Posted by: vikingsinspace | November 6, 2009

VI.01.22. Read Fortune’s Fool

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Fortune’s Fool: House of Stratus Edition

My Sabatini Journal

My Sabatini Journal

“The trivial unconsidered good that we may do on our own way through life is often a seed from which we may reap richly anon in the hour of our own need.” (28)

“… Youth … is a fault that time invariably corrects.” (97)

“… he thanked Heaven that in a world of much evil there was still so good a thing as ale.” (105)

“She indulges a cruel and perverse zest to torture a man whom she sees perish of love for her.” (149)

“Eloquence … comes naturally from a bursting heart.” (229)

Fortunes Fool

Fortune's Fool

I was not initially interested in reading Fortune’s Fool.  The book was set in London in the year 1665 when the plague was beginning to take hold.  I had read a book several months ago that was in the same setting and I was afraid I might get some of the characters confused.  Luckily I didn’t and found Fortune’s Fool to be a great read.

Like all great Sabatini novels, Fortune’s Fool features a protagonist, Randel Holles, who is down on his luck, and separated from his love.  In order to gain his status and reputation back, he is convinced by the Duke of Buckingham to kidnap an actress, who turns out to be his love, Nancy Sylvester.  After protecting Nancy from Buckingham and then the plague, Randal succumbs to the plague himself only to be healed by Nancy.  All ends well as Randal gets a commission in the Indes and the two marry.

A wonderful book, and I regret that I ever had reservations about reading it.

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