…guillotine, the cannon, and the dagger—M. Noirtier, playing with revolutions—M. Noirtier, for whom France was a vast chess-board, from which pawns, rooks, knights, and queens were to disappear, so that the king was checkmated—M. Noirtier, the redoubtable, was the next morning ’poor M. Noirtier,’ the helpless old man, at the tender mercies of the weakest creature in the household, that is, his grandchild, Valentine; a dumb and frozen carcass, in fact, living painlessly on, that time may…
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They remain, I suspect, a redoubtable seduction tool.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
To the youth it was an onslaught of redoubtable dragons.