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The French Twins
Lucy Fitch Perkins
$13.00

School Edition illustrated by the author
Extract: Meraut nodded to them all as they passed. Promptly on the first stroke of the hour the Abbe appeared in the north transept of the Cathedral and made his way with quick, decided steps toward the chapel. He was a young man with thick dark hair almost concealed beneath his black three-cornered cap, and as he walked, his long black soutane swung about him in vigorous folds. When he appeared in the door of the chapel the class rose politely to greet him. “Bonjour, my children,” said the Abbe, and then, turning his back upon them, bowed before the crucifix upon the chapel altar. Mother Meraut and the Verger slipped quietly away to their work in other portions of the church, and the examination began. First the Abby asked the children to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments in unison, and when they had done this without a mistake, he said “Bravo! Now I wonder if you can each do as well alone? Let me see, I will call upon-” He paused and looked about as if he were searching for the child who was most likely to do it well. Three girls-Genevieve, Virginie, and Pierrette-raised their hands and waved them frantically in the air, but, curiously enough, the Abbe did not seem to see them. Instead his glance fell upon Pierre, who was gazing thoughtfully at the vaulted ceiling and hoping with all his heart that the Abbe would not call upon him. “Pierre!” he said, and any one looking at him very closely might have seen a twinkle in his eye as Pierre withdrew his gaze from the ceiling and struggled reluctantly to his feet. “You may recite the Ten Commandments.”

Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Publish Date:
1918
Pages:
214
Format:
hardcover
ISBN:
Price:
$13.00

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