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Examples of Divorce
The Emperor thought it necessary for the welfare of France that he should have an heir of his own line; and as it was now certain that the Empress would never bear him one, he was compelled to think of a divorce.
This harsh greeting, distressed Josephine exceedingly, and she attempted to excuse herself; but his Majesty replied in such a manner as to bring tears to her eyes, though he afterwards repented of this, and begged pardon of the Empress, acknowledging that he had been wrong.
But it was by most gentle means, and with every mark of tender consideration, that he strove to bring the Empress to this painful sacrifice.
It is not, as has been stated in some Memoirs, because and as a result of the slight disagreement which I have related above, that the first idea of a divorce came to his Majesty.
Queen Hortense and M. Corvisart soon reached the Empress, who passed a miserable night.
This scene affected him so deeply that he said to M. de B- in a trembling, broken tone, some words which he must never reveal under any circumstances.