Travels, During the Years 1787, 1788, And 1789, Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1792 edition. Excerpt: ...are, I think, cleaner and wifer than the Englifh: that the change mayTje" inceffant, it is every where coarfe. The idea of dining without a napkin feems ridiculous to a Frenchman, but in England we dine at the tables of people of tolerable fortune, without them. A journeyman carpenter in France hashis napkin as regularly as his fork; and at an inn, the///? always lays a clean one to to every cover that is fpread in the kitchen, for the loweft order of pedeftrian travellers. The expence of linen in England is enormous, from its finenefs; furely a great change of that which is coarfe, would be much more rational. In point of cleanlinefs, I think the merit of the two nations is divided; the French are cleaner in their perfons, and the Englifh in their houfes; I fpeak oFffie mafs of the people, and not of individuals of confiderable fortune. A bidet in France is as univerfally in every apartment, as a bafon to wafh your hands, which is a trait of perfonal cleanlinefs I wifh more common in England on the other hand their necefiary houfes are temples of abomination; and the practice of fpitting about a room, which is amongft the higheft'as'well as the loweft ranks, is deteftable: I have feen a gentleman fpit fo near the cloaths of a dutchefs, that I have flared at his unconcern. In every thing that concerns the (tables, the Englifh far exceed the French; horfes, grooms, harnefs, and change of equipage; in the provinces you fee cabriolets undoubtedly of the laft century; an Englifhman, however fmall his fortune may be, will not be feen in a carriage of the fafhion of forty years paft; if he cannot have another, he will walk on foot. It is not true that there are no complete equipages at Paris, I have feen many; the carnage, horfes, harnefs, and...
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