Rose of the world

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byAgnes Castle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... true, much of its discreet character; and its neighbouring chocolate rooms so handy to intrigues are now only memories. 'The Assembly Rooms are shorn of all fashion. The new Great Pump Room is not quite a replica of the old, though it has retained its general air.--But the Crescents, Royal and Lansdowne, the Circus, Gay Street and Queen Square, the Parades, and the fags of Abbey Place, are still for us. At certain hours, if we have the mood, we can readily people them again in our mind's eye with notable guests of "The Bath" in its great days... Dr. Johnson and my Lord Chesterfield, Pope, Oliver Goldsmith, Sheridan, Smollett, Chatham, Gainsborough, Fanny Burney, according to thefleeting thought--all "faithfuls" of the Spa--Greatness, Literature, Art, mere Fashion. Or, again, shall we say Squire Bramble, or Lydia Languish or Sir Anthony Absolute; or blushing, too ingenuous Evelina Why, the place is alive with suggestion! Here a house front, with its carved stone wreaths and urns and bosses, with its pedimented windows or its shell-canopied door still provided with its long since honorary link-extinguisher) if you look at it inquiringly, seems ready to tell its tale of by-gone life. But, unlike that of so many buildings of a past age, the tale of a house in Bath rarely takes the earnest romantic turn: it is irresistibly a "Comedy," comedy of intrigue and manners, of fashion and all its consequent frivolity with perhaps just a little pathos, but never beyond the limits of elegance)--come"die a la Francaise, mostly, fe trompe, tu trompes, nous trompons...! In this guise the first stately building at the western extremity of the Royal Crescent, its pilasters, its stone steps and curvetting ironwork, clamoured to tell of Lady Standish's so nearly disastrous exper...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... true, much of its discreet character; and its neighbouring chocolate rooms so handy to intrigues are now only memories. 'The Ass...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217319629

ISBN - 13:9780217319621

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