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The Queen Pedauque   By: (1844-1924)

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Translated by JOS. A. V. STRITZKO


I. Why I recount the singular Occurrences of my Life

II. My Home at the Queen Pedauque Cookshop I turn the Spit and learn to read Entry of Abbe Jerome Coignard

III. The Story of the Abbe's Life

IV. The Pupil of M. Jerome Coignard I receive Lessons in Latin, Greek and Life

V. My Nineteenth Birthday Its Celebration and the Entrance of M. d'Asterac

VI. Arrival at the Castle of M. d'Asterac and Interview with the Cabalist

VII. Dinner and Thoughts on Food

VIII. The Library and its Contents

IX. At Work on Zosimus the Panopolitan I visit my Home and hear Gossip about M. d'Asterac

X. I see Catherine with Friar Ange and reflect The Liking of Nymphs for Satyrs An Alarm of Fire M. d'Asterac in his Laboratory

XI. The Advent of Spring and its Effects We visit Mosaide

XII. I take a Walk and meet Mademoiselle Catherine

XIII. Taken by M. d'Asterac to the Isle of Swans I listen to his Discourse on Creation and Salamanders

XIV. Visit to Mademoiselle Catherine The Row in the Street and my Dismissal

XV. In the Library with M. Jerome Coignard A Conversation on Morals Taken to M. d'Asterac's Study Salamanders again The Solar Powder A Visit and its Consequences

XVI. Jahel comes to my Room What the Abbe saw on the Stairs His Encounter with Mosaide

XVII. Outside Mademoiselle Catherine's House We are invited in by M. d'Anquetil The Supper The Visit of the Owner and the horrible Consequences

XVIII. Our return We smuggle M. d'Anquetil in M. d'Asterac on Jealousy M. Jerome Coignard in Trouble What happened while I was in the Laboratory Jahel persuaded to elope

XIX. Our last Dinner at M. d'Asterac's Table Conversation of M. Jerome Coignard and M. d'Asterac A Message from Home Catherine in the Spittel We are wanted for Murder Our Flight Jahel causes me much Misery Account of the Journey The Abbe Coignard on Towns Jahel's Midnight Visit We are followed The Accident M. Jerome Coignard is stabbed

XX. Illness of M. Jerome Coignard

XXI. Death of M. Jerome Coignard

XXII. Funeral and Epitaph

XXIII. Farewell to Jahel Dispersal of the Party.

XXIV. I am pardoned and return to Paris Again at the Queen Pedauque I go as Assistant to M. Blaizot Burning of the Castle of Sablons Death of Mosaide and of M. d'Asterac.

XXV. I become a Bookseller I have many learned and witty Customers but none to equal the Abbe Jerome Coignard, D.D., M. A


What one first notes about The Queen Pedauque is the fact that in this ironic and subtle book is presented a story which, curiously enough, is remarkable for its entire innocence of subtlety and irony. Abridge the "plot" into a synopsis, and you will find your digest to be what is manifestly the outline of a straightforward, plumed romance by the elder Dumas.

Indeed, Dumas would have handled the "strange surprising adventures" of Jacques Tournebroche to a nicety, if only Dumas had ever thought to have his collaborators write this brisk tale, wherein d'Astarac and Tournebroche and Mosaide display, even now, a noticeable something in common with the Balsamo and Gilbert and Althotas of the Memoires d'un Medecin . One foresees, to be sure, that, with the twin girthed Creole for guide, M. Jerome Coignard would have waddled into immortality not quite as we know him, but with somewhat more of a fraternal resemblance to the Dom Gorenflot of La Dame de Monsoreau; and that the blood of the abbe's death wound could never have bedewed the book's final pages, in the teeth of Dumas' economic unwillingness ever to despatch any character who was "good for" a sequel.

And one thinks rather kindlily of The Queen Pedauque as Dumas would have equipped it... Continue reading book >>

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