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1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX NEVER, NEVER. As it was better youth
Should strive through acts uncouth Towards making, than repose on
aught found made. So, better, age exempt From strife should know,
than tempt Further. Thou waitedst age--wait death: be not afraid.
Petitpeeb looked up and smiled, and shook his head z. moment after,
as he began the recital of all that had befallen them since Reine
had been away. It was too true that sad and terrible things had
happened, and yet tobacco and gossip were not the less sweet
because storms had raged and misfortunes thickened; and the old
fellow puffed his pipe, and leisurely recounted his story. 'He poor
boy, who would have thought it?' said old Chretien, as he finished
the little tragedy. 'He ought to be alive at this moment, and there
he was in the cimetiere, whilst two old fellows were still in their
sabots.' Strangely enough, poor Fontaine had signed his will that
very morning, in the presence of M. le Cure and his gardener, Bo
Barbeau reported. It was not known for certain, but it MADAME LA
COMTESSE. 369 wag said that he had left everything to his widow for
her life, and appointed her sole guardian to his boy. Poor little
woman it was a rude shock for her. People talked of her return to
England. Then Pere Chretien went on to other things. The white cow
was ill--it had been hurt in the nostril; Barbeau had examined the
wound, he thought badly of it; and, by the way, what was the matter
with Madame la Comtesse? She had been up at the farm, asking all
manner of questions, ferreting here and everywhere. 'She didn't
discover much, ' said old Chretien, with a chuckle; 'but take care,
my girl: she looked malicious; I could see it plain enough.
Barbeau, too, had commented upon the circumstance. They don't like
the Englishman to come..
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