Contrasted to the King of England--(dash)bloodthirsty, proud


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Contrasted to the King of England--(dash) blood thirsty,proud,'private'--(dash again) his very weakness erases his limits, he shares the same skin with the rest of his universe:ideally he is nothing but a void, a humility thrust into the ermine robe but drawing everying else into itself: the people, the bourgeoisie, and the Church.

The preceding sentence is:
Consider, for example, the King of France in the Middle Age:his power derives from his empty space, in other words from his 'smoothness', from that sort of superior state where a thousand forces, a thousand heredities cancel each other out in him,releasing a general and delectable non-signification from the accidental.

What is 'his' here, the King of England or France ?

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  • exgerman

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    English but my first language was German
    I think the topic of discussion---the king of France---does not change, so his refers to the king of France. Everything that the author wants to say about the king of England is said between the dashes


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    His refers to the King of France.

    From the two sentences:
    ... a thousand heredities cancel each other out in him ...
    ... his very weakness erases his limits ...

    Descriptions of the same man.

    Added: Cross-posted with exgerman.
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