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The Countess of Saint Geran

Alexandre Dumas

Book Overview: 

This story details the crimes and trial surrounding the unexpected pregnancy and subsequent childbirth of the Countess de Saint-Geran in 1640s France. Familial jealousies harbored by her sister-in-law, the Marchioness de Bouille, intertwine with the greedy schemes of a fugitive relative, the Marquis de Saint-Maixent, to produce a scandalous series of events.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He was a portly man, with a puffy face, whom fatigue rendered singularly uncomfortable.

“Marquis,” said he, “although your company, which affords me the opportunity of showing you some attention, is very precious to me, you cannot doubt that I had much rather enjoy it on another footing. If it be within your power, as you say, to release yourself from the hands of justice, the sooner you do so the better I shall be pleased. But I beg you to consider the state we are in. For my part, I am unfit to keep the saddle another hour, and are you not yourself knocked up by this forced march in the great heat?”

“True, so I am,” said the marquis, letting his arms fall by his side.

“Well, then, let us rest here, sup here, if we can, and we will start quite fit in the cool of the morning.”

“Agreed,” replied the marquis; “but then let us pass the t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Countess de Charny begins where [[ASIN:0548013675 Taking the Bastile]] leaves off after the attack on Versailles and the Royal family is "escorted" back to Paris by that same mob and are installed in residence at the Tuileries Palace, while the various factions of the National Assembly sort o...more

I regret picking it, it had no style. Could be translator's fault, of course, but it certainly failed to engage.

Just finished part two of the multi-part series about the French Revolution. Nobody goes through the drama of the day like Dumas. This chapter takes you through the specifics of the readiness and escape of the king and queen and ends in their capture. Within the popular characters are developed f...more

I’d never heard of any of these noble or ignoble personages before reading this unusual set of circumstances that occurred in France during the mid-1600s.

This is a short biographical account of a heartless crime that’s followed by a few amazing coincidences to make things right.

recently watched the 15 episode series (in French) which dramatizes all 4 volumes of the Revolution cycle (Joseph Balsamo, Queen's necklace, Ange Pitou and this one); with an awesome cast the TV mini series focuses only on the personal aspect of the main characters (of course as the Queen is amon...more

A very quick and easy read. Dumas reverts back to a style he is recognised for, similar to the three musketeers in period, style and genre. A short book of intrigue, lies and deception. A good book for a person wanting to read as an introduction the style if Dumas.