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Mare Nostrum

Our Sea - A Novel

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 155,037 / 460 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.1
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,792
Added to site: 2007.03.03
mnybks.net#: 16184

Freya Talberg is a German secret agent during WWI. Though outwardly cold and seemingly untouchable, Freya loses her heart to a Spanish sea captain, and as a result of her infatuation she is captured and sentenced to execution by firing squad. [Authorized translation from the Spanish by Charlotte Brewster Jordan.]

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nxious that this only son, as spoiled and coddled as though he were a Crown Prince, should become a priest. To see him intone his first Mass!... Then a canon; then a prelate! Who knew if perhaps when she was no longer living, other women might not admire him when preceded by a cross of gold, trailing the red state robe of a cardinal-archbishop, and surrounded by a robed staff--envying the mother who had given birth to this ecclesiastical magnate!...

In order to guide the inclinations of her son she had installed a chapel in one of the empty rooms of the great old house. Ulysses' school companions on free afternoons would hasten thither, doubly attracted by the enchantment, of "playing priest" and by the generous refreshment that Doña Cristina used to prepare for all the parish clergy.

This solemnity would begin with the furious pealing of some bells hanging over the parlor door, causing the notary's clients, seated in the vestibule waiting for the papers that the clerks were just scribbli

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