Welcome to Episode Twenty of our nightly audio adventure, The Scarlet Pimpernel. From Florida, Peter Jones, a first-weekend Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club, writes:
Jeeze luweeze I'm so enjoying this current Tale for Our Time! Would you be kind enough to post the remaining episodes so that I won't have to wait to hear the outcome?!
No can do, Peter. But we're barreling down toward the thrilling finale, and the excitement can't linger that much longer as we need to start striking the set and moving in our various Christmas entertainments. However, we certainly give you bonus points for "Jeeze luweeze", which I'm pretty sure is one of those minced oaths I was referring to.
In tonight's episode, they seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere ...but they never thought to seek him among the Jews of Calais:
'I have further news for you, citoyen.'
'What is it?'
'A tall Englishman had a long conversation about three-quarters of an hour ago with a Jew, Reuben by name, who lives not ten paces from here.'
'Yesâ€”and?' queried Chauvelin, impatiently.
'The conversation was all about a horse and cart, which the tall Englishman wished to hire, and which was to have been ready for him by eleven o'clock...''Send one of the men to find out if the stranger has driven off in Reuben's cart.'
'Yes, citoyen...'About five minutes later, Desgas returned, followed by an elderly Jew, in a dirty, threadbare gaberdine, worn greasy across the shoulders. His red hair, which he wore after the fashion of the Polish Jews, with the corkscrew curls each side of his face, was plentifully sprinkled with greyâ€”a general coating of grime, about his cheeks and his chin, gave him a peculiarly dirty and loathsome appearance. He had the habitual stoop those of his race affected in mock humility in past centuries, before the dawn of equality and freedom in matters of faith, and he walked behind Desgas with the peculiar shuffling gait which has remained the characteristic of the Jew trader in continental Europe to this day.
Chauvelin, who had all the Frenchman's prejudice against the despised race, motioned to the fellow to keep at a respectful distance.
Golly, it's like a Jeremy Corbyn committee meeting in Calais. If you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club you can hear Part Twenty of our serialization of The Scarlet Pimpernel simply by clicking here and logging-in. All previous episodes can be found here.
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