Memoirs of a Femme de Chambre, Volum 1

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Side 356 - When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds, too late, that men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy, What art can wash her guilt away ? The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is— to die.
Side 69 - Blessed, blessed ties, that hind me to an existence that without them would be, indeed a dreary, an insupportable one! Yes, even here, with so much to render me anxious for the present, and to alarm me for the future, I feel that I have a great deal to be thankful for, and that, while Heaven spares me you and our child, I ought not to despair.
Side 163 - TIRED Nature's sweet restorer, balmy Sleep ! He, like the world, his ready visit pays Where Fortune smiles ; the wretched he forsakes ; Swift on his downy pinion flies from woe, And lights on lids unsullied with a tear.
Side 146 - You will turn your attention to this point," said Lady Almondbury to Selina in Italian. " It is true, and I deeply regret it ; Lord Almondbury does not like children, and least of all girls. He was greatly disappointed when this dear child was born ; he wished for a boy ; most, if not all, men do ; and he has never quite got over the disappointment. Point out to my poor Adelaide her duty; make her understand that she is to conciliate her father by every means in her power, for the first wish of my...
Side 23 - ... assiduities without a positive declaration, one might affect to misunderstand their attentions, however marked ; but those decided declarations leave nothing to the imagination; and offended modesty, with all the guards of female propriety, are indispensably up in arms. I remember reading in some book that "A man has seldom an offer of kindness to make to a woman, that she has not a presentiment of it some moments before...
Side 341 - The next night, when all in the house slept save the housemaid, the youthful heiress , escorted by that person, left the villa for ever, and in a few minutes she found herself in the arms of her faithful Fanchon, who led her to the carriage of the Lady Isabella Villeroy, the sister of the Duke of Glenallen, who received her with an affectionate warmth that greatly soothed and reassured her drooping spirits.
Side 354 - ... pang, that, by a separation only could she preserve her own esteem, and the world's respect. All was arranged for the departure of LordGlastonbury, when, in a luckless hour, she consented to receive his farewell. That interview, which was to have been their last for years to come, perhaps, for ever, saw her fall from virtue; and her seducer, now master of her destiny, ahandoned his project of exile, — if, indeed, he ever seriously entertained it, ,— and remained to enjoy the triumph be had...
Side 2 - ... of studying the character, disposition, temper, and peculiarities of a lady, as has her Femme de Chambre, who sees not only her person, but also her mind en deshabille. Well and truly has it been observed by a clever writer, that no man is a hero to his Falet de Chambre. As well, and as truly may it be asserted, that no woman is a heroine to her personal attendant. How interesting then must be the study in the dressing rooms of persons who are seen by the world only in full costume with their...
Side 18 - I could get her out of my head — out of my heart, I should have said — for hang me if she has not taken possession of that fortress, which, though often assailed, and with sundry breaches made in it, never before capitulated to a victorious enemy. To think of her lavishing the treasures of her affection on poor simple Stratford, while I would give worlds, if I possessed them, for even the privilege of merely seeing her every day and being permitted to converse with her. I could not have believed...