Histoire de France 1618-1661

Volume 14

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Author: Jules Michelet
Published: 1877
Language: French
Wordcount: 103,130 / 351 pg
LoC Category: DC
Downloads: 961
Added to site: 2009.12.05
mnybks.net#: 25950
Genre: History
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les cris et les grimaces, la comédie de l'agonie.

Le pis, dans ce tableau funèbre, c'est que ce capitaine, enrichi par la guerre et en manteau de prince, n'a l'air ni ému ni colère. Il est indifférent. Il me rappelle un mot terrible par lequel Richelieu, dans son portrait de Waldstein, termine l'éloge qu'il fait de cet homme diabolique: «Et avec cela, point méchant.»

Waldstein fut un joueur[1]. Il spécula sur la furie du temps, celle du jeu. Et il laissa le soldat jouer tout, la vie, l'honneur, le sang. C'est ce que vous voyez dans les noirs et fumeux tableaux de Valentin, de Salvator.

[Note 1: Quelle pitié de voir Schiller poser ce spéculateur en face de Gustave-Adolphe! Waldstein est grand comme fléau, mais sa spéculation était fort simple, et la prime effroyable qu'il donna au soldat devait lui attirer tous les soldats de la terre. Gustave, le maître à tous, trop grand po

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