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2 THE DOWNFALL OF’ ROYALTY.

In 1789, it was still an exceptional thing for the nobility to emigrate. In 1792, it is the rule. Those among the nobles who have had the courage to re- main at Paris in the midst of the furnace, so as to make a rampart for the King of their bodies, seem half ashamed of their generous conduct. The illu- sions of worldliness have been dispelled. Nearly every salon was open in 1789. In 1792, they are nearly all closed; those of the magistrates and the great capitalists as well as those of the aristocracy. Etiquette is still observed at the Tuileries, but there is no question of fétes; no balls, no concerts, none of that elegance and animation which once made the court a rendezvous of pleasures. *7 In 1789, illusions, dreams, a na'1've expectation of the age of gold, were to be found everywhere. In 1792, ec- logues and pastoral poetry are beginning to go out of fashion. The diapason of hatred is pitched higher. Already there is powder and a smell of blood in the air. A general instinct forebodes that France and Europe are on the verge of a terrible duel. On both sides passions have touched their culminating point. Distrust and uneasiness are universal. Every day the despotism of the clubs becomes more threatening. The Jacobins do not reign yet, but they govern. Deputies who, if left to their own impulses, would vote 011 the conserva- tive side, pronounce for the Revolution solely through fear of the demagogues. In 1789, the religious sentiment still retained power among the