Montaigne the Essayist, a Biography Volume 1

Montaigne the Essayist, a Biography Volume 1

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...reads as follows: --"This day the bright heat of the sun has gilded the long tresses of the beautiful Ceres; but now it retires, and my Marguerite and I enjoy the freshness of the sweet evening. We follow out through the woods some path that has gone astray. Love goes before, we walk behind; when we are wearied with the green of the deep forests, we go down to see the colour of the meadows. We live free from troubles, and have no care for kings, for the court, nor for towns. Oh! Medoc, my wild and solitary country, there is no land more agreeable than thou art in my eyes. Thou art at the end of the world, and that is why I love thee. We are the last to hear of the misfortunes of our time." In this pleasant manner, indeed, terminated the courtship of La Boetie with the fair and learned widow. They married, but at what date is unknown. Their lives afterwards seem to have been as happy as the marriage state, with all its revelations of mutual weakness, allows. They were both well read, and full of taste. Marguerite, like many other ladies of her time, at the head of whom was Mary Stuart, was proficient in the Latin language. Her husband, about to depart on a long journey, addresses her some charming verses, in which, with the confidence of affection, he paints the joy she will feel on his return; her alternate blushes and pallor when, leaving her household occupations, she will hasten to meet him; her embraces, her silent contemplation of his face, her voice choked by tears, her welcoming words at last. He describes, in language that sometimes is arranged with something besides classical ingenuity, the whole household in a tumult of joy, the servants hurrying to behold their long-absent master, the logs heaped on the fire. We are forced to...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610857
  • 9781236610850