We have the Oscars …

10 Jan

… they had Court Presentations:

“When Lady Adeline arrived at her aunt’s house, she had to undergo the gaze of the persons assembled to look at the dresses of those who were going to court, whose remarks, as she passed, kept alive that flutter of spirits which prevented her from indulging in softer feelings … they went to their carriage through a line of persons drawn up on each side, all of whome bore testimony to Lady Adeline’s beauty” (Lady Charlotte Bury, The Exclusives, 1830, 3.101-02)


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