Excerpt from The Red Spell
Certain things happened, it is true - the picturesque things that people talked about. A few priests were arrested - your true Parisian revolutionist is never quite so happy as when he is arresting priests. A few nuns were taken from their convents and packed off to the penitentiary at Saint Lazare - the relations between revolutionists and nuns are nearly always strained. Queer stories were told, too, of the unseemly midnight revelry of loose company at the Pre fecture of Police. And detach ments of the National Guard, more often drunk than sober, would knock at the door of any house they chose to pitch upon, and search the premises for con scripts, who would be promptly uniformed and marched off to the trenches at N euilly or Courbevoie.
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