L'île des rêves

Aventures d'un Anglais qui s'ennuie

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Author: Louis Ulbach
Published: 1860
Language: French
Wordcount: 119,560 / 423 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,326
Added to site: 2006.08.07
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, continua le capitaine en raillant et en se frottant les mains; mais nous n'aurons pas le plus petit grain, d'ici longtemps peut-être.

--D'ici longtemps! murmura l'Anglais avec abattement.

--Quel original! se dit Michel.

Un petit silence suivit ce premier abordage. Persuadé qu'il avait affaire à un maniaque sans danger, le capitaine allait se retirer, quand sir Olliver redressa tout à coup la tête, et reprit avec fermeté:

--Monsieur le capitaine, combien coûterait une tempête, au plus juste prix?

La question était bouffonne, faite surtout dans ce français anglaisé et avec cet accent que nous ne cherchons pas à noter, afin de laisser au récit toute sa clarté. Michel revint sur ses pas.

--Une tempête! vous voulez rire.

--Je ne ris jamais, moi, je suis toujours sérieux.

En effet, c'était avec le plus imperturbable sang-froid que ces singuliers

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