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Please bear in mind3 that the slight stiffness in conversation4 is meant to remind the reader that the characters are speaking French, not English, and French of the year 1697. I’ve avoided translating into stilted, foreign English, but I’ve tried never to use a sentence of conversation that cannot be readily turned into French in your mind.
Because of the un-naturalness of making French people speak in English, I’ve use direct discourse as little as possible. All the characters, except the children, are historical personages.W. S. C.