Madame la Comtesse de Lo spent much time telling others what her three sons would inherit from aging kinsmen when they died. What is the gift her second son will receive?
One of his distant relatives, Madame la Comtesse de Lo, rarely allowed an opportunity to escape of enumerating, in his presence, what she designated as “the expectations” of her three sons. She had numerous relatives, who were very old and near to death, and of whom her sons were the natural heirs. The youngest of the three was to receive from a grand-aunt a good hundred thousand livres of income; the second was the heir by entail to the title of the Duke, his uncle; the eldest was to succeed to the peerage of his grandfather. The Bishop was accustomed to listen in silence to these innocent and pardonable maternal boasts. On one occasion, however, he appeared to be more thoughtful than usual, while Madame de Lo was relating once again the details of all these inheritances and all these “expectations.” She interrupted herself impatiently: “Mon Dieu, cousin! What are you thinking about?” “I am thinking,” replied the Bishop, “of a singular remark, which is to be found, I believe, in St. Augustine,—`Place your hopes in the man from whom you do not inherit.’”
Hugo, Victor. Les Misérables. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1887. Print.
He will gain the title of his grandfather.
He will receive at least 100,000 livres.
He will become a Duke.
He will inherit nothing because he is the son she likes the least.
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