I Will Repay

I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The story starts before the French revolution. It’s 1783 and wealthy Paul Déroulède has offended the young Vicomte de Marny by speaking disrepctfully of his latest infatuation, Adèle de Monterchéri. Déroulède had not intended to get into the quarrel but has a tendency to blunder into things — “no doubt a part of the inheritance bequeathed to him by his bourgeois ancestry.”

Incensed at the slur on Adèle, whom he sees as a paragon of virtue, the Vicomte challenges Déroulède to a duel, a fight which Déroulède does not want — for he knows and respects the boy’s father, the Duc de Marny. Swords drawn, the fight ensues in the centre of the salon but despite his noble lineage, the Vicomte de Marny is no match for Déroulède’s swordplay, especially when addled with wine and rage. Déroulède disarms his opponent and having won the duel, draws back but the boy refuses to back down without complete satisfaction and demands that Déroulède get down on his knees and apologize.

Finally losing his temper with the young Vicomte, Déroulède raises his sword to disarm his protagonist once more, however de Marny lunges wildly at his opponent’s breast and manges to literally throw himself on Déroulède’s weapon. The boy is dead and Déroulède can do nothing but leave the establishment. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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