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(without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Excerpt: ... woman likes
to be seen, -- in the theatres, in the public walks, in the shops.
Besides, she was easily recognised by means of portraits,
caricatures, and by her negro page, Zamore. The affair of the
presentation, therefore, occupied the city nearly as much as the
court. This day there was a crowd near the Palais Royal; but, poor
Philosophy it was not to see Rousseau playing chess at the Cafe" de
la Regeuce; it was to see the favourite in her tine coach and her
handsome dress, of which they had heard so much. There was
something deep in Jean Dubarry's expression, "We cost a pretty
little sum to FranceI" And it was natural that France, represented
by Paris, should wish to enjoy the sight for which they had paid so
dearly. Madame Dubarry knew her people well, for they were much
more her people than they had been Queen Maria Leczinska's. She
knew that they love to be dazzled by magnificence; and, as she was
good-natured, she laboured to make the spectacle correspond to the
expense to which she put them. Instead of sleeping, as her brother
advised her, she took a bath about five o'clock. Then, about six
o'clock, she began to expect her hairdresser; and while she waits
we shall explain, if we can, what hairdressing then was. It was
building a complete edifice. This was the commencement of the
castles which the ladies of the court of the young king, Louis XVI.
erected with towers and bastions on their heads. May we not, even
in this frivolity of fashion, discover something presaging that a
mine was dug beneath the feet of all who were, or all who pretended
to be, great? Or that by some mysterious divination, the women of
the aristocracy had learned they should have a short time to enjoy
their titles; that they, therefore, made the most of them, bearing
them aloft on their heads; and as if...
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