Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

English
Book ID: 215
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Year of first publication: 1896

License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Edition: Harper & Brothers, 1896

The Sieur Louis de Conte, To his Great-Great- Grand Nephews and Nieces

This is the year 1492. I am eighty-two years of age. The things I am going to tell you are things which I saw myself as a child and as a youth.

In all the tales and songs and histories of Joan of Arc, which you and the rest of the world read and sing and study in the books wrought in the late invented art of printing, mention is made of me, the Sieur Louis de Conte—I was her page and secretary, I was with her from the beginning until the end.

I was reared in the same village with her. I played with her every day, when we were little children together, just as you play with your mates. Now that we perceive how great she was, now that her name fills the whole world, it seems strange that what I am saying is true; for it is as if a perishable paltry candle should speak of the eternal sun riding in the heavens and say, "He was gossip and housemate to me when we were candles together." And yet it is true, just as I say.

Mark Twain - Марк Твен - مارك توين

Year of first publication: 1896

License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Edition: Harper & Brothers, 1896

Mark Twain · English