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There was something curiously uncanny -- something unearthly and phantasmal almost -- in the spectacle of these figures, the women in white, the men in black, moving through this wan light; and their voices sounded strangely in the dead silence; but ere long a soft saffron tinge began to show itself in the east; one or two scraps of cloud in the violet skies caught a faint There was something curiously uncanny -- something unearthly and phantasmal almost -- in the spectacle of these figures, the women in white, the men in black, moving through this wan light; and their voices sounded strangely in the dead silence; but ere long a soft saffron tinge began to show itself in the east; one or two scraps of cloud in the violet skies caught a faint touch of the coming dawn; there was a more generous tone on the masses of foliage, on the flower-beds, and on the grass; and now the cheerful chirping of the birds had begun among the leaves. It is a brilliant company -- full of the brightest members of society -- in whose company the popular baritone Lionel Moore has finds himself, in this early morning. They have been planning a musical entertainment . . . yet there is more afoot that than. Those vivacious women! And to be surrounded by the luxuriant surroundings of the wealthy!


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There was something curiously uncanny -- something unearthly and phantasmal almost -- in the spectacle of these figures, the women in white, the men in black, moving through this wan light; and their voices sounded strangely in the dead silence; but ere long a soft saffron tinge began to show itself in the east; one or two scraps of cloud in the violet skies caught a faint There was something curiously uncanny -- something unearthly and phantasmal almost -- in the spectacle of these figures, the women in white, the men in black, moving through this wan light; and their voices sounded strangely in the dead silence; but ere long a soft saffron tinge began to show itself in the east; one or two scraps of cloud in the violet skies caught a faint touch of the coming dawn; there was a more generous tone on the masses of foliage, on the flower-beds, and on the grass; and now the cheerful chirping of the birds had begun among the leaves. It is a brilliant company -- full of the brightest members of society -- in whose company the popular baritone Lionel Moore has finds himself, in this early morning. They have been planning a musical entertainment . . . yet there is more afoot that than. Those vivacious women! And to be surrounded by the luxuriant surroundings of the wealthy!

4 review for Prince Fortunatus by William Black, Fiction, Classics, Literary, Historical

  1. 4 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    Victorian bildungsroman and love letter to shooting stags in the rain. Lionel Moore is a successful singer in comedy opera, modest and generous, friend to the great and good, popular with the ladies but still 'heart-whole.' He falls into the society of three aristocratic sisters who all dabble in the arts and co-opt "kid-gloved Bohemia." He has many admirers, including his manipulative leading lady, the sweet companion of his childhood, the capricious continental friend from his student days, and Victorian bildungsroman and love letter to shooting stags in the rain. Lionel Moore is a successful singer in comedy opera, modest and generous, friend to the great and good, popular with the ladies but still 'heart-whole.' He falls into the society of three aristocratic sisters who all dabble in the arts and co-opt "kid-gloved Bohemia." He has many admirers, including his manipulative leading lady, the sweet companion of his childhood, the capricious continental friend from his student days, and the refined daughter of the nobility with a passion for solitary fishing in the Scottish glens. Will be fall in love with the right one? Lionel falls in love alright, but not with any of the women so much as with the hunting and fishing on the ragged Rosshire strath. I kid you not, vast chunks of this novel are spent in waterproofs with gun or rod in hand, the Scottish Highland Authority must have paid Black some form of commission. This didn't bother me as much as it may have. I don't care for hunting or fishing, but these are subjects that somebody who does care often write about very well; the scenery, the suspense, the thrill of the chase etc. Still, a hundred or so pages of that was pushing it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  3. 4 out of 5

    cherie wiliams

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ty

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