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The Vicar of Tours

The Vicar of Tours

The Vicar of Tours Early in the autumn of 1826 the Abbe Birotteau, the principal personage of...
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Author: Balzac, Honoré de,1799-1850
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The Vicar of Tours

The Vicar of Tours

$186.48 $4.65

The Vicar of Tours

$186.48 $4.65
Author: Balzac, Honoré de,1799-1850
Format: eBook
Language: English

The Vicar of Tours

Early in the autumn of 1826 the Abbe Birotteau, the principal personage of this history, was overtaken by a shower of rain as he returned home from a friends house, where he had been passing the evening. He therefore crossed, as quickly as his corpulence would allow, the deserted little square called The Cloister, which lies directly behind the chancel of the cathedral of Saint-Gatien at Tours. The Abbe Birotteau, a short little man, apoplectic in constitution and about sixty years old, had already gone through several attacks of gout. Now, among the petty miseries of human life the one for which the worthy priest felt the deepest aversion was the sudden sprinkling of his shoes, adorned with silver buckles, and the wetting of their soles. Notwithstanding the woollen socks in which at all seasons he enveloped his feet with the extreme care that ecclesiastics take of themselves, he was apt at such times to get them a little damp, and the next day gout was sure to give him certain infallible proofs of constancy. Nevertheless, as the pavement of the Cloister was likely to be dry, and as the abbe had won three francs ten sous in his rubber with Madame de Listomere, he bore the rain resignedly from the middle of the place de lArcheveche, where it began to come down in earnest. Besides, he was fondling his chimera,a desire already twelve years old, the desire of a priest, a desire formed anew every evening and now, apparently, very near accomplishment; in short, he had wrapped himself so completely in the fur cape of a canon that he did not feel the inclemency of the weather. During the evening several of the company who habitually gathered at Madame de Listomeres had almost guaranteed to him his nomination to the office of canon (then vacant in the metropolitan Chapter of Saint-Gatien), assuring him that no one deserved such promotion as he, whose rights, long overlooked, were indisputable. ......Buy Now (To Read More)

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Ebook Number: 1345
Author: Balzac, Honoré de
Release Date: Aug 10, 2005
Format: eBook
Language: English

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Translator: Wormeley, Katharine Prescott, 1830-1908

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