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1902. Illustrated. Erckmann-Chatrian's (pseudonym of Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian) stories are distinguished by simplicity and genuine descriptive power, particularly in the battle scenes and in connection with Alsatian peasant life. Waterloo begins: The joy of the people on the return of Louis XVIII, in 1814, was unbounded. It was in the spring, and the hedges, gardens, and orchards were in full bloom. The people had for years suffered so much misery, and had so many times feared being carried off by the conscription never to return, they were so weary of battles, of the captured cannon, of all the glory and the Te Deums, that they wished for nothing but to live in peace and quiet and to rear their families by honest labor. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.