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1717 | Adrianople
The Corset Stays
I was here convinced of the truth of a reflection I had often made—that if it was the fashion to go naked, the face would be hardly observed. I perceived that the ladies with the finest skins and most delicate shapes had the greatest share of my admiration, though their faces were sometimes less beautiful than those of their companions.
In short, it is the women’s coffee house, where all the news of the town is told, scandal invented, etc. They generally take this diversion once a week and stay there at least four or five hours, without getting cold by immediately coming out of the hot bath into the cold room, which was very surprising to me.
The lady that seemed the most considerable among them entreated me to sit by her and would fain have undressed me for the bath. I excused myself with some difficulty. They being all so earnest in persuading me, I was at last forced to open my shirt and show them my stays, which satisfied them very well—for they believed I was so locked up in that machine, that it was not in my own power to open it, which contrivance they attributed to my husband. I was charmed with their civility and beauty and should have been very glad to pass more time with them.
Robert C. Ross
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Smooth transaction, on-time delivery, nice book. I recommend this book highly to everyone who would like to learn about Istanbul, Turks, Turkish culture and Ottoman Empire and its... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by U. Zak.
A fantastic read. Lady Mary's letters illustrate the middle-east of the past through the lens of the west and highlights the differences between the cultures.Published on January 4, 2013 by Mark Abbott