The Thirteen, and Other Stories

The Thirteen, and Other Stories

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...Christianity," adapted for the use of military men. Montriveau chafed; his yoke was heavy. Oh! at that, possessed by the spirit of contradiction, she dinned religion into his ears, to see whether God might not rid her of this suitor, for the man's persistence was beginning to frighten her. And in any case she was glad to prolong any quarrel, if it bade fair to keep the dispute on moral grounds for an indefinite period; the material struggle which followed it was more dangerous. But if the time of her opposition on the ground of the marriage law might be said to be the civil epoch of this sentimental warfare, the ensuing phase which might be taken to constitute the religious epoch had also its crisis and consequent decline of severity. Armand, nappening to come in very early one evening, found M. l'Abbe Gondrand, the duchess' spiritual director, established in an armchair by the fireside, looking as a spiritual director might be expected to look while digesting his dinner and the charming sins of his penitent. In the ecclesiast1c's bearing there was a stateliness befitting a dignitary of the church; and the episcopal violet hue already appeared in his dress. At sight of his fresh, well-preserved complexion, smooth forehead, and ascetic's mouth, Montriveau's countenance grew uncommonly dark; he said not a word under the malicious scrutiny of the other's gaze, and greeted neither the lady nor the priest. The lover apart, Montriveau was not wanting in tact; so a few glances_ exchanged with the bishopdesignate told him that here was the real forger of the duchess' armory of scruples. That an ambitious abbe should control the happiness of a man of Montriveau's temper, and by underhand ways! The thought burst in a furious tide...
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923944
  • 9781236923943