By Gary Jennings

A picaresque novel concerning the adventures of a 19th-century circus, from the embittered post-Civil warfare South to the glittering and decadent capitals and courts of Europe. From the bestselling writer of Aztec and The Journeyer.

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He stated, "You be aware of, I constantly concept, by means of God, I possessed an outstanding line of patter. yet that Florian is a nonpareil of forged iron nerve and ossified gall and petrified impropriety. " Rouleau laughed. "Eh, bien, I nonetheless take into account, while i used to be a first-of-May, some time past, Florian advised me that we mustn't ever permit ourselves be sure by means of propriety, precedent, conference or morality; these issues are recipes for banality. i feel, Fitz, you and Florian are going to get alongside like brothers born. " Florian, at the rockaway on the head of the teach, with aspect back driving beside him, stated, "That fellow Fitzfarris. Which facet was once he soldiering on while he obtained that curious disfigurement? " "Didn't imagine to inquire," stated part. "I doubt i would think him if he instructed me. besides, I determine such trifles do not topic to any extent further. " He pointed. "Yonder's the place we flip onto the Charles city highway, in case you nonetheless wish the shortest approach to Baltimore. " Florian recommended Snowball onto the line forking eastward off the Pike. It used to be a company dust street, an improved floor than the ruined macadam that they had been touring on. yet simply making the flip appeared to placed a ultimately unendurable pressure on one of many wagons, simply because there got here a splintery crash after which a spate of cussing. Florian drew Snowball to a halt and regarded again. at the balloon-carrying wagon, a rear wheel had collapsed. The wagon sat tilted, stern down, its upraised shafts virtually lifting the draft mule off his ft, and Mullenax was once sprawled at the highway, shaking a fist. "God rattling it to hell, all I do nowadays is roll round within the dirt! " the opposite males accrued to examine the wear and tear. Roozeboom stated, "Too lengthy das vagon vas drying out less than your haycock, Abner. De spokes all loosed. I may still haff giff dose vheels an outstanding soak in a few creek on de vay. My fault. " "Well, the wheel ain't broke," acknowledged Tim. "Just fell aside. you could repair it, Dutchman. " "Ag, ja. Efery vheel on dis teach I haff mounted someday. however it capacity first I repair, den locate creek or pond, soak all of it evening. " "At least it is the one wagon we will be able to get alongside without," acknowledged Florian. "The remainder of the educate can shuttle whenever you paintings on it. " a brand new voice unexpectedly spoke up. "Are any of you humans Yankees? " They became to determine a guy relating to them from throughout a rail fence. The fence was once all entwined with honeysuckle in flower, and smelled scrumptious. the fellow used to be gray-haired and gaunt, yet good favourite or even good dressed for the time and position. in the back of him stretched a emerging slope of flooring that had as soon as been an expanse of garden, now long past to weed and seed and rank progress. on the far-off most sensible of the slope was once obvious a manorial condo fronted by means of two-story columns and surrounded by way of old oaks. "No, sir," Florian acknowledged. "Some people are emigre Europeans, however the leisure all staunch Southerners. the following is Colonel side, past due of the accomplice Cavalry. Sergeant Yount, likewise, and Corporal Fitzfarris... " "I am Paxton Furfew, erstwhile adjutant of the Frederick County domestic defend, now residing in retiracy," stated the fellow, within the tender accents of the well-born Virginian.

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