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The Laughing Cavalier

By Orczy, Emmuska, Baroness

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Title: The Laughing Cavalier  
Author: Orczy, Emmuska, Baroness
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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For the past eight years now— ever since the true story of The Scarlet Pimpernel was put on record by the present author— these gentle, kind, inquisitive friends have asked me to trace their descent back to an ancestor more remote than was Sir Percy, to one in fact who by his life and by his deeds stands forth from out the distant past as a conclusive proof that the laws which govern the principles of heredity are as unalterable as those that rule the destinies of the universe.They have pointed out to me that since Sir Percy Blakeney's was an exceptional personality, possessing exceptional characteristics which his friends pronounced sublime and his detractors arrogant— he must have had an ancestor in the dim long ago who was, like him, exceptional, like him possessed of qualities which call forth the devotion of friends and rancour of enemies. Nay, more! there must have existed at one time or another a man who possessed that sunny disposition, that same irresistible laughter, that same careless insouciance and adventurous spirit which were subsequently transmitted to his descendants, of whom the Scarlet Pimpernel himself was the most distinguished individual.

Table of Contents
· AN APOLOGY · THE PROLOGUE · The Prologue Part 2 · Chapter I — New Year's Eve · Chapter II — THE FRACAS BY THE POSTERN GATE · Chapter III — AN INTERLUDE · Chapter IV — WATCH-NIGHT · Chapter V — BROTHER AND SISTER · Chapter VI — THE COUNSELS OF PRUDENCE · Chapter VII —THREE PHILOSOPHERS AND THEIR FRIENDS · Chapter VIII — THE LODGINGS WHICH WERE PAID FOR · Chapter IX — The Painter of Pictures · Chapter X — The Laughing Cavalier · Chapter XI — The Bargain · Chapter XII — THE PORTRAIT · Chapter XIII — THE SPANISH WENCH · Chapter XIV — After Evensong · Chapter XV — THE HALT AT BENNEBROCK · Chapter XVI — LEYDEN · Chapter XVII — AN UNDERSTANDING · Chapter XVIII — THE START · Chapter XIX — In the Kingdom of the Night · Chapter XX — BACK AGAIN IN HAARLEM · Chapter XXI — A GRIEF-STRICKEN FATHER · Chapter XXII — A DOUBLE PLEDGE · Chapter XXIII — A SPY FROM THE CAMP · Chapter XXIV — THE BIRTH OF HATE · Chapter XXV — AN ARRANT KNAVE · Chapter XXVI — BACK TO HOUDEKERK · Chapter XXVIII — CHECK · Chapter XXIX — CHECK AGAIN · Chapter XXX — A NOCTURNE · Chapter XXXI — THE MOLENS · Chapter XXXII — A RUN THROUGH THE NIGHT · Chapter XXXIII — THE CAPTIVE LION


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