The guillotine

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Scribner, Welford,, 1871 - France
 

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Page 93 - How the rolling of those drums comes in, through the temple bastions and bulwarks, on the heart of a queenly wife ; soon to be a widow ! He is gone, then, and has not seen us? A Queen weeps bitterly; a King's sister and children. Over all these four does death also hover ; all shall perish miserably save one ; she, as Duchesse d'Angouleme, will live — not happily. At the Temple Gate were some faint cries, perhaps from voices of pitiful women: "Grace! Grace!
Page 167 - Robespierre, when he heard of it, broke out into something almost like swearing at the brutish blockheadism of this Hebert ; ' on whose foul head his foul lie has recoiled.
Page 167 - The young imperial maiden of fifteen has now become a worn discrowned widow of thirty-eight ; gray before her time ; this is the last procession: — "Few minutes after the trial ended, the drums were beating to arms in all sections ; at sunrise the armed force was on foot, cannons getting placed at the extremities of the bridges, in the squares, cross-ways, all along from the Palais de Justice to the Place de la Revolution.
Page 144 - Hussar-party, which had such friendly dispositions, "to dismount, and give up their arms, then"; and became notable among Patriot men. Four years: what a road he has...
Page 41 - Slaughter, one of the most authentic products of the Pit you would say, once give it Customs, becomes War, with Laws of War; and is Customary and Moral enough ; and red individuals carry the tools of it girt round their haunches, not without an air of pride, — which do thou nowise blame. While, see ! so long as it is but dressed in hodden or russet ; and Revolution, less frequent than War, has not yet got its Laws of Revolution, but the hodden or russet individuals are Uncustomary — O shrieking...
Page 146 - What tempted you, then? His crimes. " I killed one man," added she, raising her voice" extremely (ertrfmanent), as they went on with their questions, " I killed one man to save a hundred thousand; a villain to save innocents ; a savage wild-beast to give repose to my country. I was a Republican before the Revolution ; I never wanted energy.
Page 142 - Twenty-five millions within, History will look fixedly at this one fair Apparition of a Charlotte Corday; will note whither Charlotte moves, how the little Life burns forth so radiant, then vanishes swallowed of the Night.
Page 218 - Danton has had but three days to lie in Prison; for the time presses. What is your name? place of abode? and the like, Fouquier asks; according to formality. "My name is Danton," answers he; "a name tolerably known in the Revolution: my abode will soon be Annihilation (dans le Neant); but I shall live in the Pantheon of History.
Page 147 - Alas, how were peace possible, or preparable, while, for example, the hearts of lovely Maidens, in their convent-stillness, are dreaming not of Love-paradises and the light 'of Life, but of Codrus'-sacrifices and Death well-earned?
Page 168 - Few minutes after the Trial ended, the drums were beating to arms in all Sections ; at sunrise the armed force was on foot, cannons getting placed at the extremities of the Bridges, in the Squares, Crossways, all along from the Palais de Justice to the Place de la Revolution. By ten o'clock, numerous patrols were circulating in the Streets ; thirty thousand foot and horse drawn up under arms.

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