La Russie en 1839, Volume IV

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Published: 1843
Language: French
Wordcount: 116,524 / 394 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 425
Added to site: 2008.11.29
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Genre: History
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olonnes et se termine d'un côté par une demi-rotonde. Elle peut contenir environ 3000 personnes: il s'y donne pendant l'hiver des fêtes fort brillantes, dit-on; je crois sans peine à la magnificence des bals de Moscou; les grands seigneurs russes entendent à merveille l'art de varier autant que possible ces monotones divertissements obligés; leur luxe est réservé aux plaisirs d'apparat; leur imagination s'y complaît; ils prennent l'éclat pour la civilisation, le clinquant pour l'élégance, et ceci me prouve qu'ils sont plus incultes encore que nous ne l'imaginons. Il y a un peu plus de cent ans que Pierre-le-Grand leur dictait des lois de politesse applicables dans chaque classe de la société; il ordonnait des réunions à l'instar des bals et des assemblées de la vieille Europe. Il forçait les Russes à s'inviter les uns les autres à ces réunions imitées des assem

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