The flowery, juicy white includes little known varieties like Cruchen Blanc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Muscat Frontignac
"I still have a few of these wines," he told me recently, "and they have been a great thrill, even 30 years later." A Carignane rose "opened up like a 5-year-old," while "Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and White Frontignac
were absolutely superb ...
As Virginie de Frontignac brings out Mary's best characteristics, the heroine's personality seems increasingly credible as the novel progresses.
In The Minister's Wooing Roxana's daughter has Virginie de Frontignac warning Mary what will happen if she sends James away and marries the minister: "[M]ust you struggle always, and grow whiter and whiter, and fall away into heaven, like the moon this morning, and nobody know what is the matter?
When Madame de Frontignac takes refuge with the Scudders, she too devotes herself to helping with the domestic tasks and continues to adorn her appearance as she tries to subdue her feelings for Aaron Burr.
Burr is utterly astonished to hear the gentle Puritan maiden pronounce that he has "done a very great injury" to Madame de Frontignac and "taken the very life out of her" Dismissing his cultivated protests, Mary continues: You men can have everything--ambition, wealth, power; a thousand ways are open to you: women have nothing but their heart; and when that is gone, all is gone....
The novel also features a sub-plot involving Aaron Burr, a most eloquent rake according to this novel (and other accounts), who comes very close to seducing Mary's friend, Madame de Frontignac. In addition to its salient theme and conventional plot, this novel also embodies the principles of nineteenth-century oratory.
Madame de Frontignac, his target, gets converted, as I will describe below, to the true path by Mary's strange powers of persuasion.
Mary is reading to her Catholic friend, Madame de Frontignac, who is in imminent danger of having an adulterous relationship with Aaron Burr.
Madame de Frontignac is led, at this instant, to the divine path.
Prefacing this account, Patton writes, "The future Scott of America will know how to make all this very familiar to the American people by the romantic and pathetic fictions which it will suggest to him."(14) Patton's male author ("him") became a female author when Harriet Beecher Stowe accepted his invitation to fictionalize this material and refashioned his account as the subplot concerning Burr and Virginie de Frontignac in The Minister's Wooing.
Virginie de Frontignac tends to idealize in excess the qualities and motives of Aaron Burr.