The Blacksmith's Hammer, or The Peasant Code

A Tale of the Grand Monarch

Author: Eugène Süe (Joseph Marie Eugène Sue)
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 73,231 / 218 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 400
Added to site: 2011.06.25
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f her mother.

The Marchioness of Tremblay was speedily installed at The Hague in the residence of Monsieur Tilly, where she occupied on the first floor a vast apartment furnished with the luxury peculiar to those republican navigators, who, trafficking with the whole world, gathered in their homes most precious fabrics, porcelains and furnitures from China and the East Indies, vases from Japan, lacquer cabinets and folding-screens from Coromandel, carpets from Smyrna, glasswork from Venice. All these rare curiosities were found in profusion at Monsieur Tilly's residence. Still suffering from the fatigue of her rough passage, the Marchioness was partly stretched upon a reclining chair, placed near a glass door that opened upon a balcony, sheltered from the rays of the sun and the public gaze by a sort of netting striped red and white. Mademoiselle Plouernel sat not far from her aunt, who, continuing the conversation that the two had been carrying on, proceeded to say:

"You will have to admit, my

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2013.12.05
Bryan
*****

A fantastic read; principles, virtue, vice, war, love, loss, duty, joy, honor, courage, kindness, forgiveness and redemption. All of these things set against the timeless struggle between rich and poor, and those of both classes who operate according to either timeless principle, or its guttural counterpart; fleeting, senseless materialism born of the belly for today. The story moves in those grand circles ordained by divine providence that continue to reunite the actors despite circumstance, time and distance. A grand weave of a tale that will not disappoint.


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