428. ‘THE WOLF LEADER’ . ALEXANDRE DUMAS
THE WOLF LEADER
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The Wolf Leader is an 1857 fantasy novel by Alexandre Dumas.
The novel is set around 1780 in Dumas’ native town of Villers-Cotterêts, and is supposedly based on a local folk-tale Dumas heard as a child. The story concerns Thibault, a shoe-maker, who is beaten by the gamekeeper of the Lord of Vez for interfering with the lord’s hunting. Afterwards he encounters a huge wolf, walking on its hind legs like a man, who offers him vengeance; Thibault may wish harm on any person in return for one of his own hairs for each wish. To seal the agreement, the two exchange rings. As a result of this bargain he also finds himself able to command the local wolves, and hence gradually gains the reputation of being a werewolf…..