A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks PDF

By Sebastian Faulks

The occasions of Pietro Russell's lifestyles are informed in 26 chapters. From A-Z each one bankruptcy is decided in a unique position and divulges a fraction of his tale. As his stories flicker backward and forward via time in his look for a solution to the conflicts of his lifestyles, his tale steadily unfolds. . .

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Oh ! dit Herbert en manière d’excuse, Sa Majesté n’en a plus pour longtemps. Et Colette, avec une satisfaction évidente : — Vraiment ? Là-dessus Herbert, enchanté de son succès, se hasarde jusqu’à froisser un nœud de satin voltigeant à l’échancrure du peignoir et continue d’un petit ton léger : — Oui, je crains bien qu’un jour ou l’autre, la pauvre Amy Férat ne reçoive son ouistiti. … — Mais oui, j’ai remarqué, tous ceux qui voient le roi de près savent comme moi que lorsqu’une liaison commence à le fatiguer, il envoie un de ses ouistitis P.

Et ce débat durait presque depuis dix ans, bien qu’en apparence le ménage fût très uni. À ces hauteurs d’existence, avec les appartements vastes, la domesticité nombreuse, le cérémonial qui écarte les distances et comprime les sentiments, ces sortes de mensonges sont possibles. Mais l’exil allait les trahir. Frédérique avait d’abord espéré que cette dure épreuve mûrirait la raison du roi, éveillerait en lui ces belles révoltes qui font les héros et les vainqueurs. Au contraire, elle voyait grandir dans ses yeux une ivresse de fête et de vertige allumée par le séjour de Paris, son phosphore diabolique, l’incognito, les tentations et la facilité du plaisir.

Au départ des hirondelles, si la plus petite du nid ne vole pas encore, la mère lui donne ainsi l’essor sur ses propres ailes. Quand l’enfant hésitait à répondre, le regard de Frédérique, doré dans ses yeux d’aigue-marine, se fonçait comme le flot sous le grain qui passe ; mais lorsqu’il avait dit juste, quel sourire de triomphe elle tournait vers le maître ! Depuis bien des mois elle n’avait éprouvé une pareille plénitude de bien-être, de joie. Le teint de cire du petit Zara, sa physionomie affaissée d’enfant débile semblaient infusés d’un sang nouveau ; jusqu’au paysage dont les plans tristes s’écartaient à la magie de cette parole, ne laissant plus voir que ce qu’avait d’imposant et de grandiose ce dénuement vaste de l’hiver.

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