El Dorado

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The latter's aims were absolutely non-political. He never intrigued for the restoration of the monarchy, or even for the overthrow of that Republic which lie loathed.

His only concern was the rescue of the innocent, the stretching out of a saving hand to those unfortunate creatures who had fallen into the nets spread out for them by their fellow-men; by those who--godless, lawless, penniless themselves--had sworn to exterminate all those who clung to their belongings, to their religion, and to their beliefs.

The Scarlet Pimpernel did not take it upon himself to punish the guilty; his care was solely of the helpless and of the innocent.

For this aim he risked his life every time that he set foot on French soil, for it he sacrificed his fortune, and even his personal happiness, and to it he devoted his entire existence.

Moreover, whereas the French plotter is said to have had confederates even in the Assembly of the Convention, confederates who were sufficiently influential and powerful to secure his own immunity, the Englishman when he was bent on his errands of mercy had the whole of France against him.

The Baron de Batz was a man who never justified either his own ambitions or even his existence; the Scarlet Pimpernel was a personality of whom an entire nation might justly be proud.

CONTENTS

PART I I IN THE THEATRE NATIONAL II WIDELY DIVERGENT AIMS III THE DEMON CHANCE IV MADEMOISELLE LANGE V THE TEMPLE PRISON VI THE COMMITTEE'S AGENT VII THE MOST PRECIOUS LIFE IN EUROPE VIII ARCADES AMBO IX WHAT LOVE CAN DO X SHADOWS XI THE LEAGUE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL XII WHAT LOVE IS XIII THEN EVERYTHING WAS DARK XIV THE CHIEF XV THE GATE OF LA VILLETTE XVI THE WEARY SEARCH XVII CHAUVELIN XVIII THE REMOVAL XIX IT IS ABOUT THE DAUPHIN XX THE CERTIFICATE OF SAFETY XXI BACK TO PARIS XXII OF THAT THERE COULD BE NO QUESTION XXIII THE OVERWHELMING ODDS

PART II XXIV THE NEWS XXV PARIS ONCE MORE XXVI THE BITTEREST FOE XXVI IN THE CONCIERGERIE XXVIII THE CAGED LION XXIX FOR THE SAKE OF THAT HELPLESS INNOCENT XXX AFTERWARDS XXXI AN INTERLUDE XXXII SISTERS XXXIII LITTLE MOTHER XXXIV THE LETTER

PART III XXXV THE LAST PHASE XXXVI SUBMISSION XXXVII CHAUVELIN'S ADVICE XXXVIII CAPITULATION XXXIX KILL HIM! XL GOD HELP US ALL XLI WHEN HOPE WAS DEAD XLII THE GUARD-HOUSE OF THE RUE STE.ANNE XLIII THE DREARY JOURNEY XLIV THE HALT AT CRECY XLV THE FOREST OF BOULOGNE XLVI OTHERS IN THE PARK XLVII THE CHAPEL OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE XLVIII THE WANING MOON XLIX THE LAND OF ELDORADO

PART I CHAPTER I IN THE THEATRE NATIONAL

And yet people found the opportunity to amuse themselves, to dance and to go to the theatre, to enjoy music and open-air cafes and promenades in the Palais Royal.

New fashions in dress made their appearance, milliners produced fresh "creations," and jewellers were not idle. A grim sense of humour, born of the very intensity of ever-present danger, had dubbed the cut of certain tunics "tete tranche," or a favourite ragout was called "a la guillotine."

On three evenings only during the past memorable four and a half years did the theatres close their doors, and these evenings were the ones immediately following that terrible 2nd of September the day of the butchery outside the Abbaye prison, when Paris herself was aghast with horror, and the cries of the massacred might have drowned the calls of the audience whose hands upraised for plaudits would still be dripping with blood.

On all other evenings of these same four and a half years the theatres in the Rue de Richelieu, in the Palais Royal, the Luxembourg, and others, had raised their curtains and taken money at their doors. The same audience that earlier in the day had whiled away the time by witnessing the ever-recurrent dramas of the Place de la Revolution assembled here in the evenings and filled stalls, boxes, and tiers, laughing over the satires of Voltaire or weeping over the sentimental tragedies of persecuted Romeos and innocent Juliets.

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