An Embassy to Provence

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byThomas Allibone Janvier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1893 Excerpt: ... the end of the performance the Tyrant made us all a handsome speech of thanks, and announced that on the ensuing Thursday the company would have the honor of presenting the tragedy of "Jeanne d'Arc," to be followed by a side-splitting farce. I was disposed to arise in my place and to assure the Tyrant that for ourselves the obligation was wholly on our side. It was a longing of our hearts realized--this veritable bit out of " Le Capitaine Fracasse." Before returning to our quarters, we walked for a while in the starlight beside the Sorgue: seeking to attune our souls by its rippling music to the key of poesy fitting to the pilgrimage on the ensuing day to the Fountain of Vaucluse. In this endeavor we succeeded so well that I was beginning to put together an apostrophic sonnet to Laura and Petrarch, when sleep overtook me and obliterated the concluding ten of the necessary fourteen lines. And then, at five o'clock in the morning, came the proprietor of the Hotel St. Martin, with violent knockings, to inform me that the Ponette had developed a severe colic and was in a very bad way indeed! For all the remainder of my days the Fountain of Vaucluse will be associated in my mind with the keen internal miseries of that dull little mare. Never will I hear a reference to Laura and Petrarch without instantly remembering the unpoetic nature of my frequent conferences with the veterinary surgeon, who was the better, as I was the worse, on each of these occasions by two francs. It was the late Lord Verulam who made the astute observation (in his essay " Of Seditions and Troubles") that "the rebellions of the belly are the worst." But even my Lord Verulam, who was blessed with a fine vein of fancy, never imagined a rebellion of this nature at so inopportune a time. Inst...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1893 Excerpt: ... the end of the performance the Tyrant made us all a handsome speech of thanks, and announced that on the ensuing Thursday the co...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217770347

ISBN - 13:9780217770347

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