At the palace-doors I found no difficulty in admittance, for it was the hour for changing guard, and a lieutenant that was known to me let me in at once; so I went straight in and across the court, just as I was, in my dusty clothes and boots, carrying nothing but my riding-whip.
On! on! Batter down the doors!" "On!" echoed the mob; and their stones were flung with such frenzy against the palace-doors, that its very walls trembled. "Fire!" called out the sonorous voice of Eugene, and in another moment might be seen the sinking forms of twelve of the rioters, while, among the others, some were pale with fright, and a few cried out that they would he revenged.
The countess took it up and rang. The steward answered the summons, and begged to know what her highness was pleased to command. "Let the palace-doors be thrown open, that the people may know how little I fear their dislike. Send all the lackeys out, and let them announce to the court that to-day I hold a special levee, and that my rooms will be opened to visitors at nine this evening.
"Instead of capturing them singly, close the gates, and secure them all at once." "But first let us admit my distinguished prisoner. Thrust him in, Latour, and conduct him to his task. He must expiate his offence against the Countess de Soissons, by removing that heap of stones, which were cast by his command against my palace-doors.
Say, the King came forth with the morning, and opened His palace-doors, Thence flinging His gifts like sunbeams that break upon marble floors; But the wind with wild pinions caught them, and carried them round about: Though I looked till mine eyes were dazzled, I never could make them out.
The enclosure was filled with a throng so dense that there was scarcely room for them to move a limb; and yet, in their regular assaults upon the palace-doors, they seemed to be obeying the commands of some unseen chief. Eugene surveyed the scene with something of that calm but powerful interest which possesses the soul of a commander about to engage the enemy. "The multitude increase," said he.
Apart from his colonial career, he had been to Greece in a brigantine with four brass carronades; he had travelled Europe in a chaise and four, drawing bridle at the palace-doors of German princes; queens of song and dance had followed him like sheep and paid his tailor's bills.
Apart from his colonial career, he had been to Greece in a brigantine with four brass carronades; he had travelled Europe in a chaise and four, drawing bridle at the palace-doors of German princes; queens of song and dance had followed him like sheep, and paid his tailor's bills.
The handle of his coach- whip was of steel inlaid with gold, and he flourished it with as much ostentation as if it had been the baton of a field-marshal. Behind this princely equipage were two footmen in state livery; on either side were two outriders. The countess emerged from her palace-doors, clad in mantle of sky- blue velvet bordered with gold.
When the king arose in the morning, he commanded that all his household should present themselves before him, or ever the palace-doors were opened; and it was done as he said.