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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
(1811)

The same subject, of female beauty, more explicity [sic] considered,   pp. 42-58 ff.


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00        MIRROR OF THE GRACES.
of his name paint the blooming cheek with
deeper roses?
  Shall we reverse the picture? I have shown
how the soul proclaims her joy through its
wondrous medium; shall she speak her sor-
rows too? Then let us call to mind, who
have beheld the deadly paleness of her who
learns the unexpected destruction of her dear.
est possessions! Perhaps a husband, a lover,
or a brother, mingled with the slain, or fallen,
untimely by some dreadful accident. We
see the darkened, stagnant shade which de-
notes the despair-stricken soul. We behold
the livid hues of approaching phrenzy, or the
blacker stain of settled melancholy !   He-
loisa's face is paler than the marble she kneels
upon. In all cases the mind shines through
the body; and, according as the medium is
dense or transparent, so the light within
seems dull or clear.
  Advocate as I am for a fine complexion, you
must perceive that it is for the real, not the
spurious. The foundation of my argument,
the skin's power of expression, would be en-
tirely lost, were I to tolerate that fictitious, that


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