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The Broker of Farewells

by Lee McAulay

Text Copyright © 2011 Lee McAulay

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, events, and locations are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons or events, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.

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THE BROKER OF FAREWELLS

Water, flowing down the cascade of the formal gardens at Versailles: it kept the air moist on even the hottest days of summer. The music of its movement played tricks on the ear. Under the spreading trees it sang like leaftop birds; in the arcades of the folly, chattered like a gossip behind her fluttering fan. Edmond d'Archiac would have preferred to have it silenced.

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