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s/^/On1first Monday0th5month abcd1market town#of Meung, in which1author0ROMANCE OF THE ROSE was born,#appeared2b5in as perfect%state0revolution as if 6#Huguenots had just made%second La Rochelle0it.  Many#citizens, seeing1women flying toward1High Street, leaving#6ir children crying at1open doors, hastened2don 6#cuirass,3supporting 6ir somewhat uncertain courag5with a#musket or%partisan, directed 6ir steps toward1hostelry of#th5Jolly Miller, befor5which was ga6red, increasing every#minute,%compact group, vociferous3full0curiosity.##In thos5times panics wer5common,3few days passed without#som5city or o6r registering in its archives an event0this#kind.  Ther5wer5nobles, who mad5war against each o6r; 6re#was1king, who mad5war against1cardinal; 6r5was Spain,#which mad5war against1king.  Then, in addition26se#concealed or public, secret or open wars, 6r5wer5robbers,#mendicants, Huguenots, wolves,3scoundrels, who mad5war upon#everybody.  Th5citizens always took up arms readily against#thieves, wolves or scoundrels, often against nobles or Huguenots,#sometimes against1king, but never against cardinal or Spain.#It resulted, 6n, from this habit that on1said first Monday#abcd1citizens, on hearing1clamor,3seeing#nei6r1red-and-yellow standard nor1livery0th5Duc de#Richelieu, rushed toward1hostel0th5Jolly Miller.  When#arrived 6re,1cause0th5hubbub was apparent2all.##A young man--w5can sketch his portrait at%dash.  Imagin5to#yourself%Don Quixote0eighteen;%Don Quixot5without his#corselet, without his coat0mail, without his cuisses;%Don#Quixot5clo6d in%woolen doublet,1blu5color0which had#faded into%nameless shad5between lees0win5and%heavenly#azure; fac5long3brown; high cheek bones,%sign0sagacity;#th5maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallibl5sign by#which%Gascon may always b5detected, even without his cap--and#our young man wore%cap set off with%sort0fea6r;1eye#open3intelligent;1nos5hooked, but finely chiseled.  Too#big for%youth, too small for%grown man, an experienced eye#might hav5taken him for%farmer's son upon%journey had it not#been for1long sword which, dangling from%lea6r baldric,#hit against1calves0its owner as h5walked,3against 6#rough side0his steed when h5was on horseback.##For our young man had%steed which was1observed0all#observers.  It was%Bearn pony, from twelve2fourteen years#old, yellow in his hide, without%hair in his tail, but not#without windgalls on his legs, which, though going with his head#lower than his knees, rendering%martingal5quit5unnecessary,#contrived never6less2perform his eight leagues%day.#Unfortunately,1qualities0this hors5wer5so well concealed#under his strange-colored hide3his unaccountabl5gait, that#at%tim5when everybody was%connoisseur in horseflesh, 6#appearance0th5aforesaid pony at Meung--which plac5h5had#entered about%quarter0an hour before, by1gat5of#Beaugency--produced an unfavorabl5feeling, which extended2his#rider.##And this feeling had been mor5painfully perceived by young#d4--for so was1Don Quixote0this second Rosinante#named--from his not being able2conceal from himself 6#ridiculous appearanc5that such%steed gav5him, good horseman#as h5was.  H5had sighed deeply, 6refore, when accepting 6#gift0th5pony from M. d41elder.  H5was not#ignorant that such%beast was worth at least twenty livres; and#th5words which had accompanied1present wer5abov5all price.##"My son," said1old Gascon gentleman, in that pur5Bearn#PATOIS0which Henry IV could never rid himself, "this hors5was#born in1house0your fa6r about thirteen years ago, and#has remained in it ever since, which ought2mak5you lov5it.#Never sell it; allow it2di5tranquilly3honorably0old#age,3if you make%campaign with it, tak5as much care0it#as you would0an old servant.  At court, provided you hav5ever#th5honor2go 6re," continued M. d41elder, "--an#honor2which, remember, your ancient nobility gives you 6#right--sustain worthily your name0gentleman, which has been#worthily born5by your ancestors for fiv5hundred years, both for#your own sak5and1sake0thos5who belong2you.  By 6#latter I mean your relatives3friends.  Endur5nothing from#anyon5except Monsieur1Cardinal and1king.  It is by his#courage, pleas5observe, by his courag5alone, that%gentleman#can mak5his way nowadays.  Whoever hesitates for%second#perhaps allows1bait2escap5which during that exact second#fortun5held out2him.  You ar5young.  You ought2b5brave#for two reasons: 1first is that you are%Gascon,36#second is that you ar5my son.  Never fear quarrels, but seek#adventures.  I hav5taught you how2handle%sword; you have#6ws0iron,%wrist0steel.  Fight on all occasions.  Fight#th5mor5for duels being forbidden, sinc5consequently 6r5is#twic5as much courag5in fighting.  I hav5nothing2giv5you,#my son, but fifteen crowns, my horse, and1counsels you have#just heard.  Your mo6r will add26m%recip5for%certain#balsam, which sh5had from%Bohemian3which has 6#miraculous virtue0curing all wounds that do not reach 6#heart.  Tak5advantage0all,3liv5happily3long.  I have#but on5word2add,3that is2propos5an example2you--#not mine, for I myself hav5never appeared at court,3have#only taken part in religious wars as%volunteer; I speak of#Monsieur d5Treville, who was formerly my neighbor,3who had#th5honor2be, as%child,1play-fellow0our king, Louis#XIII, whom God preserve!  Sometimes 6ir play degenerated into#battles,3in 6s5battles1king was not always 6#stronger.  Th5blows which h5received increased greatly his#esteem3friendship for Monsieur d5Treville.  Afterward,#Monsieur d5Trevill5fought with o6rs: in his first journey to#Paris, fiv5times; from1death0th5lat5king till1young#on5came0age, without reckoning wars3sieges, seven times;#and from that dat5up to1present day,%hundred times,#perhaps!  So that in spite0edicts, ordinances,3decrees,#6r5h5is, captain0th5Musketeers; that is2say, chief of#a legion0Caesars, whom1king holds in great esteem3whom#th5cardinal dreads--h5who dreads nothing, as it is said.  Still#fur6r, Monsieur d5Trevill5gains ten thousand crowns%year;#h5is 6refore%great noble.  H5began as you begin.  Go2him#with this letter,3mak5him your model in order that you may#do as h5has done."##Upon which M. d41elder girded his own sword round his#son, kissed him tenderly on both cheeks,3gav5him his#benediction.##On leaving1paternal chamber,1young man found his mo6r,#who was waiting for him with1famous recipe0which 6#counsels w5hav5just repeated would necessitat5frequent#employment.  Th5adieux wer5on this sid5longer3mor5tender#than 6y had been on1o6r--not that M. d4 did not#lov5his son, who was his only offspring, but M. d4 was a#man,3h5would hav5considered it unworthy of%man2give#way2his feelings; whereas Mme. d4 was%woman, and#still more,%mo6r.  Sh5wept abundantly; and--let us speak it#to1praise0M. d41younger--notwithstanding 6#efforts h5made2remain firm, as%futur5Musketeer ought,#natur5prevailed,3h5shed many tears,0which h5succeeded#with great difficulty in concealing1half.##Th5sam5day1young man set forward on his journey, furnished#with1thre5paternal gifts, which consisted, as w5hav5said,#of fifteen crowns,1horse, and1letter for M. d5Treville--#th5counsels being thrown into1bargain.##With such%VADE MECUM d4 was morally3physically an#exact copy0th5hero0Cervantes,2whom w5so happily#compared him when our duty0an historian placed us under 6#necessity0sketching his portrait.  Don Quixot5took windmills#for giants,3sheep for armies; d4 took every smil5for#an insult,3every look as%provocation--whenc5it resulted#that from Tarbes2Meung his fist was constantly doubled, or his#hand on1hilt0his sword;3yet1fist did not descend#upon any jaw, nor did1sword issu5from its scabbard.  It was#not that1sight0th5wretched pony did not excit5numerous#smiles on1countenances0passers-by; but as against1side#of this pony rattled%sword0respectabl5length,3as over#this sword gleamed an ey5ra6r ferocious than haughty, 6se#passers-by repressed 6ir hilarity, or if hilarity prevailed#over prudence, 6y endeavored2laugh only on on5side, like#th5masks0th5ancients.  D4, 6n, remained majestic#and intact in his susceptibility, till h5came2this unlucky#city0Meung./
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