The Westminster Review Volume 50-51

The Westminster Review Volume 50-51

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...when it rained, we went through the abominable street of Combourg. My father only went to church once a-year to receive the sacrament; the rest of the time he attended mass, in the chapel of the chiteau. Seated in our ew, we pci-formed our devotions opposite to the lack marble tomb of Rene de Rohim, contiguous to the altar;-image of human honours! a few grains of incense before a coflin. The dissi ations of the Sunday concluded with the day, and)were not even regular on that day. During the bad weather, months passed without any one knocking at the gate of our fortress. If the solitude was oppressive on the heaths around Combourg, it was still more so within the chateau; one felt on passing beneath its vaulted roof, the same sensation as on entering the Chartreuse, at Grenoble. When I visited the latter, in 1805, I crossed a. desert, that seemed ever increasing. I supposed it would terminate at the monastery, but Iwas shown within the convent walls, the gardens of the Chartreusc, still more desolate than the woods. At last, in the centre of the building, I found, enveloped in these solitudes, the burying-place of the monks; a sanctuary from whence eternal silence, the divinity of the place, extends his power over the mountains and forests round about. " The sombre quietude of the chiteau of Combourg was augmented by the taciturn and unsociable humour of my father. Instead of collectin his family and people about him, he scattere them to the four winds throughout the building. His bed-room was in the little tower at the cast, and his study in the little tower at the west. The furniture of this tower consisted of three chairs covered with black leather, and a table covered with deeds and apers. A genealogical tree of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 522 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 921g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892879
  • 9781236892874