By Robert Louis Stevenson
I. around the Plains II. The previous Pacific Capital III. Fontainebleau IV. Epilogue to ''An Inland Voyage'' V. Random thoughts VI. Random thoughts persisted VII. The Lantern-bearers VIII. A bankruptcy on desires IX. Beggars X. Letter to a tender Gentleman XI. Pulvis et Umbra XII. A Christmas Sermon
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Where his own purse and credit are not threatened, he will do the honours of his village generously. Any artist is made welcome, through whatever medium he may seek expression; science is respected; even the idler, if he prove, as he so rarely does, a gentleman, will soon begin to find himself at home. And when that essentially modern creature, the English or American girl-student, began to walk calmly into his favourite inns as if into a drawing-room at home, the French painter owned himself defenceless; he submitted or he fled.
THE ARETHUSA. You have no papers? THE COMMISSARY. Not here. THE ARETHUSA. Why? I have left them behind in my valise. THE COMMISSARY. You know, however, that it is forbidden to circulate without papers? THE ARETHUSA. Pardon me: I am convinced of the contrary. I am here on my rights as an English subject by international treaty. THE COMMISSARY (WITH SCORN). THE ARETHUSA. You call yourself an Englishman? THE COMMISSARY. I do. THE ARETHUSA. Humph. - What is your trade? I am a Scotch advocate. THE COMMISSARY (WITH SINGULAR ANNOYANCE).
Childe Roland to the dark tower came. A polite gendarme threw his shadow on the path. " he asked. " said the gendarme. And when the Arethusa, with a slight change of voice, admitted he had none, he was informed (politely enough) that he must appear before the Commissary. The Commissary sat at a table in his bedroom, stripped to the shirt and trousers, but still copiously perspiring; and when he turned upon the prisoner a large meaningless countenance, that was (like Bardolph's) "all whelks and bubuckles," the dullest might have been prepared for grief.