Saint Simon

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Lippincott, 1880 - 216 pages
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Page 138 - They retire at night into their dens where they live on black bread, water and roots. They spare other human beings the trouble of sowing, ploughing and harvesting, and thus should not be in want of the bread they have planted.
Page 78 - ... behind the chair and in the semicircle watched this scene more than what was going on in the army. The King often put his hat on the top of the chair in order to get his head in to speak; and this continual exercise tired his loins very much. Monseigneur was on horseback in the plain with the young princes. It was about five o'clock in the afternoon, and the weather was as brilliant as could be desired. Opposite the sedan chair was an opening with some steps cut through the wall, and communicating...
Page 78 - ... for I noticed particularly, and I admit that I was more attentive to this spectacle than to that of the troops. Sometimes she opened of her own accord to ask some question of him, but generally it was he who, without waiting for her, stooped down to instruct...
Page 195 - ... constraint in his eyes,' the sinking and trouble visible in all his person, gave the lie to the rest of the venom the libation of which he could not refuse to his Company and himself. It was then that I tasted with inexpressible delight the spectacle of these haughty lawyers, who dare refuse us the salute, prostrate on their knees and rendering at our feet a homage to the throne, whilst seated and covered on the elevated seats at the sides of this same throne, these situations and these postures,...
Page 37 - He was without real honour, secretly of corrupt manners, with only outside probity, without humanity even; in one word, a perfect hypocrite; without faith, without law, without a God, and without a soul; a cruel husband, a barbarous father, a tyrannical brother, a friend of himself alone, wicked by nature — taking pleasure in insulting, outraging, and overwhelming others, and never in his life having lost an occasion to do so.
Page 78 - ... generally it was he who without waiting for her, stooped down to instruct her of what was passing; and sometimes, if she did not notice him, he tapped at the glass to make her open it. He never spoke save to her, except when he gave a few brief orders, or just answered Madame la...
Page 179 - My child, you are going to be a great king; do not imitate me in the taste I have had for building, or in that I have had for war; try, on the contrary, to be at peace with your neighbours.
Page 50 - I have often seen him," writes the Princess, "eat four large plates full of different soups, a whole pheasant, a partridge, a large plate of salad, two large slices of ham, some mutton dressed with garlic sauce, a plate of pastry, and then some fruit and hard-boiled eggs.
Page 78 - No one answered. Towards the moment of the capitulation, Madame de Maintenon apparently asked permission to go away; for the King cried, "The chairmen of Madame!" They came and took her away; in less than a quarter of an hour afterwards the King retired also, and nearly everybody else. There was much interchange of glances, nudging with elbows, and then whisperings in the ear. Everybody was full of what had taken place on the ramparts between the King and Madame de Maintenon. Even the soldiers asked...

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