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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 13: (search)
if it had not been for the mild, equal good sense of the Bishop, I should certainly have suffered a little in my temper from her attacks, supported by a corps of petits Marquis de l'ancien regime, who were always of her coterie. . . . The Duchess de Duras' society was ultra too, but ultra of a very different sort. It was composed of much that is distinguished in the present management of affairs, to which she has been able to add many men of letters without distinction of party. This is the Granada, full of descriptions glowing with poetry, like those of the environs of Naples in The Martyrs.. . . . Between four and six o'clock every day her door was open to a few persons, and this was the time all most liked to see her The Duchess de Duras published two graceful stories, Ourika, and Edouard, and printed for private distribution a collection of prayers and devout meditations. . . . . The Countess Pastoret's was, too, an ultra house, for her husband is entirely of the Bourbon