Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — Volume 2

By Mark Twain

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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC

VOLUME 2 (of 2)

by Mark Twain




PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS...

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...office when she wanted to get
away from officials and their interruptions. Catherine Boucher came in
and...

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...the English power in France will not rise up from that blow."

It made my flesh...

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...she gazed at them through her tears, and said
she could see herself that they were...

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...toward Beaugency, where the lion Talbot, the terror of
the French, was in command. When we...

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...distribute the new levies among the English
strongholds of the Loire, thus securing them against capture;...

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...put her small
hand above his head and touched one of his plumes, saying:

"Now tell me,...

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...Beaugency at the
mercy of fortune, to escape our hands if it can; but there is...

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...attack on the bridge. But some time before it
was yet light the sound ceased and...

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...it
had wrought damage to a nation which loved it well. For the French knew
where the...

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...home and waved the advance
with her sword. "Follow me!" she cried, and bent her head...

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...said true: France was on the way to be free.

The war called the Hundred Years'...

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...after year; and at last England stretched
France prone with that fearful blow at Crecy. But...

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...of Patay was carried over the whole of France in twenty
hours, people said. I do...

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...striking
pair.




33 Joan's Five Great Deeds

YES, ORLEANS was in a delirium of felicity. She invited the...

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...with small
disturbance to the rest of the country; and little by little, and with
progressive certainty,...

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...that when that support
is removed nothing in this world can save it.

Now, then, consider this...

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...patch up
his mistake by crowning his King; but what good could that do? None in
the...

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...to the King.

On the 4th of July we reached Saint-Fal, and yonder lay Troyes before
us--a...

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...firing a shot.

The next day the King with Joan at his side and the Paladin...

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...A big Burgundian lost
his temper and swore a great oath that none should stop him;...

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...muffled cracking of bones. The Burgundian's eyes began to
protrude from their sockets and stare with...

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...by the King's permission.

And now we marched again; Chalons surrendered to us; and there by
Chalons...

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...its own creation,
call her "Daughter of God," "Savior of France," "Victory's Sweetheart,"
"The Page of Christ,"...

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...Joan of Arc, and the grateful tears streaming down. And
all along, those closest to the...

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...God Himself of a certainty, for He sent it. And I was
looking upon it--I. At...

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...space down the center had been kept free. Down this space
walked the Archbishop and his...

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...and imposing--with
prayers, and anthems, and sermons, and everything that is right for such
occasions; and Joan...

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...to meet
it."

Now that was fine, that was royal. Joan was on her knees again
straightway, and...

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...it. At the top of every page in the sixty-three
books stands the name of a...

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...THE TRANSLATOR.




36 Joan Hears News from Home

WE MOUNTED and rode, a spectacle to remember, a...

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...be brought;
and when he was come, and stood bent low and bare, the King said...

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...there
with those consuming glories beating upon her.

But at last her serenity was broken up. Yes,...

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...to hurt them; and got them to their seats and snuggled down
between them, and took...

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...won, and that I shall not any more see these cruel things or
suffer these tortures...

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...time for them. Tell me about home."

So the two old gossips talked and talked; talked...

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...Laxart going to a funeral there at Domremy two or
three weeks back. He had spots...

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...and
took the funeral procession right in the center, and sent that section
of it sprawling, and...

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...word?"

The old father was embarrassed, now, quite visibly embarrassed, and had
the air of one who...

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...giving me a better
light, and I have never forgotten it.

Let me see--where was I? One's...

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...tongue going like
a mill, asking question after question and never waiting for an answer;
and finally...

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...a thin flash of light in the air, but nothing distinct,
nothing definite.

We kept the drinkables...

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...their love for you by naming all those creatures after you;
insomuch that if a body...

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...is amazing. There is but one thing to
do, and only one, and lo, ye call...

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...they tried to conceal it--this
comedy whose text and impulse are describable in two words."

The Chancellor...

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...of
France in half a year. But we struck no blow after Orleans, but went off
into...

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...but
that would make great Bedford smile! Oh, the pitiful pretext! the blind
can see that this...

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...Sarrasins." It was long, but it was good, and had the
sterling ring to it. It...

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...lay our prey--Talbot and his host
looming vast and dark like a storm-cloud brooding on the...

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...from his brazen lungs, and such a lightning-vivid picture
of his mailed form and flaunting banner...

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...camp. Joan argued, reasoned, implored; and at last we got
under way again.

Joan's prediction was verified....

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...servant, the Bastard of Orleans, she said:

"Ah, if it might but please God to let...

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...again. Nine days were lost thus; then he came,
arriving at St. Denis September 7th.

Meantime the...

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...a bridge across the Seine near St. Denis. Might she not cross
by that and assault...

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...dreary
funeral march, with never a shout or a cheer; friends looking on in
tears, all the...

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...mind and healing for her heart.

She never complained, of course. It was not her way....

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...slip through
the enemy's lines. We were challenged only once; we made no answer, but
held our...

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...rise and fall like a little patch of white flame.

It was a bright day, and...

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...Joan's two brothers fell wounded; then Noel
Rainguesson--all wounded while loyally sheltering Joan from blows aimed
at...

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...a rebel; she was a
legitimately constituted soldier, head of the armies of France by
her King's...

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...fled away she was
seen by a sentinel, and was caught and brought back.

Then she was...

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...a Frenchman's face was like, so used were they to seeing nothing
but his back; enemies...

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...they froze again, and the army
and all France became what they had been before, mere...

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...title good; and at last--supremest luck of all--died in
the field! died with his harness on;...

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...to see no more. This one's heart was broken. He moved
grieving about, and absently, like...

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...in a melancholy drizzle of rain, and passed through the
frowning gates unmolested. Our friends had...

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...that had been happening before my coming.
Ever since the purchase of Joan, Cauchon had been...

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...feet. Never a person
near her whom she had ever seen before; never a woman at...

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...the French flag, and this was an English court; they
would have been seized and hanged...

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...report that was brought back to Poitiers, you see. Joan's was a
character which could endure...

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...for many days; but no
matter, the shock of it almost took my breath away and...

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...above fold,
and his knobby and knotty face, and his purple and splotchy complexion,
and his repulsive...

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...doubt, that they were about to see, in
actual flesh and blood, what had been to...

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...joy; and I
said, all is well, all is well--they have not broken her, they have...

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...and
much movement and confusion; so she had to stop, and wait for the noise
to subside;...

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...some questions about her family; also what her age was. She
answered these. Then he asked...

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...man and the
most shameless that has lived in this world. But his scheme failed.
Those clerks...

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...say otherwise than this
which I have said concerning them.

The seance began. And how did it...

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...you other occupations at home?"

"Yes. I helped my mother in the household work and went...

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...you."

"Did the Voice seek you often?"

"Yes. Twice or three times a week, saying, 'Leave your...

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...again. She answered:

"It required me to remain behind at St. Denis. I would have obeyed...

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...Tribunal of Rehabilitation.
Recalling these miserable proceedings which I have been telling you
about, Manchon testified thus:--here...

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...upon the Gospels and swear to
tell the truth concerning everything asked her!

Joan's eyes kindled, and...

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...dangerous suspicion of contempt for the
commandments of the Church.

"I have done neither since yesterday at...

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...alert, detected a
possible opening--a chance to set a trap. Do you think he jumped at
it...

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...live. For
a space there was the silence of the grave. Men looked wondering into
each other's...

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...made me see that awful shadow again that fell dazzling white upon her
that day under...

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...contradictions
of herself; also to put her words and acts in disaccord with the
Scriptures. But it...

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...that it might be made lucky?"

"Truly it were no harm to wish that my harness...

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...to trap Joan into wrong thinking, wrong doing, or
disloyalty to the Church, or sinfulness as...

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...if I were before the Pope."

Here was a chance! We had two or three Popes,...

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...errors in it--words which make me give
myself too much importance." I saw what was coming;...

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...rest of it was assured.

Twenty years later all France was ours excepting a single town--Calais.

Now...

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...who did not condescend to speak English is a grave
affront. They could not be brought...

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...Movements and whisperings ceased: the stillness
became almost painful.

Have you noticed that almost from the beginning...

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...so ill that I could but with difficulty abide at my post and
do my work.

Joan...

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...in later sittings Joan was urged to name the
exact day of her deliverance; but she...

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...a soldier.
Save herself if she could, of course, and try for the best, for that
was...

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...of
time. We can never know whether a real crown descended upon the King's
head, or only...

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...to a prompt conclusion. It shows
that after all their experience with her they did not...

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...was resumed.

It was now sought to turn against Joan the thousand loving honors which
had been...

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...Churches
and receive the sacrament?"

"Yes."

"In the dress of a man?"

"Yes. But I do not remember that...

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...in danger.

Something must be done, and it was done. Cauchon was not distinguished
for compassion, but...

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...as facts things which were but
allegories and visions mixed with facts.

The third day she was...

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...to the wars without getting your
parents' leave? It is written one must honor his father...

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...your
Standard?"

"In neither. In God, and not otherwise."

"Was not your Standard waved around the King's head...

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...case
to rags and blew it away with a breath; and how the astonished old judge
on...

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...frankly and said:

"Yes--for I should see in that the permission of Our Lord. God helps
who...

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...and cruel
martyrdom of chains and captivity and insult. Surely, martyrdom was the
right name for it.

It...

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...there should be no difficulty about
this matter." Then she turned upon the judge and said,...

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...to approach her near enough for that. So there she sat,
once more Joan of Arc...

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...will give you his opinion
of that trial, so that you may see that I have...

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...decided
that Joan should be required to answer squarely to every article, and
that if she refused...

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...of Arc was to know one who was wholly
noble, pure, truthful, brave, compassionate, generous, pious,...

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...saying, "That is not true--passez outre"; or,
"I have answered that before--let the clerk read it...

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...both by letters and by
his ambassadors, that he make peace with the King. As to...

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...to
do."

She was charged with having dared, against the precepts of God and His
saints, to assume...

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...but before Isambard could say another word Cauchon
turned savagely upon him and exclaimed:

"Shut up, in...

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...of April 4th. Then Manchon did another bold thing: he wrote
in the margin that many...

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...conviction that he was capable of saving Joan from the stake by
poisoning her and thus...

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...our vocation to procure for you the salvation of your
soul and your body, in every...

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...they never
asked me anything; I was too humble a creature for their notice.

Then the interview...

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...sufficient; the consequences
were not her affair. The last thing she said that time was full...

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...bench. She was looking
well now, and most fair and beautiful after her fortnight's rest from
wordy...

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...in her answer rang that
martial note which had used to stir her soldiers like a...

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...when the news went around that the young
girl in the tower had scored another defeat...

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...and built of the plainest and thickest and solidest
masonry--a dismal and forbidding structure. (3) We...

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...high, and his
splotchy face lighted itself up with all the shifting tints and signs
of evil...

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...She has laid her hand upon an
accepted truth that is as old as the world,...

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...when I think of
those three names--Cauchon, Courcelles, Loyseleur.

(1) Hog, pig.

(2) Cochonner, to litter, to farrow;...

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...a face.

Consider. If you would realize how great Joan of Arc was, remember that
it was...

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...and make
satisfaction, or be abandoned to the secular arm for punishment.

The University's mind was probably...

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...be
angels and not devils. Otherwise, the situation was embarrassing. You
see, the University being the wisest...

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...to Pierre Maurice:

"Have you anything further to say?"

The priest bowed low, and said:

"Nothing, my lord."

"Prisoner...

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...extort a false
confession from her. It was a hint worth remembering, and it was
remembered.

She had...

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...the rumors of
the time. Loyseleur was smuggled into her presence, and in the character
of priest,...

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...of torches and people;
and through a guarded passage dividing the pack, laborers were carrying
planks and...

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...lay what had been a goodly heap of brands, but was now
a smokeless nest of...

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...Loyseleur at her side with his head bent to her
ear. We knew afterward that he...

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...Erard, an
oratorical celebrity. He got his text from the Twelve Lies. He emptied
upon Joan al...

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...have bothered; there was no occasion.
It was mainly an English-feeling mob. It had but obeyed...

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...one require?
How was one to answer such a formidably unanswerable answer as that?

The worried judges...

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...the other platform--pealing
solemnly above the din: Cauchon's--reading the sentence of death!

Joan's strength was all spent....

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...then she remembered, with
such solacement as the thought could furnish, that by another clear
promise made...

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...and shouting:

"By God, you are a traitor!"

"You lie!" responded the Bishop.

He a traitor! Oh, far...

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...they had no meaning to her. She was like a person who has
taken a narcotic...

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...blood to ice. That was more than sixty
years ago, but that triumphant note rings as...

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...to
hold a servant to account for what his master had made him do, and her
mind...

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...He made no more
attempts to help the inquiry, poor man. The other judges proceeded with
the...

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...ever
knowingly repudiated it. So I was convinced once more that she had had
no notion of...

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...mood. In the court of the castle we
found the Earl of Warwick and fifty English...

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...a friend, poor friendless thing. But I was not
permitted. I did my best, but the...

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...it with the same wooden stylus which had put upon parchment
the first words ever dictated...

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...for she
feared only one kind, and that one had for her unspeakable terrors. I
believed she...

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...knees at her
feet. At once she thought only of my danger, and bent and whispered...

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...knew not what; to hear--they knew
not what. We knew nothing of this, for they were...

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...of Arc; but
these we may believe were not unavailing. There are few more pathetic
events recorded...

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...the Church can no longer protect you. Go in peace!"

Joan had been placed wholly apart...

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...continued to the end. He only said--to the
guards:

"Take her"; and to the executioner, "Do your...

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...fair city, she said:

"Oh, Rouen, Rouen, must I die here, and must you be my...

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...the opening of the discussion in the
Cathedral of Notre Dame which was the first step...

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...a thousand years it would still fail. For
whatsoever had touch with Joan of Arc, that...

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...you; also they examined
more than a hundred witnesses whose names are less familiar to you--the
friends...