Madame de Sta L; A Study of Her Life and Times the First Revolution and the First Empire Volume 2

Madame de Sta L; A Study of Her Life and Times the First Revolution and the First Empire 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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...her work on Germany.'4 1 Considerations &c. vi. 3. 2 Coppet et Weimar, vii. She records high opinions of English society; but misjudged it somewhat, from the throngs and enthusiasm with which she was almost suffocated in the selectest circles.5 'Though this country, ' she says, ' includes the most interesting men and----Norris's Madame de Stael, xlviii. Remains of the late Mrt. Richard Trench, edited by her son, tlii Dean of Westminster. London, 1862. 5 Considerations &c. vi. passim. the most splendid women, the real enjoyments of society are rarely found here. If the foreigner understands the language and is admitted to the less crowded companies, he enjoys the noblest pleasures that the intercourse of thinking beings can afford; but it is not of such intellectual fetes that English society consists. One is every day invited in London to immense assemblies, where they elbow one another as in the pit of the theatre. The women are a majority there; and ordinarily the throng is so great that their beauty even has not sufficient space for its display; and of course tbere is no opportunity for the play of talent. Considerable physical force is necessary in order to make your way through the salons without suffocation, .or to get again into your carriage without accident; hardly any other superiority can be necessary in such routs. The more serious men abandon them as soon as possible to the grand monde, as it is called, and it is, one must needs say, the most arbitrary combination that can be found of elements so distinguished. These reunions arise from the necessity of admitting a great number of persons into the circle of one's acquaintance. The list of visitors that an English lady receives sometimes comprises twelve hundred persons. French society...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675037
  • 9781236675033