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Napoleon the Little

"We are very much plagued by our treaty with France. Victor Hugo has written a book against Louis Napoleon, which will exasperate him much, and which he publishes here; we can hardly keep Victor Hugo here after that."
-- King Leopold of Belgium, in a letter to his niece, Queen Victoria. July 23, 1852. Victor Hugo would leave Belgium, and continue his exile on the British Island of Jersey.

"If M. Bonaparte wished to write a reply, I should be glad to publish his manuscript too, provided he write with as much reason and no less power."
-- James Vizetelly, London publisher, to a worried French attaché

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[Italicized quotes are taken from: "Victor Hugo: A Biography" by Graham Robb. 1997.]