Excellent reply, John. Between you and Susan, I don't think the topic misses much.
I still think the history of Cadoudal and his highly inept royalist compatriots is farcical. As you pointed out, no one managed to plan beyond the end of his nose, and probably contributed more to Bonaparte's popularity than he--or any of these clowns--intended.
Wise, of course, of the British to use them as a comic diversion, since they'd already spent so much money for so little return on their investment.
I always reminded my students, after recounting the flight to Varennes and the rue Nicaise, that if you want a job done well, never ever employ an aristo or a royalist rube.