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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... "I should be obliged to you for telling me in what placa I am." "Beginning your jokes already, eh?" grumbled the man, as he departed. "As though you did not know, as well as me, that you are in the Bastille." CHAPTER XV. THE COUNTERCHECK. Since a month, Louis XIV. had returned to St. Germain, and the little town reassumed the gala aspect imported by the monarch and his appanage. He was then in the apogee of his power, and the "divinity which hedges a king" sanctified even his foibles. Ho did not dissimulate any of them. Montespan was the titular favorite and mother of his progeny whom the Widow Scarron cared for, and he had just rewarded the latter by conferring upon her the rank of Marchioness de Suggere. Madame de Sevignd, whose friend she was but who spared nobody with her wit, ran off a series of jests on the title, which she misread as 'Suggest." "A happy suggestion of his Majesty, she whispered to the courtiers, "indeed, she had from somebody the suggestion to wed the cripple Scarron; it was suggested to the mason he that should predict her a great fortune and I should not wonder if envy suggested that she should undermine the benefactress who raised her from poverty to confide to her the care of her children by the King." Apart from the ladies and courtiers discussing this promotion and the bad news of the Queen's health, the officers of the lifeguards were conversing on matters of discipline. They were the Lieutenant of the Musketeers, Maupertuis, and the present captain and his predecessor of the Guards, Gesvres and Brissac. "What has become of that limb of the fiend?" inquired the last of the Musketeer. I mean that young bravo from the provinces who slew one of your corporals?" "Yes, with a spledid thrust through the chest....
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Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was one of the literary lights of France during the Romantic Revolution, his complete works eventually filling over three hundred volumes. George Bernard Shaw described him as "one of the best storytellersa ]that ever lived." The Man in the Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers are available from Brilliance Audio.
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