Armentiéres, exasperated, rises to speak.
"I thank my honorable colleague, M. Barante, for his words. I have had the distinct pleasure to work with M. Barante in the last few months, and while intemperate and full of demands in public, I have nevertheless found him quite accommodating in private. As such, I welcome his contributions to our debate.
Though the present disorder is indeed troubling, I am more concerned by the panic evident in this Chamber, which I feel is perhaps somewhat misplaced. Many of my colleagues seem quite unmanned by the rapidity of events, and I must note that lack of fortitude can itself be contagious. I would sorely mislike if such panic spread beyond personal concerns, for that is the true source of danger in these fragile days.
In truth, it was to be expected that the trial of the ministers, to whom the public ascribe the necessity of their suffering, would be a source of disorder if a verdict lacking in the desired sanguinary quality were to be handed down. Having received such a bloodless verdict, the public naturally recoiled, for was it not their blood shed at the barricades and in the streets? Did not the ministers subvert the constitutional order and reinstate absolutism? Were there crimes not manifest? Had the resistant members of this Chamber suffered as we did, had they lost as we did, perhaps they too would express their displeasure at such an outcome. Instead, they have the privilege to politely deplore and to calmly remonstrate, a privilege earned for them by the sacrifices of the people.
That the National Guard expressed its displeasure in the mildest of fashions is not surprising, for the National Guard is an emanation of the popular will. That they resumed their duties following this expression is equally unsurprising, for the National Guard knows its duty to the Nation. The National Guard, far from being a revolutionary body, seeks only the rights and privileges due to all good Frenchmen and the establishment of justice where once there was injustice. To refer to patriots and heroes as 'brigands' indicates that, perhaps, one would have preferred the previous order to the present.
If it is the belief of His Majesty and this Chamber that the present ministry has not provided the proper reply to the ongoing disorders, which pale in comparison to the White Terror of the Restoration or the rivers of blood of the Revolution, then that is their prerogative. I will however refer all present to the example of the previous occupant of the Throne, who rejected accommodation, ignored popular sentiment, and chose the path of absolute order as espoused by our previous speaker. I believe he now resides in Scotland."