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Paris ; when lie went to offer his conqueror ' s wreath , as a mournful consolationon the tomb of that wife whose heart had been
, Ibroken by the sorrows of her people , and for whom victory had come too late . . '
Madame Mundt evidently dislikes diplomatists , and shows her aversion in a peculiar way . She is obstinately determined ta
paint Metternich , Hardenberg , and Talleyrand with inane faces , This dressed , according in perpetual 1 to our smiles historian and is _aggravating a natural bad rows ge of of dissimulation white teeth .
and the habit has such a disagreeable , effect upon her readers , that , we are ready to applaud Napoleon when he snubs Talleyrandand
calls Metternich " a snake in the grass /' , Some of the scenes are interesting . But our author has too
much of the German love of mystery . She thinks it necessary ta keep our curiosity on the stretch , and to enliven the drier parts of
her history , by bringing in marvellous incidents . In one part we have a ghost , which , not content with stalking about , ( in the
palaceof Baireuth , where the Emperor passes a night , ) sends its picture perambulating likewiseafter the approved method in the " Castle
of Otranto . " The foundation , of the story probably lay in one of those strange dreams or fits of excitementto which the Emperora
great believer in omens , was subject . , , We have in the volumes before us picturesque accounts of the
meeting tl Tugendbund of the " Soverei of Gneisenau gns at Dresden Bernadotte , of the and secret the Duke societ of y Bruns of the
wick . To vary , these , a romantic picture , of an unfortunate young ' girl is introducedwho was used as medium by one of the mesmeric
, doctors then _rising into notice , and of whose wild _projDhecies Hardenberg avails himself to further his own designs and those of
General York . Further on , we have an exciting account of the patriot bands of Prussia , marching to battle as volunteers , in
company with La Motte Fouque _" , ( the author of Undine , ) the celebrated Jahnand the unfortunate poet Kornerwho devoted his
blood to the furtherance , of that cause which he had , already aided with the noblest efforts of his genius . Schleiermacher also appears
upon the scene , inciting the youths to ardour by all the holiest f arguments c In hoc signo of reli vinces gion . , " and . Even by the women ancient ( according war-cry of to the our Crusader author s ) _,
incited by the example of the Maid of , Saragossa , adopted men , ' s costumeentered the ranks as commonsoldiersand in some cases
died on , the battle-field , whilst boys of , ten years , old wept when -their services were refused .
given The , and battles show of remarkable Bautzen , Katzbach power over , and language Leipsic . , The are interest capitall is y
kept up throughout the book , which concludes with the departure of Maria Louisa before the Allies enter Paris . In the last scene we
have a picture of the brave little Napoleon carried away struggling
in the arms of the guards , and sturdily crying out , "I will not let
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