GEORGETTE HEYER. These Old Shades. “ This Age I grant (and grant with pride),. Is varied, rich, eventful: But if you touch its weaker side,. Deplorably. Author: Heyer Georgette Avon 1 - These Old Shades. Read more Shades of Sheol: death and afterlife in the Old Testament · Read more. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer Under the reign of Louis XV, corruption and intrigue have been allowed to blossom in France, and.
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These Old Shades () is a Georgian (set around –56) romance novel written by British novelist Georgette Heyer (–). . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley Book 1) - site edition by Georgette Heyer. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. Read the PDF on your Sony Reader, Nook, Kobo, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to.
I pray you, do not heed what he says! He is a viper, a wild-cat, a veritable curse! What is his worth? A louis?
Or are curses worthless? An interesting problem. He can work. Indeed, he is worth much to me. And I have an affection for him. Oh, please take me! I will work well for you! I swear it! Oh, I beg of you, take me! He drew the diamond pin from his cravat, and held it so that it winked and sparkled in the light of the lamp. Will this suffice? The man gazed at the jewel as though he could hardly believe his eyes. He rubbed them, and drew nearer, staring. Child, follow me. He passed in with never a glance behind him to see whether his new possession followed or not, and walked across the courtyard to the great nail-studded door.
Bowing lackeys admitted him, looking in surprise at the shabby figure who came in his wake. Avon sauntered across the hall to the library door. It was opened for him, and he went in, nodding to the boy to follow.
Hugh Davenant sat by the fire, reading a book of poems. He glanced up as his host came in, and smiled. He came to the fire, and stretched one elegantly shod foot to the blaze. That dirty and starved scrap of humanity is mine. Surely — you cannot mean — your son?
I bought this little rat for the sum of one diamond. So entertaining to possess a page, body and soul. He turned to the table, on which a cold supper was laid, awaiting him.
You might almost have known that I should bring home a guest. You may eat, little rat.
I — I would not eat your supper. I would rather wait, if — if you please. Go and eat. Having supplied his wants, Hugh came back to the fire. What do you, of all men, want with a child of his age?
As you doubtless know, I am suffering from ennui. Louise wearies me. Davenant shrugged his shoulders, and allowed the subject to drop. Avon disengaged himself, but the boy knelt still, looking up into the handsome face with humble eyes.
The Duke took a pinch of snuff. It is so entertaining, and so — er — novel, to be a gilded saint in the eyes of — er — unfledged innocence.
I shall keep the boy for just so long as he continues to amuse me.
What is your name, my child? No more, no less. I have something to say to you. Yes, I remember.
Walker, do you observe this child? Strive to bear it in mind. You will procure them. No doubt you will prove yourself equal to this occasion. Take the child away, and show him the bath, the bed, and the nightgown.
And then leave him alone. You are always so omniscient, my dear. What do you want with that child? Pray spare me a homily. All I would say is that it is impossible for you to take that child as your page. One can tell that from his speech, and his delicate hands and face.
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For another — his innocence shines out of his eyes. I desire to act up to your expectations on all possible occasions. Innocence shall walk behind Evil — you see, I forestall you — clad in sober black. Hugh rose and walked to the table. He poured himself out a glass of burgundy, and sipped it for a time in silence.
Yes, I remember now. I won. Then, if you remember, I went away with you to — now, where did we go? Of course! I was the — ah — rejected and heart-broken suitor. I should have blown my brains out to be quite correct. But I was past the age of drama.
Instead I proceeded — in due course — to Vienna. And I won. The reward, my dear Hugh, of vice. He was shot in a duel.
The reward of virtue. The moral is sufficiently pointed, I think? She is the memory of a failure, and of a spell of madness. I should have said that Jennifer prepared the way for another woman to make you. Good night, my dear. It has just had a bath, and is now asleep. Do I say amen, or retire cursing? He did not wait for an answer, but shut the door, and went slowly up to bed.
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These Old Shades
Georgette Heyer Published: Available Formats Paperback. We are not always able to make our books available worldwide. Please check below for the availability in your country. Add to wish list. Great violet-blue eyes gazed wildly up at him, terror in their depths.
Indeed, indeed I did not! I — I was running away! From what were you running, may I ask? From another victim? Oh, please let me go!
You — you do not understand! He will have started in pursuit! They had widened suddenly, and become intent. At sight of Avon he checked. You scoundrel! Ungrateful brat! You shall be sorry, I promise you! The lad is my young brother. He made no attempt to escape, but his hands twitched convulsively.
Your brother, you said? I have cared for him since our parents died, and he repays me with ingratitude. He is a curse, noble sir, a curse! Is he not a little small for his age? I — I have fed him well. I pray you, do not heed what he says! He is a viper, a wild-cat, a veritable curse! The man stared, uncomprehending.
You —? What is his worth? A louis? Or are curses worthless? An interesting problem. He can work.
Indeed, he is worth much to me. And I have an affection for him. He is worth more! Much, much more! The boy ran to him, clinging to his arm.
Oh, please take me! I will work well for you!
I swear it! Oh, I beg of you, take me! He drew the diamond pin from his cravat, and held it so that it winked and sparkled in the light of the lamp. Will this suffice? He rubbed them, and drew nearer, staring. Child, follow me. He passed in with never a glance behind him to see whether his new possession followed or not, and walked across the courtyard to the great nail-studded door.
Bowing lackeys admitted him, looking in surprise at the shabby figure who came in his wake. The Duke let fall his cloak, and handed his hat to one of the footmen.Round the corner of the alley came a man, full-tilt.
They had widened suddenly, and become intent. The Duke took a pinch of snuff. It was opened for him, and he went in, nodding to the boy to follow. Sequel[ edit ] These Old Shades was itself originally intended to be a sequel to Heyer's first novel The Black Moth , which would redeem the devilish Belmanoir. But as The Black Moth was a melodrama and a sequel per se would not work in with the plot, she decided to make the new novel stand alone, renamed many characters and made them 'shades' of their former selves for These Old Shades.
Georgian , Romance. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. As you doubtless know, I am suffering from ennui. A three-cornered hat, point-edged, was set upon his powdered wig, and in his hand he carried a long beribboned cane.
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