The sisters of Napoleon: Elisa, Pauline, and Caroline Bonaparte

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Page 300 - My last hour has come. In a few moments I shall have ceased to live, in a few moments you will have no husband. Never forget me, do not curse my memory. I die innocent. Farewell my Achilles, farewell my Laetitia, farewell my Lucien, farewell my Louise— show yourselves worthy of me to the world.
Page 282 - On the 24th and 26th of the preceding January, Napoleon had written the following letter to his sister Caroline : " The King of Naples has left the army. Your husband is very brave on the field of battle ; but he is weaker than a woman or a monk when he is not in the presence of the enemy. He has no moral courage.
Page 251 - Junot was confounded at finding that the Emperor had been informed of this circumstance, which, nevertheless, was sufficiently important, considering the relative situation of the two personages, to fix the attention not only of the police, but of the public ; nothing but the infatuation, which so often blinds...
Page 100 - Ti amo, sempre, e passionatissimamente, per sempre ti amo, ti amo, sbell' idol mio, sei cuore mio, tenero amico; ti amo, amo, amo, amo, si amatissimo amante." This is the last of her letters to Freron to come down to us. She wrote again to Napoleon as she had told Freron she would do. But he was in the full tide of his victorious Italian campaign, his power growing with every hour. He was determined that as he swept onward his family must advance with him.
Page 234 - ... formed no previous conception. On the following day, after a family dinner, a violent scene took place, at which I was not present ; but we could hear something of it through the wall which divided the Empress's boudoir from our salon. Mme. Murat burst into complaints, tears, and reproaches ; she asked why she and her sisters were to be condemned to obscurity and contempt, while strangers were to be loaded with honors and dignity ? Bonaparte answered her angrily, asserting several times that...
Page 134 - I believe General Leclerc would willingly have dispensed with this addition to his baggage, for it was a positive calamity after the first quarter of an hour's interview had exhausted the pleasure of surveying her really beautiful person, to have the burden of amusing, occupying, and taking care of Madame Leclerc.
Page 251 - I know all that and many other facts which I am willing to look upon as imprudences only ; but in which, also I see serious faults on your part. Once more, why this carriage with your livery ? Your livery should not be seen at two o'clock in the morning in the courtyard of the Grand-Duchess of Berg? You, Junot! You compromise my sister!
Page 130 - What a pity! Yes, truly, how unfortunate. Such a really pretty head to have such ears! If I had ears like those I would have them cut off. Yes, positively, they are like those of a pugdog. You who know her, Monsieur, advise her to have it done; it would be a charitable act on your part!
Page 278 - ... proposition of Murat, Napoleon immediately issued the following decree, which Joachim did not easily forget : <( Considering that the Kingdom of Naples forms A PORTION OF THE GRAND EMPIRE; that the Prince who reigns in that country has RISEN FROM THE RANKS OF THE FRENCH ARMY; that he was raised to the Throne BY THE EFFORTS AND THE BLOOD OF FRENCHMEN, Napoleon declares that French citizens are BY RIGHT citizens of the Two Sicilies.

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