Autobiographies: A Collection of the Most Instructive and Amusing Lives Ever Published, Tom 21

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Whittaker, Treacher, and Arnot, 1828

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Strona 226 - It was surprising how, overpowered with illness as he was, he could get through all his business ; for nothing was done which did not pass through his hands. The little time which was left him he spent in the company of scientific or witty men, such as Voltaire, Maupertuis, Algarotti, and Jordan. He had a concert in the evening, where, notwithstanding his illness, he played two or three concertos on the flute ; and, without flattery, it may be said he surpasses the greatest masters on this instrument....
Strona 190 - ... in the wall in ornamented and gilt frames. The ground of this ceiling is white : the reliefs represent Orpheus playing on his lyre, and all the animals flocking round him : all the reliefs are gilt. My harpsichord, and all my musical instruments, are in the room, and at the end of it is my study, which is varnished, with a brown ground, and is painted in miniature with natural flowers. I am engaged in writing these memoirs there at this moment, and many an hour I pass in it reflecting upon different...
Strona 61 - ... has not a chemise to her back." I was almost distracted at hearing myself spoken to in this language, and cursed my foolish credulity which had brought me into such a labyrinth. This pompous language was repeated the following day in the hearing of all at table. The prince was covered with blushes ; he answered the king, that a prince who possessed such a country as his could never be reckoned a beggar ; and that his father was the sole cause of his distressed situation, who would give him nothing...
Strona 60 - Frederica about? I pity you." He went on, after hearing my answer: " You had not bread to eat, and without me you would be obliged to beg ! I am but a poor man myself, and unable to give you much ; I shall do what I can ; I shall give you daily ten or twelve florins, as my affairs will enable me, and that will always alleviate your poverty. And you, madam...
Strona 63 - I have already suffered hut too much. As to the princess, I do not hate her so much as I pretend to do : I affect to be unable to endure her, that my obedience to the king may appear in a stronger light. She is pretty; her complexion is the lily and the rose; her features are delicate, and her whole countenance that of a fine woman. True, she has no education, and dresses badly ; but I flatter myself when she comes here that you will have the goodness to form her. I recommend her to yon, my dear...
Strona 116 - ... head, which is too big for her little body, gives her a dwarfish appearance ; her figure, however, is not remarkable : her manners are graceful, and such as prove her acquaintance with high life. Her heart is excellent; she is gentle and accommodating ; and, in one word, her character is unblemished ; but Heaven has not blessed her with intellect: she possesses a certain fashionable routine that veils this deficiency, which can only be found out in private intercourse. She had been struck with...
Strona 156 - ... others that they may have a reputation for talents and wit. These sorts of free-thinkers are by no means to my taste ; but I cannot bring myself to condemn those whose object is to investigate the truth and shake off prejudices. I am even convinced that those who accustom themselves to reflect must be virtuous ; for in all inquiries after truth we learn to reason accurately, and in learning to reason with accuracy we also learn to love virtue. But my reflections have drawn me from my subject,...
Strona 84 - ... difficulty in speaking so as to be understood, and her meaning was always to be guessed at, which was the occasion of no small embarrassment. The king conducted her to the queen's apartments, and after she had saluted us all, seeing her very much heated and out of order, he told my brother to shew her to her apartments. I followed him : my brother, introducing me to her, said, " This is a sister whom I adore, and to whom I am under every possible obligation : she has been kind enough to promise...
Strona 192 - ... of which are jets d'eau surrounded with seats covered with turf. Ten thick alleys of lime-trees prevent the sun from ever penetrating to the house. Every road through the wood leads to a hermitage or something new. Every one has his hermitage, and they are all different from each other : from mine there is seen the ruins of a temple, built on the plans which remain to us of ancient Rome. I have consecrated it to the muses. It contains portraits of all the famous philosophers of the latter ages,...

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