“…as he had stood in a shop on Bond-street he had counted eighty-seven women go by, one after another, without there being a tolerable face among them. It had been a frosty (foggy) morning, to be sure, a sharp frost, which hardly one woman in a thousand could stand the test of.”
I know, it’s not frost. But, we do have fog in the Portland area so it applies in a hazy way.
Of course the quote is Sir Walter showing off his intellectual prowess again. What is your favorite comment, observation, or aside from the Sage of Somerset?
I have to laugh when he asks Anne, on her arrival in Bath, if Mary still has a red nose. And goes on to say that, “If I thought it would not tempt her to go out in sharp winds, and grow coarse, I would send her a new hat and pelisse.” Such economy of thought and finance. And what a man to be protecting his daughter’s complexion AND his pocketbook at the same time.
There’s a reason he’s a gentleman.