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Montesquieu (1689–1755).  Persian Letters.  1901.
 
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Solim to Usbek, at Paris
 
I HAVE 1 made up my mind: your misfortunes shall disappear; I am going to punish.  1
  Already I feel a secret joy: my soul and yours will soon be appeased: we shall exterminate crime, and make innocence turn pale.  2
  Oh, all you who seem made only to be unconscious of your own feelings, and to be indignant even at your own desires, everlasting slaves of shame and modesty, would that I could bring you in crowds into this unhappy seraglio, to astonish you with the torrent of blood I am about to shed!

  THE SERAGLIO AT ISPAHAN, the 8th of the first moon of Rebiab, 1720.
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Note 1. The eleventh and last of the letters added in 1754. [back]
 
 
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