The answer is obvious: The weakness of most of the members, who are unwilling to expose themselves to the mercy of foreign powers; the weakness of most of the principal members, compared with the formidable powers all around them; the vast weight and influence which the emperor
derives from his separate and heriditary dominions; and the interest he feels in preserving a system with which his family pride is connected, and which constitutes him the first prince in Europe; -- these causes support a feeble and precarious Union; whilst the repellant quality, incident to the nature of sovereignty, and which time continually strengthens, prevents any reform whatever, founded on a proper consolidation.
Trouillefou made a sign, and the duke, the emperor
, and the passed masters of pickpockets, and the isolated robbers, came and ranged themselves around him in a horseshoe, of which Gringoire, still roughly held by the body, formed the centre.
There is likewise another diversion, which is only shown before the emperor and empress, and first minister, upon particular occasions.
I had the good fortune to divert the emperor one day after a very extraordinary manner.
I should like very much to know how far they have got on with the cloth,' thought the Emperor.
I will send my old and honoured minister to the weavers,' thought the Emperor.
But it will please our sovereign the Emperor Napoleon if we take this bridge, so let us three go and take it
They spin him a thousand gasconades, saying that the war is over, that the Emperor Francis is arranging a meeting with Bonaparte, that they desire to see Prince Auersperg, and so on.
Our mighty Emperor has lately caused himself to be nickel-plated.
But show us in -- I'm sure the Emperor will receive us, even in his present state"
When on leaving College the cadets were received by the Emperor, he did not again refer to Kasatsky's offence, but told them all, as was his custom, that they should serve him and the fatherland loyally, that he would always be their best friend, and that when necessary they might approach him direct.
But though he noticed something strange and unusual in the behaviour towards him of both mother and daughter, he was blinded by being so deeply in love, and did not realize what almost the whole town knew--namely, that his fiancee had been the Emperor Nicholas's mistress the previous year.
was proud of his new tin castle, and showed his visitors through all the rooms.
While then and there the Emperor
hits on the idea of the Legion of Honor.
I should like to know how the weavers are getting on with my cloth," said the Emperor
to himself, after some little time had elapsed; he was, however, rather embarrassed, when he remembered that a simpleton, or one unfit for his office, would be unable to see the manufacture.