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Victor Hugo

The Man Who Laughs

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    Just then Gwynplaine, stricken by a sudden emotion, felt the sobs rising in his throat, causing him, most unfortunately, to burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter.
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    Whoso enters into transfiguration, leaves behind him evanescence.
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    Pride is the heel in which all heroes are vulnerable.
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    the paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor."
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    Those who are not satisfied are hard to please.
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    "To be ugly—what is it? It is to do wrong. Gwynplaine only does good. He is handsome."
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    The noble beast feels the bite, and expends his mighty anger against the atom. An encounter with a tiger would weary him less; see how the actors exchange their parts. The lion, humiliated, feels the sting of the insect; and the flea can say, "I have in my veins the blood of a lion."
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    It is a fine thing to be a flea on a lion.
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    Under James II. a young millionaire lord who had during the night set fire to a thatched cottage—a feat which made all London burst with laughter—was proclaimed the King of Fun. The poor devils in the cottage were saved in their night clothes. The members of the Fun Club, all of the highest aristocracy, used to run about London during the hours when the citizens were asleep, pulling the hinges from the shutters, cutting off the pipes of pumps, filling up cisterns, digging up cultivated plots of ground, putting out lamps, sawing through the beams which supported houses, breaking the window panes, especially in the poor quarters of the town. It was the rich who acted thus towards the poor. For this reason no complaint was possible. That was the best of the joke. Those manners have not altogether disappeared. In many places in England and in English possessions—at Guernsey, for instance—your house is now and then somewhat damaged during the night, or a fence is broken, or the knocker twisted off your door. If it were poor people who did these things, they would be sent to jail; but they are done by pleasant young gentlemen.
    Elishas quoted2 years ago
    An inquest was held, and the jury returned the following verdict: "Died of an inflation of the heart, caused by excessive drinking."
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