The French Revolution: A Sketch

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Longmans, Green, 1900 - France - 297 pages

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Page 40 - To this circumstance also it is owing, that all persons of small or moderate fortune, are forced to dress in black, with black stockings ; the dusky hue of this in company is not so disagreeable a circumstance as being too great a distinction ; too clear a line drawn in company between a man that has a good fortune, and another that has not.
Page 100 - I can only, therefore, testify in general, that there appeared to me more respect and veneration attached to the character of Dr. Franklin in France, than to that of any other person in the same country, foreign or native.
Page 212 - Apprized," ran this circular, "that barbarous hordes are advancing against it, the Commune of Paris hastens to inform its brothers in all the departments that part of the ferocious conspirators confined in the prisons have been put to death by the people, acts of justice which appear to it indispensable for repressing by terror the legions of traitors encompassed by its walls, at the moment when...
Page 126 - Paris is perhaps as wicked a spot as exists. Incest, murder, bestiality, fraud, rapine, oppression, baseness, cruelty, are common." Yet there was no place in all France where the new philosophy had struck so deep or had grown so radical; and the priests of the new cult, the apostles of the newly discovered rights, were the journalists.
Page 33 - ... it was amusing to see the blackguard figures that were walking uncontrolled about the palace, and even in his bed-chamber; men whose rags betrayed them to be in the last stage of poverty, and I was the only person that stared and wondered how the devil they got there. It is impossible not to like this careless indifference and freedom from suspicion.
Page 54 - Law in general is human reason, inasmuch as it governs all the inhabitants of the earth; the political and civil laws of each nation ought to be only the particular cases in which human reason is applied. They should be adapted in such a manner to the people for whom they are framed, that it is a great chance if those of one nation suit another.
Page 87 - ... conversation. Scarcely any politics, at a moment when every bosom ought to beat with none but political sensations. The ignorance or the stupidity of these people must be absolutely incredible; not a week passes without their country abounding with events that are analyzed and debated by the carpenters and blacksmiths of England.
Page 67 - Coming from the hand of the Author of all things, everything is good; in the hands of man, everything degenerates.
Page 38 - Roland. eral habits of fashionable and unfashionable folk of the time. As one might expect, the saddest spectacle of demoralization is to be seen in the court circle. Before the accession of Louis XVI. the social life, and often the state policy, of Versailles had been under the control of the mistresses of the king, the most celebrated being Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry, the last of whom was to perish miserably on the guillotine. Indeed, the regency of the Duke of Orleans and the reign...
Page 87 - Could such a people as this ever have made a revolution or become free? Never, in a thousand centuries. The enlightened mob of Paris, amidst hundreds of papers and publications, have done the whole.

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