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The Queen's Cup   By: (1832-1902)

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In "The Queen's Cup" by George Alfred Henty, readers are plunged into the fascinating world of horse racing and the high-stakes events that surround it. Set in the late 19th century, this captivating novel follows the life of Harry and his untamed love for horses, which drives him to pursue his ambition of winning the prestigious Queen's Cup.

Henty's vivid storytelling transports readers to the bustling racetracks, with its vibrant atmosphere and colorful characters. Through his sharp and detailed descriptions, the author masterfully captures the excitement and tension of the races, immersing readers in the thrill of the chase. With each gripping race, Henty skillfully builds suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the final outcome.

The characters in "The Queen's Cup" are well-developed and engaging. Harry, the determined and resilient protagonist, exhibits a deep passion for racing that becomes contagious. From his tireless efforts to train his horses to his unwavering belief in his abilities, Harry's unwavering dedication to his craft sets him apart. As readers follow Harry's journey, they become emotionally invested in his successes and setbacks, rooting for him with every obstacle he faces.

Henty also weaves important historical context into the narrative, shedding light on the social climate and challenges of the time. From the technological advancements in the racing world to the societal expectations placed upon individuals based on their class, the author adeptly examines the larger landscapes that frame the characters' lives. This added depth enriches the story, providing readers with a glimpse into the wider world beyond the racetracks.

One of the aspects that stands out in "The Queen's Cup" is the attention to detail in the equestrian world. Henty's love for horses and his extensive knowledge of horsemanship shine through in his meticulous descriptions of the horse training process, the strategy involved in racing, and the nuances of the equestrian culture. This commitment to accuracy not only adds authenticity to the story but also instills readers with a deeper appreciation for the artistry and skill behind horse racing.

However, one slight drawback of the novel is the pacing in some sections. While Henty's descriptive prowess brings scenes to life, there are moments where the narrative loses momentum. These slower-paced sections may test readers' patience, as they long for the story to re-ignite its former intensity. Nevertheless, these lulls are short-lived and do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

"The Queen's Cup" is an enthralling tale that will captivate both equestrian enthusiasts and fans of historical fiction alike. Henty's expert storytelling and his affectionate portrayal of the equestrian world combine to create a compelling and authentic narrative. With its well-drawn characters, meticulous attention to detail, and invigorating descriptions of horse racing, this novel is a thrilling ride from start to finish. "The Queen's Cup" is a must-read for anyone seeking an engrossing story that seamlessly blends adventure, passion, and the pursuit of excellence.

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E text prepared by Martin Robb



G. A. Henty.

Chapter 1.

A large party were assembled in the drawing room of Greendale, Sir John Greendale's picturesque old mansion house. It was early in September. The men had returned from shooting, and the guests were gathered in the drawing room; in the pleasant half hour of dusk when the lamps have not yet been lighted, though it is already too dark to read. The conversation was general, and from the latest news from India had drifted into the subject of the Italian belief in the Mal Occhio.

"Do you believe in it, Captain Mallett?" asked Bertha, Sir John's only child, a girl of sixteen; who was nestled in an easy chair next to that in which the man she addressed was sitting.

"I don't know, Bertha."

He had known her from childhood, and she had not yet reached an age when the formal "Miss Greendale" was incumbent upon her acquaintances.

"I do not believe in the Italian superstition to anything like the extent they carry it. I don't think I should believe it at all if it were not that one man has always been unlucky to me."

"How unlucky, Captain Mallett?"

"Well, I don't know that unlucky is the proper word, but he has always stood between me and success; at least, he always did, for it is some years since our paths have crossed... Continue reading book >>

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