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His affliction would have been insupportable, had not he been comforted by the daily visits and conversations of his friend. As they were one day talking together with their usual intimacy, Leontine, considering how incapable he was of giving his 5 daughter a proper education in his own house, and Eudoxus reflecting on the ordinary behavior of a son who knows himself to be the heir of a great estate, they both agreed upon an exchange of children, namely, that the boy should be bred up 10 with Leontine as his son, and that the girl should live with Eudoxus as his daughter, until they were each of them arrived at years of discretion. The wife of Eudoxus, knowing that her son could not be so advantageously brought up as under the care 15 of Leontine, and considering at the same time that he would be perpetually under her own eye, was by degrees prevailed upon to fall in with the project. She therefore took Leonilla, for that was the name of the girl, and educated her as her own daughter. 20 The two friends on each side had wrought themselves to such an habitual tenderness for the children who were under their direction, that each of them had the real passion of a father, where the title was but imaginary. Florio, the name of the 25 young heir that lived with Leontine, though he had all the duty and affection imaginable for his supposed parent, was taught to rejoice at the sight of Eudoxus, who visited his friend very frequently,

and was dictated by his natural affection, as well as by the rules of prudence, to make himself esteemed and beloved by Florio. The boy was now

old enough to know his supposed father's circum5 stances, and that therefore he was to make his way

in the world by his own industry. This consideration grew stronger in him every day, and produced so good an effect, that he applied himself with more

than ordinary attention to the pursuit of everything 10 which Leontine recommended to him. His natural

abilities, which were very good, assisted by the directions of so excellent a counselor, enabled him to make a quicker progress than ordinary through

all the parts of his education. Before he was twenty 15 years of age, having finished his studies and exer

cises with great applause, he was removed from the university to the inns of court, where there are very few that make themselves considerable pro

ficients in the studies of the place, who know they 20 shall arrive at great estates without them. This

was not Florio's case; he found that three hundred a year was but poor estate for Leontine and himself to live upon, so that he studied without inter

mission till he gained a very good insight into the 25 constitution and laws of his country.

I should have told my reader, that whilst Florio lived at the house of his foster-father, he was always an acceptable guest in the family of Eudoxus, where he became acquainted with Leonilla from her in

fancy. His acquaintance with her by degrees grew into love, which in a mind trained up in all the sentiments of honor and virtue became a very uneasy passion. He despaired of gaining an heiress of so great a fortune, and would rather have died 5 than attempted it by any indirect methods. Leonilla, who was a woman of the greatest beauty joined with the greatest modesty, entertained at the same time a secret passion for Florio, but conducted herself with so much prudence, that she 10 never gave him the least intimation of it. Florio was now engaged in all those arts and improvements that are proper to raise a man's private fortune, and give him a figure in his country, but secretly tormented with that passion which burns with the 15 greatest fury in a virtuous and noble heart, when he received a sudden summons from Leontine, to repair to him in the country the next day: for it seems Eudoxus was so filled with the report of his son's reputation, that he could no longer withhold 20 making himself known to him. The morning after his arrival at the house of his supposed father, Leontine told him that Eudoxus had something of great importance to communicate to him; upon which the good man embraced him, and wept. 25 Florio was no sooner arrived at the great house that stood in his neighborhood, but Eudoxus took him by the hand, after the first salutes were over, and conducted him into his closet. He there

opened to him the whole secret of his parentage and education, concluding after this manner: “I have no other way of acknowledging my gratitude

to Leontine, than by marrying you to his daughter. 5 He shall not lose the pleasure of being your father

by the discovery I have made to you. Leonilla too shall be still my daughter; her filial piety, though misplaced, has been so exemplary, that it

deserves the greatest reward I can confer upon it. 10 You shall have the pleasure of seeing a great estate

fall to you, which you would have lost the relish of, had you known yourself born to it. Continue only to deserve it in the same manner you did

before you were possessed of it. I have left your 15 mother in the next room. Her heart yearns to

wards you. She is making the same discoveries to Leonilla which I have made to yourself.” Florio was so overwhelmed with this profusion of happi

ness, that he was not able to make a reply, but 20 threw himself down at his father's feet, and amidst

a flood of tears, kissed and embraced his knees, asking his blessing, and expressing in dumb show those sentiments of love, duty, and gratitude that

were too big for utterance. To conclude, the happy 25 pair were married, and half Eudoxus's estate settled

upon them. Leontine and Eudoxus passed the remainder of their lives together; and received in the dutiful and affectionate behavior of Florio and Leonilla the just recompense, as well as the natural

effects of that care which they had bestowed upon them in their education.

No. 23. Party Spirit
SPECTATOR No. 125. Tuesday, July 24, 1711

Ne, pueri, ne tanta animis assuescite bella;
Neu patriæ validas in viscera vertite vires.1

Virg. Æn. vi. 832.

My worthy friend Sir Roger, when we are talking of the malice of parties, very frequently tells us an accident that happened to him when he was a 5 school-boy, which was at the time 2 when the feuds ran high between the Roundheads and Cavaliers. This worthy knight, being then but a stripling, had occasion to inquire which was the way to St. Anne's Lane? upon which the person whom he spoke to, 10 instead of answering his question, called him a young popish cur, and asked him who had made Anne a saint? The boy, being in some confusion, inquired of the next he met, which was the way to Anne's Lane? but was called a prick-eared cur for 15 his pains, and instead of being shown the way, was told that she had been a saint before he was born, and would be one after he was hanged. “Upon this,” says Sir Roger, “I did not think fit to repeat the former question, but going into every lane of 20 the neighborhood, asked what they called the name of that lane?” By which ingenious artifice he

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