The Refugees

The Refugees
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The Refugees is a historical novel, centring on the fate of the Huguenots during the reign of Louis XIV and the revoking of the Edict of Nantes.

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soften to supplicate a woman, and be successful at either. His coat was of sky-blue, slashed across with silver braidings, and with broad silver shoulder-straps on either side. A vest of white calamanca peeped out from beneath it, and knee-breeches of the same disappeared into high polished boots with gilt spurs upon the heels. A silver-hilted rapier and a plumed cap lying upon a settle beside him completed a costume which was a badge of honour to the wearer, for any Frenchman would have recognised it as being that of an officer in the famous Blue Guard of Louis the Fourteenth. A trim, dashing soldier he looked, with his curling black hair and well-poised head. Such he had proved himself before now in the field, too, until the name of Amory de Catinat had become conspicuous among the thousands of the valiant lesser noblesse who had flocked into the service of the king.
They were first cousins, these two, and there was just sufficient resemblance in the clear-cut features to recall the relationship. De Catinat was sprung from a noble Huguenot family, but having lost his parents early he had joined the army, and had worked his way without influence and against all odds to his present position. His father's younger brother, however, finding every path to fortune barred to him through the persecution to which men of his faith were already subjected, had dropped the "de" which implied his noble descent, and he had taken to trade in the city of Paris, with such success that he was now one of the richest and most prominent citizens of the town. It was under his roof that the guardsman now sat, and it was his only daughter whose white hand he held in his own.
"Tell me, Adele," said he, "why do you look troubled?"
"I am not troubled, Amory,"
"Come, there is just one little line between those curving brows. Ah, I can read you, you see, as a shepherd reads the sky."
"It is nothing, Amory, but – "
"But what?"
"You leave me this evening."
"But only to return to-morrow."
"And must you really, really go to-night?"
"It would be as much as my commission is worth to be absent. Why, I am on
  • Part I. In the old world
  • Chapter I. The man from America
  • Chapter II. A Monarch in Deshabille
  • Chapter III. The holding of the door
  • Chapter IV. The father of his people
  • Chapter V. Children of Belial
  • Chapter VI. A house of strife
  • Chapter VII. The new world and the old
  • Chapter VIII. The rising sun
  • Chapter IX. Le roi s'amuse
  • Chapter X. An eclipse at Versailles
  • Chapter XI. The sun reappears
  • Chapter XII. The king receives
  • Chapter XIII. The king has ideas
  • Chapter XIV. The last card
  • Chapter XV. The midnight mission
  • Chapter XVI. "When the devil drives."
  • Chapter XVII. The dungeon of Portillac
  • Chapter XVIII. A night of surprises
  • Chapter XIX. In the king's cabinet
  • Chapter XX. The two Francoises
  • Chapter XXI. The man in the Caleche
  • Chapter XXII. The scaffold of Portillac
  • Chapter XXIII. The fall of the Catinats
  • Part II. In the new world
  • Chapter XXIV. The start of the "Golden Rod."
  • Chapter XXV. A boat of the dead
  • Chapter XXVI. The last port
  • Chapter XXVII. A dwindling island
  • Chapter XXVIII. In the pool of Quebec
  • Chapter XXIX. The voice at the Port-Hole
  • Chapter XXX. The inland waters
  • Chapter XXXI. The hairless man
  • Chapter XXXII. The Lord of Sainte Marie
  • Chapter XXXIII. The slaying of Brown Moose
  • Chapter XXXIV. The men of blood
  • Chapter XXXV. The tapping of death
  • Chapter XXXVI. The taking of the stockade
  • Chapter XXXVII. The coming of the friar
  • Chapter XXXVIII. The dining hall of Sainte Marie
  • Chapter XXXIX. The two swimmers
  • Chapter XL. The end
  • Note on the Huguenots and their dispersion
  • Note on the future of Louis…