The Living Age Volume 199

The Living Age Volume 199

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...was in the hands of these deputes. They were honestly bent upon devising some means of putting an end to the crisis, but it is not easy to solve political problems when a shrieking crowd is within hailing distance, and the sharp, whizziug sound of shots is ringing through the air; little wonder the deputes, in despair, fell to mutual recrimination; and, in turn, attacked with equal violence the king, the people, and each other. Speech after speech was made, but no one listened; the time for words was past. Just when the excitement was at its height, a lady and two children appeared at the door---a piteous little group in truth. The lady wore a widow's long black robe, and was white and trembling; her face was tearstained, and her frame shook from time to time with 'a convulsive sob. The elder of the children, a boy of ten, clutched his mother's hand with passionate energy, and scanned the faces of thosearound him with a depth of sorrowful anxiety in his great dark eyes which was almost terrible in its pathos. Clearly he was one of those upon whom sorrow had fallen before he had the strength to bear it. "La Duchesse d'Orle: tns et lc Comte de Paris," was whispered from group to group, and the deputes looked at each other in evident embarrassment. That mournful-looking child was now, by right of inheritance, their king; but then, who knew what the populace was going to do? It would be neither wise not safe to anticipate its sovereign will. Eleven years before, the Parisians had given a warm welcome to this duchess, who came to them then as a bride; later they had hailed the birth of her boy with outbursts of wild delight; but in those days the brilliant young Due...show more

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  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 943g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859065
  • 9781236859068