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Identifier: portraitsofseven01sain (find matches)
Title: Portraits of the seventeenth century, historic and literary
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Sainte-Beuve, Charles Augustin, 1804-1869 Wormeley, Katharine Prescott
Subjects: French literature -- 17th century History and criticism Authors, French France -- Biography
Publisher: New York, London : G.P. Putnam's Sons
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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ne jestingalmost as usual; we wish she had shown indignation,a burning, bitter, heartfelt indignation; above all, wewould like to erase from her letters such lines asthese: The real rioters at Rennes ran away long ago, so the good haveto suffer in place of the wicked; but I think it all very right, providedthe four thousand soldiers who are at Rennes under MM. de Forbin andde Vins do not prevent me from walking in my woods, which are ofa height and beauty that is marvellous. . . . They have capturedsixty of the burghers, and begin to hang them to-morrow. Thisprovince will be a fine example to all the others; it will teach them torespect their governors and not to insult them and fling stones intotheir gardens. . . . You speak very humorously of our troubles;but we have no longer so many broken on the wheel; only one a weekto keep justice going; the hangings seem to me now a refreshment. The Due de Chaulnes, who instigated all these cruel-ties because stones were thrown into his garden
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COMTESSE DE GRIQNAN. /IDaC>ame Dc Scvionc. 209 nnd insults were shouted to him (the most person;il ofthem being fat pig), was not lowered one iotathereby in Mme. de Sevignes estimation; he remainedfor her and for Mme. de Grignan our dear duke,and later, when he is appointed ambassador to Romeand leaves Bretagne, she says the whole region isleft to sadness. Certainly there is matter here forreflection on the morals and the civilisation of thegreat century. We regret that on this occasion Sevignes heart did not rise above the prejudices ofher time; it was fitted to do so, for her kindness andgoodness equalled her beauty and her grace. Therewere times when she recommended galley-slaves tothe mercy of M. de Vivonne or to M. de Grignan.The most interesting of her proteges was a gentlemanof Provence, whose name has not been preserved.The poor young fellow, she says, was attachedto M. Fouquet; he has been convicted of having beenthe means of conveying a letter to Mme. Fouquetfrom h





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