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The Vicomte of Bragelonne - Alexandre Dumas

The Vicomte of Bragelonne - Alexandre Dumas

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The Vicomte of Bragelonne
Dumas, Alexandre
Published:
1847
Categories(s):
Fiction, Action & Adventure, Historical, Romance
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About Dumas:
Alexandre Dumas, père, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (July 24,1802 – December 5, 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numer-ous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of themost widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, in-cluding The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Manin the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazinearticles and was a prolific correspondent. Source: Wikipedia
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Chapter 
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The Letter.
Towards the middle of the month of May, in the year 1660, at nineo'clock in the morning, when the sun, already high in the heavens, wasfast absorbing the dew from the ramparts of the castle of Blois, a littlecavalcade, composed of three men and two pages, re-entered the city bythe bridge, without producing any other effect upon the passengers of the quay beyond a first movement of the hand to the head, as a salute,and a second movement of the tongue to express, in the purest Frenchthen spoken in France: "There is Monsieur returning from hunting." Andthat was all.Whilst, however, the horses were climbing the steep acclivity whichleads from the river to the castle, several shop-boys approached the lasthorse, from whose saddle-bow a number of birds were suspended by the beak.On seeing this, the inquisitive youths manifested with rustic freedomtheir contempt for such paltry sport, and, after a dissertation amongthemselves upon the disadvantages of hawking, they returned to theiroccupations; one only of the curious party, a stout, stubby, cheerful lad,having demanded how it was that Monsieur, who, from his great reven-ues, had it in his power to amuse himself so much better, could be satis-fied with such mean diversions."Do you not know," one of the standers-by replied, "that Monsieur'sprincipal amusement is to weary himself?"The light-hearted boy shrugged his shoulders with a gesture whichsaid as clear as day: "In that case I would rather be plain Jack than aprince." And all resumed their labors.In the meanwhile, Monsieur continued his route with an air at once somelancholy and so majestic, that he certainly would have attracted theattention of spectators, if spectators there had been; but the good citizensof Blois could not pardon Monsieur for having chosen their gay city foran abode in which to indulge melancholy at his ease, and as often as they
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