December 5th, 2007

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Как Наполеона кролики обратили в бегство.

Будучи в книжном, надыбал эту историю в книге тривиа (типа вопросы как для "что? где? когда?")
вот сейчас нагуглил её.


Berthier, the great organizer of the marches of [Napoleon's] Army-Corps, tried his hand at organizing a shoot in order to please Napoleon. Every detail... was worked out with the same meticulous accuracy with which the Grande Armee had been swept from Boulogne to Austerlitz.

"The carriages arrived on the stroke at the Tuilleries, the beaters were ready, the keepers in their best clothes, a beautiful lunch waiting to be eaten, and a thousand rabbits, brought the night before and dumped in the park, waiting to be shot.

"But poor, ugly little Berthier made one trivial mistake. Instead of buying wild rabbits, he bought tame ones and did not know they were accustomed to being fed twice a day. When the emperor took his gun in hand and advanced into the park, the rabbits, all thousand of them, mistook him for the man who provided their daily lettuce and leapt to their feet and charged towards him.

"Berthier and his staff beat them off with horse-whips, but the rabbits, who were more expert in the Napoleanic warfare than some of the Marshals, wheeled around on both flanks and actually reached the emperor's carriage before the emperor could mount and drive off back to Paris.