I felt myself so Dwarfish by his high Highness, that I could not forbear whispering Mr Chamier , who had met with him elsewhere.The Prince was dressed, as princes are wont to be, in dazzling raiment, including a
a Picture of the Empress Hung from his Neck, which was set round with Diamonds of such magnitude and lustre that, when near the Candle, they were too dazzling for the Eye. His Jewels, Dr King says, are Valued at above £100,000.Near the end of the night, Burney wrote, one of the attendees at the party, James Harris,
told me he wished some of the ladies would express a desire of seeing the Empress's Picture nearer; "I, you know," said he, "as a man, cannot, but my Old Eyes can't see it at a distance."Unconstrained by any manly reticence, Burney obligingly asked to see the medallion, and
When we got it, there was hardly any looking at the Empress for the glare of the Diamonds. Their size is almost incredible. One of them, I am sure, was as big as a Nutmeg at least.All of which reminded me of something . . . but what? Oh, right--Ludacris:
Watch out for the medallion, my diamonds are reckless--Plenty of less Ludacris Fanny Burney highlights on the way in coming weeks--this book is a treasure.
Feels like a midget is hanging from my necklace.