His having moved his troops there is only a ruse; he will probably pass round to the right of the Moskva.
As soon as Bonaparte (who was at Schonbrunn, sixteen miles from Hollabrunn) received Murat’s dispatch with the proposal of a truce and a capitulation, he detected a ruse and wrote the following letter to Murat: Schonbrunn, 25th Brumaire, 1805, at eight o’clock in the morning To PRINCE MURAT, I cannot find words to express to you my displeasure.
The count had devised this diplomatic ruse (as he afterwards told his daughter) to give the future sisters-in-law an opportunity to talk to one another freely, but another motive was to avoid the danger of encountering the old prince, of whom he was afraid.
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She pretended to need help with her homework as a ruse to see him again.
She knew her opponent too well to fall for that ruse.