Maria Antoinette

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Harper, 1901 - 322 pages
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Page 102 - He is of necessity a miserable and useless man ; and he is so, even though he be clothed in purple and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day.
Page 235 - ... Thionville was so much affected as to shed tears while she spoke. " You weep, M. Merlin,-" said she to him, " at seeing the King and his family so cruelly treated by a people whom he always wished to make happy." " True, Madame," replied Merlin; " I weep for the misfortunes of a beautiful and feeling woman, the mother of a family; but do not mistake, not one of my tears falls for either King or Queen; I hate kings and queens, — it is my religion.
Page 176 - Madame," said the King to her, " I have been seeking you; and you have made me uneasy." The Queen, showing her son, said to him,
Page 252 - ... comfortless imprisonment, half dead with excitement and exhaustion. The young dauphin had fallen asleep in his mother's arms. Madame Elizabeth and the princess, entirely unnerved, were sobbing with uncontrollable grief. The royal family were then transferred, for the remainder of the night, to some deserted and unfurnished rooms in the old monastery of the Feuillants. Some beds and mattresses were hastily collected, and a few coarse chairs for their accommodation. As soon as they had entered...
Page 167 - Queen that she must now remove far from her all such courtiers as ruin kings, and that she must love the inhabitants of her good city. The Queen answered that she had loved them at Versailles, and would likewise love them at Paris. "Yes, yes...
Page 44 - Your bride, dear dauphin, is separated from me. As she has ever been my delight, so will she be your happiness. For this purpose have I educated her; for I have long been aware that she was to be the companion of your life. I have enjoined upon her, as among her highest duties, the most tender attachment to your person, the greatest attention to every thing that can please or make you happy. Above all...
Page 218 - ... The Assembly redoubled its energy and precaution to assure the inviolability of the king's person. The people, too, recovered the sentiment of their own dignity before this great success fate granted them : they would not dishonor their own triumph. Thousands of placards were stuck on the walls — " Whoever applauds the king shall be beaten ; whoever insults him shall be hung.
Page 264 - ... our strength in the times in which we live. Oh, do not return, or return as late as possible. Your heart would be too deeply wounded ; you would have too many tears to shed over my misfortunes, you who love me so tenderly. This race of tigers which infests the kingdom would cruelly enjoy itself if it knew all the sufferings we undergo. Adieu, my dear Lamballe ; I am always thinking of you, and you know I never change.
Page 157 - When they were assembled they required concessions of me which I could not make, either with due respect for myself or with justice to you, who will be my successor ; wicked men inducing the people to rise have occasioned the excesses of the last few days ; the people must not be blamed for them.
Page 169 - ... daily necessary to endure our situation, our own griefs, those of our friends, and those of the persons who surround us. This is a heavy weight to sustain ; and but for the strong ties by which my heart is bound to my husband, my children, and my friends, I should wish to sink under it. But you bear me up. I ought to sacrifice such feelings to your friendship. But it is I who bring misfortune on you all, and all your troubles are on my account.

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