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Old 08-31-2009, 05:44 AM   #1
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Dumas, Alexandre: Marie Antoinette Romances v1 30 Aug 2009

First, I have to say - Holy (please insert your favorite - non gender or bodily function specific - Robin-esque exclamation of awe) Batman! How do you people do this thousands of time? I'm exhausted and I'm not too sure of my sanity at the moment. I have been appreciative of all the books, notes and help I have received just bouncing around in the forum. Now I just figure you people are ultra-human and bow to the four winds in wonder.

Second - a special thanks to HarryT and Patricia. I have taken their books, I'm pretty confident that if they put the effort into them then I will also enjoy them, and I have used their Book Designer Guides and Hints and Tips. This is the result.

A word of caution: if you get agitated or ill by reading books with errors in punctuation, formatting or spelling you might want to wait for a couple more versions before reading this. I have done the best I could, and made many, many corrections, but I am sure I missed almost as many errors as I caught. And since I don't speak or read French I may have several names for the same character. There are also 2 or 3 sections (about 2 paragraphs each) in the 5 books that I can't find anywhere. I have them marked with ***

The Marie Antoinette Romances are a series of books by Dumas about the events leading up to the "Reign of Terror" in the last quarter of the 18th century. I was surprised to not see it here since it is one of my favorite Dumas stories. Like most of his stories the publication is all messed up - there are as many versions as there are publishers of his works.

There isn't as much action in these books, I prefer the D'Artangnan stories when I'm in the mood for sword fights and heroics. There isn't a hero in the entire series. But the characterizations of Dumas' people is Dumas and his finest, even if they are a bit slanted toward negative values. The villains don't think they are villains, they just think they are righting wrongs and should be considered heroes, or at least understood by their peers. Pretty much his most human characters.

Memoirs of a Physician - This is the first "book" in the series. I have combined3 versions that I have found in various places to get as complete a version as I can. In fact I found part of the book that I have never read before that clears up a lot questions I had about comments made later in the series. In this boo you have masonic rituals, telepathy, alchemy, intrigues, plots, and lots of fun. This has been published as Joseph Balsamo (sometimes as the first volume, sometimes as the second) with Memoirs of a Physician. It has also been published in 1, 2 and three volumes.

The Queen's Necklace - This story takes place several years after King Louis XV has died. King Louis XVI is shown as weak and jealous, Queen Marie is sweet, naive and just a bit too trusting. But the intrigues are detailed, the incidents are believable and you still have Joseph Balsamo working for the freedom of the French people. I was especially impressed with how Dumas portrayed Jeanne de Valois, another innocent who is just trying to protect herself and begins the decline of the monarchy.

Ange Pitou - This is Dumas' version of the events leading up to the taking of the Bastille. It shows the danger of "just following along". The fine Dumas characterizations of the leaders of the revolution are hardly complimentary.

La Comtesse de Charny - In this section you get some very detailed behind the scenes looks at both the revolutionists and the royals. All of my favorite villains are back, as well as some "heroes" from the first book. I can't say how factual the story is, Dumas has never been known for his fact finding skills, but if feels like it could have happened this way to me.

The Chevalier de Maison-Rouge - This story was actually written first. It was one of Alexandre Dumas' early plays, then it was serialized in the papers. So I guess that the rest of the Romances are prequels to this story. But Dumas got lost along the way and none of the characters I like (excepting the historical ones) show up here. It is based on the legend of an attempt to save Ex-Queen Marie Antoinette. It seems that Dumas heard about a communication to the queen via a carnation and he built this entire story around it.

I am only able to preview the .prc version of this book so I'm not sure about the usability of the other versions I have uploaded. But I did use BD for the .lrf and .prc versions and Calibre for the .epub and .lit version, so I am hoping that they work. I tried the .imp but the resulting file was over 52 megs. If anyone has an interest in them separately I still have the individual files.

Here's hoping you will enjoy them.

Dan
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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Wow, much kudos for taking on this mammoth project - well done!!

The Internet Archive is a good place for finding missing text. For example, in "La Comtesse De Charny", you have some missing text:

"It was with the greatest difficulty that any show of order could be restored and maim***
*** the crowd took advantage***
*** magnificent bass voice:***
***seven pieces, and that em***"

Downloading a PDF of the book from the Internet Archive, (e.g. the one listed at http://ia311221.us.archive.org/1/ite...echarny01duma/) can supply the complete text:

"It was with the greatest difficulty that any show of order
could be restored and maintained; and even then one of
the crowd took advantage of the silence to call out, in a
magnificent bass voice: "I demand that his body be cut
into thirteen pieces, and that one be sent to each canton."
But in spite of the charges against him, and in spite of
the fury of the populace, Besenval was acquitted.
After the trial one of the spectators, apparently a tradesman,
by his costume, as he was passing out with the crowd,
placed his hand upon the shoulder of another man, though
the latter seemed to be a person of much higher rank.
"Well, Doctor Gilbert, what do you think of these two
acquittals?" he asked.
The man thus addressed started violently; but on looking
searchingly at his interlocutor, and recognising the face as
he had recognised the voice, replied, —
''It is to you, and not from you that this question should
come, —you, who know all things, past, present, and
future."
"Well, I say that when two such scoundrels are acquitted,
woe be to the innocent man whose turn shall come next! "
"And why do you think the next man will be innocent,
and yet be punished? "
" Because it is the way of the world to make the good
suffer for the bad."
"Good-bye," said Gilbert, offering Cagliostro his hand,
for he no longer entertained the slightest doubt of the
cynic's identity.
"And why good-bye?"
"Becaiise I have an appointment."
"With whom? Mirabeau, Lafayette, or the queen?"
Gilbert looked at the speaker uneasily.
" You terrify me," he said at last.
" On the contrary, I ought to reassure you."
" And why ? "
" Am I not your devoted friend ? "
" I hope so."
" You may be sure of it ; and if you want a proof of it,
come with me.""
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Wow Sparrow. I spent hours looking for this and you get it in 15 minutes!!! I know my search skills are less than bad, now I'm humbled. Thanks for the link.

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