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The Magic Skin

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📖 Pages463
⏰ Reading time 16 hours 30 minutes
💡 Originally published1831
🌏 Original language French
📌 Types Novels , Fairy tale
📌 Genres Drama, Mystique, Prose, Psychological, Social, Tragedy, Fantastic Fiction, Philosophical, Fantasy novel
📌 Sections Mystical novel , Psychological novel , Social novel , Philosophical novel

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I. THE TALISMAN

Towards the end of the month of October 1829 a young man entered the Palais-Royal just as the gaming-houses opened, agreeably to the law which protects a passion by its very nature easily excisable.
He mounted the staircase of one of the gambling hells distinguished by the number 36, without too much deliberation.
"Your hat, sir, if you please?" a thin, querulous voice called out. A little old man, crouching in the darkness behind a railing, suddenly rose and exhibited his features, carved after a mean design.
As you enter a gaming-house the law despoils you of your hat at the outset.
Is it by way of a parable, a divine revelation? Or by exacting some pledge or other, is not an infernal compact implied?
Is it done to compel you to preserve a respectful demeanor towards those who are about to gain money of you?
Or must the detective, who squats in our social sewers, know the name of your hatter, or your own, if you happen to have written it on the lining inside?
Or, after all, is the measurement of your skull required for the compilation of statistics as to the cerebral capacity of gamblers?
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