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The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 4 of 6   By: (1804-1857)

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[Illustration: The Abduction. Original Etching by Mercier.]

The Mysteries of Paris.

ILLUSTRATED WITH ETCHINGS BY MERCIER, BICKNELL, POITEAU, AND ADRIAN MARCEL.

BY EUGENE SUE

IN SIX VOLUMES VOLUME IV.

PRINTED FOR FRANCIS A. NICCOLLS & CO. BOSTON

Edition de Luxe

This edition is limited to one thousand copies, of which this is

No.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE I. RIGOLETTE'S FIRST SORROW 11 II. THE WILL 33 III. L'ILE DU RAVAGEUR 48 IV. THE FRESHWATER PIRATE 60 V. THE MOTHER AND SON 82 VI. FRANÇOIS AND AMANDINE 101 VII. A LODGING HOUSE 119 VIII. THE VICTIMS OF MISPLACED CONFIDENCE 132 IX. THE RUE DE CHAILLOT 156 X. THE COMTE DE SAINT REMY 170 XI. THE INTERVIEW 185 XII. THE SEARCH 204 XIII. THE ADIEUX 226 XIV. RECOLLECTIONS 239 XV. THE BOATS 262 XVI. THE HAPPINESS OF MEETINGS 273 XVII. DOCTOR GRIFFON 298 XVIII. THE PORTRAIT 305 XIX. THE AGENT OF SAFETY 315 XX. THE CHOUETTE 321

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PAGE THE ABDUCTION Frontispiece THE BRIGAND DASHED AT HIS BROTHER 87 HE EXHIBITED SUCH FEROCIOUS JOY 168 WAS ABOUT TO EMBRACE HIS FATHER 199

THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS.

CHAPTER I.

RIGOLETTE'S FIRST SORROW.

Rigolette's apartment was still in all its extreme nicety; the large silver watch placed over the mantelpiece, in a small boxwood stand, denoted the hour of four. The severe cold weather having ceased, the thrifty little needlewoman had not lighted her stove.

From the window, a corner of blue sky was scarcely perceptible over the masses of irregularly built roofs, garrets, and tall chimneys, which bounded the horizon on the other side of the street. Suddenly a sunbeam, which, as it were, wandered for a moment between two high gables, came for an instant to purple with its bright rays the windows of the young girl's chamber.

Rigolette was at work, seated by her window; and the soft shadow of her charming profile stood out from the transparent light of the glass as a cameo of rosy whiteness on a silver ground. Brilliant hues played on her jet black hair, twisted in a knot at the back of her head, and shaded with a warm amber colour the ivory of her industrious little fingers, which plied the needle with incomparable activity. The long folds of her brown gown, confined at the waist by the bands of her green apron, half concealed her straw seated chair, and her pretty feet rested on the edge of a stool before her.

Like a rich lord, who sometimes amuses himself in hiding the walls of a cottage beneath splendid hangings, the setting sun for a moment lighted up this little chamber with a thousand dazzling fires, throwing his golden tints on the curtains of gray and green stuff, and making the walnut tree furniture glisten with brightness, and the dry rubbed floor look like heated copper; whilst it encircled in a wire work of gold the grisette's bird cage... Continue reading book >>


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