Madame Sana-Gene; An Historical Romance, Founded on the Play of Victorien Sardou
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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...cried Catharine, rushing from the room. She shouted an alarm which no one heard in the general confusion, and which was lost amid the horrors of the flames. As she sought the stairs where lay the debris of stone, plaster, and wood-work, half-burned and sending up sparks and black smoke, she heard a soft voice singing in a plaintive tone, Sleep, sleep, Baby sleep, Baby's sleep is long and deep. Stunned, Catharine tried to find out whence this unexpected song came. What deaf old nurse could rock her charge with this soft lullaby amid the horrors of that night! The voice came from the story above. Braving the flames which might at any moment attack the stairs behind her, and cut off her retreat, Catharine went up through the smoke. She opened the door whence came the soft voice, singing, ever in the same tone, that simple cradle-song. She saw, insensible, with vacant stare, and bent head, Herminie de Beaurepaire, sitting on the side of a bed, and holding in her lap little Alice, who was fast asleep. "Come quickly, madame," cried Catharine. "The house is afire!" But Herminie continued to sing and rock little Alice. At Catharine's cry, the child awoke. "There is no time to lose. Come! Quick!" cried Catherine, imperatively, and she took the trembling child by the hand. Herminie, bowed gravely, and said, "Good-day, madame! Do you not know? I am to be married! You are come to my wedding, are you not? Shall I not look well?" "She is mad! Poor girl," thought Catharine, pityingly; "but I must not think of that now! Come, you must follow me!" she said, giving a harsh tone to her voice purposely. The mad-woman rose, her eyes fixed, her arms hanging by her sides, and moved automatically....
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations