“I left the young gentlemen of France with their hair brushed en toupet in front, and the toes of their boots round; now the boot-toes are pointed, and the hair combed flat, and, parted in the middle, falls in ringlets on the fashionable shoulders; and, in like manner, with books as with boots, the fashion has changed considerably, and it is not a little curious to contrast the old modes with the new.”
“Then he drew a second pear, exactly like the former, except that one or two lines were scrawled in the midst of it, which bore somehow a ludicrous resemblance to the eyes, nose, and mouth of a celebrated personage; and, lastly, he drew the exact portrait of Louis Philippe; the well-known toupet, the ample whiskers and jowl were there, neither extenuated nor set down in malice.”
“So little of the fop; yet so elegant and rich in his dress: his person so specious: his air so intrepid: so much meaning and penetration in his face: so much gaiety, yet so little affectation; no mere toupet-man; but all manly; and his courage and wit, the one so known, the other so dreaded, you must think the petits-maîtres”
“But come, never mind it — You are belied, Mr. Osbaldistone, unless you have much better conversation than these fadeurs, which every gentleman with a toupet thinks himself obliged to recite to an unfortunate girl, merely because she is dressed in silk and gauze, while he wears superfine cloth with embroidery.”
“Revolutionary heroine could have found rest, -- its pinched, starved, and double-starched portraits of defunct Hydes, Puritanic to the very ends of toupet and periwig, -- little Mrs. Hyde was deep enough in love with her tall and handsome husband to overlook the upholstery of a home he glorified, and to care little for comfort elsewhere, so long as she could nestle on his knee and rest her curly head against his shoulder.”
“Balzac, in replying, referred to Lemaitre's _toupet_, and explained that, when disguising Vautrin as a Mexican general, he had in his mind General Murat.”
“Her dress and her toupet were black, relieved by silver sequins and a silver mounted tiara.”
“Balzac, in replying, referred to Lemaitre's toupet, and explained that, when disguising Vautrin as a Mexican general, he had in his mind General Murat.”
“And the enamored, if usurping, duke wept bitterly and tore his hair to such an extent he totally destroyed his best toupet.”
“Well, d'you mean that you have the _toupet_ to tell me there is nothing horrible in you?”
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