The Memoirs of Victor Hugo

The Memoirs of Victor Hugo


Excerpt: --are depicted with kindliness

but sincerity.

The horizon, however, grows dark, and from 1846 the new peer of

France notes the gradual tottering of the edifice of royalty.

The revolution of 1848 bursts out. Nothing could be more

thrilling than the account, hour by hour, of the events of the

three days of February. VICTOR HUGO is not merely a spectator

of this great drama, he is an actor in it. He is in the

streets, he makes speeches to the people, he seeks to restrain

them; he believes, with too good reason, that the Republic is

premature, and, in the Place de la Bastille, before the

evolutionary Faubourg Saint Antoine, he dares to proclaim the


Four months later distress provokes the formidable insurrection

of June, which is fatal to the Republic.

The year 1848 is the stormy year. The atmosphere is fiery, men

are violent, events are tragical. Battles in the streets are

followed by fierce debates in the Assembly. VICTOR HUGO takes

part in the mle. We witness the scenes with him; he p