The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 1 of 6

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Author: Eugène Süe (Joseph Marie Eugène Sue)
Published: 1843
Language: English
Wordcount: 103,713 / 301 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.5
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 669
Added to site: 2010.09.28
mnybks.net#: 29118
Origin: gutenberg.org
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TER II.

THE OGRESS.

The White Rabbit is situated in the centre of the Rue aux Fêves. This tavern occupies the ground floor of a lofty house, the front of which is formed by two windows, which are styled "a guillotine." Hanging from the front of the door leading to a dark and arched passage, was an oblong lamp, on the cracked panes of which were written, in red letters, "Nightly Lodgings Here."

The Chourineur, the unknown, and the Goualeuse entered into a large but low apartment, with the ceiling smoked, and crossed by black rafters, just visible by the flickering light of a miserable suspended lamp. The cracked walls, formerly covered with plaster, were now ornamented in places with coarse drawings, or sentences of flash and obscenity.

The floor, composed of earth beaten together with saltpetre, was thick with dirt; an armful of straw--an apology for a carpet--was placed at the foot of the ogress's counter, which was at the right hand of the door, just beneath the dim lanter

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