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The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust from Nalanda Digital

I saw again the
escutcheons blazoned beneath the windows of
Combray church; their quarters filled, century after
century, with all the lordships which, by marriage or
conquest, this illustrious house had brought flying to
it from all the corners of Germany, Italy and France;
vast territories in the North, strong cities in the
South, assembled there to group themselves in
Guermantes, and, losing their material quality, to

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inscribe allegorically their dungeon vert, or castle
triple-towered argent upon its azure field. I had
heard of the famous tapestries of Guermantes, I
could see them, mediaeval and blue, a trifle coarse,
detach themselves like a floating cloud from the
legendary, amaranthine name at the foot of the
ancient forest in which Childebert went so often Free 3.0 V2 Mens
hunting; and this delicate, mysterious background
of their lands, this vista of the ages, it seemed to
me that, as effectively as by journeying to see
them, I might penetrate all their secrets simply by
coming in contact for a moment in Paris with Mme.

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And so if I had been tempted to laugh at her in her

The twittering of the birds at daybreak sounded
insipid to Françoise. Every word uttered by the
maids upstairs made her jump; disturbed by all
their running about, she kept asking herself what
they could be doing. In other words, we had
moved. Certainly the servants had made no less
noise in the attics of our old home; but she knew
them, she had made of their comings and goings
familiar events. Now she faced even silence with a
strained attention. And as our new neighbourhood
appeared to be as quiet as the boulevard on to
which we had hitherto looked had been noisy, the
song (distinct at a distance, when it was still quite
faint, like an orchestral motif) of a passer-by
brought tears to the eyes of a Françoise in exile.
And so if I had been tempted to laugh at her in her
misery at having to leave a house in which she was
'so well respected on all sides' and had packed her Free 5.0 Mens

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trunks with tears, according to the Use of Combray,
declaring superior to all possible houses that which
had been ours, on the other hand I, who found it as
hard to assimilate new as I found it easy to abandon
old conditions, I felt myself drawn towards our old
servant when I saw that this installation of herself in
a building where she had not received from the hallporter,
who did not yet know us, the marks of
respect necessary to her moral wellbeing, had
brought her positively to the verge of dissolution.

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