Mention has been made of Voltaire

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Mention has been made of Voltaire's ability to make friends, but it should be noted that he was  something of a past master at making enemies, largely because of his sensitivity and the fact that he  took almost malicious pleasure in using his sardonic wit to attack those with whom he did not agree.  He demonstrated both capacities when he was allowed to return to Paris. He was introduced to the  Court de Seaux, a famous literary and political salon, over which the attractive Duchess du Maine  presided. It was apparently the duchess who got Voltaire to write lampoons against her enemy, The  Regent, Orleans. So, in May 1716, Voltaire once more was forced to leave Paris for a time, going first  to Tulle and later to Sully. He was not back in Paris very long when he faced more trouble. Two  specially offensive libels appeared,  Puerto Regnanto 
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