Saratoga Trunk Author:Edna Ferber Against the rich, fascinating backrground of New Orleans and Saratoga in the eighties, Miss Ferber tells the glowing story of two people in love at the turn of a ruthless century. — But the theme behind the romance between Clint Maroon and Clio Dulaine is that of the railroad builders, the men who flung across the land the roads of steel which un... more »ited it and toward that end were careless of the means they used.
Clint Maroon was a magnificent Texan whose father had been ruined by the railroads....Clio Dulaine was the daughter of a New Orleans aristocrat and his French Mistress. She grew up in Paris, brooding over the wrongs done her mother, and returned to New Orleans as a young woman to avenge them.
There...she reopened the little house in Ramparts Street and set about coping with the enmity of her father's kin. There she might have remained, becoming herself a legend, had not her ways in a moment of inexplicable chance crossed those of Clint Maroon. She, with cold clear-sightedness, wanted to achieve not only her revenge, but wealth also. Clint had his revenge to find, too, and he too sought power and wealth. Together, behind the closed jalousies of an old New Orleans house, they formed their plans.
There was one town in America in its season lusher and more over-ripe with fashion and money than any other in the country - Saratoga, the town of spas and horses, where the fashionable world congregated like flies. There they decided to go, two adventurers in search of their careers; Clio would be a noblewoman, ad beautiful Countess De Chanfret; Clint would become Colonel Maroon, the inexhaustibly rich gentleman gambler of the West.
Once again Miss Ferber gives the reader a vivid portrayal of an American scene, one of the most picturesque in our country's history, which displays at once the glamor and the strength of this country and of the people who built it.« less