The Cornerstone

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"But it's appalling!" Haguenier said. "I'd not have believed it from anyone but you. He'll get himself damned. She is his sister."

Ernaut shrugged his shoulders.

"After all," he said, "they are not from the same belly. Anyone can have sisters like that, without even knowing that they are sisters."

He had been so long accustomed to his father that nothing he did could shock him. He loved him, and that passionately.

But Haguenier thought differently. He was much tempted to say to Ernaut:

"And you, yourself, what sort of brother are you to me?" but he bit back the words and held his tongue. Nevertheless he was distressed, both for his father and for the young girl and for Ernaut, so honest a lad, who yet could speak with indifference of such a sin.

"And suppose I tell the lady?" he said.

"God! Don't think of it, our father fears her more than twenty bishops. She would make a scandal. And this is a thing to keep to ourselves, in the family."

Haguenier sighed--to how many such secrets would he have to be a party, in this household?


EGLANTINE

NOBODY knew how that unnatural relationship had started; certainly both of them must have willed it, for it was not easy for them to meet. It is well said that the Devil snares men where and when he pleases. Eglantine sometimes came to Linnières with her little sister, to gossip with friends at the castle. Herbert had hated her while her mere existence threatened the interests of his own children: his father might find her a powerful husband and eat into their property for her sake by making over land to his future son-in-law. Once Herbert had clearly understood that the girl was not marriageable, he had laughed with joy; and, well pleased with the old man's humiliation, he had forgotten his hatred of the bastard girl. When she had returned from the

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The Cornerstone
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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