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. 1904. Excerpt: ... MADAME DE CONDfi. I. The room intoMoreThis 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. 1904. Excerpt: ... MADAME DE CONDfi. I. The room into which Canolles was ushered was a vast apartment, with hangings of sombre hue, and lighted by a single night-lamp upon a bracket between two windows- the feeble light which it cast was, however, sufficient to enable one to make out a large picture immediately above the lamp, representing a woman holding a child by the hand.
At the four corners of the frame shone the three golden flev.rs-de.-lys, from which it was necessary only to take away the heart-shaped bend to make of them the three fleurs-de-lys of France. In the depths of a large alcove, which the light hardly reached at all, could be seen, beneath the heavy coverlid of a magnificent bed, the woman upon whom the name of the Baron de Canolles had produced so striking an effect. The gentleman began once more to go through with the customary formalities- that is to say, he took the requisite three steps toward the bed, bowed, and took three steps more.
Thereupon, two maids, who had doubtless been assisting to disrobe Madame de Cond, having withdrawn, the valet closed the door and Canolles was left alone with the princess. It was not for Canolles to begin the conversation, and he waited until he should be spoken to- but as the princess seemed determined to maintain silence, the young officer concluded that it would be better for him to disregard the proprieties than to remain in such an embarrassing position. He was fully alive, however, to the fact that the storm portended by this disdainful silence would probably burst forth at the first words which should break it, and that he was about to be submerged by a second flood of princely wrath, even more to be feared than the first, in that this princess was younger and, more interesting.
But the extreme nature of t...