Release Date: January 10, 2004 EBook #10665 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK NINON DE L'ENCLOS *** Produced by Rick Niles, Wilelmina Malliere and PG Distributed Proofreaders LIFE, LETTERS AND EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY OF NINON DE L'ENCLOS The Celebrated Beauty of the Seventeenth Century ROBINSON--OVERTON 1903 CONTENTS LIFE OF NINON DE L'ENCLOS CHAPTER I Ninon de l'Enclos as a Standard CHAPTER II Considered as a Parallel CHAPTER III Youth of Ninon de l'Enclos CHAPTER IV The Morals of the Period CHAPTER V Ninon and Count de Coligny CHAPTER VI The "Birds" of the Tournelles CHAPTER VII Effect of Her Mother's Death CHAPTER VIII Her Increasing Popularity CHAPTER IX Ninon's Friendships CHAPTER X Some of Ninon's Lovers CHAPTER XI Ninon's Lovers (Continued) CHAPTER XII The Villarceaux Affair CHAPTER XIII The Marquis de Sevigne CHAPTER XIV A Family Tragedy CHAPTER XV Ninon's Bohemian Environments CHAPTER XVI A Remarkable Old Age LETTERS TO THE MARQUIS DE SEVIGNE INTRODUCTION TO LETTERS I--A Hazardous Undertaking II--Why Love Is Dangerous III--Why Love Grows Cold IV--The Spice of Love V--Love and Temper VI--Certain Maxims Concerning Love VII--Women Expect a Quid Pro Quo from Men VIII--The Necessity for Love and Its Primitive Cause IX--Love Is a Natural Inclination X--The Sensation of Love Forms a Large Part of a Woman's Nature XI--The Distinction Between Love and Friendship XII--A Man in Love Is an Amusing Spectacle XIII--Vanity Is a Fertile Soil for Love XIV--Worth and Merit Are Not Considered in Love XV--The Hidden Motives of Love XVI--How to Be Victorious in Love XVII--Women Understand the Difference Between Real Love and Flirtation XVIII--When a Woman Is Loved She Need Not Be Told of It XIX--Why a Lover's Vows Are Untrustworthy XX--The Half-way House to Love XXI--The Comedy of Contrariness XXII--Vanity and Self-Esteem Obstacles to Love XXIII--Two Irreconcilable Passions in Woman XXIV--An Abuse of Credulity Is Intolerable XXV--Why Virtue Is So Often Overcome XXVI--Love Demands Freedom of Action XXVII--The Heart Needs Constant Employment XXVIII--Mere Beauty Is Often of Trifling Importance XXIX--The Misfortune of Too Sudden an Avowal XXX--When Resistance is Only a Pretence XXXI--The Opinion and Advice of Monsieur de la Sabliere XXXII--The Advantages of a Knowledge of the Heart XXXIII--A Heart Once Wounded No Longer Plays with Love XXXIV--Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder XXXV--The Heart Should Be Played Upon Like the Keys of a Piano XXXVI--Mistaken Impressions Common to All Women XXXVII--The Allurements of Stage Women XXXVIII--Varieties of Resistance Are Essential XXXIX--The True Value of Compliments Among Women XL--Oratory and Fine Phrases Do Not Breed Love XLI--Discretion Is Sometimes the Better Part of Valor XLII--Surface Indications in Women Are Not Always Guides XLIII--Women Demand Respect XLIV--Why Love Grows Weak--Marshal de Saint-Evremond's Opinion XLV--What Favors Men Consider Faults XLVI--Why Inconstancy Is Not Injustice XLVII--Cause of Quarrels Among Rivals XLVIII--Friendship Must Be Firm XLIX--Constancy Is a Virtue Among Narrow Minded L--Some Women Are Very Cunning LI--The Parts Men and Women Play LII--Love Is a Traitor with Sharp Claws LIII--Old Age Not a Preventive Against Attack LIV--A Shrewd But Not an Unusual Scheme LV--A Happy Ending * * * * * CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN LORD SAINT-EVREMOND AND NINON DE L'ENCLOS I--Lovers and Gamblers Have Something in Common II--It Is Sweet to Remember Those We Have Loved III--Wrinkles Are a Mark of Wisdom IV--Near Hopes Are Worth as Much as Those Far Off V--On the Death of De Charleval VI--The Weariness of Monotony VII--After the Death of La Duchesse de Mazarin VIII--Love Banishes Old Age IX--Stomachs Demand More Attention Than Minds X--Why Does Love Diminish After Marriage?
And so I concluded that wrinkles were no disgrace, nor the fairest faces of the young any protection against them.
Jo's wrinkle became a fixture.
The most of them carried something in their hands,--faggots, covered baskets, small sacks of potatoes, or corn, or beans; and when the load was heavy they walked with a sharp, jerking turn of the hips to right and left that was almost like a dislocation, and the wrinkles in the faces of these heavy-laden ones were deep folds, as in the hide of a loose-skinned beast.
I can assure you that wrinkles, or a small stoop in the shoulders, nay, even grey hair itself, is no objection to the making new conquests.
Then a little old woman, her face wrinkled like a vine leaf, but still fresh and laughing, her head crowned by a cap with wide black ribbons, appeared on the threshold and disappeared again, murmuring: "What?
But not in vain had he grown old; more than the white hairs on his head were the sage thoughts in his mind; his wrinkles and furrows were inscriptions that Time had graved, and in which he had written legends of wisdom that had been tested by the tenor of a life.