I do not mean to justify myself, but at the same time cannot leave you to suppose that I have nothing to urge--that because she was injured she was irreproachable, and because I was a libertine
, SHE must be a saint.
What could I think - what DID I think - but that you were a young libertine
in everything but experience, and had fallen into hands that had experience enough, and could manage you (having the fancy) for your own good?
Such an expression is often mistaken for manly frankness, when in truth it arises from the reckless indifference of a libertine
disposition, conscious of superiority of birth, of wealth, or of some other adventitious advantage, totally unconnected with personal merit.
Yet perhaps the virtue of those reverend sages was too strict for the corrupt and libertine
manners of a court: and we often find by experience, that young men are too opinionated and volatile to be guided by the sober dictates of their seniors.
Maidens and modesty, as I have said, wandered at will alone and unattended, without fear of insult from lawlessness or libertine
assault, and if they were undone it was of their own will and pleasure.
All the libertine
graces of his youth reappeared; he seemed to have the wealth of three hundred thousand francs of debt, while his vis-a-vis waited before the door.
I don't know what you mean, nor do I even desire to know what you mean," replied the cardinal; "but I wish to please you, and see nothing out of the way in giving you what you demand with respect to so infamous a creature--the more so as you tell me this D'Artagnan is a libertine
, a duelist, and a traitor.
Not only have evil folk brought you to ruin, but there comes also an old rascal of a libertine
to insult you
In his youth he had been a dissolute libertine
, but was converted by Mother Ann herself, and had partaken of the wild fanaticism of the early Shakers.
Each man vied with his neighbor in pointing them out and naming them, in seeing who should recognize at least one of them: this one, the Bishop of Marseilles (Alaudet, if my memory serves me right);--this one, the primicier of Saint-Denis;--this one, Robert de Lespinasse, Abbé of Saint-Germain des Prés, that libertine
brother of a mistress of Louis XI.
You do not scruple to make a libertine
of that noble man; you call him a sensualist as coolly as if you were speaking the truth, and yet it would not be possible to find a chaster man.
Vain and egotistical, supple and proud, libertine
and gourmand, grasping from the pressure of debt, discreet as a tomb out of which nought issues to contradict the epitaph intended for the passer's eye, bold and fearless when soliciting, good-natured and witty in all acceptations of the word, a timely jester, full of tact, knowing how to compromise others by a glance or a nudge, shrinking from no mudhole, but gracefully leaping it, intrepid Voltairean, yet punctual at mass if a fashionable company could be met in Saint Thomas Aquinas,--such a man as this secretary- general resembled, in one way or another, all the mediocrities who form the kernel of the political world.