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Y. Asper's complaint of the insolence of Prospero. Unpoliteness
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SIR WILLIAM JONES
No. 171. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER. 5, 1751
Dark is the sun, and loathsome is the day.
TO THE RAMBLER.
ISELLA now sits down to continue her narrative. I am convinced that nothing would more powerfully preserve youth from irregularity, - Or guard inexperience from seduction, than a just
description of the condition into which the wanton plunges herself; and therefore hope that my letter may be a sufficient antidote to my example.
After the distraction, hesitation, and delays which the timidity of guilt naturally produces, I was removed to lodgings in a distant part of the town, under one of the characters commonly assumed upon Such occasions. Here being by my circumstances condemned to solitude, I passed most of my hours in bitterness and anguish. The conversation of the people with whom I was placed was not at all capable of engaging my attention, or dispossessing the reigning ideas. The books which I carried to my retreat were such as heightened my abhorrence of myself; for I was not so far abandoned as to sink Voluntarily into corruption, or endeavour to conceal from my own mind the enormity of my crime.
My relation remitted none of his fondness, but visited me so often, that I was sometimes afraid lest his assiduity should expose him to suspicion. Whenever he came he found me weeping, and was