The Reality Effect

Au bout d'une heure et demie, on frappa doucement à une petite porte qui était derrière elle.
François Flameng (1856-1923). Reception at Compiegne in 1810. 1894-96. Oil on canvas, 104 x 138 cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.


The next day, after breakfast, the ladies and officers of the household who had not met her at Braunau were presented to the Empress, and they took the oath of allegiance. Then followed the presentation of the Generals and Colonels of the Guards, of the Ministers and high officers of the crown, and of the officers and ladies who were to attend her on leaving Compiègne. She had the pleasure of meeting at the castle her uncle, the Grand Duke of Würzburg, her father’s brother, with whom she talked for a long time about her country and her family. She also chatted with the Prince of Schwarzenberg and with the Countess Metternich. All day Napoleon was in charming humor.
- Imbert de Saint-Amand. The Happy Days of the Empress Marie Louise. Trans. Thomas Sergeant Perry. 1900.

François Flameng (1856-1923). Reception at Compiegne in 1810. 1894-96. Oil on canvas, 104 x 138 cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

The next day, after breakfast, the ladies and officers of the household who had not met her at Braunau were presented to the Empress, and they took the oath of allegiance. Then followed the presentation of the Generals and Colonels of the Guards, of the Ministers and high officers of the crown, and of the officers and ladies who were to attend her on leaving Compiègne. She had the pleasure of meeting at the castle her uncle, the Grand Duke of Würzburg, her father’s brother, with whom she talked for a long time about her country and her family. She also chatted with the Prince of Schwarzenberg and with the Countess Metternich. All day Napoleon was in charming humor.

- Imbert de Saint-Amand. The Happy Days of the Empress Marie Louise. Trans. Thomas Sergeant Perry. 1900.

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