The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane (Classic Reprint) by Le Sage

By Le Sage

Background OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. publication the 1st. CHA'P'fER. I.-The birlk and educatio1t of Gil BIas. :My father, Bias of Santillane, after having borne nons for a very long time in tile Spanish carrier, rebred"to his local position. There he married a chamber-maid who used to be now not precisely in her teenagers, and that i made my d(but in this level ten months after marriage. They afterwards went to stay at Oviedo, the place my motl1er obtained into carrier, and my father acquired [l scenario both tailored to his capacities as a squire. As their wages have been their fortune, i'd have gotten my schooling ns i may, had it no longer been for an uncle of mine within the city, a canon, via identify Gil Pe~ He was once mymotber's eldest brother, and my godfather. determine to yourse f a bit fellow, 3 toes and a part excessive, as fats as you could conceive, with a head sunk deep among bis shoulders. and you've got my uncle to the existence. For the remainder of his traits, he used to be an ecclesiastic, and naturally considered nothiDg buTable of Contents CONTENTS; e-book the 1st; tJ:IIAr I-The beginning and schooling of Gil BIas web page I; t:UAP H-Gil BIas' alarm on his street to Pegnafior; his adventures on his arrival; in that city j and the nature of the lads with whom he supped 2; ZHAl' IIl-The muleteer's temptation at the highway; its effects, and the; scenario of Gil Bias among Scylla and Charybdis 6; :HAl' IV-Description of the subterraneous residing and its contents eight; ~Ar V-The arrival of the banditti within the subterraneous retreat, with an ac·; count number in their friendly dialog nine; :HAP VI-The test of Gil BIas to flee, and its good fortune thirteen; CHAP VII-Gil BIas, Dot with the ability to do what he likes,docswhat he can 15; ~HAP VIII-Gil BIas is going out with the group, and plays an make the most at the; street sixteen; ~HAl' IX-A extra critical incident 17; CHAP X-The lady's treatmcnt from the

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His Worship heard at least one party; and after solemn deliberation pronounced the offence to be of a most heinous nature. He ordered him to be stripped, and to receive a competent number of lashes in his presence. The conclusion of the sentence was, that if the Endymion of our Asturian Diana was not forthcoming the next day, a couple of guards should escort the disconsolate goddess to the town of Astorga, at the expense of this muledriving Acteon. For my part, being probably more terrified than the rest of the party, I got into the fields, scampering over hedge and ditch, through enclosures and across commons, till I found myself hard by a forest.

She had fainted during the conflict, and her swoon still continued. While he was fixed like a statue on her charms, the rest of were in profound meditation on the plunder. We began by securing the horses of the defunct; for these animals, frightened at the report of our pieces, had got to a little distance, after the loss of their riders. For the mules, they had not wagged a hair, though the coachman had jumped from his box during the engagement to make his escape. We dismounted for the purpose of -42- GIL BLAS unharnessing and loading them with some trunks tied before and behind the carriage.

The connoisseurs were all of opinion that this commission suited my talents to a hair, and exhorted me to do my best Gentlemen, quoth I, you shall have no reason to complain. I will strip this holy father to his birth-day suit, and give you complete right and title to his mule. No, no, said Rolando, the beast would not be worth its fodder: only bring us our reverend pastor's purse; that is all we require. Hereupon I issued from the wood and pushed up to the man of God, doing penance all the time in my own breast for the sin I was committing.

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