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By Peter Brooks

Opposed to the ancient backdrop of the French day trip in 1840 to retrieve Napoleon's physique from Saint Helena, males and a girl locate themselves engulfed in long-dormant and hazardous political passions.

Philippe de Rohan-Chabot, an aristocratic younger diplomat, is charged with bringing the physique from the island felony the place Napoleon died to a wonderful tomb at Les Invalides in Paris. Chabot's rival is the getting older diplomat and writer Henri Beyle, recognized to posterity as Stendhal. The enigmatic and impulsive Amelia Curial needs to unfastened herself from the shadow of her mother's scandalous loves and premature loss of life, and from the lifetime of stale conference that her kin urges upon her. The useless emperor is a token in a political online game to soothe the enemies of the monarchy, yet that gamble imperils the king's rule and a brand new revolution looms. in the meantime, the interaction of the 3 imperative characters lines a fragile trend of romance, longing, false impression, and the stumbling blocks to the pursuit of happiness.

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ISBN: 0345441788
EAN: 9780345441782
ASIN: 0345441788
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
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This dragon, they say his eyes are fire. His breath a white gas; you can see him burn across the dark lands. He runs with sulphur and thunder and kindles the grass. Sheep panic and die insane. Women deliver forth monsters. The dragon's fury is such that tower walls shake back to dust. His victims, at sunrise, are strewn hither and thither on the hills. ' 'More than enough! ' 'No, no,' whispered the second man, eyes shut. 'On this moor is no Time, is only Forever. I feel if I ran back on the road the town would be gone, the people yet unborn, things changed, the castles unquarried from the rocks, the timbers still uncut from the forests; don't ask how I know, the moor knows, and tells me.

Others? Yes, there were others. He could breakfast most congenially on Caravaggio still-lifes of autumn pears and midnight plums. For lunch: those fire-squirting, thick-wormed Van Gogh sunflowers, those blooms a blind man might read with one rush of scorched fingers down fiery canvas. But the great feast? The paintings he saved his palate for? There, filling the horizon, like Neptune risen, crowned with limewood, alabaster, coral, paintbrushes clenched like tridents in horn-nailed fists, and with fishtail vast enough to fluke summer showers out over all Gibraltar — who else but the creator of Girl Before a Mirror and Guernica.

The clothing store! The suit! ' Yelling, everyone ran from the pool-room. The woman's voice was still squeaking on the abandoned telephone. Martinez, left behind, reached out and hung the voice up. In the silence, he shook his head. 'Santos, what a dream! Six men,' he said, 'one suit. What will come of this? Madness? Debauchery? Murder? But I go with God. ' Martinez was young. He ran fast. Mr Shumway, of SHUMWAY'S SUNSHINE SUITS, paused while adjusting a tie-rack, aware of some subtle atmospheric change outside his establishment.

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