Memoirs of the Empress Josephine; With Anecdotes of the Courts of Navarre and Malmaison Volume 1

Memoirs of the Empress Josephine; With Anecdotes of the Courts of Navarre and Malmaison Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...who are looking at me giggling all the while.--Ladies, will you be kind enough to step into the adjoining saloon," said Josephine to them, under the impression that the case in point was some family secret. "Now, then, duchess, relate to me your troubles?--I hav'nt any more troubles, madame; but you see I am still flurried all over with a misfortune that happened to me this morning.--How is this; has your son been fighting?--He is not such a fool.--The marshal then?--T'is nothing about him: I thought I had lost my large diamond; I was certain I had left it in my room; when I came home it was gone. I asked those who was there; they told me as how none but the scrubber of my floors was in it. He was in the saloon, which he was just finishing; I makes him come in, and I tells him: scoundrel, I says, you have my large diamond; I must have it because I values it; t'is the first that Lefebvre gave me; come, out with it, and I shan't do you any thing. My lad says he hasn't got it. He was a black; I could'nt see if he blushed; but I still says to him, that I want my large diamond; and I orders him to empty his pockets. Nothing in my hands, nothing in my pockets, says he. Well then, scoundrel, strip. He hesitates; but I am not to be led in this manner, not I indeed; strip, you rogue; stark naked I desire, or I calls my servants to kill you. At last he strips as naked as a worm, and I found my diamond. Here it is. A fine lady, howsomever, would have lost it." The following trait does honour to her character, and inspires a friendly feeling for a woman who has been such a source of mirth to others far less deserving of regard. Madame de Walsh-Serent was on duty near her majesty; she was suddenly started by a slap on the shoulder, and a hoarse...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236591283
  • 9781236591289