The Cupboard Papers

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byBlanchard Jerrold

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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.1881 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. MADAME FIN-BEC 'AT HOME.' Madame Fin-bec receives, in the season, every Monday evening. It has been her day for many years. The amiable custom gives her no trouble. A. well-furnished tea-table--the tea being the finest in the market, not of the coarse flavour English tea-drinkers usually affect--some dishes of petits-fours, and a savarin, and the preparations are told. In the winter, sometimes, a sip of punch in the ante-chamber; on extra late nights a cup of bouillon before her guests risk the cold air. This is, I have always thought, a happy mean between the feeding bouts of England and the uncheered receptions of Spain. I have often heard the French people charged with a lack of friendship, and I think they are open to it, but they are eminently sociable. Their love of amusement compels them to be often in company. Music, lively conversation, little games, the dressing of a cotillon, make their evening. They look for no supper; they are in the highest spirits with a sirop. Very few of them could afford to receive twenty or thirty people in their rooms N every week, if it was necessary to feed their guests. In England, directly you ask people to dances, they hare a vision of a supper-table, ices, and champagne. Pleasant accompaniments enough, but not necessaries to refined social intercourse. If English people would only think so, and reduce the present galling expenses of seeing society, they would, as a member of the Jockey Club observed to me, 'grease the wheels of life!' and many a family now troubled and crippled by the cost of it3 social gentilities would have a new era of ease opened upon it. There would be no Gunther bills, no crushing wine accounts. And, in addition, the tone of society would be improved. It would be more intellectual...

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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.1881 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. MADAME FIN-BEC 'AT HOME.' Madame Fin-bec receives, in the season, every Monday evening. It has been her day for many...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217582591

ISBN - 13:9780217582599

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