The Last Day of a Condemned, Tr. by G.W.M. Reynolds
by Victor Marie Hugo (9780217391764)

The Last Day of a Condemned, Tr. by G.W.M. Reynolds
Victor Marie Hugo
Release Date: 13 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 28
ISBN: 9780217391764
ISBN-10: 0217391761

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: MY HISTORY." XLVIII. An Apartment in Utu Town-Hall. I now write in the Town-Hall. What ? am I really here ? The dreadful journey hither is accomplished. The square is there; and beneath the windows are the greedy multitudes who shout, who wait for me, and who laugh. It is in vain that I stretch myself out ? in vain that I endeavour to collect my courage, ? my heart fails me. When I saw the scaffold above all those heads, with its black triangular axe on the top of the wooden- poles, between the two lamp-posts on the quay, my heart failed me I demanded permission to write my last wishes. U was accordingly conducted hither; and the gendarmes have sent to fetch one of the King's counsel. In the meantime, I have leisure to record my sentiments as follows: ? It was three o'clock precisely when I was informed that it was time to depart from the Conciergerie. I trembled-1? as if I had been thinking of anything else for the previous six hours ? six weeks ? six months. The announcement produced an effect upon me, as if it were not expected. They made me traverse their corridors and descend their stairs. They pushed me between two doors in a passage on the ground-floor, ? a sombre, narrow, The paper belonging to this Number has never been found. Perhaps ? a supposition warranted by the contents of the pages which follow ? the convict had not time to write his " History." It was very late when the idea entered his imagination. and arched passage, scarcely lighted by a clay of rain and mist. A chair was in the middle of the place. They told me to sit down upon it; and I sate down. Near the door and along the walls there were some people standing, besides the priest and the gendarmes, ?and besides them, there were three men The first, who was the tallest and ...

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