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Romance (v. 7)


Romance (v. 7)

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Excerpt from book: The following dramatic little sketch, with its bugle-note of war ringing throughout its pathetic love-story, is still long enough to emphasize distinctly the favorite Continental idea of the unfaithfulness of woman and the treachery of man in all affairs of the heart. It was written by P. Feval, and has been translated from the Spanish for Romance by Annie W. Ayer. THE SONG OF THE PEAR-TREE. A Pear-tree stood at the end of the village. In the springtime it seemed like a nosegay of flowers. The gardener's lodge stood back from the road: the gardener's daughter was called Perrine. We were lovers. She was sixteen. What roses in her cheeks! As many blossoms as there were on the pear-tree. It was beneath the pear-tree that I said to her: " Perrine, my Perrine, when will you marry me?" Everything smiled about her: her hair, in which the wind played gently: her figure: her bare feet in their little wooden shoes: her hands, which drew down the overhanging boughs to breathe in the perfume of the flowers: her pure brow: her teeth, white between her red lips. Ah! I loved her dearly. " Our wedding will be in the harvest-time," she said, " if the Emperor does not carry you off as a soldier." When the day for the drawing of lots arrived, I lighted a taper: the idea of leaving her was more than I could bear. The Holy Virgin be praised! I drew thehighest number! But to Jean, my foster-brother, a worse lot fell. I found him weeping and saying: " Mother, my poor mother!" " Console yourself, Jean: I am an orphan, and will go in your stead," I said to him impulsively He would not believe me. Perrine stood under the pear-tree, her eyes filled with tears. They were more beautiful than her smiles. She said to me: " You have done a noble thing. See, my Pierre, I wil...  
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