Montesquieu
 

Supplementary letter X

Zelis to Usbek in Paris1


A thou­sand lea­gues from me, you judge me guilty ; a thou­sand lea­gues from me, you punish me.

When a bar­ba­ric eunuch puts his abject hands on me, he is acting at your order : it is the tyrant who abu­ses me, and not the one who exer­ci­ses the tyranny.

You may at your whim redou­ble your mis­treat­ments. My heart is easy, since it can no lon­ger love you. Your soul aba­ses itself, and you become cruel. Be sure you are not happy. Farewell.

The Isfahan sera­glio this 2nd day of the moon of Maharram 1720

First published in edition D in 1758.