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Napoleon The Little - Book 8. Progress Contained In The Coup D'etat - Chapter 6. What The Ministers, Army, Magistracy, And Clergy Have Done Post by :Truman Category :Long Stories Author :Victor Hugo Date :May 2012 Read :1384

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BOOK VIII. PROGRESS CONTAINED IN THE COUP D'ETAT
VI. WHAT THE MINISTERS, ARMY, MAGISTRACY, AND CLERGY HAVE DONE


Oh! what a striking thing and how instructive! "_Erudimini_," Bossuet would say.

The Ministers fancied that they were dissolving the Assembly; they dissolved the government.

The soldiers fired on the army and killed it.

The judges fancied that they were trying and convicting innocent persons; they tried and convicted the irremovable magistracy.

The priests thought they were chanting hosannahs upon Louis Bonaparte; they chanted a _De profundis upon the clergy.

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