To such customary routine belonged his conversations with the staff, the letters he wrote from Tarutino to Madame de Stael
, the reading of novels, the distribution of awards, his correspondence with Petersburg, and so on.
; but to Gibbon's father a foreign marriage was as impossible as a foreign religion, and the son, again, obediently yielded.
Or why should a woman liken herself to any historical woman, and think, because Sappho, or Sevigne, or De Stael
, or the cloistered souls who have had genius and cultivation do not satisfy the imagination and the serene Themis, none can,--certainly not she?
Napoleon remarked them, and speedily managed to rally them off: and yet Napoleon, in his turn, was not great enough with eight hundred thousand troops at his back, to face a pair of freeborn eyes, but fenced himself with etiquette and within triple barriers of reserve; and, as all the world knows from Madame de Stael
, was wont, when he found himself observed, to discharge his face of all expression.
This apparent unconcern explained her son's refusal to make a sacrifice for this marriage of his LIBERAL opinions,--the term "liberal" having lately been created for the Emperor Alexander by, I think, Madame de Stael
, through the lips of Benjamin Constant.
Like Madame de Stael
, who exclaimed in a room full of people, addressing, as we may say, a greater man than herself, "Do you know you have really said something very profound!" Madame Rabourdin said of her husband: "He certainly has a good deal of sense at times." Her disparaging opinion of him gradually appeared in her behavior through almost imperceptible motions.
Art Basel also comes just a few weeks after New York's auction season--estimated to make more than $1bn in only one week at the time of writing--so some of the star names on the secondary market, this season including Henry Moore, Nicolas de Stael
and Pablo Picasso, will be prominent at the fair.
(6) Hawthorne does not mention de Stael
in The Blithedale Romance, but he might be said to evoke her when, right before listing Coverdale's sickbed readings, he introduces the name of Margaret Fuller.
Gillian Dow delighted conference goers with her incisive analysis of Austen's legacy in "Women of Genius: Jane Austen, Germaine de Stael
, and the Nineteenth-Century Heroine." Devoney Looser took an unusual approach to the artifacts and myths that remain of Jane Austen's life and family, often sending the audience into peals of laughter.