The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion

By Ford Madox Ford; Thomas C. Moser | Go to book overview

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I DON'T know how it is best to put this thing down--whether it would be better to try and tell the story from the beginning, as if it were a story; or whether to tell it from this distance of time, as it reached me from the lips of Leonora or from those of Edward himself.

So I shall just imagine myself for a fortnight or so at one side of the fireplace of a country cottage, with a sympathetic soul opposite me. And I shall go on talking, in a low voice while the sea sounds in the distance and overhead the great black flood of wind polishes the bright stars. From time to time we shall get up and go to the door and look out at the great moon and say:--"Why, it is nearly as bright as in Provence!" And then we shall come back to the fireside, with just the tōuch of a sigh because we are not in that Provence where even the saddest stories are gay. Consider the lamentable history of Peire Vidal.* Two years ago, Florence and I motored from Biarritz to Las Tours, which is in the Black Mountains. In the middle of a tortuous valley there rises up an immense pinnacle and on the pinnacle are four castles--Las Tours, the Towers. And the immense mistral*blew down that valley which was the way from France into Provence so that the silver grey olive leaves appeared like hair flying in the wind,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Contents v
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS vi
  • Introduction vii
  • NOTE ON THE TEXT xxviii
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xxxvii
  • CHRONOLOGY OF FORD MADOX FORD xl
  • DEDICATORY LETTER TO STELLA FORD 1
  • Title Page 5
  • I 7
  • II 17
  • III 27
  • IV 42
  • V 56
  • VI 80
  • PART II 89
  • I 91
  • II 114
  • PART III 121
  • I 123
  • II 145
  • III 158
  • IV 177
  • V 192
  • PART IV 211
  • II 227
  • III 250
  • IV 262
  • V 268
  • VI 280
  • EXPLANATORY NOTES 295
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