1,355. Abuse of Power; Seduction
"I know not why it should afford
subject of exultation, to
overpower on any terms the resolution, or surprise the caution of
a girl; but of all the boasters that deck themselves in the
spoils of innocence and beauty, they surely have the least
pretensions to triumph, who submit to owe their success to some
casual influence. They neither employ the graces of fancy nor
the force of understanding in their attempts; they cannot please
their vanity with the art of their approaches, the delicacy of
their adulations, the elegance of their address, or the efficacy
of their eloquence; nor applaud themselves as possessed of any
qualities by which affection is attracted. They surmount no
obstacles, they defeat no rivals, but attack only those who
cannot resist, and are often content to possess the body, without
any solicitude to gain the heart."
Johnson: Rambler #170 (November 2, 1751); from "Misella,"
a fictional correspondent.
1,373. Conversation; Seduction
"Every man has some favourite topic of conversation, on which, by
a feigned seriousness of attention, he may be drawn to expatiate
Johnson: Rambler #174 (November 15, 1751) (a fictional