When Hermodotus in his poems described Antigonus as the son of Helios, My valet-de-chambre, said he, is not aware of this.1
Of Isis and Osiris.
Note 1. No man is a hero to his valet-de-chambre.Marshal Catinat (16371712).
Few men have been admired by their domestics.Montaigne: Essays, book iii. chap. 2.
This phrase, No man is a hero to his valet, is commonly attributed to Madame de Sévigné, but on the authority of Madame Aissé (Letters, edited by Jules Ravenal, 1853) it really belongs to Madame Cornuel. [back]