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* KnightsArmorHideout: Hiding in a suit of armour was how Michael "Beau" Geste knew that [[spoiler:the Blue Water had been replaced with a fake - he saw his aunt selling the real Blue Water while she was unaware that he could see her from his hiding place in the armour]].

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper and a 1977 [[Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste spoof]] directed by and starring Creator/MartyFeldman. TheGoonShow play "Under Two Floorboards" is actually their version of this thing, not ''Literature/UnderTwoFlags''.

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper and a 1977 [[Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste spoof]] directed by and starring Creator/MartyFeldman. TheGoonShow Radio/TheGoonShow play "Under Two Floorboards" is actually their version of this thing, not ''Literature/UnderTwoFlags''.


''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper and a 1977 [[Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste spoof]] directed by and starring Creator/MartyFeldman.

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper and a 1977 [[Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste spoof]] directed by and starring Creator/MartyFeldman.
Creator/MartyFeldman. TheGoonShow play "Under Two Floorboards" is actually their version of this thing, not ''Literature/UnderTwoFlags''.


* {{Homage}}: given in {{Peanuts}}

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* {{Homage}}: given in {{Peanuts}}ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}



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* GentlemenRankers: The protagonists are both examples, being of aristocratic family.


* UpperClassWit: All three of the brothers, especially Michael.


''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper.

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper.
Creator/GaryCooper and a 1977 [[Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste spoof]] directed by and starring Creator/MartyFeldman.


* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Digby]], but of a more subdued manner [[spoiler: and not for long anyway.]]

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* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Digby]], Digby, but of a more subdued manner [[spoiler: and not for long anyway.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While John lives and the real reason for the loss of the Blue Water is revealed, his brothers and friends are dead.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While John lives and the real reason for the loss of the Blue Water is revealed, his brothers and friends are dead.]]



** Michael's nickname, Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus was a beautiful gesture to her.]]
** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]]. Also noteworthy in that a discharge notice in the French army during this period was known as a "cartouche jaune" (yellow paper), symbolically implying that Lejaune was unfit for service in the regular army.

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** Michael's nickname, Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus was a beautiful gesture to her.]]
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** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]].KarmicDeath. Also noteworthy in that a discharge notice in the French army during this period was known as a "cartouche jaune" (yellow paper), symbolically implying that Lejaune was unfit for service in the regular army.



* VikingFuneral: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] early on in the book. [[spoiler: Later, the dying Michael asks John to burn his body in the fort at Zinderneuf, which he does.]]

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* VikingFuneral: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] early on in the book. [[spoiler: Later, the dying Michael asks John to burn his body in the fort at Zinderneuf, which he does.]]


''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema.

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema.
cinema, including a 1939 film starring Creator/GaryCooper.


** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]]. Also noteworthy in that a discharge notice in the French army during this period was known as a "cartouche jaune" (yellow paper).

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** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]]. Also noteworthy in that a discharge notice in the French army during this period was known as a "cartouche jaune" (yellow paper).paper), symbolically implying that Lejaune was unfit for service in the regular army.


** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]].

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** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]]. Also noteworthy in that a discharge notice in the French army during this period was known as a "cartouche jaune" (yellow paper).


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* ElCidPloy: At the climax of the book, Lejaune orders the brothers to prop up the dead legionnaires to look like they're still alive and defending the fort.



* MeaningfulName: Michael's nickname, Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus was a beautiful gesture to her.]]

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Michael's nickname, Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus was a beautiful gesture to her.]]



* OfCorpseHesAlive: At the climax of the book, when Lejaune orders the brothers to prop up the dead Legionnaires to look like they're still alive and defending the fort. Taken seriously, however.


* BedouinRescueService: Near the end of the book when the heroes are wandering through the Sahara after deserting from the Legion.



* DrillSergeantNasty: Though he's not a drill sergeant, [[MeaningfulName Lejaune's]] [[FrenchJerk personality]] fits. To the point where the Legionnaires mutiny.

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* CunningLinguist: One of the old Legionnaires whom the brothers look up to reveals that he speaks English as well as several other languages. Also, Michael decides that he and his brother ought to learn Arabic and they end up becoming fluent in it after a while, which comes in handy later.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Though he's not a drill sergeant, [[MeaningfulName Lejaune's]] Lejaune's [[FrenchJerk personality]] fits. To fits, to the point where the Legionnaires mutiny.



* HonorBeforeReason: rather an extreme version.
* LegionOfLostSouls
* MeaningfulName: Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael/Beau decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus make a beautiful gesture for her.]]

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* HonorBeforeReason: rather an extreme version.
Michael's reason for leaving England to enlist in the Legion, and that of his brothers for joining him after they find out what he's done.
* LegionOfLostSouls
ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: The famous Legionnaire's uniform, which at the time consisted of a blue tunic, red breeches and a white cap, all made of heavy wool. This makes them sitting ducks to the native tribesmen who are dressed much more practically for the climate.
* LegionOfLostSouls: Is it ever. Most of the Legionnaires are criminals and/or conscripts who had no choice but to enlist. The three brothers stand out for their upper-class roots and education.
* LockedRoomMystery: The theft of the stone. Also, the scene at the beginning where the relief forces that arrive at Zinderneuf (which has been burned and all of the garrison killed)
* MeaningfulName: Michael's nickname, Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael/Beau Michael decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus make was a beautiful gesture for to her.]] ]]
** Lejaune, the commander of Fort Zinderneuf, whose name means "the yellow" in French. Yellow is not a colour with positive overtones in English, chief among them being cowardice [[spoiler: and Lejaune does end up betraying the heroes during the siege of Zinderneuf before earning himself a KarmicDeath]].



* OfCorpseHesAlive: The climax of the book. Taken seriously, however.

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* OfCorpseHesAlive: The At the climax of the book. book, when Lejaune orders the brothers to prop up the dead Legionnaires to look like they're still alive and defending the fort. Taken seriously, however.however.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: What the three brothers end up becoming in the Legion.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: John thinks to himself that the native Tuaregs are barbaric and savage as opposed to the civilized French. Really, they just [[OccupiersOutOfOurCountry want the French out of North Africa.]]



* UndyingLoyalty: The Geste's to each other. Also [[ThoseTwoGuys Hank and Buddy.]]

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Hank and Buddy.
* TrainingFromHell: The Legion's training, which consists largely of incredibly long marches through the scorching desert.
* UndyingLoyalty: The Geste's Gestes to each other. Also [[ThoseTwoGuys Also, Hank and Buddy.]]Buddy.
* UpperClassWit: All three of the brothers, especially Michael.
* VikingFuneral: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] early on in the book. [[spoiler: Later, the dying Michael asks John to burn his body in the fort at Zinderneuf, which he does.]]
* VolleyingInsults: When they first meet, John and Hank trade some good-natured barbs about the FriendlyRivalry between their respective countries.

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''Beau Geste'' is a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren. It details the adventures of the orphaned brothers Michael (also known as Beau), his twin Digby, and their younger brother John. This novel is most known for its popularization of the French Foreign Legion. It has been adapted for both theater and cinema.

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!This novel provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAce: Michael, especially in the eyes of his idolizing brothers.
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Digby]], but of a more subdued manner [[spoiler: and not for long anyway.]]
* BadassArmy: The French Foreign Legion, as romanticized by the book.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While John lives and the real reason for the loss of the Blue Water is revealed, his brothers and friends are dead.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Though he's not a drill sergeant, [[MeaningfulName Lejaune's]] [[FrenchJerk personality]] fits. To the point where the Legionnaires mutiny.
* {{Eagleland}}: Hank and Buddy are primarily type 1.
* {{Homage}}: given in {{Peanuts}}
* HonorBeforeReason: rather an extreme version.
* LegionOfLostSouls
* MeaningfulName: Beau Geste, meaning "beautiful gesture" in French. Takes on FridgeBrilliance once the truth about the Blue Water is revealed. [[spoiler: It turns out Lady Patricia sold the stone and arranged for a duplicate made; Michael/Beau decided to stage a theft of the stone to deflect blame from his aunt, and thus make a beautiful gesture for her.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The sapphire, Blue Water.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: The climax of the book. Taken seriously, however.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Comparing ''Beau Geste'' with Simon Murray's ''Legionnaire'', a real-life account of the French Foreign Legion, it is apparent that the point where Lejaune draws the line on his {{Drill Sergeant Nasty}} treatment of the legionnaires is about the point where the real-life sergeants ''start''.
* ShoutOut: The whole "leave dead guys firing" plot resembles that in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
* SiblingTeam : The Gestes.
* UndyingLoyalty: The Geste's to each other. Also [[ThoseTwoGuys Hank and Buddy.]]
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