'Dissimulare etiam sperasti, perfide tantum Posse nefas, tacitusque meam subducere terram? he muttered in low yet sonorous tones. Mr. Fishwick stared. 'I beg your lordship's pardon, he said. 'I do not quite understand. 'There is no need. And that is the whole truth, sir, is it? 'Yes, my lord, it is. 'Very good.
These Belgians have caught up, and quite naturally, the French tone. We are perfide Albion with them still. Let us make his picture, and have done with him.
In writing he called Admiral Villaret-Joyeuse 'perfide, and spoke of his 'mauvaise foi. He had a low opinion of General Humbert, whom he bracketed with Mascheret. Grouchy, he said, was 'un inconséquent paperassier, and General Vaillant 'un misérable ivrogne. He was placed in supreme command of the naval as well as of the military forces, and was allowed to select the commander of the former.
'Verite' is at this day so worn out, has been used so often where another and very different word would have been more appropriate, that not seldom a Frenchman at this present who would fain convince us of the truth of his communication finds it convenient to assure us that it is 'la vraie verite. Neither is it well that words, which ought to have been reserved for the highest mysteries of the spiritual life, should be squandered on slight and secular objects, 'spirituel' itself is an example in point, or that words implying once the deepest moral guilt, as is the case with 'perfide, 'malice, 'malin, in French, should be employed now almost in honour, applied in jest and in play.
"'Ah, perfide! Do not think to impose upon me longer. I know your heart has become a traitor already. Well we shall not be less friends for that. I congratulate you on your new honours, only take care that too much good fortune does not turn that magnificent head. "I supped that evening with the Lucchesini.
"No, not reech, but clevaire; and you will be reech bye-bye! I see not why ze ladees should not leesten to you, mon ami, he? But, if she does note; why, courage! Dere are many odere ladees beautifool also in England; and, yet, if you feels your loss mooch, like myselfs with ma perfide Marie, why you can go aways and be console, as I!"
You wouldn't see a trace of them or their language anywhere in Europe except in a cabinet d'aisance. And says John Wyse: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. And says Lenehan that knows a bit of the lingo: Conspuez les Anglais! Perfide Albion!
The tremendous attacks against the "perfide Albion," which constituted the staple of the leading articles in the "Moniteur," were gradually discontinued; the great body of the people were separated from the "tyrannical domination of an insolent aristocracy;" an occasional eulogy would appear, too, upon the "native good sense and right feeling of John Bull" when not led captive by appeals to his passions and prejudices; and at last a wish more boldly expressed that the two countries, whose mission it should be to disseminate civilization over the earth, could so far understand their real interest as to become "fast friends, instead of dangerous enemies."
"Do you know the very word is proscribed, that the island is covered from his eyes in the map he looks upon, that perfide Albion is the demon that haunts his dark hours, and menaces with threatening gesture the downfall of all his present glory? Ah, by Saint Denis, boy! had I been you, it is not such an epaulette as this I had worn." "Enough, Duchesne; I will not hear more.
Madame D'Anville was just before me, and, as I looked at her, I saw that her eyes were full of tears; my heart smote me for my late inattention, and going up to her, I only nodded to Lady , and said, in reply to her invitation, "Non, perfide, it is my turn to be cruel now. Remember your flirtation with Mr. Howard de Howard."