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Devil's Cub

Devil's Cub is a novel written by Georgette Heyer. It is the sequel to These Old Shades. The book was published in 1932, and has not been out of print since. It is one of her most popular novels.

Plot summary

The son of the Duke and Duchess of Avon, the Marquis of Vidal is known as Devil's Cub not only for the excesses of his father but for his own wild habits. As he is paying court to a girl of the bourgeoisie, Sophia Challoner, he also participates in a rather impromptu duel, the outcome of which forces him to leave the country. He intends to bring Sophia with him as his mistress: but her strait-laced sister Mary has no intention of allowing her sister to be ruined, and takes her place, assuming that the Marquis will let her go once the mistake is discovered, leaving him with no chance to take Sophia afterwards. But she has not yet obtained the measure of the Marquis's personality, for in the grip of fury he takes Mary off with him instead, and only when they are in France and it is too late for either to turn back does he realise that by abducting a respectable girl he has compromised her and is obliged to offer her marriage. However, Mary refuses Vidal because she believes he is making the offer because of his guilt. And then she runs off in her misery and meets Vidal's father, the Duke of Avon, who takes her into his confidence. Vidal pursues, and ultimately realizes he loves her, convincing her to marry him.

Heyer's An Infamous Army is a sequel to Devil's Cub.

These Old Shades Devil’s Cub
Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon
Léonie de Saint-Vire Léonie (de Saint-Vire) Alastair, Duchess of Avon
Lady Fanny (Alastair) Marling Lady Fanny (Alastair) Marling
John Marling Mr. John Marling
Lord Rupert Alastair Lord Rupert Alastair
Harriet (Alastair) Field Harriet (Alastair) Field
Mr. Hugh Davenant Mr. Hugh Davenant

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