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The Eagle's Shadow

James Branch Cabell

Book Overview: 

A romantic comedy in which love is complicated by a large inheritance.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .BR> island might conceivably display toward the boat-crew come to rescue
him. The Colonel liked Billy; and furthermore, the poor Colonel's
position at Selwoode just now was not utterly unlike that of the
suppositious mariner; were I minded to venture into metaphor, I should
picture him as clinging desperately to the rock of an old fogeyism
and surrounded by weltering seas of advanced thought. Colonel Hugonin
himself was not advanced in his ideas. Also, he had forceful opinions
as to the ultimate destination of those who were.

Then Billy was presented to the men of the party--Mr. Felix Kennaston
and Mr. Petheridge Jukesbury. Mrs. Haggage he knew slightly; and
Kathleen Saumarez he had known very well indeed, some six years
previously, before she had ever heard of Miguel Saumarez, and when
Billy was still an undergraduate. She was a widow now, and not
well-to-do; and Mr. Woods's first thought on seeing her was that. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"is it not strange an all-wise Creator should have been at pains to fashion this brave world about us for little men and women such as we to lie and pilfer in?
Was it worth while, think you, to arch the firmament above our rogueries, and light the ageless stars as candles to display our antics?

So th

"It was the mirth of a beaten woman, of a woman who has known the last extreme of shame and misery and has learned to laugh at it."


This is an overdrawn romance between very shallow young aristocrats penned 15 years before Cabell began to really hit his master stride. Full of the nonsensical

eh. i remember cabell being better than this.