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Excerpt from Memoirs of Constant First Valet De Chambre of the Emperor, Vol. 2: On the Private Life of Napoleon His Family and His Court
Caulaincourt understood retrenchments badly; and when he saw the Due de Vicenza again, he told him he did not wish to have anything touched that con cerned me.
In the mornings the Emperor sometimes read the current new books and novels. When a work dis pleased him, he threw it into the fire. It would be an error to believe that it was only bad books that were burned in this fashion. When the author was not one of those whom he liked, or if he spoke too well of a foreign people, that was a sufficient reason for committing the volume to the ﬂames. I saw His Majesty throw a volume of the Baroness de Steel's book on Germany into the fire. If he found us reading in the evenings, in the little salon where we awaited the time of his retiring, he would look at our books, and if they were novels they were burned without mercy. His Majesty seldom failed to add a little lecture to the confiscation, and to ask the delinquent if a man could not read something better than that. One morning when he had run through and thrown into the fire a work by I know not what author, Roustan stooped to pull it out, but the Emperor opposed this, saying: Let the trash burn; it is all it is fit for.
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