Arrest du Conseil d'Etat du roy portant que les receveurs generaux des finances mettront és mains du receveur des revenus casuels le fonds des gages des officiers des bureaux des finances des années 1692. 1693. & 1694. à la reserve de ceux du premier president, jusques à concurrence des sommes portées par le rôlle arresté au conceil, & ordonnées estre payées par lesd. officiers, pour estre receus au payement du droit annuel, suivant la declaration du mois de septembre dernier. Du 14. octobre 1692

chez Estienne Michallet
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chez Estienne Michallet
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Dec 31, 1692
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Book 10



CHAPTER I. "I NEED LOVE"

She gave a glance at the armchairs placed before the chimney, at the tea-table, which shone in the shade, and at the tall, pale stems of flowers ascending above Chinese vases. She thrust her hand among the flowery branches of the guelder roses to make their silvery balls quiver. Then she looked at herself in a mirror with serious attention. She held herself sidewise, her neck turned over her shoulder, to follow with her eyes the spring of her fine form in its sheath-like black satin gown, around which floated a light tunic studded with pearls wherein sombre lights scintillated. She went nearer, curious to know her face of that day. The mirror returned her look with tranquillity, as if this amiable woman whom she examined, and who was not unpleasing to her, lived without either acute joy or profound sadness.

On the walls of the large drawing-room, empty and silent, the figures of the tapestries, vague as shadows, showed pallid among their antique games and dying graces. Like them, the terra-cotta statuettes on slender columns, the groups of old Saxony, and the paintings of Sevres, spoke of past glories. On a pedestal ornamented with precious bronzes, the marble bust of some princess royal disguised as Diana appeared about to fly out of her turbulent drapery, while on the ceiling a figure of Night, powdered like a marquise and surrounded by cupids, sowed flowers. Everything was asleep, and only the crackling of the logs and the light rattle of Therese's pearls could be heard.
Anatole France
Il avait coutume de dire que les Elfes tuent ceux qui rŽv�lent leurs myst�res et il attribuait ˆ la vengeance de ces esprits la mort de M. l'abbŽ Coignard, qui fut assassinŽ sur la route de Lyon. Mais je sais bien que cette mort, ˆ jamais dŽplorable, eut une cause plus naturelle. Je parlerai librement des GŽnies de l'air et du feu. Il faut savoir courir quelques risques dans la vie, et celui des Elfes est extr�mement petit.

J'ai recueilli avec z�le les propos de mon bon ma”tre, M. l'abbŽ JŽr™me Coignard, qui pŽrit comme je viens de le dire. C'Žtait un homme plein de science et de piŽtŽ. S'il avait eu l'‰me moins inqui�te, il aurait ŽgalŽ en vertu M. l'abbŽ Rollin, qu'il surpassait de beaucoup par l'Žtendue du savoir et la profondeur de l'intelligence. Il eut du moins, dans les agitations d'une vie troublŽe, l'avantage sur M. Rollin de ne point tomber dans le jansŽnisme. Car la soliditŽ de son esprit ne se laissait point Žbranler par la violence des doctrines tŽmŽraires, et je puis attester devant Dieu la puretŽ de sa foi. Il avait une grande connaissance du monde, acquise dans la frŽquentation de toutes sortes de compagnies. Cette expŽrience l'aurait beaucoup servi dans les histoires romaines qu'il aurait sans doute composŽes, ˆ l'exemple de M. Rollin, si le loisir et le temps ne lui eussent fait dŽfaut, et si sa vie ežt ŽtŽ mieux assortie ˆ son gŽnie. Ce que je rapporterai d'un si excellent homme fera l'ornement de ces mŽmoires. Et comme Aulu-Gelle, qui confŽra les plus beaux endroits des philosophes en ses Nuits attiques, comme ApulŽe, qui mit dans sa MŽtamorphose les meilleures fables des Grecs, je me donne un travail d'abeille et je veux recueillir un miel exquis. Je ne saurais nŽanmoins me flatter au point de me croire l'Žmule de ces deux grands auteurs, puisque c'est uniquement dans les propres souvenirs de ma vie et non dans d'abondantes lectures, que je puise toutes mes richesses. Ce que je fournis de mon propre fonds c'est la bonne foi. Si jamais quelque curieux lit mes mŽmoires, il reconna”tra qu'une ‰me candide pouvait seule s'exprimer dans un langage si simple et si uni. J'ai toujours passŽ pour tr�s na•f dans les compagnies o� j'ai vŽcu. Cet Žcrit ne peut que continuer cette opinion apr�s ma mort.

Anatole France
Penguin Island is a satirical fictional history by Nobel Prize winning French author Anatole France. It is concerned with grandnarratives, mythologizing heroes, hagiography and romantic nationalism. It is about a fictitious island, inhabited by great auks, that existed off the northern coast of Europe. The history begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk lands on the island and perceives the upright, unafraid auks as a sort of pre-Christian society of noble pagans. Mostly blind and somewhat deaf, having mistaken the animals for humans, he baptizes them. This causes a problem for The Lord, who normally only allows humans to be baptized. After consulting with saints and theologians in Heaven, He resolves the dilemma by converting the baptized birds to humans with only a few physical traces of their ornithological origin, and giving them each a soul. Thus begins the history of Penguinia, and from there forward the history mirrors that of France (and more generally of Western Europe, including German-speaking areas and the British Isles). The narrative spans from the Migration Period ("Dark Ages"), when the Germanic tribes fought incessantly among themselves for territory; to the heroic Early Middle Ages with the rise of Charlemagne ("Draco the Great") and conflicts with Viking raiders ("porpoises"); through the Renaissance (Erasmus); and up to the modern era with motor cars; and even into a future time in which a thriving high-tech civilization is destroyed by a campaign of terrorist bombings, and everything begins again in an endless cycle. The longest-running plot thread, and probably the best known, satirizes the Dreyfus affair — though both brief and complex satires of European history, politics, philosophy and theology are present throughout the novel. At various points, real historical figures such as Columba and Saint Augustine are part of the story, as well as fictionalized characters who represent historical people. Penguin Island is considered a critique of human nature from a socialist standpoint, in which morals, customs and laws are lampooned. For example, the origin of the aristocracy is presented as starting with the brutal and shameless murder of a farmer, and the seizure of his land, by a physically larger and stronger neighbor.
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