A Visit to Paris in 1814: Being a Review of the Moral, Political, Intellectual, and Social Condition of the French Capital

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816 - 343 Seiten
 

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Seite 186 - And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee...
Seite 186 - And a mighty angel took up a stone, like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, thus, with violence, shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Seite 186 - And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth ; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Seite 121 - ... relish for the charms of nature, — the shallow sophistications and cold forms of artificial systems are their favorites; they can see nothing but simple facts, they cannot detect causes, consequences, and connections, and (what is worst of all) their actions are not indexes to their hearts.
Seite 149 - French moráis to say, that they now constitute the majority of cases of conduct after wedlock in the genteel circles of Paris; before the revolution a case of post-nuptial chastity in these circles was neither known nor expected. At present, the indulgence is managed with no needless display of indecency, but it is perfectly well understood, both by the husband and society, a ml the indulging party is not severely treated by either.
Seite 99 - Such is the Palais Royal: a vanity fair : a mart of sin and seduction ! Open, not on one day of festival, or on a few holidays; but every day of the week. Every day does it present stimulants and opportunities to profligacy and extravagance; to waste, and riot, and idleness. It is there—always ready to receive the inclined, to tempt the irresolute, to confirm bad habits, and dispel good resolutions.
Seite 84 - Home is the only place they neglect ; it is>a place only for their necessities; they must sleep there, — and the tradesmen must transact their business there : a bed, a table, and a few chairs are therefore wanted, and a small room or two, uncarpeted and bare, must be hired. I speak, of course, of the middle and inferior classes. But all that is inspiring and comfortable, they seek out of doors, — and all that they pride themselves in being able to procure, is in the shape of decoration and amusement....
Seite 95 - Colonnes (so called because its columns are reflected in glasses till they become thousands) a priestess of the place presides, with even more than the u.sual pomp of such persons. She is a fine woman, and admits the stare of her visitors as a part of the entertainment which they...
Seite 92 - Louvre, stand in the niches—lamps, with beautiful shades, throw a noble light on the tables —the waiters are active, and Madame, the mistress, sits in her splendid recess, as a superintending divinity, decorated, stately, yet gracious; her looks full of the consciousness of her sex and station, her manner, welcoming, polished and adroit. In the artifices of cookery, and all the seductions of the table, the French are adepts —nothing can be more unfounded than the common idea in England, that...
Seite 153 - ... or rather not at all, worse than it was before. It must be admitted, that this is a better state of disposition and feeling than usually exists in union with a disregard of chastity in England, but how worthless is it as a general standard of the female...

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