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Plot summary[ edit ] Michael "Beau" Geste is the protagonist and an archetype. The main narrator is his younger brother John. The three Geste brothers are portrayed as behaving according to the English upper class values of a time gone by, and "the decent thing to do" is, in fact, the leitmotif of the novel. The Geste brothers are orphans and have been brought up by their aunt Lady Patricia at Brandon Abbas. While not mentioned in Beau Geste, the American Otis Vanbrugh appears as a friend of the Geste brothers in a sequel novel. John and Isobel are devoted to each other and it is in part to spare her any suspicion of being a thief that he takes the extreme step of joining the French Foreign Legion following the steps of his elder brothers.

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His literary influences included Frederick Marryat , R. Ballantyne , G. Henty , and H. Rider Haggard. This unit served in German East Africa but Captain Wren is recorded as having been on sick leave from 17 February and leaving the Officers Reserve to return to civil employment in October of that year. His wife, Alice Lucille died 26 September in Poona , India; his daughter having died of pertussis whooping cough in Nottinghamshire on 19 May From there it is claimed that he joined the French Foreign Legion for a single tour of five years though he would have been 42 years of age on enlistment, somewhat older than the usual recruit and with a record of ill-health.

He lived out the remainder of his life in Britain concentrating on his literary career. One of the few photographs of Wren known see above shows a typical British officer of the Edwardian era with clipped moustache, wearing plain dark blue regimental dress. When his novels became famous, there was a mysterious absence of authenticating photographs of him as a legionnaire or of the usual press-articles by old comrades wanting to cash in on their memories of a celebrated figure.

It is now thought more likely that he encountered legionnaires during travels in French North Africa , and skillfully blended their stories with his own memories of a short spell as a cavalry trooper in Britain.

While his fictional accounts of life in the pre Foreign Legion are highly romanticised, his details of Legion uniforms, training, equipment and barrack room layout are generally accurate. This may, however, simply reflect careful research on his part. The descriptions of Legion garrison life given in his work The Wages of Virtue, published in , [6] closely match those contained in the autobiographical In the Foreign Legion by ex-legionnaire Edwin Rosen, published by Duckworth London This gave us an idea, and as each man fell afterwards we propped him up behind with a bayonet and stood him against the parapet.

When the sergeant went out we stuck his pipe in his mouth, and he looked regular life-like, only more determined. Soon there was a row of dead men guarding the blockhouse, and they looked so calm and confident that the Oulad-Seghir evidently thought it would be too risky to come to close quarters with us, and gave up the attempt on the post in disgust, so that when our company came to our rescue at the double there was nothing for them to do. His stepson Alan Graham-Smith was told only that both she and a young daughter "Boodle" died at some date after Another of his early novels, Driftwood Spars published in , contained a dedication: "To the memory of my beloved wife.

She had previously been married to Cyril Graham-Smith, a civil engineer employed in the Indian educational service at Poona. In , Graham Smith filed for divorce, with Wren named as co-respondent. The divorce was granted, and a letter by Isabel to Ronald Colman who played Beau Geste in the silent film in on behalf of her "seriously ill" husband suggests that she and Wren had married at least as early as actual date 3 December Wren died in , and was buried in the graveyard of Holy Trinity Church, Amberley, Gloucestershire.

Percival Wren reportedly did not have a close relationship with his father, and the two ceased to have any contact after the son went to live in the United States during the s. After many years in a successful teaching career, Graham-Smith, known to most people simply as Alan, retired to Devon , where he lived in the South Hams coastal village of Torcross until his death on 31 December at the age of He strongly maintained that Wren had indeed served in the French Foreign Legion, and was always quick to contradict those who said otherwise.

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His literary influences included Frederick Marryat , R. Ballantyne , G. Henty , and H. Rider Haggard. This unit served in German East Africa but Captain Wren is recorded as having been on sick leave from 17 February and leaving the Officers Reserve to return to civil employment in October of that year. His wife, Alice Lucille died 26 September in Poona , India; his daughter having died of pertussis whooping cough in Nottinghamshire on 19 May From there it is claimed that he joined the French Foreign Legion for a single tour of five years though he would have been 42 years of age on enlistment, somewhat older than the usual recruit and with a record of ill-health.

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