Almack's: A Novel, Tom 3

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Strona 254 - Still to be neat, still to be drest, As you were going to a feast ; Still to be powdered, still perfumed: Lady, it is to be presumed, Though art's hid causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is not sound. Give me a look, give me a face; That makes simplicity a grace ; Robes loosely flowing, hair as free : Such sweet neglect more taketh me, Than all the adulteries of art ; They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
Strona 212 - Appear like mice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, Diminish'd to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: The murmuring surge, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high: — I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong.
Strona 46 - Alas! — how light a cause may move Dissension between hearts that love! Hearts that the world in vain had tried And sorrow but more closely tied; That stood the storm when waves were rough Yet in a sunny hour fall off, Like ships that have gone down at sea When heaven was all tranquillity!
Strona 123 - Birminghams ; they are very common-place humdrums, while the others are certainly, though secondary stars, yet of great brilliancy. Rich gilding will always attract. We shall all live to see Lady Birmingham, and her house, and her parties, decided ton; for what will not gold buy in these days ? — rank, power, fashion, nay, even consideration. In this mercantile age. Birmingham is likely to become the emporium of trade. Money gives influence, and wins the prize Of taste and wit, while all contend...
Strona 134 - lean and slippered pantaloon " was exterminated, and, as the Directresses directed, " short hose " were the order of the day. If the same lovely and honourable ladies were to take the Opera House under their purifying control, and issue, in the same spirit at least, an order that
Strona 135 - ... to appear without (whatever may be the proper name for the drapery of females), we are quite convinced that they would render a great service to society, and extricate the national character from a reproach which the tacit endurance of such grossnesses has, in the hands of all moderate people, unfortunately cast upon us.
Strona 133 - There is a new Institution that begins to make, and if it proceeds, will make a considerable noise. It is a club of both sexes to be erected at Almack's, on the model of that of the men of White's. Mrs. Fitzroy, Lady Pembroke, Mrs. Meynell, Lady Molyneux, Miss Pelham, and Miss Lloyd are the foundresses.
Strona 25 - And what did you do afterwards ?" " Oh, nothing at all! they looked at me, and I looked at them. I see plainly that I am Lady I tun ton's patroness, and that this bold step has completely established her ladyship's power. I would rather be her friend than her enemy, for I think her a very fearful kind of person, she dares do or say any thing to any body. Then she has such powers of ridicule, that she frightens all into compliance with her will and pleasure : she told the Duchess of Stavordale that...
Strona 121 - Lady Bellamont. The Viscountess coloured, and looked very angry. " This is too absurd, really," said Lady Hauton, with her usual air of superiority. " What useless nicety ! with the fortune Miss Birmingham will inherit, there is no rank in the peerage to which she may not aspire : methinks it would be wiser to make up to her.
Strona 109 - Wallestein's being lately come to this country, in order to force your acquaintance upon her. You were on Lady Lochaber's lists, I remember ; and you and Miss Leslie have already had one set this year, which ought to satisfy you both ; so you will get nothing by staying ; and we must have no farther interruptions at present. And therefore I request the other ladies will. also withdraw.

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