'Les origines de la France contemporaine'. The Revolution, tr. by J. Durand, Volume 2

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Page 107 - You shall see whether we arc not Paris republicans. Now, sir, say your republican catechism — 'What is God? what are the People? and what is a King?' His friend, with an air of contrition and in a nasal tone of voice, twisting himself about like a harlequin, replies: 'God is matter, the People are the poor, and the King is a lion, a tiger, an elephant who tears to pieces, devours, and crushes the people down.
Page 252 - ... constituted. The average rate of wages for each individual may be fixed at 10s. per week ; this, of course, includes the children, who in all instances form a great proportion of the hands. This rate of payment is very nearly the same as that which was obtained in 1816. The usual hours of labour are from five o'clock in the morning to seven o'clock in the evening, half an hour being allowed for breakfast, one hour for dinner, and half an hour in the afternoon.
Page 198 - Consequently, on the 1oth of Guards. August the Swiss Guards, who do not fire a gun and who surrender, the wounded lying on the ground, their surgeons, the palace domestics, are killed; and, worse still, persons like M. de Clermont-Tonnerre who pass quietly along the street. All this now called, in official phraseology, the justice of the people. — On the nth, the Swiss Guards, collected in...
Page 188 - The declaration that the country is in danger," says many eye witnesses,2 "has made no change in the physiognomy of Paris. There are the same amusements, the same gossip. . . . The theatres are full as usual. The wine-shops and places of diversion overflow with the people, National Guards, and soldiers. . . . The fashionable world enjoys its pleasure-parties.
Page 213 - The arms seized from suspected persons have been committed to the hands of the country's defenders. We have arrested troublesome priests ; they are imprisoned and in a few days the soil of liberty will be purged of their presence. A section has come to protest against us. The wish of a single section cannot deprive the Commune of its representatives acknowledged and owned by the majority. Legislators, you have just heard, not our justification — we did not require it — but a concise and exact...
Page v - I have again to regret the dissatisfaction which I foresee this work will cause to many of my countrymen. My excuse is, that almost all of them, more fortunate than myself, have political principles which serve them in forming their judgments of the past. I had none; if, indeed, I had any motive in undertaking this work, it was to seek for political principles. Thus far I have attained to scarcely more than one ; and this is so simple that it will seem puerile, and that I hardly dare enunciate it....
Page 50 - I would take my own head by the hair, cut it off, and, presenting it to the despot, I would say to him: Tyrant, behold the act of a free man!
Page 200 - In vain the new tribunal, instantly installed, hastens its work and guillotines three innocent persons in five days; it does not move fast enough. On the 23d of August one of the sections declares to the Commune in furious language that the people themselves,
Page 224 - is full of scorpions." Through a terrible selfshrinking, he hardens himself against the inborn, hereditary impulses of humanity; these resist while he becomes exasperated, and, to stifle them, there is no other way but to "sup on horrors," by adding murder to murder. For murder, especially as he practices it, that is to say, with a naked sword on defenceless people, introduces into his animal and moral machine two extraordinary and disproportionate emotions which unsettle it: on the one hand, a sensation...
Page 153 - ... had placed him on a table, as near as possible to the window, and there he stood for full four hours with the red cap on his head. A young man mounted another table in front of him, and kept repeating for a long time, " I demand, in the name of the hundred thousand souls who surround me, the recal of the patriot ministers! I demand the sanction of the decree against the priests, the sanction of the decree for the camp of twenty thousand men! I demand the immediate execution of both decrees, or...

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