The more I read, the more I understand that Napoleon 3 was obsessed with Bismarck. And with his own uncle, which is understandable.
Lots of info today and speculation just flowed. By 1869, though, France was a fermenting vat of different kinds of politics. I do try to put myself in Napoleon's head. Tomorrow or Thursday I should be getting to Sedan. I need to read over my other materials. I might have already done this. But hey, there would be a first - the same material covered from a different point of view, with the same narrator!