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Joke ID 55

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [44] from page : 43
>> Joke: 55

Napoleon's Love for his Soldiers.

"For a sovereign who has worn two crowns, Iam poor, my dear count," said Napoleon to Las Cases, at St. Helena. "As a private individual Ishould be immensely rich,if Iwere on my return to Europe Itis then that Iwouldconsent to liveonly for threeyears, providedit were permittedme to pass them in France as a simple citizen. With what pleasure wouldIvisit my old companions in arms! Iwould go to seek them at the plough and in the manufactories; two-thirds of my fortune would be their patrimony. How,then, am Iconstituted? In France Iloved them in a mass, as intrepid warriors; here Icherish them. Ifeel for themindividually. If it should happen that griefand disappointment conduct me to the tomb, themisfortunes of the ancient army will contribute something towards it; they cause me to pass many unhappynights."

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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 43
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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