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The History of a Crime

By Hugo, Victor

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Title: The History of a Crime  
Author: Hugo, Victor
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: THE FIRST DAY. The AMBUSH. Chapter 1. ?SECURITY? On December 1, 1851, Charras[1] shrugged his shoulder and unloaded his pistols. In truth, the belief in the possibility of a coup d'etat had become humiliating. The supposition of such illegal violence on the part of M. Louis Bonaparte vanished upon serious consideration. The great question of the day was manifestly the Devincq election; it was clear that the Government was only thinking of that matter. As to a conspiracy against the Republic and against the People, how could any one premeditate such a plot? Where was the man capable of entertaining such a dream? For a tragedy there must be an actor, and here assuredly the actor was wanting. To outrage Right, to suppress the Assembly, to abolish the Constitution, to strangle the Republic, to overthrow the Nation, to sully the Flag, to dishonor the Army, to suborn the Clergy and the Magistracy, to succeed, to triumph, to govern, to administer, to exile, to banish, to transport, to ruin, to assassinate, to reign, with such complicities that the law at last resembles a foul bed of corruption. What! All these enormities were to be committed! And by whom? By a Colossus? No, by a dwarf. People laughed at the notion. They no longer said ?What a crime!? but ?What a farce!? For after all they reflected; heinous crimes require stature. Certain crimes are too lofty for certain hands. A man who would achieve an 18th Brumaire must have Arcola in his past and Austerlitz in his future. The art of becoming a great scoundrel is not accorded to the first comer. People said to themselves, Who is this son of Hortense? He has Strasbourg behind him instead of Arcola, and Boulogne in place of Austerlitz.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: The History of a Crime, 1 -- Victor Hugo, 1 -- THE FIRST DAY?THE AMBUSH, 3 -- Chapter I. ?SECURITY?, 3 -- Chapter II. PARIS SLEEPS?THE BELL RINGS, 5 -- Chapter III. WHAT HAD HAPPENED DURING THE NIGHT, 6 -- Chapter IV. OTHER DOINGS OF THE NIGHT, 15 -- Chapter V. THE DARKNESS OF THE CRIME, 16 -- Chapter VI. ?PLACARDS?, 18 -- Chapter VII. NO. 70, RUE BLANCHE, 22 -- Chapter VIII. ?VIOLATION OF THE CHAMBER?, 27 -- Chapter IX. AN END WORSE THAN DEATH, 34 -- Chapter X. THE BLACK DOOR, 34 -- Chapter XI. THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, 36 -- Chapter XII. THE MAIRIE OF THE TENTH ARRONDISSEMENT, 44 -- Chapter XIII. LOUIS BONAPARTE'S SIDE?FACE, 56 -- Chapter XIV. THE D'ORSAY BARRACKS, 57 -- Chapter XV. MAZAS, 63 -- Chapter XVI. THE EPISODE OF THE BOULEVARD ST. MARTIN, 66 -- Chapter XVII. THE REBOUND OF THE 24TH JUNE, 1848, ON THE 2D DECEMBER, -- 1851, 73 -- Chapter XVIII. THE REPRESENTATIVES HUNTED DOWN, 77 -- Chapter XIX. ONE FOOT IN THE TOMB, 82 -- Chapter XX. THE BURIAL OF A GREAT ANNIVERSARY, 87 -- THE SECOND DAY?THE STRUGGLE, 88 -- Chapter I. THEY COME TO ARREST ME, 88 -- Chapter II. FROM THE BASTILLE TO THE RUE DE COTTE, 92 -- Chapter III. THE ST. ANTOINE BARRICADE, 96 -- Chapter IV. THE WORKMEN'S SOCIETIES ASK US FOR THE ORDER TO FIGHT, 106 -- Chapter V. BAUDINS'S CORPSE, 109 -- Chapter VI. THE DECREES OF THE REPRESENTATIVES WHO REMAINED FREE, 112 -- Chapter VII. THE ARCHBISHOP, 123 -- Chapter VIII. MOUNT VALERIEN, 127 -- Chapter IX. THE LIGHTNING BEGINS TO FLASH AMONGST THE PEOPLE, 130 -- Chapter X. WHAT FLEURY WENT TO DO AT MAZAS, 133 -- Chapter XI. THE END OF THE SECOND DAY, 137 -- THE THIRD DAY?THE MASSACRE, 139 -- Chapter I. THOSE WHO SLEEP AND HE WHO DOES NOT SLEEP, 139 -- Chapter II. THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE, 140 -- Chapter III. INSIDE THE ELYSEE, 145 -- Chapter IV. BONAPARTE'S FAMILIAR SPIRITS, 148 -- Chapter V. A WAVERING ALLY, 151 -- Chapter VI. DENIS DUSSOUBS, 152 -- Chapter VII. ITEMS AND INTERVIEWS, 153 -- Chapter VIII. THE SITUATION, 156 -- Chapter IX. THE PORTE SAINT MARTIN, 159 -- Chapter X. MY VISIT TO THE BARRICADE, 160 -- Chapter XI. THE BARRICADE OF THE RUE MESLAY, 163

 

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