Voluptuousness:--but I will have hedges around my thoughts, and even around my words, lest swine and libertine
should break into my gardens!--
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.
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.
"If there is any guilt in the case!" answered Allworthy warmly: "Are you then so profligate and abandoned a libertine
to doubt whether the breaking the laws of God and man, the corrupting and ruining a poor girl be guilt?
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.
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.; all with many errors and absurdities.
Lady Carey, although she is such a brilliant woman, says and does the most insolent, the most amazing things, and the Prince of Saxe Leinitzer goes everywhere in Europe by the name of the Royal libertine
. They are powerful enough almost to dominate society, and we poor people who abide by the conventions are absolutely nowhere beside them.
It is one of those problems of human nature, which may be noted down, but not solved;--although Ralph felt no remorse at that moment for his conduct towards the innocent, true-hearted girl; although his libertine
clients had done precisely what he had expected, precisely what he most wished, and precisely what would tend most to his advantage, still he hated them for doing it, from the very bottom of his soul.
The flame of a real love burned up the evil weeds fostered by a libertine
and dissipated life.
"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!
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.