Madame Roland

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Roberts Brothers, 1886 - 318 pages
 

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Page 31 - It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in — glittering like the morning-star, full of life, and splendour, and joy.
Page 147 - Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven ! — Oh ! times, In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute, took at once The attraction of a country in Romance...
Page 262 - She relinquished both wine and beer. As her purpose in adopting this conduct was moral rather than economical, she appropriated the sums thus saved, for the relief of those miserable wretches who were lying upon straw; that while eating her dry bread in the morning, she might have the pleasure of reflecting^ that by this deprivation, she was adding to their dinner. A short time after, she was transferred to the prison of St.
Page 133 - I am as one dashed to the ground. Never can we console ourselves for having seen the golden age dawn and perish. My eyes see only death in front of me, now that M. Turgot is gone.
Page 307 - Whether she knew it or not she would not reveal it, and that there was no law by which she was obliged, in a court of justice, to violate the strongest feelings of nature.
Page 224 - The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation...
Page 309 - Director of Assignat-printing;" whose dejection she endeavoured to cheer. Arrived at the foot of the scaffold, she asked for pen and paper, "to write the strange thoughts that were rising in her:" a remarkable request; which was refused.
Page 311 - ... against a tree, and stabbed himself with a sword that he had brought with him in a cane. He killed himself so quietly that he did not change his attitude ; and the next day the people who passed by thought he was asleep. A paper was found about him couched in these terms : ' Whoever you may be that find me lying here, respect my remains ; they are those of a man who devoted all his life to being useful, and who died as he lived, virtuous and honest.

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