Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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d'un oiseau
d'une autre espece, infiniment plus grand que les corbeaux que j'avais
rencontres dans mes premiers voyages; il etait plus gros que le plus
vaste des domes de votre serail, o le plus magnifique des califes!
Ce terrible oiseau n'avait pas de tete visible, il etait entierement
compose de ventre, un ventre prodigieusement gras et rond, d'une
substance molle, poli, brillant, et raye de diverses couleurs. Dans ses
serres le monstre portait a son aire dans les cieux une maison dont
il avait fait sauter le toit, et dans l'interieur de laquelle nous
apercumes distinctement des etres humains, en proie sans doute au plus
affreux desespoir en face de l'horrible destin qui les attendait. Nous
fimes tout le bruit possible dans l'esperance d'effrayer l'oiseau et de
lui faire lacher sa proie; mais il se contenta de pousser une espece de
ronflement de rage, et laissa tomber sur nos tetes un sac pesant que
nous trouvames rempli de sable."

"Sornettes!" dit le roi.

"Aussitot apres cette aventure, nous remontames un continent d'une
immense etendue et d'une solidite prodigieuse, et qui cependant etait
entierement porte sur le dos d'une vache bleu de ciel qui n'avait pas
moins de quatre cents cornes[20]."

"Cela, je le crois," dit le roi, "parce que j'ai lu quelque chose de
semblable dans un livre."

"Nous passames immediatement sous ce continent (en nageant entre les
jambes de la vache) et quelques heures apres nous nous trouvames dans
une merveilleuse contree, et l'homme-animal m'informa que c'etait son
pays natal, habite par des etres de son espece. Cette revelation fit
grandement monter l'homme-animal dans mon estime, et je commencai a
eprouver quelque honte de la dedaigneuse familiarite avec laquelle je
l'avais traite; car je decouvris que les animaux-hommes etaient en
general une nation de tres puissants magiciens qui vivaient avec des
vers dans leurs cervelles[21]; ces vers, sans doute, servaient a
stimuler par leurs tortillements et leurs fretillements les plus
miraculeux efforts de l'imagination.

"Balivernes!" dit le roi.

"Ces magiciens avaient apprivoise plusieurs animaux de la plus
singuliere espece; par exemple, il y avait un enorme cheval dont les os
etaient de fer, et le sang de l'eau bouillante. En guise d'avoine, il
se nourrissait habituellement de pierres noires; et cependant, en depit
d'un si dur regime, il etait si fort et si rapide qu'il pouvait trainer
un poids plus lourd que le plus grand temple de cette ville, et avec une
vitesese surpassant celle du vol de la plupart des oiseaux[22]."

"Sornettes!" dit le roi.

"Je vis aussi chez ce peuple une poule sans plumes, mais plus grosse
qu'un chameau; au lieu de chair et d'os elle etait faite de fer

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