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The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 90. His Highness Monseigneur Le Duc De Guise The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 90. His Highness Monseigneur Le Duc De Guise

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 90. His Highness Monseigneur Le Duc De Guise
CHAPTER XC. HIS HIGHNESS MONSEIGNEUR LE DUC DE GUISEOn Sunday the 10th of June, toward eleven o'clock in the day, the whole court were assembled in the apartment leading to the cabinet in which, since his meeting with Diana de Meridor, the Duc d'Anjou was dying by slow but sure degrees. Neither the science of the physicians, nor his mother's despair, nor the prayers which the king had desired to be offered up, had been successful in averting the fatal termination. Miron, on the morning of this same 10th of June, assured the king that all chance of recovery was hopeless,... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2421

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 89. Les Hospitalieres The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 89. Les Hospitalieres

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 89. Les Hospitalieres
CHAPTER LXXXIX. LES HOSPITALIERESThe count had passed a terrible night, in a state bordering on delirium and verging on death. Faithful, however, to his duty, as soon as he had heard the king's arrival announced, he rose and received him at the gate, as we have described; but no sooner had he presented his homage to his majesty, saluted respectfully the queen-mother, and pressed the admiral's hand, than he shut himself up in his own room, not to die, but to carry determinedly into execution his long cherished project, which nothing could any longer interfere with. Toward eleven o'clock in the... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2698

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 88. Fatality. The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 88. Fatality.

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 88. Fatality.
CHAPTER LXXXVIII. FATALITY.The next morning, about nine o'clock, the beautiful rays of the sun were glistening like gold on the graveled walks of Chateau-Thierry. Numerous gangs of workmen, who had the previous evening been directed to be in attendance, had been actively at work from daybreak upon the preparations in the park, as well as in the decoration of the apartments destined to receive the king, whose arrival was momentarily expected. As yet nothing was stirring in the pavilion where the duke reposed, for he had on the previous evening forbidden his two old servants to awaken him. They were to... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1063

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 87. Certainty The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 87. Certainty

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 87. Certainty
CHAPTER LXXXVII. CERTAINTYHenri glided along the hedge on the side which was thrown into deep shade, taking care to make no noise either on the gravel or against the trees. Obliged to walk carefully, and while walking to watch carefully over every movement he made, he could not perceive anything. And yet, by his style, his dress, his walk, he still fancied he recognized Remy in the man who wore the overcoat. Mere conjectures, more terrifying for him than realities, arose in his mind with regard to this man's companion. The road which they were following, and which was bounded by... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1569

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 83. Showing How Chicot Began To Understand... The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 83. Showing How Chicot Began To Understand...

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 83. Showing How Chicot Began To Understand...
CHAPTER LXXXIII. SHOWING HOW CHICOT BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THE PURPORT OF MONSIEUR DE GUISE'S LETTERChicot fancied that he had already certainly seen, somewhere or another, the figure of this courteous cavalier; but his memory, having become a little confused during his journey from Navarre he had met with so many different figures, did not, with its usual facility, furnish him with the cavalier's name on the present occasion. While, concealed in the shade, he was interrogating himself, with his eyes fixed upon the lighted window, as to the object of this lady and gentleman's tete-a-tete at the "Brave Chevalier," our... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2261

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 82. The Husband And The Lover The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 82. The Husband And The Lover

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 82. The Husband And The Lover
CHAPTER LXXXII. THE HUSBAND AND THE LOVERIt was with no inconsiderable emotion that Chicot again recognized La Rue des Augustins, so quiet and deserted, the angle formed by the block of houses which preceded his own, and lastly, his own dear house itself, with its triangular roof, its worm-eaten balcony, and its gutters ornamented with waterspouts. He had been so terribly afraid that he should find nothing but an empty space in the place of the house, and had so strongly suspected that he should see the street blackened by the smoke of a conflagration, that the street and the house... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2930

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 81. What Happened In The Little Room The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 81. What Happened In The Little Room

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 81. What Happened In The Little Room
CHAPTER LXXXI. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LITTLE ROOMWhen the captain re-entered the room with a basket in his hand containing a dozen bottles, he was received by Chicot with smiles. Borromee was in haste to uncork his bottles, but his haste was nothing to Chicot's; thus the preparations did not take long, and the two companions began to drink. At first, as though their occupation was too important to be interrupted, they drank in silence. Chicot uttered only these words: "Par ma foi! this is good Burgundy." They drank two bottles in this way; at the third, Chicot raised his eyes... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1282

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 80. The Corne D'abondance The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 80. The Corne D'abondance

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 80. The Corne D'abondance
CHAPTER LXXX. THE CORNE D'ABONDANCEThe way along which Borromee led Chicot, never suspecting that he knew it as well as himself, recalled to our Gascon the happy days of his youth. How many times had he in those days, under the rays of the winter sun, or in the cool shade in summer, sought out this house, toward which a stranger was now conducting him. Then a few pieces of gold, or even of silver, jingling in his purse, made him happier than a king; and he gave himself up to the delightful pleasures of laziness, having no wife nor children... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2379

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 79. The Two Companions The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 79. The Two Companions

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 79. The Two Companions
CHAPTER LXXIX. THE TWO COMPANIONSChicot, at this announcement, sat down and turned his back to the door; but the first words pronounced by the duke's messenger made him start. He opened his eyes. The messenger could see nothing but the eye of Chicot peering from behind the chair, while Chicot could see him altogether. "You come from Lorraine?" asked the king of the new comer, who had a fine and warlike appearance. "Not so, sire; I come from Soissons M. le Duc, who has been a month in that city, gave me this letter to deliver to your majesty." The... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2081

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 78. How, After Receiving News From The South... The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 78. How, After Receiving News From The South...

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 78. How, After Receiving News From The South...
CHAPTER LXXVIII. HOW, AFTER RECEIVING NEWS FROM THE SOUTH, HENRI RECEIVED NEWS FROM THE NORTHThe king, highly exasperated, could hardly read the letter which Chicot gave to him. While he deciphered the Latin with every sign of impatience, Chicot, before a great Venetian mirror, which hung over a gilt table, was admiring the infinite grace of his own person under his military dress. "Oh! I am betrayed," cried Henri, when he had finished the letter; "the Bearnais had a plan, and I never suspected it." "My son," said Chicot, "you know the proverb, 'Still waters run deepest'?" "Go to the devil... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2112

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 77. How King Henri III Did Not Invite Crillon... The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 77. How King Henri III Did Not Invite Crillon...

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 77. How King Henri III Did Not Invite Crillon...
CHAPTER LXXVII. HOW KING HENRI III DID NOT INVITE CRILLON TO BREAKFAST, AND HOW CHICOT INVITED HIMSELFThe day after the events that we have just related had taken place in the forest of La Fere, the king of France left his bath at about nine in the morning. His valet-de-chambre, after having rolled him in a blanket of fine wool, and sponged him with that thick Persian wadding which looks like the fleece of a sheep, had given him over to the barbers and dressers, who in their turn gave place to the perfumers and courtiers. When these last were gone,... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 702

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 73. Paul-Emile The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 73. Paul-Emile

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 73. Paul-Emile
CHAPTER LXXIII. PAUL-EMILE"Oh! silence, gentlemen," said, the prince, "do not be more content than I am at my good fortune. I am enchanted not to be dead, you may well believe; and yet, if you had not recognized me, I should not have been the first to boast of being alive." "What! monseigneur," cried Henri, "you recognized me--you found yourself among a troop of Frenchmen, and would have left us to mourn your loss, without undeceiving us?" "Gentlemen, besides a number of reasons which made me wish to preserve my incognito, I confess that I should not have been sorry, since... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1352

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 72. The Expedition The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 72. The Expedition

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 72. The Expedition
CHAPTER LXXII. THE EXPEDITIONHenri, full of joy, hastened to Diana and Romy. "Get ready; in a quarter of an hour we set out," said he. "You will find two horses saddled at the door of the little wooden staircase leading to this corridor: join my suite and say nothing." Then, going out on the balcony, he cried: "Trumpet of the gendarmes, sound the call." The call was quickly heard, and all the gendarmes ranged themselves round the house. "Gendarmes," said Henri, "my brother has given me, for the time, the command of your company, and has ordered me to set out... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 3193

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 71. The Two Brothers The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 71. The Two Brothers

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 71. The Two Brothers
CHAPTER LXXI. THE TWO BROTHERSA quarter of an hour after, Henri returned; he had seen a considerable detachment of French troops intrenched on a hill at some distance. Excepting a large ditch, which surrounded the place occupied by the gendarmes of Aunis, the water had begun to disappear from the plain, the natural slope of the ground in the immediate neighborhood making the waters run toward the sea, and several points of earth, higher than the rest, began to reappear. The slimy mud brought by the rolling waters had covered the whole country, and it was a sad spectacle to see,... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2415

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 70. Transfiguration The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 70. Transfiguration

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 70. Transfiguration
CHAPTER LXX. TRANSFIGURATIONAfter her prayer Diana rose so beautiful and radiant that the comte uttered a cry of surprise and admiration. She appeared to be waking out of a long sleep, of which the dreams had fatigued her and weighed upon her mind; or rather, she was like the daughter of Jairus, called from death and rising from her funeral couch, already purified and ready for heaven. Awakening from her lethargy, she cast around her a glance so sweet and gentle, that Henri began to believe he should see her feel for his pain, and yield to a sentiment of gratitude... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1161

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 69. Flight The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 69. Flight

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 69. Flight
CHAPTER LXIX. FLIGHTHenri, without losing time in reasoning with Diana, carried her out of the house, and wished to place her before him on his horse; but she, with a movement of invincible repugnance, glided from his arms, and was received by Remy, who placed her on her own horse. "Ah, madame!" cried Henri, "how little you understand my heart. It was not, believe me, for the pleasure of holding you in my arms, or pressing you to my heart, although for that favor I would sacrifice my life, but that we ought to fly as quickly as the birds, and... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 1479

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 68. The Water The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 68. The Water

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 68. The Water
CHAPTER LXVIII. THE WATERAs the travelers advanced, the country took an equally strange aspect, for it was utterly deserted, as well as the towns and villages. Nowhere were the calves to be seen grazing in the meadows, nor the goat perched on the top of the mountain, or nibbling the green shoots of the brier or young vine; nowhere the shepherd with his flock; nowhere the cart with its driver; no foreign merchant passing from one country to another with his pack on his back; no plowman singing his harsh song or cracking his long whip. As far as the eye... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2442

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 67. Explanation The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 67. Explanation

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 67. Explanation
CHAPTER LXVII. EXPLANATIONThe danger that Remy braved was a real one, for the traveler, after having passed the village and gone on for a quarter of a league, and seeing no one before him, made up his mind that those whom he sought had remained behind in the village. He would not retrace his steps, but lay down in a field of clover; having made his horse descend into one of those deep ditches which in Flanders serve as divisions between the properties, he was therefore able to see without being seen. This young man, as Remy knew, and Diana suspected,... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 798

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 63. Monseigneur The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 63. Monseigneur

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 63. Monseigneur
CHAPTER LXIII. MONSEIGNEURHowever, the Antwerpians did not quietly see the hostile preparations of the Duc d'Anjou, and Joyeuse was not wrong in attributing to them all the enmity possible. Antwerp was like a beehive at night, calm on the exterior, but within full of movement and murmur. The Flemings in arms patroled the streets, barricaded their houses, and fraternized with the battalions of the Prince of Orange, of whom part were already in garrison there, while the other part entered the city in fractions. When all was ready for a vigorous defense, the Prince of Orange, on a dark and moonless... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2755

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 62. Preparations For Battle The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 62. Preparations For Battle

The Forty-five Guardsmen - Chapter 62. Preparations For Battle
CHAPTER LXII. PREPARATIONS FOR BATTLEThe camp of the new Duke of Brabant was situated on the banks of the Scheldt, and the army, although well disciplined, was agitated by a spirit easy to understand. Indeed, many Calvinists assisted the duke, not from sympathy for him, but in order to be as disagreeable as possible to Spain and to the Catholics of France and England; they fought rather from self-love than from conviction or devotion, and it was certain that, the campaign once over, they would abandon their leader or impose conditions on him. With regard to these conditions, the duke always... Long Stories - Post by : bambito - Date : May 2012 - Author : Alexandre Dumas - Read : 2022