By Louise Michel
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The unfortunate beast was crouched in a corner that was being scoured by shells, and it was crying out like a human being. I went to find him, and it didn't take a minute. I put him more or less in safety, and later someone even picked him up. Another incident happened more recently. Some mice had appeared in my cell at Clermont. I had a pile of wool coverings my mother and friends had sent me, and I immediately used them to stuff up all the mouseholes. From behind one of my makeshift plugs during the night, however, I heard a poor little cry, a cry so plaintive that it would have taken a heart of stone not to open up the blocked hole.
If only I knew. Toward beauty and goodness! Child, what's your choice? Peace, calm, and surrender? You could live like a bird and build up your nest. Hear, while there's time; shun the hard brutal path, Where your fate will be damned, and your life will be tears. I don't want to cry, or look backwards too much. If it weren't for my mother, I would go far indeed Through chance-controlled life, where the tempest is blowing, Go, as one follows the faraway horn. From deepest concealment, I hear a loud fanfare.
So many persons seem to go in pairs or threesomes, like stars that orbit around each other. They both had the idea of choosing a very young fiancee and having her molded like soft wax for a few years before offering her up to themselves as a sacrifice. " It was a pair of stag antlers. "Well, I don't love you. I will never love you, and if I marry you I won't restrain myself any more than Mme Dandin did. " I suppose I convinced him I was telling him the truth, for he never came back. My relatives advised me, however, to be a little more reserved in quoting old authors in the future.