The English in France Volume 2

The English in France Volume 2

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...supported. The wit, too, though it sparkled less, or perhaps not at all, had the merit of not being oblige, and looked neither to licentiousness nor yet to impiety for support. Indeed there were no professed wits at table. The race was extinct. And the guests felt fully competent to enliven and entertain each other without the intervention of a professional homme d'esprit. The duchess dowager was perhaps the only person discontented with the present; and, notwithstanding the remorse with which, personally, and as a penitent, she looked to the past, she could not but regret the fallen splendors of her house and of her caste, or of the times, Vol. n. 10 1 as she ehose to express it. Perhaps, too, the consciousness of that unavoidable loss of all the personal attractions which adorned her in the regretted century was not forgotten in the sadness of her still woman's heart. She ceased not, therefore, to mutter upon the poverty and wretchedness of the pavilion, how mesquin it was, how few the company, and how grave; and indulging in a thousand exclamations, the not unreasonable predilection which age has for the past, and its similar depreciation of the present--Jlh, le bon vieux terns!--the good old times, was the burden of her lamentations. "They will come again," cried her curator, the Pere Vincent, who had accompanied his penitent to the scene of festivity, in order, as it was arranged, to keep her company, whilst the youngers of the party adjourned to the fete. "Nay, we shall live to see them." "What! Pere Vincent," exclaimed Lord, "do you mean the old times, when you and I mooted the point, whether there was a Deity in heaven?" This appeal to recollection was given at random, but it touched the Jesuit...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655406X
  • 9781236554062