The Cornerstone

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"You will do whatever I wish," Herbert said, with an air of weariness. "But I tell you this, in spite of everything I am very fond of you." Then, turning towards Ortrud, he slapped her thigh.

"Well, my two blackbirds, finished chattering together?" Ortrud gave her little throaty laugh, both capricious and excited, and resumed the combing of her master's hair. And once again Haguenier felt his heart contract, as he saw how young and how pretty she was.

He left his father after obtaining his promise to come to the child's christening. After an interview with his father Haguenier always found his mind dull and his thoughts vague, as if he were leaving a place of ill- fame. He did not loathe the man; he found him exhausting.

Back at his house he had to busy himself with preparations for the christening feast; the lady Isabeau was determined to make a great show before all their kinsfolk so that it was necessary to borrow money. All day long the wives of the petty nobility and farmers of the vicinity were arriving to admire the little girl, and they had to be received, offered refreshment and have room found for them. The little Marguerite, decked in embroidery and laid on her wet-nurse's knees, looked like a small reliquary, and her eyes were so lively that she seemed to understand everything. Haguenier could not have enough of looking at her.

On the day of the christening he promised Dame Isabeau to place the management of all the child's inheritance in her hand, should he die before her. Isabeau once again told him that she would never have another child but showed no wish for a divorce; in due course, therefore, Hervi must go, intact, to the little Marguerite.


MARIE: PORTRAITS

THE lady of Mongenost spent the long autumn evenings reading beside the fire and supervising the embroidery of a stole for the priest of the convent where her sister was a nun. She did little embroidery herself but her taste was good and she kept a close eye on the work,

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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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