Indeed, he was considered by his stern brethren as somewhat too fond and indulgent a parent.
Swedish historians have been excusably indulgent to the father of their greatest ruler.
He was affable to the point of familiarity, quick-witted like a true Gascon, good-hearted, indulgent, yet skilled in reading the character of those around him, and he could at times show himself severe and unyielding.
He is accused of having sunk in his later years into the self-indulgent habits of the harem.
Kalinka is, however, far too severe upon the patriots and much too indulgent towards King Stanislaus.