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Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [2] from page s: 14-15
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The Latter. Days of Bonaparte.

At the close of the year 1820, Napoleon's health began to fail so as to excite the greatest apprehensions. On receiving intelligence of the decease of his sister Eliza,he was much affected. He rose from his seat, and leaning on the arm of his physician, Dr. Antommarchi, said, " Well, doctor! you see Eliza has just shown me the way. Death, which seems to have forgot my family, has begun to strike it :my time cannot be far off. What think you? " "Your majesty is inno danger: you are still reserved for some glorious enterprise." " Ah! doctor, you are young, full of health; but for me,Ihave neither strength, nor activity, nor energy; 'Iam no longer Napoleon !' You strive in vain to give me hopes, to recal life ready to expire. Your care can do nothing in spite of fate : it is immovable; there isno appeal from its decisions. The next person in our family, who will follow Eliza to the tomb, is that great Napoleon, who hardly exists, whobends under the yoke, and who still,nevertheless, keeps Europe in alarm. Behold, my good friend, how Ilook on my situation ! Young as you are, you have a long career to run. As for me, all is over! I repeat it to you, my days will soon close on this miserable rock." He returned to his chamber, and lay downin bed. " Close my windows," said he, " leave me to myself; Iwillsend for you by andby." He did so ; but he was dejected and oppressed; he spoke of his son,of MarieLouise. The conversationwaspainful; Isought to divert it, and to recal subjects less trying to his feelings. "Iunderstand you," he said; "well, be it soj if indeed the heart of a father ever could forget!"

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  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 14
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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