The Cornerstone

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They are tiring," she said. "At an awkward age."

A hedge separated the orchard from the copse of willows, beech saplings and mulberries which fell away gently down to the Seine. A six-foot wall of stone pierced by a postern was built along the river bank. Here, among the willows and the burgeoning oaks, in springtime they gathered strawberries by the basketful. Aielot, in little clogs, walked the place, herself, to see if she could find snowdrops to give her brother. It had rained in the night and each branch that she put aside sprinkled them with raindrops cool as dew.

"Look there," Aielot said. "On the far bank, behind that wood of elms, the round tower, where the road bends. That is Foulque of Mongenost's castle, and there lives the lady of whom I spoke to you. If you can make her love you, I will do all I can to help you. But it will be very difficult, for she is proud and, I think, she has never loved."

"You are certainly not like her, little sister!" Haguenier said, laughing.

Aielot stood upright and whistled softly.

"No, indeed! I am not one of those women who think a man no good as a lover until he has broken his bones and torn out his eyes to prove his love." At that Haguenier was shaken by laughter.

"As far as I can see, you are good--and, it seems, would have me break my bones and tear out my eyes!"

"Oh, I hope there will be no need for that. But, seriously, if you could win this lady it would bring you much glory, for she has scorned all our best knights."


THE FEAST OF WOLVES

IN THE white forest, under a sky yellow and heavy with snow, the crows flapped their wings and clamored with hunger.

In the fringe of the forest, among dead bushes on the slope down to the ravine, the snow was red with blood and the tracks of paw marks ran hither and yon, crossed, and streaked the snow all around, for a

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Part One 1
  • Farewell 3
  • A Bitter Love 7
  • Haguenier: I. First Encounter 14
  • The Feast of Wolves 19
  • Auberi 24
  • The Lady of Beauty 28
  • Haguenier: Ii. a Father and a Brother 32
  • Eglantine 38
  • Ernaut, or the Heavy Heart 43
  • Noble Youths and Maidens 48
  • The Bitter Cup 50
  • Arabesque 56
  • The Arrows of the Sun 62
  • Haguenier: Iii. First Rift 63
  • Devil in the Heart 71
  • The Body's Darkness 76
  • The Songbird 83
  • The Festival 92
  • Misunderstood 96
  • Pity 99
  • Haguenier's Marriage 103
  • Departure 107
  • A Lady's Game 109
  • Part Two 117
  • Misfortunes of War 119
  • The Burning Roads 126
  • Fear 140
  • Mélusine 144
  • Crow's Field 151
  • Reflections Upon the End of the World 158
  • The Heart of Diamond 162
  • Part Three 173
  • Bitter Blood 175
  • Crusade 179
  • Haguenier: Iv. the Widening Rift 182
  • Songs and Reveries 185
  • Obstacles 189
  • The Inheritance 195
  • Marie: Portraits 200
  • Ferret Heart 204
  • Haguenier: First Trial. the Oath 209
  • The Broken Body 213
  • Joceran Again 220
  • Haguenier: the Second Trial. A Taste of Paradise 224
  • The Black Mere 226
  • Haguenier: the Third Trial. Harshness 229
  • The World Turned Upside Down 234
  • Haguenier: the Fourth Trial. the Cup Withdrawn 236
  • Family Troubles 245
  • Haguenier: the Fifth Trial. Sacrifice 247
  • Nightmare 252
  • Herbert 258
  • Malediction 260
  • Haguenier: the Sixth Trial. Life Parts Lovers 271
  • The Fairies 281
  • The Storm 288
  • The Wolf 294
  • The Other Stricken Bird 300
  • Part Four 307
  • Marseilles 309
  • The Promised Land 335
  • A Masterless House 362
  • Herbert's Wife 369
  • The Bad Steward 373
  • The Stricken Man 378
  • Death Unwelcomed 391
  • Still Life 400
  • Pity 407
  • The Seventh Trial or Marie Crowned 413
  • Part Five 425
  • The End of Auberi's Service 427
  • Jerusalem 434
  • Brother Ernaut 445
  • The Last Pilgrimage 462
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