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fore, in order to discover an high-heeled shoe, which was buckled almost at the toe. Her cap, if cap it might be called that cap was none, consisted of a few bits of camnbrick, and flowers of painted paper stuck on one side of her head. Her bosom, that had felt no hand, but the hand of time, these twenty years, rose suing, but in vain, to be pressed. I could, indeed, have wished her more than an handkerchief of Paris-net to shade her beauties; for, as Taffo says of the rose-bud, Quanto si mostra men tanto epiu bella, I should think her's most pleasing when least discovered.
As my cousin had not put on all this finery for nothing, the was at that time fallying out to the park, when I had overtaken her. Perceiving, however, that I had on my best wig, she offered, if I would 'fquire her there, to fend home the footman. Though I trembled for our reception in public, yet I could not, with any civility, refufe ; fo to be as gallant as possible, I took her hand in my arm, and thus we marched on together.
When we made our entry at the Park, two antiquated figures, fo polite and so tender as we seemed to be, foon attracted the eyes of the company. As we made our way among crowds who were out to fhew their finery as well as we, wherever we came I perceived we brought good-humour in our train. The polite could not forbear smiling, and the vulgar burst out into a horse laugh at our grotefque figures. Cousin Hannah, who was perfectly conscivus of the rectitude of her own appearance, attributed all this mirth to the oddity of mine; while I as cordially placed the whole to her account. Thus, from being two of the best-natured creatures alive, before we got half way up the mall, we both began to grow peevish, and like two mice on a string endeavoured to revenge the impertinence of others upon ourselves. .
* I am amazed, cousin Jeffery, says miss, that I " can never get you to dress like a Christian. I
knew we should have the eyes of the Park upon
uś, with your great wig so frizzed, and yet so beg- . "garly, and your monstrous muff. I hate those odi
ous muffs.” I could have patiently borne a criticism ön all the rest of my equipage ; but as I had always a peculiar veneration for my muff, I could not forbear being piqued a little; and throwing my eyes with a spiteful air on her bosom, “ I could heartily wish, "madam, replied I, that, for your sake, my muff was " cut into a tippet.
As my cousin by this time was grown heartily alhamed of her gentleman usher, and as I was never very fond of any kind of exhibition myself, it was mutually agreed to retire for a while to one of the seats, and from that retreat remarked on others as freely as they had remarked on us.
When feated we continued silent for some time, employed in very different speculations. I regarded the whole company, now passing in review before me, as drawn out merely for my amusement. For my entertainment the beauty had all that morning been improving her charms, the beau had put on lace, and the young doctor a big wig, merely to please
But quite different were the sentiments of cousin Hannah ; The regarded every well-dressed woman as a victorious rival, hated every face that seemed dressed in good humour, or wore the appearance of greater happiness than her own. I perceived her uneasiness, and attempted to lessen it, by observing that there was no company in the Park to-day. To this she readily affented; " and yet, says she, “it is full enough of scrubs of one kind or another.” My smiling at this observation gave her spirits to purfue the bent of her inclination, and now she began to exhibit her skill in secret history, as she found me disposed to listen. “ Observe, “ says she to me,” that
“ old woman in tawdry silk, and dreffed out eveni “beyond the fashion. That is miss Biddy Ever
green. Miss Biddy, it feems, has money, and she “ confiders that money was never so scarce as it is
now, she seems refolved to keep what she has to " herself. She is ugly enough you see ; yet I af“ sure you, she has refufed several offers to my "own knowledge, within this twelvemonth. Let “ me fee, three gentlemen from Ireland who study " the law, two waiting captains, her doctor, and a “ Scotch preacher, who had like to have carried “ her off. All her time is passed between sickness “ and finery. Thus she spends the whole week in a so close chainber, with no other company but her “monkey, her apothecary, and cat, and coines dressed “ out to the Park every Sunday, to fhew her airs, 5 to get new lovers, to catch a new cold, and to
make new work for the doctor.
“ There goes Mrs. Roundabout, I mean the fat “ lady in the lutestring trollopee. Between you and
I, ihe is but a cutler's wife. See how she's dreffed « as fine as hands and pins can make her, while her
two marriageable daughters, like bunters, in stuff
gowns, are now taking fix pennyworh of tea at " the White-conduit-house. Odious puss! how she 56 waddles along, with her train two yards behind her! " She puts me in mind of my lord Bantam's Indian “ Theep, which are obliged to have their monstrous “ tails trundled along in a go-cart. For all her airs, " it goes to her husband's heart to fee four yards of “good lutestring wearing against the ground, like “ one of his knives on a grindstone. To speak my “ mind, cousin Jeffery, I never liked tails ; for sup“ pose a young fellow should be rude, and the lady “ Thould offer to step back in a fright, instead of re66 tiring, the treads upon her train, and falls fairly
on her back ; and then you know, cousin, - her " cloaths may be spoiled.
56 Ah! miss Mazzard! I knew we should not « mifs her in the Park; The in the monstrous Pruf“ fian bonnet. Miss, though so very fine, was bred “ a milliner, and might have had some custom if the “ had minded her business; but the girl was fond of
finery, and instead of dressing her customers, laid out all her goods in adorning herself. Every new gown
put on impaired her credit ; she still, “ however, went on improving her appearance, " and leffening her little fortune, and is now, you “ see, become a belle and a bankrupt.”
My cousin was proceeding in her remarks, which were interrupted by the approach
of the very lady The had been so freely describing. Miss had perceived her at a distance, and approached to falute her. I found, by the warmth of the two ladies protestations, that they had been long intimate esteemed friends and acquaintance. Both were so pleased at this happy rencounter, that they were resolved not to part for the day. So we all crossed the park together, and I saw them in a hackney coach at the gate of St. James's. I could not, however, help observing, “ That they are generally most ridicu“lous themselves, who are apt to see most ridicule in
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The polite of every country feem to have but one chą. racter. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. IĘ is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people, and from them it is that I take my picture of the Swedes.
Though the Swedes in general appear to languish under oppression, which often renders others wicked, or of malignant dispositions, it has not, however, the same influence upon them, as they are faithful, civil, and incapable of atrocious crimes. Would you believe that in Sweden highway robberies are not so much as heard of? for my part I have not in the whole country feen a gibbet or a gallows. They pay an infinite respect to their ecclefiaftics, whom they suppose to be the privy counsellors of Providence, whó, on their part, turn this credulity to their own advantage, and manage their parishioners as they please. In general, however, they feldom abuse their sovereign authority. Hearkened to as oracles, regarded as the dispensers of eternal rewards and
punishments, they readily influence their hearers into justice, and make them practical philosophers without the pains of study.
As to their persons they are perfectly well made, and the men particularly have a very engaging air. The greatest part of the boys which I saw in the country had yery wḥite hair. They were as beautiful as Cupids, and there was something open and entirely happy in their little chubby faces. The girls, on the cortrary, have neither such fair, nor such even complexions, and their features are inuch less delicate, which is a circumstance different from that of almost every other country. Besides this, it is observed that the women are generally afflicted with the itch, for which Scania is particularly remarkable. I had an instance of this in one of the inns on