1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Frances Brooke

Frances Burney, 1774; The Early Diary of Frances Burney (1889) 1:273.



Thursday mama took us with her to Miss Reid, the celebrated paintress, to meet Mrs. Brooke, the celebrated authoress of "Lady Julia Mandeville." Miss Reid is shrewd and clever, where she has any opportunity given her to make it known; but she is so very deaf, that it is a fatigue to attempt conversation with her. She is most exceedingly ugly, and of a very melancholy, or rather discontented, humour. Mrs. Brooke is very short and fat, and squints; but has the art of showing agreeable ugliness. She is very well bread, and expresses herself with much modesty upon all subjects; which in an "authoress," a woman of known understanding, is extremely pleasing.