By Jane Collier
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119–28. An extract from The Art was printed in The Monthly Review, 8 (April 1753), 274–81. The reviewer was unenthusiastic: ‘tho’ no extraordinary genius for satyr appears in it, it is far from being a contemptible performance’ (p. 274). The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, ed. Robert Halsband, 3 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965–7), iii. 88. Collier’s joke appears in a letter to James Harris, found in The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding, ed. Battestin and Probyn, p.
Take great care* never to lay the saddle upon the right horse, as this is the most sure and infallible method of galling. The old saying, Twice I did well, and that I heard never; Once I did ill, and that I heard ever; must by no means be contradicted by you; for the oftener you give your servants an opportunity to apply it to themselves, the oftener do you make them feel your power. The two foregoing rules are of general use likewise to all your friends and acquaintance. When your servants are sick, you may in earnest be very kind and good to them, as it will greatly contribute towards gaining you the reputation of good nature, and as it is necessary for your own convenience to restore them to health, in order to make them useful.
Only the horse guesses the true identity of the author: ‘For it is impossible’, says he, ‘that any beast, that has the feeling which our author shows for the tortured wretches who are torn by savage teeth and claws, should ever make the ravages, which, it is notorious, are daily made by the three ﬁerce competitors before us. The writer of this poem, therefore,’ continued he, ‘must be no other xxxviii Introduction than the lamb. ’ (p. 100) It is only possible to write about torment, in other words, if one has ﬁrst been tormented.
An essay on the art of ingeniously tormenting by Jane Collier