Marie's Home

Marie's Home

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...De La Fontenaye." Feeling like one stunned I dropped the fatal 128 THE CHILD STOLEN. letter. Nothing was said by any of us until I had unbound my mother and Antoinette, and then in broken words my mother told me the cruel story. About noon some masked men entered the house, and, after placing a letter in Antoinette's hand, seized the child, forced a gag into her tender mouth, and prepared to take her away. Antoinette and my mother resisted, but they were soon overpowered. It is a scene which I can never bear to picture to myself. During the struggle my mother managed to tie round the child's neck a little trinket, my only present to Antoinette, and a bag containing a few gold pieces, her own savings. My dear mother! To the day of her death she firmly believed that by this means we should some day trace our lost little one. We all kept watch together that night, for Antoinette, who feared I might do some rash deed, would not let me out of her sight for a moment As we thought, and tried to speak, of what had happened, it seemed to me that I could see one reason for the mysterious cruelty of the deed that had been committed. I had heard that the property of the marquis must descend in the direct line, even if the heir was a female; but knowing all that rank and influence can obtain, I had never doubted but that the marquis could gain the royal permission to leave it away from a daughter who had disgraced herself by marrying a peasant. It struck me now, that if the marquis were out of favour at court, this might not be so easy, and that A CRUSHING BLOW. 129 he had taken away his daughter's heir, not for revenge alone, but to bring her up in the ways of his order. I said this to Antoinette, and I think it gave her a gleam of comfort; but...
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123697266X
  • 9781236972668