Social Life in England and France: From the French Revolution in 1789, to that of July 1830

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831 - England - 214 pages
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Page 63 - Faubourg St. Germain, had carefully preserved every prejudice, and (as has been justly observed) had neither forgotten nor learnt anything ; all these discordant elements, at the peace of Amiens, formed strange and irreconcilable discrepancies in society ; while every party still believed its force so nearly poised, that all had hopes of reassuming the dominion they had successively lost. The Republican forms of language, and its calendar, were still in use — were still those of the Government,...
Page 40 - ... to be served with threepronged forks, or his ale to be presented but in a tankard to which every mouth was successively to be applied. Sofas conveyed ideas of impropriety ; and baths, and every extra attention to cleanliness and purity of person, were habits by no means supposed to refer to superior purity of mind or manners.
Page 41 - ... with his first wife, it was a subject of anxious debate whether the son of a player could be received at Devonshire House, although that player was by birth and education a gentleman. An excuse is suggested by Miss Berry when, referring to the society which she had seen as a girl, she says : — "Authors, actors, composers, singers, musicians, were all equally considered as profligate vagrants. Those whose good taste, or whose greater knowledge of the world, led them to make some exceptions,...
Page 64 - Grecian coiflures of more recent days ; — the men in civil uniforms of all sorts, and all colours of embroidery, with which the Directory (to separate themselves from the bonnet rouge and the carmagnole of the Republicans) had thought proper to decorate themselves and all those put in authority under them. Among these figured the brilliant military costumes of the conquering generals, who had many of them risen from the ranks by merit which fitted them more for distinction on a field of battle...

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