He had discovered, besides, since his departure from Chateaubriand
, that nothing would be impossible for Furet under the impulsion of M.
How, as by an enchanted wand, have its scenes been changed, since Chateaubriand
wrote his prose-poetic description of it, as a river of mighty, unbroken solitudes, rolling amid undreamed wonders of vegetable and animal existence.
It was a romantic narrative of some Eastern traveller of the thirties, pompous maybe, but fragrant with the emotion with which the East came to the generation that followed Byron and Chateaubriand
Now each one of you may be, like Monsieur Baudoyer, an administrative genius, a Chateaubriand
of reports, a Bossouet of circulars, the Canalis of memorials, the gifted son of diplomatic despatches; but I tell you there is a fatal law which interferes with all administrative genius,--I mean the law of promotion by average.
against the throne, --an ungrateful opposition based on ignoble interests, which was one cause of the triumph of the bourgeoisie and journalism in 1830.