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The Flowers Personified - Two Shepherdesses


Section 4

 
IV.
A SQUIRE'S NOTION.

 

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           The squire of the village lived in an old, cracked tower, which admitted rain, wind, hail, snow, and was open, indeed, to all kinds of weather. His only domestic was a peasant, who attended to the hogs by day, and at evening waited on his master. But this did not hinder him from talking of his chateau, and of his servants. He possessed, nevertheless, the right of jurisdiction, both high and low, over a territory which no longer belonged to him, and through the space of a league around, could hang any one he pleased.

          One fine day, when his gout, his catarrh, and his rheumatism left him a little ease, it occurred to him, that hitherto he had been living a selfish life; and, noble gentleman as he was, he formed the generous resolution to share, henceforth, with some human being, the advantages of his position; he determined, in fact, to insure the happiness of some woman. His choice rested on Coquelicot.

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