"Last Wednesday he had been engaged in moving an audience of Rennes to anger; on this Wednesday he was to move an audience of Guichen to mirth. . . ."
Once he was André-Louis Moreau, a lawyer raised by nobility, unconcerned with the growing discontent among France's lower class—until his best friend was mercilessly struck down by a member of the aristocracy.
Now, he is Scaramouche. Speaking out against the unjust French government, he takes refuge with a nomadic band of acting improvisers and assumes the role of the clown Scaramouche—a comic figure with a very serious message. . . .
Set during the French Revolution, this novel of swashbuckling romance is also a thought-provoking commentary on class, inequality, and the individual's role in society—a story that has become Rafael Sabatini's enduring legacy.
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