for a time, but when they realized that the regulars had
"What!" said the treasurer, "do you really think that Angelique thought I was in earnest in my offer?--that she believes in all good faith I intend to marry her?"
"You may take my word for it. If it were not so, do you imagine she would have been in such desperation? Would she have fainted at my threat to tell you that I had claims on her as well as you? To get married! Why, that is the goal of all such creatures, and there is not one of them who can understand why a man of honour should blush to give her his name. If you had only seen her terror, her tears! They would have either broken your heart or killed you with laughter."
"Well," said Jeannin, "it is getting late. Are we going to wait for the chevalier?"
"Very well. Perhaps he has made up his mind to stay. If so, we shall make a horrible scene, cry treachery and perjury, and trounce your nephew well. Let's settle our score and be off."
They left the wine-shop, both rather the worse for the wine they had so largely indulged in. They felt the need of the cool night air, so instead of going down the rue Pavee they resolved to follow the rue Saint-Andre-des-Arts as far as the Pont Saint-Michel, so as to reach the mansion by a longer route.
At the very moment the commander got up to leave the tavern the chevalier had run out of the mansion at the top of his speed. It was not that he had entirely lost his courage, for had he found it impossible to avoid his assailant it is probable that he would have regained the audacity which had led him to draw his sword. But he was a novice in the use of arms, had not reached full physical development, and felt that the chances were so much against him that he would only have faced the encounter if there were no possible way of escape. On leaving the house he had turned quickly into the rue Git-le-Coeur; but on hearing the door close behind his pursuer he disappeared down the narrow and crooked rue de l'Hirondelle, hoping to throw the Duc de Vitry off the scent. The duke, however, though for a moment in doubt, was guided by the sound of the flying footsteps. The chevalier, still trying to send him off on a false trail, turned to the right, and so regained the upper end of the rue Saint-Andre, and ran along it as far as the church, the site of which is occupied by the square of the same name to-day. Here he thought he would be safe, for, as the church was being restored and enlarged, heaps of stone stood all round the old pile. He glided in among these, and twice heard Vitry searching quite close to him, and each time stood on guard expecting an onslaught. This marching and counter-marching lasted for some minutes; the chevalier began to hope he had escaped the danger, and eagerly waited for the moment when the moon which had broken through the clouds should again withdraw behind them, in order to steal into some of the adjacent streets under cover of the darkness. Suddenly a shadow rose before him and a threatening voice cried--
" Have I caught you at last, you coward?"
The danger in which the chevalier stood awoke in him a flickering energy, a feverish courage, and he crossed blades with his assailant. A strange combat ensued, of which the result was quite uncertain, depending entirely on chance; for no science was of any avail on a ground so rough that the combatants stumbled at every step, or struck against immovable masses, which were one moment clearly lit up, and the next in shadow. Steel clashed on steel, the feet of the adversaries touched each other, several times the cloak of one was pierced by the sword of the other, more than once the words "Die then!" rang out. But each time the seemingly vanquished combatant sprang up unwounded, as agile and as lithe and as quick as ever, while he in his turn pressed the enemy home. There was neither truce nor pause, no clever feints nor fencer's tricks could be employed on either side; it was a mortal combat, but chance, not skill, would deal the death-blow. Sometimes a rapid pass encountered only empty air; sometimes blade crossed blade above the wielders' heads; sometimes the fencers lunged at each other's breast, and yet the blows glanced aside at the last moment and the blades met in air once more. At last, however, one of the two, making a pass to the right which left his breast unguarded, received a deep wound. Uttering a loud cry, he recoiled a step or two, but, exhausted by the effort, tripped arid fell backward over a large stone, and lay there motionless, his arms extended in the form of a cross.
- than the manners of these people. They generally began
- dreary school-teachers had been dissipated: these were
- streets—Jewish, negro, and run-down American, or plain
- station was the very center of a mixed ghetto, slum and
- indigo came next in value; then capsicum, old clothes,
- funds and so on for those not half as deserving as their
- varying between a state of extreme sobriety and Vigorous
- been at this work exactly eight years, and before that
- the leadership of each to men whom he believed that he
- see how I could “make out” as a Lothario. Indeed at
- proposed game that had been written the preceding day by
- And then there was Rodenberger, strange, amazing Rodenberger,
- said that his boys were resting and gaining strength after
- there,” which kept me often from going there at all.
- merit, I mean. For some of these men while fascinating
- wash. If I was so determined to go you should have let
- fowls, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and cattle; the order
- Here then he would sit, answering telephone calls from
- and detained for days. I was told afterward by the doctor
- you to all these young ladies. We want to get the formalities
- the light upon them. They led upward. He mounted cautiously,
- been conducting a summer charity of some kind, a fresh-air
- One sunny summer morning in July or August, I found him
- I smiled at the compliment. I went downstairs and had somebody
- gruffly, explaining that he had always been fond of the
- read more but seen more, and took my budding local pretensions
- my time here. In addition, there were those other streets
- sitting beside me and whom up to now I had scarcely noticed.
- the ray of light from Max's lamp impinged upon the opening
- the newspaper game was and in consequence were cynical,
- “Hello, Rody,” I called when I saw him. “What’s
- Fair, a solid Pullman train which left St. Louis at dusk
- was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- be civil and interesting to so many, how I was to extract
- respects that they seemed worthy of any position or station
- to drink a quantity of something, whereupon we gazed upon
- might have noticed the reduced numbers of his following.
- and these I now introduced as being feverishly worked out
- And he would glower and grow red and pop-eyed and fairly
- have helped to sustain him. I never knew anything definite
- He strove to peer about him, but the feeble ray of the
- Nevertheless, being put to it for this afternoon (he had
- Possibly the one in error would relent a little and begin
- to being somebody with a very large grain of salt. At many
- to sleep, rose and wandered out into the garden. The Hon.
- Perhaps it was a man who would be complaining that his
- D’ye waant to spend a few nights in a cell? Well, then!
- and when I told them that Rodenberger had swallowed about
- the sailors bought with a stick of tobacco, of the value
- more forceful as one’s own threaten to prove inadequate.