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The Count of Monte Cristo
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  • And there is something in this room which reminds me forcibly of the chamber of the Marquise de Ganges [*] or Desdemona.
  • * Elisabeth de Rossan, Marquise de Ganges, was one of the famous women of the court of Louis XIV. where she was known as "La Belle Provencale."
  • "Can you imagine," said Monte Cristo, "some Othello or Abbe de Ganges, one stormy, dark night, descending these stairs step by step, carrying a load, which he wishes to hide from the sight of man, if not from God?"
  • She was the widow of the Marquise de Castellane when she married de Ganges, and having the misfortune to excite the enmity of her new brothers-in-law, was forced by them to take poison; and they finished her off with pistol and dagger.

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  • The bush of Africa was outside their yard; but they spoke no French, no African language, and from the way they behaved you would have thought that the river just down the road was the Ganges, with temples and holy men and bathing steps.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • If Hinduism flows placidly like the Ganges, then Christianity bustles like Toronto at rush hour.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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