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Geste, Beau. Beau Geste was created by P.C. Wren (Otho Bellême, Dirty Dogs’ Club, Sinclair Noel Brodie Dysart, Major Hazelrigg, McSnortt, Sudden Death Lodge, Minna von Voehniger) and appeared in five novels and short story collections from 1924 to 1935, beginning with Beau Geste.
Beau Geste is a Legionnaire. Michael, Digby, and John Geste are three brothers who are orphaned as children. They are raised by their aunt in an upper class atmosphere. But the family’s valuable Blue Water sapphire disappears, and each of the three brothers confesses to having stolen it in order to protect the others. They leave England separately and enlist in the French Foreign Legion, where they are reunited at Fort Zinderneuf under the command of the malign Sergeant Lejaune. Lejaune wants the Blue Water and is willing to do anything to the Geste brothers to gain possession of it. When the Tuaregs attack, Lejaune, Digby and Michael and killed, and John, nicknamed “Beau,” is the only survivor. The other novels describe his adventures in the Legion and those of his friends.
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