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La tulipe noire
Le 20 aot 1672, la ville de la Haye, si vivante, si blanche, si coquette que l'on dirait que tous les jours sont des dimanches, la ville de la Haye, avec son parc ombreux, avec ses grands arbres inclins sur ses maisons gothiques, avec les larges miroirs de ses canaux dans lesquels se refltent ses clochers aux coupoles presque orientales, la ville de la Haye, la capitale des sept Provinces-Unies, gonflait toutes ses artres d'un flot noir et rouge de citoyens presss, haletants, inquiets, lesquels couraient, le couteau la ceinture, le mousquet sur l'paule ou le bton la main, vers le Buitenhof, formidable prison dont on montre encore aujourd'hui les fentres grilles et o, depuis l'accusation d'assassinat porte contre lui par le chirurgien Tyckelaer, languissait Corneille de Witt, frre de l'ex-grand pensionnaire de Hollande. Si l'histoire de ce temps, et surtout de cette anne au milieu de laquelle nous commenons notre rcit, n'tait lie d'une faon indissoluble aux deux noms que nous venons de citer, les quelques lignes d'explication que nous allons donner pourraient paratre un hors-d'uvre; mais nous prvenons tout d'abord le lecteur, ce vieil ami, qui nous promettons toujours du plaisir notre premire page, et auquel nous tenons parole tant bien que mal dans les pages suivantes; mais nous prvenons, disons-nous, notre lecteur que cette explication est aussi indispensable la clart de notre histoire qu' l'intelligence du grand vnement politique dans lequel cette histoire s'encadre. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 26504
Author: Dumas, Alexandre
Release Date: Sep 1, 2008
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