Crainquebille, Putois, Riquet, And Other Profitable Tales

Paperback | May 8, 2012

byAnatole France

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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. 1915 Excerpt: ...moments, the unconscious humour of some unknown armourer had hitched him to an enormous cavalry sword. Do not blame me for the expression, Zoe; it occurs in one of Cicero's letters. 'Whoever,' says the orator, ' hitched my son-in-law to that sword?' ' What astonished me most in the equipment of our friend Emile Vincent was this huge sword. To my childish mind it seemed to augur victory. You, Zoe, I believed, were more impressed by his boots, for you looked up from your work and cried: 'Why it is Puss in Boots!'" "Did I say ' Puss in Boots.' Poor Emile." "You said 'Puss in Boots '; and you need not regret it, Zoe. Madame d'Abrantes in her Memoirs relates how a young girl seeing Napoleon, then young and slender, ridiculously accoutred as a General of the Republic, likewise called him ' Puss in Boots.' Bonaparte never forgave her for it. Our friend was more magnanimous; the title did not offend him. Emile Vincent and his company were placed under the command of a general who did not like francs-tireurs, and who thus harangued them: 'It is not everything to be dressed for a carnival. You must know how to fight.' "The caustic speech did not trouble my friend Vincent. He was splendid throughout the campaign. One day he was seen to approach the enemy's outposts with all the calm of a shortsighted man and a hero. He could not see three steps before him. Nothing could make him retreat. For the remaining thirty years of his life, while he was making carpet-brooms, he lived on the memory of that campaign. He read military newspapers, presided over meetings of his former companions in arms, was present at the unveiling of monuments raised to the soldiers of 1870. When from time to time there were erected on French soil monuments to Vercingetori...

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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. 1915 Excerpt: ...moments, the unconscious humour of some unknown armourer had hitched him to an enormous cavalry sword. Do not blame me for the e...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217696341

ISBN - 13:9780217696340

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