Adrienne: The Life of the Marquise de la Fayette

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WITMOLD

True forgiveness says: "I pardon you because I know that such is not your true self."

ALAIN

Following Adrienne's journey to Altona in 1795, Mme de Tessé had spent the winter in Holstein, in the little town of Ploen on the lake of that name. There she had leased an enormous house, for wherever she went she carried with her an extensive household: her Montagu nephews, the Muns, and a deported fellow countryman-- an old priest, the Abbé de Luchet, whom this incorrigible unbeliever had taken into her service as private chaplain. For those in exile a private chaplain was a luxury. In this case the appointment looked like a sinecure. "Never mind," said the old lady with a laugh, "there is always my niece Pauline, and she can be depended upon to keep the abbé busy."

Every member of the party was expected to do his share of work. M. de Mun was detailed to arrange the books in the library, but found it more amusing to perch himself on top of a ladder and read them. Pauline de Montagu counted the linen and wrote out an inventory. Her life was full of things to be done. Meditation, prayer, reading, charitable works on behalf of the émigrés, and corresponding with her sister Rosalie filled her days. Mme de Tessé had taken into her employment a number of local seamstresses, and with them Mme de Montagu worked at making curtains and learned how to say "Our Father" and other prayers in German--

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Table of contents

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  • AMONG THE BOOKS BY ANDRÉ MAUROIS ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Preface xi
  • PART ONE - THE GREAT FAMILIES 1
  • I - THE MARSHAL AND THE CHANCELLOR 3
  • II - A NEST OF DOVES 8
  • III - AN OLD-STYLE MARRIAGE 15
  • IV - THE MAGIC CIRCLE 24
  • V - WHY NOT? 41
  • PART TWO - IN WHICH THE WIFE OF A REBEL BECOMES THE WIFE OF A HERO 51
  • I - LETTERS FROM AMERICA 53
  • II - THE ALLIANCE 66
  • III - THE HERO'S RETURN 73
  • IV - ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL 87
  • PART THREE - IN WHICH THE WIFE OF A HERO BECOMES THE WIFE OF A REBEL 99
  • I - REST FOR THE WARRIOR 101
  • II - ALARUMS AND EXCURSIONS 113
  • III - THE SWEET WINE OF GLORY 125
  • IV - THE HIGHROAD OF LIBERTY 134
  • V - HOPES RUN HIGH 143
  • PART FOUR - 1789-1792 153
  • I - HONEYMOON 155
  • II - THE KING OF PARIS 165
  • III - RUE DE BOURBON 174
  • IV - LET SLEEPING DOGS . . . 183
  • V - THE BEGINNING OF THE END 194
  • PART FIVE - THE GODS ARE THIRSTY 211
  • I - THE JACOBINS AT CHAVANIAC 213
  • II - A HIGHLY RESPECTED PRISONER 220
  • III - LA FEMME LAFAYETTE 235
  • IV - THE GLOOMY BUTCHERY 248
  • V - THE PRISON OF PLESSIS 256
  • VI - MY LIFE IS LITTLE MORE THAN DEATH 265
  • PART SIX - THE PRISONERS OF OLMÜTZ 273
  • I - REUNION IN ALTONA 275
  • II - ADRIENNE AT OLMÜTZ 282
  • III - THE WORLD OUTSIDE 294
  • IV - LIBERATION 302
  • PART SEVEN - THE MESSENGER OF THE GODS 317
  • I - WITMOLD 319
  • II - THE CHÂTEAU OF LEMKÜHLEN 328
  • III - ADRIENNE IN FRANCE 340
  • IV - REUNION AT VIANEN 349
  • V - THE RETURN 373
  • PART EIGHT - WORKS AND DEATH 383
  • I - THE SILENCE OF THE MASTER 385
  • II - FLIRTATION 403
  • III - PRIVATE UNIONS, PUBLIC RUPTURE 415
  • IV - ON THE FRINGE OF THE EMPIRE 427
  • V - PERPETUAL ADORATION 437
  • VI - O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING? 442
  • EPILOGUE 463
  • SOURCES 471
  • Index 477
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