Saint-Evremond to Ninon de l’Enclos:
I was handed in December,
the letter you wrote me October 14. It is rather old, but
good things are always acceptable, however late they may be in reaching
us. You are serious; therefore you please. You add a
charm to Seneca, who does not usually possess any. You call
yourself old when you possess all the graces, inclinations, and
spirit of youth.
Mais aimer et vous
(To love and be loved
I wish you a happy New Year, a day on which those who have nothing else to give, make up the deficiency in wishes.