Excerpt from The Romance of an Empress: Catherine II, of Russia
It may be as well to state that the original book is not written in Parisian French; it has the colloquialisms of a foreigner, wishing to' be more native than the natives. The translator has not attempted to remove, or even to atten uate, this Russian accent, so to speak. He has endeavoured merely to make his rendering as close as possible to the original.
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