Puppets of Fate: A Drama in Four Acts and a Prologue

Gorham Press, 1914 - 63 Seiten

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Seite 61 - 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 henped benefits upon millions of wretches!
Seite 60 - 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.
Seite 62 - At least I shall die regretted; I have always desired the happiness of France ; I did all in my power to contribute to it ; and I can say with truth to all of you now present at my last moments, that the first wife of Napoleon never caused a single tear to flow.
Seite 57 - But his marriage will in no respect change the sentiments of my heart. The Emperor will ever find in me his best friend. I know what this...
Seite 56 - Qod knows whatcuch a determination has cost my heart; but there a no sacrifice which is above my courage when it is proved to be for the interests of France. Far from having any cause of complaint, I have nothing to say, but in praise of the attachment and tenderness of my beloved wife. She has embellished fifteen years of my life, and the remembrance of them will be forever engraven on my heart.
Seite 18 - Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word, Macduff is fled to England. Macb. Fled to England ? Len. Ay, my good lord. Macb. Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits : The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, Unless the deed go with it : from this moment, The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand.
Seite 56 - The political interests of my monarchy, the wishes of my people, which have constantly guided my actions, require that I should transmit to an heir, inheriting my love for the people, the throne on which Providence has placed me. For many years 1 have lost all hopes of having children by my beloved spouse, the Empress Josephine.
Seite 56 - This it is which induces me to sacrifice the sweetest affections of my heart, to attend to nothing but the good of the state, and to wish the dissolution of my marriage.
Seite 56 - I respond to all the sentiments of the emperor in consenting to the dissolution of a marriage which henceforth is an obstacle to the happiness of France, by depriving it of the blessing of being one day governed by the descendants of that great man...
Seite 55 - Eugene, you know the stern necessity which urges this measure : yet you will quit me. Who, then, should I have a son, the object of my desires and preserver of my interests, — who would watch over the child when I am absent ? If I die, who will prove to him a father? who will bring him up ? who is to make a man of him ?" Napoleon is represented as having had tears in his eyes on pronouncing these words.

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