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Blossoming on the young Rhine
2013-09-12 12:11 am (UTC)
He sits after she does, gathering his newspapers and dishes to one side. "You will have to ask another Frenchman to hear praise of Buonaparte, mademoiselle."
He says it without rancor. Such Frenchman exist, after all -- even among his friends, though not his dearest.
The step from republic to empire is across a Rubicon: it requires crossing a fundamental line of principle. To Enjolras, a sacred line. It divides democracy from despotism, and secure borders from conquest. Still, a comprehensible path, to France as to Rome. Even in 1832, there are those who term themselves republicans and see an Emperor as a logical extension of their philosophy.
"I am a republican." He touches his cockade lightly, as another man might touch a cross. "What I believe in, what we fought for, is the right of all citizens to equality before the law, liberty under a government in which they have an enfranchised voice, fraternity as equal and educated citizens of their nation."
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