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From the archives of the Comité d'Enquête Scientifique (CES), Paris, France, 1794.

Adapted in 1908 from an original statement given by Gabrille Joseph Bonsaint, a Parisian lawyer and Jacobin club member present at the event.

Date of Occurrence: 20 Prairial1, Year 2.

Description of Occurrence: During a speech by Maximilien Robespierre2 at the Jacobin Club, all sources of light in the building, as well as within a roughly four-block radius, were extinguished. Despite this, the audience, including Citizen Bonsaint, remained calm. Citizen Robespierre continued to speak without hesitation.

After approximately one minute of darkness, C. Bonsaint noticed that C. Robespierre was including words of an unknown language in his speech. C. Bonsaint later explained that he understood the words perfectly, but was unsure if he could represent them into French "even with an entire book."

The emphasis of the speech shifted from civic virtue and the necessity of the ongoing Terror, to myths "older than words, from a savage time," as the audience began to call back in response to C. Robespierre's rhetorical questions. An excerpt of C. Bonsaint's dictation of the speech is included below:

Robespierre: Around dying fires and consuming meats spoiled with rot, the ancient Greeks would speak of the myths of Ouranous3. When they spoke of the one devoured those who would supplant him, a word meaning a sort of task that is inimical to the doer's sense of self, but is carried out with a grim satisfaction (sic). They recognized the suffering that would be wrought by the gods, as each sought to satisfy their own putrid lusts and appetites, dragging the world down in their corrupted divinity. When the time came, did the Greeks drown their diseased gods, holding them trashing beneath the waters, heedless of the death throes of a great culture laid low?

Audience: Yes! Yes!

Robespierre: And next, they sought refuge with the god of the Christ, who lived, so they tell, as a humble carpenter. But his church was destroyed from within by those who inherited of Baucchus and Aphrodite, those traitors to god who veiled their own perversity and corruption in the language of the simple carpenter. What is to be done? Man must be made virtuous, molded into righteous though he may kick against it as a thrashing beast or infant. Are we to abandon our search for divinity, and subsist it may be best summarized as the image of a starving child desperately clawing for hidden roots in barren ground (sic)?

Audience: banging on floor and chairs No!

Robespierre: Then will you follow me, until the end? To feed virtue, pure and eternal, and to be fed in turn? Will you see me torn away, to become it hurts to recall (sic)?

Audience: more banging, crying We will! We will!

At this time, C. Bonsaint reported that C. Robespierre emitted a strong white light from his person and clothing, such that it unbearable to look at him. The light provided no illumination to objects other than C. Robespierre.

After another five minutes of speaking, leading to increasing agitation from the audience, the lights spontaneously reignited. C. Robespierre stepped down from the speaker's platform and yielded the remainder of his time. When C. Bonsaint approached members of the audience afterwards, none could recall anything unusual about the speech.

Location: Jacobin Club, Paris, France.

Follow-up Actions Taken: None at the time. Following the death of Robespierre and the establishment of the Thermidorian government, all public copies of the speech were located and destroyed. New copies, excluding the unknown language were then printed and redistributed throughout French archives.