The Palimpsest

The Palimpsest

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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: ... I observed this personage. Mr. Bardene was a man of about sixty years of age and wore with great dignity his black coat and white cravat. Side whiskers, tinged with gray, made his face appear thinner. His nose was strongly curved and much too long, his lips thin and his skin yellow--there was bile in the blood of the magistrate. Gold-framed spectacles brought out the keenness of two small gray eyes; but f requently those eyes glanced from under the glasses with a look curious and disconcerting. Upon his ugly head he wore a superb black wig, its frizzes recalling the headdress so fashionable under Louis Philippe. Altogether the judge gave me the impression of an oldtime jurist--and, spite of what I had heard, seemed as far from a nincompoop as a live judge of instruction can be. While I was slyly studying the magistrate's physiognomy, a servant opened the doors of the salon and announced to the princess that dinner was served. The princess took Mr. Bardene's arm, and, following them, we entered the dining room. The table was magnificently spread, ablaze with light, and profusely decorated with flowers; a butler and two powdered lackeys stood ready to attend. When Princess Volkine reached her place she turned, and addressing Mr. Grand-Jaquot: "My father," she said, "will you kindly assist me in doing the honors of my house? Mr. Cheraval will sit on your right, Lucien on your left." She expressed herself with the perfect ease of a hostess accustomed to receive. The judge had placed his hand on the back of his chair on the right of the princess, and seeing her sit down was about to sit himself. "No, no, sir, not on my right, but here," she quickly enjoined, indicating the chair on her left. A trifle confused, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830377
  • 9781236830371