Memoirs of the Courts of Louis Xv and Xvi: Being Secret Memoirs of Madame Du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of the Princess Lamballe ...

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L. C. Page (incorporated), 1899 - France
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Page 72 - The little Marechale (de Mirepoix) one day said to me, ' It is your staircase that the King loves; he is accustomed to go up and down it. But, if he found another woman to whom he could talk of hunting and business as he does to you, it would be just the same to him in three days.
Page 142 - This kingdom," said Mirabeau, " is in a deplorable state. There is neither national energy, nor the only substitute for it — money." " It can only be regenerated," said la Riviere, " by a conquest, like that of China, or by some great internal convulsion ; but woe to those who live to see that ! The French people do not do things by halves.
Page 219 - But once more to the text : — " implored her, with tears in her eyes, and with a heartfelt sincerity, to direct her, to advise her, and to be, in every respect, her future guide and support...
Page 143 - I put it on, and admired it greatly. The Count begged me to accept it. I refused — he urged me to take it. Madame then refused it for me. At length, he pressed it upon me so warmly that Madame, seeing that it could not be worth above forty louis, made me a sign to accept it.
Page 151 - Two valets de chambre, and three laquais, chosen by the Ambassador for their intelligence and good conduct, were in waiting in his anti-chamber, and presented themselves, to receive his orders. The Ambassador showed the young Count the letter he had just written to his father, in which he congratulated him on possessing a son, whose noble sentiments and striking qualities were worthy of his illustrious blood, and announced his speedy return. The young lady was not forgotten ; he confessed, that to...
Page 104 - Madame said to him, in my presence, 'What was the personal appearance of Francis I? He was a King I should have liked.' 'He was, indeed, very captivating,' replied St. Germain; and he proceeded to describe his face and person, as that of a man whom he had accurately observed. 'It is a pity he was too ardent. I could have given him some good advice, which would have saved him from all his misfortunes: but he would not have followed it; for it seems as if a fatality attended princes, forcing them to...
Page 146 - The page visited all the public places for many days, without success; at length, one evening, at the play, he saw a young man and woman, in a box, who attracted his attention. When he saw that they perceived he was looking at them, and withdrew to the back of the box to avoid his observa.tion, he felt confident that they were the objects of his search. He did not take his eyes from the box, and watched every movement in it. The instant the performance ended, he was in the passage leading from the...
Page 85 - I have troops,' your Majesty will "say ; such, also, is their support : but, when the only security of a king rests upon his troops ; when he is only, as one may say, a king of the soldiers, these latter feel their own strength, and abuse it. Your finances are in the greatest disorder, and the great majority of states have perished through this cause. A patriotic spirit sustained the ancient states, and united all classes for the safety of their country. In the present times, money has taken place...
Page 171 - I do not tell you," said she, " that he loves you better than her; and if she could be transported hither by the stroke of a fairy's wand ; if she could entertain him this evening at supper; if she were familiar...
Page 146 - The Count subjoined to his letter an exact description of his son, and the young woman by whom he was accompanied. On the receipt of this letter, the Marquis lost not a moment in sending to all the inns in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Hague, but in vain — he could find no trace of them. He began to despair of success, when the idea struck him that a young French page of his, remarkable for his quickness and intelligence, might be employed with advantage. He promised to reward...

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