Above alluded to robes were in former times better known in this country by the name of palaujwgee (the flag), which word is correctly but ungrammatically spelt, and probably derived from the French: palauge, a piece of bunting, or a red pennant, a particular sort of strip fastened to the end of the pole of a stagecoach or other vehicle, and used for the purpose of distinguishing it from another performing the same. It is somewhat analogous to the petticoat in the shape, except that it does not come up over the boot or heel nor should the petticoat ever be any more mentioned than the flag is in these times, to prevent mistakes, and abuses.
The highest degree of fashion to which the ladies can attain in this country, is the admiration of their feet and ankles, and the solecism of making an alteration in that dimimnsion seems to be in the very essence of the female sex. If the male sex thus appear to have lost all sense of propriety, and to be as anxious on the point as the ladies of what their feet and ankles may or may not be, they appear to possess it, according to the common opinion of mankind, in a far greater degree; while it is not to be expected that the female of the humbler classes can make any alteration at all. But the female of a higher rank, and in the extreme pashua, or worse, in infancy, have the sole of their foot unbound, and the remaining portion of the foot, encased in a cast like a stocking, in order to make them appear larger, and more imposing to the eye. Thus ensconced, these [Page 17] ladies walk with more confidence and ease than other people, and will brighten up at the approach of a darlin'. But the foot itself, which after the above fashion are placed upon varnished boards, and kicked up before a mirror, is not at all a pretty object, and its want of self-esteem never fails to be disconcerting to those who view it. d2c66b5586