The Flower of the Chapdelaines ...

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Scribner, 1918 - 339 pages
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Page 34 - I said if they would follow me to the top of the flight I would tell this marvel : what the learned believed those eternal lamps to be ; why some were out of view threefourths of the night, others only half, others not a quarter ; how a very few never sank out of sight at all except for daylight or clouds, and yet went round and round with all the others ; and why I called those the clock of heaven ; which gained, each night, four minutes, and only four, on the time we kept by the sun. " Pra-aise...
Page 30 - ... Miss Maud ; whatsomeveh come, and whensomeveh and howsomeveh de Lawd sen" it, ef us feels his ahm und" us, us ought to be ' shame ' not to be happy, oughtn't us?" All at once she sprang half up : "I tell you de Lawd neveh gi'n no niggeh de rights to snuggle down anywhuz an' fo'git de auction block ! " As suddenly the outbreak passed, yet as she settled down again her exaltation still showed through her fond smile. " You know what dat inqui'ance o' yone bring to my memb'ance? Dass ow ole Canaan...
Page 219 - ... the hideous carnage of a Haytian revolution only by the iron hand of military suppression. To others it will appear that the feeble-handed old governor's rashly timorous proclamation was, after all, the true source of deliverance. Certainly, in any fair mind the story must at least raise the question whether even the most sudden and ill-timed concession of rights, if only backed by energetic police action, is not a prompter, surer cure for public disorder than whole batteries of artillery without...
Page 35 - Maud, like de wise men o' de Eas' see de stah o' Jesus? " I tried to make plain the law it was obeying. " And do it p'int dah dess de same in de broad day, an' all day long? — Pra-aise Gawd ! And do it p'int dah in de rain, an' in de stawmy win' a-fulfillin' of His word, when de ain'ta single stall admissible in de ske-eye? — De Lawd's na-ame be pra-aise...
Page 33 - Mingo came ; his leaps, turns, postures, steps and outcries were a most laughable wonder, and 1 should have begged for more than I did, but I saw that it was a part of Sidney's religion to disapprove the dance. "Sidney," I said, " did you ever hear of the great clock in the sky?
Page 34 - Mingo run' fetch daddy an" mammy ; dey don't want dat sto'y f'om me secon' haynded ! " Mingo darted off and we waited. " Miss Maud, what de white folks mean by de nawth stah? Is dey sich a stall as de nawth stah? " I tried to explain that since all this seeming movement of the stars around us was but our own daily and yearly turning, there would necessarily be two opposite points on our earth which would never move at all, and that any star directly in line with those two points would seem as still...
Page 40 - you mean good-night, don't you ? " She bent low, tittered softly, and then, with a swift return to her beautiful straightness, said : •' But still, Miss Maud, who eveh know when dey say good-night dat it ain't good-by ? " She fondled my hand between her two as she backed away, kissed it fervently again, and was gone. When I awoke, my aunt stood in broad though sunless daylight at the bedside, with the waking cup of coffee which it was Sidney's wont to bring. I started from the pillow. " Oh ! what...
Page 39 - Strange," said my aunt to uncle and me aside, smiling in pity, " how slight an impression disaster makes on their minds ! " and that too I remembered afterward. As soon as we were alone in my chamber, Sidney and I, she asked me to tell her again of the clock in the sky, and at the end of her service and of my recital she drew me to my window and showed me how promptly she could point out the polestar at the centre of the clock's vast dial, although at our right a big moon was leaving the tree-tops...
Page 37 - I don' care, I b'lieb dat be' n in de Bible an' git drap out by mista-ake ! " In my room she grew queerly playful, and continued so until she had drawn off my shoes and stockings. But then abruptly, she took my feet in her slim black hand, and with eyes lifted tenderly to mine, said : " How bu'ful 'pon de mountain is dem wha' funnish good tidin's ! " She leaned her forehead on my insteps : " Us bleeged to paht some day, Miss Maud.
Page 121 - ... mismo negro se manifiesta totalmente en contra. Tal vez como testimonio de que la misma gente de color excluía esta posibilidad, considerada como la amenaza más peligrosa que encerraba una supuesta igualdad racial durante los años en que Cable recupera esta narración a principios del siglo XX: "De same Lawd what give...

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