Le Monde comme il va, vision de Babouc

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Author: Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
Published: 1746
Language: French
Wordcount: 7,589 / 31 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,122
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t vieilli dans les emplois laborieux et subalternes ne parviennent aux dignités. Ce jeune homme a une grande charge, parceque son père est riche, et qu'ici le droit de rendre la justice s'achète comme une métairie[10]. O moeurs! ô malheureuse ville! s'écria Babouc; voilà le comble du désordre; sans doute, ceux qui ont ainsi acheté le droit de juger vendent leurs jugements: je ne vois ici que des abîmes d'iniquité.

[9] Satrape de loi signifie ici conseiller au parlement. Il arrivait souvent aux conseillers-rapporteurs de charger quelque avocat de faire les extraits dos procès à juger. B.

[10] Voltaire n'a cessé de s'élever contre la vénalité des offices de judicature; et c'est la suppression de la vénalité qui l'avait rendu partisan des mesures prises eu 1771. Voyez l'Histoire du parlement, chapitre LXIX, tome XXII, pages 366-67, dans les _Mélanges_, année 1771, différentes pièces relatives au parlement Maupeou; dans la Correspondance, la lettre à madame de Floria

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