Le Beau Monde, or Literary and Fashionable Magazine, 1806-1810

Volume 5, No. 32 For March, 1809

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Vol. 5, No. 32
(from page 93)

As yet in its commencement, the SEASON OF FASHION affords little to interest or amuse the votaries of elegant pleasures. Hyde Park, the promenade of our metropolis, is the only fashionable rendezvous, where, amidst the gaiety of confusion, once in one long week, every body may meet every body, and nobody see anybody! Happily for the town, and even for our conversationes, the Conflagration of Drury-lane Theatre comes to relieve us from talking of the Criminations of Mrs. Mary Ann Clarke.

Spring does not diffuse her benign influence through the veins of our beauteous countrywomen! Cautious of her smiles, they still hesitate to commit their charms to her mercy; and, excepting some few eccentrics among them, they remain carefully fortified in cloaks and coats and pelisses. The humbler suitors for their favours, yolep'd men, are quite as winterly disposed. Our gaeity is still without sprightliness, our amusements still participate of sombreousness.

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