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Emperor Louis Napoleon III
: Democracy! Government of the cattle, by the cattle, for the cattle!
Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
: More than an empire is in danger. My husband's life. And knowing this, you could abandon him? Answer me, sire! Emperor Louis Napoleon III
: Regardless of my personal sentiments, I am, as you see, Madame, in the hands of my ministers. Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
: In the hands of your ministers! Was it you or your ministers who conceived the plan to mask your infamies behind my husband's noble name? Who tricked him into accepting the throne by means of a pretended plebiscite? Who assured him of French troops and French funds until the day that the Empire of Mexico could take her place among other nations? Answer me, sire! Empress Eugenie
: Carlotta, please... Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
: What are the names of your ministers which are affixed to the Treaty of Miramar? Did your ministers sign this letter: "I urge you to count upon my everlasting friendship. You may rest assured that my support will not fail you in the accomplishment which you are so courageously undertaking." Answer me, sire! Emperor Louis Napoleon III
: It is useless, Madame. Not another franc. Not another man. We are through with Mexico. Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
: What else might a Hapsburg have expected from the word of a bourgeois Bonaparte? You charlatan! But you will not dare let him die! I will denounce you in every court in Europe for what you will be: a murderer! A murderer!
: You're an atheist, Louis! Emperor Louis Napoleon III
: That's the most stupid thing a sovereign could be.
] Dr. Charbonnet
: You remember a few years ago, he was the cause of a slight controversy on the subject of sour wine. Napoleon III
: Oh, yes, I recall. Dr. Charbonnet
: He claimed to have found little animals in it... infinitesimal beasts. Napoleon III
: But are there such creatures? Do they really exist? Dr. Charbonnet
: Your Majesty, microscopic organisms have long been observed. They spring into being of their own accord wherever there is putrid matter or fermentation. They are the result rather than the cause of disease. By heating wine to certain temperature, Monsieur Pasteur was able to destroy them. I presume he plans to cure blood poisoning in the same manner: namely, by boiling our blood. Napoleon III
: Heaven forbid. Dr. Charbonnet
: It's not unlikely, I assure you. Napoleon III
: But, I won't have it, Charbonnet. I won't tolerate such practices. We're not living in the Middle Ages. This is France... Paris... the nineteenth century. Empress Eugenie
: I think Monsieur Pasteur should be allowed to defend himself. Dr. Charbonnet
: But, your Majesty... Empress Eugenie
: I, too, have read the pamphlet, Doctor Charbonnet. It said nothing about boiling blood - merely to boil the instruments that you surgeons use. Dr. Charbonnet
: Your Majesty, if I did anything so absurd as to boil my instruments or scrub my hands, they'd think I was a witch doctor resorting to charms and laugh me out of the hospital. Empress Eugenie
: That would be a novelty, Monsieur. Most people who go to hospitals are CARRIED out... dead. Napoleon III
: Yes, Cahrbonnet. Why?