It opens with the death of Mirabeau and closes with the death of Napoleon.
Much has been said respecting the cause of Mirabeau's death.
Mirabeau praised him, and Guizot calls him a “fameux esprit fort.”
It is right that the infamy of Mirabeau should be as eternal as his greatness.
Well, you have recommended Mirabeau to the King as the only man who can save the monarchy.
His firm conviction was that Mirabeau not only could, but would have saved the monarchy.
He was one of the few persons who, according to Talleyrand, were completely in the confidence of Mirabeau.
He's right, that was a favourite saying of Mirabeau's,' whispered another.
It would be interesting to speculate on what might have been averted, had Mirabeau lived.
Mirabeau's last effort was to give this colour to the Bourbons, and he failed.