The Cornerstone

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Maguelonne, have abandoned so noble a knight. Little by little he had built up a magnificent image of his master's past: he would have sworn by all the saints that the old man had been a count in Champagne and had had a hundred knights to serve him.

Ansiau's head was full of Brother Humbert's words concerning the end of the world. He told himself that since, after all, nobody knew the day nor the hour, it could just as well happen immediately. An immense cross would appear, spanning the heavens like a flash of lightning from Orient to Occident. But would he be able to see it? He could not but believe that he would, since even the dead were to see it and quit their graves. He thought that he would have wished, when the time came, to be in Acre graveyard, near to the tombs of his son and of Thierri.

"What a crowding and bustling," he thought, "if all the dead really come out of the earth and put on their flesh again, as foretold by the prophet. They will come out everywhere and the cemeteries will be more crowded than the public square on a fair-day. Lord! The little dead children alone, if they all came out together in their little white shrouds, would cover the earth like the fallen flowers of a cherry tree." And it seemed to him that it would be happiness far surpassing all earthly joys to see God Himself appear with His Cross in the heavens. He, whom even angels hardly dare to look upon! "God knows, it may be farther away than they think. Maybe I shall die first. But the dead, too, will see it."


THE HEART OF DIAMOND

IT WAS not easy to find the lords of Castans at Pamiers. Auberi had left the two blind men at the great gate of the town, and was running from house to house, and nobody knew of the lords of Castans-- they were foreigners, people from the Carcassonne country; and 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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