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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 136 pages of information about The Wandering Jew Volume 09.

BOOK IX.

XV.  The Constant Wanderer
XVI.  The Luncheon
XVII.  Rendering the Account
XVIII.  The Square of Notre Dame
XIX.  The Cholera Masquerade
XX.  The Defiance
XXI.  Brandy to the Rescue
XXII.  Memories
XXIII.  The Poisoner
XXIV.  In the Cathedral
XXV.  The Murderers
XXVI.  The Patient
XXVII.  The Lure
XXVIII.  Good News
XXIX.  The Operation
XXX.  The Torture
XXXI.  Vice and Virtue
XXXII.  Suicide

CHAPTER XV.

The constant wanderer.

It is night.  The moon shines and the stars glimmer in the midst of a serene but cheerless sky; the sharp whistlings of the north wind, that fatal, dry, and icy breeze, ever and anon burst forth in violent gusts.  With its harsh and cutting breath, it sweeps Montmartre’s Heights.  On the highest point of the hills, a man is standing.  His long shadow is cast upon the stony, moon-lit ground.  He gazes on the immense city, which lies outspread beneath his feet.  Paris—­with the dark outline of its towers, cupolas, domes, and steeples, standing out from the limpid blue of the horizon, while from the midst of the ocean of masonry, rises a luminous vapor, that reddens the starry azure of the sky.  It is the distant reflection of the thousand fires, which at night, the hour of pleasures, light up so joyously the noisy capital.

“No,” said the wayfarer; “it is not to be.  The Lord will not exact it.  Is not twice enough?

“Five centuries ago, the avenging hand of the Almighty drove me hither from the uttermost confines of Asia.  A solitary traveller, I had left behind me more grief, despair, disaster, and death, than the innumerable armies of a hundred devastating conquerors.  I entered this town, and it too was decimated.

“Again, two centuries ago, the inexorable hand, which leads me through the world, brought me once more hither; and then, as the time before, the plague, which the Almighty attaches to my steps, again ravaged this city, and fell first on my brethren, already worn out with labor and misery.

“My brethren—­mine?—­the cobbler of Jerusalem, the artisan accursed by the Lord, who, in my person, condemned the whole race of workmen, ever suffering, ever disinherited, ever in slavery, toiling on like me without rest or pause, without recompense or hope, till men, women, and children, young and old, all die beneath the same iron yoke—­that murderous yoke, which others take in their turn, thus to be borne from age to age on the submissive and bruised shoulders of the masses.

“And now, for the third time in five centuries, I reach the summit of one of the hills that overlook the city.  And perhaps I again bring with me fear, desolation, and death.

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