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surgery, pharmacy, and subjects of common interest. But the details of this admirable institution are too numerous to dilate upon as they deserve. It has served to suggest some thoughts in reference to our medical régime in England, which I must defer to a separate consideration,
Notwithstanding that the revolution upset every thing else to the foundation, gallantry, or that habit of exterior homage to women for which this people have ever been so remarkable, still continues to be one of the most characteristic traits of Frenchmen of
every condition. A peasant will not address a lass of the village without taking off his hat, and from his youth he is taught to look upon the sex as entitled to his protection. Why a nation so much behind the rest of Europe in the more essential particulars of this chivalrous observance, should always continue to be distin. guished for such a peculiarity, seems not easy to understand.
A Frenchman, accounting to me for the connivance of his countrymen at female infidelity,
attributed it to the direct result of their educa! tion, which inculcates so universal a devotion to the sex, that their feelings for any individual woman become merged in the general idolatry; which theory goes à merveille to explain the sufferings of our Lubins and Tonys, when up to the ears in a tender passion for some single object of desperation. The nation have refined so much on this principle, that it is said monsieur will bear even the last experiment upon his patience, and yet bis “ fair defect” not perceive one frown more, or one attention less. The green-eyed monster is of course utterly unknown, and divorces and separations are confined to the matter of fiction. If a woman is domestic for the first year, until the legitimate succession is presumed safe, she has a carte blanche for the rest of their intercourse; but should she not happen to crown him with paternal honours at the expiration of the term, I have not heard how the cartel is arranged. John Bult is exactly in the other extreme." Instead of waiting until his antlers are matters of fact, he absolutely anticipates them before they are even in the bud; which, there is reason to fear, in the majority of cases rather accelerates than prevents the accident. The motto of a Frenchwoman, as I learnt from the same authority, is to make life pass as agreeably as possible. “Elles ont,” said he, “ l'âme à la superficie du corps ;” rather a dangerous exposure I should fear to ladies governed by such a motto.
Speaking of the national character, he was not less liberal. They are,” said he, very active, restless race, ever in motion, and yet do but little in comparison of what a better method would enable them to perform. Shifting perpetually, like the bee, from one object or pursuit to another, they never rest long on any; nor are they more readily attracted by novelty, than soon tired of possession. With minds keen and comprehensive for the attainment of knowledge, they are impatient of the labour of pursuing it, which will account for their so seldom arriving at profoundness. Their schemes are laid broad and deep, but the superstructure seldom rises above the foundation.”
In point of manners, as in gallantry, the French have doubtless an advantage over most other countries ;. but I should fear that just the reverse of what we have been hearing of their talent at laying their schemes, there is rather more of superstructure than foundation in these showy qualities.
It is gratifying to learn, that in consequence of superior education, the rising nobility of France are likely to have much less of that superbia for which they were in former days so distinguished—a quality to which, perhaps, as much as to most other things offensive in the aristocracy, the revolution was to be attributed. I never could understand the fascination of this odious quality. The possessor surely cannot be sensible of what a pitiful display of “ littleness” it makes. I have no objection to a man of rank during the salient folly of youth, strutting a little big, and indulging in a very handsome latitude of privileged absurdity. But let
the essentials of the man still be held of more price than the accessories of the coxcomb; and for the pity he may have for poor human nature, let us hope there will be an end of this when he begins to get his grey head. Is it because he happens to be the son of a man of power or of wealth, an accident for which he neither deserves more credit nor. more blame than for a hump on his back, that he is to offend the rational part of mankind, and make the angels uncomfortable ? Yet not content with the hoary display of this weakness in themselves, it is not uncommon to see them instil it into their offspring, instead of taking the most special and never-ceasing care to check a propensity to which young people are but too prone without the tuition. There is nothing in the education of a young man of fashion or fortune, that ought to form so essential a part of his mind, as to learn to estimate what constitutes true claims to human respect. Yet you may sometimes see the thing commencing in a callou's puppy, almost before the green down is off him. If he prides himself