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The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 29 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 29

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 29
CHAPTER XXIXIt was Nivose. Masses of floating ice encumbered the Seine; the basins in the Tuileries garden, the kennels, the public fountains were frozen. The North wind swept clouds of hoar frost before it in the streets. A white steam breathed from the horses' noses, and the city folk would glance in passing at the thermometer at the opticians' doors. A shop-boy was wiping the fog from the window-panes of the _Amour peintre_, while curious passers-by threw a look at the prints in vogue,--Robespierre squeezing into a cup a heart like a pumpkin to drink the blood, and ambitious allegorical designs... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 996

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 28 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 28

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 28
CHAPTER XXVIIIOn the 10th, when Evariste, after a fevered night passed on the pallet-bed of a dungeon, awoke with a start of indescribable horror, Paris was smiling in the sunshine in all her beauty and immensity; new-born hope filled the prisoners' hearts; tradesmen were blithely opening their shops, citizens felt themselves richer, young men happier, women more beautiful, for the fall of Robespierre. Only a handful of Jacobins, a few _Constitutional priests and a few old women trembled to see the Government pass into the hands of the evil-minded and corrupt. Delegates from the Revolutionary Tribunal, the Public Prosecutor and two... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 853

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 27 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 27

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 27
CHAPTER XXVIIRobespierre, awake! The hour is come, time presses,... soon it will be too late.... At last, on the 8 Thermidor, in the Convention, the Incorruptible rises, he is going to speak. Sun of the 31st May, is this to be a second day-spring? Gamelin waits and hopes. His mind is made up then! Robespierre is to drag from the benches they dishonour these legislators more guilty than the federalists, more dangerous than Danton.... No! not yet. "I cannot," he says, "resolve to clear away entirely the veil that hides this mystery of iniquity." It is mere summer lightning that flashes... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1671

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 26 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 26

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVIThe sun of Thermidor was setting in a blood-red sky, while Evariste wandered, gloomy and careworn, in the Marbeuf gardens, now a National park frequented by the Parisian idlers. There were stalls for the sale of lemonade and ices; wooden horses and shooting-galleries were provided for the younger patriots. Under a tree, a little Savoyard in rags, with a black cap on his head, was making a marmot dance to the shrill notes of his hurdy-gurdy. A man, still young, slim-waisted, wearing a blue coat and his hair powdered, with a big dog at his heels, stopped to listen to... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2036

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 25 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 25

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXVWhile the carts, escorted by gendarmes, were rumbling along on their way to the Place du Trone Renverse, carrying to their death Brotteaux and his "accomplices," Evariste sat pensive on a bench in the garden of the Tuileries. He was waiting for Elodie. The sun, nearing its setting, shot its fiery darts through the leafy chestnuts. At the gate of the garden, Fame on her winged horse blew her everlasting trumpet. The newspaper hawkers were bawling the news of the great victory of Fleurus. "Yes," thought Gamelin, "victory is ours. We have paid full price for it." He could see... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1058

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 24 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 24

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIVThere seemed no end to these trials for conspiracy in the prisons. Forty-nine accused crowded the tiers of seats. Maurice Brotteaux occupied the right-hand corner of the topmost row,--the place of honour. He was dressed in his plum-coloured surtout, which he had brushed very carefully the day before and mended at the pocket where his little Lucretius had ended by fretting a hole. Beside him sat the woman Rochemaure, painted and powdered and patched, a brilliant and ghastly figure. They had put the Pere Longuemare between her and the girl Athenais, who had recovered her look of youthful freshness at... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2783

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 23 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 23

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIEvariste Gamelin was worn out and could not rest; twenty times in the night he would awake with a start from a sleep haunted by nightmares. It was only in the blue chamber, in Elodie's arms, that he could snatch a few hours' slumber. He talked and cried out in his sleep and used often to awake her; but she could make nothing of what he said. One morning, after a night when he had seen the Eumenides, he started awake, broken with terror and weak as a child. The dawn was piercing the window curtains with its wan arrows.... Long Stories - Post by : ztgiles - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2649

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 19 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 19

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXWhile the Pere Longuemare and the girl Athenais were examined at the Section, Brotteaux was led off between two gendarmes to the Luxembourg the door-keeper refused to admit him, declaring he had no room left. The old financier was next taken to the Conciergerie and brought into the Gaoler's office, quite a small room, divided in two by a glazed partition. While the clerk was inscribing his name in the prison registers, Brotteaux could see through the panes two men lying each on a tattered mattress, both as still as death and with glazed eyes that seemed to see... Long Stories - Post by : ebiz74 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2621

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 18 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 18

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIThe _citoyenne Gamelin was devoted to old Brotteaux, and taking him altogether, thought him the best and greatest man she had ever known. She had not bidden him good-bye when he was arrested, because she would not have dared to defy the powers that be and because in her lowly estate she looked upon cowardice as a duty. But she had received a blow she could not recover from. She could not eat and lamented she had lost her appetite just when she had at last the means to satisfy it. She still admired her son; but she durst not... Long Stories - Post by : ebiz74 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 3503

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 17 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 17

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIThe 24 Frimaire, at ten in the forenoon, under a clear bright sun that was melting the ice formed in the night, the _citoyens Guenot and Delourmel, delegates of the Committee of General Security, proceeded to the Barnabites and asked to be conducted to the Committee of Surveillance of the Section, in the Capitular hall, whose only occupant for the moment was the _citoyen Beauvisage, who was piling logs on the fire. But they did not see him just at first because of his short, thickset stature. In a hunchback's cracked voice the _citoyen Beauvisage begged the delegates to seat... Long Stories - Post by : ebiz74 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2379

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 16 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 16

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIAfter three months during which he had made a daily holocaust of victims, illustrious or insignificant, to the fatherland, Evariste had a case that interested him personally; there was one prisoner he made it his special business to track down to death. Ever since he had sat on the juror's bench, he had been eagerly watching, among the crowd of culprits who appeared before him, for Elodie's seducer; of this man he had elaborated in his busy fancy a portrait, some details of which were accurate. He pictured him as young, handsome, haughty, and felt convinced he had fled to... Long Stories - Post by : ebiz74 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 3228

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 15 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 15

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVThe prisons were full to bursting and must be emptied; the work of judging, judging, must go on without truce or respite. Seated against the tapestried walls with their fasces and red caps of liberty, like their fellows of the fleurs-de-lis, the judges preserved the same gravity, the same dreadful calm, as their Royal predecessors. The Public Prosecutor and his Deputies, worn out with fatigue, consumed with the fever of sleeplessness and brandy, could only shake off their exhaustion by a violent effort; their broken health made them tragic figures to look upon. The jurors, divers in character and origin,... Long Stories - Post by : Daio2000 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2053

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 14 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 14

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVRising at dawn, the Pere Longuemare, after sweeping out the room, departed to say his Mass in a chapel in the Rue d'Enfer served by a nonjuring priest. There were in Paris thousands of similar retreats the refractory clergy gathered together clandestinely little troops of the faithful. The police of the Sections, vigilant and suspicious as they were, kept their eyes shut to these hidden folds, from fear of the exasperated flock and moved by some lingering veneration for holy things. The Barnabite made his farewells to his host who had great difficulty in persuading him to come back... Long Stories - Post by : Daio2000 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1798

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 13 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 13

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIIEvariste Gamelin occupied his place as juror of the Tribunal for the second time. Before the opening of the sitting, he discussed with his colleagues the news that had arrived that morning. Some of it was doubtful, some untrue; but part was authentic--and appalling; the armies of the coalition in command of all the roads and marching _en masse on Paris, La Vendee triumphant, Lyons in insurrection, Toulon surrendered to the English, who were landing fourteen thousand men there. For him and his fellow magistrates these were not only events of interest to all the world, but so many matters... Long Stories - Post by : Daio2000 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 3007

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 9 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 9

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXEvariste Gamelin was to enter on his duties on the 14th September, when the reorganization of the Tribunal was complete, according to which it was henceforth subdivided into four sections with fifteen jurors for each. The prisons were full to overflowing; the Public Prosecutor was working eighteen hours a day. Defeats in the field, revolts in the provinces, conspiracies, plots, betrayals, the Convention had one panacea for them all,--terror. The Gods were athirst. The first act of the new juror was to pay a visit of ceremony to the President Herman, who charmed him by the amiability of his conversation... Long Stories - Post by : ordinary_guy - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1967

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 8 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 8

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIIt was the eve of the Festival, a calm, bright evening, and Elodie hanging on Evariste's arm, was strolling with him about the _Champ de la Federation_. Workmen were hastily completing their task of erecting columns, statues, temples, a "mountain," an altar of the Fatherland. Huge symbolic figures, Hercules (representing the people) brandishing his club, Nature suckling the Universe from her inexhaustible breasts, were rising at a moment's notice in the capital that, tortured by famine and fear, was listening for the dreaded sound of the Austrian cannon on the road from Meaux. La Vendee was making good its check... Long Stories - Post by : ordinary_guy - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2880

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 7 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 7

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIEmploying a very old-fashioned locution, the _citoyenne Gamelin had declared: "that by dint of eating chestnuts they would be turning into chestnuts." As a matter of fact, on that day, the 13th July, she and her son had made their midday dinner on a basin of chestnut porridge. As they were finishing this austere repast, a lady pushed open the door and the room was flooded in an instant with the splendour of her presence and the fragrance of her perfumes. Evariste recognised the _citoyenne Rochemaure. Thinking she had mistaken the door and meant her visit for the _citoyen Brotteaux,... Long Stories - Post by : ordinary_guy - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1534

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 6 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 6

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VITen o'clock in the forenoon. Not a breath of wind. It was the hottest July ever known. In the narrow Rue de Jerusalem a hundred or so citizens of the Section were waiting in queue at the baker's door, under the eye of four National Guards who stood at ease smoking their pipes. The National Convention had decreed the _maximum_,--and instantly corn and flour had disappeared. Like the Israelites in the wilderness, the Parisians had to rise before daybreak if they wished to eat. The crowd was lined up, men, women and children tightly packed together, under a sky of... Long Stories - Post by : ordinary_guy - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2082

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 5 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 5

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VBy nine in the morning Evariste reached the gardens of the Luxembourg, to find Elodie already there seated on a bench waiting for him. It was a month ago they had exchanged their vows and since then they had seen each other every day, either at the _Amour peintre or at the studio in the Place de Thionville. Their meetings had been very tender, but at the same time characterized by a certain reserve that checked their expansiveness,--a reserve due to the staid and virtuous temper of the lover, a theist and a good citizen, who, while ready to make... Long Stories - Post by : Seanj777 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 2512

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 4 The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 4

The Gods Are Athirst - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVIt was ten o'clock in the forenoon. The April sun bathed the tender leafage of the trees in light. A storm had cleared the air during the night and it was deliciously fresh and sweet. At long intervals a horseman passing along the Allee des Veuves broke the silence and solitude. On the outskirts of the shady avenue, over against a rustic cottage known as _La Belle Lilloise_, Evariste sat on a wooden bench waiting for Elodie. Since the day their fingers had met over the embroidery and their breaths had mingled, he had never been back to the _Amour... Long Stories - Post by : Seanj777 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anatole France - Read : 1045