ISBN 10: 1236284852 / ISBN 13: 9781236284853
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Riassunto: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 Excerpt: ...was, that she had not first received the intelligence from Napoleon himself. When at length a letter arrived, communicating the tidings, she retired to read it, and remained in seclusion an hour. When she returned to her guests, her face bore evident traces of tears. She longed to behold the young prince--a wish which Napoleon granted by himself placing the child in her arms, but which would have been refused by Maria Louise, who so disliked Josephine that she would ride miles out of her way, rather than pass the residence of her rival in the emperor's affections. Bonaparte continued to confide his most secret plans to Josephine. When he imparted to her his designs upon Russia, she used her utmost persuasion to induce him to abandon the wild project, in which she dimly foresaw his ruin. During that frightful campaign their correspondence was continued without interruption. "His letters to her, were more frequent and more affectionate than ever, while hers, written by every opportunity, were perused under all circumstances with a promptitude which clearly showed the pleasure or the consolation that was expected; in fact it was observed that letters from Malmaison or Navarre were always torn, rather than broken open, and were instantly read, whatever else might be retarded." The news of his disasters filled Josephine with fearful apprehensions, more especially as the French had lost the blind enthusiasm with which they formerly worshipped their hero, and were as ready to heap anathemas upon his name, as they had before been eager to find superlatives with which to praise him. He returned to France with the shattered remains of his brilliant army, unwilling to believe her people would dare to conspire against the bold conqueror who challenged all the...

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