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From the unique "Mémoires du général de Caulaincourt" as edited via Jean Hanoteau; abridged, edited, and with an advent via George Libaire.

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A hundred Russians slain beyond the Oder did not appear to me sufficient compensation for the death of a single Frenchman slain on the same field of battle. The Emperor listened to me with attention, but with occasional flashes of impatience. I paused often, hoping that he would answer me, and that in touching on various details of this great question he would come to the point. He answered only on the general lines of his previous remarks, adding ironically to his old refrain, "Austria ought to be delighted to hear what you say.

Duroc even warned me, with that obliging friendliness which characterized him, not to mention for the moment the return of my friends to Court, adding that he did not know what I had done or said, but that the Emperor was more incensed against me than ever. He observed that I spoke too warmly against Polish affairs; that when the Emperor discussed business with me I appeared to be putting him in the wrong, and that this irritated him. ORG ELECTRONIC REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED 22 W I T H N A P O L E O N IN R U S S I A before, in Paris.

He acted so towards all whom he wished to persuade, and he was always wanting to persuade someone. I enter into all these details because they delineate his character; that is my sole purpose. I will even add that his persistence arose, I think, from the habit that he had but too firmly contracted, whether by reason of his power or on account of the real superiority of his genius and the ascendancy that it gave him, of either communicating his conviction to others or of imposing it upon them. Certain it is that to the success which he was accustomed to obtain thus must be attributed his predilection for interviews with sovereigns, and his habit of dealing in any particularly delicate and important matters directly with the ministers and ambassadors of foreign powers.

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