The Secret Memoires of the Duc de Roquelaure (Volume 2)

9781150734878: The Secret Memoires of the Duc de Roquelaure (Volume 2)

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. 1897. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXI Proposals rejected--I seek further afield--I get to work--First difficulties--Scruples--I take the place by storm--A half confidence--The siege threatens to be prolonged--Well, we shall see--The husband arrives--I am delighted at his appearance--A ray of light--I guess the puzzle--A stratagem--A method of seduction which neither the father-in-law nor the son-in-law opposes--Another wedding-night spoiled--Two urgent letters--Nicolas Boutrel and old Tiquet set forth together--I am master of the ground--A smile from Madelon--Love's kindness--The end of the confidence--Madelon's tale--A singular bridegroom--An astounding way of employing a wedding-day--Ah, if Claudine were here!--I offer to take Claudine's place--Matters go badly for Nicolas--The absent are in fault--The marriage of Claudine and Gauthier--A comedy au naturel--Madelon plays her part to perfection--A risky climax--Nicolas returns--It was time--Two clowns--Poor Madelon!--Sadness after pleasure--Grievous regrets--I set forth. I Let him go on as long as he had breath, and he spared me no single one of the details. He went back fifty years, thus making an excursion into the preceding century, and related to me how the Governor of Paris, the members of the Parlement, the provost of the trade-guilds and the aldermen held secret meetings, and were covertly in treaty with Henry IV. as to how they should bring about his entrance into Paris, and how the Sixteen, being privily warned of what s was in progress, gave notice of it to the Spaniards, who were at that time in garrison in the capital. Then, growing excited over his memories of a scene of which he had been so well-placed a beholder in spite of his insignificance, he told me--and I knew it so well!--that Henry IV.'s troops had made sur...

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