§ 621.Destiny of the son of Napoleon I

19th century:
§621. Destiny of the son of Napoleon I (1811-1832): IV-7.

The minor son of the grand and hated prince,
Shall have a grand stain of leprosy at the age of twenty:
His mother, very sad and slim, shall be dejected by the mourning.
And he shall die where the lax chief in stumbling falls.

(Le mineur filz du grand & hay prince,
De lepre aura à vingt ans grande tache:
De dueil sa mere mourra bien triste & mince.
Et il mourra la ou toumbe chet lache.)

Keys to the reading:
The minor son: Napoleon François Charles Joseph, duke of Reichstadt (1811-1832), son of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and Marie Louise (1791-1847). When his father died in 1821, he was only ten years old.

the grand and hated prince: Napoleon I;

a grand stain of leprosy at the age of twenty: a metaphor for a grave disease which befalls the duke of Reichstadt in 1831, when he is 20 years old;

dueil: = deuil, mourning;

De dueil sa mere mourra: = Sa mere mourra de dueil, mourir in this case signifying to be dejected (Dubois);

His mother, very sad and slim: partly because of the popular revolt in her duchy, Parma;

toumbe := tombe, falls;

chet: «s. m., monnaie au chet, monnaie de poids pouvant subir l'épreuve du trébuchet» (Godefroy). «Trébucher, v. intr. To totter, to reel, to stumble» (Dubois). So, the word chet may represent un chef qui trébuche (a chief who totters).

where the lax chief in stumbling falls: Vienna, where Francis II of the German Empire, grandfather of the duke of Reichstadt, was dethroned in 1806 by the overwhelming power of Bonaparte. « On the 12th of July, 1806, sixteen princes of western Germany concluded, under Napoleon's direction, a treaty, according to which they separated themselves from the German Empire and founded the so-called confederation of the Rhine, which it was their intention to render subject to the supremacy of the emperor of the French. On the 1st of August, Napoleon declared that he no longer recognised the empire of Germany. No one ventured to oppose his omnipotent voice. On the 6th of August, 1806, the emperor, Francis II, abdicated the imperial crown of Germany and announced the dissolution of the empire in a touching address, full of calm dignity and sorrow. The standard of Charlemagne, the greatest hero of the first Christian age, was to be profaned by no hand save that of the greatest hero of modem times. Ancient names, long venerated, now disappeared. The head of the Holy Roman Empire was converted into an emperor of Austria.» (HH, XII, p.538)

The grand and hated prince: « Napoleon was the object of the most unheard-of passion. It was one unanimous howl against the " Corsican Ogre," the assassin of the duke d'Enghien, the author of the ambuscade at Bayonne, the man who had slaughtered so many thousands of men, and who, it was said, reserved for Paris, in wishing to attempt a battle within its walls, the fate of Moscow. The excitement was at its height and the reaction unrestrained. The fallen idol was, as always, despised and insulted.» (HH, XII, p.613)

A grave disease befalls the duke of Reichstadt in 1831, when he was 20 years old : « [1831] The duke of Reichstadt, who lives at the court of his grandfather and in the bosom of the imperial family, as soon as he had completed his twentieth year took up a more and more independent and public position. Endowed with a very favourable outward appearance, full of spirit and fire, filled with the military glory of his father, rather lively than thoughtful or circumspect, he seems to regard the impression he makes, especially on strangers, with anything but displeasure. The emperor was very willing to encourage the military ardour of the duke. But the idea of allowing him to live elsewhere than in Vienna was now entirely given up. When he entered his twenty-first year he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Hungarian infantry regiment on garrison duty in Vienna. On June 14th, he entered active military service and at the same time he was drawn into a military circle.» (HH, XIV, p.593)

« The duke had now obtained what he longed for: standing on the threshold of a career whose vastness seemed incalculable, he did not dream that he was really at the entrance of the valley of shadows. According to the reports of Doctor Malfatti, who had been appointed his doctor in May, 1830, disquieting symptoms of a consumptive tendency were already then apparent, which had been increased by his alarmingly rapid growth; at the age of seventeen, he was already five feet eight inches tall. For this reason his entering active service was postponed, and later on he was repeatedly prohibited from attending military duties. The more decided the doctor's advice became, the more he feared it in the interests of his military passion, and the more violently he began to repel it and the more obstinately he endeavoured to conceal from the doctor the progress of the disease. More than once he exclaimed '' I abhor medicine! " and to all inquiries he would reply: " I feel perfectly well! " But repeated attacks of complete exhaustion actually revealed what he refused to put into words. He was then for the time being condemned to inactivity by a command of the emperor based on the doctor's report, or rather, as he expressed it in his bitterness " placed under arrest by the doctor; " he fell back again in consequence into brooding fancies, which at times were of a scarcely less exhausting nature than the exertions of military service. It was while he was in this condition that he wrote to Prokesch on October 2nd, 1831, as follows: ''So many thoughts run riot through my brain concerning my position, politics, history, and our great science of strategy which destroys or maintains kingdoms." On the same occasion he gave his attention for the first time to Lamartine's poems. One meditation he considered more especially beautiful; he was never tired of studying it, he read it aloud with delight to Doctor Malfatti. But it was evident that one passage had above all electrified him, because it appeared as though it had been specially addressed to him; with a voice trembling with emotion he recited the following lines:

Courage, enfant déchu d'une race divine;
Tu portes sur ton front ta céleste origine.
Tout homme en te voyant, reconnaît dans tes yeux
Un rayon éclipse de la splendeur des cieux.

(Courage, fallen child of divine race;
You bear on your forehead your celestial origin.
Everyone, seeing you, recognizes in your eyes
An eclipsed ray of the splendor of the heavens.)

The state of the sufferer grew worse from month to month. He began himself to be conscious of its gravity, but no complaint ever crossed his lips, a settled sadness took possession of his soul.» (HH, XIV, p.593-594)

And he shall die in Vienna (where the lax chief in stumbling falls): « Little joys and great illusions lightened it momentarily, as for instance when the emperor raised him in the spring of 1832 to the rank of colonel, and when a journey to Italy for his health was proposed. But he felt himself so dependent. He was filled with anxiety at the thought that perhaps Metternich - the emperor was absent - would not consent to the journey. How great was his joy when he received the desired sanction. But his end was approaching rapidly; he helped to hasten it himself by the imprudent risks he ran as soon as he seemed a little better, so that Malfatti exclaimed in despair, that a fatal impulse was at work within him urging and driving him to murder himself. On July 21st, when the last agony had begun he acknowledged to the doctor for the first time that he was suffering. He was weary of life. " When will my life of torture be at an end? " he exclaimed. Early the next day, he breathed his last in the presence of his mother who had hurried to his bed-side, and in the very room of the castle of Schönbrunn, where his father, at the zenith of his power, had dictated terms of peace to the world.» (HH, XIV, p.594)

His mother, very sad and slim, shall be dejected by the mourning: « When in February, 1831, the revolutionary movement in Italy came to a head and in the first rush his mother's government in Parma was swept away. In Marie Louise he only saw his mother, and the wife of Napoleon; and in the duchy of Parma the last remnant of Napoleonic dominion, which ought not to be allowed to perish. He felt impelled on this account to take the field in defence of his mother and against the Italian revolution. The idea seized him like an electric shock. He hurried to the emperor Francis in order to win his consent, but in vain, his request was denied. Full of anguish, he wrote to his mother: " For the first time it has been painful to me to obey the emperor."» (HH, XIV, p.592)

« Early the next day [1832.7.22], he breathed his last in the presence of his mother who had hurried to his bed-side.» (HH, XIV, p.594)
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Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
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