BONNE-BICHE (Old French Fairy Tales, 1920) by Comtesse de Ségur

EAU-MINON had entered by a little passage, which seemed made expressly for him and had probably given notice to some one at the castle, as the gate opened without Blondine having called. She entered the court-yard but saw no one. The door of the castle opened of itself. Blondine entered the vestibule which was of rare white…

THE FOREST OF LILACS (Old French Fairy Tales, 1920) by Comtesse de Ségur

WHEN Blondine entered the forest she commenced gathering the beautiful branches of lilacs. She rejoiced in their profusion and delighted in their fragrance. As she made her selection, it seemed to her that those which were more distant were still more beautiful so she emptied her apron and her hat, which were both full and filled them…

BLONDINE LOST (Old French Fairy Tales, 1920) by Comtesse de Ségur

BLONDINE grew to be seven years old and Brunette three. The king had given Blondine a charming little carriage drawn by ostriches, and a little coachman ten years of age, who was the nephew of her nurse. The little page, who was called Gourmandinet, loved Blondine tenderly. He had been her playmate from her birth and she…

Moonshine (STORIES OF THE FOREIGN LEGION, 1947) by P. C. WREN

La Cigale, the Mad “Grasshopper” of the VIIth Company, was solemnly dancing by the light of the moon. He was a fine soldier and a hopeless lunatic, and had once been a Belgian Officer (Corps of Guides, the most aristocratic in the Belgian Army) and military attaché at various Embassies. No one knew his story,…

Here are Ladies (STORIES OF THE FOREIGN LEGION, 1947) by P. C. WREN

A sluggish, oily river with mangrove-swamp banks; a terrible September day with an atmosphere of superheated, poisonous steam; and the two French gunboats, Corail and Opale, carrying a detachment of the French Foreign Legion, part of an expeditionary force entrusted with the task of teaching manners, and an enhanced respect for Madame la République, to Behanzin, King of Dahomey….