The Little Dauphin

The Little Dauphin

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...statements emanating from the three persons whose testimony alone would have been of any value regarding what took place between Simon and the child. Simon was ordered never, under any pretext, to leave his charge. He could not go out of the Temple tower even for a moment. He was as much a prisoner as the little Capet himself. Such a life would have worn out the nerves even of a gentle man, and Simon, according to all accounts, was rough, undisciplined, and drunken. It is little to be wondered that when confinement and boredom became unendurable he made the helpless boy--necessarily hateful to one of his ardent republican vieWs--the victim of his frayed nerves. It is not hard to understand how unhappy Louis-Charles must have found himself with his tutor. There is none quicker than a gentlyreared child to notice ugliness of appearance and dress, uncouthness of manners and roughness of speech. How repulsive must have been in his eyes the cobbler with his lank hair, and la Simon with her pimples and her coarse blue apron! How he must have shuddered at the touch of Simon's hard hands and the feel of la Simon's kisses! How he must have longed for the dear caresses of his beautiful, dainty mother, and for the sound of her gentle voice! How terrible must have been his despair when, after his outburst in the garden, he realised he might never see her again! Poor little King, in his loneliness--so infinitely worse than that of any Crusoe on his island--he had a grief almost greater than he could bear. Surely there was no need for romantic history to paint into this picture, so simple and so terrible in its tragedy, the high, garish colours of an exaggerated Simon the Ogre, his mouth full of oaths, his arm ever raised in a blow. The Simon of reality, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236486641
  • 9781236486646