See also:part in French
See also:literary and
See also:life, was
See also:born in
See also:Paris n [699 . She married, on the 19th of
See also:July 1713,
See also:Francois Geoffrin, a
See also:rich manufacturer and
See also:lieutenant-colonel of the
See also:National Guard, who died in 175o . It was not till Mme Geoffrin was nearly fifty years of age that we begin to hear of her as a power in Parisian society . She had learned much from Mme de Tencin, and about 1748 began to gather
See also:round her a literary and artistic circle . She had every week two dinners, on
See also:Monday for artists, and on Wednesday for her friends the Encyclopaedists and other men of letters . She received many foreigners of distinction, Hume and Horace Walpole among others . Walpole spent much
See also:time in her society before he was finally attached to Mme du
See also:Deffand, and speaks of her in his letters as a
See also:model of
See also:common sense . She was indeed somewhat of a small
See also:tyrant in her circle . She had adopted the pose of an old woman earlier than necessary, and her coquetry, if XI . 20 a such it can be called, took the
See also:form of being
See also:mother and
See also:mentor to her guests, many of whom were indebted to her generosity for substantial help . Although her aim appears, to have been to have the Encyclopedie in conversation and
See also:action around her, she was extremely displeased with any of her friends who were so rash as to incur open disgrace .
See also:Marmontel lost her favour after the official censure of Belisaire, and her advanced views did not prevent her from observing the forms of religion .
A devoted Parisian, Mme Geoffrin rarely
See also:left the city, so that her
See also:journey to Poland in 1766 to visit the
See also:king, Stanislas Poniatowski, whom she had known in his early days in Paris, was a
See also:great event in her life . Her experiences induced a sensible gratitude that she had been born " Francaise " and " particuliere." In her last illness her daughter, Therese, marquise de la Ferte Imbault, excluded her mother's old friends so that she might die as a
See also:good Christian, a proceeding wittily described by the old
See also:lady: " My daughter is like Godfrey de
See also:Bouillon, she wished to defend my
See also:tomb from the infidels." Mme Geoff rin died in Paris on the 6th of
See also:October 1777 . See
See also:Correspondence inedite du roi Stanislas Auguste Poniatowski et de Madame Geoffrin, edited by the comte de 1\,Iouy (1875) ; P. de
See also:Segur, Le Royaume de la rue
See also:Saint-Honore, Madame Geoffrin et sa fille (1897) ; A . Tornezy, Un Bureau d'esprit au X VIIIe siecle: le
See also:salon de Madame Geoff rin (1895) ; and
See also:Janet Aldis, Madame Geoffrin, her Salon and her Times, 1750-1977 (1905) .
GEOFFREY THE BAKER (d. c. 136o)
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