By Jules Verne

In case you attempt to locate, on any map of Flanders, historic or glossy, the small city of Quiquendone, most likely you won't be triumphant. Is Quiquendone, then, a type of cities that have disappeared? No. A city of the longer term? in no way. It exists inspite of geographies, and has performed so for a few 8 or 9 hundred years.

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The reader will not have forgotten the strange custom by which M. Van Tricasse would become a widower and marry again, so as not to break the chain of descent. Meanwhile, this disposition of all minds produced other curious effects worthy of note. This excitement, the cause of which has so far escaped us, brought about unexpected physiological changes. Talents, hitherto unrecognized, betrayed themselves. Aptitudes were suddenly revealed. Artists, before common-place, displayed new ability. Politicians and authors arose.

Cried Doctor Ox. ” CHAPTER XIII. IN WHICH IT IS ONCE MORE PROVED THAT BY TAKING HIGH GROUND ALL HUMAN LITTLENESSES MAY BE OVERLOOKED. ” asked the Burgomaster Van Tricasse of the Counsellor Niklausse. ” replied Van Tricasse. ” “And you shall hear it yourself, counsellor,” returned Van Tricasse in a passion, “for it will come better from my mouth than from yours! Yes, monsieur, yes, any delay would be dishonourable. ” replied Niklausse harshly. ” “You insult me by thwarting all my wishes,” cried the burgomaster, whose fists seemed likely to hit out before long.

After the silent meal, the old clockmaker left the table without embracing his daughter, or saying his usual “Good-night” to all. He left by the narrow door leading to his den, and the staircase groaned under his heavy footsteps as he went down. Gerande, Aubert, and Scholastique sat for some minutes without speaking. On this evening the weather was dull; the clouds dragged heavily on the Alps, and threatened rain; the severe climate of Switzerland made one feel sad, while the south wind swept round the house, and whistled ominously.

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