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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)

On the female form,   pp. 26-41


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MIRROR OF THE GRACES
ture intends we should prepare for general re-
pose, we put our stomach and animal spirits
to extraordinary exertion. Our vital func-
tions are overtasked and overloaded.  We
become hectic, (for observation strongly de.
clares, that invalid and delicate persons should
rarely eat solids after three o'clock in the day,
as fever is generally the consequence) and
thus, almost every complaint that distresses
and destroys the human frame, may be en-
gendered. Besides, when we add to this evil
the present mode of bracing the digestive part
of the body, in what is called long stays,
to what an extent must reach the baneful ef-
fects of a protracted and abundant repast ?
Indeed, I am fully persuaded that long fasting,
late dining, and the excessive repletion then
taken into the exhausted stomach, with the
tight pressure of steel and whalebone on the
most susceptible parts of the frame then called
into action; and the midnight, nay, morning
hours, of lingering pleasure,-are the positive
causes of colds taken, bilious fevers, consump-
tions, and atrophies, By the means enumera-
ted, the firm texture of the constitution is
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