Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality of Both Sexes: From the New Atalantis, an Island in the Mediterranean ...

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Page 203 - Vice; d'ye see that black Beau, (stuck up in a pert Chariot) thick-set, his Eyes lost in his Head, hanging Eye-brows, broad Face, and tallow Complexion, I long to inform my self if it be his own, he cannot yet sure pretend to that: He's...
Page 204 - I remember him almost t'other Day, but a wretched common Trooper; he had the luck to write a small Poem, and dedicates it to a Person whom he never saw, a Lord that's since dead, who had a sparkling Genius, much of Humanity; lov'd the Muses, and was a very good Soldier; he encourag'd his Performance, took him into his Family, and gave him a Standard in his Regiment...
Page 57 - ... advance! Oh how laudable! how extraordinary! how wonderful! is the uncommon happiness of the Cabal? They have wisely excluded that rapacious sex who, making a prey of the honour of ladies, find their greatest satisfaction (some few excepted) in boasting of their good fortune, the very chocolate-house being witnesses of their self-love where, promiscuously among the known and unknown, they expose the letters of the fair, explain the mysterious and refine upon the happy part, in their redundancy...
Page 63 - ... Cabal, that was in the leading coach, is a writer. The Chevalier Pierro, without having much wit of his own, married her for hers. A strange paradox! for what is music to the deaf, beauty to the blind? or the best Italian strains to a person without ear or judgment? Yet this was the Chevalier's case, and he made an admirable husband; believing (as he ought) that his wife was never in the wrong, nor himself in the right, but when she said so. Her wit was the leading card, which he was sure to...
Page 93 - ... that length it had: He was so charm'd with her, that he told her, she must resolve to pretend a distant Journey to her Relations, and remain conceal'd near Angela, where he might have the freedom of seeing her twice a Day, at least, unknown to all the Court; that if she could devote her self to such a Solitude, he would endeavour to do all things that were in his power to make it agreeable to her; the Love-sick Maid consented with joy; then was her time to push for what he possibly might have...
Page 218 - I have often heard him fay himfelf, a Man, and with my Father in the next Chamber, when I was born. Then as to his Perfon, his Face and Shape had never been handfome : What he values himfelf upon moft, is...
Page 230 - ... advances his own favourite to the profits that are due to others, for if she have the luck but to please him, no matter what becomes of the audience. He pays those for speaking who never knew how to speak, even to the imitation of a parrot. If this had not been obvious, they would never have...
Page 197 - Promise, whilst she drown'd in the looser Revels of Wine, and new Love, forgets that he is upon Duty, impatient, and fretting at her Delay: One of his Rivals is a Person of Poetical Dignity, he first made her a Muse, and she in return made him a Fortune; his Bounty was imaginary, hers substantial; a beautiful Youth of Quality, whom I have already shown you in the Prado, is another, but...
Page 63 - Yet this was the Chevalier's case and he made an admirable husband, believing (as he ought) that his wife was never in the wrong, nor himself in the right, but when she said so. Her wit was the leading card, which he was sure to follow and, like a lover (rather than a husband) never renounced. Add to this his youth, good shape and an air of the world, which might make him in most companies be esteemed a genteel man, though with the addition, even of gratitude, Zara could not find her happiness in...
Page 88 - Joy, but in a minute she recollected herself, thinking he was not come there for nothing: She was going to rise, but he prevented her, by flying to her Arms, where, as we may call it, he nail'd her down to the Bed with Kisses; his love and resolution gave him a double vigour, he...

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