This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...love! THE QUEEN. What! what sayest thou? Hast lost thy reason? Didst thou, too, deceive me? So 't is this Gilbert whom thou lovest? Well, what's that to me? JANE (overwhelmed with anguish, and sobbing bitterly, drags herself on her knees to the queen's feet, with clasped hands. The great bell tolls throughout the scene). Madame, in pity's name! in God's name, madame! by your crown, madame--by your mother, by the angels! Gilbert! Gilbert! I shall go mad! Madame, save Gilbert! He is my life; he is my husband; he... I 've told you he did everything for me, adopted me and brought me up, and at my cradle took my father's place, who died for your mother. Madame, you see that I am only a poor, weak girl, and that you must not be too harsh with me. What you just said to me dealt me so terrible a blow that I can scarcely say where I do find the strength to speak to you. I plead as best I may. But you must stop the execution. At once. Postpone the execution. Defer it till to-morrow. Time to reflect, no more. The populace can wait until tomorrow. Then we will see what we will do. Nay, do not shake your head. Be not alarmed for your Fabiano. You may put me in his place. Under the black veil. At night. Who will know me? But Gilbert must be saved! What matters it to you, whether 't is he or I? But 't is enough that I prefer to die!--Oh! my God! that bell! that awful bell! Each stroke upon that bell is one step toward the scaffold! Each stroke upon that bell is echoed in my heart. Do what I ask, madame. Have pity! There is no dan.-r for your Fabiano. Let me kiss your harnla. I love you, madame. I have not told you so, but I do love you dearly. You are a great queen. See how I kiss your lovely hands. Oh! an order to defer the execution! There is still time. I...
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