page 342 of 752 of My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

I like his quip about the station manager refusing them the 5 seats even though they has 7 tickets: being that they were Russian they just took what was left, whereas the Italian, Benvenuto Cellini, would have shot the official.

This dies juxtapose with the ideological struggles of 1848 – the hotheads and the reactionaries. Funny how even in Paris he runs into the same trouble with police and bizarre bureaucracy.