Almack's: A Novel, Tom 3

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Strona 248 - 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 208 - 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 130 - 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 131 - ... 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 119 - 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 207 - As thus they try their rival forces In whips, and carriages, and horses. What though their mistresses should fret, Be frightened, trampled on, or wet ? How, but by prancing in the mud, Can pampered cattle show their blood ? Honor's at stake ; — and what is comfort, Safety, or health, or any sum for't ? The bills, 'tis true, to those up-stairs, Are somewhat heavy, for repairs ; But courage, coachmen ! Such disasters Are not your business, but your masters'.
Strona 129 - 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 97 - My dear Lady Hauton, any hopes for me ?" said a dashing young guardsman in uniform, opening the carriage-door. " Oh ! Colonel Williams, I know you are on my list." " Well, well! then I will call again for my voucher: I am on guard at St. James's, so it will do capitally." " Has your ladyship ever thought of me ?" said another, who pushed Colonel Williams aside, to hand Lady Hauton from her carriage. " Oh ! indeed, Sir Philip, I told you there was no chance ; you have had two subscriptions already....
Strona 99 - Dear, I am quite shocked ! Let my books and baskets be brought into the committee-room directly. Come, my dear Madame de Wallestein, take my arm. But stop ! stop ! Mr. Willis, this lady is the Baroness de Wallestein, the Austrian ambassadress, the new lady patroness in the room of Lady Lochaber." Mr. Willis, the elder, we believe, bowed long and low to each of these mighty titles of honour. We really should not have presumed to introduce this gentleman's name into print, had not the example been...

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