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The Poisoned Paradise
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Excerpt from The Poisoned Paradise: A Romance of Monte Carlo The boy was sitting in a corner of the shabby room. The mother watched him from her pillow. "What are you doing, dear?" "Drawing, Mother Lovely." "Strange! Always drawing. Did I ever tell you that your father was an artist?" The boy looked at her thoughtfully. His eyes were like her own, dark and velvety; but his sunny hair contrasted with her black braids. "No, Mother Lovely. Had I a father?" "Yes, dearest. He died just before you were born. I came here hoping that his people, so rich, so proud, would be glad to see you. But, no, they cannot understand... We'll go home together, you and I, to my home." "Where is that, Mother?" "Monaco, the great rock that rises from the sea, where my family has lived for generations. Listen, little son. . . if I should not be able to go with you, you must go alone. You will find the house where lives my mother, a plain, quiet house with brown shutters near the Cathedral. In front four pepper trees shield it from the sun, and through the pines one can see the blue glimmer of the sea..." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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