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The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16 (cont.)
PART V CHAPTER XVI (CONT.)Eight o'clock was striking, and Pierre seated himself at the little table, Victorine remaining to serve him after dismissing Giacomo, who had brought the supper things upstairs in a basket. "The people here make me wild," said the worthy woman after the other had gone, "they are so slow. And besides, it's a pleasure for me to serve you your last meal, Monsieur l'Abbe. I've had a little French dinner cooked for you, a /sole au gratin/ and a roast fowl." Pierre was touched by this attention, and pleased to have the company of a compatriot whilst... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 2510

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 16
PART V CHAPTER XVION the following day, on his return from the funeral Pierre lunched alone in his room, having decided to take leave of the Cardinal and Donna Serafina during the afternoon. He was quitting Rome that evening by the train which started at seventeen minutes past ten. There was nothing to detain him any longer; there was only one visit which he desired to make, a visit to old Orlando, with whom he had promised to have a long chat prior to his departure. And so a little before two o'clock he sent for a cab which took him... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 1137

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15 (cont.)
PART V CHAPTER XV (CONT.)On returning to the throne-room the young priest again found himself amidst all the frightful mourning. Mass was following mass; without cessation murmured prayers entreated the divine mercy to receive the two dear departed souls with loving kindness. And amidst the dying perfume of the fading roses, in front of the pale stars of the lighted candles, Pierre thought of that supreme downfall of the Boccaneras. Dario was the last of the name, and one could well understand that the Cardinal, whose only sin was family pride, should have loved that one remaining scion by whom alone... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 663

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 15
PART V CHAPTER XVIT was nearly daybreak when Pierre fell asleep, exhausted by emotion and hot with fever. And at nine o'clock, when he had risen and breakfasted, he at once wished to go down into Cardinal Boccanera's rooms where the bodies of Dario and Benedetta had been laid in state in order that the members of the family, its friends and clients, might bring them their tears and prayers. Whilst he breakfasted, Victorine who, showing an active bravery amidst her despair, had not been to bed at all, told him of what had taken place in the house during the... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 640

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 14 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 14 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 5 - Chapter 14 (cont.)
PART V CHAPTER XIV (CONT.)It was now Pierre who sat listening, mute and motionless. Yet he had only come thither to defend himself; for three months past he had been feverishly desiring this interview, preparing his arguments and feeling confident of victory; and now although he heard his book spoken of as dangerous and culpable he did not protest, did not reply with any one of those good reasons which he had deemed so irresistible. But the fact was that intense weariness had come upon him, the appeal that he had made, the tears that he had shed had left him... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3212

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12 (cont.)
PART IV CHAPTER XII (CONT.)A few minutes went by, and then, in the very midst of a polka, the orchestra suddenly ceased playing. But a moment afterwards, with all the blare of its brass instruments, it struck up the Royal March. The dancers fled in confusion, the centre of the gallery was cleared, and the King and Queen entered, escorted by the Prince and Princess Buongiovanni, who had received them at the foot of the staircase. The King was in ordinary evening dress, while the Queen wore a robe of straw-coloured satin, covered with superb white lace; and under the diadem... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3270

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 12
PART IV CHAPTER XIIIT was ten o'clock when Pierre and Narcisse, after dining at the Caffe di Roma they had long lingered chatting, at last walked down the Corso towards the Palazzo Buongiovanni. They had the greatest difficulty to reach its entrance, for carriages were coming up in serried files, and the inquisitive crowd of on-lookers, who pressed even into the roadway, in spite of the injunctions of the police, was growing so compact that even the horses could no longer approach. The ten lofty windows on the first floor of the long monumental facade shone with an intense white... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 2460

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11 (cont.)
PART IV CHAPTER XI (CONT.)On either side of the road the Campagna still and ever spread its expanse of verdure, and Prada, who had become grave and dreamy, gazed before him without seeing anything. At last, however, he gave expression to his thoughts. "You know, Abbe, what will be said if the Pope should die this time. That sudden illness, those colics, those refusals to make any information public, mean nothing good--Yes, yes, poison, just as for the others!" Pierre gave a start of stupefaction. The Pope poisoned! "What! Poison? Again?" he exclaimed as he gazed at his companions with dilated... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 2685

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 11
PART IV CHAPTER XIALTHOUGH Pierre knew that he would be unable to see Cardinal Sanguinetti before eleven o'clock, he nevertheless availed himself of an early train, so that it was barely nine when he alighted at the little station of Frascati. He had already visited the place during his enforced idleness, when he had made the classical excursion to the Roman castles which extend from Frascati to Rocco di Papa, and from Rocco di Papa to Monte Cavo, and he was now delighted with the prospect of strolling for a couple of hours along those first slopes of the Alban hills... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 549

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10 (cont.)
PART IV CHAPTER X (CONT.)Pierre was aware that, judging by mere appearances, the Jesuits were nowadays dispossessed of all influence in Rome. They no longer officiated at the Gesu, they no longer directed the Collegio Romano they formerly fashioned so many souls; and with no abode of their own, reduced to accept foreign hospitality, they had modestly sought a refuge at the Collegio Germanico there is a little chapel. There they taught and there they still confessed, but without the slightest bustle or display. Was one to believe, however, that this effacement was but masterly cunning, a feigned disappearance... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3117

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 4 - Chapter 10
PART IV CHAPTER XIN his anxiety to bring things to a finish, Pierre wished to begin his campaign on the very next day. But on whom should he first call if he were to steer clear of blunders in that intricate and conceited ecclesiastical world? The question greatly perplexed him; however, on opening his door that morning he luckily perceived Don Vigilio in the passage, and with a sudden inspiration asked him to step inside. He realised that this thin little man with the saffron face, who always trembled with fever and displayed such exaggerated, timorous discretion, was in reality well... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 2598

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 9 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 9 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 9 (cont.)
PART III CHAPTER IX (CONT.)One day when Pierre came back from seeing the great modern cemetery, the Campo Verano, he found Celia, as well as Benedetta, by the side of Dario's bed. "What, Monsieur l'Abbe!" exclaimed the little Princess when she learnt where he had been; "it amuses you to visit the dead?" "Oh those Frenchmen," remarked Dario, to whom the mere idea of a cemetery was repulsive; "those Frenchmen seem to take a pleasure in making their lives wretched with their partiality for gloomy scenes." "But there is no escaping the reality of death," gently replied Pierre; "the best course... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 1504

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7 (cont.)
PART III CHAPTER VII (CONT.)It was the /cortege/ of the olden solemnities, the cross and sword, the Swiss Guard in full uniform, the valets in scarlet simars, the Knights of the Cape and the Sword in Renascence costumes, the Canons in rochets of lace, the superiors of the religious communities, the apostolic prothonotaries, the archbishops, and bishops, all the pontifical prelates in violet silk, the cardinals, each wearing the /cappa magna/ and draped in purple, walking solemnly two by two with long intervals between each pair. Finally, around his Holiness were grouped the officers of the military household, the chamber prelates,... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 743

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 3 - Chapter 7
PART III CHAPTER VIIOn the following day as Pierre, after a long ramble, once more found himself in front of the Vatican, whither a harassing attraction ever led him, he again encountered Monsignor Nani. It was a Wednesday evening, and the Assessor of the Holy Office had just come from his weekly audience with the Pope, whom he had acquainted with the proceedings of the Congregation at its meeting that morning. "What a fortunate chance, my dear sir," said he; "I was thinking of you. Would you like to see his Holiness in public while you are waiting for a private... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3407

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6 (cont.)
PART II CHAPTER VI (CONT.)As Pierre came back through the wood he had another surprise. He suddenly lighted on a "Grotto of Lourdes," a miniature imitation of the original, built of rocks and blocks of cement. And such was his emotion at the sight that he could not conceal it. "It's true, then!" said he. "I was told of it, but I thought that the Holy Father was of loftier mind--free from all such base superstitions!" "Oh!" replied Narcisse, "I fancy that the grotto dates from Pius IX, who evinced especial gratitude to our Lady of Lourdes. At all events, it... Long Stories - Post by : alan57 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 1765

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 6
PART II CHAPTER VIPIERRE had been in Rome for a fortnight, and yet the affair of his book was no nearer solution. He was still possessed by an ardent desire to see the Pope, but could in no wise tell how to satisfy it, so frequent were the delays and so greatly had he been frightened by Monsignor Nani's predictions of the dire consequences which might attend any imprudent action. And so, foreseeing a prolonged sojourn, he at last betook himself to the Vicariate in order that his "celebret" might be stamped, and afterwards said his mass each morning at the... Long Stories - Post by : sparky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 1957

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5 (cont.)
PART II CHAPTER V (CONT.)Early on the following morning Pierre, eager to see everything, returned to the Appian Way in order to visit the catacomb of St. Calixtus, the most extensive and remarkable of the old Christian cemeteries, and one, too several of the early popes were buried. You ascend through a scorched garden, past olives and cypresses, reach a shanty of boards and plaster in which a little trade in "articles of piety" is carried on, and there a modern and fairly easy flight of steps enables you to descend. Pierre fortunately found there some French Trappists, who guard... Long Stories - Post by : sparky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3220

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5 The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 5
PART II CHAPTER VON the following day Narcisse Habert came in great worry to tell Pierre that Monsignor Gamba del Zoppo complained of being unwell, and asked for a delay of two or three days before receiving the young priest and considering the matter of his audience. Pierre was thus reduced to inaction, for he dared not make any attempt elsewhere in view of seeing the Pope. He had been so frightened by Nani and others that he feared he might jeopardise everything by inconsiderate endeavours. And so he began to visit Rome in order to occupy his leisure. His first... Long Stories - Post by : sparky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 2209

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 4 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 4 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 2 - Chapter 4 (cont.)
PART II CHAPTER IV (CONT.)Luigi Prada showed himself very amiable, at once talking of home with an intelligent passion like one who wished to make the city a great modern capital. He had seen Paris transformed by the Second Empire; he had seen Berlin enlarged and embellished after the German victories; and, according to him, if Rome did not follow the movement, if it did not become the inhabitable capital of a great people, it was threatened with prompt death: either a crumbling museum or a renovated, resuscitated city--those were the alternatives.* * Personally I should have thought the example of... Long Stories - Post by : sparky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 3384

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 1 - Chapter 2 (cont.) The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 1 - Chapter 2 (cont.)

The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome - Part 1 - Chapter 2 (cont.)
PART I CHAPTER II (CONT.)When Abbe Pierre Froment all at once awoke from sleep, his head heavy with painful dreams, he was worried to find that the daylight was already waning. His watch, which he hastened to consult, pointed to six o'clock. Intending to rest for an hour at the utmost, he had slept on for nearly seven hours, overcome beyond power of resistance. And even on awaking he remained on the bed, helpless, as though he were conquered before he had fought. Why, he wondered, did he experience this prostration, this unreasonable discouragement, this quiver of doubt which had come... Long Stories - Post by : sparky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Emile Zola - Read : 473