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Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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The enigmatic smile of The Laughing Cavalier of Franz Hals' famous painting invites you to wonder just what mischievousness hides behind that face. In this novel, inspired by the painting, Baroness Orczy recounts the adventures of an ancestor of her famous character, the Scarlet Pimpernel. Set in Holland during the turbulent times of 1623/1624, this is the story of a swashbuckling romanticist, whose desire for wealth and success always seems to be eclipsed by his sense of what is right and gentlemanly. The same combination of savoir-faire, insouciance, deep feeling, and humor that make the Scarlet Pimpernel such an intriguing character are already present in the DNA of the Blakeney family more than 150 years before the French Revolution. Enjoy this delightful romp through the "pages" of an historical fiction that will have you laughing right along with The Laughing Cavalier.

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THE LAUGHING CAVALIER

THE STORY OF THE ANCESTOR OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

BARONESS ORCZY

Author of "Unto C├Žsar," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "El Dorado," "Meadowsweet," etc.

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Copyright, 1914, BY THE RIDGWAY COMPANY

Copyright, 1914, BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

CONTENTS

AN APOLOGY

THE PROLOGUE

THE ADVENTURE

I NEW YEAR'S EVE

II THE FRACAS BY THE POSTERN GATE

III AN INTERLUDE

IV WATCH NIGHT

V BROTHER AND SISTER

VI THE COUNSELS OF PRUDENCE

VII THREE PHILOSOPHERS AND THEIR FRIENDS

VIII THE LODGINGS WHICH WERE PAID FOR

IX THE PAINTER OF PICTURES

X THE LAUGHING CAVALIER

XI THE BARGAIN

XII THE PORTRAIT

XIII THE SPANISH WENCH

XIV AFTER EVENSONG

XV THE HALT AT BENNEBROCK

XVI LEYDEN

XVII AN UNDERSTANDING

XVIII THE START

XIX IN THE KINGDOM OF THE NIGHT

XX BACK AGAIN IN HAARLEM

XXI A GRIEF STRICKEN FATHER

XXII A DOUBLE PLEDGE

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