French Wit and Humor: A Collection from Various Sources Classified in Chronological Order and Under Appropriate Subject Headings (Google eBook)

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G. W. Jacobs & Company, 1902 - French wit and humor - 293 pages
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Page 72 - If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed...
Page 31 - The Horse and the Beet-root. When Louis XI. was Dauphin, he used frequently, in his walks, to visit the family of a peasant, and partake of their frugal meals. Some time after the accession of this prince to the throne of France, the peasant presented him an extraordinary beetroot, the production of his garden. Louis, to* reward the poor man for his attention, and to show 1 " Look here, you lazy fellow I
Page 133 - This method of execution consisted in taking the victims out in crowds, and mowing them down with musket and cannon. Lyons had so stoutly resisted the Revolution, that when the city was conquered, after a two months' siege, the Convention decreed that it should be destroyed, its name changed, and a monument erected on its ruins, with the inscription, " Lyons made war upon liberty ; Lyons is no more.
Page 145 - I have come to lead you into the most fertile fields of the world : there you will find large cities, rich provinces, honor, glory, and wealth. Soldiers of Italy, will you fail in courage...
Page 32 - A so as to correspond to the 1st of January ; the Dominical letter for that year will then be the letter corresponding to the Sunday following. 121. THE KING WHO SENT HIS SONS TO PRISON IN ORDER TO RELEASE HIMSELF. Francis I. of France, Henry VIII. of England, and Charles V. of Spain, are known in history as " the three boy kings," they having all assumed their crowns before reaching their majority. They were in their time the three mightiest sovereigns of Europe; contemporary with them was Solyman...
Page 285 - ... parties, was the first to enter the main work, and struck the British flag with his own hands. For this achievement, Congress voted him a silver medal. After the revolution Colonel Fleury went to India and in 1790, returned to France. Chevalier John Paul Jones, Captain of the French vessel Bonhomme Richard though a foreigner, was for some time in the service of the colonial government.
Page 30 - Some difficulties having arisen1 as to the execution of the treaty, the princes obtained permission to go over* to Calais on parole", saying they should be better able to explain and terminate the differences there than in England. The duke of Anjou, however, violated his parole, and fled* to Paris. John, highly displeased at such want of faith", immediately returned to London, and delivered himself prisoner to Edward king of England saying, " If honour is banished from every other place, it ought...
Page 105 - it is of no use to waste my time on so stupid a set of people ! ' Next day he again mounted the pulpit and asked : ' O true believers, do you know what I am going to say ? ' ' We do,
Page 18 - Cupid gave Harpocrates (the god of silence) a rose, to bribe him not to betray the amours of Venus. Hence the flower became the emblem of silence. It was for this reason sculptured on the ceilings of banquet-rooms, to remind the guests that what was spoken sub vino was not to be uttered sub divo.
Page 114 - Fouquet, minister of finances under Louis XIV., but the affairs of the treasury were so badly conducted that the minister was condemned to perpetual imprisonment, and his secretary, Pellisson, was sentenced to five years' confinement in the Bastille. During his imprisonment, Pellisson, who knew the value of time, and could not remain idle, occupied himself in reading, in writing, and frequently, as a kind of relaxation from study, he would play on the flute. On these occasions he often remarked that...

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