The Romance of a French Parsonage; Or, the Double Sacrifice

The Romance of a French Parsonage; Or, the Double Sacrifice

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...there was a dragging, rustling sound as of living thing unable to use its limbs freely. "Have no fear, come forward," Evelard said, more encouragingly than before. Then he heard a woman's voice, and there crawled forth from a dark recess of the kitchen a white, trembling figure, who threw herself at his feet. The little lamp in Evelard's hand gave feeble light, but he could not be mistaken. The white linen kerchief veiling the face almost after the manner of Moorish women; the long, plain, shroud-like robe of dust-coloured serge; the coarse, hempen girdle and crucifix told their own story. This suppliant kneeling before him was a cloistered Carmelite. "Rise, my sister," he cried, "kneel not to man, but to God. Re member where you are--no longer in the confessional, but before a Protestant pastor." "Your voice is kind," murmured the girl, half rising and drawing back; she glanced at him, around her, with hands clasped above her forehead. "You are the Protestant minister," she went on. "I felt it must be so. I could just see the church and parsonage roof from the convent windows, and I said to myself, 'There I should find a sanctuary.' Oh!" she cried with a suppressed wail, "you will not give me up, you will help me?" Evelard was realizing his position little by little. He was asked to shelter a runaway nun; he, in the eyes of the Catholic world, a base levanter, a perjured renegade, was called upon to protect an apostate even more abject than himself! Pity, consternation, an expression bordering on despair, were written on his face, but his resolution was quickly taken. Cost what it might he would do his duty. "Tell me I am...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768183
  • 9781236768186