Martin Toutrond; Or, Adventures of a Frenchman in London

Martin Toutrond; Or, Adventures of a Frenchman in London

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...like men overtaken by delirium, all indicatives of our relative rank and positions and of the respect due to our respective dignities. H CHAPTER XXIV. MARTIN BECOMES A VISCOUNT.--HE IS INVITED TO DINE BY CAMILLE, WHO RELATES TO HIM WHOM HE WILL MEET AT DINNER. We must give you a better name than Toutrond," said Camille, after having given himself time to reflect. "Toutrond is too common. We must give you more of a grand name, something that will raise you above the vulgar;" then, striking his forehead with his hand, he cried out, " I have found it; yes, I have it; a chat will do your business; prefix a chat, and there you are Chatourond, or Chateaurond, which is the same thing, and you will be fitted to a name which may go with that of the Bayards and the Montmorencies. You are to be Viscount Chateaurond, and I will introduce you to the world as such, and I promise you that, before long, you will have caught your English wife, positively rich, possibly handsome, but probably ugly, for, to say the truth, I entertain an axiom in my mind, which sayeth, that great riches and great beauty being rare, they seldom go together." I was overpowered by feelings of gratitude, and I expressed as much to my friend for the trouble he had taken, and was about to take, to promote my views in life, and I readily acceded to adopt all his suggestions. On that very day, I left my lodgings near St. Paul's, and I established myself in furnished rooms in a private house, in Camille's neighbourhood, where I took upon myself the name and bearing of Viscount Chateaurond, from Paris, and where I exercised my first privileges of nobility in criticising and abusing the furniture and general appearance of my apartment, as little worthy of my dignity....show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236531515
  • 9781236531513