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ProjectGutenberg'sPetticoatRule,byEmmuskaOrczy,BaronessOrczy ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.net Title:PetticoatRule Author:EmmuskaOrczy,BaronessOrczy ReleaseDate:December15,2010[EBook#34660] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKPETTICOATRULE*** ProducedbyStevendesJardinsandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net PETTICOATRULE BY BARONESSORCZY AUTHOROF"THEELUSIVEPIMPERNEL,""I WILLREPAY,""THESCARLETPIMPERNEL,"ETC publisher'slogo HODDER&STOUGHTON NEWYORK GEORGEH DORANCOMPANY Copyright,1909, ByBaronessOrczy Copyright,1910, ByGeorgeH DoranCompany TO THEODOREWATTS-DUNTON THEKINDFRIENDWHOSEAPPRECIATIONHAS CHEEREDME,THE IDEALISTWHOSEWORKHASGUIDEDME,THE BRILLIANT INTELLECTWHOSEPRAISEHASENCOURAGED ME THISBOOKISDEDICATED INTOKENOFADMIRATION,REGARD,AND FRIENDSHIP EMMUSKAORCZY CONTENTS PARTI THEGIRL CHAPTER PAGE I —AFAREWELLBANQUET II —THERULERSOFFRANCE III —POMPADOUR'SCHOICE IV —AWOMAN'SSURRENDER V —THEFIRSTTRICK VI —AFALSEPOSITION VII —THEYOUNGPRETENDER VIII —THELASTTRICK IX —THEWINNINGHAND 10 23 32 45 51 58 72 82 PARTII THESTATESMAN X —THEBEGGARONHORSEBACK XI —LABELLEIRÈNE XII —THEPROMISESOFFRANCE XIII —THEWEIGHTOFETIQUETTE XIV —ROYALFAVOURS XV —DIPLOMACY XVI —STRANGERS PARTIII 95 103 112 127 136 148 160 THEWOMAN XVII —SPLENDIDISOLATION XVIII —CLEVERTACTICS XIX —ACRISIS XX —AFAREWELL XXI —ROYALTHANKS XXII —PATERNALANXIETY XXIII —THEQUEEN'SSOIRÉE XXIV —GOSSIP XXV —THEFIRSTDOUBT XXVI —THEAWFULCERTITUDE XXVII —AFALL XXVIII —HUSBANDANDWIFE XXIX —THEFATEOFTHESTUARTPRINCE XXX —M DESTAINVILLE'SSECONDS XXXI —THEFINALDISAPPOINTMENT XXXII —THEDAWN XXXIII —THERIDE XXXIV —"LEMONARQUE" XXXV —THESTRANGER XXXVI —REVENGE XXXVII —THELETTER XXXVIII —THEHOMEINENGLAND 179 185 201 212 215 221 228 233 238 245 267 276 294 308 321 328 333 338 349 359 370 375 PARTI THEGIRL PETTICOATRULE CHAPTERI AFAREWELLBANQUET "D'Aumont!" "Eh?d'Aumont!" Thevoice,thatofamanstillintheprimeoflife,butalreadyraucousinitstone, thickenedthroughconstantmirthlesslaughter,renderedqueruloustoofromlong vigilskeptattheshrineofpleasure,roseabovetheincessantbabelofwomen's chatter,thedinofsilver,chinaandglassespassingtoandfro "Yourcommands,sire?" M leDucd'Aumont,MarshalofFrance,primeandsoleresponsibleMinisterof LouistheWell-beloved,leantslightlyforward,withelbowsrestingonthetable, anddelicatehands,withfingersinterlaced,whiteandcarefullytendedasthose ofaprettywoman,supportinghisroundandsomewhatfleshychin AhandsomemanM leDuc,stillontherightsideoffifty,courtlyandpleasantmanneredtoall HasnotBoucherimmortalizedthegood-natured,ratherweak face,withthatperpetualsmileofunruffledamiabilityforeverlurkingroundthe cornersofthefull-lippedmouth? "Yourcommands,sire?" Hiseyes—grayandprominent—roamedwitharapidmovementofenquiryfrom thefaceofthekingtothatofayoungmanwithfair,curlyhair,wornfreefrom powder,andeyesrestlessandblue,whichstaredmoodilyintoagobletfullof wine Therewasamomentarysilenceinthevastandmagnificentdininghall,that suddenhushwhich—sothesuperstitiousaver—descendsthreetimesonevery assembly,howevergay,howeverbrilliantorthoughtless:thehushwhichtothe imaginativemindsuggeststheflutterofunseenwings ThenthesilencewasbrokenbyloudlaughterfromtheKing "Theyaremad,theseEnglish,myfriend!What?"saidLouistheWell-beloved withaknowingwinkdirectedatthefair-hairedyoungmanwhosatnotfarfrom him "Mad,indeed,sire?"repliedtheDuke "Butsurelynotmoreconspicuouslysotonightthanatanyothertime?" "Ofatruth,ahundredthousandtimesmoreso,"hereinterposedasomewhat shrillfemininevoice—"andthatbythemostrigidrulesofbrain-splitting arithmetic!" Everyonelistened Conversationswereinterrupted;glasseswereputdown; eager,attentivefacesturnedtowardthespeaker;thiswasnolessapersonage thanJeannePoissonnowMarquisedePompadour;andwhensheopenedher prettymouthLouistheWell-beloved,descendantofSaintLouis,KingofFrance andofallherdominionsbeyondtheseas,hungbreathlessuponthosewellrougedlips,whilstFrancesatsilentandlistened,eagerforashareofthatsmile whichenslavedaKingandruinedanation "Letushavethatrigidruleofarithmetic,fairone,"saidLouisgaily,"bywhich youcandemonstratetousthatM leChevalierhereisahundredthousandtimes moremadthananyofhisaccursedcountrymen." "Nay,sire,'tissimpleenough,"rejoinedthelady "M leChevalierhathneedofa hundredthousandothersinordertomakehisinsanitycomplete,ahundred thousandEnglishmenasmadasAprilfishes,tohelphimconquerakingdomof rainandfogs ThereforeIsayheisahundredthousandtimesmoremadthan most!" Loudlaughtergreetedthissally Mme laMarquisedePompadour,solittlewhile agosimplyJeannePoissonorMme d'Étioles,wasnotyetblaséetosomuch adulationandsuchfulsomeflattery;shelookedaveritableheavenofangelic smiles;hereyesblue—soherdithyrambicchroniclersaver—asthedark-toned myosotis,wanderedfromfacetofacealongthelengthofthatgorgeouslyspread suppertable,roundwhichwascongregatedthefloweroftheoldaristocracyof France Shegleanedanadmiringglancehere,anunspokenmurmurofflatterythere, eventhewomen—andthereweremany—triedtolookapprovinglyatherwho ruledtheKingandFrance Onefacealoneremainedinscrutableandalmost severe,thefaceofawoman—ameregirl—withstraightbrowandlow,square forehead,crownedwithawealthofsoftbrownhair,therichtonesofwhich peepeddaringlythroughtheconventionalmistofpowder Mme dePompadour'ssunnysmiledisappearedmomentarilywhenhereyes restedonthisgirl'sface;afrown—oh!hardlythat;butashadow,shallwesay? —marredtheperfectpurityofherbrow Thenextmomentshehadyieldedher much-beringedhandtoherroyalworshipper'seagergraspandhewaspressinga kissoneachrose-tippedfinger,whilstsheshruggedherprettyshoulders "Brrr!"shesaid,withamockshiver,"hereisMlle d'Aumontfrowningstern disapprovalatme Surely,Chevalier,"sheasked,turningtotheyoungman besideher,"acomfortablearmchairinyourbeautifulpalaceofSt Germainis worthathroneinmist-boundLondon?" "Notwhenthatthroneishisbyright,"hereinterposedMlle d'Aumontquietly "ThepalaceofSt GermainisbutagifttotheKingofEngland,forwhichhe owesgratitudetotheKingofFrance." Aquickblushnowsuffusedthecheeksoftheyoungman,whouptonowhad seemedquiteunconsciousofMme dePompadour'ssalliesorofthehilarity directedagainsthimself HegavearapidglanceatMlle d'Aumont'shaughty, somewhatimperiousfaceandatthedelicatemouth,roundwhichanalmost imperceptiblecurlofcontemptseemedstilltolinger "La!Mademoiselle,"rejoinedtheMarquise,withsomeacerbity,"dowenotall holdgiftsatthehandsoftheKingofFrance?" "Wehavenosovereigntyofourown,Madame,"repliedtheyounggirldrily "Asforme,"quothKingLouis,hastilyinterposinginthisfemininepassageof arms,"IdrinktoourgallantChevalierdeSt George,HisMajestyKingCharles EdwardStuartofEngland,Scotland,Wales,andofthewholeofthatfog-ridden kingdom Successtoyourcause,Chevalier,"headded,settlinghisfatbody complacentlyinthecushionsofhischair;andraisinghisglass,henodded benignlytowardtheyoungPretender "ToKingCharlesEdwardofEngland!"rejoinedMme dePompadourgaily And"ToKingCharlesEdwardofEngland!"wentechoingallaroundthevast banqueting-hall "Ithankyouall,"saidtheyoungman,whosesullenmoodseemedinnoway dissipatedattheseexpressionsofgraciousnessandfriendship "Successtomy causeisassuredifFrancewilllendmetheaidshepromised." "WhatrighthaveyoutodoubtthewordofFrance,Monseigneur?"retortedMlle d'Aumontearnestly "Atruce!atruce!Ientreat,"herebrokeinKingLouiswithmockconcern "Par Dieu,thisisabanquetandnotaCouncilChamber!Joyofmylife,"headded, turningeyesrepletewithadmirationonthebeautifulwomanbesidehim,"donot allowpoliticstomarthispleasantentertainment M leDuc,youareourhost,I prayyoudirectconversationintomorepleasingchannels." Nothingloth,thebrilliantcompanytherepresentquicklyresumedthe irresponsiblechatterwhichwasfarmoretoitslikingthantalkofthronesand doubtfulcauses Theflunkeysingorgeousliveriesmadetheroundofthetable, fillingthecrystalglasseswithwine Theatmospherewasheavywiththefumes ofpastgoodcheer,andthescentofathousandrosesfadingbeneaththeglareof innumerablewax-candles Anodourofperfume,ofpowderandcosmetics hoveredintheair;themen'sfaceslookedredandheated;ononeortwoheads thewigstoodawry,whilsttremblingfingersbeganfidgetingwiththelacecravatsatthethroat CharlesEdward'srestlessblueeyessearchedkeenlyandfeverishlythefaces aroundhim;morose,gloomy,hewasstillreckoninginhismindhowfarhe couldtrusttheseirresponsiblepleasure-lovers,thatdescendantofthegreatLouis overthere,fatofbodyandheavyofmind,losttoallsenseofkinglydignity whilstsquanderingthenation'smoneyonthewhimsandcapricesoftheex-wife ofaParisianvictualler,whomhehadcreatedMarquisedePompadour Thesemenwholivedonlyforgoodcheer,forheadywines,gamesofdiceand hazard,nightsofdebauchandillicitpleasures,whathelpwouldtheybetohimin thehourofneed?Whatsupportincaseoffailure? "WhatrighthaveyoutodoubtthewordofFrance?"wasaskedofhimbyone pairofproudlips—awoman's,onlyagirl's CharlesEdwardlookedacrossthetableatMlle d'Aumont Likehimself,shesat silentinthemidstofthenoisythrong,obviouslylendingaveryinattentiveearto ... withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.net Title: Petticoat Rule Author:EmmuskaOrczy,BaronessOrczy ReleaseDate:December15,2010[EBook#34660] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK PETTICOAT RULE *** ProducedbyStevendesJardinsandtheOnlineDistributed...ProjectGutenberg's Petticoat Rule, byEmmuskaOrczy,BaronessOrczy ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith... ProducedbyStevendesJardinsandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net PETTICOAT RULE BY BARONESSORCZY AUTHOROF"THEELUSIVEPIMPERNEL,""I WILLREPAY,""THESCARLETPIMPERNEL,"ETC
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