Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Clermont d’Ambois has vowed to avenge the murder of his brother, Bussy. Although he doubts the virtue of repaying violence with violence, he has made a solemn promise to Bussy’s ghost. His sister, Charlotte, unambiguous in her feelings, is impatient for immediate revenge, and her marriage to Baligny has been made under the stipulation that he, too, pledge himself to effect the death of Montsurry, Bussy’s murderer. Tamyra, the wife of Montsurry and former mistress of Bussy, has returned to her husband, but she makes no secret of her hatred of him and her desire for his death. The design of these people is obstructed by the cowardly Montsurry, who has barricaded himself in his home.
Clermont, who insists on a fair duel and who will allow no one else to discharge his duty, has instructed Baligny to deliver his challenge. Baligny’s entrance to Montsurry’s home is accomplished with the help of a decadent nobleman, the Marquess Renel. Renel, visiting Montsurry on business, bribes the guards to admit Baligny. When Baligny enters, Montsurry is terrified and refuses to accept the proffered challenge. Baligny leaves the challenge with Tamyra, who promises to make her husband read it.
This plot is not the only one in which Baligny is involved. A treacherous man, he bases his actions on his belief that troubles for others mean blessings for himself. Wearing a different mask for every acquaintance, he is able to gain people’s confidence and...
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