The Essays of Sainte-Beuve, Vol. 3

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Excerpt from The Essays of Sainte-Beuve, Vol. 3: Portraits of Women

The present seems a favourable time in which to approach the subject of Mme. de Maintenon. Popular taste inclines to display a keen interest in matters which relate to that great century when Louis XIV. reigned; and as soon as we begin to consider that epoch intellectually, it becomes evident that she must occupy in it a very prominent place. Mme. de Maintenon's mental qualifications cause us to pardon her all those errors with which history justly reproaches her. Her faults were greatly exaggerated at the time by the general public. Mme. de Maintenon did not in reality originate any of the great political acts of the time. Except in one or two instances, which, however, are quite open to dispute, she did no more than favour very zealously the wrongs which were perpetrated during that closing reign. Her chief concern seems to have been to find interesting and amusing occupations, within his necessarily restricted circle, for the latter years of Louis XIV. This is the attitude, indeed the sole part she assumes in her language, her conversation, and also her correspondence, which certainly proves this clearly the more carefully it is studied.

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EAN: 9781330507827
ISBN: 1330507827
Untertitel: Portraits of Women (Classic Reprint). Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2015
Seitenanzahl: 238 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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