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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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ON THE FEMALE FORM.
would give the precedence, in this dissertation,
to the eye. I subscribe to its super-eminent
dignity; for none can deny that it is regarded
by all nations as the faithful interpreter of the
mind, as the window of the soul, the index in
which we read each varied emotion of the
heart.   But, how increased an expression
does this intelligent feature convey, when
aided by the glowing tints of an eloquent
complexion! Indeed, it is the happy coin-
cidence of the eye and the complexion
which forms the strongest point of what the
French call contenance.
  The animated changes of sensibility are no
where more apparent than in the transparent
surface of a clear skin. Who has not per.
ceived, and admired, the rising blush of mo-
desty enrich the cheek of a lovely girl, and,
in the sweet effusion, most gratefully discern
the true witness of the purity within ? Who
has not been sensible to the sudden glow on
the face, which announces, ere the lips open,
or the eye sparkles, the approach of some be-
loved object? Nay, will not even the sound
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