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The Seats of the Mighty
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From the pen of Gilbert Parker comes one of the most popular Canadian novels of the late nineteenth century. First published simultaneously in Canada and the United States in 1896, The Seats of the Mighty is set in Quebec City in 1759, against the backdrop of the conflict between the English and the French over the future of New France. Written and published after Parker’s move to England, the novel attempts to romanticize French Canada without alienating his English and American readership. The novel’s enduring popularity led to a stage version in 1897 and a silent film in 1914.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. The Seats of the Mighty
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Prefatory Note
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Prelude
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. I: An Escort to the Citadel
  2. pp. 11-22
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  1. II: The Master of the King’s Magazine
  2. pp. 23-36
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  1. III: The Wager and the Sword
  2. pp. 37-47
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  1. IV: The Rat in the Trap
  2. pp. 48-59
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  1. V: The Device of the Dormouse
  2. pp. 60-63
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  1. VI: Moray Tells the Story of His Life
  2. pp. 64-80
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  1. VII: “Quoth Little Garaine”
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. VIII: As Vain as Absalom
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. IX: A Little Concerning the Chevalier de la Darante
  2. pp. 93-104
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  1. X: An Officer of Marines
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. XI: The Coming of Doltaire
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. XII: “The Point Envenomed Too!”
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. XIII: “A Little Boast”
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. XIV: Argand Cournal
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. XV: In the Chamber of Torture
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. XVI: Be Saint or Imp
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. XVII: Through the Bars of the Cage
  2. pp. 199-207
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  1. XVIII: The Steep Path of Conquest
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. XIX: A Danseuse and the Bastile
  2. pp. 214-230
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  1. XX: Upon the Ramparts
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. XXI: La Jongleuse
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. XXII: The Lord of Kamaraska
  2. pp. 255-269
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  1. XXIII: With Wolfe at Montmorenci
  2. pp. 270-286
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  1. XXIV: The Sacred Countersign
  2. pp. 287-300
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  1. XXV: In the Cathedral
  2. pp. 301-311
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  1. XXVI: The Secret of the Tapestry
  2. pp. 312-333
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  1. XXVII: A Side-Wind of Revenge
  2. pp. 334-340
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  1. XXVIII: “To Cheat the Devil Yet”
  2. pp. 341-353
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  1. XXIX: “Master Devil” Doltaire
  2. pp. 354-360
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  1. XXX: “Where All the Lovers Can Hide”
  2. pp. 361-364
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  1. Appendix: Gilbert Parker’s Introduction to the Imperial Edition of The Seats of the Mighty
  2. pp. 365-370
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 371-399
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  1. Books in the Early Canadian Literature Series Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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