Recollections of the Private Life of Napoleon, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Merriam Company, 1895 - Valets
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Page 422 - ... when, immediately perceiving his danger, he threw himself face downward on the ground, which was a very wise precaution; for hardly had his majesty placed himself in that position, than other balls passed over his head, the discharge of the first sentinel having been repeated by the whole line. The first fire over, the emperor rose, walked towards the nearest post and made himself known. His majesty was still there when the soldier who had fired on him joined them, being just relieved at his...
Page 388 - Answer me, gentlemen, what has become of Vandamme?" General Chardon of the vanguard, who was much liked by the Emperor, replied: "I think, Sire, that General Vandamme is still asleep; we drank a dozen bottles of Rhine wine together last evening, and doubtless ..." " Sir, he did well to drink, but he is wrong...
Page 378 - ... his attendants, everybody in fact, adored him. In Munich he often went out alone in the mornings, going to the markets, where he bought grain, entering the shops and talking to everybody, especially to the children whom he urged to go to school. This excellent prince was not afraid of compromising his dignity by the simplicity of his manners, and he was right, for I do not believe that any one was ever tempted to show him disrespect. The love he inspired in nowise detracted from veneration. Such...
Page 428 - ... hospital. We had to begin by carrying out the amputated limbs, and washing off the blood-stains ; this task was accomplished in less than half an hour, and all looked pretty well. The Emperor sometimes slept from fifteen minutes to half an hour on the battle-field when he was fatigued, or if he wanted to await more patiently the result of the orders he had given. We were on the road to Potsdam when we were overtaken by a violent storm ; it was so heavy, and the rain fell so abundantly, that we...
Page 370 - So it is you, sir, who marry members of my family without my consent, and without having made the publications you were bound to make in your double character as cure' and assistant! Do you know that you ought to be dispossessed, interdicted, and prosecuted before the courts ? " The unlucky priest saw himself already at the bottom of a dungeon. However, after a sharp rebuke, he was sent...
Page 212 - ... colleagues were really his inferiors. People thought it just that he should become supreme chief in name, since he was already so in fact. Since his fall I have often heard His Majesty called by the name of usurper; and the only effect it has ever produced upon me has been to make me laugh with pity. If the Emperor usurped the throne, he had more accomplices than all the tyrants of tragedy and melodrama; for three-fourths of the French people were in the plot. It is known that it was May 18 when...
Page 285 - ... repeatedly without drawing in his breath at all. "Why, what is the matter?" cried he; "it does not work at all." I called his attention to the fact that he was not inhaling properly and showed him how it ought to be done; but the emperor still continued his performances, which were like some peculiar kind of yawning. Tired out by his fruitless efforts at last, he told me to light it for him, which I did, and instantly handed it back to him. But he had hardly taken a whiff when the smoke, which...
Page 293 - ... recently been some quarrel between Her Imperial Highness and her protege' and that the Princess was seizing the first occasion to restore peace. However that might be, M. de Canouville allowed himself to be coaxed a little for form's sake, and then the costly fur was taken to his house. A few days later, while the Emperor was holding a review on the Place du Carrousel, M. de Canouville made his appearance, mounted on a skittish horse which he had great ado to keep still. This caused some disorder...
Page 132 - All the exaggerations of flattery were exhausted in the time of the Consulate; in the years that followed it was necessary to repeat them. Thus, in the Lyons couplets the First Consul was the god of victory, the conqueror of the Nile and of Neptune, the saviour of the country, the peacemaker of the world, the arbiter of Europe.

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