By Jules Verne
If you happen to attempt to locate, on any map of Flanders, historic or sleek, the small city of Quiquendone, most likely you won't be triumphant. Is Quiquendone, then, a type of cities that have disappeared? No. A city of the long run? on no account. It exists even with geographies, and has performed so for a few 8 or 9 hundred years.
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The burgomaster, the counsellor, the civil commissary, the chief justice, the school-teacher, the banker, the rector,—in short, all the notabilities of the town,—marched at the head. There were no tears shed, either by mothers, sisters, or daughters. They urged on their husbands, fathers, brothers, to the combat, and even followed them and formed the rear-guard, under the orders of the courageous Madame Van Tricasse. The crier, Jean Mistrol, blew his trumpet; the army moved off, and directed itself, with ferocious cries, towards the Oudenarde gate.
Gerande had the pleasantest room in the whole house, whence, through a narrow window, she had the inspiriting view of the snowy peaks of Jura; but the bedroom and workshop of the old man were a kind of cavern close on to the water, the floor of which rested on the piles. From time immemorial Master Zacharius had never come out except at meal times, and when he went to regulate the different clocks of the town. He passed the rest of his time at his bench, which was covered with numerous clockwork instruments, most of which he had invented himself.
The fruits did not lag behind the vegetables. It required two persons to eat a strawberry, and four to consume a pear. ” [Illustration: It required two persons to eat a strawberry] It was the same with the flowers: immense violets spread the most penetrating perfumes through the air; exaggerated roses shone with the brightest colours; lilies formed, in a few days, impenetrable copses; geraniums, daisies, camelias, rhododendrons, invaded the garden walks, and stifled each other. And the tulips,—those dear liliaceous plants so dear to the Flemish heart, what emotion they must have caused to their zealous cultivators!
A Winter Amid the Ice and Other Thrilling Stories by Jules Verne