the eyes that looked at the Emperor

 Barthes

‎”One day, quite some time ago, I happened on a photograph of Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome, taken in 1852. And I realized then, with an amazement I have not been able to lessen since: ‘I am looking at the eyes that looked at the Emperor.’ Sometimes I would mention this amazement, but since no seemed to share it, nor even to understand (life consists of these little touches of solitude), I forget about it.”

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