Le sorcier de Meudon

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Author: Éliphas Lévi (Alphonse Louis Constant)
Language: French
Wordcount: 79,694 / 261 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 471
Added to site: 2006.01.23
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, selon le bon plaisir du maître des novices, grand moine, long, sec et malingre, mieux avantagé en oreilles qu'en entendement, ennuyé de lui-même, et partant acariâtre, comme s'il eût voulu s'en prendre aux autres de son insuffisance et de son ennui: retors en matière de moinerie, scrupuleux en matière de bréviaire, grand carillonneur de cloches, grand instigateur de matines, ne dormant que d'un oeil et toujours prêt à glapir comme les oies du Capitole, ces bonnes sentinelles romaines que les papes devraient donner pour blason à la moinerie moinante, cette maîtresse du monde moiné.

Frère Paphnuce, c'était le nom du maître des novices, se croyait l'âme du monastère parce qu'il y faisait le plus de bruit; et il était, en effet, comme la peau d'âne est l'âme d'un tambour. Aussi c'était sur lui que tombaient, dru comme pluie, les quolibets clandestins et le

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