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Text for Page 101 [06-20-1855]

and hope in something, � a promised land of liberty to be got
at through seas of blood.      And Robespierre was, as they named
him �Incorruptible,� � honest.     It was, in all probability, a
knowledge of this, which made the people hold fast by him, and ena-
bled him to drag the greater, but venal, Danton to the guillotine.
  The lightless, delicacy and beauty of the decorations of
some of the chambers of Sultan XV are indescribable.  Marie An-
toinette�s rooms are plainer.     They show you the door by which
she escaped to her husbands apartments, when the furious �M�nads�
burst in, and where the two guards were killed.  The unhappy
Queen�s face appears in many portraits and paintings, always the
same handsome, high spirited, sorrowful one, � just the woman
Carlyle describes.     /       Louis the Eighteenth�s portraits repre-
sent him a podgy blockhead.       /     The men of the revolution are
here, also, as should be, and I was glad to recognize Camille
Desmoulins.  Petcin has a very mild face.  There is a full length
of Mirabeau, and other heads, also.       Napoleonism has its gal-
leries, rendered illustrious by Vernet�s noble pictures, and all his
Marshalls are here.     Louis Phillippe was a patron of art, spite of
his love of money.  Had the Duc d�Orleans not been pitched out of
his carriage, who�d have been ruler of France, now?            By 3 1/2
we left the Palace, and after a lunch, walked through Versailles
grounds, saw the waterworks, and towards the Trianons.   The
trees of the park are all shorn and clipped in a style I don�t like,
Frenchmen treating them as they do poodle-dogs.   Many of the smaller
ones are transformed into vegetable extinguishers, and the like absurdi-
ties.     Through the Grand Trianon we went, in company with others,               
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