The Cornerstone

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NIGHTMARE

HERBERT was in Linnières chapel, watching the masons at work on the new windows, when Gillebert of Puiseaux came to see him. The young man asked him for a week's leave of absence: his father had fixed Ida's wedding for the end of August, before the beginning of the vintage.

"So, your father's in a great hurry," Herbert said. "It's enough to make me believe that your sister cannot afford to wait. But, after all, perhaps it's better so. I am not one of the wedding guests, as you know --your father considers me a person of little importance. Well, there'll be gossip throughout the countryside. Go, and remind your father and your sister not to forget whom they have to thank for this wedding."

Gillebert departed, rather ill at ease; Herbert was even more so.

Ernaut was at Provins, thirty leagues from Puiseaux, but news travels fast and when a man wishes it he can cover thirty leagues in less than a day and a night.

"Even if the lad hears nothing until after the wedding, it will hardly be any better," Herbert thought, "for he will be mad with rage. God knows I would have given ten years of my life if things could have been arranged differently. I've given my word. But perhaps I could have the girl seized and carried off and pretend to know nothing about it. It would not be honest, but, after all, am I held to be an honest man in these parts?" Then he told himself that such things are not done among kinsfolk. For once in his life, it seemed to him, he had obeyed his conscience; yet his heart was full of anguish and remorse.

Haguenier was in Troyes, at Gillebert of Beaufort's house, in a state of almost complete prostration. As a result of his meeting with Marie he had suffered another heart-attack; it was not a bad attack but his illness had taken a new turn; he suffered palpitations and seizures which twisted and stiffened his limbs. After consuming a great quantity of soporifics, he had become so somnolent that he could hardly speak.

He remained in this condition nearly four days, telling himself that

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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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