The Soldier of Fortune ... (v. 2)
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Henry Curling
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. He fishes, drinks, and wastes The lamps of night in revel. SHAKSPERE. A few days from the receipt of these letters I had bidden farewell to the few friends with whom I was on terms of intimacy, and was on my road by the York mail, towards the great metropolis. I felt an eager desire to be there: for a something whispered me, (one of those inexplicable feelings which sometimes visit us, as though with a certainty of correctness in the supposition,) that Miss Villeroy and her party were at that moment sojourning there. It was, indeed, not at all unlikely that London would be the first place at which they would make a halt before they set forth on their tour. It was now just about the close of the London season, the beginning of the month of August: a time when almost all the wealthy old country families, the daughters having been presented at Court, and gone a round of gaiety, in dinners, balls, routs, and revels, sufficient to pale the rose and deaden the lily of even their damask cheeks : and after having been initiated into the mysteries of fashionable life, (only to be acquired in this finishing school of haut ton,) whirled from visit to visit, from the festive board to the opera-box, and from the opera-box to the ball to " disperse themselves," and leaving bad air, sultry streets, and late hours, seek refuge in the " parks, and walks, and manors" they possess, in order to renovate their somewhat bated strength, in the woods and groves of the several counties to which they belong. Still, however, there is always a very decent sprinkling of fashionables even at this period in London. The cream of the cream of the aristocracy generally remain late in town, and apparently enjoy each other's hospitality just after the full tide has a little subsided, more ...