Sir Percy Hits Back

( 1 )

Overview

On the spot where the Hotel Moderne now rears its more ambitous head,
there stood at that time a cottage with sloping red-tiled roof and
white-washed walls. It was owned by one Baptiste Portal, an old
peasant of the Dauphine, who ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (2) from $7.63   
  • Used (2) from $7.63   
Sir Percy Hits Back

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$5.49
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$5.99 List Price

Overview

On the spot where the Hotel Moderne now rears its more ambitous head,
there stood at that time a cottage with sloping red-tiled roof and
white-washed walls. It was owned by one Baptiste Portal, an old
peasant of the Dauphine, who dispensed refreshments to travellers and
passers-by, as his father and grandfather had done before him, in the
shape of somewhat thin vin du pays and an occasional glass of eau-de-
vie, while he spent his slack time chiefly in grumbling at the fact
that the new posting-inn on the high road had taken all his trade
away. He did not see the necessity of the posting-inn, did not old
Baptiste, nor for that matter that of the high-road or the post-
chaise. Before all these new notions had come into the heads of the
government people up in Paris, travellers had been content to come
squelching through the mud on the back of a good horse, or come
ploughing through inches of dust in the old coche. So why not now? And
was not the old wine of Les Amandiers as good and better than the
vinegar dispensed at the more pretentious posting-inn? The place was
called Les Amandiers because at the back of the house there were two
anaemic almond-trees with gaunt, twisted arms which covered themselves
in the spring with sickly blooms, and in the summer with dust. In the
front of the house, up against the white-washed wall, there was a
wooden bench on which Baptiste's priveleged customers were wont to sit
on fine evenings, to drink their vin du pays and join the old man in
his wholesale condemnation of the goverment "up in Paris" and its new-
fangled ways. From this vantage-point a glorious view was obtained
over the valley of the Bueche, and beyond Laragne as far as the peaks
of Pelvoux: whilest to the right towered in the distance the grand old
citadel of Sisteron with its turets and fortifications dating from the
fourteenth century, and the stately church of Notre Dame. But views
and winding rivers, snowy peaks, and medieval fortresses did not
interest Baptiste Portal's customers nearly as much as the price of
almonds or the alarming increase in the cost of living.

Now, on this particular afternoon in May the mistral was blowing
mercilessly across the valley from over the snows of Pelvoux, and the
cold and the dust had driven all of good Portal's customers indoors.
The low-raftered room, decorated with strings of onions which hung
from the ceiling together with a bunch or two of garlic, of basil and
other pot-herbs, and perfumed also with the aroma of the pot-au-feu
simmering in the kitchen, had acquired just that right atmosphere,
cosy, warm, and odorous, beloved of every true man born in the
Dauphine. It was a memorable afternoon, remembered long afterwards and
retold by the gossips of Sisteron and Laragne in all its dramatic
details. But at this hour, nothing more dramatic had occurred than the
arrival of a detachment of soldiers, under the command of an under-
officer, who had come up from Orange, so they said, in order to fetch
away the young men who were wanted for the army. They had demanded
supper and shelter for the night.

Of course soldiers, as soldiers, were very much disapproved of by
those worthies of Sisteron who frequented Les Amandiers, more
especially now when what they did was to fetch away the young men for
cannon-fodder, to fight the English and prolong this awful war which
caused food to be so dear and hands for harvesting so scarce. But, on
the other hand, soldiers, as company, were welcome. They brought news
of the outside world, most of it bad, it is true--nothing good did
happen anywhere these days--but news nevertheless. And though at the
recital of what went on in Paris, in Lyons, or even as near as Orange,
the guillotine, the tumbrils, the wholesale slaughter of tyrants and
aristos, one shuddered with horror and apprehension, there were always
the lively tales of barrack-life to follow, the laughter, the ribald
song, and something of life seemed to infiltrate into this sleepy
half-dead corner of the old Dauphine.

The soldiers--there were a score of them--occupied the best place in
the room, as was only fitting; they sat squeezed tightly against one
another like dried figs in a box, on the two benches on either side of
the centre trestle table. Old Baptiste Portal sat with them, beside
the officer. Some kind of lieutenant this man appeared to be, or other
subaltern: but, oh dear me! these days one could hardly tell an
officer from the rag-tab and bob-tail of the army, save for the fact
that he wore epaulettes. Now this man--but there! What was the use of
comparing these ruffians with the splendid officers of the King's
armies in the past?
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568497334
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 723,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Intense and moving sequel

    Fleurette is a simple girl who delights in her fiancee, 'M'sieu Amédé', and her darling but eternally absent father Bibi. The revolution seems far away, until a neighboring aristocratic family is threatened. Suddenly, Fleurette is swept up in a power play which condemns her for a traitor.

    With his innocent daughter inextricably trapped by the system he had helped to create, Armand Chauvelin must turn to his bitter enemy, the Scarlet Pimpernel . . .

    Although I have not read very many of the sequels at this point (only four), this is by far my favorite. Orczy's Chauvelin is much more of a villain in the books than he has been in the films and the musicals. Sir Percy Hits Back is the first book, and perhaps the ONLY one, which allows Chauvelin to be a real, compassionate man with a personal life. His devotion to Fleurette is beautiful, and the novel really won my sympathy for a character who is often merely a dastardly and dangerous villain. One of the reasons I loved this book so much, was that it showed a completely different side of my favorite SP villain. Chauvelin is a man of many emotions and loves. Does he love Fleurette as much as the revolutionary cause? Baroness Orczy writes a story of a wonderful man unfortunately warped by obsession and revenge. It is only when the most precious person in his life is in danger, do we see a pitiful, scared side of a fabulously written villain. This book is highly recommended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)