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Page 113 - He appeared to me to listen with more abstraction than interest, as if occupied rather with what he was thinking of, than with what was said to him. There is great intelligence in his countenance, along with an expression of habitual meditation, which reveals nothing of what is passing within.
Page 230 - Desirous of strengthening more and more the church re-established by himself, and unable to change the laws appointed by her observances, his intention is at least to keep at a distance from his court all those who may have profited by the possibility of divorce.
Page 313 - SIRE, — I received, this morning, the welcome note which was written on the eve of your departure for St. Cloud, and hasten to reply to its tender and affectionate contents. These, indeed, do not in themselves surprise me ; but only as being received so early as fifteen days after my establishment here ; so perfectly assured was I that your attachment would search out the means of consoling me under a separation necessary to the tranquillity of both. The thought that your care follows me into my...
Page 323 - PS I expect to hear from you at Elba : I am not very well." The perusal of this letter overwhelmed Josephine with grief and consternation, but recovering from her stupor, she exclaimed, with impassioned energy, " I must not remain here — my presence is necessary to the Emperor. That duty is indeed more Maria Louisa's than mine ; but the Emperor is alone — forsaken. Well, I at least will not abandon him. I might be dispensed with while he was happy — now, I am sure he expects me.
Page 321 - This cherished document, after giving an account of the engagement, concluded with the following words: — " On beholding those scenes where I had passed my boyhood, and comparing my peaceful condition then with the agitation and terrors which I now experience, I several times said in my own mind, ' I have sought to meet death in many conflicts — I can no longer fear it ; to me death would now be a blessing — but I would once more see Josephine.
Page 322 - My fall is great, but at least it is useful, as men say. In my retreat I shall substitute the pen for the sword. The history of my reign will be curious ; the world has yet seen me only in profile, — I shall show myself in full. How many things have I to disclose ! how many are the men of whom a false estimate is entertained ! I have heaped benefits upon millions of wretches! What have they done in the end for me 1 They have all betrayed me— yes, all.
Page 265 - ... prefer to command? Your husband obeys through fear, when he ought to yield to persuasion alone. By thus usurping a part which does not belong to us, you convert a brave man into a timid slave, and yourself into an exacting tyrant. This brings shame to him, and cannot be an honor to you. Our glory — the glory of woman — lies in submission ; and if it be permitted us to reign, our empire rests on gentleness and goodness. Your husband, already so great in the opinion of the world, through his...
Page 128 - Every thing here passes away ; my glory is already declining ; this little corner of Europe is too small to supply it. We must go to the East ; all the great men of the world have there acquired their celebrity.
Page 51 - Upon examining how matters stood, I found the shoes literally in tatters, and her feet dreadfully torn by a nail. We were not yet more than half-way ; and before reaching France it seemed impossible to procure another pair of shoes. I felt quite overcome at the idea of the sorrow my poor Hortense would suffer, as also at the danger to which her health might be exposed, by confinement in my miserable little cabin.