The Cornerstone

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you are suggesting a servant. In any case, though a king asked my hand I should refuse, now."

And the lady could not get another word out of her. She believed that the child was out of her senses and consequently did not cross her too often. But she was already beginning to have her suspicions: Eglantine did no work in the house, yet her hands were calloused and scratched and her nails broken. People who came across her in the woods heard her talking aloud and reciting what sounded like litanies.

Pierre Guérin had come to Bernon with his parents towards the end of October. Eglantine was seated, as usual, on the doorstep. Pierre had gone on his knees to her, saying:

"I adjure you, for the love of God, to raise the spell you put on me the day you touched me with your bouquet of nettles."

Eglantine had turned away her head and stared at the earth between her feet. Then, without saying a word, she had taken a lump of earth in her hands and begun to work it between her palms. The young man's mother and father watched her, terrified. The lady had said to them:

"Aren't you ashamed to believe in such stuff? So far as I know, it is not such a marvel to see a lad languish for a girl. At your age, you should have more sense."

But Pierre declared that the lump of earth was a model of his heart and that he had felt a pain, as if the girl were kneading his heart between her hands.


CRUSADE

FOR the first time in his life Haguenier was seeing the great misery of war. He would very much rather have been making war in a heathen land, especially since this was a crusade and they were under orders to give no quarter. He knew, of course, that a serving soldier is bound to bear arms against any enemy of his liege lord whatsoever, even his own kinsman or friend. And he was in the service of the Lord of

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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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