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The Infant's Skull Or The End of the World. A Tale of the Millennium   By: (1804-1857)

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The End of the World

A Tale of the Millennium



Translated from the Original French by Daniel De Leon

New York Labor News Company, 1904

Copyright, 1904, by the New York Labor News Company


Among the historic phenomena of what may be called "modern antiquity," there is none comparable to that which was witnessed on the first day of the year 1000, together with its second or adjourned catastrophe thirty two years later. The end of the world, at first daily expected by the Apostles, then postponed upon the authority of Judaic apocalyptic writings, together with the Revelations of St. John the Divine, to the year 1000, and then again to thirty two years later, until it was finally adjourned sine die , was one of those beliefs, called "theologic," that have had vast and disastrous mundane effect. The Infant's Skull; or, The End of the World , figures at that period. It is one of that series of charming stories by Eugene Sue in which historic personages and events are so artistically grouped that, without the fiction losing by the otherwise solid facts, and without the solid facts suffering by the fiction, both are enhanced, and combinedly act as a flash light upon the past and no less so upon the future.

As with all the stories of this series by the talented Sue, The Infant's Skull; or, The End of the World , although, one of the shortest, rescues invaluable historic facts from the dark and dusty recesses where only the privileged few can otherwise reach them. Thus its educational value is equal to its entertaining merit. It is a gem in the necklace of gems that the distinguished author has felicitously named The Mysteries of the People; or The History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages .


New York, April 20, 1904.


Translator's Preface iii

Part I. The Castle of Compiegne.

Chapter 1. The Fountain of the Hinds 3

Chapter 2. The Idiot 11

Chapter 3. Louis the Do Nothing 15

Chapter 4. A Royal Couple 18

Chapter 5. The Founding of a Dynasty 23

Chapter 6. Yvon and Marceline 27

Chapter 7. The Stock of Joel 33

Part II. The End of the World.

Chapter 1. The Apocalyptic Frenzy 39

Chapter 2. Yvon the Forester's Hut 46

Chapter 3. On the Buck's Track 48

Chapter 4. Gregory the Hollow bellied 51

Chapter 5. The Delirium of Starvation 56

Chapter 6. The Flight to Anjou 61

Epilogue 64





A spring of living water, known in the neighborhood by the appropriate name of the "Fountain of the Hinds," empties its trickling stream under the oaks of one of the most secret recesses of the forest of Compiegne. Stags and hinds, deers and does, bucks and she goats come to water at the spot, leaving behind them numerous imprints of their steps on the borders of the rill, or on the sandy soil of the narrow paths that these wild animals have worn across the copse.

One early morning in the year 987, the sun being up barely an hour, a woman, plainly dressed and breathing hard with rapid walking, stepped out of one of these paths and stopped at the Fountain of the Hinds. She looked in all directions in surprise as if she expected to have been preceded by some one at the solitary rendezvous. Finding her hopes deceived, she made an impatient motion, sat down, still out of breath, on a rock near the fountain, and threw off her cape.

The woman, barely twenty years of age, had black hair, eyes and eye brows; her complexion was brown; and cherry red her lips... Continue reading book >>

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