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ished in the blaze of her combination of qualitiescontempt! “You are like especially in war-time; "and Achilles' spear,” she exolaimed, if you were to search history," " that healed the wounds it bad she added, “ you could not find made!”... and forthwith she & more ideal war-time monarch swallowed the antidote. than le roi Georges."

Even if the story had not As for the verdiot of history come to me from an indispat- on herself, a very sympathetio ably reliable source, one would cover-notice in the Revue des be certain that it must be true Deux Mondes' for this month in every detail. She herself (August 1920) quotes a bitter was probably proud of only remark I have heard her mako having loved onee; myself, I more than once: “Ma légende wish she could have had the est faite; au début du règne, experience of a second and je fus la femme futile, ne happier passion, Bat to wish g'oooupant que de chiffons ; et, that is to wish the Empress vers la fin de l'Empire, je suis had been someone else, ... devenue la femme fatale, qu'on whiob is inadmissible.

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fautes et de tous les malheurs ! The anomalies of her mental . . . Et la légende l'emporte equipment were nowhere more toujours sur l'histoire !” One baffling than on the field of day, in the last summer she politics. I am not venturing was to spend at Farnborough to speak of her political aotion (1919), she said, “Je déteste les in France; nothing save the gens qui ont peur de la lapse of time oan decide how responsabilité. On veut me far it went, and as I have rendre responsable pour les hinted, there were dooumonts événements, ... bien! j'en in her possession whioh, to my accepte la responsabilité! ... certain knowledge, woald re- au moins j'ai l'air de l'avoir verse many a settled oonvio- accepté, puisque je me tais!”... tion.

Then, after a pause, she added, Judging by her character, “C'est l'orgueil," . .. and I and in spite of a qualified shall never forget hor sovent sympathy with demooratio as she said it — the proud ideals, I imagine she must magnificent expression that always have been an absolutist was on her face. ... at heart. I remember her sey. Nevertheless, towards the ing that though the English end of her life, whon the Great monarobioal system was an. War, monstrous epilogao of doubtedly the only one suited the Bismarok revelations, to England, to be a raler bereft opened all eyes to Germany's of real power would not appeal designs of world-dominion, I to her personally, nor did she think she came to believe in think the position dignified the silent depths of her heart "au fond.” At the same time that that legend of “la femme she allowed that to fill it fatale" might some day fade adequately required & rare out of existence. I would often

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urge-only one had to pat to name, she would say white; those things very oarefully, so if the turn to be taken lay on intolerant was she of anything one hand, she would maintain that might be construed into that salvation was to be found flattery-that the self-restraint on the other. And, still exeroised by her since the fall stranger faot, although, as of the Empire must shed better judges than myself oan a reflex light on the past. testify, hor politioal knowledge And she herself was surely too was unlimited, her judgment sensible, too just, to bolieve on past events sound and even that suoh testimony could be brilliant, there were certain swept aside as worthlons. So, politioal faotors which she at least, I hope.

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because the collective states I think the Empress oared of mind conneoted with them for politios more than any. osoaped her. thing, and if you take passion. The Dreyfus oase is an in. ato interest in a subjeot, it is stanoe. This was a conundrum hard not to believe yourself to which she possessed no olne. spooially equipped for it. One Poople who knew nothing day I had been asking her who whatever about France might were the most fascinating per- be exodsod for raoking their sonalities she had met, and brains as to what it was all among them, greatly to my about, though to others who, surprise, she mentioned Bis- like myself, had some aoquaintmarok! "When it was worth anoe with Frenoh mentality, his whilo,” she added, with a l'Affaire, however regrettable, peouliar look on her face, “no was oomprehensible. But the one could be a more adroit Empress never get beyond courtier.” To extol ber beauty asking how it was possible would have left her indifferent, that a question of justice shonld and suddenly it was borne in be treated in such a fashion ? apon me that he must have I have said that a sense of laid himself out to flatter her justice was among her ruling on the soore of her politioal characteristios. Here it was flair! It was late in the oatraged, and her laok of insixties when last he was in sight into the spirit of a people Paris, and such flattery would did the rest. have been well “worth his She had believed from the while !"

first in the innocence of DreyWhatever bor political aotion fus, and was amazed at the and influence may or may not storm which this conviotion have been in France, listening brought about her head. Not to her commonts on ourront that she would have shrunk English polities, I reluotantly from proelaiming it in any oame to the conolusion that case, but it is strange that sho seldom was any one more per- failed to realise the state of tinaciously wrong-headed ! If foeling in France. Her earliest black seemed the obvious colour intimation of it was the beished in the blaze of her combination of qualities, oontempt! “You are like especially in war-time; "and Achilles' spear,” she exolaimed, if you were to search history," " that healed the wounds it bad she added, “you could not find mado!"... and forthwith she a more ideal war-time monaroh swallowed the antidote. than le roi Georges."

Even if the story had not As for the verdiot of history oome to me from an indispat- on herself, a very sympathetio ably reliable source, one would cover-notice in the Revue des be certain that it must be true Deux Mondes' for this month in every detail. She herself (August 1920) quotes a bitter was probably proud of only remark I have heard her mako having loved onee; myself, Í more than onoe: “Ma légende wish she oould have had the est faite; au début du règne, experience of a second and je fus la femme futile, ne happier passion. But to wish s'oooupant que de chiffons; ot, that is to wish the Empress vers la fin de l'Empire, je suis had been some one else, ... devenue la femme fatale, qu'on whioh is inadmissible.

rond responsable de toutes les

fautes et de tous les malheurs ! The anomalies of her mental ... Et la légende l'emporte equipment were nowhere more toujours sur l'histoire !” One baffling than on the field of day, in the last sommer she politios. I am not venturing was to spend at Farnborough to speak of her politioal aotion (1919), she said, “Je déteste les in France; nothing save the gens qui ont peur de la lapse of time oan decide how responsabilité. On vout me far it went, and as I have rendre responsable pour les hinted, there were dooumonts événements, ... bien! j'en in her possession which, to my accepte la responsabilitél ... oortain knowledge, woald re- au moins j'ai l'air de l'avoir verso many å settled oonvio- accepté, puisque je me tais !”... tion.

Then, after a pause, she added, Judging by her character, “C'est l'orgueil," . .. and I and in spite of a qualified shall never forget bor docent sympathy with demooratio as she said it — the proud ideals, I imagine she must magnificent expression that always have been an absolutist was on her face. ... at heart. I remember her say. . Nevertheless, towards the ing that though the English end of her life, when the Great monarchioal system was an. War, monstrous epilogae of doubtedly the only one suited the Bismarok rovelations, to England, to be a ruler bereft opened all eyes to Germany's of real power would not appeal designs of world-dominion, I to her personally, nor did she think she came to believe in think the position dignified the silent depths of her heart " au fond.” At the same time that that legend of “la femme she allowed that to fill it fatale" might some day fade adequately required 4 rare out of existence. I would often urge—only one had to put to name, she would say white; those things very oarefully, so if the turn to be taken lay on intolerant was she of anything one hand, she would maintain that might be construed into that salvation was to be found flattery-that the self-restraint on the other. And, still exeroised by her since the fall stranger faot, although, as of the Empire must shed better jadges than myself oan a reflex light on the past. testify, her politioal knowledge And she herself was surely too was unlimited, her judgment sensible, too just, to bolieve on past events sound and even that suoh testimony oould be brilliant, there were certain swept aside as worthless. So, politioal faotors which she at least, I hope.

beomod inoa pable of grasping,

beoause the colleative states I think the Empress cared of mind conneoted with them for politios more than any. escaped her. thing, and if you take passion. The Dreyfus oase is an inato interest in a subjeot, it is stance. This was a oonundrum hard not to believe yourself to whioh she possessed no olue. specially equipped for it. One People who know nothing day I had been asking hor who whatever about France might were the most fascinating per- be exousod for raoking their sonalities she had met, and brains as to what it was all among them, greatly to my about, though to others who, surprise, she mentioned Big. like myself, had some acquaintmarok! “When it was worth anoe with Frenoh mentality, his whilo,” she added, with a lAffaire, however regrettable, peouliar look on her face, “no was comprehensible. But the one could be a more adroit Empress never got beyond ooartier.” To extol her beauty asking how it was possible would have left her indifferent, that a question of justice should and suddenly it was borne in be treated in suoh a fashion ? apon me that he must havo I have said that a sense of laid himself out to flatter her justice was among her raling on the soore of bor politioal obaraoteristios. Here it was flair! It was late in the outraged, and her lack of in. sixties when last he was in sight into the spirit of a people Paris, and such flattery would did the rest. have been well “worth his She had believed from the while!”

first in the innocence of DreyWhatover hor politioal action fus, and was amazed at the and influence may or may not storm whioh this conviotion have been in France, listening brought about her head. Not to her commonts on ourrent that she would have shrunk English polities, I reluctantly from proelaiming it in any oame to the conolusion that case, bat it is strange that sho seldom was any one more per- failed to realise the state of tinaciously wrong-headed. If foeling in France. Her earliest black seemed the obvious colour intimation of it was the be

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ished in the blaze of her combination of qualitiesoontempt! “You are like especially in war-time; "and Achilles' spear,” she exclaimed, if you were to searoh history," " that healed the wounds it bad she added, “you could not find made!”... and forthwith she & more ideal war-time monaroh swallowed the antidote.

than le roi Georges." Even if the story had not As for the verdiot of history oome to me from an indisput- on herself, a very sympathetio ably reliable source, one would cover-notioe in the 'Revue des be certain that it must be true Deux Mondes' for this month in every detail. She herself (August 1920) quotes a bittor was probably proud of only remark I have heard her mako having loved onee; myself, I more than once: “Ma légende wish she oould have had the est faite; au début du règne, experience of a second end je fus la femme futile, ne happier passion. But to wish g'oooupant que de ohiffons; et, that is to wish the Empress vers la fin de l'Empire, je suis had been someone else, ... devenue la femme fatale, qu'on whioh is inadmissible.

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fautes et de tous les malheurs ! The anomalies of her mental ... Et la légende l'emporte equipment were nowhere more toujours sur l'histoire !” One baffling than on the field of day, in the last summer she politios. I am not venturing was to spend at Farnborough to speak of her politioal action (1919), she said, “ Je déteste los in Frango; nothing save the gens qui ont peur de la lapse of time oan decide how responsabilité. On vout me far it went, and as I have rendre responsable pour les hinted, there were dooumonts événements, ... bien! j'on in her possession which, to my accepte la responsabilité! ... certain knowledge, woald ro- au moins j'ai l'air de l'avoir verse many a settled convio- accepté, puisque je me tais !”... tion.

Then, after a pause, she added, Judging by her character, “C'est l'orgueil,” . . . and I and in spite of a qualified shall never forget hor docent sympathy' with demooratio as she said it - the proud ideals, I imagine she must magnificent expression that always have been an absolutist was on her face. ... at heart. I remember her gay. Nevertheless, towards the ing that though the English end of her life, when the Great monarobioal system was an. War, monstrous epilogue of doubtedly the only one suited the Bismarok revelations, to England, to be a ruler bereft opened all eyes to Germany's of real power would not appeal designs of world dominion, I to her personally, nor did she think she came to believe in think the position dignified the silent depths of her heart " au fond,” At the same time that that legend of “la femme she allowed that to fill it fatale" might some day fade adequately required 4 rare out of existence. I would often

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