The Living Age Volume 99

The Living Age Volume 99

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...At the same time he rose, took from the closet the Natural Historj of Monsieur de Bullon, and putting the candle on the table, --" Come, Fritzel," said he, smiling to himself at my long face, for I repented for having come home so quickly, " come! " He sat down, and made me sit on his knee. This appeared to me very bitter, to set me again at Monsieur de Bulfon, alter eight days of play-time; but my uncle had such patience as forced me to have it too, and we began the French lesson. This lasted a full hour, until the time when Lisbeth carne to lay the cloth. Then, on turning round, we saw that Madame Therese was sleeping. My uncle closed the book, and drew the curtain, while Lisbeth brought in the dishes. That same evening, after supper, Uncle Jacob was smoking his pipe in silence behind the stove. As for me, I dried the bottom of my trousers, seated in front of the little sheet-iron door, Seipio's head between my knees, and I was watching the red reflection of the flame advancing and receding on the floor. Lisbeth had brought the candle according to custom. We wore in a dim light; the fire sang as it does when the weather is very cold; the clock ticked slowly, and outside, in the kitchen, we heard the old servant wash the dishes in the sink. How many thoughts then passed through my head! Somet imes I thought of the dead soldier in Reebock's barn, of the black cock in the window; sometimes of Father Schmidt making Scipio go through the drill; then of the Altenberg; of the descent of our sled. All this returned tome like a dream; the plaintive murmuring of the fire seemed to be the music of these recollections, and I felt my eyes close very sweetly. This lasted for about half an hour, when I was waked by the sound of...
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  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,197g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236979982
  • 9781236979988