Posted by: vikingsinspace | June 14, 2010

VI.01.39. Read The Lost King

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The Lost King: Hutchinson Edition

My Sabatini Journal

“… even such corrupt and unpromising material as Royalty, possesses a latent fund of honest, genuine humanity, which, if pains are taken, may be brought to the surface.” (9)

“The worst insult ever offered God was the assertion that He made man in His Own Image.  Man!  Malicious, greedy, hypocritical man, vulnerable to evil at every point.  Realize the truth now, whilst you are young, Florence, for it will save you from many errors: men are not good.” (26-27)

“I do not wreathe my brow in laurel and cry to the world, ‘Behold a self-sacrificing hero!'” (89)

“Every man is honest when dishonesty is unprofitable.” (167)

“A good beginning is, in itself, half the accomplishment.” (245)

“Do you know nothing of the world?  You may shout yourself hoarse proclaiming a man’s virtue, and no one pay attention.  Whisper a word of his vices and the world is all ears.” (280)

“It is the excuse of every rogue… that we are what life has made us.” (337)

The Lost King

The Lost King could almost be seen as the final installment of a Scaramouche trilogy.  The characters of Scaramouche (André-Louis et al.) do not reappear, other than those of an historical nature.  At times I almost felt that The Lost King was a remaking of Scaramouche the King-maker the way Sabatini meant the latter to be, but I do not know the chronology in which they were written.  (I have since found this out, and The Lost King was written later)

There were a few deviations from the Sabatini norm that I found interesting and refreshing.  The character of Charles Deslys (Louis XVII) is certainly the main focus of the book, but one is lead to believe that Florence de La Salle is the main protagonist until the final third.  Perhaps the indication that La Salle is not quite so important in Sabatini’s eyes is the fact that he had no love interest, but then again he played the part of the intelligent and plotting egoist that Sabatini has always loved (yet even in this capacity La Salle is outdone by Fouché).

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