Memoirs of Napoleon, His Court and Family, Volume 1

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Page 23 - Napoleon was most offensive, and must have been sensibly felt by my brother, who was not only remarkable for the mildness of his temper and the amenity and grace of his manner, but whose society was courted in the most distinguished circles of Paris on account of his talents. He perceived in Bonaparte a kind of acerbity and bitter irony, of which he long endeavoured to discover the cause. ' I believe,' said Albert one day to my mother, ' that the poor young man feels keenly his dependent situation.
Page 15 - Duchesse d'Arbranes':—"He was one day accused by one of his sisters of having eaten a basketful of grapes, figs, and citrons, which had come from the garden of his uncle the Canon. None but those who were acquainted with the Bonaparte family can form any idea of the enormity of this offence. To eat fruit belonging to the uncle the Canon was infinitely more criminal than to eat grapes and figs which might be claimed by anybody else. An inquiry took place. Napoleon. denied the fact, and was whipped....
Page 16 - Corsica. world ; — those hands, of which the most coquettish woman might have been vain, and whose white skin covered muscles of iron ; — in short, of all that personal beauty which distinguished Napoleon as a young man, no traces were discernible in the boy.
Page 564 - ... that she need have no dread of serpents, as there were none in the Antilles; and that savages were equally harmless. Finally, I summed up my consolatory harangue by telling her she would look very pretty in the Creole costume. As I advanced in my arguments, Madame Leclerc's sobs became less and less hysterical. She still wept, but her tears were not unbecoming. *You really think, Laurette...
Page 306 - Berthier was small and ill-shaped, without being actually deformed ; his head was too large for his body; his hair, neither light nor dark, was rather frizzed than curled ; his forehead, eyes, nose, and chin, each in the proper place, were, however, by no means handsome in the aggregate. His hands, naturally ugly, became frightful by a habit of biting his nails: add to this, that he stammered much in speaking; and that if he did not make grimaces, the agitation of his features was so rapid as to...
Page 22 - he had the appearance of a fresh importation. I met him in the Palais Royal, where he was gaping and staring with wonder at everything he saw.
Page 195 - ... the army of Italy. There is in all this a curious parity of events : but death soon ended the career of one of the young heroes. That which ought to have constituted the happiness of his life was the cause of Joubert's death ; namely, his marriage. But how could he refrain from loving the woman he espoused...
Page 85 - On your name my mouth is closed. Repent, and appreciate my motives. " Madame Permon, my best wishes are with you and your child. You are feeble and defenceless beings. May Providence and a friend's prayers protect you ! Be cautious, and do not stay in the large towns through which you may have to pass. "Adieu.
Page 16 - However, he would not cry ; he was dull, but not sulky. At length, on the fourth day of his punishment, a little friend of Marianne Bonaparte returned from the country, and, on hearing of Napoleon's disgrace, she confessed that she and Marianne had eaten the fruit. It was now Marianne's turn to be punished.
Page 33 - Though not much accustomed to society, he had too much tact not to perceive that he ought to be silent when personalities were introduced, and his adversary was a woman. Though deeply mortified at the unfortunate nickname which my sister had given him, yet he affected to forget it; and to prove that he cherished no malice on the subject, he got a little toy made and gave it as a present to me. This toy consisted of a cat in boots, in the character of a footman running before the carriage of the Marquis...

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