"It is not too much to say that the vivid and truthful descriptions of Mr. Neale in the present tale, founded in all its chief incidents on historical facts, reproduce the sensations and impressions of the truth which is stranger than fiction."--Ecclesiastic
ateau; as stately and as solemn as in the days of Louis Quatorze. My future father-in-law piques himself on its being kept in the same state that it was in the time of old Arnald de Beaurepaire; he that was one of the most noted gallants in the court of Anne of Austria. He laid out the grounds: and M. de Beaurepaire would think it sacrilege to alter his work."
They turned out of the road, and passing up an avenue of cedars, dark and gloomy, came out in that which was by courtesy called a pleasure-garden, stiff, formal, laid out in squares, hexagons, and other mathematical figures, sheltered on the north by a hedge of yew, and commanded on the east by the house itself. The chateau had been a fine one: but the then owner had employed a court architect to rebuild it in the time of Louis XIV. This he had done in what was then considered the grand style: the front of the quadrangle, of which the chateau originally consisted, was pulled down, and re-edified with long wings, and a great portico: but the three
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