According to the keys, this remark and the next apply to Achille de Harlay, First President of the Parlement, who affected modesty and disinterestedness; Saint-Simon describes him in terms that anticipate Uriah Heep. Having inherited a large sum of money he ostentatiously bequeathed it to charity (45).

Note from Of Great Nobles, the ninth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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