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Wonen ale generally very quick sighted || by an unequivocal and ardent declaration in these affairs; and let me confess, that of his love,– Do not reject me,' said he, from the natural vanity of women I was not in the first impulse of your indignatiou. displeased with my conquest, I did not I know your situgtion, and I respect the indeed forget that I was, as it were, be. rights of Constant, I follow the guidance trothed to Constant, and I certainly loved of my rassion in opposition to my uriders Constant beyond every other in the world ; standing. Assist me, sweetest girl, to conbut I flattered myself with tlie common quer in vself; consider my love as a disease; delusion, that the addresses of the Count endure its extraviljancies till youļ gentle could certainly have no effect against my | admonition and consolatory friendship can will; that they were therefore a mere il gradually cure it. Indeed, my lovely girl, harmless gratification; that conquest and I am no profligate; I am unfortunate and lovers belouged to every woman of patural || deserve your pity.' rigbt, and that nothing was so easy as to “ Is this the return,' exclaimed 1, 'for rid myself of them whenever they exceed the hospitalities of my father and the friended certain bounds. Whilst I am unmarried, ship of Conştant? and can you pretend to said I, what should prevent me from en. excuse it by necessity?' joying the attentions of the Count, from
“ As to your father,' continued he, 'I receiving the natural homage of my beauty, am not insensible that his hospitality from becoming the envy of women, which | deserves a better return, and under the e I need not tell you, Madam, coustitutes the impressions I have day after day signified main triumph of the coquette.
my intention of leaving him ; you know "L'nder i bese impressions, I certainly did that your father would not permit it; and, Lot treat the levity of the Count with that to confess the truth, I fear that my honour severity which might have repelied and dictated more than my love could have terminated his pursuit. The Count, like obeyed. I have this consolation, however, most of bis, sex perbaps, construing this that I have not abused the kindness of your passiveness into encouragement, resolved father. My love for you has beer the incithat I should no longer be in any doubt as | dental and not the intended consequence to the nature and extent of his pretensions. of iny reception at your father's; if your An opportunity soon offered. Constant, father himself were now to hear me, be the Count, and myself, were one day walk | could no:. ike offence.' ing in the fie.ds, and at some distance from
“ Have you any objection, then,' remy father's house, when there was every sumed I, that I should inform my father appearance of a storm. It was agreed that and Constant that you made this declara. Constant should run to the house to pro- tion.' cure an umbrella, whilst the Count should
“Lovely Alicia,' said he, 'consult your remain with me under the shelter of an
own understanding ; you cannot suppose aljacent tree. Constant bad left ine but that I am a man who fear another; but
few minutes, when the cloud pass. there is one thing I should fear, I should ing over, the Count and myself agreed 10
fear to give you pain; I would wish to extend our walk in the expectation that avoid everything which by any possibility Constant would follow us in the same direc- could give a moment's uncasiness to one tion. The expected shower, however, whom, in despite of honour and conscience, overtook us, and we were compelled to I so tenderly love. If you inform Constant turn out of our former path, which was of what has occurred, Constant like myself through an open field, and to run for is a military officer; I need not speak wore shelter into a bye lane which lay in a cross fully.' direction. Whether the act of sheltering -“You have made me very unhappy,' rcme, as it were, in bis arms, or the mere joined I. • What am I to do? Am I to, the , en be exposed to the same daily declarations
I know not; suffice it to say, that from mere | thing and you shall be obeyed. I ask complimentary levity he quickly passed | nothing of you but that degree of pity and into a serious explanation, and terminated compassionate friendship which by south
ing my passion in the beginning will gra- your lover, why, the admiration of those dually enable me to overcome it'; I ask who liehold her charms is the natoral right your assistance against myself; I impiore of every unmarried wonjan. You will not you to act as niy guardian ge:ius.' deny that such admiration has its pleasures.
“ In this part of our conversation we And why should you deprive yourself of were joined by Constant. Vad he po sessed that pleasure under the idea of an imagin. any previous suspicions, there was enough ary injury to Constant. You see that the in the appearance of both of us to have Count is any thing birt a profligate and confirmed them. For my own part, the libertine. Take my advice; hear him, and Count had perfectly confounded me, and I amuse yourself with him, but hear bim hrad not enough collected my faculties to with indifference ; let bis love evapoi ale determine what I should do. As to the in verbal declarations. Do not make any Count, approaching Coustant,- Confess,' thing serious of what is in itself a mere said he, ‘that you English lovers are either gaieté du cæur. You may do muck misvery confident of yourselves, or of your chief and can do no good. It is surely mistresses ; you have left me long enough always within your own power to confine with your mistress to have made a declara- the Count within proper bounds; to tion of kuve to her.'
answer his seriousness by levity, and re“ [ consider my mistress,' said Constant, press his levity by the awe which always as a sailor who is one of my crew. If they hangs upon modesty. Believe me, my can be teinpted to desert, I think that by dear, these men are never terrible as long their desertion I lose nothing but what was as we are careful to hold the reins. If not worth keeping; I should wish neither nature has given them the powers of fatmistress nor sailos any longer than they tery, she has given us those of coquetare volunteers'
11. Assert your privileges, and fear no“When I returned to my apartment, and thing.' had passed over in my mind the conversa “ Behold me, Madam, the dupe of this tion of the Count, I decmed it my duty insidious ad-ice. It Aattered my vanity, immediately to inform my mother of it. and I left the apartment of my mother with I expected that she would of course ivstructa resolution to suffer the Count to proceed mc what farther proceeding to take. What as he might choose, and to trust to my was my astonishment when, aí«er havirry own discretiou for sepi essing and repelling hcard me with a smile, and rallied my own him. seriousness, she replied as follows:—You " In my pext, I will proceed to inform Dlust not wonder, my dear, that I do not you of the very fatal consequences which think so gravely of these things as you; followed from this imprudence, consequenWhat you consider as a miraclc, occurs ces which have plunged me and others every day in life. You ought to have too | into almost hopeless inisery-For the good on opinion of your own beauty to feel present, I am, Madam, Your's any surprise that the Count is amongst
ALICIA your admirers. And as to the rights of
FASHIONABLE WORLD AT ST. PETERSBURGII.
OR TUIE FRESEXT HANSERS, MODE OF LIVING, AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE RUSSIAN
GENTRY AND VODILITY.
A curtos!ty very naturally attaches / years since, the grand tour, or the fashion to the present state of manners in foreign able foreign progress, comprehended only Dations, and this curiosity increases in pro- France, Italy, and Switzerland, and if any por jou to the probable expectation that one trespassed into Germany, he was conthe time may arrive, whien we may become | sidered as having lost his way. The French pectatore of what we yow orly reas. Some revolution has changed this line, and Russia
pas rapidly coming into gene al fashion, importunes, the lady is coy; the gentleman when the war breaking out necessarily sus urges, the lady softens; the gentleman pended all intercourse. It has been well || begins dancing, the lady after some reluctobserved, however, that the hostility of ance gives him her liand, and tl:e dance Russia to England is so little natural that it begins. It resembles, as will be seen, very cannot be expected to continue long. strongly the Spanish fandango, but bas Under this idea, every one who is in a sta more modesty, though equal expression. tion of life which may enable him to travel | It is invariably the favourite dance at all abroad, very naturally thinks of Peters ente'tainments. Another characteristic burgh, and there are more than one pro- amusement amongst the Russians is the jected party on foot against the expected bathing-honse. The bath is as national and recommencement of the relations of peace | universal in Russia as it was formerly in and amity.
Greece and Rome, and is at present in The following sketch of the present state | Turkey. The Russians of all classes freof the manners and amusements of the quent the baths as if they were playhouses. Russians is intended for such of our fashion. These baths are usually situated by the able readers as may have conceived such a side of the rivers or canals, and are all of purpose. We have endeavoured to render them open to both sexes. The greater part it as full as possible, or in other words, to of them are vapour-baths, the bathroom render it a complete tableau of the present | baving a large vaulted oven, which is so condition of the Russian peasantry, gentry, strongly heated that the field stones which and mobility, with respect to their social form the upper part of it are glowing hot.
For augmenting this heat, water is sprinkled The Russians have nothing in common on these stones, by which means the room with the Germans; they are active, cheer- is immediately filled with vapour. Round ful, and fond of pleasure; gaiety is as the walls are benches and scaffolds, by characteristic of a Russian as of a French- || which every person may ascend, or descend man; he is to the full as thoughtless and into what degree of beat he may prefer. as volatile.
The bathers sit or lie in this hot vapour A Russian 'neither walks, rides, and until they are covered with a perspiration, scarcely can remain in his seat a moment which falls from them like ain. From time without singing. Every labour has its ap- to time, they stand up in tubs, and have propriate tune, and in the burthen of his buckets of hot and cold water poured over song he seems to forget the load of his them. In summer they run out of the fatigue. It is therefore a customary re bath, men and women indiscriminately, creation of the higher ranks in Petersburgh and plunge into the adjoining river, or if to take with them into their boats, on their it be winter, will roll themselves in the parties of pleasure, a band of good singers, snow. who may sing to them the popular Russian The cold baths are nothing but parts of airs. In summer the Neva is covered with is the river assigned for any one who choses boats which are full of these singers, and to avail himself of it. In Moscow the nothing can be more delightful than a foreign traveller has a curious and not a walk on the Quay, to listen to this music as very decent spectacle, men and women sweet as it is simple. The Russian popular bathe indiscriminately, and all in a state of music has a very strong resemblance to the perfect nudity. No one seems to dream Scutch.
that there is any indecency in this practice; The Russians are equally fond of the women of all classes practise it. In Petersdance: they have a particular dance burgh, the Empress forbade it, but in amongst them, which they distinguish by || Moscow it is still retained, and even conthe name of the dove dance, and which in sidered as one of the best privileges of the fact is the nalural dance of the country. It city. is performed by one couple, who stand The common Russians are as fond of box. facing each other, at some distance, and | ing and wrestling as the common English, act through all its parts the drama of mak. but they have not their fashionable boxers ing love to cach other. The gentleman as in England. A Russian nobleman would No. XLIV-Vol. VI.
still thiuk himself disgraced by bringing :| Neva is covered with carriages in which the himself on a level with a fighting black. nobility and gentry are spectators, and not smith. A Belcher in Petersburgh mould unfrequently actors in these sports. Booths be speedily sent to the armies.
are erected on every part of the river; the Another amusement with the Russians whole, during the winter, has a strong reis the swing. In order to understand this semblance to an English fair, only that it diversion, it is necessary fo understand the is continued from day to day through the mechanism of the swings in use. They are whole season. All the population of Petersof three kinds, some liave a vibrating mo- i burgh, their carriages, horses, &c. are not tion, others are turned round in a perpen- unfrequently supported on the bosom of dicular, and others in an horizontal direc- the Neva, in a place where perhaps a few tion. The first of them consists of two weeks previously large ships were sailing. high posts, on the top of which rests an If the mildness of the season, however, axle having two pair of poles fixed in its be such as to cause any apprehensions that centre. Each of these pair of poles has at the river could not stand this pressure, its two extremities a seat suspended to a precautions are taken by the police to premoveable axis. The proprietor, by turn- | vent accidents.' ing the axis that iests on two posts, makes The public amusements of the higher all the eight seats go round in a perpen classes of St. Petersburgh differ very condicular circle, so that they alternately siderably from those of other countries. almost touch the ground, and then are The establishments for public amusement -mounted aloft in the air. The last kind is are neither in number nor in sumptuouscomposed of chairs, chariots, sledges, ness proportionate to the wealth and popuwooden horses, swans, goats, &c. fastened | lation of Petersburgh. The reason of this at the extremity of long poles, and forced is in the prevailing fashion, which is not rapidly round in an horizontal circle. Int in favour of an intermixture of the difthe Easter holidays all kinds of machines | ferent classes of society. Here, in fact, is are set up in the public squares, and the the main characteristic of Petersburgh as towns are one uniform scene of motion a metropolis. In London and Paris enterand pleasure. The nobility sometimes ac tainments arc fashionable in proportion as qually mix in these diversions, at others they are crowded; there is an intermix. they drive round the scene in their splen- | ture even to confusion of all classes; every did coaches, and allegeiher render the one may go and does go who can pay the tout enseanble a most brilliant and pictur-price of admission. In Russia every thing esque spectacle.
is the reverse; what is called good comBut the main diversion of the Russians of pany, is confined in family parties, circles all classes is the ice-hill, This amusement of acquaintance, clubs, &c. to which a can necessarily take place only in the win- | traveller cannot obtain admission without ter, when the Neva is frozen over. The great difficulty, and which being without ice-hill is then thus constructed. It is intermixture, and generally with a very composed of a scaffold of large timbers, high opinion of themselves, are formal, about six fathoms in height, having steps stately, and unentertaining. It is even on one side for ascending it, and on the deemed unbecoming to visit public places; other a steep inclined plane, formed of ladies scarcely ever enter a play house. In large blocks of ice laid together and con a word, the fashion is against them. solidated by pouring water over them till As a substitute for theatres, therefore, the whole has frozen together. , Along this the Russian fashionable world have insti. plain the inen descend as well as the women, tuted clubs. These are usually close and in little low sledges with the most astonish- select circles, and have the usual append. ing rapidity, and by the momentum requir- | ages of such; an empty pride and uomeaned in the descent are impelled to a greating and artificial formality. The three distance along a large field of ice carefully || principal clubs at present existing are thic swept clear of snow for that purpose, which English club, the Noble club, and the brings them to a second hill, on which Burghers club. they mount, and return as before. The ) The English club is the first in the rank
of respectability; all forcigners of respect- il meets with some striking object of art or able introduction and appearance are ad industry. Such elegant streets are perhaps mitted into this club on a yearly subscrip- not to be seen in Europe as are on both tion of about two pounds English. The sides of the Neva. The Panorama exhibited newspapers, monthly journals, and a li. vot long since in London, gave a very fine brary, are attached to this club.
sketch of this promenade. The marble The Noble club is so called because of Palace, the Castle, and numerous other Doble institution; every one, however, is public buildings, are visible from this proadmitted into this club who is of respect-menade, which, as a public walk, is cere able manners and appearance; there is no tainly uurivalled in the world; the Prado exclusion, as is usual in Germany. Cards, at Madrid will not bear a comparison with billiards, and conversation are the main it. objects; there are frequently balls and This Quay is the favourite resort both dinners.
in winter and spring; in the fine days of The Burghers' club is particularly fram- winter it serves as a terrace, from which ed for the entertainment of the general: the spectators may view the animating population, and from the intermixture of scene on the Neva. The rich and fashionits company is the most entertaining of the able throng it by thousands : for their bet. whole. Here may be seen every class of ter accommodation the footpath is during society mingled together, and each social the whole winter swept of snow, and strewand considerate of the amusement of the ed with fine sand to prevent-it from being other. Cards, and gaming of all kinds, are slippery. The icy surface of the Neva, carried in this club to a very high point. as viewed from this terrace, presents a The wines are of the first quality, and the most picturesque prospect; it is divided supper is of the first magnificence; the and intersected, like a spacious plain, into court is very frequently of the Burghers' a thousand roads, and every road has its party.
different object. When to this you add The Russians are likewise peculiarly the perpetual throng of sledges and other attached to their public walks, or prome- vehicles passing and repassing on these nades; the summer garden is constantly I singular highways, the sports of the iceattended by all ranks pf people; its walks hills, and the noise, the merriment, the are shaded by lime-trees, which have now ludicrous falls of some, and the happiness become venerable by age. The prospect of all, an Englishman may easily form a from hence on the Neva is delightful be- just idea of the wiuter amusements of the Fond description; here in the fine evenings Russians. in spring the whole population of Peters There is another public walk termed the burgh, the rich, the poor, the tradesman, Fontanka, which is likewise a very fashionand the noble assemble, and here each dis- || able resort; it is chiefly conspicuous for plays what constitutes the pride of each. the noble public buildings which are daily Here likewise, at one and the same time, increasing. The Russian nobility have may be seen an assemblage of individuals adopted a taste which at least promises to of all the numerous kingdoms and pro- | adorn their country; every nobleman now vinces which compose the Russian empire, vies with another in his splendid palace; each babited in his respective costume. every part of the empire is already assum.
The promenade on the Neva Quay is ing a new face under this fashionable rage. another favourite resort of the Russians of Another favourite and, as it were, na. all classes. It is decorated on one side tional amusement amongst the Russians with a scries of the most elegant edifices in is their processions on certain festal days. Petersburgh; the Neva likewise is in itself The first of May is one of these days; on a grand object; the bustle of commerce, this day there is always a grand procession the vessels moving to and fro, cutting the of all the people of fashion in their most waves in full sail, create an agreeable con- splendid equipages to the wood of Kathetrast with the lively scene of business on | rinenhof. Innumerable new carriages are the shore. Wherever the eye turus it launched, and new liveries displayed on