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Alexander Dumas

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This etext was prepared by David Widger  

THE COUNTESS DE SAINT-GERAN 

By Alexander Dumas, pere 

About the end of the year 1639, a troop of horsemen arrived, towards
midday, in a little village at the northern extremity of the province
of Auvergne, from the direction of Paris.  The country folk assembled
at the noise, and found it to proceed from the provost of the mounted
police and his men.  The heat was excessive, the horses were bathed
in sweat, the horsemen covered with dust, and the party seemed on its
return from an important expedition.  A man left the escort, and
asked an old woman who was spinning at her door if there was not an
inn in the place.  The woman and her children showed him a bush
hanging over a door at the end of the only street in the village, and
the escort recommenced its march at a walk.  There was noticed, among
the mounted men, a young man of distinguished appearance and richly

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