History Literature / LettersToHisSon

13th Jun '17 6:49:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaligulasHorse: Discussed. "He [=the Cardinal de Retz] is persuaded that when UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} made his horse a Consul, the people of Rome, at that time, were not greatly surprised at it, having necessarily been in some degree prepared for it, by an insensible gradation of extravagances from the same quarter." (letter 50)

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* CaligulasHorse: Discussed. "He [=the [the Cardinal de Retz] is persuaded that when UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} made his horse a Consul, the people of Rome, at that time, were not greatly surprised at it, having necessarily been in some degree prepared for it, by an insensible gradation of extravagances from the same quarter." (letter 50)
3rd Mar '17 10:28:43 PM Xtifr
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* GoodIsNotNice: Discussed in letter 98, contrasting Cato the younger (who had this reputation) with AffablyEvil Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Discussed in letter 98, contrasting Cato the younger (who had this reputation) with AffablyEvil Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
23rd Jan '17 10:01:47 AM Gosicrystal
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* ScienceMarchesOn: The Earl's doctors used bloodletting several times, and misdiagnosed his son's rheumatism for gout.



* NamesTheSame: The Münchhausen mentioned probably is not TheMunchausen (who was named Hieronymus Carl Friedrich), but his relative Gerlach Adolph, minister in Hanover.
23rd Jan '17 9:58:31 AM Gosicrystal
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* TheCaligula: The original one is mentioned. "A silly tyrant said, 'oderint modo timeant'" (letter 164)
** Also, "A tyrant with legions at his command may say, Oderint modo timeant [let them hate me, so long as they fear me]; though he is a fool if he says it, and a greater fool if he thinks it."

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* TheCaligula: TheCaligula:
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The original one is mentioned. "A silly tyrant said, 'oderint modo timeant'" (letter 164)
** Also, "A tyrant with legions at his command may say, Oderint modo timeant [let them hate me, so long as they fear me]; though he is a fool if he says it, and a greater fool if he thinks it."



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* LostForever: During 1759-61, there is a two year lapse in the letters. Some other letters also have been lost.



* [[ScienceMarchesOn Medicine Marches On]]: The Earl's doctors used bloodletting several times, and misdiagnosed his son's rheumatism for gout.

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* [[ScienceMarchesOn Medicine Marches On]]: ScienceMarchesOn: The Earl's doctors used bloodletting several times, and misdiagnosed his son's rheumatism for gout.



* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory: Imagine you read a story like this: A British lord and former minister has a bastard son whom he wants to learn everything necessary to become a man of the world and make a great career one day. Also, the son will visit many 18th century courts in Europe, which has potential for many interesting stories. This creates various conflicts, since the son isn't as ambitious as his father. Not to mention his situation as a bastard son in a society which looked down on these men. Besides, the son (in the later part) has a wife and children in Paris his father doesn't even know about. - And then, at the age of 36, the son suddenly dies, before his father.]]

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* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory: Imagine ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Imagine you read a story like this: A British lord and former minister has a bastard son whom he wants to learn everything necessary to become a man of the world and make a great career one day. Also, the son will visit many 18th century courts in Europe, which has potential for many interesting stories. This creates various conflicts, since the son isn't as ambitious as his father. Not to mention his situation as a bastard son in a society which looked down on these men. Besides, the son (in the later part) has a wife and children in Paris his father doesn't even know about. - And then, at the age of 36, the son suddenly dies, before his father.]]



* WillNotTellALie: What the Earl recommends. "I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying." (letter XIV)
** Also, he often points out how a honest friend who doesn't hesitate telling you about your flaws is better than a flatterer.

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* WillNotTellALie: What the Earl recommends. "I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying." lying" (letter XIV)
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XIV). Also, he often points out how a honest friend who doesn't hesitate telling you about your flaws is better than a flatterer.



* WritersSuck: "I do not find that God has made you a poet; and I am very glad that he has not."

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* WritersSuck: WritersSuck:
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"I do not find that God has made you a poet; and I am very glad that he has not."
4th Sep '16 4:04:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheFashionista: The French. "Fashion is more tyrannical at Paris than in any other place in the world; it governs even more absolutely than [[LEtatCestMoi their king]], which is saying a great deal."

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* TheFashionista: The French. "Fashion is more tyrannical at Paris than in any other place in the world; it governs even more absolutely than [[LEtatCestMoi [[UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi their king]], which is saying a great deal."
3rd Sep '16 11:03:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* LanguageDrift: "want" in the old sense of "lacking something"; "graces" = "good manners, pleasantness, eloquence", "parts" = "intellectual abilities" / "learning", "Imperialists" = soldiers of the HolyRomanEmpire etc.

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* LanguageDrift: "want" in the old sense of "lacking something"; "graces" = "good manners, pleasantness, eloquence", "parts" = "intellectual abilities" / "learning", "Imperialists" = soldiers of the HolyRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire etc.
12th Aug '16 6:21:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* GoodIsNotNice: Discussed in letter 98, contrasting Cato the younger (who had this reputation) with AffablyEvil GaiusJuliusCaesar.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Discussed in letter 98, contrasting Cato the younger (who had this reputation) with AffablyEvil GaiusJuliusCaesar.Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.
6th May '16 3:19:46 AM LentilSandEater
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* InsufferableGenius: Also something he warns the son to become. "Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman." (letter 30)

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* InsufferableGenius: Also something he warns the his son not to become. "Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman." (letter 30)
6th May '16 3:16:39 AM LentilSandEater
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lord Chesterfield repeats many of his aesops in his letters; justified because a) as he wrote himself, many letters got lost on their way from Britain to wherever his son was; and b), don't forget that the 330 letters span over twenty years.

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lord Chesterfield repeats many of his aesops in his letters; justified because a) as he wrote himself, many letters got lost on their way from Britain to wherever his son was; and b), don't forget that b) the 330 letters span over twenty years.
28th May '15 11:53:49 AM VenomLancerHae
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* CommonSense: "Common sense (which, in truth, very uncommon) is the best sense I know of: abide by it, it will counsel you best. Read and hear, for your amusement, ingenious systems, nice questions subtilly agitated, with all the refinements that warm imaginations suggest; but consider them only as exercitations for the mind, and turn always to settle with common sense." (letter 52)
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