The Cornerstone

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no doubt, have been Ernaut's fate, had he not loved Ida. A simple, forthright soldier who would have asked no better than to serve without asking questions. And what was there in that plump little heavy- faced girl that she should have brought a strong, sound creature, whom she did not even love, to this? A great bitterness filled Haguenier's heart, not against Ida, but against Woman, Eve, drawn naked and innocent from Adam's flank to give life and death with the indifference of earth itself in which all life germinates and to which all life returns. Woman had killed his brother. Why did God so fashion us that we cannot but love this being, seemingly of our own flesh and wielding such power? Even Marie now seemed like an enemy, for she too was of that race--the race of Ernaut's executioners. Could he think well of any woman without betraying Ernaut? His treachery had been enough without that.


HERBERT

WHEN Herbert learned of his son's death he did not even spare time to go and see the body but mounted his big dappled horse, rode without stopping to Jeugni and there, breathless and without having himself announced, entered the hall where the bridal couple's kinsfolk were still at table, for it was the second day of the wedding-feast. He flung his cloak on to a seat and said:

"Cousin, Milon, fair sir, I am not one of your guests but am come nevertheless, for I, too, have my share of the feast: last night my son hanged himself."

Then he went towards Ida, who shrank, pale and frightened, and slapped her full in the face. Joceran and Milon's sons-in-law flung themselves on him; Herbert was one of those men about whom songs are written, capable of taking on twenty to one, but he was not as agile as he had been in his youth. There was a fierce brawl, he inflicted several dagger wounds, but in the end he was wounded in the arm and the thigh and thrown out.

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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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