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Fri Mar 31 02:37:53 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Marie Claire, by Marguerite Audoux This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Marie Claire Author: Marguerite Audoux Translator: John N. Raphael Release Date: February 12, 2007 [EBook #20572] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MARIE CLAIRE *** Produced by Al Haines [Frontispiece: Marguerite Audoux] MARIE CLAIRE BY MARGUERITE AUDOUX TRANSLATED BY JOHN N.
RAPHAEL WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ARNOLD BENNETT AND AN AFTERWORD BY THE TRANSLATOR Fri Mar 31 02:37:53 2017 2 LONDON G.
BELL & SONS, LTD. 1911 _This Edition is intended for circulation only in India, and the British Colonies_ PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED, LONDON AND BECCLES. INTRODUCTION The origins of this extraordinary book are sufficiently curious and sufficiently interesting to be stated in detail.
They go back to some ten years ago, when the author, after the rustic adventures which she describes in the following pages, had definitely settled in Paris as a working sempstress.
The existence of a working sempstress in Paris, as elsewhere, is very hard; it usually means eleven hours’ close application a day, six full days a week, at half a crown a day.
But already Marguerite Audoux’s defective eyesight was causing anxiety, and upsetting the regularity of her work, so that in the evenings she was often less fatigued than a sempstress generally is.
She wanted distraction, and she found it in the realization of an old desire to write.
She wrote, not because she could find nothing else to do, but because at last the chance of writing had come.
That she had always loved reading is plain from certain incidents in this present book; her opportunities for reading...





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