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The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer

The Corinthian (original 1940; edition 2009)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Corinthian
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:My Library
Tags:Historical Fiction, Regency Period, Money and Manners

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The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (1940)



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“If you want to know what I think, which I do not suppose you do, so you need not tell me so, it is that you are spoilt, Richard. You have too much money, you have done everything you wished to do before you are out of your twenties; you have been courted by match-making Mamas, fawned on by toadies, and indulged by all the world. The end of it is that you are bored to death. There! I have said it ..." (Ch 1)

Sir Richard Wyndham, son of the widowed Lady Wyndham, is the Corinthian. He has long been "understood" to marry the unpleasant "iceberg" Melissa Brandon; but he is “behaving in the most odious way!” (Ch 1) He’s getting away with it too: for not only is he “spoilt,” as his sister Louisa has pointed out, but he is handsome, fashionable, muscular, resolute, and disarmingly rich. What’s more, when it comes to Melissa Brandon, he is beyond bored. The Brandon family, he knows, is staring ruin in the face, and seek to make him a member of their clan in order that they might bleed his fortune. What he needs is a woman who is fashionably rich in her own right; then, and only then, he surmises, could he be certain of genuine attraction. Enter Penelope Creed: young, rich, beautiful, and on the run from her aunt who insists she will marry her “fish face” cousin. Sir Richard finds himself chaperone to “Pen” on an adventure which begins, to his dismay, by public stagecoach. They’ll encounter three conspiring stooges who’ve nicked a valuable necklace, one of whom will end up murdered. Too, they’ll meet with a past suitor of Pen’s whose about to elope with the silly, crying Lady Daubenay. Oh, and there’s the law to deal with over that pesky matter of murder. And it just gets better!

Appreciate Georgette Heyer so much! The conclusion to The Corinthian, at least for Sir Richard and Pen Creed, is predictable from the start, but Heyer is so charming that the formula is a wonderfully entertaining success. Readers who enjoy historical fiction and historical romance really must make Heyer’s acquaintance! Recommended! ( )
2 vote lit_chick | Mar 7, 2015 |
Penn escapes from her aunt, who wants her to marry her cousin, dressed as a boy and teams up with a very drunk Sir Richard, who is not averse to disappearing himself so that he doesn't have to propose to the unlikeable Melissa.

Very funny throughout, right from the hapless George in the first chapter. Penn is a likeable heroine and Lady Luttrell's intervention in the closing stages is a nice touch. Cedric and his lack of grief for his brother's death is very entertaining. I am not quite sure why Richard first feels obliged to offer for Melissa and then seems happy to ditch her for Penn without a second thought, but that is my only niggle.

I have also listened to the Audble audiobook, which is extremely well done. ( )
  pgchuis | Sep 3, 2014 |
This is not one of my favorite of Heyer's books. It's cute enough, yes, and it's well written, but the problem is that there is little to no character development. Heyer spends far too much time in this book on the robbery/murder plot, and not nearly enough in developing the relationship between Pen and Richard. I can completely understand why Pen doesn't believe him when he proposes - there's nothing in the book to let the reader on to the fact he's falling in love with her either! ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
The Corinthian is the sort of romance novel my mother and I would share on those long car camping vacations when I was a kid. It's a fun little story with the sorts of adventures that a pre-teen would have enjoyed. It's one BIG drawback is the dialogue. It's devlish bad and it just doesn't signify! In all honesty, one could do a drinking game based on the phrases that show up ad naseum in the dialogue. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 2, 2014 |
I didn't know what a "Corinthian" was until reading this. It's the official title, so to speak, of a "dandy". I tend to think of men labelled as dandies as effeminate, but "the Corinthian" in this tale - Sir Richard - is far from being so.

Sir Richard gets drunk after resigning himself to the fact that, at 29, he should get married - but married to a most disagreeable young lady just to appease his family.

Yet on his way home after his night out drinking, Richard encounters a 17-year-old girl dressed as a boy. She's attired this way to help her escape from home in order to avoid a marriage to her fish-faced cousin.

The chivalrous Richard won't hear of the girl - Penelope; Pen for short - heading off alone and insists on looking after her on her journey.

Pen is an amusing, excellent character. The author really brings her to life with some crackling dialogue. My favourite sections featured a long dialogue exchange with another young lady, named Lydia, and a young man named Piers, with both instances proving great entertainment.

It's largely because of this and some of Pen's entertaining exchanges with Richard that I'm rating this book 4 stars instead of 3, as although the plot is pretty good, it does lapse occasionally when over-long descriptive passages get in the way. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Aug 2, 2014 |
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The company, ushered by a disapproving butler into the yellow saloon of Sir Richard Wyndham's house in St James Square, comprised two ladies and one reluctant gentleman.
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Original title: "Beau Wyndham" reedited as "The Corinthian"

"I have not the slightest intention of making love to you..."

Sir Richard Wyndham was every inch a man of the Regency, a classic beau of the gaming tables.

Whilst wandering home, just a trifle befuddled, through the London dawn, he pondered with distaste his forthcoming betrothal...

Until a lovely young girl disguised as a boy fell into his arms from an upper window and offered Sir Richard the escape route he was looking for...
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When a man comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realize his own escape in this sparkling Regency romance with a decidedly Shakespearean twist.

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