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The Duke's Motto A Melodrama   By: (1860-1936)

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THE DUKE'S MOTTO

A MELODRAMA

BY JUSTIN HUNTLY McCARTHY

AUTHOR OF "SERAPHICA" "IF I WERE KING" "THE PROUD PRINCE" ETC. ETC.

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS MCMVIII

NOVELS BY JUSTIN HUNTLY McCARTHY

THE GORGEOUS BORGIA. Post 8vo $1.50 SERAPHICA. Post 8vo 1.50 THE DUKE'S MOTTO. Post 8vo 1.50 IF I WERE KING. Illustrated. Post 8vo 1.50 MARJORIE. Illustrated. Post 8vo 1.50 THE DRYAD. Post 8vo 1.50 THE LADY OF LOYALTY HOUSE. Post 8vo 1.50 THE PROUD PRINCE. Post 8vo 1.50 THE FLOWER OF FRANCE. Post 8vo 1.50 THE ILLUSTRIOUS O'HAGAN. Post 8vo 1.50 NEEDLES AND PINS. Illustrated. Post 8vo 1.50

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS, N. Y.

Published August, 1908.

DÉDICACE

A VICTORIEN SARDOU

MAÎTRE,

Voilà un mélodrame que j'ai fait, le dernier de plusieurs mélodrames anglais qui ont Lagardère pour héros. Des mots remplacent l'action, des mots remplacent le décor, les costumes, et les accessoires; mais enfin ce pastiche n'est qu'une pièce et non un roman. Je l'ai fait pour Lewis Waller, acteur romantique s'il en fut, et grandement doué des qualités qui appartiennent par tradition à Lagardère. J'ai su, il y a longtemps, grâce à M. Jules Claretie, que vous étiez le vrai createur de ce paladin, Lagardère, pair de d'Artagnan, pair de Cyrano, pair presque de Roland et d'Olivier. Et si je ne l'avais pas su, j'aurais pu l'apprendre dernièrement en lisant ce livre aussi plein de charme que d'érudition, "Les Anciens Théâtres de Paris" de M. Georges Cain. Mais je crois que cette vérité est connue de peu de monde dans les pays où se parle la langue anglaise, que quand on loue "Le Bossu" de Féval on doit aussi louer "Le Bossu" de Sardou.

XIV I. MCMVIII.

CONTENTS

I. THE SEVEN DEVILS 1 II. THE THRUST OF NEVERS 13 III. A BUYER OF BLADES 32 IV. THE LITTLE PARISIAN 48 V. THE PARRY TO THE THRUST OF NEVERS 62 VI. THE MOAT OF CAYLUS 73 VII. BROTHERS IN ARMS 82 VIII. THE FIGHT IN THE MOAT 91 IX. THE SCYTHE OF TIME 100 X. A VILLAGE FAIR 108 XI. ÆSOP REDUX 114 XII. FLORA 124 XIII. CONFIDENCES 132 XIV. "I AM HERE!" 139 XV. THE KING'S WORD 152 XVI. SHADOWS 159 XVII. IN THE GARDEN 172 XVIII. THE FACTION OF GONZAGUE 185 XIX. THE HALL OF THE THREE LOUIS 198 XX. A CONFIDENTIAL AGENT 209 XXI. THE PRINCESS DE GONZAGUE 219 XXII. THE FAMILY COUNCIL 225 XXIII. THE KING'S BALL 237 XXIV. THE ROSE COLORED DOMINO 247 XXV. THE GLOVE OF COCARDASSE 257 XXVI. THE REWARD OF ÆSOP 266 XXVII. ÆSOP IN LOVE 278 XXVIII. THE SIGNATURE OF ÆSOP 290 XXIX. THE DEAD SPEAKS 298

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THE SEVEN DEVILS

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