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	Fanny Ellsler�s Revenge.
impulsive, wilful and passionate, addicted to
a general habit of �letting things slide� diversified
with bursts of imperious temper.    Their pseudo-
modesty is edifying; they�ll hardly hold up their
dresses in the street at the risk of letting their
feet be seen.    They dress plainly out of doors, gaud-
ily in, being Turkish in that particular.         Colt
(whose experience, though extensive) could not have
been of a high order) reported Southern women
very accessible in one sense, relating hotel instan-
ces.         There�s a good story told apropos of
Charleston theatre and the modesty of its t lady
population.   When Fanny Ellsler danced there, a
deputation of young men waited upon her, profes-
sing their delight, as that of their mothers and
sisters but requesting on the part of the latter that
she would wear a little longer skirts and be
less liberal in her ballet developments.  Fanny
was indignant, but they sm soothed and flatter-
ed her into compliance.     However on the last
night of her performance, when the papers had
been ringing with her praises and the house was
crowded with the �fashion and beauty� of Char-
leston, Fanny took a characteristically French
revenge by appearing in the shortest of skirts and
indulging in the most daring of evolutions � to               
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