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The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6   By: (1804-1857)

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[Illustration: " 'Cecily! Cecily!' Murmured a Voice " Original Etching by Adrian Marcel]

The Mysteries of Paris.

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

BY EUGENE SUE

IN SIX VOLUMES VOLUME V.

PRINTED FOR FRANCIS A. NICCOLLS & CO. BOSTON

Edition de Luxe

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

No.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE I. THE PRESENTATION 11 II. MURPHY AND POLIDORI 35 III. THE CLERK'S OFFICE 57 IV. AVOID TEMPTATION 69 V. LA FORCE 99 VI. PIQUE VINAIGRE 114 VII. MAÎTRE BOULARD 139 VIII. FRANÇOIS GERMAIN 148 IX. THE LIONS' DEN 169 X. THE STORY TELLER 193 XI. GRINGALET AND CUT IN HALF 211

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE "'CECILY! CECILY!' MURMURED A VOICE" Frontispiece "SLOWLY DANCING AND WHIRLING AROUND ME" 26 "THEN LEFT ME" 126 "TOUCHED WITH HIS LIPS THROUGH THE GRATING" 167 "THE SKELETON STAGGERED AT FIRST" 243

THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS.

CHAPTER I.

THE PRESENTATION.

A few days after the murder of Madame Séraphin, the death of the Chouette, and the arrest of the gang of desperadoes taken by surprise at Bras Rouge's house, Rodolph paid another visit to the house in the Rue du Temple.

We have already observed that, with the view of practising artifice for artifice with Jacques Ferrand, discovering his hidden crimes, obliging him to repair them, and inflicting condign punishment should the guilty wretch, either by skill or hypocrisy, continue to evade the just punishment of the laws, Rodolph had sent to fetch from one of the prisons in Germany a young and beautiful creole, the unworthy wife of the negro David. This female, lovely in person as depraved in mind, as fascinating as dangerous, had reached Paris the preceding evening, and had received the most minute instructions from Baron de Graün.

The reader will recollect that in the last interview between Rodolph and Madame Pipelet, the latter having very cleverly managed to propose Cecily to Madame Séraphin, as a servant to the notary in place of Louise Morel, her proposition had been so well received that the femme de charge had promised to speak to Jacques Ferrand on the subject; and this she had done, in terms most flattering to Cecily, the very morning of the day on which she (Madame Séraphin) had been drowned at the Isle du Ravageur.

The motive for Rodolph's visit was, therefore, to inquire the result of Cecily's introduction. To his great astonishment, he found, on entering the lodge, that although eleven o'clock in the morning had struck by all the neighbouring dials, Pipelet had not yet risen, while Anastasie was standing beside his bed, offering him some sort of drink.

As Alfred, whose forehead and eyes were entirely concealed beneath his huge cotton nightcap, did not reply to his wife's inquiries, she concluded he slept, and therefore closed the curtains of his bed. Turning around, she perceived Rodolph, and, as usual, gave him a military salute, by lifting the back of her left hand up to her wig.

"Ah, my king of lodgers! Service to you! How are you? As for me, I'm upset bewildered stupefied... Continue reading book >>


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