The Novels Complete and Unabridged of Victor Hugo Volume 23

The Novels Complete and Unabridged of Victor Hugo Volume 23

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... standing at the head of the staircase, gazed, as if petrified. Suddenly he heard a groan of agony. This corpse was alive. Quite near this spectre, in one of the arches of the portico, at each side of a great arm-chair raised on a large flat stone, two men dressed in long black gowns stood erect, and in the arm-chair there sat an old man, wrapped in a red gown, pale, motionless, ominous, holding a bunch of roses in his hand. This bunch of roses would have enlightened any one less ignorant than Gwynplaine. The right of judging while holding a bunch of flowers, showed the magistrate to be both a royal and municipal one. The Lord Mayor of London still sits in judgment in this way. To assist the judges in deciding was the function of the first roses of the season. The old man seated in the arm-chair was the Sherif f of the County of Surrey. He had the majestic rigidity of a Roman clothed with Augustan honors. The arm-chair was the only seat in the cavern. Next to the arm-chair, there was a table covered with papers and books, on which the Sherifl" s long, white wand was placed. The men standing at the Sheriff's right and left hand were two doctors, one of medicine, the other of laws; the latter recognizable by his sergeant-at-law coif over his wig. Both wore black gowns, one a judge's, the other a physician's. These two kind of men wear mourning for the deaths they cause. Behind the Sheriff, on the edge of step made by the flat stone, a scrivener in a round wig, sat crouching, pen in hand, in the attitude of a man ready to write, his writing-case was near him, on the ground, a pasteboard record-case on his knees, and a sheet of parchment on the case. The scrivener was of the kind called bagkceperr; which was shown by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815718
  • 9781236815712