What did a country hick know about proprieties anyway?
Recent researches into his early life discredit most of the stories that have been told respecting his profligacy and his contempt for the claims of the church; and it is admitted that, while rejecting her authority in the sphere of dogma and intellect, he observed the proprieties of life (gambling being then scarcely looked on as a vice) and respected the outward observances of religion.
In her view the aim of every religion was merely to preserve certain proprieties while affording satisfaction to human desires.
So in the same way Moscow was empty when Napoleon, weary, uneasy, and morose, paced up and down in front of the Kammer-Kollezski rampart, awaiting what to his mind was a necessary, if but formal, observance of the proprieties--a deputation.
The proprieties were observed and the Emperor was the first to set that example, but everybody understood that the old man was blameworthy and good-for- nothing.
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