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"Am I not, therefore, condemned to lose my life, madam?
At least let
me enjoy the repose of the few hours that remain to me.- -We are quits in
"Quits?" exclaimed Catharine. "What? are you a man equally cold in presence of death, as you are in the sentiments of love? Listen to me, Montgomery. I can save your life, for I have not forgotten what I was and what you now are. Subscribe to the conditions I shall dictate, and you shall be set at liberty,-the Parliament shall reverse the sentence fulminated against yourself and family,-you shall return to the court, which for fifteen years you have abandoned, and my favour shall place you in a higher position than you ever enjoyed."
"Say, madam, what are these conditions ?"
"Montgomery, the power of the Guises makes me uneasy, and weighs heavily upon me; it is necessary that I shall deliver my son's throne from their dangerous support. Lend me your assistance, publicly renounce the new religion you have embraced, abjure your errors, place yourself at the head of the royal army in Guyenne, combat the rebels,—and at this price all the past shall be forgiven and buried in oblivion."
"You wish me, then, to become an apostate?"
"An apostate, if you call it so: but that apostacy saves your liferestores your dignity and fortune -the honours of yourself and family; by thus acting, you will efface even the traces of having borne arms against your Prince."
"Enough, madam; at that price I will not buy rank or fortune. Leave me, Queen of France; I shall die in my faith to God, if not to you."
"Your faith to God!" ironically answered Catharine,--" why, earl, you have not even preserved fidelity to your king!"
"At least, then, I will the more guardedly preserve my faith to God !" "Ingrate!" passionately exclaimed Catharine, moved by one of those emotions which time cannot efface from the female heart. "Ungateful Montgomery, yet feel towards you the affection of a woman, and the esteem of a sovereign."
“And I, madam, no longer occupy myself with any other thought than that of eternity. Let the Guises triumph,-let your throne totter and fall, -all worldly affairs I now view with contempt and compassion."
"Mad fool! you look to eternity-but before it comes death,-to you the ignominious death reserved for traitors."
"I am prepared to meet it."
"Your memory will be dishonoured."
“Mine will shine with honour, when yours is tarnished by time.”
At this moment, the bailiff discreetly presented himself at the prison-door, "May it please your majesty, a light shines at the king's balcony
The queen hastily seized the flambeau which she had placed on the table, and looking fiercely at the earl, prepared to depart.
"The Guises are waiting for me!" Once more turning to the earl, Catharine slowly pronounced in the firm accents of determined hatred: "Die then, unhappy wretch! After having destroyed the father, you cause the death of his children; and my curses shall follow you to the scaffold." The queen then retired.
On the following day, Montgomery bravely met his death, openly confessing the faith he had recently embraced. Not the smallest emotion of fear was evinced, and his end was more like that of a martyr than a traitor.
From that hour the particular tower of the Conciergerie in which Montgomery was confined, received its name, and still retains it.
LONDON FASHIONS FOR THE MONTH.
THE winter fashions may now be said to be in a great measure decided; we say, in a great measure, for, no doubt, we shall see, in the course of a month or two, some new materials, and some modification of the present forms; but we may assure our fair subscribers, with the greatest truth, that any changes that may take place will be matters of taste rather than necessity.
Velvet, satin, and velours épinglé are the materials for chapeaux and capotes. Velours épinglé is also fashionable for half-dress, but not for the promenade. Several capotes have appeared composed of black satin and velvet, striped in equal stripes. Fancy velvets have not yet appeared, but we have seen a few chapeaux spotted and lightly figured with velvet. We must observe, that by a mistake of the printer, the word figured is made fringed in our last month's article. The forms which we cited last month continue their vogue, and we have reason to believe will continue it during the entire of the winter. We must observe, however, that the Pamela has been considerably modified within the last two months; it is shorter at the ears, and not near so wide at the sides, which renders it more generally becoming. The capote form has not altered; it is most in vogue for the promenade, particularly in plain walking dress. We may cite, among the most novel capotes, those composed of satin, the materials laid full on the brim, and the fulness confined by narrow bands of velvet; three are generally employed. The lining is usually satin, of a full shade of red. A good many are trimmed only with fringed ribbon; these we consider very well calculated for walking bonnets, particu
larly when they are black. Others, of a more dressy description, as various shades of green and blue satin, are well calculated for carriage-dress. Some are trimmed with a single drooping feather, shaded in different shades of the colour of the bonnet, from an extremely light to a very deep hue. We have seen several also decorated with black lace, disposed à la Fanchon over the crown, and confined round it by a half-wreath of small flowers in vivid hues, descending in gerbes on each side of the brim, at the ears. If the capote is made very close, there is seldom any trimming in the interior; but where the brim is moderately open, it is usually ornamented with close coques of ribbon. Chapeaux, we mean those of the Pamela form, which are now indeed almost the only ones adopted, have the interior of the brim always trimmed with flowers; the exterior, whether for the promenade or half-dress, is usually decorated with feathers, but in the first case it is simply a bouquet, composed of three short feathers, either plain or shaded, or else a single drooping plume. If the chapeau is intended for demi toilette, the feathers are extremely elegant, -plumes dentelles, colibris, espagnoles; in short, a variety greater than we have yet observed of beautiful fancy feathers.
Cloaks and pelisses will certainly be this season as much in vogue as they were last year, but we think with more variety in the forms. We have given models of the most elegant in our prints. We may cite also, for promenade dress, the mantle Catherine II. as being at once a most comfortable envelope, and of a rich plainness that renders it perfectly gentlewomanly; it is rather more than a three-quarter length, composed of black satin, and lined with crimson sarsenet; it is made to fall in easy folds from the shoulders, but is tight on the upper part of the bust, with a standing and rather high collar, and large pelerine falling over the shoulders in such a manner as to have something of the effect of a sleeve. The trimming is either an embroidery in chenille, which has a very novel and elegant effect, or else from three to five bands of velvet ribbon of different widths, which encircle the whole of the cloak. We have seen these mantles also made in velvet, and trimmed with fur. Indeed, it was in that they first appeared last month, but that style will not be much seen till the season is farther advanced.
Coloured velvets and satins are the materials most in favour for carriagecloaks; violet, pensée, and a new and beautiful shade of blue, called blue Victoria, are most fashionable. The most elegant mantle of the season is composed of either velvet or satin of this latter colour, lined with white; it is scarcely a three-quarter length, easy but not wide at the upper part, so as partially to display the shape, without fitting close, and falling in graceful and very full folds to the bottom. The trimming is a very rich fringe, shaded in the colour of the cloak; it borders also the pelerine-lappel, which is small and of a form extremely advantageous to the shape, and the sleeves; the latter are of the demi-Venitian form, looped by cords and tassels. A superb cordelière en suite completes the garniture.
Some robes de chambre of pearl-grey cachmere, and also of very fine merinos, in different quiet colours, have recently appeared; they are lined and faced with blue or pink satin; the facing forms the shape of a broken cone, and of rather a large size; it is cut in round dents on the sloped part, they are bordered with effilé; this trimming reaches to the top of the corsage, which is of a three-quarter height and close. The skirt is open, displaying the cambric under dress; the corsage, which is made full and drawn up round the throat, is finished by a row of Valenciennes lace; the sleeve of the cambric dress is also full, and terminates by a lace ruffle; that of the robe de chambre is of an easy width, and arched at the bottom; it is bordered with a garniture corresponding with that on the corsage, but much smaller.
Some splendid winter silks and satins for evening dress have appeared in the course of the month; there are also damasks and brocades, which really might
vie with those worn by the court beauties of 1740: the forms of these dresses will vary very little from those of last season; the skirts of some that we have already seen are equally full, and made with demi trains. There is again a report that long trains will be introduced; but that has been the case so frequently that we do not give much credit to it. The corsages continue to be deeply pointed before, and, in some instances, behind also, but not so deeply; they are cut very low. Sleeves are not so short as they were last winter. Passementerie, of new and very beautiful kinds, will divide the vogue for trimmings with black and white lace. Fashionable colours are the same as last month.
PARIS FASHIONS FOR THE MONTH.
Our fashionable season has once more opened, and promises to be even more than usually brilliant. Winter materials for chapeaux, robes, mantles, &c., have already displaced those of autumn. The Pamela and the Clarisse are the names gives to the chapeaux and capotes, but our fair readers must not imagine because the names continue the same, that no alteration has taken place in the shapes; it is true the change is not a great one, but still there is a change. The capotes are not made so close, nor the chapeaux so wide as they were some time ago; that is, generally speaking, for we still see a good deal of exaggeration in both. Some of the most elegant of the new capotes are composed of satin bleu Napoleon, trimmed with velvet of a deeper shade, and the interior decorated with oiseau ribbon. We may cite among the most elegant of the Pamelas, those of violet velvet, the interior of the brim very full, trimmed with sprigs of scarlet jeranium, and the exterior with a velvet drapery of a small size, but rendered voluminous by being edged with black lace a superb yellow plume shaded in violet and white completes the garniture. Some others still more distingue are composed of grey velvet, lined with deep blue velvet and trimmed with a wreath of foliage in velvet of both colours intermingled; the interior of the brim was decorated with blonde lace of a very light pattern, so disposed as partially to shade a few small flowers of a bright gold colour.
Scarfs are now quite laid aside, even the Cashmere is beginning to give place to different kinds of pardessus; we may cite among the most novel that have just appeared, those of black velvet, descending as low as the hem of the robe, and trimmed at the bottom with three rows of broad twisted fringe, each placed one above the other at the distance of the breadth of the fringe; the front is trimmed with two broad biais rounded at the bottom, closing the entire front of the skirt, and bordered with fringe. Tight corsage, very long in the waist, and descending on the hips; it is also trimmed with fringe. The sleeves are tight at the upper part, and very wide at the bottom; the lower part is decorated with three rows of fringe which reach to the elbow. A fourth now encircles the armhole. The fringe is generally black, but we have seen some in which the colour of the lining was mingled with black in the heading; the lining is always satin or gros de naples, and is usually red, green, or dark blue. We must observe that this promenade mantle offers a perfect union of elegance and comfort.
A few paletots have appeared both in velvet and satin; they are trimmed with different kinds of passementerie; they are of the same form as last year, and are not, we think, very likely to be generally adopted. The polonaise, that prettiest of all the half-dress envelopes for carriage costume, visits, &c., &c., is also beginning to be a good deal seen,--they are made both in velvet and satin, and in either case are always lined with satin of a different colour; white is much in request for linings. They are seldom more than a half-length, rounded and open in front. The trimming is usually passementerie. We have seen
some that had the entire front ornamented on each side with three rows of brandebourgs. Several of the satin ones are trimmed with a revers of velvet, bordered by dentelle de velours, both corresponding in colour with the polonaise.
We may cite, in addition to the splendid evening robes given in our last number, some that are already prepared for ball-dress. Several are composed of white and coloured crape Some have the skirt trimmed with three deep tucks, lined with satin ribbon of the same colour as the crape, which is either pale pink or light blue, and surmounted by narrow ruches of tulle to correspond. The corsage cut very low, and in crossed drapery, opens nearly to the waist on the satin under dress of the same colour; its corsage cut low and square, is trimmed with a fall of blonde lace, that of the crape dress is edged with a ruche. The sleeve, which is excessively short, of the bell form, and rather wide, over a tight satin one, is also terminated by a ruche. A full bouquet of rare flowers placed in the centre of the corsage, and attached by a knot of ribbon with floating ends, completes the garniture.
Our anticipations last month with regard to turbans in evening dress, were perfectly correct-they will be in a decided majority. We may cite among the most numerous, the turbans à la Juive, composed of shaded gauze, with a cashmere border. This turban, which is quite of the antique form, with a band passing under the chin, has a magnificent effect, but is, we think, generally unbecoming. The reverse may be said of the petits bands, which, though so long in favour, will this year lose nothing of their vogue. We have seen some composed of green velvet and trimmed with gold fringe. Others of black velvet, profusely decorated with shaded feathers. Other coiffures of a lighter and more youthful style, are composed of blonde or lace, tastefully disposed upon the hair by wreathes of delicate flowers. Fashionable colours are those which we cited last month.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ENGRAVINGS.
Black figured silk robe; a high corsage; the front ornamented with fancy silk buttons, and long tight sleeves. Black velvet mantelet écharpe, opening with a heart lappet on the bosom. The pelerine part double, and very deep, and the scarf ends descending nearly to the bottom of the robe. The entire is rimmed with broad rich fringe. Fancy velvet chapeau, a round close shape lined with green satin, and trimmed with green ribbon.
Green lavantine robe. Grey satin cloak, a three-quarter length; it is made quite high in the neck, and closed down the front with a large pelerine rounded in front, and arm-holes. The trimming is of the material of the dress, disposed in folds of a novel form. Pink satin chapeau, a round and rather open shape: the interior trimmed with roses, the exterior with plaited ribbon at the edge of the brim, and a wreath of roses and foliage at the bottom of the crown.
PUBLIC PROMENADE DRESS.
Pink satin robe; the corsage, made in the habit form, and partially open at the top; is trimmed with velvet lace and silk buttons. Long sleeves, tight, except at the lower part, which is wide, and trimmed with several rows of velvet lace. Cambric chemisette, with a high standing collar. Blue satin chapeau, a small round shape, trimmed on the exterior with blue velvet ribbon and two blue feathers.