On either side of the yellow marble mantelpiece, in Louis XV
. style, stood a tapestry armchair.
The persons who, like ourselves, never cross the Place de Grève without casting a glance of pity and sympathy on that poor turret strangled between two hovels of the time of Louis XV
., can easily reconstruct in their minds the aggregate of edifices to which it belonged, and find again entire in it the ancient Gothic place of the fifteenth century.
He was thought witty, thanks to his foible for relating a quantity of anecdotes on the reign of Louis XV
. and the beginnings of the Revolution.
In a large dining room stood the table at which Louis XIV and his mistress Madame Maintenon, and after them Louis XV
, and Pompadour, had sat at their meals naked and unattended--for the table stood upon a trapdoor, which descended with it to regions below when it was necessary to replenish its dishes.
Do tell us all about it, Vicomte," said Anna Pavlovna, with a pleasant feeling that there was something a la Louis XV
in the sound of that sentence: "Contez nous cela, Vicomte."
yes," said Aramis, playing upon the word, as the Abbe Terray did, at a later period, with Louis XV
my dear Clara," said Grandfather, "it is improbable that the slightest whisper of the woes of Acadia ever reached the ears of Louis XV
. The exiles grew old in the British provinces, and never saw Acadia again.
He had never lost his appreciation for the romantic atmosphere of a studio, and though now the sight of it was like a stab in his heart, without thinking what he was at, he changed slightly the position of a Louis XV
. table which was one of his treasures.
"I got this box at old Dives's sale," Pincher says, handing it round, "one of Louis XV
's mistresses-- pretty thing, is it not?--sweet miniature," and they talk of the way in which young Dives is dissipating his fortune.
I have never found another Bianca; I have known great pleasures; but among the most celebrated women at the court of Louis XV
. I never found my beloved Venetian's charm, her love, her great qualities.
At the Place Louis XV
. the three young people separated -- that is to say, Morrel went to the Boulevards, Chateau-Renaud to the Pont de la Revolution, and Debray to the Quai.
Yet I was irritated as at a treason when the man in the baize apron instead of letting me into the Pompeiian dining-room crossed the hall to another door not at all in the Pompeiian style (more Louis XV
rather - that Villa was like a Salade Russe of styles) and introduced me into a big, light room full of very modern furniture.