Authors: Cynthia Wright
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A Beauvisage/Raveneau/Hampshire Novel
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Copyright 1983, 2011 by Cynthia Challed Wright. All rights reserved.
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For my wonderful parents, Gene and Priscilla Challed,
with my love and gratitude.
Cast Of Main Characters
LISETTE HAHN—proprietor of Han's CoffeeHouse in 1793 Philadelphia
NICHOLAI BEAUVISAGE*—a man who has been driven back from France, after a decade, by the Revolution
ERNST HAHN—Lisette's ailing father
HYLA FLOWERS—Lisette's co-worker and friend
JAMES STRINGFELLOW—CoffeeHouse barman and friend
Familiar Faces from past books
ALEXANDRE and CAROLINE BEAUVISAGE—Nicholai's brother and sister-in-law
ETIENNE, NATALYA, and KRISTIN—their children
JEAN-PHILIPPE and ANTONIA BEAUVISAGE—Alec's parents
NICHOLAI*—the younger Beauvisage brother
KATYA BEAUVISAGE—the youngest sister, now Lisette's best friend
RANDOLPH EDWARDS—Katya's fiancé
PIERRE DUBOIS—Alec's valet
From TOUCH THE SUN:
LION and MEAGAN HAMPSHIRE—a couple now married four years
MARCUS REEMS—Lion's half-brother
BRAMBLE—the Hampshires' cook
ANNE BINGHAM—a wealthy Philadelphia socialite
GEORGE WASHINGTON—the President
From SILVER STORM:
ANDRE and DEVON RAVENEAU—a sea captain and his wife
MOUETTE and NATHAN—their children
HALSEY MINTER—Andre's first officer
They meet but with unwholesome springs
And summers which infectious are;
They hear but when the mermaid sings,
And only see the falling star,
Who ever dare
Affirm no woman chaste and fair.
What madman, 'cause the glow-worm's flame
Is cold, swears there's no warmth in fire
Cause some make forfeit of their name,
And slave themselves to man's desire,
Shall the sex, free
From guilt, damn'd to bondage be?
WILLIAM HABINGTON (1605-1654)