The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century

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Houghton Mifflin, 1914 - Europe - 478 pages
 

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Page 137 - I'LL tell you, West, because one is amongst new things, you think one can always write new things. When I first came abroad, every thing struck me, and I wrote its history ; but now I am grown so used to be surprised, that I don't perceive any flutter in myself when I meet with any novelties ; curiosity and astonishment wear off, and the next thing is, to fancy that other people know as much of places as one's self; or. at least, one does not remember that they do not.
Page 429 - Tis impossible not to observe the difference between the free towns and those under the government of absolute princes, as all the little sovereigns of Germany are. In the first, there appears an air of commerce and plenty. The streets are well built, and full of people, neatly and plainly dressed. The shops are loaded with merchandise, and the commonalty are clean and cheerful.
Page 138 - But the most irksome conversation of all others I have met with in the neighbourhood, has been among two or three of your travellers who have overlooked men and manners, and have passed through France and Italy with the same observation that the carriers and stage-coachmen do through Great Britain : that is, their stops and stages have been regulated according to the liquor they have met with in their passage.
Page 63 - We travelled by water from Ratisbon, a journey perfectly agreeable, down the Danube, in one of those little vessels, that they very properly call wooden houses, having in them all the conveniences of a palace, stoves in the chambers, kitchens, &c. They are rowed by twelve men each, and move with such incredible swiftness, that in the same day you have the pleasure of a vast variety of prospects...
Page 232 - I think nothing so terrible as objects of misery, except one had the godlike attribute of being capable to redress them ; and all the country villages of France show nothing else. While the posthorses are changed, the whole town comes out to beg, with such miserable starved faces, and thin tattered clothes, they need no other eloquence to persuade one of the wretchedness of their condition.
Page 152 - ... their whole business abroad (as far as I can perceive) being to buy new clothes, in which they shine in some obscure coffee-house, where they are sure of meeting only one another ; and after the important conquest of some waiting gentlewoman of an opera queen, whom perhaps they remember as long as they live, return to England excellent judges of men and manners.
Page 478 - A very slatternly, dirty, but at the same time a very genteel French maid, is appropriated to the use of my daughter. My meat too is as much disguised in the dressing by a French cook, as my wife and my daughter are by their red, their pompons, their scraps of dirty...

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