Tuesday, January 23, 2007

04Jul1862, Scrubby Napoleon

LONDON, Friday, July 4th, 1862.
—We went to a very smart and charming aftn and eveng at the Duc d'Aumale's; where the impress of ancien régime dignity — the arms with all their array of noble old French names round the room, the pictures of the victories of Louis XIV, the banners and fleurs-de-lis on the wall, filled one with a thrill of respect and compassion for the descendants of the hundred kings of France, ousted by this scrubby Napoleon; and with pride that our country is the one which receives them as Royal guests, all the more because they are fallen. The Prince de Conde is short and not handsome, but with a very pleasing countenance; the little Duc de Guise is a tiny fellow of 8, pretty and exceedingly fair. There were 2 comic Fr. plays, which were an immense delight. In the eveng dancing began, but we stayed a very short time.

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