The Lights of Paris, Tr. from [Allons Faire Fortune a Paris]
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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... had made use of it again, always with the same reasoning, always with the certainty of again getting the objects in pledge. However, they had not yet touched the linen nor the hardware; and now!--now, they were in want of wood, of bread, they must lessen some of the creditors, accounts, who, otherwise impatient, would go and disclose to the proprietor their poverty; and so Marie, with great depression of heart, gave to Leon, to carry them to the pawnshop, first her fine muslins and pretty towels, then her clothes, then a great part of her wardrobe and of her husband, s. Very soon there remained but two sheets, a little linen, a dress for change, a shawl, a bonnet, and to Leon about as much. She shuddered in thinking of what was before her. Marie, obeying the orders of M. Firmin, no longer allowed anybody to come into her room. The bare state of the dwelling would have soon revealed to the visitors what Leon wished above all to conceal. When Marie went out, he carefully examined her toilet, in order to see if anything in it disclosed their poverty; when they met with any old acquaintance, Leon anticipated every question by telling of the comfort he enjoyed and of his fine expectations. 'Deception! always deception!, cried Marie, sometimes, 'how cruel it is, and how wrong! See, Leon, when you oblige me to smile, and to disguise my poverty under this dress of thin and cold silk, under this bonnet decorated with faded flowers, you make me suffer, and you make me sin. Yes, I feel that I offend God; I deceive others, and myself., 'My poor child, replied Leon, shrugging his shoulders, 'you understand really nothing of the affairs of this world; you do not know that poverty disgraces us, you do not know that in order to prosper we must have the...
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- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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