'Les origines de la France contemporaine'. The ancient régime, tr. by J. Durand

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Page 188 - for its materials. It spins them out, mingles and weaves them together; only a fragile filagree, however, issues from its logical apparatus; we may admire the elegant workmanship; but in practice, the work is of little, none, or dangerous service. 1 "Shakespeare, who displayed a greater variety of expression than probably any writer in any language, produced all his plays with about
Page 239 - performing its duties." Thus, "the act by which a people is subject to its chiefs is absolutely only a commission, a service in which, as simple officers of their sovereign, they exercise in his name the power of which he has made them depositaries, and which he may modify, limit and resume at
Page 104 - old one; the first valet of the wardrobe and the first valet-de-chambre hold the fresh one, each by a right and left arm respectively, 2 while two other valets, during this operation, extend his dressing-gown in front of him to serve as a screen. The shirt is now on his back and the toilet commences. A
Page 105 - deus omnipotens. This done, the king announces the order of the day, and passes with the leading persons of his court into his cabinet, where he sometimes gives audience. Meanwhile the rest of the company await him in the gallery in order to accompany him to mass when he comes out. Such is the
Page 103 - consisting of the children of France, the princes and princesses of the blood, and, besides these, the chief physician, the chief surgeon and other serviceable persons. 1 Next, comes the "grande entree" which comprises the grand-chamberlain, the grand-master and master of the wardrobe, the first gentlemen of the bedchamber, the Ducs d'Orleans and de
Page 153 - and subverted every principle of activity. "There was then," says one who was educated in this style,2 "a certain way of walking, of sitting down, of saluting, of picking up a glove, of holding a fork, of tendering any article, in fine, a com1 Champfort,
Page 302 - It must be stated furthermore that many kept themselves in the background. " My father and myself," afterwards writes the advocate Barbier, "took no part in the uproars, among those caustic and turbulent spirits." And he adds this significant article of faith: "I believe that one has to fulfil his duties honorably, -without concerning oneself with
Page 132 - their lessons, nor to qualify me to benefit by them. I was, moreover, like all the children of my age and of my station, dressed in the handsomest clothes to go out, and naked and dying with hunger in the house,
Page 183 - a strong pressure of this kind the mind necessarily accommodates itself to the exigencies, the proprieties, the tastes, and the degree of attention and of instruction of its public. Hence the classic mould,—formed out of the habit of speaking, writing and thinking for a drawing- , room audience. .. This is evidently the
Page 332 - is not aware of the inhabitants of Saint-Servin having abandoned their possessions ten times, and of their threats to resort again to this painful proceeding in their recourse to the administration? Only a few years ago an abandonment of the community of Boisse took place through the combined action of the inhabitants, the seignior and the

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