[Solo] The Letters of Madame de Sévigné by Marie de Rabutin-Chantal - dl

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Post by barbara2 » April 19th, 2021, 3:32 am

pnagami wrote:
April 8th, 2021, 8:54 am


At 10:23, I hear omission of "Letter 27," not critical, but you do read off the letter heads.

My best,

Pam
Fixed now:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_09_sevigne_128kb.mp3

The new file is 27:43 in length.

Best,

Barbara

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Post by pnagami » April 19th, 2021, 12:46 pm

Hi Barbara,

Section 10 is PL OK.

My best,

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

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Post by barbara2 » May 2nd, 2021, 2:56 am

At last, Section 11:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_11_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
20:35

This Marquis de Sessac "who is back, will have a situation in the army, and will probably soon be
presented to the king" is the Marquis de S of Section 2 who had to flee the country for having used
false packs of cards and having sent everybody broke. He was later involved in the Affair of the Poisons.

Best,

Barbara

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Post by pnagami » May 2nd, 2021, 4:04 am

Hi Barbara,

Section 11 is PL OK.

Heady stuff!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by barbara2 » May 5th, 2021, 5:39 am

Hi Pam,

Section 12

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_12_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
20:42

Best,

Barbara

Post Script - I sent a friend in France a blooper of myself trying to read 'fringes' in this sentence is Section 12 (it's in the blooper thread):


'In one night all the gold ornaments and fringes were stolen from the state apartment, from the gallery to the
chapel'.

She has just told me that "fringes" are clothes/gear. She thinks that
the robbers got off with the gold and royal garments'

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Post by pnagami » May 5th, 2021, 6:14 am

Hi Barbara,

Section 12 is PL OK.

Interesting and funny!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by barbara2 » May 17th, 2021, 5:46 pm

Hi Pam,

Section 13:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_13_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
20:00

Friends (plural) in the French editions.


Were you aware that Cardinal de Retz in "The last four years of his life [the period we are reading just now] gave evidence of a remarkable spiritual conversion. In 1675 he became a penitent at the Benedictine Monastery of Saint-Mihiel". He was a relative by marriage of Mme. de S.

The Grand Duchess of whom Mme. de S writes to her daughter that she "will have had too much of" was the consort of the Grand Duke of Tuscany and an outrageous libertine. She was banished and I guess stayed with the Grignans en route to Paris. Confined to a convent, she had threatened to kill the abbess with a hatchet and a pistol.

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Barbara

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Post by pnagami » May 17th, 2021, 6:44 pm

Hi Barbara,

Section 13 is PL OK.

Thanks! Your notes add a lot!

And I had no idea about Cardinal de Retz being a good or a pious guy!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by barbara2 » May 22nd, 2021, 8:29 pm

Hi, Pam

Section 14:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_14_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
25:00

Eulogy for a great commander.

Best,

Barbara

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Post by pnagami » May 23rd, 2021, 9:19 am

Great eulogy!

Section 14 is PL OK.

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by barbara2 » May 27th, 2021, 2:57 am

Some Persons Mentioned so Far:

ADMHEMAR. Family name of many of the Grignans
ANTIN Duc d’. Legitimate son of Mme de Montespan
ARLES, Bishop of see Grignan's
ARNAULD. Great Jansenist family
Antoine
Robert ‘notre cher solitaire’
Simon Arnauld d’Andilly, son of Robert, Marquis de POMPONNE

BOILEAU Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
BOSSUET (M. de Meaux, his bishopric) orator
BOURDALOUE Famous preacher
BRANCAS, Comte d’ famous for absent-mindedness
BRINVILLIERS, Marquise de Poisoner
CHAMPMESLE Actress. Mistress of Racine and Charles de Sévigné
CHAULNES, Duc and Duchesse de Governor of Brittany
CORBINELLI, Jean Distinguished scholar
COULANGES: Marie. Mother of Mme de Sévigné
Christophe, Abbé de Livry Beloved uncle of Mme de Sévigné
Philippe-Emanuel Cousin and (with his wife) friend.
FORBIN Bishop of Marseilles
GOURVILLE Servant, steward and then secretary to La Rochefoucald
GRIGNAN: François, Comte de, married daughter of Mme de Sévigné
Françoise Marguerite, daughter of Mme de Sévigné
Coadjutor and later Archbishop of Arles (brother of the Comte)
Joseph, aka Adémar and le Chevalier, (brother of the Comte)
D’HACQUEVILLE, M. An obliging friend.
LA FAYETTE, Mme de Novelist and intimate friend.
LA GARDE, Marquis de Cousin of Grignan
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Duc de Author of the Maximes. Intimate friend.
LA TROCHE, Mme de. Kind friend.
LA TROUSSE, Mme de. Wife of the Marquis. Aunt of Mme de Sévigné
LAUZUN, Duc de Colourful adventurer. Had a passionate affair with Mademoiselle
LA VALLIERE, Duchess of Mistress of Louis XIV. Retired to a convent.
LAVARDIN, Mme de Close friend on whom Mme de S relied for news
LENCLOS, Ninon de Demi-mondaine and great wit. Affair with Charles de Sévigné.
LORRAINE Philippe de lover of Monsieur, the King’s brother
LOUVOIS, Marquis de War Minister
LULLY, Jean-Baptiste composer at court of Louis XIV
MAINE, Duc de Son of Louis XIV and Mme de Montespan. Brought up by Mme. de Maintenant
MAINTENANT, Marquise de (previously Mme. Scarron). Became wife to Louis XIV
MARANS, Mme de Eccentric character nickmaned Mélusine
MARSILLAC, Prince de Son and heir of La Rochefoucauld
RETZ, Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de – active in La Fronde
SANZEI Comtesse de Aunt of Mme de Sévigné
VARDES, Marquis de Notorious seducer banned from court and died in the odour of sanctity
VINS, Mme de


I hope it's OK to post this list.

Best,

Barbara
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Post by pnagami » May 27th, 2021, 5:40 am

It’s great!!

Thanks!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

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Post by barbara2 » May 27th, 2021, 6:53 pm

Hi Pam,

Section 15:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_15_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
22:08

At 11:35 I have read "cousin" where the text says "brother" (Mme de S had no siblings)

Best,

Barbara

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Post by pnagami » May 28th, 2021, 4:55 am

Hi Barbara,

Section 15 is PL OK.

A good one!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by barbara2 » May 31st, 2021, 8:23 pm

Hi Pam,

Section 16

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/letters_16_sevigne_128kb.mp3
M:S
17:57

Some puzzling references in this. Maybe you knew that Guidons are part of the military culture - to represent the commander’s presence or as a sight-point on the field. I'm not sure, but I think that Mme. de S's son had to settle for having the third most important guidon in his regiment and that money (guidonage) had been paid to get him a better guidon ?

Best,

Barbara

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