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St. Peter's Umbrella   By: (1847-1910)

St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth

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St. Peter's Umbrella

[Illustration: "JOINED HANDS UNDER THE SACRED UMBRELLA"]

St. Peter's Umbrella

A Novel by KÁLMÁN MIKSZÁTH

Translated from the Hungarian by B. W. Worswick, with Introduction by R. Nisbet Bain

[Illustration]

Illustrated

Harper & Brothers, Publishers New York and London, MDCCCCI

Copyright, 1900, by JARROLD & SONS.

All rights reserved.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION, vii

PART I. THE LEGEND.

I. LITTLE VERONICA IS TAKEN AWAY, 3 II. GLOGOVA AS IT USED TO BE, 7 III. THE NEW PRIEST AT GLOGOVA, 11 IV. THE UMBRELLA AND ST. PETER, 25

PART II. THE GREGORICS FAMILY.

I. THE TACTLESS MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, 49 II. DUBIOUS SIGNS, 63 III. PÁL GREGORICS'S DEATH AND WILL, 77 IV. THE AVARICIOUS GREGORICS, 92

PART III. TRACES.

I. THE UMBRELLA AGAIN, 123 II. OUR ROSÁLIA, 138 III. THE TRACES LEAD TO GLOGOVA, 144 IV. THE EARRING, 160

PART IV. INTELLECTUAL SOCIETY IN BÁBASZÉK.

I. THE SUPPER AT THE MRAVUCSÁNS, 191 II. NIGHT BRINGS COUNSEL, 218

PART V. THE THIRD DEVIL.

I. MARIA CZOBOR'S ROSE, THE PRECIPICE, AND THE OLD PEAR TREE, 235 II. THREE SPARKS, 256 III. LITTLE VERONICA IS TAKEN AWAY, 276

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"JOINED HANDS UNDER THE SACRED UMBRELLA" Frontispiece "THE CHILD WAS IN THE BASKET" Facing p. 26

INTRODUCTION

Kálmán Mikszáth, perhaps the most purely national, certainly, after Jókai, the most popular of all the Magyar novelists, was born at Szklabonya, in the county of Nográd, on January 16th, 1849. Educated at Rimaszombáth and Pest, he adopted the legal profession, and settled down as a magistrate in his native county, where his family had for generations lived the placid, patriarchal life of small country squires. A shrewd observer, with a strong satirical bent and an ardent love of letters, the young advocate made his début as an author, at the age of twenty five, with a volume of short stories, which failed, however, to catch the public taste. Shortly afterward he flitted to Szeged, and contributed to the leading periodical there a series of sketches, whose piquant humor and perfection of style attracted so much notice as to encourage a bookseller in the famous city on the Theiss to publish, in 1881, another volume of tales, the epoch making "Tót Atyafiak," which was followed, four months later, by a supplementary volume, entitled "A jó palóczok." Critics of every school instantly hailed these two little volumes as the finished masterpieces of a new and entirely original genre , the like of which had hitherto been unknown in Hungary. The short story had, indeed, been previously cultivated, with more or less of success, by earlier Magyar writers; but these first attempts had, for the most part, been imitations of foreign novelists, mere exotics which struck no deep root in the national literature. Mikszáth was the first to study from the life the peculiarities and characteristics of the peasantry among whom he dwelt, the first to produce real, vivid pictures of Magyar folk life in a series of humoresks, dramas, idylls call them what you will of unsurpassable grace and delicacy, seasoned with a pleasantly pungent humor, but never without a sub flavor of that tender melancholy which lies at the heart of the Hungarian peasantry... Continue reading book >>




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