The Fortnightly Volume 17; V. 23

The Fortnightly Volume 17; V. 23

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...vexed him on a subject peculiarly dear 1'0 him. The celebrated Chateau Dianet was about to be visited by the guests at Tourdestelle. In common with some French philosophers and English matrons, he cherished a sentimental sad enthusiasm fol' royal concubines; and when dilating upon one among them, the ruins of whose family's castle stood in the neighbourhood--AgI1e8, who was really a kindly soul, though not virtuous--M. Livret had been traversed by Beauchamp with questions as to the condition 01. the people, the peasantry, that were sweated in taxes to support these lovely frailties. They came oddly from a man in the fire of youth, and a little old gentleman somewhat seduced by the melting image of his theme might well blink at him to ask, of what flesh are _V0" then? His historic harem was insulted. Personally too, the fail" being picturesquely soiled, intrepid in her amorousness, and 11l_ti' mately absolved by repentance (a shuddering narrative of her B1115 under showers of salt drops), cried to him to champion her. Excited by the supposed cold critical mind in Beauchamp, M. Livret painted and painted his lady, tricked her in easuistical niceties, scenes of pomp and boudoir pathos, with many shifting sidelights and a risky word or two, until Renee cried out, "Spare us the esprit Gaulois, M. Livret!" There was much to make him angry with this Englishman. "The esprit Gaulois is the sparkle of crystal common sense, madame, and may we never abandon it for a Puritanism that hides its face to conceal its filthiness, like a stagnant pond," replied M. Livret flashing. " It seems, then, that there are two ways of being objectionable," said Renee. "Ah!...show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 767g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787668
  • 9781236787668