Category: France

Ten Little Legionaries (STORIES OF THE FOREIGN LEGION, 1947) by P. C. WREN

At the Depôt at Sidi bel-Abbès, Sergeant-Major Suicide-Maker was a devil, but at a little frontier outpost in the desert, he was the devil, the increase in his degree being commensurate with the increase in his opportunities. When the Seventh Company of the First Battalion of the First Regiment of the Foreign Legion of France, stationed at Aïnargoula in the Sahara, learned that Lieutenant Roberte was in hospital with a broken leg, it realized that, Captain d’Armentières being absent with the Mule Company, chasing Touareg to the south, it would be commanded for a space by Sergeant-Major Suicide-Maker–in other words by The...

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

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 marble. All the doors of the castle now opened like the first and the princess passed through a suite of beautiful rooms. At last, in the back part of a charming salon, furnished with blue and gold, she perceived a white hind, lying upon a...

BLONDINE’S AWAKENING—BEAU-MINON (Old French Fairy Tales, 1920) by Comtesse de Ségur

BLONDINE’S AWAKENING—BEAU-MINON (Old French Fairy Tales, 1920) by Comtesse de Ségur

BLONDINE slept calmly all night; no ferocious beast came to trouble her slumbers. She did not suffer from the cold and awakened at a late hour in the morning. She rubbed her eyes, much surprised to see herself surrounded by trees, in place of being in her own room in the palace, and upon her own bed. She called her nurse and a soft mewing was the only response. Astonished and almost frightened, she looked around and saw at her feet a superb white cat, looking gently upon her and continuing to mew plaintively. “Ah! pretty puss! how beautiful you are!” cried...

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

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 again and again. Blondine had been thus busily occupied for about an hour. She began to suffer from the heat and to feel great fatigue. She found the branches of lilacs heavy to carry and thought it was time to return to the palace. She...

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 had shown him a thousand acts of kindness. But Gourmandinet had one terrible fault; he was a gourmand—was so fond of dainties and sweet things, that for a paper of bonbons he would commit almost any wicked action. Blondine often said to him: “I love...

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, not even le Légionnaire Jean Boule, whom he loved and who, through great suffering, had attained great understanding and sympathy.1   1 Vide “The Wages of Virtue.” John Murray.   This same gentleman, accompanied by the Bucking Bronco, Reginald Rupert, and ‘Erb, was even now looking for...