d'orsenne one day accompanied the first Emperor on an excursion.
complained of thirst, and some one seeing a woman at a little distance, called to her. The woman did not know Napoleon
nor any of the escort.
She gave the Emperor
a glass of water mixed with a little brandy, and then courtesies for payment. "There, my good woman," said Napoleon
, pointing to Count
d'orsenne, there is the Emperor
; ask him for money; he pays for us all." The woman blushed and looked embarrassed; then turning to the Count
, she scanned his splendid uniform with the eye of a connoisseur, and said: ‘"He?
Do you think I believe that?
is not such a coxcomb.
You, sir, look more like him yourself,"’ The Emperor
was much amused at the remark, and gave the woman a double louis.