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Numb. 195. TUESDAY, January 28, 1752.
- Nescit equo rudis
Seu Græco jubeas trocho,
Nor knows our youth, of noblest race,
More skill'd in the mean arts of vice,
TO THE RAMBLER. SIR, Favours of every kind are doubled when they are speedily conferred. This is particularly true of the gratification of curiosity: He that long delays a story, and suffers his auditor to torment himself with expectation, will seldom be able to recompense the uneasiness, or equal the hope which he suffers to be raised.
For this reason, I have already sent you the continuation of my pupil's history, which, though it contains no events very uncommon, may be of use to young men who are in too much haste to trust their own prudence, and quit the wing of protection before they are able to shift for themselves.
When he first settled in London, he was so much bewildered in the enormous extent of the town, so confounded by incessant noise, and crowds, and hurry, and so terrificd by rural narratives of the arts. Pere i umut sumem zwerhen a few syllables, sie is-wenn sa:- aradamizal airs;-smoke tie nitur :-wmpat ir mechanzen 1—and other bro222 vrases e vina I nt nt water my quiet to e tissurdet, or ley never proceeded to avowed injignite, ut content themselves to murmur in Secret ini. rhenever I turned my eye upon them, sarunk into wallness.
Ee vas juwever, desirous of withdrawing from tie smetention willen tie could not venture to break, ML made 1 kerer appointment to assist his compa"Tons de persecution ur z zian. His footman pri'Hery rooted mm i m il, m. w he practised 2 - azaler Or Tours, in the miramoon. At tut Tore , dar vas. let že ratanded an enggorun. hely Fiuter, mmt dastaned to the place wers: Ins: ILIUZĖ. Askatas Imad assembled. They hurrek kay RIN TUTTE inl of malignity and denunciation: DIANE E mam ws name they had never heark. vedie TOTNINN winch they could uut understand ; to tam rok rased to judge for themselves, and wauk. PA Se tie zown to be impudied upon bruscribhia a tiez nit. they exerted theinselves with grea surii ant vivacit ; called out tu the tunes of obsrenr panos, takara Imdly at inAntonio of Shakespeare and so naved on their Pilsudlo a short prelude o terzut, clamoured veheTindly to the prologue, and clanned with great U lusly the first entrance of the players.
Those who they heard without attempting interruption; but, being no longer able to restrain their impatiense, they then began to exert themselves in
groans and hisses, and plied their catcalls with incessant diligence; so that they were soon considered by the audience as disturbers of the house; and some who sat near them, either provoked at the obstruction of their entertainment, or desirous to preserve the author from the mortification of seeing his hopes destroyed by children, snatched away their instruments of criticism, and, by the seasonable vibration of a stick, subdued them instantaneously to decency and silence.
To exhilarate themselves after this vexatious defeat, they posted to a tavern, where they recovered their alacrity, and, after two hours of obstreperous jollity, burst out big with enterprize, and panting for some occasion to signalize their prowess. They proceeded vigorously through two streets, and with very little opposition dispersed a rabble of drunkards less daring than themselves, then rolled two watchmen in the kennel, and broke the windows of a tavern in which the fugitives took shelter. At last it was determined to march up to a row of chairs, and demolish them for standing on the pavement; the chairmen formed a line of battle, and blows were exchanged for a time with equal courage on both sides. At last the assailants were overpowered, and the chairmen, when they knew their captives, brought them home by force.
The young gentleman, next morning, hung his head, and was so much ashamed of his outrages and defeat, that perhaps he might have been checked in his first follies, had not his mother, partly in pity of his dejection, and partly in approbation of his spirit, relieved him from his perplexity by paying the da
mages privately, and discouraging all animadversion and reproof.
This indulgence could not wholly preserve him from the remembrance of his disgrace, nor at once restore his confidence and elation. He was for three days silent, modest, and compliant, and thought himself neither too wise for instruction, nor too manly for restraint. But his levity overcame this salutary sorrow; he began to talk with his former raptures of masquerades, taverns, and frolicks; blustered when his wig was not combed with exactness; and threatened destruction to a tailor who had mistaken his directions about the pocket.
I knew that he was now rising again above controul, and that his inflation of spirits would burst out into some mischievous absurdity. I therefore watched him with great attention; but one evening, having attended his mother at a visit, he withdrew himself, unsuspected, while the company was engaged at cards. His vivacity and officiousness were soon missed, and his return impatiently expected ; supper was delayed, and conversation suspended ; every coach that rattled through the street was expected to bring him, and every servant that entered the room was examined concerning his departure. At last the lady returned home, and was with great difficulty preserved from fits by spirits and cordials. The family was despatched a thousand ways without success, and the house was filled with distraction, till, as we were deliberating what further measures to take, he returned from a petty gaming-table, with his coat torn and his head broken; without his sword, snuff-box, sleeve-buttons, and watch.