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: ...said the dying man, "my
hours, my minutes even, are counted. I have not been a doctor for
nothing; I shall not last till evening. Do not cry, my Ursula," he
said, fearing to be interrupted by his godchild's weeping, " but
listen to me carefully; it concerns your marriage to Savinien. As
soon as La Bougival comes back go down to the pagoda, --here is the
key, --lift the marble top of the Boule buffet and you will find a
letter beneath it, sealed and addressed to you; take it and come
back here, for I cannot die easy unless I see it in your hands.
When I am dead do not let any one know of it immediately, but send
for Monsieur de Portenduere; read the letter together; swear to me
now, in his name and your own, that you will carry out my last
wishes. When Savinien has obeyed me, then announce my death, but
not till then. The comedy of the heirs will begin. God grant those
monsters may not ill-treat you." "Yes, godfather." The post master
did not listen to the end of this scene; he slipped away on
tip-toe, remembering that the lock of the study was on the library
side of the door. He had been present in former days at an argument
between the architect and a locksmith, the latter declaring that if
the pagoda were entered by the window on the river it would be much
safer to put the lock of the door opening iuto the library on the
library side. Dazzled by his hopes, and his ears flushed with
blood, Minoret sprang the lock with the point of his knife as
rapidly as a burglar could have done it He entered the study,
followed the doctor's directions, took the package of papers
without opening it, relocked the door, put everything in order, and
went into the dining-room and sat down, waiting till La Bougival
had gone upstairs with the poultice before he...
|Country of origin:
Honore De Balzac
||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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