Le Selve

Le Selve

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... position? Still kneeling on the ground with her billhook hacking the canes, she looked up at him with sudden sympathy. " You killed someone?" she said in a whisper. That was the cause which made men fugitives here in Le Selve. " No," said Cyrille; " I did worse--I tried to teach men, and they would not be taught. My rulers thought it a crime. They put me in prison. I escaped. I am here." Muriella was silent, resting the billhook on the ground. " You try to teach men here," she said after a while; " they will not put you in any prison, but they will put you in your grave. They are all against you. They are not worth teaching. You will not alter them if you try till your hair is white." " I wish to do my duty to my employers and to their people." " You are a just man. But they do not want your justice. They want to do as they have always done, and be as they have always been. The wild pigs like the swamp. They do not want to go with you to clean straw in a stable." Cyrille was silent. " I used to believe," he thought, " I have always believed, that the poor only needed to be shown the right road to gladly follow it; that they only wanted to be led to the water-side to willingly wash and be clean. But I begin to fear that I have deceived myself." Aloud he said: " Were I on my own property, I might allow it to be ruined if I chose, though to do so would be, not benevolence, but weakness. Here, however, I have no choice. I am but the servant of others. I must enforce what I know to be right." "They will kill you.'" " That must be as it will. Threatened men usually live long." " Not always; and not here." Then she resumed her work, and the pallid rustling ribands of the canes fell beneath her rusty blade. "And whoever slays you," she added as she...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666607
  • 9781236666604