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Alexandre Dumas: The dove


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

French writers on war and peace


Alexandre Dumas
From The Chevalier de Maison Rouge (1845)
Translator unknown

In the tempest which unchains the wind and hurls the thunderbolt, the nest of the dove is shaken in the tree where it had retired for shelter.


The house of justice was a large and somber building, exciting more fear than love for the goddess. There might be seen united in this narrow space all the instruments and attributes of human vengeance.


These cries were mournful and prolonged; there was about them something unearthly and piercing, like the howling of wind in the dark and deserted corridor, when the tempest borrows the human voice to animate the passions of the elements.

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