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It is 1792 in the terror-ridden Paris of this deftly
executed novella. In the three years since the storming of
the Bastille, the economy has failed and the power of the
monarchy has withered into utter ineffectuality. Chaos
reigns in the steamy summer streets. The city is hungry -
for justice, for vengeance, for bread. So is
Celie." "Employed in the household of the celebrated Madame
de Stael, the young, unwed Celie daily leaves her baby in
the care of a friend, Amandine. One day, grievously,
Celie's infant suffers an accidental, inexplicable death,
which apparently occurred, so Celie learns later, while
Amandine lay in the arms of her lover, Georges. Her woe
flaring into rage, Celie plots a sure but horrific revenge
among revolutionaries ready to put to death any woman or
man named traitor."--
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