The Life of Marie Antoinette, Volume 1

Front Cover
J. R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Company, 1893

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page v - ... somewhat rash and frivolous. Proud and energetic, if inconsiderate in her political actions and somewhat too impulsive in the selection of friends upon whom to bestow her favors, she is yet worthy of the title of queen by the very dignity of her bearing; always a true woman, seductive and tender of heart, she became a martyr "through the extremity of her trials and her triumphant death.
Page 201 - ... arrived in Paris for a visit to his sister and the court of France. The relations between him and Marie Antoinette became quite intimate; the emperor, always disposed to be critical, did not hesitate to warn his sister of the dangers of her situation, pointing out to her her weakness in thus being led on by her love of pleasure, and the deplorable consequences which this weakness would infallibly entail in the future. The queen acknowledged the justness of the emperor's reasoning, and, though...
Page 306 - Madame, we are extremely happy to think that the last arrangements which have been proposed to us and to which we have submitted with...
Page 310 - ... the queen, who was agitating her fan — ' I ! who, since my arrival at the court, have never addressed a word to you! Whom, I pray, will you persuade that I gave charge of my attire to a bishop, to a grand-almoner of France ? ' "'I see quite well,' replied the cardinal, ' that I have been cruelly deceived. I will pay for the necklace. The desire that I had to please fascinated my eyes. I have nothing to hide, and I am grieved at what has occurred.
Page 310 - What have you done with them ? " " I thought they had been delivered to the Queen." " Who commissioned you ? " " A lady, called the Comtesse de Lamotte-Valois, who handed me a letter from the Queen ; and I thought I was gratifying her Majesty by taking this business on myself.
Page 311 - The Cardinal then, turning pale, and leaning against the table, said, " Sire, I am too much confused to answer- your Majesty in a way " " Compose yourself, Cardinal, and go into my cabinet; you will there find paper, pens, and ink, — write what you have to say to me.
Page 234 - ... constantly irritated her ardent nature, fretful and nervous, there naturally developed a morbid state of mind which explains the impetuosity with which she attempted to escape from herself. In December, 1778, a daughter was born to the queen, and she welcomed her with these words: " Poor little one, you are not desired, but you will be none the less dear to me! A son would have belonged to the state — you will belong to me.
Page 106 - ... preside, and to which she would invite the royal family and the principal personages of the court. Mercy encouraged her, and all reasonable persons saw therein the surest means of separating the king from bad companions. But it was necessary to forestall objections. Might not Mesdames, attached from habit and jealousy to the old traditions, and still holding great sway over the mind of their nephew, interdict a scheme which would in their eyes involve a grave breach of etiquette, and give new...
Page 69 - Barry in any other light than as a lady admitted to the court and to the society of the king. You are his first subject ; you owe him obedience and submission ; you owe an example to the court, to the courtiers, who should execute the wishes of their master.
Page 106 - ... nephew, interdict a scheme which would in their eyes involve a grave breach of etiquette and give new proof of the influence of their niece? To the first overtures which his wife made to him, the king replied but vaguely, alleging the necessity of consulting Madame Victoire, not to say Madame Adelaide. Surprised and displeased at these subterfuges, Marie Antoinette insisted and had a very lively interview with her husband; finally she brought such energy and force of reasoning to bear that she...

Bibliographic information