More than two hundred pamphlets rattled on the head of Conde alone, and the collection of Mazarinades, preserved by the Cardinal himself, fills sixty-nine volumes in quarto.
From every field the first crop was glory, the second a bon-mot. When the dagger of De Retz fell from his breast-pocket, it was our good archbishop's breviary ; and when his famous Corinthian troop was defeated in battle, it was the First Epistle to the Corinthians.
While, across the Channel, Charles Stuart was listening to his doom, Paris was gay in the midst of dangers, Madame de Longueville was receiving her gallants in mimic court at the Hotel de Ville, De Retz was wearing his sword-belt over his archbishop's gown, the little hunchback Conti was generalissimo, and the starving people were pillaging Mazarin's library, in joke, to find something to gnaw upon.
Outside the walls, the maids-of-honor were quarrelling over the straw beds which annihilated all the romance of martyrdom, and Con
Portuguese phrase perhaps circuitously expresses it, go to walk on horseback on a donkey,--dar um passeio a cavalho n'um burro. The beggars, indeed, are numerous; but one's expenditures are always happily limited by the great scarcity of small change.
A half-cent, however, will buy you blessings enough for a lifetime, and you can find an investment in almost any direction.
You visit some church or cemetery; you ask a question or two of a lounger hi a black cloak, with an air like an exiled Stuart, and, as you part, he detains you, saying, Sir, will you give me some little thing (alguma cousinha),--I am so poor?
Overwhelmed with a sense of personal humility, you pull out three half-cents and present them with a touch of your hat; he receives them with the same, and you go home with a feeling that a distinguished honor has been done you. The Spaniards say that the Portuguese are mean even in their begging : they certainly make their benefactors mean; and I can remember to have returne