Around a Spring

Around a Spring

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...odor of paste and colored pictures peculiar to toy-shops. The customs of the inhabitants were at least five centuries behind the times; they possessed the candor of the Golden Age, were innocence itself; their dancing on the grass was performed to the sound of a peculiar instrument that dated as far back as the fifteenth century. The fantastic description of the landscape formed an excellent background for the outline of the chateau, which was sketched in glowing colors: sombre towers frowning over the abyss, dark, sonorous vaults, long galleries, battlements, drawbridges, etc. It was reality itself, but skilfully arranged, transformed into a frightful but c'harming nightmare, so that amid these surroundings, the rich, luxurious furniture of the castle, Parisian mode of living, excursions on donkeys, breakfasts in the depths of virgin forests, champagne cooling in icy torrents, even the family concerts in the evening, the coffee served upon the-terrace in silver cups engraved with coats of arms, in full view of a most beautiful landscape, formed a delightful contrast well adapted to excite the reader's imagination. At the close of the article, the author, as if by chance, carelessly mentioned the name of this fairy castle, then struggled with wittily-expressed scruples, and at last determined not to efface a proper name so well known to the fashionable world, that it was unnecessary to make a mystery of it. The last lines aroused the indignation of the priest. They were not true. Why should the author affect scruples that certainly had no reality, since he might have removed them by a stroke of the pen? There must be some hidden motive; but what were these designs? The good cure was not sufficiently familiar with the customs of certain...
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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620569
  • 9781236620569