Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Ainsi l'_happidandy Flos Aeris_
de Java porte, dit-on, une belle fleur, qui vit encore quand elle est
deracinee. Les indigenes la suspendent avec une corde au plafond, et
jouissent de son parfum des annees entieres.

Notre differend termine, nous cherchames dans la chambre une ouverture
qui nous permit de contempler la cite d'Edina. Il n'y avait pas de
fenetre. La seule lumiere qui penetrat dans ce reduit obscur venait
d'une ouverture carree ayant a peu pres un pied de diametre, et a une
hauteur d'environ sept pieds au-dessus du plancher. Mais que ne peut
realiser l'energie du veritable genie? Je resolus d'atteindre a ce trou.
Un enorme attirail de roues, de pignons, et autres machines a l'air
cabalistique se trouvaient en face du trou, tout pres de lui, et a
travers le trou passait une baguette de fer venant du mecanisme. Entre
les roues et le mur il y avait juste de la place pour mon corps; mais
j'etais exasperee, et determinee a aller jusqu'au bout. J'appelai Pompey
pres de moi.

"Vous voyez cette ouverture, Pompey. Je voudrais y passer la tete pour
regarder. Vous allez vous tenir tout droit juste sous le trou,--comme
cela. Maintenant, Pompey, tendez une de vos mains, que je puisse y
monter--tres bien. Maintenant l'autre main, Pompey, et avec son aide,
j'arriverai sur vos epaules."

Il fit tout ce que je desirais, et quand je fus hissee sur ses epaules,
je m'apercus que je pouvais facilement passer ma tete et mon cou a
travers l'ouverture. Le panorama etait sublime. Il ne se pouvait rien de
plus magnifique. Je ne m'arretai un instant que pour appeler Diane et
assurer Pompey que je serais discrete, et peserais le moins possible sur
ses epaules. Je lui dis que je serais a l'egard de ses sentiments d'une
delicatesse tendre--_ossi tender qu'un beefsteak_. Apres avoir rendu
cette justice a mon fidele ami, je m'abandonnai sans reserve a l'ardeur
et a l'enthousiasme de la jouissance du panorama qui s'etendait sous mes
yeux.

Cependant je me dispenserai de m'appesantir sur ce sujet. Je ne decrirai
pas la cite d'Edinburgh. Tout le monde est alle a Edinburgh--la
classique Edina. Je m'en tiendrai aux principaux details de ma
lamentable aventure. Apres avoir jusqu'a un certain point satisfait ma
curiosite touchant l'etendue, la situation, et la physionomie generale
de la cite, j'eus le loisir d'examiner l'eglise ou j'etais, et la
delicate architecture de son clocher. Je remarquai que l'ouverture a
travers laquelle j'avais passe la tete s'ouvrait dans le cadran d'une
horloge gigantesque, et devait de la rue faire l'effet d'un large trou
de clef, tel qu'on en voit sur le cadran des montres francaises.

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