French society—I mean good French society

from Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (Chap. 1.5) on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Vicomte displays his confused present feelings toward the French; on the one hand, they are threatening to invade Russia. On the other hand, the Vicomte (like most Russian aristocracy) speaks mainly French and likes French culture (even his title — Vicomte — is French!)

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