Pere Goriot

Pere Goriot

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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: ... to a long table. Eugene, who was followed by the whole company, asked, without the least embarrassment, where he was to place his money. "If you put one louts on any of these thirty-six numbers and it comes up, you will win thirty-six louis" said a respectable-looking old man with white hair. Eugene placed the whole hundred francs on the number of his own age, --twenty-one. A cry of astonishment broke from every one before he knew himself what had happened. He had won. "Take up your money," said the old gentleman; "people do not win twice in that way." Eugene took a rake which the speaker handed to him, and drew in three thousand six hundred francs. Once more, knowing nothing of the game, he placed his money on the red. The bystanders looked at him with envy, seeing that he played on. The wheel turned, --he won again; and the croupier threw him another three thousand six hundred francs. "You have won seven thousand two hundred francs," whispered the old gentleman. "Take my advice and go away. The red has come up eight times. If you are kind-hearted, you will acknowledge my good advice and have pity on the poverty of an old prefect of Napoleon, who is penniless." Rastignac, bewildered, suffered the old man with the snow-white hair to help himself to ten louis, and then went downstairs with his seven thousand francs, understanding nothing of the game, and stupefied by his good fortune. "Ah, fa/ where will yen take me now?" he said, showing the seven thousand francs to Madame de Nucingen as soon as the carriage door was shut. Delphine threw her arms about him and kissed him effusively, but without passion. "You have saved me!" she cried. Tears flowed down her cheeks....show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840674
  • 9781236840677