The Duc de Lauzun and the Court of Marie Antoinette

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Osgood, McIlvaine, 1896 - France - 523 pages
 

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Page 85 - Gesvres' pay him twelve guineas each night for the privilege. Even the princesses of the blood are dirty enough to have shares in the banks kept at their houses.
Page 84 - You would not easily guess their notions of honour : I'll tell you one : it is very dishonourable for any gentleman not to be in the army, or in the king's service as they call it, and it is no dishonour to keep public gaming-houses : there are at least an hundred and fifty people of the first quality in Paris who live by it.
Page 39 - I can tell your ladyship in a word, for it was impossible to see anything but the Queen ! Hebes and Floras, and Helens and Graces, are streetwalkers to her. She is a statue of beauty, when standing or sitting ; grace itself when she moves.
Page 301 - If M. le Cardinal is sick,' said he, ' let him come to me, and I will cure him ; if he be well, he has no business with me, nor have I with him.
Page 447 - But you promised that you would not vote." On this he got up, observing, "This is an unpleasant subject. You cannot— must not judge for me. I know my own situation. I could not avoid doing what I have done. I am perhaps more to be pitied than you can form an idea of. I am more a slave of faction than anybody in France ; but from this instant let us drop the subject. Things are at their worst. I wish you were safe in England, but how to get you out of France is what I cannot contrive. If money...
Page 80 - Parliament took place, and ever since the "lords spiritual and temporal "—that is, the bishops and higher nobles— have sat by themselves in the House of Lords ; and the members of the House of Commons, including the country gentlemen (knights) and the representatives elected by the more important towns, have met by themselves. Parliament thus made up was really a modern, not a medieval, institution, and we shall hear much of it later.
Page 211 - But it is for your interests,' said I, ' that I leave all that is dear to me; and it is to defend your liberty that I come to fight against the English.' "
Page 203 - We have not yet begun to manoeuvre, but we shall begin in a few days. You know Frenchmen, my dear father, and what are called courtiers enough to judge of the despair of our young men of that class, who see themselves obliged to pass the winter tranquilly in Newport far from their mistresses and the pleasures of Paris ; no suppers, no theatres, no balls ; they are in despair ; nothing but an order to march on the enemy could console them. We have had excessive heat throughout the month of August...
Page 365 - Queen, persuade them that France and they are lost, if the royal family does not leave Paris.
Page 445 - Then, Monseigneur, I am sure you will not go to the Convention on Saturday. Pray don't." He said that he certainly would not go; that he never had intended to go; and he gave me his sacred word of honour that he would not go; that " though he thought the King had been guilty by forfeiting his word to the nation, yet nothing should induce him, being his relation, to vote against him.

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