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La Comtesse de Charny
by Alexandre Dumas
Binding: Paperback, 332 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.75 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 7.95 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0559368461
ISBN 13: 9780559368462
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE MONARCHY IS SAVED. Several weeks after the execution which we have just described, into the details whereof we entered, in order to forewarn our readers what gratitude may be expected from kings and princes, towards those who sacrifice themselves in behalf of such royal patrons, a man, riding a dapple gray horse, was climbing slowly up the avenue at Saint Cloud Palace. This slowness must be attributed neither to the lassitude of the rider nor the fatigue of his horse. That neither the one nor the other had taken more than a short trip, it was easy to see ; for the foam which escaped from the horse's mouth was not the result of over riding, but rather of hard restraint. As to the horseman, one could see, at first sight, that he was a gentleman; and his entire dress was not only free from dirt, but attested the precautions taken to preserve his garments from the mud which covered the road. What retarded the horseman was the deep thought wherein he was evidently absorbed, and possibly his wish not to reach his appointment until a certain hour, which had not yet sounded. He was a man about forty years old, whose powerful ugliness did not conceal his greatness of character. He had a head disproportionately large, bloated cheeks, a face seamed by the smallpox, an animated expression,eyes with latent lightning, a mouth accustomed to deliberate irony and biting sarcasm. Such was the aspect of this man, destined, as one instinctively felt, to occupy a large place and make a great noise in the world. His whole physiognomy, however, seemed covered with a veil, thrown over it by one of those organic maladies against which the most vigorous temperaments struggle in vain. His complexion was dull and gray. His eyes were weary and red. His jaws were overw...

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