[時事閒聊] somewhat more moderate-sounding claims

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Then she sent for Alen?on and angrily told him the same, and a quarrel between them ensued. When she had thus upset the results of her Council’s officiousness,276 she began her own  with her, he would sanction
everything at oncehe answered.game again. Pinart had made clear to her that her demands for the restitution of Calais, a rupture with Spain, and the cessation of the old alliance between France and Scotland were unreasonable, and that if the marriage were broken off in consequence of such preposterous conditions the responsibility would be cast upon her and not upon his master. So she harked back to , which she knew would be also refused. She said that she had given the ring and pledge to Alen?on on condition that he should make war on Spain in the Netherlands at the expense of the King of France, whilst she sent assistance from England in form of men. She said she had distinctly understood that this was to be the condition of the marriage; but of course if the French King could not fulfil it, there was the end of the matter. She was extremely sorry, but it was not her fault if there was a misunderstanding, or the French failed to carry out the condition, and she urged that Marchaumont, her devoted “monk,” whose letters are only a degree less loving than those of Simier, should be sent to Paris to urge this view upon the King and his mother.

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