Memoirs of Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Grand-dughter of Henri Quatre, and Niece of Queen Henrietta-Maria, Volume 3

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H. Colburn, 1848 - France
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Page 265 - ... which is to happen on Sunday, when those who see it will fancy something the matter with their eyes — a thing which is to take place on Sunday, and perhaps will not have taken place on Monday. I cannot bring myself to tell it. Guess ! I will give you three trials. Do you give it up ? Very well ! then I must tell you. M. de Lauzun marries on Sunday, at the Louvre — guess whom ? I will give you four trials, I will give you ten, I will give you a hundred.
Page 265 - Madamoiselle de Retz? No. You are bien provinciale ! Ah! really we are very silly ; you say, it is Mademoiselle de Crequi? No, indeed it is not. The end will be that I must tell you. Well, then, he marries at the Louvre, on Sunday, with the King's permission, Mademoiselle — La Grande Mademoiselle — Mademoiselle, daughter of the late Monsieur — Mademoiselle, grand-daughter of Henri IV — Mademoiselle of Eu — Mademoiselle of Dombes — Mademoiselle de Montpensier — Mademoiselle d'Orleans...
Page 274 - ... Simon, a courtier who has written his own Memoirs, gives another reason for Lauzun's disgrace. It seems that he had continually solicited madame de Montespan, the king's mistress, to use her influence in his favour, which she promised to do. Lauzun, however, being somewhat doubtful of her sincerity, bribed one of her femmes de chambre to conceal him where he might overhear a private conversation between her and the king. It is an old and...
Page 90 - you will not doubt that I shall stay awake until the hour arrives, or that I shall await its coming with impatience. To-morrow, I must go to Paris, whence I shall not return till late." I replied, " You may deceive yourself as to the hour ; so you shall not have it until to-morrow evening." I did not see him until the Sunday, at mass; he came afterwards to the Queen's, and spoke to me just as to others in the circle. When the Queen entered her prie-Dieu, I found myself alone with him. I took out...
Page 90 - He pressed uc exceedingly to give it to him, saying that " his heart beat, which he took as a presentiment that I was about to give him an ill-office to perform, involving, perhaps, the disapproval of my choice and my intentions.
Page 148 - ... concluded. He usually placed himself opposite to where I was seated. This was what constituted my pleasure. I found none where he was not present. I was delighted when I had the opportunity of speaking to him; and, as he affected to laugh at me on account of my tears, and threatened not to come near me more, the fear of giving him displeasure had such terrors for me, that I ventured not even to shed a tear when he was by.
Page 175 - That lady, sir," replied the latter, " was his wife — the Countess of Wistonbury. She was one of the most beautiful women of her time ; and, like her husband, was beloved by all around her, for the gentleness of her manners and benevolence of her disposition.
Page 258 - ... first years of his government, Louis seemed desirous of adding the calmer delights of friendship. He knew not how difficult it is for a King to make a judicious selection. The two men in whom he placed the greatest confidence both abused his favour. The first of these was the Marquis de Vardes, who, in concert with the Count de Guiche and the Countess de Soissons, wrote to the Queen the forged letter in the name of the King of Spain, informing her of the King her husband's infidelities. The other...
Page 257 - ... carried on from one era of historical importance to another, introducing us even to the private society of those, who, by their deeds rather than the loftiness of their birth, have acquired a lasting renown. " True philosophy," says a writer of the period, " was not known until the present times; while in our arts, in our minds, in our manners, as well as in our government, a general revolution took place, which ought to serve as an eternal mark of the true glory of the age.
Page 13 - I knew how to appreciate, convinced me that he was the only man capable of sustaining the dignity of the position which my rank and fortune would confer — the only person, in short, worthy of my choice.

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