Henry Craik, ed. English Prose. 1916. Vol. IV. Eighteenth Century
The Marriage Market
By Hannah More (17451833)
AFTER spending the day at Mrs. Fenthams, I went to sup with my friends in Cavendish Square. Lady Belfield was impatient for my history of the dinner. But Sir John said, laughing, You shall not say a word, CharlesI can tell how it was as exactly as if I had been there. Charlotte who had the best voice, was brought out to sing, but was placed a little behind, as her person is not quite perfect; Maria, who is the most picturesque figure, was put to attitudinise at the harp, arrayed in the costume, and assuming the fascinating graces of Marmions Lady Heron;
For fear, however, that your heart of adamant should hold out against all these perilous assaults, its vulnerability was tried in other quarters. The Titian would naturally lead to Lavinias drawings. A beautiful sketch of the lakes would be produced, with a gentle intimation, what a sweet place Westmoreland must be to live in! When you had exhausted all proper raptures on the art and on the artist, it would be recollected, that as Westmoreland was so near Scotland, you would naturally be fond of a reelthe reel, of course, succeeded. Then, putting himself into an attitude, and speaking theatrically, he continued
Then universal Pan
Knit with the graces and the hours in dance.
Oh! no, I forget, universal Pan could not joinbut he could admire. Then all the perfections of all the nymphs burst on you in full blaze. Such a concentration of attractions you never could resist! You are but a man, and now, doubtless, a lost man.