Author: Philip Thicknesse
Release Date: November 4, 2005 [eBook #16994]
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A YEAR’S JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE, AND PART OF SPAIN.
Printed by J. Williams, (No. 21.) Skinner-Row.
I am very certain that a man may travel twice through Spain, and half through France, before he sees a woman of so much beauty, elegance, and breeding, as the mistress of the house I lodge in near this city. I was directed to the house, and recommended to the lady, as a lodger; but both were so fine, and superior in all respects to any thing I had seen out of Paris, that I began to suspect I had been imposed upon. The lady who received me appeared to be (it was candle-light) about eighteen, a tall, elegant figure, a beautiful face, and an address inferior to none: I concluded she was the daughter, till she informed me, that Mons. Saigny, her husband, was gone to Avignon. What added, perhaps, to this lady’s beauty in my eyes, or rather ears, was her misfortune,—she could not speak louder than a gentle whisper. After seeing her sumptuous apartments, I told her I would not ask what her price was, but tell her what I could afford only to give; and observed, that as it was winter, and the snow upon the ground, perhaps she had better take my price than have none. She instantly took me by the hand and said, she had so much respect for the English nation, that my price was her’s; and with a still softer whisper, and close to my ear, said, I might come in as soon as I pleased—“Quand vous voudrez, Monsieur,” said she. We accordingly took possession of the finest apartments, and the best