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With those words the
suffer- are daily invented, to separate tire ing pirit winged its flight to the pure region of fashion from the grose presence of its Creator and eternal atmosphere that hovers round it. felicity,
Dress and equipage were formerly (To be continued.)
considerable badges of distinction; but the rich citizens, incited by a laudable ambition, soon broke
through their old restraints of ecoON FASHIONABLE DISTINCTIONS. nomy and deference to their betters; Odi profanum vulgus et arcco. HORACE.
and Mrs. Flounder having trans
ferred her residence from Cornhill to I hate the rabble, and despise
Cavendish-square, it was no longer Alike their virtue and their vice.
possible to discover her origin, either I HAVE often wondered that na' from her jewels or her liveries. This ture should commit such a great barrier being thus broken down, an oversight in not establishing proper immense gap was left in the fences distinctive marks for the various of the fashionable world, through ranks of society. If things had which multitudes from Change-alley, been so arranged that all in a certain and even Pudding.lane, are daily circle, our fashionables, for example, forcing an entrance. should be tall, slender, handsome, Rich dresses were now given up: and elegant, and that all who were and it was resolved that the in. translated from an inferior sphere to truders, by being deprived of ornathis upper region should instantly ment, should be exposed to derision acquire these qualities, there could in their native vulgariıy. A rapid be little difficulty in distinguishing a succession of whimsical fashions, and person of fashion from the vulgar. something new for every day, now But unluckily nature has neglected distinguish the ladies of the ton. The to make any such provision. We industrious directresses of the Magahave the short, the squat, the crook- rins des Modes, however, rendered ed, the clumsy, the awkward, and the all these measures abortive: for the boobrish, even at Mrs. Imor's no-bodies were never above a day berouts, and the countess of K's hind in their initations, and the very suppers.
There is, indeed, a par- waiting-maids were apt to be misticular air which is said to distin. taken for their mistresses. The ladies guish those who niove in a certain of the first fashion, indeed, some region, and to be altogether unat- time since made a bold effort, in tainable beyor.d its boundaries. Such, which they thought none of the little however, are the effects of imitation could have the assurance to follow in the circles below, and such the them; and, in order to set all comunkindly nature of some of the ma- petition at defiance, actually appeared terials which fashion has to work up. in public somewhat more than half with a little damsel, who, in point poisoned in the ordinary way with of nakedness, might have vied with out themselves having any part in any duchess in the land.
the amusement. The hue and cry The male fashionables have, in- was therefore set up with such fury, deed, adopted a more vigorous mode that the fashionables were obliged to of revenge, for the encroachments put an end to their mysteries, lest made upon their dignity in the way they should be actually violated by of dress. They have begun by di- profane hands. The other resource, rect acts of retaliation; and, as their of amateur concerts, is by far more valets and grooms had most impu- adviseable, and will be found perdently aspired to their dress and fectly secure. The crowd cannot be manners, they have, in their turn, prevailed upon, even by their desire usurped the garb and habits of these of appearing fashionable, to listen gentlemen. It is not to be doubted whole nights to the enchanting sig. that this vigorous measure will have nora Squallunté, uttering unknown its due effect; for a groom must be words and unknown sounds; and exceedingly mortified to find so little surely it is far less to be apprehendgratification to his vanity in rising ed that they will be seized with any to his master's level.
irresistible inclination to drink up But it is in their amusements that the melodies of Lady Louisa Thrum, the fashionables have made the most. and the honourable Mr. Hum. strenuous efforts to preserve their To do justice to the taste and ina: circle inviolate; and their zeal has genuity of the great, there is someat length been rewarded with suc- ihing in all their pleasures which cess. As long as the theatres, or distinguishes them from those of the Astley's, or the Circus, or Sadler's little. The form, indeed, is soon Wells, or, in short, any place, copied by the latter; and there are which offers the least entertainment routes and card-parties found in is to be found, there is no danger every quarter, as idle and insipid as that the fashionables will be followed any in Portman-square. The little, by the crowd to the Opera-house. however, on thuse occasions, pay There they may in perfect security some attention to the convenience of enjoy their tête-d-tétes and their their guests, and make some calcuscandal, and perhaps listen at a lation of the size of their rooms befew intervals to the queens and kings fore they issue their cards. The who are torturing their vocal organ great, on the contrary, invite all the in wonderful modes, to draw down world; and the hostess is rendered an inspiring brazo! bravissimo! the happiest creature in the universe
Other methods of distinction have if there is not a single corner in her been devised with equal zeal and in- rooms where a living creature can genuity. The fashionables, perceive sit, stanı, or walks with comfort. A ing that the vulgar were contented squeeze certainly formed a very agreea to have the stage and orchestra filled able variety amidst the languor of a with professional people, determined rout; but since the accompaniment to make this a ground of distinction, of hot suppers has been inoduced, and thenceforward to play and jiddle it has not been found altogether so for themselves, with the addition of pleasant. Every one has heard of a Pic-nic supper. The crowd, how- ine affair in
street, where ever, who were scrupulously shut two hundred fashionables were pent out, could not endure that heroes up in the corners of the supperand heroines should be stabbed and room, and had nothing lo do but to
look on, and make wry faces, while sceone's friends by hundreds, a their fellow guests made away with fashionable retirement is the rea the chickens, and swept off the green source. The little in these cirpease without mercy. On talking cumstances would begin to reof the affair to a young lady who trench, and think of only having was present, she said, with much ten guests where they had twenty emphasis, that she had seen all the before. But this is out of all rule delicacies of the season there. in the circle of fashion ; one must
Great revolutions may be expect- never seem less than he has once ed to arise in the fashionable world' been. It is, indeed, a very easy affrom these circumstances; it is whis- fair to disappear out of the fashionpered that the ladies en bon point will able world; as no one thinks more of be quickly out of all repute, and the the matter, till the absentees find it price of vinegar and salad is in con- convenient again to emerge in all their sequence about to experience an ex- głory. Whcever thought of thecharmtravagant rise. A very fashionable ing Mrs. --, during her last eclipse? lady, who has as much money as And yet what parties are more free she can spend, and consequently quented than hers, since she re-apmany more guests than she can well peared ? Her spirit, indeed, deserves accommodate, has devised a very the highest commendation ; for it is pretty method of preventing incon- well known that she mortified two venience, by introducing a fresh sup- whole years in an old castle, in order per, and a fresh set of guests at cer- to enjoy her present blaze; and it táin intervals, till the whole have is allowed her parties yield to none partaken of the pleasures of the sup- either in numbers or splendour, alper-room. It is said that this lady, though the flash of this season must who has discovered such a tasteful immediately be followed by another method of prolonging a party, has eclipse. Fashionable happiness is resolved to improve still farther on indeed something quite beyond the the idea ; and is to have such a comprehension of the vulgar. crowd of fashionables, that the sup- But of all the means by which the per-rooms shall be replenished with great set the little at a distance, new guests and delicacies every two there are none so effectual as tramhours, and yet the entertainnient ex- pling with contempt on certain retend throngh the whole four-and. strictions, which the little are comtwenty.
pelled to observe with reverence: Such a plan is truly grand, and Those old crabbed fellows, the Laws, there is no danger of its being imi- indeed, in this age and nation, are tated by the little. It is only to be extremely unpropitious to the disregretted that it must necessarily tinctions of high life; a lord and his give rise to a number of eclipses. tradesman are quite on a level in An eclipse in the fashionable world Westminster-Hall, nor have the is a temporary obscurity in which surly jurors civilisation enough to those, who have no perennial mints acquit' a person on the plea of his
through all their restraints ; and a rangements or useful needle-work, man of high fashion may be profli- time has proved a severe burden to gate and profane far beyond what people who are destitute of inclinahis inferiors can openly venture. tion for literature. To relieve them. The vulgar, indeed, advance with selves from a load, the weight of which rapid strides in the footsteps of their they are too proud to acknowledge, betters; they have also their affairs they have felt obliged to mingle at Doctors' Commons, their E. O. with what is called the world. Did table, and their Sunday gambols: but any of these adventurous dames.conthings must with them be done in as sider the heavy services which this private a way as possible, for they association requires ; did they fairly know ihat the Society for the Sup- rate the fatigue, the perplexity, the pression of Vice is every where at slavery of being very gentcel upon 2 their heels,
limited scale; they would think it
better to prefer a plain system of R. T. social comfort, even at the expence
of that ridicule, which, I lament to
say, such a deviation from refineOn the Folly of FASHIONABLE. ment would incur. Yet, when there
OSTENTATION in the MIDDLE is no house-keeper in the spice-room, · CLASSES of LIFE.
ror butler at the side-board, an
elegant entertainment occasions more (From Mrs. West's Letters to e Young Lady.) labour and perplexity to the mistress
of the house than she would unWOULD to heaven our sex could dergo by a regular performance of be vindicated from the heavy cena services highly beneficial and praise.. sure that must fall upon those who worthy. What anxiety is there to purchase the éclut of a few years, that every part of the splendid renot the happiness of an hour, involve past should be properly selected, themselves and families in destruc- well-dressed, and served up in style ! tion! An impartial review of living What care to keep the every day manners compels me to confess, that garb of family economies out of we are on this point often more cul- sight, and to convince the guests pable than our weakly indulgent that this is the usual style of living; partners. It is Eve who again en though, if they credit the report, it tréats Adam tocat the forbidden fruit; must only contirm their suspicion he takes it, and is undune. Men in that their hosteus is actually insane! this rank of life have generally less What blushing confusion do these taste than women; they are amused demi-fashionists discover, if detected by their business through the day, in any employment that seems to and at its weary close they would indicate a little remaining regard for generally be contented with the re- prudence and economy! What istelaxation which their own families gularity and inconvenience must the afforded, if those families were so- family experience during the days cial, domestic, cheerful, and desirous immediately preceding the gala! to promote their amusement. But What irritation of temper, what since the potent decree of fashion neglect of children, what disregard determined it to be unfit for the wife of religious and social offices ! And of a man in reputable circumstances for what is all this sacrifice? 16 to employ herself in domestic are procure the honour of being talked
of; for happiness, or even comfort, one's person through an apartment
, are rarely expected at such enter- twelve feet square, furnished in style tainments. Notwithstanding all due Ly a lady of taste, without any inpreparations, something goes wrong, jury to ourselves, or to the fantenils, either in the dinner or the com. candelabras, consoletables, jardiniers, pany. The face of the inviter dis- chiffoniers, &c. Should we, at enplays mortification instead of ex. tering the apartment, escape the ultation, and the invited disguise the work-boxes, foot-stools, and cushions sneer of ridicule, under the fixed
for lap-dogs, our début may still be simper of affected politeness. Nor celebrated by the overthrow of half let the giver of the feast complain a dozen top-gallant screens, as many of disappointment. She aimed not perfume jars, or even by the total to please, but to dazzle; not to gra- demolition of a glass cabinet stuck. tify her guests by the cheerful hila- full of stuffed monsters. By an in. rity of her table, but to announce advertent remove of our chair back. her own superiority in taste or in ex. wards, we may thrust it through the pence. When the hospitable hostess paper frame of the book-stand, or spreads her plain but plentiful board the pyramidal flower-basket, and för friendship and kindred, for those our nearer approach to the fire is whom she loves or respects, those barricadoed by nodding mandarines whom she seeks to oblige, or those and branching lustres. It is well if to whom she wishes to acknowledge the height of the apartment permits obligation, where vanity and self us to glide secure under the impendate kept out of sight, and real gene- ing danger of crystal lamps, chanTósity seeks no higher praise than deliers, and gilt bird-cages, inhabited that of giving a suthicient and com- by screaming canaries. An attempt fortable repast with a pleasant wel- to walk would be too presumptuous come, a fastidious observance of any amid the opposition of a host of accidental mistake, or trivial error, working-tables, sophas, rout-chairs, might be justly called ill-nature, and ottomans. To return from a or ingratitude; but when ostenta- visit of this kind without having tion summons her myrmidons to committed or suffered any depredabehold the triumph, let ridicule join tion, is an event alınost similar ta the party, and proclaim the defeat. the famous expedition of the argo
But this insatiable monster, a rage nauts. The fair mistress, indeed, for distinetion, is not content with generally officiatos as pilot, and by spoiling the comforts of the cheer- observing how she folds or unsurls ful regale: luxury has invented a. her redundant train, and enlarges or prodigious number of accommoda- contracts the waving of her plumes, tions in the department of move- one may practise the dilating or ables; and the mistress of a tiny diminishing graces according to the villa at Hackney, or a still more tiny most exact rules of geometrical prodrawing-room in Crutched Friars, portion ; happy if we can steal a only waits to know if her grace has moment from the circumspection placed them in her baronial resie that our arduous situation requires dence, to pronounce that they are to admire the quantity of pretty cornforts without which no soul can things which are collected together, exist. Hence it becomes an under and enquire if the are really of any taking of no little skill to conduct