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The Suitors of Yvonne: being a portion of the memo

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ttle fellow, in the uniform of the gardes du corps—now stood silent and abashed.

The two women, who had withdrawn into a dark and retired corner of the apartment, stood gazing with interest upon this pretty scene.

"Well, gentlemen?" I asked in a tone of persiflage, as I took a step towards them. "Have you naught to say to me, now that I have answered your imperious summons? What! All dumb?"

"Our affair is not with you," said St. Auban, curtly.

"Pardon! Why, then, did you inquire where I was?"

"Messieurs," exclaimed Vilmorin, whose face assumed the pallor usual to it in moments of peril, "meseems we have been misinformed, and that M. de Mancini is not here. Let us seek elsewhere."

"Most excellent advice, gentlemen," I commented,—"seek elsewhere."

"Monsieur," cried the little officer, turning purple, "it occurs to me that you are mocking us."

"Mocking you! Mocking you? Mocki. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If you like The Three Musketeers, you’ll like this book. It is set in France, and it has duels, chivalry, disguises, intrigues, and even an evil Cardinal. But it isn’t just a rehash of that book; Sabatini tells his own story. Some of the plot points might be a tad too convenient, but I was having to

Vintage Sabtini. Though I was glad to have Dumas Three Musketeers and The Women's War so I knew more about the historical period.


An enjoyable romp through about the first half. Then it petered into a rather boring affair. The characters that had charmed in the first half lost their shimmer in their second half and became caricatures. The prose was brilliant right through with memorable words. But you take that for granted wit