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A Marriage Under the Terror

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)

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Title:A Marriage Under the Terror
Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(32 of 51 for author by title)
Miss Silver Comes to Stay (Miss Silver #16)
Lonesome Road (Miss Silver #3)
Published:   1910
Publisher:G. P. Putnam's Sons
Tags:fiction, France, historical, romance

Newly orphaned Aline de Rochambeau travels to Paris to take refuge with a cousin before an arranged marriage. Fresh from a convent, Aline is at first unaware that her wordly cousin, Madame de Montargis, and Aline's unattractive fiance, Vicomte Selincourt, are lovers. Luckily, as both are unappealing, they are arrested and sentenced to the guillotine, where they die better than they lived.

Friendless, Aline is rescued by a shrewd Frenchwoman who appropriates Aline's money and pearls, but feeds her, albeit as little as possible. Aline embroiders to support herself, and becomes the amanuensis of a very worthy young Republican, Jacques Dangeau, who is captivated by her quiet beauty although disapproving of her artistocratic background and beliefs. When Aline is reported to the police, Dangeau marries her to protect her life, but although she returns his affection she refuses to compromise her standards after he votes for the death of Louis XVI. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Elles, Dora Amy

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Dora Amy Elles (November 10, 1878 - January 28, 1961) wrote under the pen name of Patricia Wentworth. She was a British crime writer, best known for her Miss Silver Mysteries, though she also wrote romantic novels. Miss Silver is frequently compared to Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, though Patricia Wentworth's first Miss Silver novel pre-dated Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple novel by two years, and may well have inspired Agatha Christie.

In Marion Shaw & Sabine Vanacker's book Reflecting on Miss Marple, they said: "while Miss Marple may receive ten times the attention as Miss Silver, ... the woefully neglected Miss Silver is the real deal - a professional investigator and a stand-up woman, a true forerunner of all future female private eyes."

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