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1902 edition. Excerpt: ...natural and piquant. The originality of
his manners is like that of his mind. He says things differently
from other people, and better; he makes his own definitions, which
are very subtle, and he gives to each a distinguishing tone. He
pleases every one when he likes, and he might like it a little
more; meantime it is certain that all who know him it. fond will
say, as I do, that Se"gur is a phenomenon. More than twenty of his
songs are masterpieces, and his plays, though made for laughter
only, are sparkles of pretty wit. His reports as minister to Russia
and all his despatches are superior in politics, diplomacy, and
even in literature, and should serve as history. He is the first
Frenchman who has understood Russia. The Vicomte de Se"gur is less
correct, more negligent, less witty; there is, however, an
agreeable piquancy in his work. They both deserve their success in
society. The Comte de Se"gur was always amiable, even sword in hand
at two duels, in which I saw him show grace, pleasantry, coolness,
and courage. He and I were coming out one very rainy night, after
supping with Mme. de Polignac in the rue de Bourbon. No coach to be
seen and no person there to fetch one. " Let us pretend to fight,"
I said to him, " and that will bring the watch; they '11 arrest us,
and we 11 make them get a carriage to take us to the commissary."
On which we took sword in hand with a fearful scuffle and cries of
" Oh ah are you dead? are you wounded?" The watch passed and
repassed quite near us on the Pont-Royal, but, apparently
frightened, they did not arrest us, and we, half dead with laughter
and the fatigue of the battle, had to go home on foot in the rain
after all. I am surprised that La Harpe in his " Cours de
Litte"rature " does not speak of the...
|Country of origin:
Charles Joseph Ligne
||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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