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When my imagination goes from myself to my father, it passes not so readily from him to his second wife, nor considers him as entering into a different family, but as continuing the head of that family, of which I am myself a part.
His superiority prevents the easy transition of the thought from him to his spouse, but keeps the passage still open for a return to myself along the same relation of child and parent.
He is not sunk in the new relation he acquires; so that the double motion or vibration of thought is still easy and natural.
By this indulgence of the fancy in its inconstancy, the tie of child and parent still preserves its full force and influence.
A mother thinks not her tie to a son weakened, because it is shared with her husband: Nor a son his with a parent, because it is shared with a brother.
The third object is here related to the first, as well as to the second; so that the imagination goes and comes along all of them with the greatest facility.
Nothing has a greater tendency to give us an esteem for any person, than his power and riches; or a contempt, than his poverty and meanness: And as esteem and contempt are to be considered as species of love and hatred, it will be proper in this place to explain these phaenomena.
Here it happens most fortunately, that the greatest difficulty is not to discover a principle capable of producing such an effect, but to choose the chief and predominant among several, that present themselves.
The satisfaction we take in the riches of others, and the esteem we have for the possessors may be ascribed to three different causes.
FIRST, To the objects they possess; such as houses, gardens, equipages; which, being agreeable in themselves, necessarily produce a sentiment of pleasure in every one; that either considers or surveys them.
SECONDLY, To the expectation of advantage from the rich and powerful by our sharing their possessions.
THIRDLY, To sympathy, which makes us partake of the satisfaction of every one, that approaches us.
All these principles may concur in producing the present phaenomenon.
The question is, to which of them we ought principally to ascribe it,
It is certain, that the first principle, viz, the reflection on agreeable objects, has a greater influence, than what, at first sight, we may be apt to imagine.
We seldom reflect on what is beautiful or ugly, agreeable or disagreeable, without an emotion of pleasure or uneasiness; and though these sensations appear not much in our common indolent way of thinking, it is easy, either in reading or conversation, to discover them.
Men of wit always turn the discourse on subjects that are entertaining to the imagination; and poets never present any objects but such as are of the same nature.
Mr Philips has chosen CYDER for the subject of an excellent poem.
Beer would not have been so proper, as being neither so agreeable to the taste nor eye.
But he would certainly have preferred wine to either of them, coued his native country have afforded him so agreeable a liquor.