The Memoirs of Louis XIV
Louise-Elizabeth, Princesse De Conti, Consort Of Louie-
Armand De Conti
She is a person full of charms, and a striking proof that grace is preferable to beauty.
When she chooses to make herself agreeable, it is impossible to resist her. Her manners
are most fascinating; she is full of gentleness, never displaying the least ill-humour, and
always saying something kind and obliging. It is greatly to be regretted that she is not in
the society of more virtuous persons, for she is herself naturally very good; but she is
spoiled by bad company. She has an ugly fool for her husband, who has been badly
brought up; and the examples which are constantly before her eyes are so pernicious that
they have corrupted her and made her careless of her reputation. Her amiable, unaffected
manners are highly delightful to foreigners. Among others, some Bavarians have fallen in
love with her, as well as the Prince Ragotzky; but she disgusted him with her coquetry.
She does not love her husband, and cannot do so, no less on account of his ugly person
than for his bad temper. It is not only his face that is hideous, but his whole person is
frightful and deformed. She terrified him by placing some muskets and swords near her
bed, and assuring him that if he came there again with his pistols charged, she would take
the gun and fire upon him, and if she missed, she would fall upon him with the sword.
Since this time he has left off carrying his pistols.
Her husband teased her, and made her weep so much that she has lost her child, and her
health is again injured.