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The confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau, transl

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Pages: 608

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau

Excerpt from book: appointed watehmaker to llio Seraglio. During his absence, the beauty wit, and accomplishmentss of my mother attracted a number of nd. mlrers, among whom Mons. do la Closure, Resident of France, was the moat assiduous in his attentions. His passion must have been extremely violent, since after a period of thirty years I have seen him affected at the very mention of her name. My mother had a defence more powerful oven than her virtue: she tenderly loved my father, and conjured him to return: his inclination seconding this request, he gave up every prospect of emolument, and hastened to Geneva. I was the unfortunate fruit of this return, being born ten months after, in a very weakly and infirm state: my birth cost my mother her life, and was the first of my misfortunes. I am ignorant how my father supported her loss at that time, but I know ho was ever after inconsolable. In me he still thought he saw her he Bo tenderly lamented, but could never forget I had been the innocent cause of his misfortune, nor did he ever embrace me, but his sighs, the convulsive pressure of his arms, witnessed that a bitter regret mingled itself with his caresses, though, as may be supposed, they were not on this account less ardent. When he said to mo, " Jean Jacques, let us talk of your mother," my usual reply was, " Yes, father, but then you know, we shall ery," and immediately the tears started from his eyes. "Ah I'' exclaimed he, with agitation, " Give mo back my wife: at least console mo for her loss: fill up, dear boy, the void she has left in my soul. Could I lovo thee thus wert thon only my son?" s Tii. . were too brilliant for her situation, the minister, her father, having bestowed great pains on her education. She was taught drawing, sinsing, and to play on the theorbo: had learnins, an...  

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