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The Sicilian Bandit

Alexandre Dumas

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .as heard outside the window, and almost at the same instant a bell was rung.

"There is the prince," said Gemma, regaining her confidence.

"Yes, yes—I know it," mattered Pascal; "but before he passes through yonder door, you have time to say 'yes.' I implore you, madame, to grant me what I ask. Give me Teresa—place me in the prince's service!"

"Let me pass," said Gemma, imperiously, and advanced towards the door; but instead of obeying this order, Brufio sprang to the door and bolted it. "Would you dare to stop me?" cried Gemma, taking hold of the bell. "Help! help!"

"Do not call out, madame," said Bruno, still mastering his feelings, "for I have told you I will do you no harm."

A second cry, resembling the first, was heard outside the window.

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Community Reviews

This short story follows the trials and tribulations of a Sicilian Pascal Bruno whose family are either killed or imprisoned as an example to the local villagers. Then, scorned in love he turns to a life of crime. Unlike Dumas’ other short stories, he does not focus on describing the region, by not

Очень событийное повествование для столь малой литературной формы.
Читается на одном дыхании.

Rather interesting, easy-to-read story. But the end is so predictable, kinda "as-it-should-be". Typical Dumas, what to say?? :)

What a gem of a find! The Dumas genius grips you from the first to last image.