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GREVILLE S DIARY

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purpose would it answer to say how Perdita*) was pursued, won, deserted, and by whom succeeded? What good in knowing that he did actualiy marry Mrs. Fitz-Herbert according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church; that her marriage settlements have been seen in London; that the names of the witneses to her marriage are known? This sort of vice that we are now come to presents no new or fleeting trait of manners. Debauchees, dissolute, heartless, fickle, cowardly, have been ever since the world began. This one had more temptations than most, and so much may be said in extenuation for him.

It was an unlucky thing for this doomed one, and tending to lead him yet farther on the road to the deuce8), that, besides being lovely, so that women were fascinated by him; and heirapparent, so that all the world flattered him; he should have a beautiful voice, which led him directly in the way of drink: and thus all the pleasant devils were coaxing on poor Florizel; desire, and idleness, and vanity, and drunkenness, all clashing their merry cymbals and bidding him come on.

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The king (William IV) has been to Woolwich inspecting the artillery, to whom he gave a dinner, with toast and hip, hip hurrahing, and three times three, himself giving the time. I tremble for him, at present he is only a mountebank 3), but he bids fair to be a maniac 4).

After dinner he made a number of speeches, so ridiculous and

1. Perdita: see p. 21,1.

2. deuce: a mild word for devil.

3. a mountebank [mauntïbxrjk]: travelling quack who address es th public in market-places from a platform.

4. maniac [meiniak]: a madman or lunatic.

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