Recollections of the Empress Eugénie

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Cassell, Limited, 1920 - France - 327 pages

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Page 18 - MY DEAR SIR : It is a long time since I have had the pleasure of...
Page 304 - I noticed black forms on top of the banks, which moved silently about and watched me through the tall grasses. This scrutiny was full of curiosity, but it was not hostile. I believe these savages wished rather to express their sympathy and their pity . . . and doubtless they were the very men who had killed my son on the same spot . . . Towards morning a strange thing happened. Although there was not a breath of air, the flames of the candles were suddenly deflected, as if someone wished to extinguish...
Page 119 - Do you know, General,' she argued, 'that fifty armed men could walk straight into this room and murder me without any difficulty? But they do not attack me. Why? Simply because I do not defend myself, and because they know that if I disappeared the Empire would still remain. But imagine the Emperor in this palace, which is a trap for Sovereigns. What would happen to him ? Imagine the onslaught of all the bitter enemies who are now combined against him. There would be...
Page 134 - the Empress cut short his words, and her soul, stirred to its innermost depths, poured forth its anger in a torrent of incoherent and mad words. What she said then Conti never repeated to anyone, and I shall die, like him, without repeating it.
Page 119 - Empire could still remain. But imagine the Emperor in this Palace, which is a trap for Sovereigns. What would happen to him ? Imagine the onslaught of all the bitter enemies who are now combined against him. There would be two alternatives : either the Army would side with him, and then there would be civil war between the Army and the people of Paris; or else the troops would desert him, and revolution and massacre would follow. In either case who would profit? The Prussians.
Page 300 - Prince were buried a few paces away, with the result that the spot presented the peaceful and orderly appearance of an English cemetery instead of that of a wild ravine which had witnessed a scene of death and carnage.
Page 302 - Zulus even told us that, if the fugitives had but turned round, they would have stopped the pursuit.
Page 230 - ... which forces me to insist on cessions of territory, which have no other object than to push back the point of departure of the French armies which, in the future, will come to attack us.
Page 130 - I will exonerate you and take all responsibility. We shall hold out in Paris, if we are besieged, or if we are out of Paris we shall still hold out to the end. There i can be no question of peace ! — E.
Page 274 - London. What my countrymen most admire about you is your solemn way of behaving.' He was forty-four when he ascended the throne, not exactly aged, but worn with prison and exile. He wrote of himself : Sovereignty is a heavy burden because one cannot always do the good one desires, and one's contemporaries rarely do one justice. A sovereign, in order to accomplish his mission, must have faith in himself and a clear consciousness of his duty. He must remember that those whom he has loved look down...

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