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Pledge

Receive this pledge of my tenderness. This phrase, when it accompanies a present, signifies, “If you should have sense enough to see my drift; if you should be on your guard against my designs, here is something to keep off those reflexions: here is a quieting draught, for the watchful dragon of your virtue.”

If a superannuated mistress takes this method, it means, “As good an opinion as I have of myself, I dare not entirely trust the power of my charms: I am of an age that I must expect to pay for what I have, and atone for the deficiencies of youth and beauty.”

In this case, she resembles the Tyrians, who for fear their gods should leave them, tied them with gold chains.

Even a young mistress may use this expedient, and make a trifling present to a lover, backward in his offerings, by way of broad hint to him, to have recourse to this powerful battery.