The Story of a Peasant, by MM. Erckmann-Chatrian Volume 1-2

The Story of a Peasant, by MM. Erckmann-Chatrian Volume 1-2

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...man's breast. This lasted a quarter of an hour, when Mirabeau rose, his great head thrown back and his eyes sparkling. The silence was terrible; we looked at him. All at once, in his clearest tones, he said--"' Gentlemen, I confess to you that what you have just heard might be the salvation of the country, if the gifts of despotism were not always dangerous. What is this insolent dictatorship, this attendance of armed men, this violation of the national temple, to order you to be happy?' "Every one shuddered. We felt that Mirabeau risked his head. He knew it as well as we, but indignation ran away with him; his face changed to beautiful! yes, Maitre Jean! for he who risks his life in attacking injustice is beautiful; it is even all that is most beautiful in the world. He continued--"' Who gives you this command? Your proxy! "Who lays down these imperious laws? Your proxy!--he who ought to receive them from us, gentlemen, who are invested with a political and inviolable priesthood--from us, from whom twenty-five millions of men, expect certain happiness, because it must be consented to, given, and received by all.' "Every word plunged like a cannon-ball into the old throne of absolutism. "' But a fetter is laid upon your freedom of discussion, ' continued he, with a gesture which made us tremble; 'a military force surrounds the Estates! Where are the country's enemies? Is Catiline at our gates? I demand that, covering yourselves with your-dignity, your legislative power, you remain faithful to your oath: it does not allow you to separate until a constitution is made.' "During this speech the master of the ceremonies, who had followed the king, re-entered the hall and advanced towards the benches vacated by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622529
  • 9781236622525