documentation at least those total premises

documentation at least those total premises

Post by Dilber » Mon, 26 Nov 2007 00:07:06



Your mother had instructed me to take the cup to
Malmaison to the empress. But before going, I endeavored to obtain some
news about the little King of Rome for the empress. Your good
grandmother loved him as though he had been her own child, although she
had never seen him. I therefore went to the Tuileries to see the little
King of Rome, with whose governess, Madame de Montesquieu, I was
intimately acquainted. On entering the apartment, I saw the king
cowering behind a chair in a corner of the room; Madame de Montesquieu
intimated by a look that he was undergoing a punishment; I understood
it, and first conversed with his governess for a short time. When I then
turned and approached him, he concealed the tearful, flushed face, that
his long blond curls covered as with a golden veil, whenever he moved
behind the chair.

"'Sire,' said Madame de Montesquieu to him, 'sire, do you not intend to
bid Mademoiselle de Cochelet good-morning? She came here expressly
to see you.'

"'Your majesty does not recognize me,' said I, attempting to take his
small hand in mine. He tore it from me, and cried in a voice almost
choked with sobbing: 'She will not let me look at the soldiers of
my papa!'

"Madame de Montesquieu told me that it was the little prince's greatest
pleasure to see the Guards exercising on the _Place de Carrousel_, but
that she had deprived Mm of this pleasure to-day, because he had been
*** and disobedient; that, when he heard the music and drums, his
despair and anger had become so great that she had been forced to resort
to severe means, and make him stand in the corner behind a chair. I
begged for the young king's pardon; I sh