Citizeness Bonaparte

Citizeness Bonaparte

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Citizeness Bonaparte

Citizeness Bonaparte

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For two days the Viscountess of Beauharnais had borne the name of Citizeness Bonaparte. March 9, 1796 (19th Ventôse, year IV.), she had married the hero of the 13th Vendémiaire, the saviour of the Convention; and two regicides, Barras and Tallien, had been present as witnesses at the wedding. Her husband had spent only two days with her, and during these forty-eight hours he had been obliged more than once to lock himself up with his maps and to plead the urgency of an imperative task in excuse, shouting through the door that he should have to postpone love till after the victory. And yet, although younger than his wife,--she was nearly thirty-three, he only twenty-six,--Bonaparte was very much in love with her. She was graceful and attractive, although she had lost some of her freshness, and she had the art of pleasing her young husband; moreover, it is well known, as the Duke of Ragusa says in his Memoirs, "that in love it is . . .

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