Upon several occasions, both she and Fanny had been diverted by the
startling appearance presented by an elderly female of little height but
astonishing girth, who, while she adhered, perhaps wisely, to the fashions
of her youth, was not wise enough to resist the lure of bright colours.
She had a jolly, masterful countenance, with three chins beneath it, and
a profusion of improbable black ringlets above it, imperfectly confined
by caps of various designs, worn under hats of amazing opulence. Serena
drew giggling protests from Fanny by asserting that she had counted five
ostrich plumes, one bunch of grapes, two of cherries, three large roses,
and two rosettes on one of these creations.