Evenings with Prince Cambacérès: Second Consul, Arch-chancellor of the Empire ...

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E. L. Carey & A. Hart, 1838
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Seite vi - Dreams, books, are each a world ; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good : Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
Seite 161 - ... National Assembly. They soon, however, had reason to repent of their generosity. He joined the Orle'ans faction and became one of the most persevering, violent, and cruel persecutors of the privileged classes, particularly of the clergy, to whom he was indebted for everything.
Seite 174 - With that you may buy a suttler's caravan, which will enable your wife to carry on a profitable business. Your son is a fine boy, and, at some future time he shall be provided for. But, mind, never let me hear of your beating your wife again. If I do, you shall find that I can deal hard blows as well as you.' " ' Ah, Sire ! I can never be sufficiently grateful for your kindness.
Seite 173 - When he was conducted to Napoleon, the latter said in a familiar tone : " ' What is the reason, my lad, that you beat your wife ? She is a young and pretty woman ; and is a better wife than you are a husband. Such conduct is disgraceful in a French grenadier.
Seite 172 - He loves me too well for that.' " ' And, if I guess rightly, you love him.' " ' That is very natural, Captain; he is my lawful husband and the father of my dear boy !' " So saying, she fondly kissed her child, who, by the way in which he returned her caresses, proved his affection for his mother. Napoleon was moved by this touching picture, in spite of the heart of iron, of marble, or of adamant, which has so often been allotted to him. "
Seite 172 - Malpeste ! your husband has been beating you ; you are weeping, and yet you are so afraid of getting him into trouble that you will not even tell me his name. This is very inconsistent. May it not be that you are a little in the fault yourself?" " Alas, captain ! he has a thousand good qualities, though he has one very bad one — he is jealous — terribly jealous ; and when he gets into a passion, he cannot restrain his violence.
Seite 173 - Now, there is your mistake ; you want to prevent a woman from talking ; you might as well try to turn the course of the Danube. Take my advice; do not be jealous. Let your wife gossip, and be merry. If she were doing wrong, it is likely she would be sad instead of ,ay.
Seite 172 - Malpeste! your husband has been beating you; you are weeping, and yet you are so afraid of getting him into trouble that you will not even tell me his name. This is very inconsistent! May it not be that you are a little in fault yourself?' "'Alas, Captain! he has a thousand good qualities, though he has one very bad one. . . . He is jealous .... terribly jealous; and, when he gets into a passion, he cannot restrain his violence.
Seite 175 - O, sire ! Since my good star led me into the gracious presence of your Majesty, I have been the happiest of women.
Seite 174 - My good fellow, you are now speaking to the Emperor.' "The word produced its usual magical effect. The grenadier looked confused, held down his head, lowered his voice, and said: " 'Oh, Sire ! that quite alters the case. Since your Majesty commands, I of course obey.

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