Sunday, October 28, 2007
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
Walter Savage Landor, Bossuet and the Duchess of Fontanges
, from Imaginary Conversations
Bossuet. Do you hate the world, mademoiselle?
Fontanges. A good deal of it: all Picardy, for example, and all Sologne; nothing is uglierand, oh my life! what frightful men and women!
Bossuet. I would say, in plain language, do you hate the flesh and the devil?
Fontanges. Who does not hate the devil? If you will hold my hand the while, I will tell him so. I hate you, beast! There now. As for flesh, I never could bear a fat man. Such people can neither dance nor hunt, nor do anything that I know of.