The Novels Complete and Unabridged of Victor Hugo Volume 17

The Novels Complete and Unabridged of Victor Hugo Volume 17

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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: ... and meagre countenances of skeletons, which only lacked death. There could be seen on the first dray, a negro, who, probably, had been a slave, and was enabled to compare the chains. The frightful leveller, shame, had passed over these foreheads; at this stage of abasement, the last transformations were undergone by all in the lowest depths; and ignorance, changed into dullness, was the equal of intelligence changed into despair. No choice was possible among these men, who appeared to be the pick of the mud. It was clear that the arranger of this impure procession had not attempted to classify them. These beings had been bound and coupled pell-mell, probably in alphabetical disorder, and loaded hap-hazard on the vehicles. Still, horrors when grouped always end by disengaging a resultant; every addition to wretched men produces a total; there issued from each chain a common soul, and each dray-load had its physiognomy. By the side of him who sang was one who yelled; a third begged; another could be seen who gnashed his teeth; another threatened the passers-by, another blasphemed God; the last was silent as the tomb. Dante would have believed that he saw the seven circles of hell on the march. It was the march of the damned to torture, performed in a sinister way, not upon the formidable flashing car of the Apocalypse, but, more gloomy still, in the hangman's cart. One of the guards, who had a hook at the end of his club, attempted from time to time to stir up this heap of human ordure. An old woman in the crowd pointed them out with her finger to a little boy of five years of age, and said to him: VI/Z640, that will teac/z you./ As the songs and blasphemy grew louder, the man who seemed the captain of the escort cracked his whip, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956354
  • 9781236956354