The Cornerstone

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"Did he ever tell you why he did not want to mention the monument to anybody?"

"No, not that I can remember. I think he was afraid that the existence of a portrait of himself after death might be unlucky and he did not want anyone to see it. He used to come and look at it after it was finished--that's a long time ago, now. He'd sit down in front of it, so, on a block of stone, and stare and stare and ask to be left alone with it, in the cellar. And then he'd say:

"'A man ought to be a count or a duke to have such a statue made. Well, I am neither count nor duke, but it's my pleasure to have it, all the same. We're all equal in the face of death.'

"And he'd also say:

"'This, at least, is something the worms won't eat.' Aye, and he had a very high opinion of our guild, too. He was a man who really appreciated fine workmanship.

"There was a figure of Our Lady he was also very fond of. It was being carved for the church porch at Bar-sur-Aube. And while it remained in the workshop, he always went out of his way to call on us-- admittedly there was another attraction, the master's daughter--and he'd sit down before the statue with his chin on his hand, and then he'd say:

"'Yes, that's her, that's what she's like, Our Good Lady. Not a hair more or less. How good it must be to pray to her when you've got her like this, carved and painted in front of you.'

"And then, after the master's daughter was married, he never came again."


PITY

HAGUENIER awaited judgment on his case, which would not be forthcoming until after Easter, in the episcopal prison. He was shut up in a rather dark cell and the food was bad, but at least he was able to hear mass three times a week. Aielot came to see him almost

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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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