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    Elbridge Streeter Brooks (Author)

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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.1913 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII WHAT MADEMOISELLE FOUND IN THE STREET OF ST. ANTHONY THE great Hall of the Marshals had almost emptied itself of guests as the Emperor had scored the Ambassador. When big nations quarrel, little states stand from under. After such a bout as was this, when France taunted Russia, none knew upon whom the imperial bolt might fall next: and both vassals and allies had business elsewhere. Men whispered to one another: 'It means war. Thus did the Emperor break out against Whitworth, the Englishman, before the war that ended in the subjugation of Germany: thus did he score Metternich, the Austrian, before the campaign that ended in victory at Wagram. It is peace no longer.' But Philip thought not of the quarrels of states, as he stood before the Emperor. He knew he had been indiscreet. He expected what English boys call a ' wigging,' and what American boys know as a 'hauling over the coals.' 'So, young Desnouettes,' the Emperor broke out, 'you forget yourself in the presence of my guests: is it not so? You dare to bandy words with the representative of a nation, do you? Feather-head! Can I, then, not trust my pages to learn manners?' 'Sire, the Russian angered me, and--I forgot myself,' the boy confessed. 'And does that make matters right?' cried Napoleon. 'Courtesy should never forget itself.' Then Philip looked squarely into the imperial eye. 'Sire,' he said, ' I did but follow my Emperor.' At this bold declaration every listener looked aghast. Courtiers knew not whether to smile or to frown. Pages held their breath. Only Victor, the irrepressible, whispered: 'My faith! there goes boy Philip's head.' But one never knew how to take that curious compound of severity and sentiment--Napoleon the Emperor. At Philip's words a gleam of anger filled his eye:...
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