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By Alphonse Daudet

Les déboires d’une dynastie européenne déchue et échouée à Paris durant les premières années de los angeles Troisième République.

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Elle était la Marseillaise de l’enclos de Rey, cette chanson du Vert-Galant !

La reine, par son attitude, la conversation intime qu’elle avait avec le vieux duc son voisin, semblait s’isoler de cette gaieté débordante. À deux ou trois reprises, quand on parla du siège, elle dit quelques mots, et chaque fois pour mettre en lumière la bravoure du roi, sa science stratégique, puis elle reprenait son aparté. À demi-voix le général s’informait des gens de la cour, de ses anciens compagnons qui, plus heureux que lui, avaient suivi leurs princes à Raguse. … » note funèbre sonnant le glas de ces pertes si récentes.

Plus calme, le Père Melchior félicitait Méraut sur son livre. — J’espère que vous le signerez, celui-là. — Pas plus que les autres… Vous savez bien, Père Melchior, que je n’ai d’ambition que pour mes idées… Le livre me sera payé, — c’est l’oncle Sauvadon qui m’a procuré cette aubaine ; — mais je l’aurais écrit pour rien, d’aussi grand goût. … L’un des Pères baissa la tête. Mieux que personne il savait à quoi s’en tenir sur cette manifestation héroïque, et ce mensonge plus héroïque encore… Mais une volonté au-dessus de la sienne lui commandait la discrétion.

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