Always that phrase of his, he had called himself so often 'perdu!'
At such times he was more than likely to stray over to the banks of the perdu.
The perdu, as might have been expected when so many mysteries were credited to it, was commonly held to be bottomless.
It would have been hard for Reuben to say just why he found the perdu so attractive.
The perdu was but a stone's throw broad, throughout its entire length.
He resolved that he would buy property near the perdu and settle there.
Reuben shook himself, pressed some of the water from his dripping clothes, and climbed the steep upper bank of the perdu.
He laughed softly; and just then the blue heron came back to the perdu.
Of the dwellers about the perdu none was more saturated with the magic of the place than Reuben Waugh, a boy of thirteen.
The perdu lay perpetually asleep, along beside a steep bank clothed with white birches and balsam poplars.