L'expiation de Saveli

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Author: Henry Gréville
Language: French
Wordcount: 43,723 / 150 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 439
Added to site: 2008.01.01
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prêtre pâlit sous l'insulte, et ses mains serrèrent plus étroitement la croix. Il la présenta machinalement aux lèvres qui s'approchaient; c'étaient celles de madame Bagrianof. Pieusement, obéissant à l'usage, elle baisa la main qui tenait la croix, et une larme resta sur les doigts crispés du prêtre. Celui-ci regarda la malheureuse; un sourire plein de bonté éclaira son visage.

Une heure après, la députation du village se présenta devant le perron. Bagrianof les avait vu s'approcher, et les fit attendre un bon moment, tête nue, sous la bise qui arrachait les feuilles sèches aux arbres frissonnants; puis revêtant sa chaude pelisse, la tête couverte d'un bonnet fourré, il s'avança sur le perron.

Les dix ou douze pauvres diables qui attendaient tous son bon plaisir, serrés en peloton, s'inclinèrent jusqu'à toucher du front le sol;

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