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The Whites and the Blues

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ISBN 10: 1434405869 / ISBN 13: 9781434405869
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Hardcover. 678 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 1.9in.About the Author Alexandre Dumas (also known as Dumas pere) (1802-1870) was one of the most famous French writers of the 19th century. Dumas is best known for historical the novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, both written within the space of two years, 1844-45, and which belong to the foundation works of popular culture. He was among the first, along with Honore de Balzac and Eugene Sue, who fully used the possibilities of roman feuilleton, the serial novel. Dumas is credited with revitalizing the historical novel in France, although his abilities as a writer were under dispute from the beginning. Dumas works are fast-paced adventure tales that blend history and fiction, but on the other hand, they are entangled, melodramatic, and actually not faithful to the historical facts. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781434405869

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Title: The Whites and the Blues

Publisher: Wildside Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Hardcover

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...laughing, " that is a secret which I dare not reveal before our prudish friend Cadoudal; however, if you insist, Mademoiselle, at the risk of making him blush, I will say that there lives in the Hue des Colomies, at Paris, near the Theatre Fey-deau, a certain Aurelie de Saint-Amour, to whom Citizen Barras can refuse nothing, and who, for her part, can refuse me nothing." " And furthermore," continued Cadoudal, " the name of Argentan upon his passport conceals another, which is sufficient of itself to give him free passage among all Chouans, Vendeans, and royalists who wear the white cockade at home or abroad. Your travelling companion, Mademoiselle, who has now nothing to conceal, having nothing to fear, and whom, consequently, I now present to you under his real name, is not Monsieur d'Argentan, but Coster de Saint-Victor; and had he given no pledges heretofore, the wound which he has just received in fighting for our sacred cause--" " If it needs only a wound to prove one's devotion," said Diana, coldly, " that is a very easy matter." " What do you mean? " asked Cadoudal. "This! " replied Diana. And drawing from her belt the sharp dagger which had given her brother his death-blow, she struck her arm so violently, in the same place where Coster de Saint-Victor had received his wound, that the blade entered on one side and came out on the other. " And as for the name," she continued, addressing the stupefied young men, " although my name is not Coster de Saint-Victor, it is Diana de Fargas! My father was assassinated four years ago, and my brother a week ago." Coster de Saint-Victor started, glanced at the dagger which still remained in her arm, and recognizing it as the one which had in his presence given the death-blow to Lucien, he said...

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"In the preface of The Companions of Jehu I told why that romance had been written; and those who have read it cannot fail to have seen where I borrowed from Nodier in the description of the execution, of which he was an ocular witness. In short, I borrowed by denouement from him." "Now The Whites and the Blues, being a continuation of The Companions of Jehu, my readers will not be astonished if I again borrow from Nodier for the beginning of my story." "After the great success of The Companions of Jehu, I was tormented with a desire to write a great romance, entitled The Whites and the Blues, taking my departure for this new book from Nodier's Episodes de la Revolution, as I did the motive for a former one from his Reaction Thermidorienne." "This time I wished not only to borrow a few pages from him, but to make him assume a role in the action of the drama." "With permission from his daughter, there was nothing to stop me; and as I had already outlined my plot, I set to work at once."

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