dependent on the presence

On Maundy Thursday, 15 April 1688, the abbé de Roquette, nephew of the Bishop of Autun, was due to preach before the King and had composed a sermon in his praise; the King, suffering from gout, failed to appear, and the abbé refused to preach.

Note from Of The Pulpit, the fifteenth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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