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Queen Hortense

A Life Picture of the Napoleonic Era

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Author: Louisa Mühlbach (Klara Muller)
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,668 / 291 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 819
Added to site: 2005.07.31 10940
Genre: History

Translated by Chapman Coleman

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saw this young woman, as, holding her child tightly to her bosom, she sank down, with one last despairing cry, half inanimate, upon the beach. Filled with the deepest compassion, he hastened to her, and, raising both mother and child in his arms, he bore them to his boat, which then instantly put out from land, and bounded away over the billows with its lovely burden.

The ship was soon reached, and Josephine, still tightly clasping her child to her breast, and happy in having saved this only jewel, climbed up the unsteady ladder to the ship's decks. Until this moment all her thoughts remained concentrated upon her child, and it was only when she had seen her little Hortense safely put to bed in the cabin and free from all danger--only after she had fulfilled all the duties of a mother, that the woman revived in her breast, and she cast shamed and frightened glances around her. Only half-clad, in light, fluttering night-clothes, without any other covering to her beautiful neck and bosom than her superb, lux



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