Some Famous Women of Wit and Beauty; A Georgian Galaxy
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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and busts, arranged in rather a crowded sumptuousness through the room; enamel tables, covered with expensive and elegant trifles, in every corner; and a delicate white hand relieved on the back of a book, to which the eye was attracted by the blaze of its diamond rings. Willis thought her by no means unlike her portrait in the 'Book of Beauty, ' though he considered she was more like the picture by Sir Thomas Lawrence, painted when she was eighteen. At the time of his visit she was forty-four, but, although he could see she was 'no longer dans sa premiere jeunesse, ' he guesses her to be something on the sunny side of thirty, and certainly one of the most lovely and fascinating women he had ever seen. He was invited to attend her evening receptions during his stay in London, and relates that, on his first visit, 'Smith, the author of the Rejected Addresses, with a cripple's crutch in his hand, and a pair of large india-rubber shoes on his feet, kindly told him who and what all the other celebrities were. It must have been an unusually small party, for we hear only of Henry Bulwer, who had lately published his book on the state of France, of a German prince, with a star on his breast, who was vainly trying to understand what the others were saying about a recent speech of O'Connell's, of the Due de Richelieu, and, of course, the splendid D'Orsay. Towards midnight the exquisite author of Pelham was announced, and then ensued a flood of brilliant talk, which lasted until three in the morning. At that hour, says Willis, 'the "Rejected Addresses" got upon his crutches, and I sallied out with him, thanking Heaven that, though in a strange country, my mother-tongue was the language of its men of genius.' Later, he was at a dinner-party in the...
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