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1911 edition. Excerpt: ...domestics, dressed up like the seigneurs
and grandes dames, and dancing away to their hearts' content.
Did'nt they fraternize, those children of the country? You never
saw the like. Such dancing, such gaming, such pantomime, such
imitating the antics of the great folks whom the people had driven
out. Ah, Citizen you should have been there But Dubuisson became
impatient. They'd have continued the orgy for days. But old
Dubuisson wanted his bonfire. So, in the midst of the Carnival, we
were ordered out. And no wonder Because the whole chateau was
ablaze from cellar to minaret; and it was a glorious sight At
first, there was only a yellow illumination, such as we had seen
night after night for fifty years, as if a hundred chandeliers were
blazing. But, then, it became red, Citizen red as the blood of the
aristocrats shed up yonder. And then there was a sound of breaking
glass; and a great yellow streamer of fire leaped out, and climbed
up the wall, and then another and another. A frightful crash The
first floor had fallen in; and a vast cloud of smoke broke through
the shattered window. Then hiss and hiss, and rumble and rumble,
and the second floor fell, and we cheered for the Republic, and
cried: A bas les Aristocrats A bas les Pritres Then hiss and hiss,
and rumble and rumble, and thunder-clap after thunder-clap; and
down came the third floor, whilst the whole firmament was filled
with sparks. At last, towards morning, the roof fell in, --the roof
of lead and iron; and we thought the sky would be set on fire and
the very saints burned on their thrones We could hardly tear
ourselves away; but old Dubuisson ordered us off, saying: 'Get away
to bed, little children, you are tired Ha, old Lebreuil, ' he said
to me, 'no more beating for frogs, ...
|Country of origin:
Patrick Augustine Sheehan
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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