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One cannot help seeing in the sentiments expressed and the manner of expressing them, the artificial, affected tone which with Mme. de Genlis had become her second nature, and which she had evidently inculcated into her daughter. People are stupid, answered the prince, who have not the sense to do properly what they undertake to do.

Interesting societyAnecdotes of the past TerrorCasimirThe RestorationMadame RoyaleLouis XVIII.The coiffeur of Marie AntoinetteThe regicideReturn of the Orlans familyAn astrologerA faithful servantSociety of the RestorationIsabeyMeyerbeerConclusion.

Every day after dinner, they had their coffee in the splendid pavilion of Louis XV. It was decorated and furnished with the greatest luxury and magnificence, the chimney-piece, doors, and locks were precious works of art. Inheriting the cool head, calm judgment, and commonsense of her father and grandfather, she did not believe in these extravagant dreams of universal happiness and prosperity. On the contrary, her mind was filled with gloomy forebodings, and during a severe illness that she had, she called her daughters round her bed and spoke to them of [209] her fears for the future with a sadness and earnestness only too prophetic, and with which Pauline was more strongly impressed than her sisters.

Never, would Mme. Le Brun say in after years, could she forget or describe the feelings with which she drove across that bridge to find herself at the other sidesafe, free, and out of France.

Eh! What! Then Athalie will never be played any more; that masterpiece will be lost to the French stage!

These things are impossible. I shall never believe they meditate such atrocities.