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TItle Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. 6v-vi

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Series Editor’s Preface

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pp. vii-x

Susan Frances Riley was born in Toronto on 24 February 1859, the daughter of an Irish-Canadian father and an Irish-born mother. Educated in Toronto and Montreal and a proficient musician, composer, and vocalist, she married John W.F...

The Forest of Bourg-Marie

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pp. 3-4

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I. All about Magloire

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pp. 5-15

Bordering the mighty river of the Yamachiche there are three notable forests, dark, uncleared, untrodden, and unfrequented by man, lofty as Atlas, lonely as Lethe, sombre as Hades. In their Plutonian shades stalk spectral shapes of...

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II. Magloire Himself

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pp. 16-25

The little narrative which the young man Nicolas Laurière had told old Caron was quite true. He himself rather envied Magloire. Two or three times he had been on the point of relinquishing the plain fare, the hard work, the inclement...

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III. Mr. Murray Carson

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pp. 26-40

Magloire, being accommodated by the widow Péron with a paillasse, had chosen to remain at her house until he had seen his grandfather. The prospect of the interview did not trouble him in the least, and he set forth, clad...

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IV. The Old Manoir

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pp. 41-52

Magloire, then, had returned, and his grandfather pondered long over the singular alteration in him, not sharing with the others in their admiration of his arrogant manner and gaudy attire. He condemned...

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V. At Delorme’s

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pp. 53-69

Magloire received a grand welcome ‘down at Delorme’s.’ His gaudy attire and general insouciance were thoroughly admired there. Louis and Jack were at the door when he arrived, and, communicating the fact to...

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VI. ‘The Bizness

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pp. 70-80

It was by a curious coincidence, or, at least, so it would be considered in the eyes of the unthinking, to whom only the real is fictitious, and who persist in finding fiction truer than truth, that on the same day, almost at the same hour, old Mikel le Caron...

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VII. Sedition

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pp. 81-93

It was not easily possible to procure posters or bill-stickers in Bourg-Marie, else Magloire had ordered a hundred or so of the former, and commissioned one or two of the latter to paste new bills over the circus-bills which flared on all the fences and barns...

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VIII. ‘Without a Tear’

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pp. 94-101

When the elder Caron awoke from the stupor—for it could hardly be designated as slumber—into which he had voluntarily fallen on the day of his meeting with his grandson, his first impression was...

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IX. A Sunday at Home

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pp. 102-117

When little Octave saw that dead mother the principle of life died within him too. It only took three weeks to slay it, for on his way to her funeral he contracted some desperate throat disease, and nothing kills at...

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X. Nicolas Laurière

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pp. 118-129

Nicolas Laurière, on his knees in the old parish church that bright October Sunday, could not forget Pacifique Péron and his disjointed blasphemies. Since the arrival of Magloire, he had not been the same man. His ambitions...

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XI. A Bear-Hunt

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pp. 130-148

Since parting with his estimable grandson, and surveying in his own morbid peculiar manner the old Manoir of Colombière Caron, Mikel had endeavoured to pursue his accustomed avocations, but with little success. He had made no effort to...

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XII. A Felled Tree

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pp. 149-158

Mikel, intent in his dwelling a mile away from the spot where Nicolas lay tangled in the mesh-like branches and forks of felled and scattered coniferæ, with a sharp pain cleaving his left ankle, and a sharper, bitterer...

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XIII. The Curé’s Garden

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pp. 159-172

They soon entered the village. The hour was early, and Magloire regretted that his desire to know if any mail awaited him necessitated his walking abroad at a season when nearly everyone was at work or so employed that his...

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XIV. The Curé Has a Dream

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pp. 173-176

The priest went back to his summer-house and apostrophized his visitor. His house, though on the highroad to the village and only a few yards away from that main artery of life for the valley of the Yamachiche, gave at the back...

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XV. The Slaves of the Ring

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pp. 177-192

Laurière, an irritable prisoner, confined against his will in that strange room, draped and carpeted with fur, had abundant leisure to think of many things. Chief of these was perhaps his instinctive distrust of the cripple, Pacifique...

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XVI. Waters of a Full Cup

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pp. 193-202

Mikel had slept through the early stages of the storm. When he awoke, he was struck dumb with astonishment, for there had been no indications of anything unusual in the weather when he had gone...

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XVII. A Sign from Heaven

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pp. 203-209

Père Dominique Labelle, who was in constant, lively, and comprehensive correspondence with his superiors in the Church, wrote to Quebec the week after the burning of the old Manoir of Colombière le Caron, and the departure...

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XVIII. Stones of Emptiness

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pp. 210-220

A day and a night had flown, and Mikel remained near the ruins of his once stately and revered manor-house. The memory of his grandson was surely for ever blotted out; yet, if he remembered him at all, in spasms of horror and...

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Afterword

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pp. 221-258

First published in 1898, Susan Frances Harrison’s The Forest of Bourg-Marie is a tale of deception, betrayal, and Gothic menace in which greed corrupts family ties and murder all but triumphs. Robert Barr, reviewing the novel in...