MONTAIGNE IN THE TOWER
THE leisure which enabled Montaigne to remain in Paris for so many months while engaged in superintending the publication of La Boétie's remains had been gained as the result of an important decision in the conduct of his life. In July, 1570, two years after his father's death, he resigned his position as a councillor of the Parliament of Bordeaux, in favour of one who was afterwards distinguished as a religious controversialist on the Catholic side, and the historian of heresy--Florimond de Raymond. The duties of a magistrate, as we have seen, had never been duties after Montaigne's heart. Upon the death of Pierre Eyquem, he did not hastily abandon the profession chosen for him by so considerate a father. Two years had gone by, during which he made trial of continuing his work as a public functionary and also attending to the care of his property at Montaigne. It seems as if the trial had not been a success. Possibly his occupation as the translator of Sebonde had set his mind in motion in meditative ways, and he may have dreamed that it would be a happy thing to disen
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Publication information: Book title: Michel de Montaigne. Contributors: Edward Dowden - Author, Alexander Jessup - Editor. Publisher: J.B. Lippincott. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1905. Page number: 140.
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