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Reign Of Terror

Jean And Marie Witnessed the reign of terror in france.

By wispo uganjaPublished about a year ago 3 min read
Reign Of Terror
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The Reign of Terror was a period of immense bloodshed and fear in France during the French Revolution. It was a time when the ruling government, known as the Committee of Public Safety, used extreme measures to suppress dissent and maintain control over the populace. The following is a fictionalized account of a family caught up in the chaos of the Reign of Terror.

It was the year 1793, and the air in Paris was thick with tension. The guillotine had become a common sight in the city's squares, and the sound of the blade falling echoed through the streets. Marie, a young mother of two, clutched her children close as they made their way through the crowded marketplace. She had come to buy bread, but the shelves were bare, and the vendors were closing up shop early.

As she turned to leave, a group of men in red caps and blue coats blocked her path. They wore the uniform of the Committee of Public Safety, and Marie knew that they were looking for someone. She tried to slip away unnoticed, but one of the men grabbed her arm.

"Where are you going, citizen?" he demanded.

Marie swallowed hard, her heart pounding in her chest. "I was just leaving, sir," she stammered.

The man looked her up and down before releasing her. "Be on your way, then. And remember, anyone caught hoarding food or spreading counter-revolutionary propaganda will face the guillotine."

Marie hurried back to her tiny apartment, grateful to have escaped unharmed. Her husband, Jean, was waiting for her, his face etched with worry.

"Did you get the bread?" he asked.

Marie shook her head. "The market was almost empty. And we have to be careful, Jean. The Committee of Public Safety is out in force today."

Jean nodded grimly. He knew all too well the dangers of speaking out against the government. As a printer, he had been targeted by the authorities for publishing pamphlets that criticized the ruling regime.

The days passed in a blur of fear and uncertainty. The family huddled together in their cramped apartment, listening to the sounds of violence and unrest outside. Jean's printing press lay silent, and the family struggled to make ends meet.

One night, there was a knock at the door. Jean opened it cautiously to find a man he didn't recognize. The stranger wore a black coat and a tricorn hat, and his eyes gleamed in the dim light.

"I have a proposition for you, Jean," the man said in a low voice. "I can offer you a way out of this city. A chance to start over somewhere new, far from the reach of the Committee of Public Safety."

Jean was skeptical, but he couldn't ignore the desperation in his family's eyes. He listened as the man outlined his plan – a dangerous journey across the border into Switzerland, where they would be safe from persecution.

The journey was perilous, but the family made it to Switzerland alive. They started a new life in a small village, far from the chaos of the Reign of Terror. Jean found work as a printer once again, and Marie opened a small bakery.

Years passed, and the memories of the Reign of Terror began to fade. But the family never forgot the horrors they had witnessed, and they remained grateful for the second chance they had been given.

As for the man who had led them to safety, he was never seen again. Some say he was a hero, others a traitor. But for Jean and Marie, he would always be the stranger who had saved their lives.

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wispo uganja

writing is more than just a means of exploration - it's also a way for me to connect with others. I love nothing more than hearing from readers who have been touched by my words, whether it's through a heartfelt essay or a gripping novel.

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  • Grz Colmabout a year ago

    Thanks for sharing, You can also promote your writing in the Facebook vocal support groups to engage with other creators.

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