Half-hours with the Best French Authors: Short Passages from Some of the Most Celebrated Prose Writers

D. Appleton, 1867 - 295 pages
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Page 99 - Well, then, it must be Mademoiselle de Crequi?' — ' You are not a bit nearer. Come, I see I must tell you at last. Well, M. de Lauzun marries, next Sunday, at the Louvre, with the king's permission, Mademoiselle — Mademoiselle de — Mademoiselle — guess the name ; he marries Mademoiselle — the great Mademoiselle — Mademoiselle, the daughter of the late Monsieur — Mademoiselle, granddaughter of Henry IV.
Page 143 - Madame wished him not: accordingly they called in as arbitrator an author, who was at that time celebrated for some very pleasing works. He was asked to dinner. The master of the house began by asking him: "Monsieur, as you understand Latin, and are a courtier."—" I, Sir, understand Latin? not a word...
Page 44 - I would have the exterior demeanor or decencie, and the disposition of his person to be fashioned together with his mind ; for, it is not a mind, it is not a body that we erect, but it is a man, and we must not make two parts of him.
Page 31 - tis pity the character of a wit, in one age, should be so like that of a black in another. Rabelais seems to have been father of the ridicule; a man of excellent and universal learning as well as wit: and though he had too much game given him for satire in that age, by the customs of courts and of convents, of processes and of wars, of schools and of camps, of romances and legends, yet he must be...
Page 165 - The man who had brought and given him the poison, pointed out to the persons present the successive progress of its effects. A mortal cold had already frozen his feet and legs, and was ready to invade the heart, when Socrates, raising his mantle, said to Crito : " We owe a cock to ^Esculapius ; forget not to pay the vow...
Page 53 - The fourth, to divide all Christendom into a certain number of powers, as equal as might be. The fifth, to reduce all the various religions in it under those three which should appear to be most numerous and considerable in Europe. Our conference was very long : I cannot bestow praises upon the Queen of England that would be equal to the merit which I discovered in her in this short time, both as to the qualities of the heart and the understanding.
Page 238 - Edward and I," said he to the Saxon, " were living like brothers under the same roof, he promised, if ever he became King of England, to make me heir to his kingdom ; I should very much like...
Page 286 - The Academy went so far as to lay a complaint against the innovation at the foot of the throne, but Charles X., with a good sense which would have been very serviceable to him four months later, replied, that "in matters of art he was no more than a private person.
Page 231 - Jupiter had to do with grammar; but what is evident, is the crying down of the profane studies, although cultivated by the priests. The same fact is visible, and far more plainly, in the written literature. No more philosophical meditations, no more learned jurisprudence, no more literary criticism; save some chronicles, some occasional poems, of which I shall speak at a later period, we have nothing belonging to this time except religious works. Intellectual activity appears only under this form,...
Page 244 - In 1823 appeared the first volume of his History of the French Revolution, which was finished in 1832.

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