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From the second paragraph on page four of the book “Madame Royale” by Ernest Daudet.  Original English text with Japanese translation.

Ernest Daudet著「マダム・ロワイヤル」の4ページ第二節から。英語の原文と和訳。


It was in an inflammatory atmosphere, then, that Madame Royale passed her early youth.  She was eleven years old when the Revolution bloke out.  An an age that, for nearly every child, is one of unmixed happiness a blood-red shadow lay across her life.  She heard of nothing but disasters: some of them took place as it were beneath her eyes, others were foretold in her hearing as inevitable and imminent.  Over a young heart whose natural atmosphere was one of joy these disasters exercised a gloomy, melancholy influence, of which it bore the marks until it ceased to beat, that is to say for upwards of sixty years.


Yet Madame Royale deserved a happier fate.  Those who knew her at the dawn of her life are unanimous in extolling the grace and charm that pervaded her whole person, the precocity of her intelligence, and above all the uprightness and firmness of her character.  We shall soon see how she showed these qualities in the most tragic circumstances.  We shall watch the young prisoner of the Temple developing into the strong and resolute woman of whom Napoleon said, later on, that she was “the only man of the family.”


To reralise the cruelty of the tests to which she was put, at this very tender age, we need only recall the famous dates that mark the successive stages of the Revolution: the taking of the Bastille on the 14th July; the night of the 5th October at Versailles, and the humiliation arrival of the royal family in Paris, with a horde of desperadoes round them, carrying before them on pikes the heads of the two bodyguards who were slain in their sovereigns’ defense; the flight to Varennes in June 1791; the assault of the Tuileries by the mob on the 20th June, 1792; the 10th-14th August of the same year, when the palace was attacked and pillaged, the King’s deposition voted, and the royal family imprisoned; in September the massacres in the prisons and the revolting episode of the Princesse de Lamballe’s murder; and finally, in Janurary 1793, the trial and execution of Louis XVI.


Madame Royale suffered the consequences of all these horrors.  Indeed she even took part in them.  She heard her parents insulted; she saw them encompassed by faces dark with hatred, and by armed hands that threatened those she loved.  More than ever before she did her utmost to surround them with a daughter’s love and care, and, to save them from being alarmed on her account, gave them an example of courage that no one could have expected from a child of her age.



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