"Nor is there any thing un-galante in the manner of thus questioning the Lady-Fancys, which present themselves as charmingly dress'd as possible to sollicit their Cause, and obtain a Judgment, by favour of that worse Part, and corrupt Self, to whom they make their Application."
— Cooper, Anthony Ashley, third earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713)
It may be justly said of these, that they are very powerful Solicitresses. They never seem to importune us; tho they are ever in our Eye, and meet us whichever way we turn. They understand better how to manage their Appearance, than by always throwing up their Veil, and shewing their Faces openly in a broad Light, to run the danger of cloying our Sight, or exposing their Features to a strict Examination. So far are they from such Forwardness, that they often stand as at a distance; suffering us to make the first Advance, and contenting themselves with discovering a side-Face, or bestowing now and then a glance in a mysterious manner, as if they endeavour'd to conceal their Persons.
(pp. 312-3; pp. 139-40 in Klein)
See Soliloquy, or Advice to an Author (London: John Morphew, 1710). <Link to ESTC><Link to Google Books>
See also "Soliloquy, or Advice to an Author" in Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In Three Volumes. (London: John Darby, 1711). <Link to ESTC>
Some text drawn from ECCO and Google Books; also from Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury. Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, ed. Lawrence E. Klein (Cambridge: CUP, 2001). Klein's text is based on the British Library's copy of the second edition of 1714. [Texts to be collated.]