undoubted fact that his plan was, after a few more days of slaughter, to abolish the revolutionary court and inaugurate his Rousseauan commonwealth; but it is idle to speculate as to what might have happened if he had not fallen so soon.
To the end he remained true to some of his ideals.
He would not consent to an insurrection in his own behalf until it was too late, nor when arrested would he accept release without the order of the Convention
, for the Convention
represented his adored People.
But for this delay his life would have been saved.
How can such a career as Robespierre's be explained?
's faith in the unaided power of the right, he would have had a sure clue to follow.
Without that faith no man is to be trusted in such an environment.
It is difficult for us to imagine the effect of bloodthirsty surroundings; and yet have we not seen in South Africa
and the Philippines equally striking examples of it?
Robespierre became finally a conspicuous incarnation of all that he most hated, and he reached this point by adopting means which he knew were wrong, to gain an end in which he profoundly believed.
He dreaded most of all to be left out of the stream of eventsdropped on one side on account of his scruples, and consequently he plunged in, was sucked into the maelstrom, and died,