The Elements of a Polite Education

The Elements of a Polite Education

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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. 1800 edition. Excerpt: ...have the honour ofintroducingyou to these ladies of quality.--Well, if you were to accept of this kind oiler, and go with him, you would find a handsome, painted, and diseased strumpet, in a tarnished silver or gold second-hand robe; playing a sham party at cards for livres, with threeorfoursliaipers well dressed enough, and dignified by the titles of marquis, comte, and chevalier. The lady receives you in the most polite and gracious manner, and with all those complimentsderoutine whichevery'French-woman has equally. Though she loves retirement, and shuns le grand monde, ' yet she confesses herself obliged to the jnarquis for having procured her so inestimable, so accomplished an acquaintance as yourself; buther concern is how to amuse you, for she never suffers play at her housj for above a livre, if you can amuse yourself with that low play till supper. Accordingly you sit down to that little play, at which the good company take care that you shall win fifteen or sixteen livres, which gives them an opportunity of celebrating both your good luck, and your good play. Supper comes up, and a good one it is, upon the strength of your being to pay for it. La marquise enfait les honneurs au ptieux, talks scntiments, moeurs, et y-orrt/eH;interlarded 230 Knavery of Parisians...Gambling. The amusements of P: -is. t Who prefer a small and agree. able society, and a little supper, with pleasant and honourable persons, to the tumultuous dissipation of Paris. Compliments of course. $ The great world. The marehioness does tho lioneurs in the best maimer. f Manners and morals. with enjuueinent, and accompanied with some oblique ogles, whieh bid you not despair in time. After sup. per, pharaon, lansquenet, or quinze, happen accidentally to be...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681134
  • 9781236681133