History of the Expedition to Russia Undertaken by the Emperor Napoleon, in the Year 1812, 第 2 卷

Treuttel and Wurtz, Treuttel, jun. and Richter, 1825

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第 64 頁 - ... on the iron gate of a church which was left standing : " For eight years I have been embellishing this country-seat, where I have lived happily in the bosom of my family. The inhabitants of this estate, to the number of 1720, leave it on your approach, while I have set fire to my house, that it may not be polluted by your presence. Frenchmen, I have relinquished to you my two houses at Moscow, with their furniture, worth half a million of rubles. Here you will find nothing but ashes !" It was...
第 39 頁 - Moscow, that which best pleased the fancy of each for his residence. At night the flames again arose in the north and west quarters of the city. As far the greater part of the houses were built of wood, the 1 [" Napoleon pensively entered the Kremlin. ' At length,* he exclaimed, ' I am in Moscow, in the ancient palace of the Czars, in the Kremlin.
第 247 頁 - The latter still heated from the combat, irritated at the dangers which the honor of the army had run in his person, and blaming Davoust, whom he -wrongfully accused of having deserted him. Some hours afterwards, when the latter...
第 48 頁 - A single narrow, winding street, completely on fire, appeared to be rather the entrance than the outlet to this hell. The Emperor rushed on foot and without hesitation into this narrow passage. He advanced amid the crackling of the flames, the crash of floors, and the fall of burning timbers, and of the redhot iron roofs which tumbled about him.
第 43 頁 - ... perfidiously placed, had discharged themselves in the stoves of several houses, and wounded the military who crowded round them. Retiring to other quarters, which were still standing, they sought fresh retreats; but when they were on the point of entering houses closely shut up and uninhabited, they heard faint explosions within; these were succeeded by a light smoke, which immediately became thick and black, then reddish, and lastly the colour of fire, and presently the whole edifice was involved...
第 48 頁 - ... an arch over our heads. We walked on a ground of fire, beneath a fiery sky, and between two walls of fire. The intense heat burned our eyes, which we were nevertheless obliged to keep open and fixed on the danger. A consuming atmosphere, glowing ashes, detached flames, parched our throats, and rendered our respiration short and dry; and we were already almost suffocated by the smoke. Our hands...
第 299 頁 - ... to be taken out. A letter from Berthier to Barclay, dated from Ribky, and relating to some indifferent matters, concluded with these words : " The Emperor commands me to entreat you to present his compliments to the Emperor Alexander, and to say to him that neither the vicissitudes of war nor any other circumstance can impair the friendship which he feels for him.
第 54 頁 - On his re-entering the Kremlin, a few houses scattered among the ruins were all that was left of the mighty Moscow. The suburbs were sprinkled with Russians of both sexes, covered with garments nearly burned. They flitted like spectres among the ruins ; squatted in the gardens, some of them were scratching up the earth in quest of vegetables ; while others were disputing with the crows for the relics of the dead animals which the army had left behind.
第 364 頁 - Russians, allowed his soldiers to eat and take some rest, and resumed his march at 10 o'clock. During the whole of the night he pushed the mass of the stragglers before him, by dint of cries, of entreaties and of blows. At daybreak, which was about seven o'clock, he halted, again took position, and rested under arms and on guard until ten o'clock; the enemy then usually made his appearance, and he was compelled to fight until the evening, gaining as much ground to the rear as possible.
第 78 頁 - During the work, it was remarked that great numbers of ravens surrounded this cross, and that Napoleon, weary of their hoarse croaking, exclaimed, that ' it seemed as if these flocks of ill-omened birds meant to defend it.' We cannot pretend to tell all that he thought in this critical situation, but it is well known that he was accessible to every kind of presentiment. His daily excursions, always illumined by a brilliant sun, in which he strove himself to perceive and to make others recognise his...