The celebrated Dr. P—— —Society
of Medical Men—Dr.
Guthrie—Requisites for a Surgeon—Celebrity and Merit—The Road to
Fortune, as related by Dr. P—— —Successful Stratagem—Fancied
Illness—Superfluity of Embonpoint—Mode of Treatment—Another
Patient—The Doctor a-la-mode—Mr. P. C. Scarlett—Lord Erskine—Mr.
H.B—— —Visit to the Theatre Italien—Madame Malibran’s
“Desdemona”—Defect in her Singing—The Princesse Pauline Borghese—The
Family of Napoleon—Particulars of the Duchesse d’Abrantes—The
Luxembourg Palace and Gardens—A Loving Couple—Holiness of
Marriage—Story of the Old Bachelor and his Crafty Housekeeper, 105.
Groups of Children in the Gardens of the Luxembourg—Joyous Sounds—The Nurses—The Child of Noble Birth and that of the Parvenu—Joys of Childhood—Contrast between Youth and Age—Meeting with Dr. P—— —Arrival of General and the Comtesse d’Orsay—Attractions of the latter—Remark of Napoleon—Affection in Domestic Circles in France—The Duchesse de Guiche—The Comtesse d’Orsay—The Duc de Gramont—Madame Craufurd—The ci-devant Jeune Homme—Potter, the actor—Sir Francis Burdett—Advantages of French Society—Topics of Conversation—Pedigrees of Horses—French Politeness—Deferential Treatment of the Fair Sex—Domestic Duties of the Duchesse do Guiche—Influence of Courts—Visit to the Theatre des Nouveautes—La Maison du Rempart—Inflammable Exhibitions—Mr. Cuthbert and M. Charles Lafitte—advance of Civilization—Lady Combermere—Mr. Charles Grant (now Lord Glenelg)—Curiosity Shops on the Quai Voltaire—Madame de Sevigne—Objects that have belonged to celebrated People—A Hint to the Ladies—Pincushion of Madame de Maintenon—The Marquis de Rambouillet—Moliere’s Precieuses Ridicules—Pangs of Jealousy—Julie d’Angennes—Brilliant Coterie, 120.
The Marquise de Pouleprie—–The celebrated Madame du Barry—Anecdote—Mademoiselle Mars in Valerie—Her admirable Style of Acting—Playing to the Galleries—Exclusive Nature of Parisian Society—French Conversation—Quickness of Perception—Walk in the Gardens of the Tuileries—Comparative Beauty of French and English Ladies—Graceful Walking of the Former—Difference of Etiquette—Well-bred Englishmen—Flight of Time—Colonel Caradoc, son of Lord Howden—New Year’s Day—Custom of making Presents—Gallery of the Louvre—The Statues therein—Works of Art—Chefs-d’oeuvre of the Old Masters—Consolation for Men of Genius—Nicolas Poussin, 134.