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Seats of the Mighty

A Romance of Old Quebec

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Author: Gilbert Parker
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 128,802 / 346 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 935 5458

The first of Parker's books to enjoy commercial success, and the basis for the 1914 silent film with Lionel Barrymore. A fine romance of England both sides of the Atlantic. The story gives a splendid picture of England in the days when she was wrestling with France for the possession of the new world and then turns to Canada and tells us how the battle waged among these new-found possessions. It si a heroic story with a fine love story interwoven.

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o set it going.

Answering Monsieur Doltaire, I said stoutly, "I am sure he made a good fight; he had gallant men."

"Truly gallant," he returned--"your own Virginians among others" (I bowed); "but he was a blunderer, as were you also, monsieur, or you had not sent him plans of our forts and letters of such candour. They have gone to France, my captain."

Madame Duvarney seemed to stiffen in her chair, for what did this mean but that I was a spy? and the young lady behind them now put her handkerchief to her mouth as if to stop a word. To make light of the charges against myself was the only thing, and yet I had little heart to do so. There was that between Monsieur Doltaire and myself--a matter I shall come to by-and-bye--which well might make me apprehensive.

"My sketch and my gossip with my friends," said I, "can have little interest in France."

"My faith, the Grande Marquise will find a relish for them," he said pointedly at me. He, the natural son of King Louis, had played



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