A queen of Napoleon's court: the life-story of Désirée Bernadotte

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Page x - I should like balls infinitely better," she replied, "if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day." "Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball.
Page 225 - Riviere, and others ; and they had no intention of committing any overt acts. These latter persons had come to the Continent solely to investigate the actual state of affairs, in order to inform the Princes of the House of Bourbon with certainty how far they might depend on the foolish hopes constantly held out to them by paltry agents, who were always ready to advance their own interests at the expense of truth. These agents did indeed conspire, but it was against the Treasury of London, to which...
Page 373 - I rely confidently on the future because I foresee that fortune will not always favour your Emperor. It is impossible ; but the time will come when all Europe, humbled by his exactions, and impatient of his depredations, will rise up against him. The more he enslaves nations, the more terrible will be the reaction when they break their chains.
Page 266 - Pope and the bishops together. the public observances of the holy religion of our fathers, and to be its protector. He has restored and preserved public order by his profound and active wisdom; he defends the State by his...
Page 67 - Oui, je te jure, cher Stanislas, de n'aimer jamais que toi seul : mon cœur n'est point partagé, il s'est donné tout entier. Qui pourrait s'opposer à l'union de deux âmes qui ne cherchent que le bonheur et le trouvent en s'aimant ? Non, mon ami, maman ni personne ne peuvent te refuser ma main.
Page 360 - to reject the system without hesitation. It may be very fine in theory ; but it is utterly impossible to carry it into practice, and it will, in the end, give the trade of the world to England. It excites the dissatisfaction of our allies, who, in spite of themselves, will again become our enemies. But no other country, except Russia, is in the situation of Sweden. You want a number of objects of the first necessity, which nature has withheld from you. You can only obtain them by perfect freedom...
Page 266 - Q. Are there not particular reasons which ought to attach us more strongly to Napoleon I, our Emperor? A. Yes; for it is he whom God has raised up under...
Page 223 - Berthier, Murat, Moncey, Jourdan, Massena, Augereau, Bernadotte, Soult, Brune, Lannes, Mortier, Ney, Davoust, Bessieres, Kellermann, Lefevre, Perignon, Serrurier, were named marshals of the empire.
Page 266 - God has raised up under difficult circumstances to re-establish the public worship of the holy religion of our fathers and to be the protector of it. He has restored and preserved public order by his profound and active wisdom; he defends the State by his powerful arm; he has become the anointed of the Lord through the consecration which he received from the sovereign pontiff, Head of the Universal Church.

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