The Living Age Volume . 313

The Living Age Volume . 313

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...The account of Madame Lcditia here translated was originally printed in the Magasin de Recreations des Dames in 1843, and is based, not on the writer's own experiences, but on those of a titled Englishwoman who recounted them to her. They have just been reprinted in Figaro, with a note stating that these pages 'seem hitherto to have escaped the bibliographies.' From Le Figaro, April 2 (liberal Nationalist Daily) One day the charming Lady Wortley gave us the following account of Madame Laetitia: --I was determined not to quit Rome until I had succeeded in seeing Napoleon's mother. Thoughtful people and phlegmatic souls may find fault with my desire or not, but I confess that I was possessed with ceaseless curiosity to meet this famous woman; for even if she had had nothing remarkable in herself, the extraordinary destinies of which she had been the source and with which her own fate had been mingled, the immense reverses which she had seen and which she herself endured with great courage and touching simplicity, above all that glory which had lifted her, dazzled her, exhausted and devoured her, would be sufficient attraction toward what still remained of this modern Niobe. Did not Napoleon himself say: 'All that I have been and all that I am, I owe to my mother'? The only response that was made at first to our earnest requests was that Madame Laetitia had been confined to her bed for several years and could not see anyone. In the end, however, my perseverance--and the perseverance of women makes you think of eternity--surmounted all obstacles. Perhaps I ought to add to this source of strength the name of Lady Dudley, Madame Laetitia's granddaughter and Napoleon's niece, which was no doubt equally powerful, for I am related to her by marriage...show more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528166
  • 9781236528162