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Maria Chapdelaine

Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon
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Maria Chapdelaine is one of the most famous French Canadian novels. It is the love story of Maria Chapdelaine, daughter of a peasant family in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, in the 1900s. It is often seen as an allegory of the French Canadian people, describing simple joys and great tragedies, the bonds of family, the importance of faith, and the strength of body and spirit needed to endure the harshness of life in Canada’s northern wilderness.

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MARIA CHAPDELAINE

A TALE OF THE LAKE ST. JOHN COUNTRY

BY

LOUIS HEMON

TRANSLATED BY W. H. BLAKE

Author of "Brown Waters," etc.

New York

1921

CONTENTS

I PERIBONKA II HOME IN THE CLEARING III FRANCOIS PASSES BY IV WILD LAND V THE VOWS VI THE STUFF OF DREAMS VII A MEAGER REAPING VIII ENTRENCHED AGAINST WINTER IX ONE THOUSAND AVES X STRAYING TRACKS XI THE INTERPRETER OF GOD XII LOVE BEARING GIFTS XIII LOVE BEARING CHAINS XIV INTO THE DEEP SILENCE XV THAT WE PERISH NOT XVI PLEDGED TO THE RACE

CHAPTER I

PERIBONKA

Ite, missa est

The door opened, and the men of the congregation began to come out of the church at Peribonka.

A moment earlier it had seemed quite deserted, this church set by the roadside on the high bank of the Peribonka, whose icy snow covered surface was like a winding strip of plain. The snow lay deep upon road and fields, for the April sun was powerless to send warmth through the gray clouds, and the heavy spring rains were yet to come. This chill and universal white, the humbleness of the wooden church and the wooden houses scattered along the road, the gloomy forest edging so close that it seemed to threaten, these all spoke of a harsh existence in a stern land... Continue reading book >>


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