The story of a French military hero of the Napoleonic Wars, long assumed to be dead, tries to recover his fortune and former wife through the help of a famous Parisian lawyer. Colonel Chabert, a Napoleonic War hero supposedly killed in the Battle of Eylau, returns to Paris after a long convalescence to find his wife remarried, and his pension gone. He employs a young, well-known lawyer to at least reclaim his pension. It is a game of wits: first to convince the lawyer that he is who he says he is; secondly to get his wife to admit to his identity and thereby give up some of her wealth. Once the lawyer believes Chabert's story, the wife must be made to part with his pension...
Volume One is a collection of the following light-hearted stories, imitating the manner of Rabelais and other 16th-century story-tellers:<P> The Fair Imperia,<P> The Venial Sin,<P> How the good man Bruyn took a Wife,<P> How the Seneschal Struggled with his Wife's Modesty,<P> That Which is Only a Venial Sin,<P> How and by Whom the Said Child was Procured,<P> How the Said Love-Sin was Repented of and Led to Great Mourning,<P> The King's Sweetheart,<P> The Devil's Heir,<P> The Merrie Jests of King Louis the Eleventh,<P> The High Constable's Wife,<P> The Maid of Thilouse,<P> The Brother-in-Arms,<P> The Vicar of Azay-Le-Rideau, and<P> The Reproach.<P>
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