La Belle-Nivernaise

La Belle-Nivernaise

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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: ...a complete hunting suit, and a bride dressed in white satin. The tailor happens just to have in hand a pattern tunic, padded back and front, with square skirts and gilt buttons. He displays it to the wood-merchant, who beaming with pride, cries: "In that, you will look like a soldier." A gentleman in his shirt sleeves, with a tape round his neck, now comes up to the student Maugendre, and takes the measure of his legs, his waist, and his back-bone. This operation brings to the mind of the little bargeman remembrances that call the with the head-piece--all that has he left behind him for ever. It is all past and gone now. The correct young man in the regulation uniform, that Victor beholds in the big looking-glass, has nothing in common with the ship-lad of the Belle Nivernaise. The tailor with his toe contemptuously pushes the dishonoured boat garments under his bench like a bundle of rags. Victor feels that he has been made to leave there all his past life. How much is there in that word "leave "! Here now is he forbidden even to retain the memory of it. "You must detach yourself from all the errors of your early education," said the Principal sternly, without concealing his distrust. And in order to facilitate this regeneration, it is decided that the student Maugendre shall go out of the college only on the first Sunday in each month. Oh! how he weeps the first night, at the end of the cold dreary dormitory, while the other scholars are snoring on their iron bedsteads, and the assistant-master is devouring a romance on the sly, by the glimmer of a night-light. How he suffers during the hated hour of recreation, whilst his comrades hustle and mob him! How weary he is in the study, with his head bent over...
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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236957547
  • 9781236957542