Mirabeau, from the French of Louis Barthou

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Dodd, Mead, 1913 - 351 páginas
 

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Página 185 - Monsieur, tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the People, and that nothing but the force of bayonets...
Página 155 - ... utterances of a piqued self-love, allow me to add a word. In all ages, in all countries, aristocrats have persecuted the friends of the people, and if, by I know not what combination of chances, there have arisen one in their own midst, he it is whom they have struck above all, thirsting as they were to inspire terror by their choice of a victim. Thus perished the last of the Gracchi, by the hand of the patricians; but, wounded to the death, he flung dust towards heaven, calling to witness the...
Página 210 - ... Yes, I shall be glad to hear it." " Here it is, then, word for word. I fixed his words in my memory, since I hoped at some time to have the opportunity ot repeating them to your majesty : ' If you have the means of making yourself heard by the king and queen, persuade them that they and France are lost if the royal family does not leave Paris. I am busied with a plan to enable them to go out. At any rate, you may assure them that they may reckon upon me.' " The queen became thoughtful " Then...
Página 202 - ... in the peaceable enjoyment of your crime ? Stoical contemplators of the incalculable woes which this catastrophe will scatter over France ! unfeeling egotists, who think these convulsions of despair and wretchedness will pass away like so many others, and pass the more rapidly as they will be the more violent ! are you quite sure that so many men without bread will leave you tranquilly to luxuriate amid the viands which you will have been unwilling to curtail in either variety or delicacy? No...
Página 250 - I always have been : the defender of the monarchical power regulated by the laws, and the apostle of liberty guaranteed by the monarchical power.
Página 155 - But, if you keep silence or if you intrench yourselves in the vague utterances of a piqued self-love, allow me to add a word. In all ages, in all countries, aristocrats have persecuted the friends of the people, and if, by I know not what combination of chances, there have arisen one in their own midst, he it is whom they have struck above all, thirsting as they were to inspire terror by their choice of a victim. Thus perished the last of the Gracchi, by the hand of the patricians; but, wounded to...
Página 171 - vile, greedy, base, intriguing fellow, whose one desire is mud and money; for money he would sell his soul; and he would be right, for he would be exchanging a dunghill for gold'.
Página 206 - What are these people thinking of? Can they not see the gulf yawning before their feet? Yes," he repeated to the horrified La Marck, "all is lost, the king and queen will perish and the mob will spurn their corpses. Even you do not realise how dangerous their position is, and yet they ought to be made to understand it.
Página 252 - I should like to believe that she would not desire life without her crown ; but what I am very certain of is, that she will not preserve her life if she does not preserve her crown.
Página 208 - ... asked audience of the queen. It is now some time since we have told the story of M. de la Marck's relations with Mirabeau from the published correspondence of the former. When the fact was made known to Marie Antoinette that the great democratic orator was approachable by bribery, her reply was, " We shall never be so unfortunate, I think, as to be reduced to the painful necessity of having recourse to Mirabeau.

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