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____________________