The Secret of the Night

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The Secret of the Night  (1914) 
by Gaston Leroux, translated by Anonymous
Illustrated by H. Richard Boehm. An audiobook is available at Librivox

Then there was the curious spectacle of Rouletabille standing on the hangman’s stool, the fatal rope hanging above his head, his legs crossed, his elbow on his knees in that eternal attitude which Art has always given to human thought, his fists under his jaws, his eyes fixed—all around him, all those young men intent on his silence, not moving a muscle, turned into statues themselves that they might not disturb the statue which thought and thought.

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