The Bastille

The Bastille

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...right mind to conform thereto; he can become a hero and perfect character, were it but the hero of one idea. Note further our old Parlementary friend, C rispin-C atiline d' Esfire'me'nil. He is returned from the Mediterranean Islands, a redhot royalist, repentant to the finger-ends;--unsettled-looking; whose light, dusky-glowing at best, now flickers foul in the socket; whom the National Assembly will by and by, to save time, 'regard as in a state of distraction.' Note lastly that globular Younger Mirabeau; indignant that his elder Brother is among the Commons: it is Wscomte Mirabeau; named oftener Mirabeau T onneau (Barrel Mirabeau), on account of his rotundity, and the quantities of strong liquor he contains. 3 Dumont, Souvenir: sur Mirabeau, p. 64. 9 A.D. 1834. There then walks our French Noblesse. Allin the old pomp of chivalry: and yet, alas, how changed from the old position; drifted far down from their native latitude, like Arctic icebergs got into the Equatorial sea, and fast thawing there! Once these Chivalry Duces (Dukes, as they are still' named) did actually lead the world, --were it only towards battle-spoil, where lay the world's best wages then: moreover, being the ablest Leaders going, they had their lion's share, those Duoes; which none could grudge them. But now, when so many Looms, improved Ploughshares, Steam-Engines and Bills of Exchange have been invented; and, for battle-brawling itself, men hire Drill-Sergeants at eighteenpence a-day, --what mean these goldmantled Chivalry Figures, walking there 'in black-velvet cloaks, ' in high plumed ' hats of a feudal cut'? Reeds shaken in the wind! _ The Clergy have got up; with Cahiers for abolishing pluralities, enforcing...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904575
  • 9781236904577