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nister's death, to form the faction of the Importants; and when the Duke of Beaufort was imprisoned, Mazarin said, Of what use to cut off the arms while the head remains? Ten years from her first perilous escape, she made a second, dashed through La Vendde, embarked at St. Malo for Dunkirk, was captured by the fleet of the Parliament, was released by the Governor of the Isle of Wight, unable to imprison so beautiful a butterfly, reached her port at last, and in a few weeks was intriguing at Liege again. The Duchesse de Bouillon, Turenne's sister, purer than those we have named, but not less daring or determined, after charming the whole population of Paris by her rebel beauty at the Hotel de Ville, escaped from her sudden incarceration by walking through the midst of her guards at dusk, crouching in the shadow of her little daughter, and afterwards allowed herself to be recaptured, rather than desert that child's sick-bed. Then there was Clemence de Maille, purest and noblest o