and go out from the royal presence to honor your father, so much the more if he is poor, so much the more if he is old.’
And all that is really polite in polite society would say so too.”
On the same page is a memory of later years:--
“I once heard a lady, herself quite new in society, say of a Parisian dame who had shown her some attention: ‘Ah!
the trouble with Madame
— is that she is too good-natured.
She entertains everybody.’
‘Indeed,’ thought I, ‘if she had been less good-natured, is it certain that she would have entertained you?’