Every Saturday Volume 2

Every Saturday 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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...Witness this note of Frederic to his sister, the Margravine of Bayrctith: --"Ihave allowed Voltaire to depart with little regret. He is a dangerous madman, who is fit for nothing Imt to be tied up; you would scarcely credit all the tricks anil mischiefs he has perpetrated here. It is a humiliating thing that so much wit and knowledge do not lend to make men bettor. I have declared for Maupertois. I considered I ought to do so, as his probity is so well known to me. I have not done, however, all that he wished. I am somewhat annoyed that his self-love should have been so irritated by the scratches and bites of an ape, whom besides he has seen so well whipped." Our poet-philosopher was not a moral man, in the strict or lax sense of the word. His conduct, however, was innocent in comparison with the tone of some of his writings. The confidential amanuensis of Voltaire is decent in his language, so is his editor, and both have used much discretion in their march over the quags and sloughs of their subject. We omit that part of the narrative which bears on the domestic virtues of Voltaire's niece, Mme. Denis, not that the subject is calculated to do any harm; it is merely disgusting. XOBI.E CARD SHARPERS. Is the commencement of October, 1 74G, Mine. 'In Chatelet went with the Court to Fontainebleau. She enjoyed the privilege of a stool in the Queen's drawing-rooms and of being cheated at her cardtables. Voltaire followed her thither. Before setting forth Madame had collected all her ready cash, ind, as Mr. X. expresses it, had squeezed M. Laeroix her steward as dry as any chip. She found herself in possession of 400 louis, and M. do Volkwi, who did not play, carried with him half that amount. Their departure was attended with some little dis...show more

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  • Paperback | 906 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 45mm | 1,583g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564383
  • 9781236564382