Collected Works Volume 2

Collected Works Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...what he was about to hear, he was pained for the oungr advocate. He turned to his clerk. "Constant!" said he in a peculiar tone. This tone was evidently a signal; for the long clerk arose methodically, put his pen behind his ear, and went out in his measured tread. Noel appeared sensible of this delicacy. His face expressed the strongest gratitude: his look returned thanks. "I am so much obliged to you, monsieur," he said with suppressed warmth, " for your generous kindness. What I have to say is very painful; but, before you now, it will be scarcely an effort to speak." "Fear nothing," replied the judge; "I will only retain in your deposition my dear sir, what seems to me absolutely indispensable." "I feel scarcely master of myself, monsieur," began Noel; "so pray pardon my emotion. If any words escape me that seem charged with bitterness, excuse them; it will be involuntarily. Up to the past few days, I always believed that I was the offspring of illicit love. My history is short. I have been honorably ambitious. I have worked hard. He who has no name must make one, you know. I have passed a quiet life, retired and austere, as people must, who, starting at the foot of the ladder, wish to reach the top. I worshipped her whom I believed to be my mother; and I felt convinced that she loved me in return. The stain of my birth had some humiliations attached to it; but I despised them. Comparing my lot with that of so many others, I felt that I had more than common advantages. One day, Providence placed in my hands all the letters which my father, the Count de Commarin, had written to Madame Gerdy at the time of their liaison. On reading these letters, I was convinced that I was...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816102
  • 9781236816108