Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

An elderly lady, whose bulky, squat figure

An elderly Lady, whose bulky, squat figure,
By hoop and white damask was render’d much bigger,
One sun-shiny day to the Fleet did repair,
To shew her fine dress, ’mong the Beaux of the Bare.
Her mien and behaviour, so awkard [sic] and queer,
Caus’d much admiration, but ’twas with a sneer.
At length the sly gibers burst into loud laughter;
Away waddled Madam — and they hurry’d after.
To recover her fan dropt in anger and haste,
She stoop’d down, and let fly a loud pestilent blast.
All stopp’d short in surprize, not expecting behind
Such a poisonous shaft of the Parthian kind.
Swell open the door, cries out one of the crowd:
Shut it close; Lock it fast; cries another more loud.
Says a third, Stop the key-hole, when away you have
           sent her,
Lest in fumes like the present, her sprite should re-enter.
Tho’ the scent still remains, yet the game you can’t follow:
She came in with a hoop, and went out with a hollow.

     [Grub-street Journal, 2 September 1731]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "An elderly lady, whose bulky, squat figure", 23 April 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/lowlife3.htm>

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