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Jean Monette

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Jean Monette

by Eugene Francois Vidocq

Genre: Drama
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Format of Original Source: Short Story
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Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

After the lapse of half an hour they were let in, when we ascended after them, and the inspector, having a duplicate key, we let ourselves gently in, standing in the passage, so as to prevent our being seen; in a few minutes we heard a loud shriek from Emma, and old Monette’s voice most vociferously crying “Murder!” and “Thieves!” On entering the rooms, we perceived that the poor girl was lying on the ground, while one of the men was endeavoring to stifle her cries by either gagging or suffocating her, though in the way he was doing it, the latter would have soon been the case.

The old man had been dragged from his bed, and Despreau stood over him with a knife, swearing that unless he showed him the place where his money and valuables were deposited, it should be the last hour of his existence.

Despreau, on seeing us, seemed inclined to make a most desperate resistance, but not being seconded by his associates, submitted to be pinioned, expressing his regret that we had not come half an hour later, when we might have been saved the trouble.



COMMENTS:

A rich geezer doubts the intentions of the dubious suitor of his only child, and goes to some lengths to expose him. The meandering events of this story have seen their day; there’s not enough plot to drive a theatre piece. On the other hand, the final sequence is fairly thrilling and packed with action, and makes you long for it to be part of a different story altogether. Perhaps that portion could be salvaged?


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