The Dramas of Victor Hugo

The Dramas of Victor Hugo

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Excerpt: ...walking slowly, his arms folded. SCENE III The same. Didier DIDIER (coming slowly from the back; no one sees or hears him). Marquis de Saverny! I would like much To see that fool who looked at her so hard. I have him on my mind. BOUCHAVANNES (to Saverny, who is talking with Brichanteau). Saverny! DIDIER (aside). Ah, That is my man! He advances slowly, his eyes fixed on the noblemen, and sits down at a table placed under the street-lamp, which lights up the edict. L'Angely, motionless and silent, is a few steps distant. BOUCHAVANNES (to Saverny, who turns around). You know about the edict? SAVERNY. Which one? BOUCHAVANNES. Commanding us to give up duels. SAVERNY. It is most wise. BRICHANTEAU. Hanging's the penalty. SAVERNY. You must be jesting. Commoners are hanged, Not nobles. BRICHANTEAU (showing the placard). Read it for yourself. It's there, Upon the wall. SAVERNY (perceiving Didier ). That sallow face can read For me. To Didier, elevating his voice. Ho! man there with the cloak! My friend! Good fellow! To Brichanteau . Brichanteau, he must be deaf. DIDIER (slowly lifting his head, without taking his eyes from him). You spoke to me? SAVERNY. I did! In fair return, Read that placard which hangs above your head. DIDIER. I? SAVERNY. You--if you can spell the alphabet. DIDIER (rising). It is the edict threatening duelists With gallows, be they nobles or plebeians. SAVERNY. No, you mistake, my friend. You ought to know A nobleman was never born to hang, And in this world, where we claim all our rights, Plebeians are the gallows' only prey. To the noblemen. These commoners are rude. To Didier, with malice. You don't read well; Perhaps you are near-sighted. Lift your hat, 'Twill give you more light. Take it off. DIDIER (overthrowing the table which is in front of him). Beware! You have insulted me! I've read for you; I claim my recompense! I'll have it, too! I want your blood, I want your head, Marquis! SAVERNY (smiling). We must be fitted to our...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236713591
  • 9781236713599