LOUISE DE LA VALLIERE [NOOK Book]

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Chapter I. Malaga.

During all these long and noisy debates between the opposite ambitions
of politics and love, one of our characters, perhaps the one least
deserving of neglect, was, however, very much...
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LOUISE DE LA VALLIERE

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Overview

Chapter I. Malaga.

During all these long and noisy debates between the opposite ambitions
of politics and love, one of our characters, perhaps the one least
deserving of neglect, was, however, very much neglected, very much
forgotten, and exceedingly unhappy. In fact, D'Artagnan--D'Artagnan,
we say, for we must call him by his name, to remind our readers of his
existence--D'Artagnan, we repeat, had absolutely nothing whatever to do,
amidst these brilliant butterflies of fashion. After following the king
during two whole days at Fontainebleau, and critically observing
the various pastoral fancies and heroi-comic transformations of his
sovereign, the musketeer felt that he needed something more than this to
satisfy the cravings of his nature. At every moment assailed by
people asking him, "How do you think this costume suits me, Monsieur
d'Artagnan?" he would reply to them in quiet, sarcastic tones, "Why,
I think you are quite as well-dressed as the best-dressed monkey to
be found in the fair at Saint-Laurent." It was just such a compliment
D'Artagnan would choose where he did not feel disposed to pay any other:
and, whether agreeable or not, the inquirer was obliged to be satisfied
with it. Whenever any one asked him, "How do you intend to dress
yourself this evening?" he replied, "I shall undress myself;" at which
the ladies all laughed, and a few of them blushed. But after a couple
of days passed in this manner, the musketeer, perceiving that nothing
serious was likely to arise which would concern him, and that the king
had completely, or, at least, appeared to have completely forgotten
Paris, Saint-Mande, and Belle-Isle--that M. Colbert's mind was occupied
with illuminations and fireworks--that for the next month, at least,
the ladies had plenty of glances to bestow, and also to receive in
exchange--D'Artagnan asked the king for leave of absence for a matter of
private business. At the moment D'Artagnan made his request, his majesty
was on the point of going to bed, quite exhausted from dancing.

"You wish to leave me, Monsieur d'Artagnan?" inquired the king, with an
air of astonishment; for Louis XIV. could never understand why any one
who had the distinguished honor of being near him could wish to leave
him.

"Sire," said D'Artagnan, "I leave you simply because I am not of the
slightest service to you in anything. Ah! if I could only hold the
balancing-pole while you were dancing, it would be a very different
affair."

"But, my dear Monsieur d'Artagnan," said the king, gravely, "people
dance without balancing-poles."

"Ah! indeed," said the musketeer, continuing his imperceptible tone of
irony, "I had no idea such a thing was possible."

"You have not seen me dance, then?" inquired the king.

"Yes; but I always thought dancers went from easy to difficult acrobatic
feats. I was mistaken; all the more greater reason, therefore, that I
should leave for a time. Sire, I repeat, you have no present occasion
for my services; besides, if your majesty should have any need of me,
you would know where to find me."

"Very well," said the king, and he granted him leave of absence.

We shall not look for D'Artagnan, therefore, at Fontainebleau, for to do
so would be useless; but, with the permission of our readers, follow him
to the Rue des Lombards, where he was located at the sign of the Pilon
d'Or, in the house of our old friend Planchet. It was about eight
o'clock in the evening, and the weather was exceedingly warm; there
was only one window open, and that one belonging to a room on the
_entresol_. A perfume of spices, mingled with another perfume less
exotic, but more penetrating, namely, that which arose from the street,
ascended to salute the nostrils of the musketeer. D'Artagnan, reclining
in an immense straight-backed chair, with his legs not stretched out,
but simply placed upon a stool, formed an angle of the most obtuse form
that could possibly be seen. Both his arms were crossed over his head,
his head reclining upon his left shoulder, like Alexander the Great.
His eyes, usually so quick and intelligent in their expression, were
now half-closed, and seemed fastened, as it were, upon a small corner of
blue sky that was visible behind the opening of the chimneys; there was
just enough blue, and no more, to fill one of the sacks of lentils, or
haricots, which formed the principal furniture of the shop on the
ground floor.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012860194
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 423 KB

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    Seriously abridged! I am quite disappointed to find the story o

    Seriously abridged! I am quite disappointed to find the story of the diamond bracelets is missing (though its discussion amongst courtiers afterwards is not), and the Jesuit father dying and leaving things to Aramis is also missing. Don't count on this for a complete version. I am going to see if the Oxford World's Classics version is available on Nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    A continuing story, not standalone reading

    Musketeer fans will be disappointed if they are looking for the rollicking adventures of the quartet since their roles in this book are far more subtle--if not sinister in some cases. Still, the larger story is heavily influenced by the acts of these characters. True, the book does start slow but the story evolves into an enjoyable view on the intrigues of Louis XIV's court. The editors make the case that much of what some may view as 'boring' is really Dumas' attempt to highlight the changes taking place in France at the time chivalrous deeds and high adventure are replaced by intrigue and politics and the story reflects that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    One of My Favorite Books

    This is a wonderful love story that tells us about the most famous French king Louis XIV and Louise de Lavalliere. I enjoyed reading about their love and court intrigues surrounding them. Dumas has an outstanding ablity to bring history to life. Nobody else was able to tell the story of the love affair that lead to the creation of the wonderful palace of Versailles. Also, we can follow our old friends here, who became older and wiser and still have their adventures. This book opens a different perspective on French history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    Im afraid your going to have to read it

    if you have found yourself following the musketeer's adventures,then you would be best to read this. Though it is alittle boring and slow at some points, your going to need to read it if your intending to read the man in the iron mask because they start to form its plot in this novel(i admit i found it tempting to skip over the really boring parts)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Some books were not meant for the screen

    I am happy to say that some books were never meant for the big screen. Dumas' trilogy has been a delight to read, though I admit his books are not meant for those who lack commitment to their literature or who would rather be dazzled for two hours by Hollywood. His books tell a wonderful story (though loosely tied to history)and should be read by those who have the patience to experience a well developed plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Skip It

    After reading and enjoying Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Three Musketeers", and "Twenty Years After", this one was a big disappointment. The musketeers are hardly in it. The characters that are in it are flat and uninteresting. Also, there were too many long paragraphs in the book. There were a lot of paragraphs that went on for two or three pages and they were difficult for me to read. There were also a lot of pointless scenes thrown in for no reason. They were boring and distracting. This book was just a complete waste of my time and money.

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