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The Fate of a Crown

L. Frank Baum

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pintra.”

I fear I stared at him with somewhat rude intentness, for Dom Miguel was a man to arouse interest in any beholder. Tall, spare, but not ungraceful, his snow-white 44hair and beard made strong contrast with his bronzed features. His eyes, soft and gentle in expression, were black. His smile, which was not frequent, disclosed a line of even, white teeth. His dress was a suit of plain, well-fitting black, supplemented by irreproachable linen. Taken altogether, Dom Miguel appeared a model of the old school of gentility, which may be as quickly recognized in Brazil as in England, France or America. Indeed, it seemed an absurdity to connect this eminently respectable personage with revolutions, murders, and intrigue, and my spirits rose the moment I set eyes upon his pleasant face.

“I am Robert Harcliffe,” said I, answering the question his politeness would not permit him to ask; “the son of Ma. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Written by L. Frank Baum under the pseudonym Schuyler Staunton, this adult novel shows little of the endless invention and good humour that mark the best of his children's books. The story takes place during the 1889 Brazilian revolution and uses many actual historical figures amongst the fiction. B

p19: No other person was in sight, and the red cart had disappeared around the comer of the house.

p21: He dwelt upon the name with seeming tenderness, and I began to understand why my father and my stem Uncle Nelson had both learned to love this kindly natured gentleman of Brazil.

p22: Engaged in

after an uninspired opening adventure, the book has a lot of good surprises and a fair amount of suspense. it is rather a weakness that the narrator/protagonist has so little personality or effect on the plot, however

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't crazy about "Schuyler Staunton"'s other book,
Daughters of Destiny
, when I read it in similarly photocopied fashion (this time, it's nice that I own the photocopy, but I did buy
Oz-Story 4
, which contains that book) when I read it through an