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General's Mistress chapter titles

As we move toward the publication date for The General's Mistress, I thought I'd share the chapter titles. If you pick one I'll talk a little bit about what it means and give you a snippet from that chapter. I have to say, I've never changed chapter titles around as many times as I have for this book!

The Cuckoo's Child
The World of Men
The Runaway Bride
A New Life
The White Queen
Winter in Paris
Among the Marvelous
Dangerous Acquaintances
Games of Passion
Ten of Swords
Dido's Revenge
Walpurgis Night
Nine of Swords
Grand Saint Bernard
The First Consul
Fire From Heaven
Fama Volat
The Road Home
Queen of Swords
Two of Chalices
In the City of Light
On Campaign
Echoes of a Beating Drum
Christmas in the Field


Aug. 1st, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
In which Elza decides to go on the stage, but in the absence of being cast takes a job doing fake seances, and discovers that she's...rather unexpectedly good...at predicting the future.

The next session with Lebrun was not nearly as spectacular, probably because the questions did not give me as much scope for poetry. “Shall my wife deliver a son or a daughter?” was particularly problematic. The gentleman in question was soon to become a father for the first time, and the answer must be either one or the other. I prevaricated and said that I could not tell.

Which, it turned out, was the right answer. Lebrun informed me the next week, grinning broadly, that the gentleman’s wife had delivered safely and without incident healthy twin babies, a girl and a boy. It had made my reputation. He wished to engage me weekly as his medium.

Aug. 1st, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's awesome.
Aug. 2nd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
He meant to hire a fake oracle. He got a real one!