The Literary Life And Correspondence Of The Countess Of Blessington (Volume 1)

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74 CHAPTER II. DEPARTURE OF THE BLESSINGTONS FROM LONDON ON A CONTINENTAL TOUR, SEPTEMBER, 1822. The love of change and excitement, the necessity for distraction, novelty, and new effects not only in scenery, but in society—seem ...
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74 CHAPTER II. DEPARTURE OF THE BLESSINGTONS FROM LONDON ON A CONTINENTAL TOUR, SEPTEMBER, 1822. The love of change and excitement, the necessity for distraction, novelty, and new effects not only in scenery, but in society—seem to have occasioned Lord Blessington's determination to visit the continent, and to abandon his magnificent abode in St. James's Square, at a time when nothing appeared wanting that wealth, beauty, and brilliant society could supply, to render that abode everything that could be desired by those who think such necessaries all that can be desirable to make homes happy. But Lord Blessiugton, although yet a young man, had drained his cup of pleasure and enjoyments of every kind to the dregs; and the taste of the draught that remained on his palate required new cordials, and stimulants of increasing strength continually, to keep down the loathing he already felt for all the allurements of fashion, the follies of the day, the foil and tinsel glories of the green room, and the life behind the scenes of the drama, and of that other theatre of society, with its tableaux vivants, and its varied performances by the real actors on the stage of aristocratic life. Lord Blessington was palled and satiated with pleasure, and no kind of eclat or of distinction in English society had now any charm for him. And yet this young nobleman, thus early blaze and exhausted, prematurely impaired in mental energies, was fitted for better things, and was naturally amiable, and possessed many excellent qualities which might have rendered him, under other circumstances of education and position, a most estimable and a very useful man to his country and to society. The 22d of August, 1822, the Blessingtons, accompanied by Miss Mary Ann Power, the youngest sister of Lady Bl...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217556606
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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74 CHAPTER II. DEPARTURE OF THE BLESSINGTONS FROM LONDON ON A CONTINENTAL TOUR, SEPTEMBER, 1822. The love of change and excitement, the necessity for distraction, novelty, and new effects not only in scenery, but in society—seem to have occasioned Lord Blessington's determination to visit the continent, and to abandon his magnificent abode in St. James's Square, at a time when nothing appeared wanting that wealth, beauty, and brilliant society could supply, to render that abode everything that could be desired by those who think such necessaries all that can be desirable to make homes happy. But Lord Blessiugton, although yet a young man, had drained his cup of pleasure and enjoyments of every kind to the dregs; and the taste of the draught that remained on his palate required new cordials, and stimulants of increasing strength continually, to keep down the loathing he already felt for all the allurements of fashion, the follies of the day, the foil and tinsel glories of the green room, and the life behind the scenes of the drama, and of that other theatre of society, with its tableaux vivants, and its varied performances by the real actors on the stage of aristocratic life. Lord Blessington was palled and satiated with pleasure, and no kind of eclat or of distinction in English society had now any charm for him. And yet this young nobleman, thus early blaze and exhausted, prematurely impaired in mental energies, was fitted for better things, and was naturally amiable, and possessed many excellent qualities which might have rendered him, under other circumstances of education and position, a most estimable and a very useful man to his country and to society. The 22d of August,1822, the Blessingtons, accompanied by Miss Mary Ann Power, the youngest sister of Lady Bl...
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