The Huguenot: A Tale of the French Protestants Volumes 1-3 George Payne Rainsford James Author
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The Huguenot: A Tale of the French Protestants by James, G. P. R. aka George Payne Rainsford, author of “The Gipsy,” “The Robber,” etc.; In Three Volumes; Volumes 1-3 CONTENTSDedicationVolume 1CH1 The Hero, His Friend, and His Dwelling in the Seventeenth CenturyCH2 The Valet--The Townspeople--The ProclamationCH3 The PastorCH4 Unexpected CompanionsCH5 The Journey, and Some of Its EventsCH6 The Lady and Her LoversCH7 The Growth of LoveCH8 The Meeting and the ChaseCH9 The DiscoveryCH10 The RecallVolume 2CH1 The ExplanationsCH2 The ReturnCH3 New AcquaintancesCH4 The Preaching in the DesertCH5 The RevengeCH6 The CourtCH7 The Clouds and the SunshineCH8 The Hour of HappinessCH9 The Unknown PerilCH10 The DecisionCH11 The King’s ClosetVolume 3CH1 The Unforeseen BlowCH2 The ConspiratorsCH3 The ExecutionCH4 The Woman’s JudgmentCH5 The EscapeCH6 The Pastor’s PrisonCH7 The Death of the PersecutedCH8 The Discovery of ErrorCH9 The Battle and the RetreatCH10 The Lover’s ReunionCH11 The Night AttackCH12 The Royalist CampCH13 The Last EffortsCH14 The Bitter PartingCH15 The End Dedication to Charles Rudolphe, Lord Clinton, etc.My Lord,Although I, of course, look upon the book, which I now venture to dedicate to one whom I so much esteem and respect, with those parental prejudices which make us often overlook all defects, and magnify any good qualities in our offspring, yet, believe me, I feel that it is very far inferior to that which I could wish to present to you. Do not, then, measure my regard by the value of the work, but accept it only as a very slight testimony of great esteem; and, at the same time, allow me, even in my Dedication, to say a few words concerning the book itself.I will not trouble you or the public with any reasoning upon the general conduct of the story--why I suddenly changed the scene here, or flew off to another character there,--why I gave but a glimpse of such a personage, or dwelt long and minutely upon another. I believe and trust that those who read the work attentively will discover strong reasons for all such proceedings, and I am quite sure that much thought and care was bestowed on each step of the kind before it was taken. Your own good taste will decide whether I was right or wrong, and blame or approve, I know, whatever I might plead. The public will do so also; and, as a general rule, I think it best to conceal, as far as possible, in all cases, the machinery of a composition of this kind, suffering the wheels to produce their effect without being publicly exhibited.I have heard many authors blamed, however, and, doubtless, have been so myself, for frequently changing the scene or character before the reader’s eyes. There are people who read a romance only for the story, and these are always displeased with anything that interrupts their straightforward progress. But nature does not tell her stories in such a way as these readers desire; and, in the course of human life, there are always little incidents occurring, which seem of no earthly importance at the time, but which, in years long after, affect persons and produce events where no one could imagine that such a connexion is likely to be brought about.I have always in this respect, as in all others, endeavoured to the best of my abilities to copy nature; and those readers who pass over little incidents, because they seem at the time irrelevant, or run on to follow the history of one character whenever a less interesting personage is brought upon the scene, will derive little either of profit or pleasure from any well constructed work of fiction. I have, as far as possible, avoided in all my works bringing prominently forward any character or any scene which has not a direct influence upon the progress and end of the tales; but I have equally avoided pointing out to the superficial reader, by any flourish of trumpets, (Continued)


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