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Robert Tournay

A Romance of the French Revolution

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Author: William Sage
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,418 / 260 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,123
Added to site: 2011.01.05
mnybks.net#: 30069
Origin: gutenberg.org

A stirring tale, full of movement, swift action, and thrilling adventure.--Brooklyn Eagle.

The scenes he has sketched with a free hand are full of the tragic interest surrounding the events of the French Revolution. The romance is finely conceived, and written as the story-tellers of an earlier day might have told it, with simplicity and directness. The figures stand out clearly, there are not too many of them, and there is a captivating swing to their movements.--San Francisco Argonaut.

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en he did, it was with perfect politeness. When the Marquis de St. Hilaire rode his horse he did it with a grace none could surpass; when he shot, he hit the mark. He had the reputation of being one of the most dissipated young noblemen in the kingdom. He certainly spent money more lavishly than the most prodigal. This reputation was at once the envy and admiration of a host of young followers; and yet if asked, no one could mention any particular debauchery of which he had been guilty. When his companions, under the excitement of wine, committed extravagant follies and excesses, St. Hilaire, although by no means sparing of the winecup, maintained a certain dignity essentially his own. At the gaming-table it was always the Marquis de St. Hilaire who played the highest. He won a fortune or lost an estate with the same calm and outward indifference. On every occasion he was the cool, polished gentleman.

As Tournay approached the group of noblemen, the Marquis de Lacheville, determined to keep him in a st

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