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1873 Excerpt: ... the Faubourg St. Germain, and thus resume his
former brilliant position. When I flatly refused this, he sent me
word that I was an accursed phantom, a vampyre, a child of death
--' "Laurence suddenly checked herself, shuddered violently, and,
with a sigh that came from the depths of her heart, said: 'O that
they had left me in the grave, with my mother ' When I urged her to
explain these mysterious words, a torrent of tears streamed from
her eyes, and she then confessed, amidst sobs, that the black woman
with the drum, who had pretended to be her mother, had herself told
her that the rumor which had been abroad in regard to her was not a
mere invention. 'In the town in which we lived, ' Laurence
continued, 'they always called me the child of Death I The old
spinsters asserted that I was the daughter of a duke who lived in
the neighborhood; that he had heaped constant abuse on his wife
during her life-time, but, at her death, had caused her to be
buried in magnificent style. She was, however, only seemingly dead,
and was, at the time of burial, far advanced in pregnancy; so that,
when a party of churchyard thieves violated her grave, in order to
despoil the richly-jewelled corpse, they found the duchess alive,
and in the pains of labor. As she expired immediately after the
birth of the child, they replaced her in the grave, and, taking the
infant with them, they intrusted its concealment, as well as its
education, to the ventriloquist's mistress. Thus the poor child,
which had been buried before it was born, was known everywhere as
the child of Death I You cannot imagine the grief I suffered, while
still a child, when they called me by that name. When, as was
frequently the case, 1 awakened the ventriloquist's displeasure, he
would always exclaim: "...
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