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Chouans.

Chouans.

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Published by Dent in London .
Written in English


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SeriesEveryman"s Library
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Open LibraryOL18577840M

The fellow has lately landed in the Morbihan; I was the first to hear of it, and I sent the news to those knaves in Paris. But when he died his son challenged the Will and — having become used to a life of luxury — Marie went to live with an elderly gent of 70 who became her guardian. Cadoudal led more than 10, Chouans in support of the Quiberon expedition. Furious that the Blues should thus have approached him, he pulled his hat again over his face and sprang towards them. The sudden apparition of this strange being seemed easily explained. Then, with the generosity natural to soldiers, they disguised their indulgence under an apparent desire to examine into the military position of the land.

Puisaye returned to Brittany in autumnwhere he was arrested by Pierre-Mathurin Mercier and brought before Cadoudal. Such were the reflections that filled the mind of the commander though less succinctly formulated as soon as he perceived, in the condition of Marche-a-Terre's clothing, the signs of an ambush carefully planned. Select a man to send to Fougeres; but stay yourself with me. He shook his head with an impatient gesture and contracted the thick, black eyebrows which gave so stern an expression to his face. I cannot sanction such robbery. Like dogs endeavoring to guess the intentions of a huntsman, whose orders are incomprehensible to them though they faithfully obey him, the soldiers gazed in turn at the valley, at the woods by the roadside, at the stern face of their leader, endeavoring to read their fate.

I hope he may, but the Coalition will end by invading us, and the only general able to save the nation is, unluckily, down in that devilish Egypt; and how is he ever to get back, with England mistress of the Mediterranean? At this particular moment the scene was brightened by the fleeting glow with which Nature delights at times in heightening the beauty of her imperishable creations. This costume, soiled by long usage, blackened with sweat and dust, and less original than that of the other men, had the historic merit of serving as a transition between the goatskins and the brilliant, almost sumptuous, dress of a few individuals dispersed here and there among the groups, where they shone like flowers. The Blues of the two wings ought to have remained in position and continued to pick off in this way their terrible enemies; but excited by the danger of their little main body, then completely surrounded by the Chouans, they flung themselves headlong into the road with fixed bayonets and made the battle even for a few moments. The people were savages serving God and the King after the fashion of Red Indians. They questioned each other with their eyes, and more than one smile ran from lip to lip.


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Chouans. book

His Chouans. book person gave an impression both of elegance and strength. There they made a rampart of the trees and pointed the muzzles of their guns on the Republicans, who were rapidly reformed under reiterated orders from Hulot and turned to face the remainder of the Chouans, who were still before them in the road.

An unheard-of ferociousness, a brutal obstinacy, but also a regard for the sanctity of an oath; a complete ignoring of our laws, our customs, our dress, our modern coins, our language, but withal a patriarchal simplicity and virtues that are heroic,—unite in keeping the inhabitants of this region more impoverished as to all intellectual knowledge than the Redskins, but also as proud, as crafty, and as enduring as they.

Such travellers begin by filling their legal space, and end by sleeping, without the smallest respect for their fellow-beings, on a neighbor's shoulder. Then after a pause he added, pointing to the remains of Hulot's detachment, "If you had all fought as I did, not one of those Blues would have escaped, and the coach could have got here safely.

A detachment of the Blues was therefore on this occasion escorting a body of recruits, or rather conscripts, all displeased at being taken to Mayenne where military discipline was about to force upon them the uniformity of thought, clothing, and gait which they now lacked entirely.

It was the sign of initiation into the brotherhood of the Sacred Heart. The rickety buildings which the people call homes are sparsely scattered through the wilderness.

He seated himself by the roadside, drew from his smock a few pieces of thin, black buckwheat-bread,—a national delicacy, the dismal delights of which none but a Breton can understand,—and began to eat with stolid indifference.

Boulainvilliers foolishly returned a few months later in the Morbihan; he was captured and shot by Pierre Guillemot's men.

Chouannerie

Some of them wore wooden shoes, which the peasants of Brittany make for themselves; Chouans. book the greater number had heavy hobnailed boots, and coats of coarse cloth cut in the fashion of the old regime, the shape of which the peasants have religiously retained even to the present day.

Hulot did, however, see Marche-a-Terre beside this leader, repeating his orders in a hoarse voice, his own carbine, meanwhile, being far from inactive.

You seem to me trustworthy. Surrounded by light whose beneficent warmth never reaches it, this region is like a frozen coal left black in the middle of a glowing fire. Captain Merle and the adjutant Gerard could not explain to themselves the evident dread on the face of their leader as he looked at Marche-a-Terre eating his bread by the side of the road.

Don't you know the saying, 'Thieving as an owl'? These last, evidently characters, marched in boots of various kinds, swinging heavy canes with the air and manner of those who take heart under misfortune. Cadoual and Puisaye were eventually reconciled.

Citizens and peasantry, their faces all bore the imprint of deepest melancholy; their silence had something sullen in it; they all seemed crushed under the yoke of a single thought, terrible no doubt but carefully concealed, for their faces were impenetrable, the slowness of their gait alone betraying their inward communings.

The detachment will hang fire here. The commandant grew impatient at being thus baffled. At the end of a few seconds each side fired, with the loss of several men. Louis Charles d'Hervilly was fatally wounded; Puisaye managed to board a British ship.

Each man, observant of danger, was silent. I'll wait for you. At this moment Merle returned, and the burial of the dead being completed and the wounded placed more or less comfortably in two carts, the rest of the late escort formed into two lines round the improvised ambulances, and descended the slope of the mountain towards Maine, where the beautiful valley of La Pelerine, a rival to that of Couesnon lay before it.

THE CHOUANS

You may rely upon it that some one behind those puppets pulled the wire when they saw we were getting the worst of it. Each man, observant of danger, was silent. The departments of Mayenne and Ille-et-Vilaine were at this time under the command of an old officer who, judging on the spot of the measures that were most opportune to take, was anxious to wring from Brittany every one of her contingents, more especially that of Fougeres, which was known to be a hot-bed of "Chouannerie.Les Chouans: Ou LA Bretagne En (French Edition) by Balzac, Honore De and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at atlasbowling.com Les Chouans is one of Balzac's earlier works and is often referred to as the book that made him famous.

Following the French Revolution ofsome of the citizens of Brittany, out of loyalty to the former monarchy and to their Catholic faith, refused to accept the secular Republican government and rose up in an attempt to overthrow it/5(5).

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