On Mme de Stael's visit to London he was the only Englishman capable of representing his country in talk with her.
But in reading all the accounts of Mme de Stael's life which come from herself or her intimate friends, it must be carefully remembered that she was the most distinguished and characteristic product of the period of sensibilite - the singular fashion of ultra-sentiment which required that both men and women, but especially women, should be always palpitating with excitement, steeped in melancholy, or dissolved in tears.
The exact date of the beginning of what Mme de Stael's admirers call her duel with Napoleon is not easy to determine.
Mme de Stael's faults are great; her style is of an age, not for all time; her ideas are mostly second-hand and frequently superficial.
The Considerations and the Dix annees d'exil had been published after Mme de Stael's death.
Some articles which Fauriel published in the Decade philosophique (1800) on a work of Madame de Stael's - De la litterature consideree dans ses rapports avec les institutions sociales - led to an intimate friendship with her.
De Stael's death in 1802, there was no longer any obstacle to their marriage, but Madame de Stael was apparently unwilling to change her name.