La Comédie Humaine of Honoré de Balzac - Vol. 8

La Comédie Humaine of Honoré de Balzac - Vol. 8

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La Comédie Humaine of Honoré de Balzac - Vol. 8

La Comédie Humaine of Honoré de Balzac - Vol. 8

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MONSIEUR HUGUET DE SÉRISY descends in a direct line from the famous president Huguet, ennobled under François I.

This family bears: party per pale or and sable, an orle counterchanged and two lozenges counterchanged, with: i, semper melius eris, -- a motto which, together with the two distaffs taken as supporters, proves the modesty of the burgher families in the days when the Orders held their allotted places in the State; and the naïveté of our ancient customs by the pun on eris , which word, combined with the i at the beginning and the final s in melius , forms the name (Sérisy) of the estate from which the family take their title.

The father of the present count was president of a parliament before the Revolution. He himself a councillor of State at the Grand Council of 1787, when he was only twenty-two years of age, was even then distinguished for his admirable memoranda on delicate diplomatic matters. He did not emigrate during the Revolution, and spent that period on his estate of Sérizy near Arpajon, where the respect in which his . . .

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