Continuing the story of the previous part in Card Shark, after Lad learned about his true identity, but is it true?
Chapter 3: Betrayal
Lad and Saint Germain returned to the Cascarot camp, where Saint Germain had previously held a position at the Palace of Versailles, then because he heard a rumor related to Madame Porterhouse, who raised Lad, he came to the city. Paul Street. Twenty years ago, Mrs. Porterhouse opened an inn called “Twelve Bottles of Milk” in Paris, but then for some reason she closed the inn and moved to Pau. Saint Germain believed that it was Porterhouse who brought up the mute son of King Louis XV, and that the child was Lad.
Saint Germain also added that, surely King Louis XV wanted to kill his crippled son, so he sent his courtier MacGregor to hunt him so fiercely. At this point, Saint Germain calls Lad Eugene, so I’ll change Lad’s name as well. Saint Germain suggested that they both go to Paris to overthrow the king, and Eugene agreed.
However, on the way, the carriage had a problem that made them both jump out of the carriage to save their lives. Gabriel’s men were already there to arrest them, and in danger, Saint Germain ran away leaving Eugene alone. Gabriel points a gun at Eugene and gives him a chance to decide his life by tossing a coin. Thanks to the trick learned earlier, Eugene easily mastered the game, but Gabriel decided to cheat and pulled out his gun to shoot Eugene. Fortunately, his gun jammed so Gabriel accidentally shot himself in the foot, taking this opportunity, Eugene immediately fled. However, he was still captured by Gabriel’s soldiers and imprisoned.
But perhaps Eugene did not expect that Ireneo was already hiding in the prison waiting for him, thanks to Ireneo’s help, Eugene successfully escaped from the prison and returned to the Cascorot camp. Eugene was shown to be very angry with Saint Germain for leaving him alone in danger, however after hearing Saint Germain’s ideal of building an ideal world from the farmer’s mouth, Eugene calmed down. and the two continued their journey.
The two met McGregor, Saint Germain and McGregor had a negotiation with each other. McGregor said that as long as Eugene gave up the throne and went out of his sight, he would give them both a huge fortune, and Saint Germain agreed. He told Eugene to intentionally lose to McGregor in a sword fight and it would all be over. During the battle, Eugene still fought with all his might and defeated McGregor, but when it was about to end, Eugene dropped his sword and surrendered, taking this opportunity, McGregor stabbed Eugene in the stomach and knocked him down.
Seeing Eugene lying on the snow, McGregor scoffed that he shouldn’t have trusted Saint Germain, because he was just a traitor like himself. McGregor said that on the night Sophie died, he suspected that SW Erdnase had poisoned Sophie, after being discovered, he ran away in the night. Sensing that Eugene was unconscious, McGregor left with his men, leaving him alone in the cold snow.
In a stupor, Eugene felt himself lost in the world of the dead and had a game of cards with Death, and by winning the game, Death let him go. Eugene woke up in bed with Mrs. Julie by her side, it was she who saved Eugene and healed him. As Eugene recovered, Julie told him where Saint Germain lived and taught him tricks to beat him at the game.
To avoid suspicion by Saint Germain, Eugene disguised himself as a lady and defeated him in a game of cards. When Saint Germain lost everything and left, Eugene immediately chased after him and learned that Saint Germain had unknowingly betrayed him for money. The two had a fiery duel, and Eugene was clearly the winner. Saint Germain said let him teach him one last trick before he ended his life with that sharp blade.
After Saint Germain’s last lesson was over, the king of thieves who had been sitting next to him from start to finish suddenly spoke up and revealed his true identity. He said that he was Ireneo, or rather SW Erdnase, who had been missing for so long. Twenty years ago, he and McGregor were hired by nobles to keep an eye on the king’s every move. According to the plan, the two would drug Sophie to fake her death and take her to the monastery to live in seclusion, but McGregor turned it into poison and killed Sophie.
The child Sophie gave birth to actually died that night, and after SW Erdnase had fled from the king’s pursuit, after SW Erdnase had fled from the king’s pursuit, he met Mrs. Porterhouse. Erdnase told Madame Porterhouse to sell the “Twelve Bottles of Milk” inn, and then went to the Misericord Orphanage to adopt a mute child to pretend to be the king’s son. It turns out that Eugene is not the king’s son but just an ordinary orphan, and both his and Saint Germain’s lives were orchestrated by Erdnase to trick McGregor into getting in his way.
Erdnase tells Eugene to follow him to the king’s banquet tomorrow, and it will all be over, but this time what they play is not cards but the emotions of the king and McGregor. The next day, Erdnase disguised herself as Baroness Beauregard and accompanied Eugene and Saint Germain to the palace of Versailles. All three had a game with the king as planned, and they obviously won.
When Baron Beauregard mentioned that Eugene was mute, King Louis XV began to suspect that he was his abandoned son, and the man McGregor standing next to him became enraged. In a slip of the tongue, he revealed that he was the one who poisoned Sophie and was imprisoned by the king, Beauregard also revealed his true identity as Erdnase to the king. The king then had a private conversation with Eugene to clarify his identity. When asked if the king’s son was dead, Eugene nodded and was commended by the king for his honesty. He said maybe McGregor did it on his brother’s orders, because they felt Sophie was a threat that needed to be eliminated. The king called Saint Germain and Erdnase into the room to play one final hand, depending on who was the winner the story would end in different ways.
The end of the game
If Eugene cheated in order to win, Louis XV would suspect him of cheating and order his arrest, Saint Germain decided to stand up for Eugene and be exiled. Then Erdnase took over the position of bodyguard of the king, and Eugene returned to take over the tavern of Madame Porterhouse in the city of Pau.
If he cheated for Saint Germain to win, he would stand up against Louis XV’s monopoly and be taken away, since then Eugene never heard from Saint Germain again. Some say he died in the Bastille, some say he was married to a duchess, and there are rumors that he is searching for the secret to turning stones into gold and the art of immortality. Erdnase disappeared, perhaps he went to America to live, and Eugene went back to Mrs. Porterhouse’s pub and lived the life of a commoner.
If he cheated to win the king’s victory, Saint Germain would angrily stand up to the king and be led away by the soldiers. Eugene returned to Mrs. Porterhouse’s tavern, and sometimes Erdnase would visit and advise him to go somewhere to broaden his understanding of the outside world.
If Erdnase cheats to win, all three will be kicked out by the king. Erdnase disappeared not long after, and Eugene took over Mrs. Porterhouse’s tavern. Saint Germain often visited him until the day he was killed in a sword fight.
If caught cheating, the three would be exiled to Guyana by the king. Saint Germain died of ill health shortly after, and Erdnase escaped into the woods, and his whereabouts are unknown. As for Eugene, he was released after 15 years and returned to take over Mrs. Porterhouse’s tavern and spent the rest of his life there.
If he didn’t cheat, King Louis XV would let all three go. Before Eugene left, King Louis XV said that even if he was his son, he would not forgive him because he was bound by many things. Eugene returned to live in Madame Porterhouse’s tavern and heard no more of Erdnase and Saint Germain.
If Eugene cheated but deliberately dealt random cards, Saint Germain would get mad and scold him severely. The three were taken to the Bastille prison, and Saint Germain and Erdnase disappeared shortly after. For some reason not even Eugene himself knew, he became a hero in everyone’s hearts and was released not long after. Eugene returned to Pau, managed Mrs. Porterhouse’s tavern, and spent the rest of his life there.
Surely many people will feel disappointed about the ending of Card Shark because it is not as climactic as they thought, but to me, Card Shark has done a good job of portraying us a monarchy. magnificent tyranny, but a flower for the rich and a tear for the poor. This is not the story of a hero who saves the world by gambling, but the story of an entire generation in pre-revolutionary history, where governments fought each other for personal gain. people and nobles who perished on the blood of the people.
I don’t think Louis XV, Saint Germain or Erdnase are good people, because what they do has their own reasons. King Louis XV is passionate about power, Saint Germain tries to create an ideal society in a very illusory way, and Erdnase does everything for revenge. As for Eugene, he was like a representative of the people suffering at that time, who thought he was the one who took the initiative but was actually just a pawn on the chess game of the rest. Such a society should end, and that is why the game always ends with the sentence on August 12, 1789, the old society officially ended, making way for a brighter regime for the people.
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