Examples are often cited of Napoleon quarreling and coming to blows with other children almost every day, of living in relative isolation, and making very few friends. Stories are told about his days at Brienne that reinforce the image of a willful loner: Napoleon finding solace and refuge in a garden he cultivated with the greatest care, around which he had erected a palisade, where he spent his time reading or dreaming, and reacting violently when that territory was accidentally transgressed; Napoleon refusing to bend to the will of a monk who wanted to punish him by making him kneel at the door of the refectory - he ended up having a fit and vomiting; Napoleon leading a group of boys to victory in a snow fight; Napoleon egging on his fellow students to throw their mattresses out of a window to provoke a monk.

In his youth we can read that Bonaparte was somber and even shy. Constantly alone he was the enemy of every game and every amusement … he seemed to know that destiny would call upon him one day … it was as though he was practicing in advance for a role he was to play.

Cold reserved, taciturn, almost always alone replying only in monosyllables, for a long time he retained the nickname of Spatiate. For a long time he was without any trustworthy friend: he studied a student for a long time before forming the slightest liaison with him; he appeared to be looking in his fellow schoolmates for a soul of his own caliber.

—  Dwyer on Napoleon’s childhood. Interesting to note that he resembled an INTJ for a substantial part of his youth before becoming the infamous ENTJ he is currently known as.
The Emperor received standing upright before the fireplace, in which till very late in the season a roaring fire was kept up; this he was always knocking with the heel of his shoes. His clear eyes, of a blue which changed colour, at times almost black, when he concentrated his attention, at other moments of steely grey, when seized with emotion or anger, so bright then that they seemed like molten metal, fastened attentively on the person who addressed him, whom he heard to the end. He then put some short questions, at times not over courteous if it was a woman. He had not learned the art of talking to ladies, and was not happy in his manner with them: some got angry and answered sharply. He bore them no grudge, and was amused at it. It was very unusual for a woman to leave his salon without carrying away with her, in addition to the favour which she had come to ask, some sharpness of feeling against him who had granted it to her. As to men, some are mentioned who, as the result of an audience, became devoted to him. They were rare.
(…) He did not like to be thanked, and would not allow it even from those most familiar with him, those whom it was his pleasure to load with kindnesses without the trouble of asking for anything. He either sent them away with the gratuity, or he slipped in their hand a scrap of paper, and on that paper a figure - a big figure - of money, to be drawn from Estève.
There was never any familiarity, - he kept to his rank; to show that the audience was finished, in most cases a sign of the head, sometimes a glance at the list on the table, sufficed. He never gave his hand. A century ago shaking hands was a mark of equality, and was scarcely ever used by a superior to an inferior; and as to kissing hands, which the Bourbons re-established, Napoleon thought it a little degrading.
—  Napoleon during the audiences, according to Frédéric Masson, Napoleon at Home.
Those beastly French, why couldn’t they have had their battle on another day?
—  Mrs. Edward Boehm remarking on the ruination of her evening soirée by the news of the victory at Waterloo. The Prince Regent had been dining at her house, and upon hearing the report given to him by Major Henry Percy (whom he promoted to Colonel on the spot) dismissed the guests, telling them to spread the word.
The Emperor never complained that what he had to eat was bad. He did not notice it. Nor did Josephine; she had no love of eating, one may even say no necessity of it. From this point of view she was marvellously matched with Napoleon, and she had as much as she required in the fifteen minutes which he took over his dinner. He devoted even less time to it at the beginning of the Consulate, but it was represented to him that his dinners were too short; they reported to him the epigrams of Count Philip de Cobentzel; he took the hint, prolonged it by some minutes, and as the observation was made that he had become less expeditious, “It is already the corruption of power,” he answered. But it was no doubt as much in order to avoid over-long dinners as from a wish to adopt monarchical etiquette strictly, that he ceased from 1804 to invite any one to his table while he was at the Tuileries. In his visits to the country, and even the Elysée was so considered, he relaxed his severity, but it was at the risk and peril of the guests, who were not to expect to make good cheer. Napoleon, in fact, could not constrain himself, even on great occasions, to undergo an infinite number of dishes and the slowness of service. Wherever he might be, after the first course he asked for ices and left the table. He had a passion for ices, although he did not have them served in the general way at dinner; but he often took them during the night; it was his treat, and a means of giving himself tone when he was tired. He also drank cold water; and was particular about it.
—  Again from Masson’s Napoleon at home. Certain guests, if they were invited to the imperial table, had always the precaution of having dinner before. Otherwise, they would not have the time of eating anything.

Favorite Napoleon & Illya moments (6/??): The Vampire Affair (The Man from UNCLE Book 6) by David McDaniel.

And they say Illya doesn’t have a sense of humor.

It’s from the book series, but still captures the relationship and makes me smile. 

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"Oh, it’s a letter from my sweet angel, Josephine! Finally! I’ve written 300 of these letters and not one from the music of my soul! She writes:

Bonaparte,

You write a lot of letters. With words. How are you? I am fine. Well, um….I lo…oh a new dress! Will write soon.

Your Josephine.

That time Josephine’s letter to Napoleon was anti-climatic.

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