By M. (François-Auguste-Marie-Alexis) Mignet
Then a veil falls. yet a few can elevate it, to behold a much varied, a much more stirring imaginative and prescient, and to such the deeper factors of the phobia are printed. For they behold an unlimited multitude, stained with care, haggard, forlorn, striving, demise, toiling even to their dying, that the passing whim of a tyrant could be gratified.
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Opposition passed from parliaments to the nobility, from the nobility to the clergy, and from them all to the people. In proportion as each participated in power it began its opposition, until all these private oppositions were fused in or gave way before the national opposition. The states-general only decreed a revolution which was already formed. 46 CHAPTER I FROM THE 5TH OF MAY, 1789, TO THE NIGHT OF THE 4TH OF AUGUST The 5th of May, 1789, was fixed for the opening of the statesgeneral. A religious ceremony on the previous day prefaced their installation.
The clergy were conducted to the right, the nobility to the left, and the commons 47 in front of the throne at the end of the hall. The deputations from Dauphine, from Crepi in Valois, to which the duke of Orleans belonged, and from Provence, were received with loud applause. Necker was also received on his entrance with general enthusiasm. Public favour was testified towards all who had contributed to the convocation of the states-general. When the deputies and ministers had taken their places, the king appeared, followed by the queen, the princes, and a brilliant suite.
The cause of his fall was a suspension of the payment of the interest on the debt, which was the commencement of bankruptcy. This minister has been the most blamed because he came last. Inheriting the faults, the embarrassments of past times, he had to struggle with the difficulties of his position with insufficient means. He tried intrigue and oppression; he banished, suspended, disorganized parliament; everything was an obstacle to him, nothing aided him. After a long struggle, he sank under lassitude and weakness; I dare not say from incapacity, for had he been far stronger and more skilful, had he been a Richelieu or a Sully, he would still have fallen.