The life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Volume 1

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William Hazlitt
Illustrated London library, 1852 - France
 

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Page 397 - Seven years, my lord, have now passed since I waited in your outward rooms, or was repulsed from your door; during which time I have been pushing on my work through difficulties, of which it is useless to complain, and have brought it at last to the verge of publication, without one act of assistance, one word of encouragement, or one smile of favour.
Page 194 - Ha, ha's!' of the mother-duchess, the patroness of the bands of female Jacobins, whenever her ears were not loudly greeted with the welcome sounds of death. The upper gallery, reserved for the people, was during the whole trial constantly full of strangers of every description drinking wine, as in a tavern. Bets were made as to the issue of the trial in all the neighbouring coffee-houses. Ennui, impatience, disgust, sat on almost every countenance.
Page 414 - To which are added a Synopsis of Words differently Pronounced by different Orthoepists ; and Walker's Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names.
Page 280 - Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback ; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other.
Page 17 - We were the most innocent creatures imaginable," the Emperor used to say ; " we contrived little meetings together. I well remember one which took place on a Midsummer morning, just as daylight began to dawn : it will scarcely be believed that all our happiness consisted in eating cherries together.
Page 120 - The inrollments for the militia, which the cahiers call an injustice without example, were another dreadful scourge on the peasantry; and, as married men were exempted from it, occasioned in some degree that mischievous population, which brought beings into the world, in order for little else than to be starved. The corvees, or police of the roads, were annually the ruin of many hundreds of farmers; more than 300 were reduced to beggary in filling up one vale in Lorraine: all these oppressions fell...
Page 297 - It is my design to lead you into the most fertile plains in the world. Rich provinces and great cities will be in your power ; there you will find honour, glory, and wealth. Soldiers of Italy ! will you be wanting in courage or perseverance ?" This speech from a young general of sixand-twenty, already distinguished by well-earned success, was received with eager acclamations.
Page 121 - ... must be understood whole droves of wild boars, and herds of deer not confined by any wall or pale, but wandering, at pleasure, over the whole country, to the destruction of crops; and to the peopling of the galleys by the wretched peasants who presumed to kill them, in order to save that food which was to support their helpless children.
Page 21 - L jn«lly, it is true; but that is nothing to the point. The little room which was assigned for my prison contained no furniture but an old chair and...
Page 414 - Words ; comprising also a Synopsis of Words differently pronounced by different Orthoepists; and Walker's Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names. A New Edition, Revised and Enlarged, BY CA GOODRICH, PROFESSOR IN YALE COLLEGE; WITH THE ADDITION OF A VOCABULARY OF MODERN GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES AND THEIR PRONUNCIATION.

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