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CHAPTER III. A FEMALE COTERIE. " In various talk, th' instructive
hours they past, Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last; One
speaks the glory of the British Queen, And one describes a charming
Indian screen; A third interprets motion, looks, and eyes, At every
word a reputation dies; Snuff, or the fan, supply the place of
chat, With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that." How well Pope
knew the sex! and how exactly they continue the same in our day
that they were in his! Except that few now take snuff, at least
ostentatiously, the above description is a perfectly correct
account of'the sort of amiable tittle-tattle which takes place in
every drawing- room, in the female committee, immediatelyafter
dinner, when it is rather too soon for the fair ones to employ
themselves in reading, working, or music. I challenge any woman,
young or old, to deny it if she dare. " What a witty agreeable
creature Syden- ham is!" said great broad Mrs. Metcalf, as she
planted herself with her back to the fire, in the small
drawing-room; " now he is what I term a monstrous pleasant
companion. lie has seen the world, and knows men and manners too."
" You are always so kindly partial to him, my dear friend," said
Mrs. Sydenham, throwing herself into a bergere arm-chair with
graceful nonchalance; the elegance of her attitude contrasting
happily with the vulgarity of her friend's. " But, indeed, I do
think men of a certain age, far superior to the dandies of the
present day; now, of jJje age of Lord Norbury and Mr. Sydenham. I
am sure your ladyship must think so ?" with an appealing look at
Lady Norbury. " It is astonishing how few men of -ny age are
agreeable to my taste," returned the countess, sulkily; " but I
believe I am very difficult to please.'' " Young men for my mon...
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