Famous Stories by Famous Authors

Famous Stories by Famous Authors

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...hollow and pale; he had found nothing. "You must write to your friend," said he, "that you have broken the clasp of her necklace and that you are having it repaired. It will give us time to turn around." She wrote as he dictated. At the end of a week they had lost all hope. And Loisel, looking five years older, declared: " We must consider how to replace the necklace." The next day they took the box which had contained it, and went to the place of the jeweler whose name they found inside; he consulted his books. "It was not I, madame, who sold the necklace; I must simply have furnished the casket." Then they went from jeweler to jeweler, looking for an ornament like the other, consulting their memories, both sick with grief and anguish. They found, in a shop at the Paris Royal, a string of diamonds which seemed to them exactly what they were looking for. It was worth forty thousand francs. They could have it for thirty-six thousand. So they begged the jeweler not to sell it for three days. And they made an arrangement that he should take it back for thirty-four thousand francs if the other were found before the end of February. Loisel had eighteen thousand francs, which his father had left him. He would borrow the rest. He did borrow, asking a thousand francs of one, five hundred of another, five louis here, three louis there. He gave notes, made ruinous engagements, dealt with usurers, with all the tribe of money-lenders. He compromised the rest of his life, risked his signature without knowing if he might not be involving his honor, and, terrified by the anguish yet to come, by the black misery about to fall on him, by the prospect of every physical privation and every mental torture, he...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752414
  • 9781236752413