The magic lantern; or, Sketches of scenes in the metropolis

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Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823 - London (England) - 105 pages

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Page 70 - Beyond the pomp of dress; for loveliness Needs not the foreign aid of ornament, But is when unadorned adorned the most.
Page 13 - ... becomes as tiresome as dining at the mess of the Guards. Believe me, there is nothing like a fresh start ; and no man, at least no dinner-giving man, should last more than two seasons, unless he would change his cook every month, to prevent a repetition of the same dishes, and keep a regular roster of his invitations, with a mark to each name, to prevent people from meeting at his house twice in a season.
Page 12 - ... said one of the Exquisites; which friendly intention they all expressed their willingness to carry into effect. " Have you any idea what is become of B — ?" interrogated one of the party. " I did hear something, that he was in the Bench, or gone to France; but (yawning) I really forget all about it." I intend to bid for his curricle horses at Tattersal's." " And I (said another) will buy his Vandyke picture.
Page 4 - They with their needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Both warbling of one song, both in one key : As if their hands, their sides, voices, and minds, Had been incorporate.
Page 19 - Each article of ornament or virtu that was exhibited for sale, elicited fresh sarcasms from the acquaintances of the unfortunate B family, who appeared to exult in the misfortunes of those for whom they once professed a regard. " And this is an Auction !" I exclaimed; " a scene so often the resort of the old and the young, the grave and the gay, where human beings go to triumph in the ruin and misery of their fellow-creatures; and where those who have partaken of the hospitality of the once opulent...
Page 21 - ... dreading its effects on their parents, and as abridging their means of assisting their fellow-creatures." Here the emotions of the other female became uncontrollable ; and while the tears trickled down her cheeks, she exclaimed with a fervency that displayed the sincerity of ' her feelings : " O bless them, bless them ! Well I know their goodness : they found me out when oppressed by affliction and poverty : despair had nearly overwhelmed me, and I thought Pity and Benevolence had fled from the...
Page 24 - ... &c. of the Misses B — , and had given directions to have them all sent to a residence which she had presented to them. My feelings glowed with delight at finding two such instances of benevolence ; and I exclaimed with warmth, " Thank heaven all goodness has not vanished from the earth ! The virtues of those two amiable women have reconciled me to my species ; and I find that even the selfish vortex of an Auction cannot ingulf true virthe.
Page 10 - I always thought how it would end," says one; " What a very conceited woman Mrs. B was," cries another ; " Yes, and what fuss people made about the beauty and accomplishments of the daughters;" observes a third. " I," said a pale sickly looking girl, " could never see any beauty in them ; and I am sure they wore rouge and pearl powder.
Page 15 - While this edifying conversation was going on, the elderly ladies were all haranguing on the follies, errors, and extravagancies of Mrs. B — ; and the young ones were decrying the looks, accomplishments, and manners of the Misses B — . Each article of ornament or...
Page 6 - ... and whispers declared them well accustomed to such scenes. The rest of the crowd was composed of brokers and dealers in bijouterie, who evidently wished the fashionables away. Desirous of losing the painful impression left on my mind, I mingled with the crowd, and seeing a very beautiful fillagree box put up for sale, which I thought likely to attract the notice of the ladies, I sauntered round, and took a station close to a group of the youngest, who were chatting with some young men of fashion....

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