Visit to the Hotel d’Orsay—Sad Change in it—Mr. Millingon, the Antiquary—Liberality of Comte d’Orsay—A Fanciful Notion—General Or-nano—Unhappy Marriages accounted for—La Gazza Ladra—Mallbran’s “Ninetta”—The Calamities of Authors—Mr. D’Israeli—The Princesse de Talleyrand—Her Person described—Her Dress and Manners—Amusing Story told by the Abbe Denon—Unexpected Arrival—Yes and No, by Lord Normanby—Lady Dysart-Comte Valeski—Influence of Agreeable Manners—Effects of opposite ones—Injudicious Friends—A Candid Admission—Lord —— —Love of Contradiction—Remarks on the Novel of Pelham—Misery of receiving stupid Books—Malibran in La Cenerentola—French Customs—Proofs d’Amilie—Wedding Dresses, 146.
Comte Charles de Mornay—His Wit and Good Nature—Mademoiselle Mars, in Henri III—Some Account of the Play—Love and Ambition—Curious Incident—Romantic Notions—Passion of Love—Wordsworth’s Poems—Admiration of his Writings—Religion displayed by the Upper Classes—The Duc de Bordeaux—Piety of the Great—Popularity of the Duchesse de Berri—Anecdote of her—Walter Savage Landor—His Imaginary Conversations—Sir William Gell—The Duc d’Orleans—His Enviable Situation—The Duc de Chartres—Genius of Shelley—Beauty of his Writings—His Wild Theories—William Spencer the Poet—Melancholy Change in Him—French Prejudices towards the English—Example of it—Accomplishments of French Ladies—Talent for Conversation, 169.
Consequences of the Revolution in France—Corruption
Regency—Sarcastic Verses of St.-Evremond—Reign of Louis the
Fifteenth—Lessons taught by Affliction—Dangers of Anarchy—The Haute
Noblesse previously to the Revolution—Want of Affection between
Parents and Children—Superficial Judgments erroneous—Power of
Fashion—The Novel of Devereux—Infrequency of Elopements in
France—Les Dames de B—— —Their Attachment to each other—Old
Maids—Servitude in England and France contrasted—French Masters and
Mistresses—Treatment of Servants—Avoidance of Politics—French
Discontent—Charles the Tenth—National Prosperity—The Duchesse de
Guiche and her two Sons—Position of the Duc de Guiche, 171.
Approach of Spring—Fogs on the Seine—The Jardins des Tuileries—Impurity of the London Atmosphere—Exhilaration of the Spirits—Anecdote—The Catholic Question—Lord Rosslyn—The Duke of Wellington—Merits of a Cook—Amour-propre of a Parisian Cook—English Sauce—A Gourmand and an Epicure—The Duc de Talleyrand—A perfect Dinner—The Marquis de L—— —House-hunting again—Letter from Lord B—— —The Hotel Monaco—College of St.-Barbe—The Duchesse de Guiche and her Sons—A Mother’s