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  • The Emperor remained a long while with the vicequeen, whose intelligence equaled her amiability and her beauty, but returned to Milan to dine; and immediately afterwards the ladies who were received at court were presented to him.

    Recollections of the private life of Napoleon

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  • What luxury! What magnificence! I thought myself in presence of a vicequeen, or, to mend the poverty of the comparison, in a fairy palace, where all the riches of the earth were collected.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 9

    September 18, 2008