978-0-915864-36-2 / 9780915864362

Fanchon, the cricket: Or, La petite Fadette : with a new chronology of her life and work


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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1864. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. Landry was at first vexed to find Fanchon thus constantly crossing his path; but, as she appeared to be in trouble, he took compassion upon her, and the following conversation passed between them: " Why, cricket, is it you who are crying so bitterly? Has any one molested you anew, that you weep thus, and have come hither to conceal yourself 1" "No, Landry; no one has interfered with me since you so bravely defended me; besides, I fear nothing. I hid myself on purpose to cry, for there is nothing so foolish as to expose one's sorrow to indifferent persons." " But why are you so greatly distressed ? Is it because of the tricks played upon you to-day ? You were not altogether free from blame yourself; but I must try and console you, instead of remonstrating with you further." "What makes you say, Landry, that I was to blame ? Was my wish to dance with you an offence ? And why am I the only girl who has not the right to amuse herself like others of her age V " It is not that, Fanchon. I do not reproach you for having wished to dance with me. I complied with that wish, and I hope I acquitted myself toward you as I ought. Your fault, if you have committed one, is of older date than to-day, and is not against me, but against yourself, as you must well know." " No, Landry, as true as there is a heaven above us, I do not know what fault you mean. I have never given a thought to myself, and if now I see cause for reproach, it is for having been the unintentional souroe of vexation and annoyance to you." "Do not heed me, Fanchon; I have no complaint to make. Let us speak of yourself; and, since you are unconscious of your faults, will you allow me, in good faith and friendship, to tell you what they are V "Certainly, Landry; and I shall esteem your so doing a...

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