In spite of the courage and presence of mind of Cairoli, who received the dagger thrust intended for the king, public and parliamentary indignation found expression in a vote which compelled the ministry to resign.
Many delicious stories are told of his presence of mind and the skilful appeals which he made to the better feeling of the crowd.
The rebels now handled their bows in a menacing fashion, but at the critical moment the young king with great presence of mind and courage spurred his horse into the open, crying, "Sirs, will you shoot your king?
It was due to their presence of mind that Wellington maintained his hold on the important strategical point of Quatre Bras on June 15 and 16.
But Richardwho showed astounding nerve and presence of mind for a lad of fourteencantered up to them shouting that he would be their chief and captain.