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Under the Leads
Jacques Casanova

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UNDER THE LEADS 

CHAPTER XXVI 

Under The Leads--The Earthquake 

What a strange and unexplained power certain words exercise upon the
soul! I, who the evening before so bravely fortified myself with my
innocence and courage, by the word tribunal was turned to a stone,
with merely the faculty of passive obedience left to me. 

My desk was open, and all my papers were on a table where I was
accustomed to write. 

"Take them," said I, to the agent of the dreadful Tribunal, pointing
to the papers which covered the table.  He filled a bag with them,
and gave it to one of the sbirri, and then told me that I must also
give up the bound manuscripts which I had in my possession.  I shewed
him where they were, and this incident opened my eyes.  I saw now,

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