War and Peace Volume 3, Part 2, Chapter 26 Summary
Meanwhile, over on the French side of things, we get a totally hilarious chapter mocking Napoleon.
Napoleon’s palace prefect comes with a gift.
While Napoleon gets a massage, the prefect sets the present up like a surprise. Finally, the unveiling – it’s...a portrait of little Napoleon, Jr.!
Napoleon is clearly strongly aware that his every move now is being recorded by History with a capital H. He comes up to the portrait and looks at it with fatherly love, thinking how it will make a nice contrast in the eyes of his audience with the whole war thing.
Then he orders the portrait to be paraded around outside so everyone can have the joy of looking at their future ruler.
Finally, he asks them to take it away, since his son is too young to see a field of battle. He’s really acting up a storm.