The Last Incarnation of Vautrin

The Last Incarnation of Vautrin

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The Last Incarnation of Vautrin

The Last Incarnation of Vautrin

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LUCIEN'S death and the invasion of the Conciergerie by Madame de Sérizy had produced such disturbance to the running-gear of that machine that the director had forgotten to release the Spanish priest from the secret cells and place him in the pistoles.

Though there is more than one instance in judiciary annals of the death of an accused person during the preliminary examination of a case, it is sufficiently rare to force the warders, clerks, and the director himself, out of the usual calmness with which they perform their duties. And yet, to their minds, the great event was not that a fine young man was suddenly a corpse, but that a wrought-iron bar at their gateway had been broken by the delicate hands of a fashionable woman. No sooner, therefore, had the attorney-general, Comte Octave de Bauvan, and the Comte de Sérizy, carried off the fainting countess in the latter's carriage, than the director and all his assistants, together with Monsieur Lebrun, the prison doctor (called to certify the young man's death, in company with the "death doctor" of . . .

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