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The Lightning Conductor

C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You know, Brown," she said, "we look on you as our guide as well as our chauffeur" ("and I must be your watch-dog too, though it isn't in the contract," I grumbled to myself, "if you are going to allow every automobilist who claims the right of fellowship to thrust himself upon you").

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Even Aunt Mary was impressed as we passed into the inner court of Chambord, and Miss Randolph (whose sympathy and imagination throws her at once into harmony with her surroundings) drew a quick breath of half-awed astonishment at sight of this enormous structure, more like a city than a single house, with its prodigious towers, its extraordinary assemblage of pinnacles, gables, turrets, cones, chimneys and gargoyles. The Frenchman minced along at her side, twirling his moustache, and making great play with those long-lashed eyes of his. I divined his intention to outdistance us, and get Miss Randolph to himself in the labyrinth of vast, empty rooms through which our party was parad. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the second book of the Williamsons' that I read. I loved every hilarious minute. What could go wrong during a motoring trip in Europe in the early 1900s? Everything, apparently...until the right young man arrives who knows how to make a car run correctly. It is well written, witty, interesti

This had all the elements of the normal Williamsons' book: someone is in disguise, people are taking a road-trip and waxing poetic about the sights they see, and there are a couple of sort of cartoon-y villains. But for me it somehow didn't have as much sparkle.
John Winston, a wealthy young British

What I enjoy about the Williamson's romance/travelogues are the tantalizing references to history and geography that I have no knowledge of. I have to read with access to google and wikipedia and continually look up names and places. I've learned a lot about European history and geography. Plus the

Such an absolute gem of travelogue and shenanigans! Simply fun, funny, and edifying. If you only had the necessary backdrops and props, this would make a perfect play with a perfectly (& quickly) wrapped up ending. Satisfying and sweet; old-fashioned and lovely.