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For any Londoner pretending to respectability, as a man
of the world, to say
nothing of sporting proclivities, to be absent from the Epsom Downs on a Derby
Day, is regarded as a suicidal act, implying positive degeneracy of character, ....
in the Park—knows all the handsomest women
—is privileged to gossip soft
nothings at the windows of the most aristocratic, and exclusive equipages,
without danger of a kick or a challenge
—has the entrée of the coulisses of the
Opera—is on terms of ...