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Finding aid for Marguerite Cret Manuscript, Les Aventures d'Agnes d'Avrancourt Voyages dans le Guatemala , 1888
Finding aid created by Rob S. Cox, 1990
Title: Marguerite Cret manuscript, Les Aventures d'Agnes d'Avrancourt Voyages dans le Guatemala
Creator: Cret, Marguerite Inclusive dates: 1888 Extent: 342 pages Abstract:
The Marguerite Cret manuscript is a romance-adventure novella, written in French, containing watercolors and pencil illustrations.
Language: The material is in French Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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Marguerite Cret Manuscript, Les Aventures d'Agnes d'Avrancourt Voyages dans le Guatemala , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Adventure stories have long appealed to the tastes of Americans and Europeans, particularly when set in an exotic locale. While nothing is known about Marguerite Cret, the presumed author of Les Aventures d'Agnes d'Avrancourt: Voyages dans le Guatemala, it seems that she was intimately familiar with the romance-adventure genre as written for a younger readership, and appears that she, herself, was an adolescent. Her story is an elaborate one, involving the pleasures and perils encountered by a young French girl, Agnes d'Avrancourt, while traveling through the jungles of Guatemala, including encounters with Toltecs and their arch-enemies, the Aztecs, a brush with Amazonian women, and especially with the handsome Don Pablo d'Albares, whom Agnes eventually marries.
Although at one level the novella is a formulaic exercise in the genre, it is written in a particularly appealing style and the water color and pencil illustrations that Cret includes truly complete the picture. On another level, Cret's novella creates a fascinating running commentary on gender roles in a context in which an imperial European presence interacts with an indigenous, non-white population, all as seen by a (presumably) adolescent woman author.
Collection Scope and Content Note
Marguerite Cret's novella has an engaging, rapidly moving plot line, filled with adventure and a minor dose of romance. The story is enhanced by the inclusion of a series of pencil and watercolor sketches, some of which were never quite completed. Each chapter includes at least one major, full page water color. Its authorship is established tentatively on the basis of an inscription on page 2, "affectueusement á Noël Cortês, Marguerite Cret, 1888."
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Marguerite Cret manuscript, Les Aventures d'Agnes d'AvrancourtVoyages dans le Guatemala , 1888 [series]
[Note: The following chapter headings have been translated from the original French.]
4. Le marail--the Mexican camp--mysteries--Agnes and François--François worries for nothing--Yellow-Bear--affaire pour quelque marails
5. The anger of Yellow-Bear--a dangerous night for the Eagle's Nest--the story of Yellow-Bear--the search for the Aztecs--adventure of the Aztecs--Rapid-Arrow is sent on a mission--François' fears
6. Rapid-Arrow arrives at the camp of the eastern Aztecs--the second messenger--suspicion--plan of defense--provisions--a savage appears--no more!
7. War dance of the savages--the return of Rapid-Arrow--François' astonishment--two unknown cavaliers--Spanish and Mexican--Pablo d'Albares--Jose-Maria--the joy of two brothers
8. The signal of Pablo d'Albares--prattling--friendly disputes--at last, Pablo rests--looking for Agnes--the little savage and his favorite--the rascal--no sign of Indians
9. Rumors--lucky chance--a terrible battle--just how it is good to disobey--Agnes' imprudence--a day at the Eagle's Nest--a second battle--François conjures up danger
10. Agnes is impatient--at Yellow-Bear's camp--dispute between Rapid-Arrow and Neac--a strange law--Neac triumphant--the death of one of the braves--Neac's fears--Onward!
11. The Eagle's Nest was lived in--Flight--Neac caught in a trap--the touching cares of Agnes--How will Neac avenge himself?--François' defiance--the arrow note--Rapid-Arrow's joy
12. François wishes to baffle Neac's projects--the Toltecs--an idea--Don Pablo will go to look for the Toltecs--Don Pablo disappears--Neac wants to take the night watches--four days have passed!--No Don Pablo!
13. Sinister presentiments--François believes nothing--Poor Agnes!--Miserable Neac!--What is reconnaissance?--Terribly bad luck--Different characters--Jose--Maria understands nothing--It's all the same to me
14. A painful March--Sapotas--Neac will be killed by an arrow's strike--a sad good-bye--François is consternated--Poor Agnes!--Voyage with Neac--the ynambu--she is rescued--a kinkajou arrives appropriately
15. The tattoo--return to the Eagle's Nest--momentary sadness--a month alone--privations--Broken-Arrowhead--a big surprise--Cha-Cha-O-Poge-O--Feather-Man--a gay conversation--the Toltecs appreciate Agnes
16. And Neac?--disappointment--furor--he fools himself--prisoner--the death of Neac--consolation--a battle between the Aztecs and Toltecs--Don Camil is wounded--Mr. d'Avrancourt and Don Camil are at least rescued
17. The search for Jose-Maria and François--only Neac dies--a horrible surprise--Jose-Maria is not dead--François the buffoon--Poor Jose-Maria!
18. Departure--very fortunate events--the milk tree--the Glactodendron--the caravan is finally complete--communications with Mme d'Avrancourt--a Kouri
19. It's finished!--Feather-Man appreciates the pretty European--sad and soft--abrupt reality--to arms!--the so-called waltz--admiration of the Toltecs--No one!
20. Separation--the battalion of women--three old women--an exemplary punishment--March through the forest--a March at night--disquieting mirages--halt!--en route!--Agnes' gloomy thoughts--hope!
21. The company of men--the enemy!--the flying man--the search for Feather-Man--check--Agnes--Manina--Feather-Man's reception of the travelers
22. A speech to the people--Don Pablo's excellent plan--foiled--Rapid-Arrow does something foolish--a big battle!--Manina, the barbarian
23. The fight between Don Pablo and Yellow-Bear--danger--Agnes' devotion--cruel Yellow-Bear--Agnes certainly knows how to roll on the moss!--the pursuit of Yellow-Bear
24. Agnes' feelings toward Yellow-Bear--Yellow-Bear's feelings toward Agnes--Don Pablo and Agnes--final preparations--a striking contrast
25. Preparations for carnage--the Toltec's toilet--great chiefs should have feathers--expeditious means--François wants to go to war, him!--a terrible encounter
26. Poor Don Pablo!--a cry of terror!--Agnes devotes herself to Don Pablo--prisoners!--gloomy thoughts
27. A horrible spectacle--an atrocious error--the terrible ferocity of Yellow-Bear--Don Pablo wants to save Agnes--the two prisoners--a sad search
28. The terrible intentions of Yellow-Bear--an hour of freedom--a singular proposition--bad traits [more text missing?]
29. Search in vain--Red-Shirt--a fair trial--a precarious situation--caught--fooled--Yellow-Bear's fury--forced to flee!--emotion
30. Triumph!--despair!--intolerable suffering--a night of sadness--delivered!--voyage for two--hope!
31. Yellow-Bear's silence--an agreeable encounter--return to Mexico--to Mexico--delivering joy!
32. Don Camil's teasing--joyous parties--an improvised Amazon--Don Pablo is weary--hunting party
33. Two years later--a gentle evening--Mr. d'Avrancourt discovers something--Don Camil's collection pavilion
34. A terrible hurricane--a good lesson in being prepared--Mr. d'Avrancourt sticks to his ideas--what Don Pablo thinks of Agnes--we ask Agnes what she thinks
35. Don Pablo, great lover of the hunt--Mama's visit--Agnes blushes--engaged!--François' kiss