Le nain noir

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Published: 1816
Language: French
Wordcount: 52,989 / 179 pg
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 806
Added to site: 2005.03.13
mnybks.net#: 9998
Origin: gutenberg.org

Translated by Auguste Jean-Baptiste Defauconpret.

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it, ayant saisi avec empressement l'occasion de compléter la perte de son corps et de son âme, en obéissant littéralement à ses ordres. On dit que, se sentant transformée, elle s'écria en s'adressant au démon perfide:--«Ah! traître! tu m'avais promis depuis long-temps une robe grise, celle que tu me donnes durera!» Ces louangeurs du temps passé qui, dans leur opinion consolante, soutiennent la dégénération graduelle du genre humain, citaient souvent la taille du pilier et celle des pierres pour prouver quelle était autrefois la stature des femmes et des oies.

Tous ces détails se retracèrent à l'esprit d'Hobby. Il se rappela aussi qu'il n'existait pas un seul villageois qui n'évitât soigneusement cet endroit, surtout à la nuit tombante, parce qu'on le regardait comme un repaire de kelpies, de spunkies et d'autres démons écossais, jadis les compagnons de la sorcière, et continuant à se donner rendez-vous au même lieu pour y tenir compagnie à leur maîtresse pétrifiée. Hobby, quoique superstitieux, ne manquait

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