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MONSEIGNEUR, one of the great lords in power at the Court, held
his fortnightly reception in his grand hotel in Paris. Monseigneur
was in his inner room, his sanctuary of sanctuaries, the Holiest of
Holiests to the crowd of worshippers in the suite of rooms without.
Monseigneur was about to take his chocolate. Monseigneur could
swallow a great many things with ease, and was by some few
sullen minds supposed to be rather rapidly swallowing France;
but, his morning’s chocolate could not so much as get into the
throat of Monseigneur, without the aid of four strong men besides
the Cook.

Yes. It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration,
and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold
watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set
by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur’s
lips. One lacquey carried the chocolate-pot into the sacred
presence; a second, milled and frothed the chocolate with the little
instrument he bore for that function; a third, presented the
favoured napkin; a fourth (he of the two gold watches), poured the
chocolate out. It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with
one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place
under the admiring Heavens. Deep would have been the blot upon
his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only
three men; he must have died of two.

Monseigneur had been out at a little supper last night, where the
Comedy and the Grand Opera were charmingly represented.
Monseigneur was out at a little supper most nights, with
fascinating company. So polite and so impressible was
Monseigneur, that the Comedy and the Grand Opera had far more
influence with him in the tiresome articles of state affairs and state
secrets, than the needs of all France. A happy circumstance for
France, as the like always is for all countries similarly favoured!-
always was for England (by way of example), in the regretted days
of the merry Stuart who sold it.

Monseigneur had one truly noble idea of general public business,
which was, to let everything go on in its own way; of particular
public business, Monseigneur had the other truly noble idea that it
must all go his way-tend to his own power and pocket. Of his
pleasures, general and particular, Monseigneur had the other truly
noble idea, that the world was made for them. The text of his order
(altered from the original by only a pronoun, which is not much)
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