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H. De Vere Stacpoole

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Aha!” said the Comtesse, “more bad news. But stay, perhaps we know it. Is it the plot to rob me of my carriage and my hairdresser?”

“No, madame, I know nothing of any plot to rob you of your carriage. It is about the Comtesse de Béarn I have come to speak. Did she not receive a present to-day?”

“Yes, a basket of flowers from an old lady who belongs to her province. A Madame Turgis.”

“Yes,” said de Sartines, “and a Secret Service agent has just brought me news that amidst the flowers in that basket was a note.”

“A note!”

“A letter, I should say, giving the Comtesse de Béarn a full and true account of the little plan by which she was induced to come to Paris47.”

“Oh, mon Dieu!” cried Madame Dubarry. “If the old fool only gets to know that, we are ruined! I know her as well as if I had constructed her.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This novel has also been released under the title Monsieur de Rochefort: A Romance of Old Paris and it is this variant title that lured me to try this book out (to see if Stacpoole had been inspired by another comte de Rochefort appearing in Dumas' novels - however, the only similarity is a scar run