Le Piccinino

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Author: George Sand (Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin)
Published: 1854
Language: French
Wordcount: 174,895 / 568 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 392
Added to site: 2010.01.04
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Le motif qu'il donna à cet exil volontaire fut que sa famille augmentait, qu'il s'établissait à Catane une trop grande concurrence, que son travail par conséquent devenait insuffisant; enfin qu'il allait chercher fortune ailleurs. Mais on disait tout bas qu'il avait fui les ressentiments de certains patriciens tout-puissants, et tout dévoués à la cour de Naples.

On sait la haine que ce peuple conquis et opprimé porte au gouvernement de l'autre côté du détroit. Fier et vindicatif, le Sicilien gronde sans cesse comme son volcan et s'agite parfois. On disait que Pier-Angelo avait été compromis dans un essai de conspiration populaire, et qu'il avait dû fuir, emportant ses pinceaux et ses pénates. Pourtant, son caractère enjoué et bienveillant semblait démentir une telle supposition; mais il fallait bien aux vives imaginations des habitants du faubourg de Catane un motif extraordinair

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