- Rostand, Edmond
L'Aiglon (The Eaglet)
R. H. Russell, New York, 1900, Decorative Cloth, , , Very Good-
262 pp. Adapted into English by Louis N. Parker. Fraying to top and bottom of spine, corners lightly rubbed, spine dulled, else very good, The play concerns The Duke of Reichstadt, son of Napoleon I, and the Archduchess Maria Louisa of Austria. In verse. The Duke: My hair was long, and I was Prince of Parma; / And when they punished me you let me off. The Emperor: Do you remember how you hated ponies? The Duke: One day they showed me one as white as snow; / I stamped with fury in the riding-school. The Emperor: You thought a pony was a deadly insult. The Duke: I cried with rage: I want a great, big horse! The Emperor: And now you want another great, big horse! The Duke: And how I used to beat my German nurses. The Emperor: And how with Colin you would calmly dig / Enormous holes about my park-- The Duke: For Crusoe.
Vie et Oeuvre d'Edmond Rostand
from Cyrano de Bergerac
Well! No more inventive than I'm skilful, forge a stell-springed grasshopper I'd distil full of raw saltpetre, wich in successive blazes would shoot me where the herd celestial grazes.Edmond Rostand