At a glance:
- Author: Julian Barnes
- First Published: 1990
- Type of Plot: Historical
- Time of Work: The late seventeenth century
- Setting: A small village in southern France
- Characters: Pierre Chaigne, Marthe, Anne Rouget, Henri, Daniel, Three unnamed soldiers
- Genres: Short fiction
- Subjects: Family or family life, Parents and children, Traveling or travelers, France or French people, Villages, Rape, Seventeenth century, Christianity, Carpentry or carpenters, Catholics or Catholic Church, Soldiers, Martyrs or martyrdom, Western Europe or western Europeans, Peasantry or peasants, Protestantism or Protestant churches, Persecution, Belief or doubt
- Locales: France, Europe
“Dragons” begins with Pierre Chaigne, a widowed carpenter in a small French village, constructing a four-sided lantern, including three wooden pieces to be inserted into the lantern to block out the light except for a single direction. Narrated in the third person, the story is presented through the thoughts and actions of Pierre.
Pierre reflects that everything bad comes from the north, from the tireless winds to the Beast of Gruissan, who consumes local livestock. The new threat from the north comes from the dragons. In spite of the toleration edict issued...
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