Madame Mohl: Her Salon and Her Friends : A Study of Social Life in Paris

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Richard Bentley, 1885 - Paris (France) - 315 pages
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Page 101 - Church hath been from the beginning of the world, and will be to the end thereof ; which is evident from this, that Christ is an eternal king, which, without subjects, cannot be.
Page 47 - Mary slipped off her shoes and curled herself up on the sofa, and by and by they all woke up refreshed, and ready to talk till midnight. Usually other visitors did not arrive till the forty winks were over; but one evening it chanced that some one came earlier than usual, and was ushered into the drawing-room while the party was fast asleep. The tableau may be imagined.
Page 261 - That stroking has been an ineffable comfort to me,' she wrote, a year later, to Mrs. Wynne Finch : ' it was an endearment when he could not speak, — the only sign he could give me of his affection, and that he knew it was I who was beside him.
Page 267 - Mohl. from which she would never recover. She was incapable of dismal despondency, and her elastic spirit rebounded at intervals. She loved the sea and the woods, and all the sights and sounds of the country. The house contained an excellent library of many interesting old books, and into these she plunged eagerly. We had a houseful of children and young people (with whom she was a great favorite), and a basket pony-carriage, which carried her about and saved her much trouble.
Page 127 - if your friend is a man, bring him without thinking twice about it ; but if she is a woman, think well before you bring her, for of all the creatures God ever created none does spoil society like an English lady ! " Her favorite protest, delivered with characteristic vehemence, " I can't abide women !
Page 132 - It was a source of genuine astonishment to her that women were so addicted to idle gossip. " Why don't they talk about interesting things? Why don't they use their brains ? " she would ask angrily ; and if it were objected that they might have no brains to use, she would retort still more angrily. " Nonsense ! Everybody but a bora idiot has brains enough not to be a fool. Why don't they exercise their brains as they do their fingers and their legs, sewing and playing and dancing ? Why don't they...
Page 181 - One who gave so much had a right to expect a good deal in return ; and she got it, and enjoyed it. She was a singularly happy person, and her happiness expressed itself in an inexhaustible flow of high spirits. She looked happy. Her round blue eyes were wide open in a perpetual sparkle of curiosity and interest ; her little turned-up nose, spirited and commanding, seemed to be scenting clever mots in the air ;. her mouth, like a bent bow, was^mcessautly shooting out bright arrows of wit ; • hier/...
Page 180 - I am sure you will feel for me when I tell you that I have lost my dear Mrs. Gaskell, the best friend I had in England, perhaps anywhere. I learnt it this morning from her poor daughter. She seemed perfectly well, and was talking, when her head suddenly lowered, and life fled.1 It must have been heart complaint. To say what I have lost would be impossible. My spirits are so low that, as you are so kind as to speak of my nieces...
Page 37 - One could not be dull where she was ; she might displease or exasperate, — she very often did both, — but she was incapable of boring any one. Many of the distinguished men who frequented Madame Recamier's salon were already friends of the Clarkes, more especially, as has been shown, Fauriel and Ampere. Describing these pleasant days at the Abbaye, Ampere says of Mary Clarke, " She is a charming combination of French sprightliness and English originality ; but I think the French element predominates....
Page 163 - The general spirit of social intercourse that was afloat ; the great improvement in the education of women of the higher classes ; and, above all, the taste, not to say the passion, for their society, aided by the general prosperity under Henry IV., might indeed have created salons; but it is to Madame de Rambouillet's individual qualities that we owe the moral stamp given to the society she founded, which, in spite of all the inferior imitations that appeared for...

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