Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day: Social functions, official and private

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George Barrie & Son, 1899 - Paris (France)
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Page 54 - And dance, forgetful of the noontide hour. Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days Have led their children thro' the mirthful maze; And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burthen of threescore.
Page 185 - ... venture into a fourth, you witness the most disgusting scenes of debauchery and vice. Ascending once more to the arcades, the stranger admires the cleanly and elegant appearance of the restaurateurs, or taverns. The English epicure can form no conception of the rich and almost innumerable dishes which there invite his taste. The coffeehouses are convenient and elegant, and constantly filled.
Page 185 - Beneath are subterranean apartments, in one of which a motley assembly is tripping it to the music of some wretched performer; in a second an equally ill-assorted group are regaling themselves with their favourite liqueurs, from the vin de Burgundie to simple small beer ; in a third a number of miserable objects are crowding around the hazard or the billiard table ; and, if you dare venture into a fourth, you witness the most disgusting scenes of debauchery and vice.
Page 128 - ... French theatre, (Le Theatre Francais,) although every attention is paid to the classical propriety of the scenery, yet it is seldom magnificent. In another respect the French stage is certainly superior to the English. Very few of the plays have an immoral tendency ; and vulgar and gross doubleentendres would excite universal disapprobation. It is a problem which I leave to the metaphysician or the moralist to elucidate, that, while in France all the principles of private and domestic virtue...
Page 282 - The hours of class are but four a day, from eight to ten in the morning, and from two to four in the afternoon ; but this is only a small part of the work-day of the French schoolboy, his hours passed at conferences, at examinations, and above all at preparing his lessons in the salle d * etude, under the eye of the maitre repetiteur, have to be added to it.
Page 306 - International Congress was held in Paris in the year of the 1900 exhibition, after a successful appeal made by the Association Amicale des Professeurs de Dessin de la ville de Paris et du Département de la Seine, to the Commissaire Général de l'Exposition Universelle de 1900.
Page 63 - French woman has a peculiar sprightlinessof look and vivacity of manner. Prompted by the excusable vanity of her sex, and sanctioned by the custom of her country, she expects, and seems even to court, the attention of the men ; but an intimate acquaintance with her will convince the most prejudiced, that this may be perfectly consistent with sensibility, with modesty, and with virtue. The traveller will seldom find, in Paris, the retired and unassuming delicacy which was once said to constitute the...
Page 129 - ... and subversive of good morals, and may truly be said to share, not only in the gains, but in the very business of the brothel-keeper. In France, however, where fidelity to the marriage vow is little regarded, — where the female who has forgotten the duty which she owed her husband, and dishonours herself, is on that acco.unt treated with no contempt, and excluded from no society, — the theatres are perfectly free from the intrusion, or, at least, from the disgusting conduct of the women of...
Page 128 - England, where female chastity is justly considered as the sex's point of honor, and a lapse from it is never, can never, be forgiven, the managers of the national theatres have built accommodations expressly for the most degraded class of society. They nightly encourage scenes offensive to delicacy and subversive of good morals, and may truly be said to share, not only...
Page 112 - The stranger will probably occasionally look in at some of these places, for there he will form the most correct idea of the real characters and manners of the mass of the French people.

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