Sir Roger de Coverly is a Tory of the old, old school. A country gentleman, seeming wise and seeming fool, he steps out of the text of The Spectator as one of Addison and Steele’s most memorable recurring characters. The early 18th-century prose here is wonderful, of course. The tale of Sir Roger’s failed romance with the cruel widow, his exploits in the city and at the hunt, and his opinion on beards will not make you a better person. It might, however, make you a little bit happier, at least for a while. Collection of sketches taken from the Spectator. Excerpt from "The De Coverley Papers": For this reason, therefore, I shall publish a sheet-full of thoughts every morning, for the benefit of my contemporaries; and if I can any way contribute to the diversion or improvement of the country in which I live, I shall leave it, when I am summoned out of it, with the secret satisfaction of thinking that I have not lived in vain. There are three very material points which I have not spoken to in this paper; and which, for several important reasons, I must keep to myself, at least for some time: I mean, an account of my name, my age, and my lodgings. I must confess, I would gratify my reader in anything that is reasonable; but as for these three particulars, though I am sensible they might tend very much to the embellishment of my paper, I cannot yet come to a resolution of communicating them to the public.