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Death: five short stories 3 editions

Cover of: Death | Émile Zola
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Descriptions of deaths in French families of the Belle Epoque, descending the social scale from aristocrat to peasant.


The comte de Verteuil is fifty-five years old. He belongs to one of the most notable families of France, and is the owner of a great fortune.
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"Isn't Faure to sing?" asks a deputy of his neighbor.
--"Yes, I think so," answers the neighbor, a resplendent individual, given to smiling at the ladies across the aisle.
And, as the singer's voice rises in the vibrating nave--
"Ah! what a method, what breadth of style!" he goes on in an undertone, nodding his head in ecstasy.
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The Guerards' family vault is in the cemetery of Pere-Lachaise. Many go on foot, others get into the mourning coaches. The procession crosses the place de la Bastille, and follows the rue de la Roquette. The passers-by raise their eyes and take off their hats. It is a rich funeral, at which the workmen of that quarter gaze, as it passes, while they eat their sausages and bread.
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His mother has hung a tattered piece of a shawl in front of the window to stop up a broken pane; at the top, there are only two panes left free, which let in the livid gray of the sky. Want has emptied the chest of drawers, all the linen is at the pawnbroker's,
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3 editions First published in 1911

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Cover of: Death
Death: five short stories
2008, Mondial
in English
Cover of: Death
1911, Warren
Cover of: Death
1911, Warren
in English


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