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at the window amid a throng of aristocrats, and seemingly much in his element. Of a sudden, Hoskyns, and a man apparently still more ordinary than himself (both in looks and manners), passed by, and the duke instantly darted after them into the street, abandoning all his fine friends to engage in an eager conversation with them, which lasted long after they had got into the park, whither I had followed them, in my way to the office.
In the morning papers I had read that the duke had the day before given a grand political dinner, over which he presided “with his usual grace and popularity,” and at which, among many lords and gentlemen, were Mr. Hoskyns, M.P., and Mr. Gubbins, M.P. Mr. Gubbins, I afterwards found, was this other companion whom the duke had joined, and seemed most familiar with them both.
I own I wished much to make out this riddle; but Granville, whom I found waiting for me at the office, solved it a few minutes afterwards. Upon my observing that I wondered the duke could be reckoned proud when he seemed so familiar with such ordinary persons as I had just seen him with, and that the papers even talked of his popularity
“ Yes ; he is popular,” said Granville, “but then it is in his own way, for he is proud as Lucifer at the same time.”
“ Can that be?” asked I.
“ In appearance, not,” said he, “and yet compatible; for it depends upon what is the character of the popularity, and what of the pride.
For example, his popularity is all of a public, his pride of a private, nature. He will attend all public meetings, and be very condescending with his party and followers, will even flatter them in speeches, and give them dinners. The duke's fort indeed is the management of a party, and his highest ambition parliamentary influence; for which purpose he would rather be the arbiter of an election than of the fate of Europe. His dinners, therefore (of one of which you saw the account), are all party dinners, got up for the occasion; sometimes at the Clarendon; not in his house: or if there, no one can penetrate from the dining-room into the interior. Even the leaders among his supporters know him not in domestic life, unless they are of his own class. He has his room of business, but all his other rooms are closed even to the men ; but as to their wives and daughters, did anybody ever know the duchess open her saloon to them, or notice them anywhere but at the saturnalia of an election ball ? Though they even happen to be of a class to go to court, if not of the initiated, to speak to them would be horror; to look at them, loss of caste. With all his smiles, in this the duke is as impenetrable as his wife ; who, with her daughters, in regard to his most zealous friends (except, as I say,
they are of his own rank), is as closely sealed to them as if in a harem.”
“ He pays, then, it should seem,” said I, “ a high price for his popularity ?”
Every man pays for an expensive hobby," returned Granville, “and this is his. I have seen him, like Bolingbroke, on his horse
· Who his aspiring rider seemed to know~ riding with a knot of political club-men in the park, and seemingly hail-fellow-well-met with them all. Perhaps that very night he met some of them at the Opera, and avoided them, or was suddenly struck blind, for fear of being forced to recognise them.”
“ How ridiculous,” cried I, with a laugh, “ and how contemptible; I would rather dig in my garden, and live upon potatoes.”
I own all this astonished me, though I began to remember what the sagacious Fothergill had told me to the same effect, and it soon grew too familiar a custom among what are called public men ever to be noticed again.
Indeed, one of the first things I remarked in this world of fashion and politics, so new to me, was, that it by no means followed from the closest inti. macies, nay apparent attachments, between leaders and subalterns, that there should be the smallest approach to even acquaintance between their families. Going once with Lord Castleton to dine with
Lord Tancred, at his villa, where we found some young ladies had just arrived before us
“ You have company ?” said Lord Castleton, to one of the daughters of the house.
“ No;" said the young lady, “no company, only two or three of those odd people that my father thinks it right to invite now and then, because their father and he are so connected in business."
But even in this, be it observed, Lord Tancred stood alone, and was quizzed for it, to which he good-naturedly submitted.
After this discussion, Granville and myself fell upon other matters, and being not a little interested to understand the mysterious allusions between him and Lady Hungerford the evening before, he readily explained, nay seemed to wish to do so, in order to ask my opinion.
It seems that in the morning visit which he paid to Berkeley Square, he found the lady alone, except that she was occupied with Pope and his characters of women, which immediately and naturally produced a discussion of the subject. peared very indignant with the poet, whom she accused of a total ignorance of the sex, knowing nothing about them, she said, but what Patty Blount and Lady Mary Wortley Montague (neither of them the best authority) chose to tell him.
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“ As if;" said Lady Hungerford, was such a character as Chloe, of whom he inconsistently says,
. With every pleasing, every prudent part,
Say what can Chloe want-she wants a heart."" “ I, to try her," said Granville,“ observed I thought it the commonest feature in the character of the sex—adding, it was lucky for us—for, if she had a heart, woman would be so irresistible, that no man could ever be his own master, but must crouch at her feet, and be beaten like a spaniel.”
“ Which you are too proud to do,” observed the lady:
". Not so,' replied I; ' for if I really met with a heart which could respond to mine—could a woman really feel any love but the two sorts which Pope says absorb her,
“ The love of pleasure or the love of sway," no votary could feel so resigned or devoted to heaven's will, as I to the heaven of her affection.'
“6 Very fine,' observed Lady Hungerford (as I thought with a distant air); • but, according to you, then, this capable heart of yours never met with one that was worthy of it.'
“Rather,' replied I, I have always been too little gifted to inspire the feeling, without which I could never love; especially among beings whom the poet describes as so changeful, that they “ have no characters at all.” This he does, you know,