Tom Burke of Ours
by Charles James Lever (9781458943200)

Tom Burke of Ours
Charles James Lever
Release Date: 04 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 178
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458943200
ISBN-10: 1458943208

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: for, to prevent the interruption of servants, I have ordered our dessert there?" This was a most agreeable proposal; and so having seated ourselves in a little arbor of orange shrubs, with the view of the river and the palace gardenfi beneath us, Duchesne thus began: "I am going somewhat far back in history, but have no fears on that head, Burke, my story is a very brief one. There was once upon a time in France, a monarch of some repute, called Louis the Fourteenth; a man, if fame be not unjust, who possessed the most knightly qualities of which we have any record in books. He was brave, munificent, high-minded, ardent, selfish, cruel, and ungrateful, beyond any other man on his own dominions; and like people with such gifts, he had the good fortune to attach men to him just as firmly and devotedly as though he was not in his heart devoid of every principle of" friendship and affection. I need not tell you what the ladies of his reign thought of him?my present business is with the ruder sex. Among the courtiers of the day was a certain Vicomte Arnoud de Gency; a young man who, at the age of eighteen, won bis grade of colonel at the siege of Besancon, by an act of coolness and courage worth recording. He deliberately advanced into one of the breaches, and made a sketch of the interior works of the fortification, while the enemy's shot was tearing up the ground around him. When the deed was reported to the king, he interrupted the relation, saying: " ' Don't tell me who did this for I have made De Gency a colonel for it.' So rapidly did Louis guess the author of so daring a feat. " From that hour, the young colonel's fortune was made. He was appointed one of the gentlemen of the chamber to his majesty, and distinguished by almost daily marks of royal intimacy. His quali...

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