CHAPTER XVI
THE END

IT is unnecessary to dwell further on these last scenes or glimpses of the great drama of Napoleon's life. It is strange, however, to note that, in spite of the atmosphere of vigilance in which he lived, the end was unexpected. His death came suddenly. This we gather from the scanty record of Arnott; for Antommarchi we put, for reasons already explained, entirely on one side. Arnott was evidently unaware of his patient's grave condition. Though he was called in on April 1, only thirty-five days before Napoleon's death, he did not then or for some time afterwards suspect the gravity of the illness. Indeed it was not till April 27 or 28, a bare week before the end, that he realised that the malady was mortal. Nor had the Governor or the British Government any suspicion that the end was near.

For the last nine days of his life he was constantly delirious. On the morning of May 5, he uttered some incoherent words, among which Montholon fancied that he distinguished, " France . . armêe . . tête d'armée."* As the patient uttered these words he sprang from the bed, dragging Montholon, who endeavotired to restrain

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Antommarchi, characteristically enough, states that three hours afterwards he heard Napoleon say "têto . . . armêe" and that these were his last words. Montholon expressly states that Antommarchi was not in the room at two o'clock when Napoleon said "tête d'armée." The point is of little importance except as showing to the very last the difficulty of ascertaining the exact truth at Longwood.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Chapter I - THE LITERATURE 1
  • Chapter II - LAS CASES, ANTOMMARCHI, AND OTHERS 8
  • Chapter III - GOURGAUD 34
  • Chapter IV - THE DEPORTATION 57
  • Chapter V - SIR HUDSON LOWE 66
  • Chapter VI - THE QUESTION OF TITLE 77
  • Chapter VII - THE MONEY QUESTION 92
  • Chapter VIII - THE QUESTION OF CUSTODY 98
  • Chapter IX - LORD BATHURST 116
  • Chapter X - THE DRAMATIS PRERSONÆ 123
  • Chapter XI - THE COMMISSIONERS 136
  • Chapter XII - THE EMPEROR AT HOME 149
  • Chapter XIII - THE CONVERSATIONS OF NAPOLEON 163
  • Chapter XIV - THE SUPREME REGRETS 197
  • Chapter XV - NAPOLEON AND THE DEMOCRACY 206
  • Chapter XVI - THE END 217
  • Appendix 253
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