The American in Paris: During the Summer

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Burgess, Stringer & Company, 1844 - 117 páginas
 

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Página 107 - The shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice, A banner with the strange device, Excelsior ! His brow was sad ; his eye beneath, Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, And like a silver clarion rung The accents of that unknown tongue, Excelsior...
Página 28 - Grecs s'empressent à l'envi autour d'elle : les uns couvrent son corps de feuillages, les autres apportent des branches de pin et dressent un bûcher ; et si quelqu'un paraît les mains vides, il s'entend dire aussitôt:
Página 29 - It defended itself as bravely as possible, from all the rebels against authority, which the end of the seventeenth, and the whole of the eighteenth, century produced. It defended, step by step, the moral dominion which the Romish church had confided to it ; and when at last it was compelled to give way, it did so honorably, after having stood alone against all, alone against Voltaire, alone against the whole Encyclopaedia. What do we say ? It had stood alone against M. Arnauld and against Pascal...
Página 99 - And аз besides, he writes quite simply, without knowing how to write ; as his dialogues are full of ordinary genius ; as with all his wit, he is not more witty than the rest of the world ; the most complete success has attended this happy man ; he has at once attained that popularity which is least contested and least contestable in France — he has been at the same time, celebrated and rich. The...
Página 99 - ... went on, the Gymnase without M. Scribe; M. Scribe without the Gymnase; only, as it is not right that every thing should succeed with ungrateful men, M. Scribe was obliged to enter the French Academy, where he pronounced a discourse in M. de Buffon's style. Thus was her Royal Highness the Duchess de Berri avenged ! Assuredly, M. Scribe would not be in the Academy, if his first protectress was not at Goritz.
Página 60 - In this agitated crowd more than one lady's heart secretly palpitates, so heavy is the stake now — a stake in which the heart takes so deep an interest. The moment is well chosen for this headlong race ; the sun is brilliant and yet moderate, the air is clear and transparent ; you will certainly be able to see the cavaliers from a distance. This is the reason why so many await their arrival — why the anxiety is so general. " After an hour of this delightful expectation, do you not at last see...
Página 38 - Besides this, they are brought up with very little care, and are perfectly undecided between good and evil, justice and injustice, passing easily from one extreme to the other ; to-day prodigals, to-morrow misers ; to-day republicans, to-morrow royalists. At the present time, the Parisian youth, usually so courteous to ladies, cares for nothing but horses and smoking. It is the height of French fashion not to speak to women, not to bow to them, and scarcely to make way for them when they pass.
Página 98 - Rothschild; the marquis of ancient date, and the grocer of despised family, may make their fortune in four and twenty hours ; so that each could say, while beholding this new dominion of comedy, " I shall perhaps enter there some day!" Placed on this rich territory, of which he was the Christopher Columbus, M. Scribe gave himself up at his ease, to this paradox, which has suited his purpose admirably. The simple secret of his success has consisted, in taking exactly the opposite of the comedies written...
Página 104 - Bacine, who had quarrelled with Moliere, remarked one day to Boileau that he was the only one who was laughing during a representation of The Miser, whereupon Boileau replied, " I have too high an opinion of you to believe that you were not laughing yourself, at least inwardly.
Página 82 - Fontainebleau now repaired and saved, every thing is revived : the tottering foundations are again settled, the staircases crushed by so many passing grandeurs are re-established upon their bases, the statues lying upon the ground again ascend their pedestals, the portraits return into their frames, the old plaster of the saloons is driven away like dust, and behind this ignoble coat re-appear, in their new brilliancy, the chefs d'ceuvre of three centuries. It is done ; the restoration of the monument...

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