Prosper Merimee

Prosper Merimee

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...all who are afflicted, ' he said. '"Can you say a mass for a soul which perhaps is soon to appear before its Creator?' " 'Yes, ' he replied, gazing fixedly at me. "And, as there was something strange in my manner, he tried to make me talk. " ' It seems to me that I have seen you before, ' he said. "I placed a piastre on his bench. "' When will you say the mass?' I asked. "'In half an hour. The son of the innkeeper yonder will come soon to serve it. Tell me, young man, have you not something on your conscience which torments you? Will you listen to the advice of a Christian?' " I felt that I was on the point of weeping. I told him that I would come again, and I hurried away. I lay down on the grass until I heard the bell ring. Then I returned, but I remained outside the chapel. When the mass was said, I returned to the venta. I hoped that Carmen would have fled--she might have taken my horse and made her escape--but I found her there. She did not propose that any one should say that I had frightened her. During my absence she had ripped the hem of her dress, to take out the lead. Now she was standing by a table, watching the lead, which she had melted and had just thrown into a bowl filled with water. She was so engrossed by her magic that she did not notice my return at first. At one moment she would take up a piece of lead and turn it in every direction with a melancholy air; then she would sing one of those ballads of magic in which they invoke Maria Padilla, Don Pedro's mistress, who, they say, was the Bari Crallisa, or the great queen of the gypsies.1 "'Carmen, ' I said, 'will you come with me?' "She rose, pushed her bowl away, and put her mantilla over her head, as if ready to start. My horse was brought, she mounted behind me, and we rode away....
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677048
  • 9781236677044