The second estate of French society was made up of the nobility. These nobles lived on manors which they had inherited. The second estate consisted of about 2% of the total population who owned about 25% of the total land in France.
These nobles collected dues and rent from the peasants who lived on their lands. This endless source of income allowed them to live a lavish lifestyle.
We may not return the affection of those who like us, but we always respect their good judgment.
In the Middle Ages people believed the teachings of Aristotle, that the heart was the seat of intelligence.