"My dear fellow, the emperor is at this moment on the way to Grenoble; on the 10th or 12th he will be at Lyons, and on the 20th or 25th at Paris."
"Grenoble and Lyons are faithful cities, and will oppose to him an impassable barrier."
"Grenoble will open her gates to him with enthusiasm -- all Lyons will hasten to welcome him.
"Say this to him: `Sire, you are deceived as to the feeling in France, as to the opinions of the towns, and the prejudices of the army; he whom in Paris you call the Corsican ogre, who at Nevers is styled the usurper, is already saluted as Bonaparte at Lyons, and emperor at Grenoble. You think he is tracked, pursued, captured; he is advancing as rapidly as his own eagles.
Then he turned to the various articles he had left behind him, put the black cravat and blue frock-coat at the bottom of the portmanteau, threw the hat into a dark closet, broke the cane into small bits and flung it in the fire, put on his travelling-cap, and calling his valet, checked with a look the thousand questions he was ready to ask, paid his bill, sprang into his carriage, which was ready, learned at Lyons that Bonaparte had entered Grenoble, and in the midst of the tumult which prevailed along the road, at length reached Marseilles, a prey to all the hopes and fears which enter into the heart of man with ambition and its first successes.
This officer, whose acquired practical wisdom did not allow him to make any journey in vain, had just come from Grenoble
, and was on his way to the Grande Chartreuse, after obtaining on the previous evening a week's leave of absence from his colonel.
"The credit of the execution is due to Monsieur Oscar Meunier, of Grenoble
, who spent some days in doing the moulding.
The rumour died down, and the island fell to discussing in all its ramifications the loss of the Grenoble
in the China seas, with all her officers and half her crew born and married on Island McGill.