Woman in France during the eighteenth century, Volume 2

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Smith, Elder and Co., 1850 - France
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Page 37 - Whilst retracing," he observes at the conclusion of his work, " a portion of the charitable tasks prescribed by your majesty, let me be permitted, sire, to allude, without naming her, to a person gifted with singular virtues, and who has materially assisted me in accomplishing the designs of your majesty. Although her name was never uttered to you, in all the vanities of high office, it is right, sire, that you should be aware that it is known and frequently invoked in the most obscure asylums of...
Page 57 - A variety of others have been made since of different sizes; some to be set in the lids of snuffboxes, and some so small as to be worn in rings ; and the numbers sold are incredible. These, with the pictures, busts, and prints, (of which copies upon copies are spread everywhere,) have made your father's face as well known as that of the moon...
Page 193 - A lively imagination," she goes on, " and a feeling heart, promise but a stormy life ; I beseech those who might regret me, to consider this, and they will rejoice to know that I am enjoying repose in the Elysian fields, with Brutus and others of the ancients.
Page 57 - ... is totally without foundation. But one is not to expect being always in fashion. I hope, however, to preserve, while I stay, the regard you mention of the French ladies ; for their society and conversation, when I have time to enjoy them, are extremely agreeable.
Page 181 - He was, however, poorer than many of the peasants amongst whom he hved, cultivating with his own hands his narrow inheritance. He married in early life a lady of gentle blood, but as poor as himself. They had five children and a noble name to support, in a vain show of dignity, on their insufficient income. It thus happened that Charlotte, their fourth child and second daughter, was born in a thatched dwelling, in the village of...
Page 224 - Pelagic, where her soul, superior to circumstances, retained its accustomed serenity, and she conversed with the same animated cheerfulness in her little cell as she used to do in the hotel of the minister. She had provided herself with a few books, and I found her reading Plutarch. She told me she expected to die, and the look of placid resignation with which she said it convinced me that she was prepared to meet death with a firmness worthy of her exalted character. When I inquired after her daughter...
Page 231 - let me at least spare you the pain of seeing my blood flow." Turning to the executioner, she asked if he would consent to that arrangement ; he replied, " That his orders were that she should die the first."— "You cannot, I am sure...
Page 195 - These gentlemen." said she, pointing to the judges, " have just informed me that the whole of my property is confiscated. I owe something in the prison : as a proof of my friendship and esteem, I request you to pay this little debt.
Page 110 - She hastily shut the door upon the unfortunate victim of duty, fastened it with the great bolt, and took the same precaution on leaving the next room. On reaching the Queen's chamber she cried out to her, " Get up, Madame! Don't stay to dress yourself; fly to the King's apartment ! " The terrified Queen threw herself out of bed ; they put a petticoat upon her without tying it, and the two ladies conducted her towards the anl-de-b<xnf.
Page 184 - ... stern and fearful in one so gentle — had revealed it to all France. A silent reserve characterized this epoch of Charlotte Corday's life : her enthusiasm was not external, but inward : she listened to the discussions which were carried on around her, without taking a part in them herself. She. seemed to feel, instinctively, that great thoughts are always better nursed in the heart's solitude: that they can only lose their native depth and intensity by being revealed too freely before the indifferent...

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