Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-six)                         Annie saw Patrice justified in his conjecture. Alban, possibly spied on by Le Filleul, had shown loyalties that gave rise to suspicions. Private grievances could be settled—Patrice had said so—in times of public lawlessness. A belfry surmounted by […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-five)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-five)                                 vi.     Before the end of a fortnight, the novice tourist found herself at Vannes. Already childishly delighted by the diversion of the train ride along the smiling valley of the Loire, towards […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-four)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-four)                           “A story from the time of the Revolution?” said Annie, startled. “Ah, monsieur, my ignorance would shout from every page.” “Build your world by intuition. Historians as well as sleuths are guided by it. Souls of all […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-three)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-three)                           “Morbihan! The Le Goël family came from there, a hundred and twenty years ago. My poor Uncle Augustin had so wished to visit the home of his ancestors! It pleased him to think we were fallen royalty…but […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-two)                     Once outdoors, Patrice quickened his steps in crossing the immense paved court. When they’d passed the next gate, he heaved a deep sigh and shook his shoulders as though throwing off a burden. “The Medici fountain! The flowers…ah! It refreshes […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty-one)                             Annie, arrested by this proposition so attractive and unexpected, shot Winifred a significant look. “I thank you infinitely, madame! But won’t you find very near to you an ideal…an obliging and kind companion?” “Winifred?” Mme Fougerays […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part twenty)                           “We admit it!” answered Mme Fougerays coldly. “Marriage is a lottery, that is understood. All games of hazard have their traps.” She spoke with a boldness near cynicism, unafraid of her known history making the cause of […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nineteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nineteen)                             Art critic, contributor to Foyer, reader for the Voix de Paris, M. Laffenel had often met the secretary of M. Conan, and showed to her an amiable sympathy. Annie, taken into his confidence, smiled at the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eighteen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eighteen)                               iii.     The first visitors were the personal friends of Mme Conan, belonging to the world of finance and high-stakes business dealings, and dressed by the best fashion houses…in that sober and costly elegance […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seventeen)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seventeen)                       M. Conan intervened, annoyed at this shamelessness. “You forget, Josèphe, that Mlle Le Goël has no time to spare.” “Oh, I know.” She sent him a flirtatious look of rebellion. “But I also know that Mlle Le Goël is […]