BY ORDER OF THE KING
A Romance Of English History

Victor Hugo

January 2, 2003
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Contents
1 PRELIMINARY CHAPTER
 I URSUS
2 ANOTHER PRELIMINARY CHAPTER
 I THE COMPRACHICOS
I  PART I
1 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
2 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 IL 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
3 THE CHILD IN THE SHADOW
 I CHESIL
 II THE EFFECT OF SNOW
 III A BURDEN MAKES A ROUGH ROW ROUGHER
 IV ANOTHER FORM OF DESERT
 V MISANTHROPY PLAYS ITS PRANKS
 VI THE AWAKING
II  PART II
1 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 FASHIONS
 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
2 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
3 THE BEGINNING OF THE FISSURE
 I THE TADCASTER INN
 II OPEN AIR ELOQUENCE
 III WHERE THE PASSER-BY REAPPEARS
 IV CONTRARIES FRATERNISE 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
4 THE CELL OF TORTURE
 I THE TEMPTATION OF ST. GWYNPLAINE
 II FROM GAY TO GRAVE
 III LEX, REX, FEX
 IV URSUS SPIES ON THE POLICE
 V A FEARFUL PLACE
 VI THE KIND OF MAGISTRACY UNDER THE WIGS OF FORMER DAYS
 VII SHUDDERING
 VIII LAMENTATION
5 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
6 URSUS UNDER DIFFERENT ASPECTS
 I WHAT THE MISANTHROPE SAID
 II WHAT HE DID
 III COMPLICATIONS
 IV MîNIBUS SURDIS CAMPANA MUTA
 V STATE POLICY DEALS WITH LITTLE MATTERS AS WELL AS WITH GREAT
7 THE TITANESS
 I THE AWAKENING
 II THE RESEMBLANCE OF A PALACE TO A WOOD
 III EVE
 IV SATAN
 V THEY RECOGNISE, BUT DO NOT KNOW, EACH OTHER
8 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
9 IN RUINS
 I IT IS THROUGH EXCESS OF GREATNESS THAT MAN REACHES EXCESS OF MISERY
 II THE DREGS
10 CONCLUSION
THE NIGHT AND THE SEA

 I A WATCHDOG MAY BE A GUARDIAN ANGEL
 II BARKILPHEDRO, HAVING AIMED AT THE EAGLE, BRINGS DOWN THE DOVE
 III PARADISE REGAINED BELOW
 IV NAY; ON HIGH!