The French Revolution Tested By Mirabeau's Career (volume 1); Twelve Lectures On The History Of The…

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byHermann Von Holst

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LECTURE V. A Typical Family Tragedy of Portentous Political Import. "Don't be frightened!" It is said that on March 9th, 1749, these ill-omened words announced to Victor Riquetti, Marquis Mirabeau, that the longed for son and heir was born to him. The warning was to prepare him to see a twisted foot and an over-sized head of uncommon ugliness, rendered the more impressive by two premature teeth. If a prophet's hand had lifted for him the curtain concealing the future, he would have seen that there were other and infinitely graver reasons to frighten him. With that ill-shaped baby Providence had committed to his hands a trust of incalculable import to France and thereby to the world. He knew it no more than the child knew that the very first thing it did in life was to cause deep vexation to its irritable father by its unsightliness. If he had known it, he might have understood his 164 duty towards the child somewhat differently, and some of history's most awful pages might possibly have a somewhat different tale to tell. In his last years Mirabeau rather prided himself upon his ugliness. He declared it no mean element in his extraordinary power over men, and there was in fact a strange fascination in its forceful impressiveness. The father, however, was proof against its charm. If I read the character of the eccentric man correctly, the baby acted most unwisely in furnishing good cause for that horrified exclamation. Any father's child is to be pitied that is bid such a welcome upon its entrance into the world, and if there was a father whose feelings could not with impunity be trifled with, it was the famous author of the " Friend of Men." Forsooth a proud title. A brighter diadem than a crown, if it had been conferred by others. Bestowed by himself it savored ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LECTURE V. A Typical Family Tragedy of Portentous Political Import. "Don't be frightened!" It is said that on March 9th, 1749, these ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021708320X

ISBN - 13:9780217083201

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