I am convinced of your affection, and I have as much relish for your society as those who are most delighted with your conversation. We do not rightly understand all this. I have a mass said for you every day. Selected Letters to her Cousin, M. You know what color mine is of for you.
They had originally planned to live in Paris, but the comte was appointed to the position of Lieutenant-Governor, so that Sévigné was obliged to follow him there. I beseech you, never henceforth to say any ill of your humor. You love me, my dear child ; you love me, and you tell me so in a manner that makes my tears flow in torrents. I am very glad you have seen M. It is as true that I did not receive an answer to the letter in which I gave you life, as that I was in pain, lest, with the best intention possible to pardon you, I had unintentionally killed you, being little accustomed to wield a sword. We will take care to put the Hotel de Carnavalet in as good order as possible for you. They set out that instant, leaving all the little boys in tears ; and arrived in Paris at two in the afternoon, overwhelmed with grief.
His little gee-gee stopped short at Lerida. She informed La Yoisin that her drug was ineffectual. What I am going to tell you, my dear child, will both sur- prise and vex you. I have wept bitterly, for it is a source of great grief to me. My son and I will answer all you have said on the subject of epic poetry. Something which overwhelms Madame de Rohan and Madame dHauterive with joy.
The idea you express of her good fortune in the late affair is some consola- tion to us. If this part was written by Bussy as well as the rest, he must have been very wicked, for his letters show that the Marquis de Termes was his steady friend. A significant figure in French society and literary circles, whose close friends included Madame de La Fayette and La Rochefoucauld, she reflected on both significant historical events and personal issues, and in this selection of the most significant letters, spanning almost fifty years, she is by turns humorous and melancholic, profound and superficial. If this book had been written ' on pur- pose for you, it could not have been more calculated to please you. The passage you remarked, in real- ity, made me laugh heartily ; but I am astonished that you found no other equally ludicrous ; for, in the way I wrote to you, it is a miracle that you comprehended my meaning ; and I see plainly that either you have a greater share of wit, or that my letter is better, than I imagined.
In 1688, the whole family was greatly excited by the first campaign of the young marquis de Grignan, Mme de Grignan's only son, who was sent splendidly equipped to the siege of. He wants a good pumping, if the season permitted it, He gave me his letter to inclose in my packet ; these poor sick people must be taken care of; all the rest of Paris is ill of a cold : Us ne mouraient pas tous ; mais tous etaient frappes. He desired me, over and over again, to tell you that he forgot to take notice to you of the story of your Proteus, who was at one time a capuchin, at another time a galley-slave ; he was highly amused at it. Nevertheless, despite reports of jury trials and prison sentences in the Bastille Prison, as well as an eye witness description of death by guillotine for a convicted poisoner, the tone and content of these letters seem very modern in outlook, veering between religiosity and ribald humour, historical commentary and analysis, descriptions of nature, and compassion for misfortunes of family and friends. .
Her daughter was not present during her illness. She has been giving me an account of a new dress called transparencies. Je t'ai comble de biens, je t'en veux accabler. I remember of them as something of old and stiff. Montgobert has related to me, very pleasantly, the maneu- vers of the beautiful Iris, and the jealousy of the count ; I dare say he will often see the moon with this beauty ; he has re- venged himself for this time, by a very pretty song.
Paris, Wednesday, April 15, 1676. I am rejoiced that you are not returned to Grignan ; it would have been only an additional fatigue and expense to you. It was an extraordinary thing; the damsel had never found herself at such an entertainment in her life. Every one has his peculiar style ; mine, as you see, is by no means laconic. I am here alone ; I was loath to suffer any irksomeness but my own. Feature film written and directed by Sacha Guitry.
I ate meat till Good Friday, and had only the comfort of being very distant from any opportunity of committing sin. Advances were made into Italy. Paulina appears to me worthy of being made your play-thing ; her resemblance even will not displease you, at least, I hope it will not. This is always a certain prophecy, and so is that, that your letters can never tire me, long as they may be : ah! Surely there never was so brilliant a letter as your last ; I had some thoughts of sending it back, that you might have the pleasure of perusing it. It will be seen that she was innocent.
The Countess de Soissons could not endure the thoughts of a prison ; she has been allowed time to make her escape, if she really is guilty. I could talk for ten years about this wicked conduct in you, and the benefits that result from a contrary conduct. Those who are interested in French history will like this book. It is impossible for me to see your hand- writing without emotion. A-C, for example, would indicate a quarto volume composed of three signatures or gatherings of eight pages each for a total of 24 pages.
I saw so-and-so at Versailles the other day. You may figure to yourself this interview with M. He sends you a thousand and a thousand compliments. X The Amours des Gaules have rendered notorious her gallantries, which may be called by a term less mild. I thought he seemed quite delighted at Vichi, on account of the vocation as you say, and to be with a good sort of woman, in full assurance of having no demands made upon him. She gave birth to a daughter, , on 10 October 1646 whether at Les Rochers or in Paris is not certain , and to a son, , at Les Rochers on 12 March 1648. It is said she is gone to Namur; you may be sure nobody wants to follow her.