第 3 节
作者:精灵王      更新:2024-03-30 10:52      字数:9322
  Italy; the duchies of Parma; Lucca; etc。; become the appendages of the
  new imperial dynasty; when the beautiful and graceful Hortense herself;
  who had loved him so devotedly; mounted in her turn a throne that she
  would have been only too happy to have shared with the object of her
  young affections。  As for him; he married Mademoiselle Hervas d'Almenara;
  daughter of the banker of the court of Spain。  She was a little woman
  with a very dark complexion; very thin; and without grace; but; on the
  other hand; of a most peevish; haughty; exacting; and capricious temper。
  As she was to have on her marriage an enormous dowry; the First Consul
  had demanded her hand in marriage for his senior aide…de…camp。  Madame
  Duroc forgot herself; I have heard; so far as to beat her servants; and
  to bear herself in a most singular manner toward people who were in no
  wise her dependants。  When M。 Dubois came to tune her piano;
  unfortunately she was at home; and finding the noise required by this
  operation unendurable; drove the tuner off with the greatest violence。
  In one of these singular attacks she one day broke all the keys of his
  instrument。  Another time Mugnier; clockmaker of the Emperor; and the
  head of his profession in Paris; with Breguet; having brought her a watch
  of very great value that madame; the Duchess of Friuli had herself
  ordered; but which did not please her; she became so enraged; that; in
  the presence of Mugnier; she dashed the watch on the floor; danced on it;
  and reduced it to atoms。  She utterly refused to pay for it; and the
  marshal was compelled to do this himself。  Thus Duroc's want of foresight
  in refusing the hand of Hortense; together with the interested
  calculations of Madame Bonaparte; caused the misery of two households。
  The portrait I have sketched; and I believe faithfully; although not a
  flattering picture; is merely that of a young woman with all the
  impulsiveness of the Spanish character; spoiled as an only daughter; who
  had been reared in indulgence; and with the entire neglect which hinders
  the education of all the young ladies of her country。  Time has calmed
  the vivacity of her youth; and madame; the Duchess of Friuli; has since
  given an example of most faithful devotion to duty; and great strength of
  mind in the severe trials that she has endured。  In the loss of her
  husband; however grievous it might be; glory had at least some
  consolation to offer to the widow of the grand marshal。  But when her
  young daughter; sole heiress of a great name and an illustrious title;
  was suddenly taken away by death from all the expectations and the
  devotion of her mother; who could dare to offer her consolation?  If
  there could be any (which I do not believe); it would be found in the
  remembrance of the cares and tenderness lavished on her to the last by
  maternal love。  Such recollections; in which bitterness is mingled with
  sweetness; were not wanting to the duchess。
  The religious ceremony of marriage between Louis and Hortense took place
  Jan。 7; in a house in the Rue de la Victoire; and the marriage of General
  Murat with Caroline Bonaparte; which had been acknowledged only before
  the civil authorities; was consecrated on the same day。  Both Louis and
  his bride were very sad。  She wept bitterly during the whole ceremony;
  and her tears were not soon dried。  She made no attempt to win the
  affection of her husband; while he; on his side; was too proud and too
  deeply wounded to pursue her with his wooing。  The good Josephine did all
  she could to reconcile them; for she must have felt that this union;
  which had begun so badly; was her work; in which she had tried to combine
  her own interest; or at least that which she considered such; and the
  happiness of her daughter。  But her efforts; as well as her advice and
  her prayers; availed nothing; and I have many a time seen Hortense seek
  the solitude of her own room; and the heart of a friend; there to pour
  out her tears。  Tears fell from her eyes sometimes even in the midst of
  one of the First Consul's receptions; where we saw with sorrow this young
  woman; brilliant and gay; who had so often gracefully done the honors on
  such occasions  and attended to all the details of its etiquette; retire
  into a corner; or into the embrasure of a window; with one of her most
  intimate friends; there to sadly make her the a confidante of her trials。
  During this conversation; from  which she rose with red and swollen eyes;
  her husband remained thoughtful and taciturn at the opposite end of the
  room。  Her Majesty; the Queen of Holland; has been accused of  many sins;
  but everything said or written against this princess is marked by
  shameful exaggeration。  So high a fortune drew all eyes to her; and
  excited bitter jealousy; and yet those who envied her would not have
  failed to bemoan themselves; if they had been put in tier place; on
  condition that they were to bear her griefs。  The misfortunes of Queen
  Hortense began with life itself。  Her father having been executed on a
  revolutionary scaffold; and her mother thrown into prison; she found
  herself; while still a child; alone; and with no other reliance than the
  faithfulness of the old servants of the family。  Her brother; the noble
  and worthy Prince Eugene; had been compelled; it is said; to serve as an
  apprentice。  She had a few years of happiness; or at least of repose;
  during the time she was under the care of Madame Campan; and just after
  she left boarding…school。  But her evil destiny was far from quitting
  her; and her wishes being thwarted; an unhappy marriage opened for her a
  new succession of troubles。  The death of her first son; whom the Emperor
  wished to adopt; and whom he had intended to be his successor in the
  Empire; the divorce of her mother; the tragic death of her  best…loved
  friend; Madame de Brocq;  who; before her eyes; slipped over a precipice;
  the overturning of the imperial throne; which caused her the loss of her
  title and rank as queen; a loss which she; however; felt less than the
  misfortunes of him whom she regarded as her father; and finally; the
  continual annoyance of domestic dissensions; of vexatious lawsuits; and
  the agony she suffered in beholding her oldest surviving son removed from
  her by order of her husband;such were the principal catastrophes in a
  life which might have been thought destined for so much happiness。
  The day after the marriage of Mademoiselle Hortense; the First Consul set
  out for Lyons; where there awaited him the deputies of the Cisalpine
  Republic; assembled for the election of a president。  Everywhere on his
  route he was welcomed with fetes and congratulations; with which all were
  eager to overwhelm him on account of the miraculous manner in which he
  had escaped the plots of his enemies。  This journey differed in no wise
  from the tours which he afterwards made as Emperor。  On his arrival at
  Lyons; he received the visit of all the authorities; the constituent
  bodies; the deputations from the neighboring departments; and the members
  of the Italian councils。  Madame Bonaparte; who accompanied him on this
  journey; attended with him these public displays; and shared with him the
  magnificent fete given to him by the city of Lyons。  The day on which the
  council elected and proclaimed the First Consul president of the Italian
  Republic he reviewed; on the Place des Brotteaux; the troops of the
  garrison; and recognized in the ranks many soldiers of the army of Egypt;
  with whom he conversed for some time。  On all these occasions the First
  Consul wore the same costume that he had worn at Malmaison; and which I
  have described elsewhere。  He rose early; mounted his horse; and visited
  the public works; among others those of the Place Belcour; of which he
  had laid the corner…stone on his return from Italy; passed through the
  Place des Brotteaux; inspected; examined everything; and; always
  indefatigable; worked on his return as if he had been at the Tuileries。
  He rarely changed his dress; except when he received at his table the
  authorities or the principal inhabitants of the city。  He received all
  petitions most graciously; and before leaving presented to the mayor of
  the city a scarf of honor; and to the legate of the Pope a handsome
  snuff…box ornamented with his likeness。
  The deputies of the council received presents; and were most generous in
  making them; presenting Madame Bonaparte with magnificent ornaments of
  diamonds and precious stones; and other most valuable jewelry。
  The First Consul; on arriving at Lyons; had been deeply grieved at the
  sudden death of a worthy prelate whom he had known in his first campaign
  in Italy。
  The Archbishop of Milan had come to Lyons; notwithstanding his great age;
  in order to see the First Consul; whom he loved with such tenderness that
  in conversation the venerable old man continually addressed the young
  general as 〃my son。〃  The peasants of Pavia; having revolted because
  their fanaticism had been excited by false assertions that the French
  wished to destroy their religion; the Archbishop of Milan; in order to
  prove that their fears were groundless; often showed himself in a
  carriage with General Bonaparte。
  This prelate had stood the journey