The Spectator with Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory, 2; With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory Notes

The Spectator with Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory, 2; With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...The women give out, in defence of these wide bot. v ' toms, that they are airy, and very proper for the seasoss: but this I look upon to be only a pretence, and a piece of art; for it 'is well known we have not had a more moderate summer these many years, so that it is certain ' the heat they complain of cannot be in' the Weather: besides, I would fain asssk these tender conctstitutioned ' ladies, why they should require more cooling than their mothers besore them? si ' I find several speculative persone are of opinion, that our sex has of late years been very saucy, and that the 'hoop-petticoat is made use of to keep us at siasidistance. ' It is most certain that a woman's honour cannot be bet-si ' ter intren-ched than after this manner, in circle within ' circle, amidst such a variety of out-works and lines of ' circumvallation. A female who is thus invested in ss xvhalebone is sufficiently secured against the approaches ' of an ill-bred fellow, who might as well think of Sir ' 'George Etheridgds way of making love in a rub, as in " the midst of so many hoops. ss '5 Among these various conjectures, there are men of ' 'superstitious tempers, who look upon the hoop-petti'coat as a kind of prodigyss. Some will have it that it portends the downia of the French king, 'and ohsewe that the farthingale appeared in' England a little before "the ruin of the Spanish m0narc'hy. Others are of opi-ss ' rrion that it sortels battle and bloodshessd, and believe ' xt of the same prqgnoltication as the tail of a blazing'-star. For my part, I am apt to.think it is a sign that multitudes are coming into the world rather than going out of it. The first time 'I saw a lady dressed in one of these ' petticoats, I could not forbear blaming her in my...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873203
  • 9781236873200