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the original idea of the inventors of this turned round and given a pretty smart appellation for those boxes, or rather rebuke to these indiscreet baigneuses; cages, in which six individuals come and I should have done it myself, Í to be shut up every evening, it must believe, only a philosophical idea came be allowed that the peaceable inhabit- into my head, that perhaps the most ants of the pit never had a more ter interesting part of the play for me, rible neighbourhood. A friend of mine, after all, would be that wbich was who seldom goes to the theatre, hear- going on behind my back. I lisa ing that I was going to the Vaudeville, tened, therefore, attentively, and bewhere I have not been for a long time, fore the play was over, I had got a said to me,

“ If you go, take care not deal of the history of more than twenty to be in the centre of the pit; you will ladies who were figuring away in the get into the midst of a filthy set, with first rows. I put down their names out hats, without shirts, covered with in my album, with the little scandagrease and dirt,-in short, they call lous chronicle opposite, determined to them les claqueurs ; beware of them." make a delightful use of the precious I went and installed myself at the ex. information I had thus got for nothing. tremity of the pit, near the baignoires, At every step almost one takes in Good heavens! what a noise ! what a Paris one meets with one of those chattering ! two scenes were already merveilleux, whose only talent consists acted, and I had positively heard no- in shewing himself off in a thousand thing but the noise of locks opening different forms. His memory always and shutting, the going and coming of enriched with the song of the day, theouvreuses, thecracking of chairs, and and with some adventure of yesterday the rustling of silks. you well evening, the cameleon of the boudoir, there?-you had better come here: and eagerly looked for in all the salons you will see much better :- do you à la mode; he might almost pass, in know what the play is?-is not my some peoples' eyes, for a really clever hat in your way? No, belle dame, not fellow. But an observer, accustomed in the least. I'm sure it is -stop, to " shoot folly as it flies,” does not I'll take it off, I can assure you I see let himself be dazzled by the brilperfectly well. It does not signify- liant jargon of these well-taught parsee if you can hang it up on that nail.” rots; and notwithstanding the high At this moment every head in the pit eulogiums which he hears thrown out turned round, and a lengthened shton all sides, on this borrowed fluency, came from every mouth, but the con- he knows how to catch and unmask versation went on all the same. " Ah! these contraband troubadours. mon dieu, I have forgot my lorgnette

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young and dashing S**** Will you take mine?- I wish you C****, for example, whom I met the would get me a tabouret.”—The pit other day, and who is merely a clerk turns round again, sht, sht. But the in a great office, enjoys among the prattle goes on."We did not see you beau monde quite a colossal reputation. yesterday, M.Le Comte.-That's true, Qu'il est aimable ! exclaim the petites an indispensable affair.-(Chut! donc) maitresses of the Chaussée d'Antin. -Oh, what a beautiful seal you have Qu'il est gai! cries out the wife of a got there !-(chut! donc) - Where did négociant of the Rue Saint-Denis. Quú you buy it?--(chut ! à la porte, turn il est spirituel! says the chaste moitié them out.)-I'll get one like it--(Si- of a notary in the Isle Saint-Louis. lence, donc Mesdames !) for my hus- Comme il pense bien! repeats an old band (à la porte l'insolente !")--and the marquise of the Faubourg Saint-Gercurtain dropped.

main. My dear ladies, you are all After all, I had the patience to re- sadly mistaken : S**** C**** is neimain where I was, hoping that a good ther aimable, nor gai, nor spirituel, half hour between the acts would give nor bien pensant ; c'est un sot, butthe ladies time to exhaust their con- he is complaisant. In fact, watch him versation. Vain hope ! a terrible whis- at a bal in the Chaussée d'Antin, you pering went on during the whole of will see him fluttering round the body the entertainment. The only words I of the house, and dividing his time be could hear were gloire and victoire, tween the bets of a table d'écarté, the laurier and guerrier, which the actors ironical insipidities of a cavalier galare in the habit of pronouncing as loud lantry, and the stormy discussion of a as they can.

projet de loi. Any other man perhaps would have Do you meet him at the réunion of

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Onoff Saint-Germain.
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trenie a riche marchand? oh! here's quite the richness, and even the exactness
iscret another man. He charms the lively of the decorations and costumes, not-
dine d: bourgeoises with comical recitals of in- withstanding some slightanachronisms
opinia trigues among the ministers and their and local faults that are occasionally
portat ladies ; he parodies the speeches of the committed. No where is there so nu-
toe principal speakers in the Chamber of merous an assemblage of dancers of
e dei Deputies, or taking up a flute or fla- the first order, or corps de ballet so
par dat geolet that is lying about, he gives complete and so well disciplined: no-
termines them a favourite overture of Rossini, thing is really defective in the French
orer, li or the eternal duet of Lucile.

opera, nothing but one single importWith the notary of the Isle Saint, ant part: the Singing. turin Louis, seated between an avoué de pre I am not one of those who think dova te mière instance and a receveur de rentes, that it is absolutely impossible to have the En he decides with a doctoral tone on the good singing in France, and with sie, des literary merit of the Lampe merveil- French words: the example of some se di te leuse, and of the Chien de Montargis. At performers at the Faydeau, and even tusenin the earnest request of the maitresse at the great opera, might prove the mosi ca du logis, he will perhaps condescend to contrary. At the same time, it must

inscribe one of his brightest thoughts be universally allowed, that the French is alá on the album of her eldest daughter, language, not being so melodious nor

and finishes the soirée by murdering so sonorous as the Italian, can never is mene on a guitar some well-known tune ac- hope to-rival it in musical effect; but

companied with a Spanish song. still one would think that the disa But his triumph is in the Faubourg tance is sufficiently great between the

The old Marquise softly-sweet warblings of the Italian de loves le wiste, Pyrame, and bravura, and the deafening screams talux la Quotidienne. Here S**** C**** is of an ordinary French singer, for the

admirable; he becomes the partenaire establishment of some reasonable mea of the Marquise at a rubber,--extols dium.

Though the greater number of the columns aloud of the blessed Quoti- singers at the Opera in Paris, agree in dienne-what heroism !-what devo- singing in general like the joyous tion !

roarers of a cabaret, the result of which Go on, happy S**** C****, with is a fatiguing uniformity, still they such an agreeable, such a dissipated are far from having a unity of me career. La complaisance leads the way thod, which they only

know by name. to every thing; add only to this vir- Their only object is, by violent comtue, which you possess in such a high motions, to bring forth the applauses degree, a few grains of flattery, and of the pit, seven-eighths of which know your fortune is made for ever. nothing of music, but, however, are

All nations like to have a good opi- very sure to exclaim after each such
nion of themselves, and as one does exertion of the throatquelle voix !
not even like to be woke out of a plea- This is the aureola of glory to which
sant dream, so the illusions of national the Parisian singer aspires : but it is,
superiority are often indulged without at the same time, this very thing
any real foundation in truth. Thus, which disgusts strangers, and keeps
the French, for a long time past, have away from the opera all men of taste,
been firmly convinced that their opera who like to hear pure, rational sing-
is le premier de l'Europe, though their ing, without all this violent agitation
own senses, their judgment, and the of the lungs and throat. How can
declarations of some not over-flatters one distinguish the melody of a com-
ing strangers, have repeatedly told position, or enjoy its beauties, when
them the contrary. Far from me the the street-cries are substituted in place
idea of throwing away ridicule on an of the work of the composer ?
establishment so grand and beautiful ; This rage for screaming, in order to
and, in a capital like this, so neces- make a parade of an extraordinary

ery as the opera. There indeed, power of voice, not only deprives the
every reason to think that no other hearers of the charms of music, but,
opera in Europe surpasses, or even moreover, ruins all the young débutans,
equals, that of Paris, in the beauty of who have not courage or experience
the

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ma, the precision of all the manæuvres, of their companions; and in fact every

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the original idea of the inventors of this turned round and given a pretty smart appellation for those boxes, or rather rebuke to these indiscreet baigneuses; cages, in which six individuals come and I should have done it myself

, I to be shut up every evening, it must believe, only a philosophical idea came be allowed that the peaceable inhabit- into my head, that perhaps the most ants of the pit never had a more term interesting part of the play for me, rible neighbourhood. A friend of mine, after all, would be that wbich was who seldom goes to the theatre, hear- going on behind my back. I lis ing that I was going to the Vaudeville, tened, therefore, attentively, and bewhere I have not been for a long time, fore the play was over, I had got a said to me, “ If you go, take care not deal of the history of more than twenty to be in the centre of the pit ; you will ladies who were figuring away in the get into the midst of a filthy set, with first rows. I put down their names out hats, without shirts, covered with in my album, with the little scandagrease and dirt,-in short, they call lous chronicle opposite, determined to them les claqueurs ; beware of them.” make a delightful use of the precious I went and installed myself at the ex. information I had thus got for nothing. tremity of the pit, near the baignoires, At every step almost one takes in Good heavens! what a noise! what a Paris one meets with one of those chattering ! two scenes were already merveilleux, whose only talent consists acted, and I had positively heard no- in shewing himself off in a thousand thing but the noise of locks opening different forms. His memory always and shutting, the going and coming of enriched with the song of the day, theouvreuses, the cracking of chairs, and and with some adventure of yesterday the rustling of silks. « Are you well evening, the cameleon of the boudoir,

had better come here : and eagerly looked for in all the salons you will see much better : do you à la mode; he might almost pass, in know what the play is?-is not my some peoples' eyes, for a really clever hat in your way? No, belle dame, not fellow. But an observer, accustomed in the least.-I'm sure it is -stop, to " shoot folly as it flies," does not I'll take it off-I can assure you I see let himself be dazzled by the brilperfectly well.-It does not signify- liant jargon of these well-taught parsee if you can hang it up on that nail.” rots; and notwithstanding the high At this moment every head in the pit eulogiums which he hears thrown out turned round, and å lengthened sht on all sides, on this borrowed fluency, came from every mouth, but the con- he knows how to catch and unmask versation went on all the same. "Ah! these contraband troubadours. mon dieu, I have forgot my lorgnette

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young and dashing g**** Will you take mine ?-1 wish you C****, for example, whom I met the would get me a tabouret."-The pit other day, and who is merely a clerk turns round again, sht, sht. But the in a great office, enjoys among the prattle goes on."We did not see you beau monde quite a colossal reputation. yesterday, M.Le Comte. That's true, Qu'il est aimable ! exclaim the petitesan indispensable affair. (Chut! donc) maitresses of the Chaussée d'Antin. -Oh, what a beautiful seal you have Qu'il est gai! cries out the wife of a got there !-(chut! donc) - Where did négociant of the Rue Saint-Denis. Qx you buy it?-(chut ! à la porte, turn il est spirituel! says the chaste moitié them out.)--I'll get one like it-(Si-of a notary in the Isle Saint-Louis. lence, donc Mesdames !) for my hus- Comme il pense bien! repeats an old band (à la porte l'insolente !")--and the marquise of the Faubourg Saint-Ger. curtain dropped.

main. My dear ladies, you are all After all, I had the patience to re- sadly mistaken : S**** C**** is neimain where I was, hoping that a good ther aimable, nor gai, nor spirituel, half hour between the acts would give nor bien pensant ; c'est un sot, butthe ladies time to exhaust their con- he is complaisant. In fact, watch him versation. Vain hope ! a terrible whis- at a bal in the Chaussée d'Antin, you pering went on during the whole of will see him fluttering round the body the entertainment. The only words I of the house, and dividing his time be could hear were gloire and victoire, tween the bets of a table d'écarté, the laurier and guerrier, which the actors ironical insipidities of a cavalier galare in the habit of pronouncing as loud lantry, and the stormy discussion of a as they can.

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genius a riche marchand ? oh! here's quite the richness, and even the exactness discret another man. He charms the lively of the decorations and costumes, not e done to bourgeoises with comical recitals of in- withstanding some slightanachronisms Lespina trigues among the ministers and their and local faults that are occasionally It perigi ladies; he parodies the speeches of the committed. No where is there so nuf the po principal speakers in the Chamber of merous an assemblage of dancers of be ti i Deputies, or taking up a flute or fla- the first order, or corps de ballet so en fait geolet that is lying about, he gives complete and so well disciplined: notetive them a favourite overture of Rossini, thing is really defective in the French over, li or the eternal duet of Lucile.

opera, nothing but one single importe Ofunaredit With the notary of the Isle Sainte ant part: the SINGING. turino Louis, seated between an avoué de pre

I am not one of those who think down te mière instance and a receveur de rentes; that it is absolutely impossible to have

dhe ia he decides with a doctoral tone on the good singing in France, and with sie

, dz literary merit of the Lampe merveil- French words: the example of some ur et th: leuse, and of the Chien de Montargis. At performers at the Faydeau, and even

the earnest request of the maitresse at the great opera, might prove the

du logis, he will perhaps condescend to contrary. At the same time, it must with out inscribe one of his brightest thoughts be universally allowed, that the French calistaks on the album of her eldest daughter, language, not being so melodious nor If at isa and finishes the soirée by murdering so sonorous as the Italian, can never is new on a guitar some well-known tune ac- hope to rival it in musical effect; but

companied with a Spanish song. still one would think that the dis

But his triumph is in the Faubourg tance is sufficiently great between the

Saint-Germain. The old Marquise softly-sweet warblings of the Italian for ha de **** loves le wiste, Pyrame, and bravura, and the deafening screams

la Quotidienne. Here S**** C**** is of an ordinary French singer, for the admirable; he becomes the partenaire establishment of some reasonable meof the Marquise at a rubber,-extols dium.

Though the greater number of the columns aloud of the blessed Quotis singers at the Opera in Paris, agree in dienne--what heroism !-what devo- singing in general like the joyous tion !

roarers of a cabaret, the result of which Go on, happy S**** C****, with is a fatiguing uniformity, still they such an agreeable, such a dissipated are far from having a unity of me career. La complaisance leads the way thod, which they only know by name. to every thing; add only to this vir- Their only object is, by violent comtue, which you possess in such a high motions, to bring forth the applauses degree, a few grains of flattery, and of the pit, seven-eighths of which know your fortune is made for ever. nothing of music, but, however, are

All nations like to have a good opis very sure to exclaim after each such nion of themselves, and as one does exertion of the throatquelle voix ! not even like to be woke out of a plea- This is the aureola of glory to which sant dream, so the illusions of national the Parisian singer aspires : but it is, superiority are often indulged without at the same time, this very thing any real foundation in truth. Thus, which disgusts strangers, and keeps the French, for a long time past, have away from the opera all men of taste, been firmly convinced that their opera who like to hear pure, rational singis le premier de l' Europe, though their ing, without all this violent agitation own senses, their judgment, and the of the lungs and throat. How can declarations of some not over-flatter- one distinguish the melody of a coming strangers, have repeatedly told position, or enjoy its beauties, when them the contrary. Far from me the the street-cries are substituted in place idea of throwing away ridicule on an of the work of the composer ? establishment so grand and beautiful ; This rage for screaming, in order to and, in a capital like this, so neces make a parade of an extraordinary sary as the opera. There is, indeed, power of voice, not only deprives the every reason to think that no other hearers of the charms of music, but, opera in Europe surpasses, or even moreover, ruins all the young débutans, equals, that of Paris, in the beauty of who have not courage or experience the scenery, the regularity of the dra- enough to resist the fatal ascendancy ma, the precision of all the manæuvres, of their companions; and in fact every

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new singer who comes to the opera element. I took a turn or two in the with a fine voice and a good method, room, a good deal out of humour; I is sure to lose them. On this account felt myself déplacé-for to my shame the government is at a very useless I must declare it-in this fanciful asyexpence of enormous sums in getting lum of the superstitions du cæur et du up the master-pieces of the French vague indéfini de l'existence. However, opera. Incredible pains are taken to I must wait, so I sat down : before me, procure fine singers, who become more on a rich reading-desk, was a book not scarce every day, because the moment yet cut; I opened it, it was Vertu et they appear at the opera their talent Scélératesse, or La Futalité, I ran rais ruined ; so that both government pidly over the pages, and in a very and the musical art lose all the fruit short time made acquaintance with that might be reasonably expected Don Ramire, chivalric, loyal and from such exertions and such sacri- faithful; Zoraime, a haughty and pasfices, merely because some silly singers sionate woman; Muley, a feeble and get a posse of barbarians and simple- suspicious prince; Barbarossa, a pirate tons to exclaim every moment, quelle and conqueror; and Donna Isabella, a voix ! quelle voix !

tender and constant mistress, who, I dined yesterday in a house in the nevertheless, espouses not her lover, Chaussée d'Antin, from which opu- but another man, because he was too lence does not exclude gaiety. A late by an hour to the term of twoyoung poet had just sung a new song years and three days, which had been on the vieille gloire des braves ; the fixed by an inexorable father. With men were grouping round a député, a view to the general interests of sowho had just come from the Chamber, cięty, I could not help applauding while at the other extremity of the tiis salutary example, which will unsalon, two young ladies were preparing doubtedly have the effect of making to execute a duet of the brilliant Ros, young men more exact at rendezvous sini. All of a sudden I recollected in future. But at length came the that I had a rendezvous on particular véritable heros : a man stained with business at ten o'clock, with a cic crimes, harrowed with remorse, a hordevant jolie femme of the faubourg rible, execrable monster-in short a Saint Germain, who has made herself renegado !!! Absorbed in this characa romantique, in order that she may ter, I was following with horror the still be something

projects and adventures of this être inI stole away with regret, flew and concevable, when I felt a hand pressing arrived. A femme-de-chambre, who on my shoulder. I screamed out and informed me that Madame was not turned round-it was the mistress of yet come back from a meeting of the house laughing at my fright. “By the Société des Bonnes Lettres, in- heavers, Madame," said I,“the brigantroduced me into her study, shut dage which reigns in French literathe door and left me alone. A lamp ture at this moment really alarmed with a transparency shed an me. You, who know so well that the certain and reddish glimmer on the terrible Jean Sbogar had a petite main violet draperies of the window. A blanche, cannot be surprised that you guitar, flowers, and papers in disor- frightened me." der, covered the table and writing We sat down and proceeded to the desk. A corps de bibliotheque termi- business for which I had come. I nated with a pointed arch, presented a thought I perceived in the course of suite of elegant volumes, embellished the conversation that the worship of outside by the tasteful art of the cele- the romantic muses does not entirely brated Thouverin. I went near to exclude a taste for the realities of life; read the titles, and I perceived in and that when you talk to a romuntique golden letters, on a binding of black of the main chance, she does not look morocco-Jeun Sbogar! Intimidated, altogether like a being of another 1 cast my eyes lower down; they fell world. on the Corsaire de Byron ; higher up The following acrostic on Casimir was the Solitaire, and in an empty Delavigne, the successful author of place which I remarked near it, is no two new tragedies, Les Vepres Sicilidoubt destined for the Renégat. Aennes, and the Paria, have lately been romance was on the piano, it was the published by J. B. Claray, professor of Brigands de Schiller.

French and Latin literature, and memI confess it, melancholy is not my ber of the Athénée des Arts :

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