Tales of the Castle ; Or, Stories of Instruction and Delight, Being Les Veillees Du Chateau /written in French by Madame La Comtesse de Genlis ; Translated Into English by Thomas Holcroft (Google eBook)
G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1785
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Page 249 - The windows of this inchanted caftle are compofed of a variety of glafs of every different colour, mixed without any fort of order or regularity. Blue, red, green, yellow, purple, violet. So that at each window, you may have the heavens and earth of whatever colour you chufe, only by looking through the pane that pleafes you.
Page 250 - However it gives bread to a number of poor people, to whom he is an excellent master. His house at Palermo is a good deal in the same style; his carriages are covered with plates of brass, so that I really believe some of them are musket proof.
Page 247 - This is a strange species of madness ; and it is truly unaccountable, that he has not been shut up many years ago : but he is perfectly innocent, and troubles nobody by the indulgence of his phrenzy. On the contrary, he gives bread to a number of statuaries, and other workmen, whom he rewards in proportion as they can bring their imaginations to coincide with his own ; or, in other words, according to the hideousness of the monsters they produce.
Page 251 - The government have had ferious thoughts of demolilliing the regiment of mongers he has placed round his hou'c, but as he is humane and inoffenfive, and as this would certainly break his heart, they have as yet forborne. However, the feeing of them by women with child is...
Page 248 - Some of thefe are richly wrought with lapis lazuli, porphyry, and other valuable ftones ; their fine polifh is now gone, and they only appear like common marble ; the place of thefe beautiful tables he has fupplied by a new fet of his own invention, fome^ of which are not without their merit. Thefe are made of the fineft...
Page 247 - ... of resemblance in nature. He puts the head of a lion to the neck of a goose, the body of a lizard, the legs of a goat, the tail of a fox. On the back of...
Page 247 - He has put the heads of men to the bodies of every sort of animal, and the heads of every other animal to the bodies of men. Sometimes he makes a compound of five or six animals that have no sort of resemblance in nature.
Page 248 - ... so that when three or four people are walking below, there is always the appearance of three or four hundred walking above. The whole of the doors are likewise covered over with small pieces of mirror, cut into the most ridiculous shapes, and intermixed with a great variety of crystal and glass of different colors.
Page 249 - There are a good many busts too, that are not less singularly imagined. - Some of these make a very handsome profile on one side; turn to the other, and you have a skeleton; here you see a nurse with a child in her arms; its back is exactly that of an infant; its face is that of a wrinkled old woman of ninety. For...