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I've had this in my BNF oddments collection for ages, just because of his name, but I realize now that it's the front cover of the imprint of the speech he was writing to Lucile about in his letter. Petion didn't get his way and it WAS printed. It's ever so long [to my mind] and must have taken so much effort for him to conquer the stammer and deliver it successfully I want to give him a round of applause now..


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Apr. 15th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's too sweet! <3 Don't you think he'd be horribly nervous beforehand, and wonder if he'd be able to keep his nerve and do it? Georges and Lucile would have had the task of holding him together until it was time. He's so brave - he didn't have to keep giving speeches, and it must have been a struggle every time.
Apr. 15th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
I think it must have been truly awful for him- and probably fairly awful for all those who really cared for him too, just waiting to see if he got through it and knowing how good he was when he did - as Caro says to Georges when they're watching him.
He was away from Lucile when he gave this one- it must have been wonderful for him to know she rejoiced in his successes - there's an absolute trust in her unconditional love in all his letters to her isn't there.
Apr. 15th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
...Ah yes, of course! No Lucile - so more for Georges-Jacques to do, I suppose? I imagine Camille probably can't sleep much, if at all, the night before. Do you think Georges-Jacques would stay up with him? And for once, not let him drink too much. I suppose he probably goes all quiet and withdrawn in the hours leading up to it (feeling sick? seems likely), and actually isn't very capable of accepting comfort - so nervous that he's at his least tactile. Afterwards, the come-down from all that adrenaline, might be when he needs someone most.
Apr. 15th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting thought isn't it - what was different when he was successful compared to when he wasn't - i can't really imagine, but yeah - comparative sobriety could well have been useful. I wonder if he and Georges sat up all night dissing Petion - being angry always helped him overcome the stammer a bit - Oh God I bet they were hilariously funny when they got stuck into someone - THAT is what I would love to have overheard - nothing could beat the immediacy of being there
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