Jesuits! Paul Féval

ISBN: 9781406784824

Published: October 1st 2007

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352 pages


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Jesuits!  by  Paul Féval

Jesuits! by Paul Féval
October 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 352 pages | ISBN: 9781406784824 | 6.18 Mb

TRANSLATOR S PREFACE. IT happened one day that a Wolf and a Lamb came at the same time to quench their thirst at a clear run ning brook. The Wolf, that was further up stream, having a mind to quarrel with the Lamb, asked what he meant by disturbingMoreTRANSLATOR S PREFACE. IT happened one day that a Wolf and a Lamb came at the same time to quench their thirst at a clear run ning brook. The Wolf, that was further up stream, having a mind to quarrel with the Lamb, asked what he meant by disturbing the water and making it so muddy as to be unfit to drink.

The Lamb meekly replied that there must be a mistake, as the water he was drinking came down to himfrom where the Wolf was. quotYou are a rascal anyway, quot said the Wolf, quot and I hear that you slandered me six months ago.quot quotReally, quot said the Lamb, quot that, too, is a mistake, for it is not so long since Iwas born.quot But the Wolf, finding himself unable to argue with any success, fell into a great rage, and, growling between his fierce teeth, quotIf it was not you it was yourfather, and that is all one, quot sprang upon theinnocent creature and made a meal of him.

No doubt there will be many a knowing smile at the comparison of a Jesuit to a lamb, as though the com parison in this wis were manifestly absurd. Yet the same incredulous smiler would have his suspicions violently aroused if he saw a mild and unresisting old man dragged to the bar of justice by a gang of common ruffians and law-breakers.

Well, it is a notorious fact, that the most selfish, as well as the vilest of men, from the sardonic aristocrats, who bat tened in the infamous luxury of the Bourbon courts, to the inhuman wretches who made a carnival ofhor rors under the Commune of Paris in 1870, have been outspoken and bitter enemies of the Jesuits.

Thank God, we Americans have been exemptfrom the violent outbursts that have periodically shaken Europe during the last hundred years. And we are bound, asthoughtful men, to turn a deaf ear to the often repeated and as often refuted charges that are made against the illustrious Company of Jesus, when we remember the character of its traducers andremem ber, too, that this Company has had in France alone, either as members or as pupils, such men as Descartes, Corneille, Kircher, Montesquieu, the great Conde, Bourdaloue, Bossuet, Jean Baptiste Rousseau, Bosco- vich, aye, and Voltaire himself.

Our own Charles Carroll of Carrollton was proud tion to the Jesuits. to owe his educa M. Feval is a prolific writer and needs no intro duction to those who are acquainted with the French literature of the day, but for the benefit ofsuch as do not know him, it may be as well to say that he is the author of Les Mysteres de Londres, Les Contes de Bre- tagne, L Homme de Fer, Chateaupauvre, and more recently Les Etapes d une Conversion. M. Feval, until lately, was not what would be called a clerical farfrom it.

As he himself says, he was an intimate friend of Eugene Sue, and his first connection with the Jesuit controversy was as an antagonist of the Society. The Author s description of the foundation of that Society is skilful and picturesque, as might be expected from so experienced a writer, but it is true to history, and cannot be read without a better appreciation of the noble career of the much vilified organization.

The saintly heroism of Francis Xavier, the keen, persevering devotion of the wonderful Ricci, the quiet, courageous and single-hearted missionary work of the Society in Asia and America, are all strikingly pic tured. Choiseul in France, Pombal in Portugal Aranda in Spain, and the smaller diplomatists of Parma and of Naples, are faithfullyportrayed, per haps as they never were before. The Translator is sanguine enough to consider the work a complete answer to one class of the accusations 6 TRANSLATORS PEEFACE...



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