The Decline of the Age of Louis Xiv

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
FÉNELON
26
The Duc and the Duchesse de Bourgogne and other portraits
32
Gambling
38
CHAPTER III
45
La Bruyères character Publication of Les Caractères
51
The fashion for portraits
57
Revolutionary note Sympathy with the poor
63
Mme de Maintenon considered as a letterwriter
224
Mme de Maintenons work at SaintCyr
232
Its success and influence
238
9
244
His individuality
245
Fénelons Fables
252
The apogee of the reign Disappearance of the great
254
His descriptive style
259

Condition of pulpit oratory in Paris
67
Of Molière
69
I
71
The formation of the ComédieFrançaise
75
Longepierre Crébillon
81
Le Mercure galant Ésope à la Cour
88
Les Bourgeoises à la Mode
95
Conduct of the play III
98
Dancourts chief types
103
Traitants
106
Crispin Rival de son Maître
109
Samuel Bernard Turcaret
113
Regnard
121
His merits and his limitations
127
LEsprit de Contradiction La Réconciliation normande
133
Fénelon as a preacher
137
Mme de La Suze Mme Deshoulières
139
Le genre marotique
145
La Fare and his poetry
151
Cafés Rousseau and the Café Laurent
154
2
160
Bayle and Courtilz Mme dAulnoy
166
Bernier Jean Thévenot Chardin
172
Voyage et Avantures de François Leguat
178
Contes du temps passé
184
Pétis de La Croix and Les Mille et Un Jours
190
5
191
Mémoires de Gramont
194
7
200
Her daily routine
206
Correspondence with her brother
212
With the Princesse des Ursins
218
12
263
Fénelon and Bossuet
265
SaintSimons portrait
271
Fénelon as a critic of literature
277
To Mme de Montbéron
284
To the Abbé de Beaumont and the Marquis de Fénelon
290
13
291
His style
296
15
297
CHAPTER X
317
The great age of Classicism
323
La Fontaine Racine and Boileau
329
Perraults Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes
335
The reconciliation Perraults fifth dialogue
341
17
342
Mme Daciers attack on La Motte La Motte and Fénelon
347
19
351
Le goût
353
The apartments of the queen and the royal family
359
His importance in the history of French thought
387
His parallel between atheists and pagans
392
CHAPTER II
397
His education and literary début
398
Histoire des Oracles and De lOrigine des Fables
409
His scientific studies The Académie des Sciences
416
SaintSimons Memoirs His sources of information
417
Fontenelles position and character
422
His Projet de Paix and Discours sur la Polysynodie
428
Extraordinary Voyages
434
Memoirs
440
Illhealth
445
La Mottes Iliad and Discours dHomère
449

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