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Stray Pearls

By Yonge, Charlotte Mary

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Title: Stray Pearls  
Author: Yonge, Charlotte Mary
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
Historic
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Yonge, C. M. (n.d.). Stray Pearls. Retrieved from http://members.worldlibrary.net/


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No one can be more aware than the author that the construction of this tale is defective. The state of French society, and the strange scenes of the Fronde, beguiled me into a tale which has become rather a family record than a novel. Formerly the Muse of the historical romance was an independent and arbitrary personage, who could compress time, resuscitate the dead, give mighty deeds to imaginary heroes, exchange substitutes for popular martyrs on the scaffold, and make the most stubborn facts subservient to her purpose. Indeed, her most favoured son boldly asserted her right to bend time and place to her purpose, and to make the interest and effectiveness of her work the paramount object. But critics have lashed her out of these erratic ways, and she is now become the meek hand maid of Clio, creeping obediently in the track of the greater Muse, and never venturing on more than colouring and working up the grand outlines that her mistress has left undefined. Thus, in the present tale, though it would have been far more convenient not to have spread the story over such a length of time, and to have made the catastrophe depend upon the heroes and heroines, instead of keeping them mere ineffective spectators, or only engaged in imaginary adventures for which a precedent can be found, it has been necessary to stretch out their narrative, so as to be at least consistent with the real history, at the entire sacrifice of the plot. And it may be feared that thus the story may partake of the confusion that really reigned over the tangled thread of events. There is no portion of history better illustrated by...

Table of Contents
· PREFACE · CHAPTER I. WHITEHALL BEFORE THE COBWEBS. · CHAPTER II. A LITTLE MUTUAL AVERSION. · CHAPTER III. CELADON AND CHLOE · CHAPTER IV. THE SALON BLEU · CHAPTER V. IN GARRISON. · CHAPTER VI. VICTORY DEARLY BOUGHT · CHAPTER VII. WIDOW AND WIFE · CHAPTER VIII. MARGUERITE TO THE RESCUE. · CHAPTER IX. THE FIREBRAND OF THE BOCAGE. · CHAPTER X. OLD THREADS TAKEN UP. · CHAPTER XI. THE TWO QUEENS. · CHAPTER XII. CAVALIERS IN EXILE. · CHAPTER XIII. MADEMOISELLE'S TOILETTE. · CHAPTER XIV. COURT APPOINTMENT · CHAPTER XV. A STRANGER THANKSGIVING DAY. · CHAPTER XVI. THE BARRICADES · CHAPTER XVII. A PATIENT GRISEL · CHAPTER XVIII. TWELTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL. · CHAPTER XIX. INSIDE PARIS · CHAPTER XX. CONDOLENCE

 

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