World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The House of the Four Winds

Article Id: WHEBN0007903495
Reproduction Date:

Title: The House of the Four Winds  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Greenmantle, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Charles Lamancha, Novels by John Buchan, Archie Roylance
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The House of the Four Winds

The House of the Four Winds
First edition cover
Author John Buchan
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Dickson McCunn
Genre Ruritanian romance
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback; Paperback)
Pages 318 pp
Preceded by Castle Gay

The House of the Four Winds is a novel of adventure by John Buchan, first published in 1935. It is a Ruritanian romance, and the last of his three Dickson McCunn books.


  • Plot introduction 1
  • Plot summary 2
  • Characters 3
  • Contemporary references 4
  • External links 5

Plot introduction

The novel is set in the fictional Central European country of Evallonia in the early 1930s. It concerns the involvement of some Scottish visitors in the overthrow of a corrupt republic and the restoration of the monarchy. It is a sequel to Castle Gay, in which some Evallonians visited Scotland on a secret mission two years before the start of this novel.

Plot summary

At the beginning of the novel several characters formerly seen in Huntingtower and Castle Gay are about to go to Europe for the summer, for a number of different reasons: Mr McCunn going to a German Kurhaus for his health, Alison to join her parents in the Tirol, the Roylances to attend a dull conference in Geneva, Jaikie on a walking tour, Dougal on a mission for his newspaper.

Jaikie meets Randal Glynde who encourages him to visit Evallonia, which is on the verge of a revolution, and arranges for him to meet Prince Odalchini at his castle, "The House of the Four Winds". On the way he meets Ashie, a friend from Cambridge who is now a leader of the third element in the Evallonian political scene, Juventus, a cross between a youth group and a national revival movement. The Juventus people, like the Monarchists, want to overthrow the corrupt and unpopular government, but see young Prince John as a puppet of the conservatives, "the old gang". Jaikie eventually agrees to act as a secret liaison between the two groups.

Meanwhile Alison and the Roylances have rescued Prince John from Mastrovin. They bring him into Evallonia in disguise. Dickson McCunn, informed of the situation by Dougal and feeling obliged by his promise to Prince John to lend a hand, joins the Monarchists and proposes a shrewd scheme for inducing Juventus to back Prince John.

Mishaps and the machinations of Mastrovin lead to dangerous complications before the prince attains the throne.


The Scots

  • Dickson McCunn, a retired 63-year-old Glasgow grocer with a practical business head and a romantic heart
  • John "Jaikie" Galt, adopted son of Dickson McCunn, a recent graduate of Cambridge University
  • Alison Westwater, daughter of Lord Rhynns, Jaikie's beloved
  • Dougal Crombie, old friend of Jaikie's, a reporter and manager of the influential Craw Press
  • Sir Archibald "Archie" Roylance, a Member of Parliament
  • Janet Roylance, his wife, a cousin of Alison's
  • Randal Glynde, a cousin of Alison's, a mysterious adventurer who is also the proprietor of the Cirque Doré

The Evallonians

  • Prince John, the rightful king of Evallonia
  • Prince Odalchini, a leader of the Monarchist party
  • Count Casimir Muresco, a leader of the Monarchist party
  • Count Paul "Ashie" Jovian, a leader of Juventus
  • Countess Araminta Troyos, a leader of Juventus
  • Professor Jagon, a former monarchist, now advisor to Countess Araminta
  • Mastrovin, a communist connected with the republican government

The Cirque Doré

  • Luigi, a gipsy fiddler
  • Tatius, the circus manager
  • Meleager, a clown
  • Newsom, a temporary chauffeur
  • Aurunculeia, an elephant

Contemporary references

While essentially a romantic adventure, the novel alludes to certain trends in European life such as post-war nationalism and the focus on democracy. Juventus resembles the German Youth Movement, and Mastrovin represents communist gangsterism.

External links

  • Gutenberg (Australia) text
  • A contemporary review from Punch, 31 July 1935
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.