The French Revolution: The Bastille

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James Fraser, 1837
 

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Página 266 - Were deaths by that sputter of fire), into endless rolling explosion of musketry, distraction, execration ; — and over head, from the Fortress, let one great gun, with its grape-shot, go booming, to show what we could do. The Bastille is besieged ! On, then, all Frenchmen, that have hearts in...
Página 271 - The Hussar-Captain is too happy to be escorted to the Barriers, and dismissed on parole. Who the squat individual was ? Men answer, It is M. Marat, author of the excellent pacific Avis...
Página 297 - ... rested on mere formulas which were grown hollow by course of time; and it seemed as if no Reality any longer existed, but only Phantasms of realities, and God's Universe were the work of the Tailor and Upholsterer mainly, and men were buckram masks that went about becking and grimacing there, — on a sudden, the Earth yawns asunder, and amid Tartarean smoke, and glare of fierce brightness, rises SANSCULOTTISM, many-headed, fire-breathing, and asks: What think ye of me?
Página 269 - Franchises have come: real cannon, real cannoneers. Usher Maillard is busy; half-pay Elie, half-pay Hulin rage in the midst of thousands. How the great Bastille Clock ticks (inaudible) in its Inner Court there, at its ease, hour after hour; as if nothing special, for it or the world, were passing!
Página 264 - Old De Launay, as we hinted, withdrew " into his interior " soon after midnight of Sunday. He remains there ever since, hampered, as all military gentlemen now are, in the saddest conflict of uncertainties. The Hotel-de-Ville "invites" him to admit National Soldiers, which is a soft name for surrendering.
Página 267 - I'Orme, arched Gateway (where Louis Tournay now fights) ; then new drawbridges, dormant-bridges, rampart-bastions, and the grim Eight Towers; a labyrinthic Mass, high-frowning there, of all ages from twenty years to four hundred and twenty; — beleaguered, in this its last hour, as we said, by mere Chaos come again! Ordnance of all calibres; throats of all capacities; men of all plans, every man his own engineer; seldom since the war of Pygmies and Cranes was there seen so anomalous a thing. Half-pay...
Página 272 - Fortress ; declares that he will blow it up, seizes torches to blow it up, and does not blow it Unhappy old de Launay, it is the death-agony of thy Bastille and Thee ! Jail, Jailoring and Jailor, all three, such as they may have been, must finish. For four hours now has the World-Bedlam roared : call it the World-Chimsera, blowing fire.
Página 15 - Fourths, with their prophesied social millennium, "when every peasant should have his fowl in the pot"; and on the whole, the fertility of this most fertile Existence (named of Good and Evil) — brought it, in the matter of the Kingship. Wondrous ! Concerning which may we not again say, that in the huge mass of Evil, as it rolls and swells, there is ever some Good working imprisoned; working towards deliverance and triumph?
Página 270 - We are come to join you," said the captain; for the crowd seems shoreless. A largeheaded dwarfish individual, of smoke-bleared aspect, shambles forward, opening his blue lips, for there is sense in him; and croaks: "Alight then, and give up your arms!
Página 231 - Monsieur, tell those who sent you that we are here by the will of the People, and that nothing but the force of bayonets...

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