Causeries Du Lundi Volume 8

Causeries Du Lundi Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...and they begin to calculate when it is likely to occur and which of the present company will witness the reign of reason.... 'There was only one of the guests who had not shared in the gaiety of this conversation, and had even let fall a few quiet sarcasms on our fine enthusiasm. It was Cazotte, a pleasant but eccentric man, who was unfortunately infatuated with the visionary ideas of the Illuminati. He raises his voice, and says in the most serious tone: Gentlemen, you may rest satisfied, you will all see this great and sublime Revolution that you desire so much. You know that I am a bit of a prophet; I repeat that you will see it."'-Here the company protest; they ridicule Cazotte; they provoke him, they force him to say that he knows what will happen to each of them in this future Revolution. Condorcet is the first to challenge him; he receives his death sentence: '"Ah! let us see, says Condorcet with his sly and silly look and laugh, a philosopher is not afraid to meet a prophet."--" You, Monsieur de Condorcet, will expire stretched on the floor of a dungeon; you will die of the poison you have taken in order to escape the hangman, the poison which the happiness of the_time will force you always to carry on your person."' There is some astonishment at this kind of pleasantry told in so serious a tone, then they are reassured, knowing that the good Cazotte is given to dreaming. This time it is Chamfort who returns to the charge with the laugh of sarcasm (for the character and tone of each interlocutor are very well observed), and he receives his answer in his turn: '" You, Monsieur de Chamfort, will cut your veins in twenty-two places with a razor, and yet you will not die for some months after."' I-Then the...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506901
  • 9781236506900