Memoirs of Count Grammont, Volume 1

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William Miller and James Carpenter, 1811 - Great Britain - 356 pages

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Page 248 - She was a woman of great beauty, but most enormously vicious and ravenous ; foolish but imperious, very uneasy to the king, and always carrying on intrigues with other men, while yet she pretended she was jealous of him. His passion for her, and her strange behaviour towards him, did so disorder him, that often he was not master of himself, nor capable of minding business, which, in so critical a time, required great application...
Page 243 - Falmouth was there, I know not what to act; Some say 'twas to grow Duke, too, by contract. An untaught bullet, in its wanton scope, Dashes him all to pieces, and his Hope. Such was his rise, such was his fall, unpraised; A chance-shot sooner took him than chance raised: His shattered head the fearless Duke distains, And gave the last first proof that he had brains.
Page 151 - ... for a woman to have less wit, or more beauty : all her features were fine and regular ; but her shape was not good : yet she was slender, straight enough, and taller than the generality of women : she was very graceful, danced well, and spoke French better than her mother tongue : she was well bred, and possessed, in perfection, that air of dress which is so much admired, and which cannot be attained, unless it be taken when young, in France.
Page 240 - he was a man every way fitted for a court ; of a graceful appearance, a lively wit, and a cheerful temper ; a man of great expence ; decent even in his vices, for he always kept up the form of religion. He had gone through many transactions in Ireland with more fidelity than success. He had .made a treaty with the Irish, which was broken by the great body of them, though some few of them adhered still to him. But the whole Irish nation did still pretend, that though they had...

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