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Page 305 - Fleury's advice to the king to dispense with a first minister, and to take the duties of that office on himself, she warmly approved. But his indolence and indifference were so great, that he would scarcely give himself the trouble even to attend to affairs left incomplete at the cardinal's death — " ce qui se passe dans son royaume parait ne pas le regarder" writes Madame de Tencin, " Mais il s amuse a diriger une politique occulte...
Page 32 - ... de justice, de guerre , de cour , de conversation ordinaire , et de toutes sortes d'arts et de mécanique. Il ne se servait pas moins utilement des histoires et des mémoires, et connaissait fort les maisons, les personnages de tous les temps ; et leurs vies lui...
Page 46 - Aulaire elsewhere poetically speaks of the Duchesse du Maine, was well spiced with diablerie. She was, indeed, a wonderful little woman. That pugnacity of spirit and impatience of control which distinguished the Great Conde, whose granddaughter she was, had descended to her.

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