was taken to wife by a gentleman whose estate was contiguous to that of her enemy's husband. It would be endless to enumerate the many occasions on which these irreconcilable beauties laboured to excel each other, but in process of time it happened that a fhip put into the island consigned to a friend of Phillis, who had directions to give her the refusal of all goods for apparel, before Brunetta could be alarmed of their arrival. He did so, and Phillis was dressed in a few days in a brocade more gorgeous and costly than had

cver before appeared in that latitude. Brunetta lan• guished at the fight, and could by no means come up to

the bravery of her antagonist. She communicated her anguish of mind to a faithful friend, who, by an interest in the wife of Phillis's merchant, procured a remnant of the fame filk for Brunetta. Phillis took pains to appear in all public places where she was sure to meet Brunetta ; Brunetta was now prepared for the insult, and came to a public ball in a plain black silk mantua, attended by a beautiful negro girl in a petticoat of the fame brocade with which Phillis was attired. This drew the attention of the whole company, upon which the unhappy Phillis swooned away, and was imniediately conveyed to her house. As soon as she came to herfelf, she fled from her husband's house, went on board a fhip in the road, and is now landed in inconsolable despair at Ply,nouth.

POSTSCRIPT. After the above melancholy narration, it may perhaps be a relief to the reader to peruse the following expoftulation.

• To Mr. SPECTATOR, • The juft Remonftrance of affronted That. • THO I deny not the petition of Mr. Who and

Which, yet you should not ruffer them to be rude and ' to call honest people names : for that bears very hard

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on some of those rules of decency, which you are * juftly famous for establishing. They may find fault, * and correct speeches in the senate and at the bar: but • let them try to get themselves so often, and with so ' much eloquence repeated in a sentence, as a great ora

tor doth frequently introduce me.

“ My lords !” says he, “ with humble fubmiffion, “ That'that I say is this : that, That, that that gentle

man has advanced, is not That that he should have proved to your lordships.". Let those two questionary petitioners try to do thus with their Who's and < their Whiches.

What great advantages was I of to Mr. Dryden in his Indian Emperor, • You force me still to answer you in That," to furnish out a rhyme to Morat ? And what a poor

figure would Mr. Bayes have made without his Egad • and all That? How can a judicious man distinguish

one thing from another, without saying, This here, or • That there ? And how can a sober man without using • the expletives of oaths, in which indeed the rakes and * bullies have a great advantage over others, make a dif

course of any tolerable length, without That is ; and if he be a very grave man indeed, without That is to

say? And how instructive as well as entertaining are · those usual expressions, in the mouths of great men, • such things as 'That, and the like of That.

· I am not against reforming the corruptions of speech you mention, and own there are proper seasons for the introduction of other words besides That; but I scorn as much to supply the place of a Who or a Which at every turn, as they are unequal always to fill mine; and I expect good language and civil treatment, and hope to receive it for the future: That, that I shall only add is, that I am,

Yours, R.

• That.'

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