The (Fairly) Honest Lawyer : Andre-Louis Moreau lives for vengeance on the master swordsman who killed his friend.
The (Fairly) Honest Lawyer

From ‘Scaramouche’, by Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950).

Andre-Louis Moreau, a lawyer by training, is broke, so he applies for a job as a fencing instructor. Unfortunately, he can barely fence; but as he explains to his prospective employer, Bertrand des Amis, he has his reasons for learning – reasons which, if not quite the truth, are not far from it.

“MY enemy is a swordsman of great strength — the best blade in the province, if not the best blade in France. I thought I would come to Paris to learn something of the art, and then go back and kill him. You see, I have not the means to take lessons otherwise.

“I thought to find work here in the law. But I have failed. There are too many lawyers in Paris as it is, and whilst waiting I have consumed the little money that I had, so your notice seemed to me something to which a special providence had directed me.”

M des Amis gripped him by the shoulders, and looked into his face. “Is this true, my friend?” he asked.

“Not a word of it,” said Andre-Louis, wrecking his chances on an irresistible impulse to say the unexpected.

But he didn’t wreck them. M des Amis burst into laughter; and having laughed his fill, confessed himself charmed by his applicant’s fundamental honesty.

From ‘Scaramouche’, by Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950).

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Picture: By Domenico Angelo (?1717-1802), Wikimedia Commons. Licence: Public domain. View original
A drawing from the English edition of Domenico Angelo’s “School of Fencing” (1763). He studied fencing in Paris before settling in London in the 1750s, where he opened his own fencing school in Soho (acting as tutor to the Royal Family) before taking up a post at Eton College. It was Angelo who did more than anyone else to turn fencing from a military discipline into a civilian and civilised sport.
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