I Am Here! Lagardere; Or, the Hunchback of Paris

I Am Here! Lagardere; Or, the Hunchback of Paris

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... had fastened the little steel cross--his first present--round my neck, he led me, smart and proud, to the church. "He had become pious for my sake. "After the mass, we took a walk in the country. "How delightful the fresh air, the joyous sunshine! We wandered about; he entered into my games, and was more a child than I was. In the heat of the day, when I was tired, we hid ourselves in a wood. "Henri sat down under a tree, and I fell asleep in his arms. He watched me the while, and beat off the flies and gnats. Sometimes I pretended to sleep, and looked at him through my half-closed eyelids. His eyes were always on me, and he smiled while he rocked me to rest. If I only shut my eyes, I can see him still--my friend, my father! "Do not you love him, too, sweet mother? ' And then our dinner upon the grass!--a little black hread and some milk; but never, dear mother, were you at so joyful a feast. Such heart-felt gaiety, such caresses, such songs, such laughing! And then to play again, for he wished me to be strong and tall. "Then, on our way home, such nice chals, interrupted now and then to gather a flower, to run after a butterfly, or to stroke a goat who bleated for a caress. "In these conversations, these happy Sabbath holidays, he formed my mind and my heart. He read secretly, in order to tcacb me. He taught me to know and love God, in all His wonders in Heaven and on earth. "Sometimes I wanted to ask Henri about my family. I talked to him of you, dear mother, but ho never answered my questions. "He only said: ': 'Blanche, I promise you one day you shall know your mother.' "This promise, made so long ago, will be fulfilled, know; for Henri always tells the truth. And if 1 may...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965884
  • 9781236965882