The Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock

By Judith Rock

An "amazing"* debut old novel (*Ariana Franklin, nationwide betselling writer of Grave items) Paris, 1686: while The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his younger cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been assisting heretics get away the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him some distance away-to Paris, the place Charles is assigned to help in instructing rhetoric and directing dance on the prestigious collage of Louis le Grand. Charles fast embraces his new lifestyles and duties. yet on his first day, the school's megastar dancer disappears from practice session, and the next day to come one other pupil is administered down on the street. while the dancer's physique is located less than the worst attainable conditions, Charles is decided to discover the killer regardless of being ordered to go away the research.

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Fabre faded unobtrusively toward the refectory. ” Montville steered Charles toward the court’s northeast corner, where lines of boys streamed through the refectory’s wide door. Its windows wore metal grids against balls and other missiles of play, Charles noticed, as he looked up at the tower clock. “Eleven? You eat later here. ” “In Paris, the hours for everything get later all the time—the influence of Versailles, I always think. ” Inside the building, they passed a broad staircase and turned along a right-hand passage.

Le Picart said a Latin grace, all crossed themselves, and chairs and benches scraped over the floor’s worn, honey-colored stone. Lay brothers set green and yellow tin-glazed basins—faience, they were called in the south—along the center of the table. Charles winced as Frère Fabre plunked a basin down beside the rector and sent a wave of steaming sauce onto the tablecloth. Charles’s neighbor offered him a crusty loaf, and Charles realized that he’d seen him twice before, once when he’d come out of the rooms across from Charles’s early that morning, and just now with the proctor in the courtyard, putting an end to the juggling and berating the student who’d stopped to watch.

Geneviève’s hill, marking the hour and calling monks and nuns to prayers. Midnight, and the twenty-second day of July about to begin. This new day would be his first day at the College of Louis le Grand, and he’d hardly prayed since the old day’s morning, hunched and shivering in the saddle as his hired horse splashed through the downpour and the last long miles to Paris. Jesuits lived together, but they weren’t cloistered and didn’t sing the daily offices in choir. Instead, they prayed them from their breviaries wherever they found themselves.

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