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The House of Bourbon was to France the illustrious and bleeding knot in her history, but was no longer the principal element of her destiny, and the necessary base of her politics.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 1: CHAPTER I—WELL CUT   Context
These men left to political parties the question of rights, they occupied themselves with the question of happiness.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 1: CHAPTER IV—CRACKS BENEATH THE FOUNDATION   Context
The old fear has produced its last effects in that quarter; and henceforth it can no longer be employed in politics.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 7: CHAPTER III—SLANG WHICH WEEPS AND SLANG WHICH LAUGHS   Context
If we are to believe certain oracles of crafty political views, a little revolt is desirable from the point of view of power.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER I—THE SURFACE OF THE QUESTION   Context
In the eyes of despotic governments, who are always interested in having liberty calumniate itself, the Revolution of July committed the fault of being formidable and of remaining gentle.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 1: CHAPTER I—WELL CUT   Context
The government one day received a warning that arms and two hundred thousand cartridges had just been distributed in the faubourg.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 1: CHAPTER V—FACTS WHENCE HISTORY SPRINGS AND WHICH HISTORY   Context
A force composed of earth and heaven results from humanity and governs it; this force is a worker of miracles; marvellous issues are no more difficult to it than extraordinary vicissitudes.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 7: CHAPTER IV—THE TWO DUTIES: TO WATCH AND TO HOPE   Context
His death, which was expected, was dreaded by the people as a loss, and by the government as an occasion.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 10: CHAPTER III—A BURIAL; AN OCCASION TO BE BORN AGAIN   Context
Comrades, we shall overthrow the government as true as there are fifteen intermediary acids between margaric acid and formic acid; however, that is a matter of perfect indifference to me.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 12: CHAPTER III—NIGHT BEGINS TO DESCEND UPON GRANTAIRE   Context
This respite, which was thus prolonged, was a sign that the Government was taking its time, and collecting its forces.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 12: CHAPTER VII—THE MAN RECRUITED IN THE RUE DES BILLETTES   Context
In this place which had been marked out for the struggle, the Government and the insurrection, the National Guard, and popular societies, the bourgeois and the uprising, groping their way, were about to come into contact.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V4), BOOK 13: CHAPTER II—AN OWL'S VIEW OF PARIS   Context
It must be admitted, that even in the political views with which we have just reproached him, and which we are disposed to judge almost with severity, he was tolerant and easy, more so, perhaps, than we who are speaking here.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V1), BOOK 1: CHAPTER XI—A RESTRICTION   Context
The sacred law of Jesus Christ governs our civilization, but it does not, as yet, permeate it; it is said that slavery has disappeared from European civilization.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V1), BOOK 5: CHAPTER XI—CHRISTUS NOS LIBERAVIT   Context
Never had the two ideas which governed the unhappy man whose sufferings we are narrating, engaged in so serious a struggle.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V1), BOOK 7: CHAPTER III—A TEMPEST IN A SKULL   Context
It has been calculated that what with salvos, royal and military politenesses, courteous exchanges of uproar, signals of etiquette, formalities of roadsteads and citadels, sunrises and sunsets, saluted every day by all fortresses and all ships of war, openings and closings of ports, etc.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V2), BOOK 2: CHAPTER III—THE ANKLE-CHAIN MUST HAVE UNDERGONE A CERTAIN   Context
The female Thenardier was attending to the supper, which was roasting in front of a clear fire; her husband was drinking with his customers and talking politics.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V2), BOOK 3: CHAPTER I—THE WATER QUESTION AT MONTFERMEIL   Context
His cunning began here; he smiled habitually, by way of precaution, and was almost polite to everybody, even to the beggar to whom he refused half a farthing.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V2), BOOK 3: CHAPTER II—TWO COMPLETE PORTRAITS   Context
The Government, as they say, does not permit this vault to receive coffins so they leave the convent when they die.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V2), BOOK 6: CHAPTER II—THE OBEDIENCE OF MARTIN VERGA   Context
They had wit; they had silence; their political dogma was suitably impregnated with arrogance; they should have succeeded.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V3), BOOK 3: CHAPTER III—REQUIESCANT   Context
Puns are sometimes serious factors in politics; witness the Castratus ad castra, which made a general of the army of Narses; witness: Barbari et Barberini; witness: Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram, etc.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V3), BOOK 4: CHAPTER I—A GROUP WHICH BARELY MISSED BECOMING HISTORIC   Context
We have just seen, in Book Fourth, one of the compartments of the upper mine, of the great political, revolutionary, and philosophical excavation.
Victor Hugo
Les Misérables (V3), BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—THE LOWEST DEPTHS   Context
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