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第259页 - There ought to be a system of manners in every nation, which a wellformed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
第365页 - Sheba might have died of envy, — here the treasures of the " forty thieves," or the " cave of Baba Abdalla" were rivalled or surpassed, not only in splendour but in quantity. The Ojf life of the old Countess of Dpmond would have been too short, though spent in dressing, to exhaust such a wardrobe as here presented itself; and if such was the sumptuous provision to be made for the future daughters of France, it may be truly said, that " Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.
第ix页 - ... of her study, she might then hope to prove, not indeed a good writer of novels, but a useful friend, a faithful wife, a tender mother, and a respectable and happy mistress of a family.
第xi页 - seven deadly sins" it laid to my charge, " not indeed a good writer of novels/' but, I trust, " a respectable," and, I am sure, " a happy mistress of a family." In the fearful prophecy so long made, that I should never write a good novel, the Quarterly Review, in its benevolence, will at least not be displeased to learn that I have written some that have been successful; and that while my Glorvinas, Luximas, and Lolottes, have pleaded my cause at home, like " very Daniels," they have been received...
第272页 - It is no uncommon thing in that country, to see the most lasting attachment succeed to the most lively passion; and all that was faulty, in unlicensed love, become all that is respectable, in disinterested friendship. There is nothing more common in France, than to behold long-attached friends pairing off from the more prosperous lists of society, to unite their forces against the attacks of adversity, and who suffer with resignation, because they suffer together.
第270页 - There is perhaps no country in the world, where the social position of woman is so delectable, as in France. The darling child of society, indulged, not spoiled, presiding over its pleasures, preserving its refinements, taking nothing from its strength, adding much to its brilliancy, permitted the full exercise of all her faculties, retaining the full endowment of all her graces, she pursues the golden round of her honoured existence, limited only in her course by her feebleness and her taste ; by...
第57页 - I believe, scarcely be found in any part of France, not even in the north, where the peasantry are in a less prosperous condition than elsewhere. There is, in the whole appearance of an excellent English cottage, an air of indescribable comfort, a sort of picturesque neatness that goes beyond the line of mere cleanliness and accommodation, and which speaks as much to the eye of taste, as to the feelings of philanthropy. To this character the French habitations, as far as my observation extends, do...
第39页 - ... any refreshment. One of the grooms of the chamber ventured to serve up some coffee, in his cabinet, by the hands of a child, whom Napoleon had occasionally distinguished by his notice. The emperor sat motionless, with his hands spread over his eyes.
第153页 - Guesdms and the Bayards of earlier days. — Amidst the orange groves and luxurious pavillions of Versailles, among priests and parasites, in childish amusements and in womanish gossip, expired that once brilliant spirit, which gave to the French cavalier his peculiar tone of gallant intrepidity. The energy and vivacity, distinguishable through the political and religious struggles of the League, were no more, and that careless desperation, which induced the chiefs of the Fronde to embark in a cause,...
第365页 - ... the simple robe-de-chambre of British lace and British muslin ; from the diamond coronet to the bonnet-de-nuit ; while platforms, or counters, surrounding each room, were guarded off from the unhallowed touch of plebeian curiosity by silken cords, and placed under the surveillance of the priests and priestesses of the toilette, in grand pontificals. These formed the sanctuary of all the minor attributes of the royal wardrobe. Every article of female dress, from the most necessary to the most...

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