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The Red City

A Novel of the Second Administration of President Washington

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 103,379 / 293 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 94.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 573
Added to site: 2010.06.22
mnybks.net#: 28264
Origin: gutenberg.org
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an--'coupe tête' they called him--sat in the Pope's chair. The rest sat or stood on the steps. A young man brought in a table and sat by it. The rest of the great hall was in darkness, full of a ferocious crowd, men and women.

"Then Jourdan cried out: 'Silence! This is a court of the people. Fetch in the aristocrats!' Some threescore of scared men and a dozen women were huddled together at one side, the women crying. Jourdan waited. One by one they were seized and set before him. There were wild cries of 'Kill! Kill!' Jourdan nodded, and two men seized them one after another, and at the door struck. The people in the hall were silent one moment as if appalled, and the next were frenzied and screaming horrible things. Near the end my father was set before Jourdan. He said, 'Who are you?'

"My father said, 'I am Citizen Courval, a stranger. I am of the religion, and here on business.' As he spoke, he looked around him and saw me. He made no sign."

"Ah," said Madame de Courval,

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