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Chicot the Jester

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

1. The wedding of St. Luc
2. How it is not always he who opens the door, who enters the house
3. How it is sometimes difficult to distinguish a dream from the reality
4. How Madame de St. Luc had passed the night
5. How Madame de St. Luc passed the second night of her marriage
6. Le petite coucher of Henri III
7. How, without anyone knowing why, the king was converted before the next day
8. How the king was afraid of being afraid
9. How the angel made a mistake and spoke to Chicot, thinking it was the king
10. How Bussy went to seek for the reality of his dream
11. M. Bryan de Monsoreau
12. How Bussy found both the portrait and the original
13. Who Diana was
14. The treaty
15. The marriage
16. The marriage (continued)
17. How Henri III. traveled, and how long it took him to get from Paris to Fontainebleau
18. Brother Gorenflot
19. How Chicot found out that it was easier to go in than out of the abbey
20. How Chicot, forced to remain in the abbey, saw and heard things very dangerous to see and hear
21. How Chicot learned genealogy
22. How M. and Madame de St. Luc met with a traveling companion
23. The old man
24. How Remy-le-Haudouin had, in Bussy's absence, established a communication with the Rue St. Antione
25. The father and daughter
26. How Brother Gorenflot awoke, and the reception he met with at his convent
27. How Brother Gorenflot remained convinced that he was a somnambulist, and bitterly deplored this infirmity
28. How Brother Gorenflot traveled upon an ass, named Panurge, and learned many things he did not know before
29. How Brother Gorenflot changed his ass for a mule, and his mule for a horse
30. How Chicot and his companion installed themselves at the Hotel of the Cross, and how they were received by the host
31. How the monk confessed the advocate, and the advocate the monk
32. How Chicot used his sword
33. How the Duc D'Anjou learned that Diana was not dead
34. How Chicot returned to the Louvre, and was received by the King Henri III.
35. What passed between M. de Monsoreau and the Duke
36. Chicot and the King
37. What M. de Guise came to do at the Louvre
38. Castor and Pollux
39. In which it is proved that listening is the best way to hear
40. The evening of the League
41. The Rue de la Ferronnerie
42. The Prince and the friend
43. Etymology of the Rue de la Jussienne
44. How D'Epernon had his doublet torn, and how Chomberg was stained blue
45. Chicot more than ever King of France
46. How Chicot paid a visit to Bussy, and what followed
47. The chess of M. Chicot, and the cup and ball of M. Quelus
48. The reception of the chiefs of The League
49. How the King annexed a chief who was neither the Duc de Guise nor M. D'Anjou
50. Eteocles and Polynices
51. How people do not always lose their time by searching empty drawers
52. Ventre St. Gris
53. The friends
54. Bussy and Diana
55. How Bussy was offered three hundred pistoles for his horse, and parted with him for nothing
56. The diplomacy of the Duc D'Anjou
57. The ideas of the Duc D'Anjou
58. A flight of Angevins
59. Roland
60. What M. de Monsoreau came to announce
61. How the King learned the flight of his beloved brother, and what followed
62. How, as Chicot and the Queen Mother were agreed, the King began to agree with them
63. In which it is proved that gratitude was one of St. Luc's virtues
64. The project of M. de St. Luc
65. How M. de St. Luc showed M. de Monsoreau the trust that the King had taught him
66. In which we see the Queen Mother enter the town of Angers, but not triumphantly
67. Little causes and great effects
68. How M. de Monsoreau opened and shut his eyes, which proved that he was not dead
69. How M. le Duc D'Anjou went to Meridor to congratulate Madame de Monsoreau on the death of her husband, and found him there before him
70. The inconvenience of large litters and narrow doors
71. What temper the King was in when St. Luc reappeared at the Louvre
72. In which we meet two important personages whom we have lost sight of for some time
73. Diana's second journey to Paris
74. How the ambassador of the Duc D'Anjou arrived at the Louvre, and the reception he met with
75. Which is only the end of the preceding one
76. How M. de St. Luc acquitted himself of the commission given to him by Bussy
77. In what respect M. de St. Luc was more civilized than M. de Bussy, the lessons which he gave him, and the use which M. de Bussy made of them
78. The Precautions of M. de Monsoreau
79. A visit to the house at Les Tournelles
80. The watchers
81. How M. le Duc D'Anjou signed, and after having signed, spoke
82. A promenade at the Tournelles
83. In which Chicot sleeps
84. Where Chicot wakes
85. The Fete Dieu
86. Which will elucidate the previous chapter
87. The procession
88. Chicot the First
89. Interest and capital
90. What was passing near the Bastille while Chicot was paying his debt to Y. de Mayenne
91. The assassination
92. How Brother Gorenflot found himself more than ever between a gallows and an abbey
93. Where Chicot guesses why D'Epernon had blood on his feet and none in his cheeks
94. The morning of the combat
95. The friends of Bussy
96. The combat
97. The end

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This sequel to Dumas' “Marguerite de Valois” begins four years after the sudden death of King Charles IX and succession of his brother Henry III. The reign of King Henry III was plagued with rebellion and political intrigue due to the War of the Three Henries, where his regency was challenged by King Henry of Navarre (leader of the Huguenots) and Henry I, Duke of Guise (leader of the Catholic League). Dumas weaves two main storylines through this turbulent backdrop: one of the love ignited between le Comte de Bussy and la Dame de Monsoreau, and another of the friendship between King Henry III and his truly unique jester, Chicot (Jean-Antoine d'Anglerais).