Excerpt: ...spoke low, but strong, said, "Yes, I do love you." Neither the lawyer nor the poet heard him. All my friends understand that I keep out of all fine company and great parties, and see only my friends. Here the carriage came to the door, and we have been to see Mrs. Calcott, who was Mrs. Graham, who was very glad to see me, and ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...spoke low, but strong, said, "Yes, I do love you." Neither the lawyer nor the poet heard him. All my friends understand that I keep out of all fine company and great parties, and see only my friends. Here the carriage came to the door, and we have been to see Mrs. Calcott, who was Mrs. Graham, who was very glad to see me, and entertaining; and Lady Elizabeth Whitbread as kind and affectionate as ever. She is struggling between her natural pride on her brother's ministerial appointment, and her natural affection which fears for his health. Joanna Baillie tells me that Lord Dudley wrote to Sir Walter, offering to take upon himself the whole debt, and be paid by instalments. Sir Walter wrote a charming note of refusal. Thursday. I saw Talleyrand at Lansdowne House-like a corpse, with his hair dressed "ailes de pigeon" bien poudre. As Lord Lansdowne drolly said, "How much those ailes de pigeon have gone through unchanged! How many revolutions have they seen! how many changes of their master's mind!" Talleyrand has less countenance than any man of talents I ever saw. He seems to think not only that la parole etait donne a l'homme pour deguiser sa pensee, but that expression of countenance was given to him as a curse, to betray his emotions: therefore he has exerted all his abilities to conquer all expression, and to throw into his face that "no meaning" which puzzles more than wit; but I heard none. His niece, the Duchesse de Dino, was there: little, and ugly-plain, I should say-nobody is ugly now but myself. To MISS HONORA EDGEWORTH. 1 NORTH AUDLEY STREET, Jan. 8, 1831. Now I will tell you of my delightful young Christmas party at Mrs. Lockhart's. After dinner she arranged a round table in the corner of the room, on which stood a magnificent iced plum cake. There were to be twelve children: impossible to have room for chairs all round the table: it was settled that the king and queen alone should be invited to the honours of the sitting;...Read Less
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