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THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

A Romance of English History

By

VICTOR HUGO

CONTENTS

Preliminary Chapter.--Ursus Another Preliminary Chapter.--The Comprachicos

PART I.

BOOK THE FIRST.--NIGHT NOT SO BLACK AS MAN.

I. Portland Bill
II. Left Alone
III. Alone
IV. Questions
V. The Tree of Human Invention
VI. Struggle between Death and Night
VII. The North Point of Portland


BOOK THE SECOND.--THE HOOKER AT SEA.

I. Superhuman Laws
II. Our First Rough Sketches Filled in
III. Troubled Men on the Troubled Sea
IV. A Cloud Different from the Others enters on the Scene
V. Hardquanonne
VI. They Think that Help is at Hand
VII. Superhuman Horrors
VIII. Nix et Nox
IX. The Charge Confided to a Raging Sea
X. The Colossal Savage, the Storm
XI. The Caskets
XII. Face to Face with the Rock
XIII. Face to Face with Night
XIV. Ortach
XV. Portentosum Mare
XVI. The Problem Suddenly Works in Silence
XVII. The Last Resource
XVIII. The Highest Resource


BOOK THE THIRD.--THE CHILD IN THE SHADOW.

I. Chesil
II. The Effect of Snow
III. A Burden Makes a Rough Road Rougher
IV. Another Form of Desert
V. Misanthropy Plays Its Pranks
VI. The Awaking


PART II.

BOOK THE FIRST.--THE EVERLASTING PRESENCE OF THE PAST. MAN REFLECTS MAN.

I. Lord Clancharlie
II. Lord David Dirry-Moir
III. The Duchess Josiana
IV. The Leader of Fashion
V. Queen Anne
VI. Barkilphedro
VII. Barkilphedro Gnaws His Way
VIII. Inferi
IX. Hate is as Strong as Love
X. The Flame which would be Seen if Man were Transparent
XI. Barkilphedro in Ambuscade
XII. Scotland, Ireland, and England


BOOK THE SECOND.--GWYNPLAINE AND DEA.

I. Wherein we see the Face of Him of whom we have hitherto seen only
the Acts II. Dea
III. "Oculos non Habet, et Videt"
IV. Well-matched Lovers
V. The Blue Sky through the Black Cloud
VI. Ursus as Tutor, and Ursus as Guardian
VII. Blindness Gives Lessons in Clairvoyance
VIII. Not only Happiness, but Prosperity
IX. Absurdities which Folks without Taste call Poetry
X. An Outsider's View of Men and Things
XI. Gwynplaine Thinks Justice, and Ursus Talks Truth
XII. Ursus the Poet Drags on Ursus the Philosopher


BOOK THE THIRD.--THE BEGINNING OF THE FISSURE.

I. The Tadcaster Inn
II. Open-Air Eloquence
III. Where the Passer-by Reappears
IV. Contraries Fraternize in Hate
V. The Wapentake
VI. The Mouse Examined by the Cats
VII. Why Should a Gold Piece Lower Itself by Mixing with a Heap of
Pennies? VIII. Symptoms of Poisoning
IX. Abyssus Abyssum Vocat


BOOK THE FOURTH.--THE CELL OF TORTURE.

I. The Temptation of St. Gwynplaine
II. From Gay to Grave
III. Lex, Rex, Fex
IV. Ursus Spies the Police
V. A Fearful Place
VI. The Kind of Magistracy under the Wigs of Former Days
VII. Shuddering
VIII. Lamentation


BOOK THE FIFTH.--THE SEA AND FATE ARE MOVED BY THE SAME BREATH.

I. The Durability of Fragile Things
II. The Waif Knows Its Own Course
III. An Awakening
IV. Fascination
V. We Think We Remember; We Forget


BOOK THE SIXTH.--URSUS UNDER DIFFERENT ASPECTS.

I. What the Misanthrope said
II. What He did
III. Complications
IV. Moenibus Surdis Campana Muta
V. State Policy Deals with Little Matters as Well as with Great


BOOK THE SEVENTH.--THE TITANESS.

I. The Awakening
II. The Resemblance of a Palace to a Wood
III. Eve
IV. Satan
V. They Recognize, but do not Know, Each Other


BOOK THE EIGHTH.--THE CAPITOL AND THINGS AROUND IT.

I. Analysis of Majestic Matters
II. Impartiality
III. The Old Hall
IV. The Old Chamber
V. Aristocratic Gossip
VI. The High and the Low
VII. Storms of Men are Worse than Storms of Oceans
VIII. He would be a Good Brother, were he not a Good Son


BOOK THE NINTH.--IN RUINS.

I. It is through Excess of Greatness that Man reaches Excess of
Misery II. The Dregs


CONCLUSION.--THE NIGHT AND THE SEA.

I. A Watch-dog may be a Guardian Angel
II. Barkilphedro, having aimed at the Eagle, brings down the Dove
III. Paradise Regained Below
IV. Nay; on High!




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