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Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas

Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas

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The Black Tulip 
Alexandre Dumas 
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication 
The Black Tulip
by Alexandre Dumas
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. ThisPortable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person usingthis document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neither thePennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with thePennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within thedocument or for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
The Black Tulip
by Alexandre Dumas
the Pennsylvania State University,
 Electronic Classics Series
,Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File produced as partof an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, tofree and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2000 The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas
Chapter 1
A Grateful People
, 1672, the city of the Hague, al-ways so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believeevery day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its talltrees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals likelarge mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost Easterncupolas are reflected, — the city of the Hague, the capitalof the Seven United Provinces, was swelling in all its arter-ies with a black and red stream of hurried, panting, andrestless citizens, who, with their knives in their girdles,muskets on their shoulders, or sticks in their hands, werepushing on to the Buytenhof, a terrible prison, the gratedwindows of which are still shown, where, on the charge of attempted murder preferred against him by the surgeonTyckelaer, Cornelius de Witt, the brother of the GrandPensionary of Holland was confined.If the history of that time, and especially that of the yearin the middle of which our narrative commences, were notindissolubly connected with the two names just mentioned,the few explanatory pages which we are about to add mightappear quite supererogatory; but we will, from the veryfirst, apprise the reader — our old friend, to whom we arewont on the first page to promise amusement, and withwhom we always try to keep our word as well as is in ourpower — that this explanation is as indispensable to theright understanding of our story as to that of the great eventitself on which it is based.Cornelius de Witt, Ruart de Pulten, that is to say, war-den of the dikes, ex-burgomaster of Dort, his native town,and member of the Assembly of the States of Holland, wasforty-nine years of age, when the Dutch people, tired of 

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