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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