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Chapter 47 The Dappled Grays.

  • The baron, followed by the count, traversed a long series of apartments, i_hich the prevailing characteristics were heavy magnificence and the gaudines_f ostentatious wealth, until he reached the boudoir of Madame Danglars — _mall octagonal-shaped room, hung with pink satin, covered with white India_uslin. The chairs were of ancient workmanship and materials; over the door_ere painted sketches of shepherds and shepherdesses, after the style an_anner of Boucher; and at each side pretty medallions in crayons, harmonizin_ell with the furnishings of this charming apartment, the only one throughou_he great mansion in which any distinctive taste prevailed. The truth was, i_ad been entirely overlooked in the plan arranged and followed out by M.
  • Danglars and his architect, who had been selected to aid the baron in th_reat work of improvement solely because he was the most fashionable an_elebrated decorator of the day. The decorations of the boudoir had then bee_eft entirely to Madame Danglars and Lucien Debray. M. Danglars, however, while possessing a great admiration for the antique, as it was understoo_uring the time of the Directory, entertained the most sovereign contempt fo_he simple elegance of his wife's favorite sitting-room, where, by the way, h_as never permitted to intrude, unless, indeed, he excused his own appearanc_y ushering in some more agreeable visitor than himself; and even then he ha_ather the air and manner of a person who was himself introduced, than that o_eing the presenter of another, his reception being cordial or frigid, i_roportion as the person who accompanied him chanced to please or displeas_he baroness.
  • Madame Danglars (who, although past the first bloom of youth, was stil_trikingly handsome) was now seated at the piano, a most elaborate piece o_abinet and inlaid work, while Lucien Debray, standing before a small work- table, was turning over the pages of an album. Lucien had found time, preparatory to the count's arrival, to relate many particulars respecting hi_o Madame Danglars. It will be remembered that Monte Cristo had made a livel_mpression on the minds of all the party assembled at the breakfast given b_lbert de Morcerf; and although Debray was not in the habit of yielding t_uch feelings, he had never been able to shake off the powerful influenc_xcited in his mind by the impressive look and manner of the count, consequently the description given by Lucien to the baroness bore the highly- colored tinge of his own heated imagination. Already excited by the wonderfu_tories related of the count by De Morcerf, it is no wonder that Madam_anglars eagerly listened to, and fully credited, all the additiona_ircumstances detailed by Debray. This posing at the piano and over the albu_as only a little ruse adopted by way of precaution. A most gracious welcom_nd unusual smile were bestowed on M. Danglars; the count, in return for hi_entlemanly bow, received a formal though graceful courtesy, while Lucie_xchanged with the count a sort of distant recognition, and with Danglars _ree and easy nod.
  • "Baroness," said Danglars, "give me leave to present to you the Count of Mont_risto, who has been most warmly recommended to me by my correspondents a_ome. I need but mention one fact to make all the ladies in Paris court hi_otice, and that is, that he has come to take up his abode in Paris for _ear, during which brief period he proposes to spend six millions of money.
  • That means balls, dinners, and lawn parties without end, in all of which _rust the count will remember us, as he may depend upon it we shall him, i_ur own humble entertainments." In spite of the gross flattery and coarsenes_f this address, Madame Danglars could not forbear gazing with considerabl_nterest on a man capable of expending six millions in twelve months, and wh_ad selected Paris for the scene of his princely extravagance. "And when di_ou arrive here?" inquired she.
  • "Yesterday morning, madame."
  • "Coming, as usual, I presume, from the extreme end of the globe? Pardon me — at least, such I have heard is your custom."
  • "Nay, madame. This time I have merely come from Cadiz."
  • "You have selected a most unfavorable moment for your first visit. Paris is _orrible place in summer. Balls, parties, and fetes are over; the Italia_pera is in London; the French opera everywhere except in Paris. As for th_heatre Francais, you know, of course, that it is nowhere. The only amusement_eft us are the indifferent races at the Champ de Mars and Satory. Do yo_ropose entering any horses at either of these races, count?"
  • "I shall do whatever they do at Paris, madame, if I have the good fortune t_ind some one who will initiate me into the prevalent ideas of amusement."
  • "Are you fond of horses, count?"
  • "I have passed a considerable part of my life in the East, madame, and you ar_oubtless aware that the Orientals value only two things — the fine breedin_f their horses and the beauty of their women."
  • "Nay, count," said the baroness, "it would have been somewhat more gallant t_ave placed the ladies first."
  • "You see, madame, how rightly I spoke when I said I required a preceptor t_uide me in all my sayings and doings here." At this instant the favorit_ttendant of Madame Danglars entered the boudoir; approaching her mistress, she spoke some words in an undertone. Madame Danglars turned very pale, the_xclaimed, — "I cannot believe it; the thing is impossible."
  • "I assure you, madame," replied the woman, "it is as I have said." Turnin_mpatiently towards her husband, Madame Danglars demanded, "Is this true?"
  • "Is what true, madame?" inquired Danglars, visibly agitated.
  • "What my maid tells me."
  • "But what does she tell you?"
  • "That when my coachman was about to harness the horses to my carriage, h_iscovered that they had been removed from the stables without his knowledge.
  • I desire to know what is the meaning of this?"
  • "Be kind enough, madame, to listen to me," said Danglars.
  • "Oh, yes; I will listen, monsieur, for I am most curious to hear wha_xplanation you will give. These two gentlemen shall decide between us; but, first, I will state the case to them. Gentlemen," continued the baroness,
  • "among the ten horses in the stables of Baron Danglars, are two that belon_xclusively to me — a pair of the handsomest and most spirited creatures to b_ound in Paris. But to you, at least, M. Debray, I need not give a furthe_escription, because to you my beautiful pair of dappled grays were wel_nown. Well, I had promised Madame de Villefort the loan of my carriage t_rive to-morrow to the Bois; but when my coachman goes to fetch the grays fro_he stables they are gone — positively gone. No doubt M. Danglars ha_acrificed them to the selfish consideration of gaining some thousands o_altry francs. Oh, what a detestable crew they are, these mercenar_peculators!"
  • "Madame," replied Danglars, "the horses were not sufficiently quiet for you; they were scarcely four years old, and they made me extremely uneasy on you_ccount."
  • "Nonsense," retorted the baroness; "you could not have entertained any alar_n the subject, because you are perfectly well aware that I have had for _onth in my service the very best coachman in Paris. But, perhaps, you hav_isposed of the coachman as well as the horses?"
  • "My dear love, pray do not say any more about them, and I promise you anothe_air exactly like them in appearance, only more quiet and steady." Th_aroness shrugged her shoulders with an air of ineffable contempt, while he_usband, affecting not to observe this unconjugal gesture, turned toward_onte Cristo and said, — "Upon my word, count, I am quite sorry not to hav_et you sooner. You are setting up an establishment, of course?"
  • "Why, yes," replied the count.
  • "I should have liked to have made you the offer of these horses. I have almos_iven them away, as it is; but, as I before said, I was anxious to get rid o_hem upon any terms. They were only fit for a young man."
  • "I am much obliged by your kind intentions towards me," said Monte Cristo;
  • "but this morning I purchased a very excellent pair of carriage-horses, and _o not think they were dear. There they are. Come, M. Debray, you are _onnoisseur, I believe, let me have your opinion upon them." As Debray walke_owards the window, Danglars approached his wife. "I could not tell you befor_thers," said he in a low tone, "the reason of my parting with the horses; bu_ most enormous price was offered me this morning for them. Some madman o_ool, bent upon ruining himself as fast as he can, actually sent his stewar_o me to purchase them at any cost; and the fact is, I have gained 16,00_rancs by the sale of them. Come, don't look so angry, and you shall hav_,000 francs of the money to do what you like with, and Eugenie shall hav_,000. There, what do you think now of the affair? Wasn't I right to part wit_he horses?" Madame Danglars surveyed her husband with a look of witherin_ontempt.
  • "Great heavens?" suddenly exclaimed Debray.
  • "What is it?" asked the baroness.
  • "I cannot be mistaken; there are your horses! The very animals we wer_peaking of, harnessed to the count's carriage!"
  • "My dappled grays?" demanded the baroness, springing to the window. "'Ti_ndeed they!" said she. Danglars looked absolutely stupefied. "How ver_ingular," cried Monte Cristo with well-feigned astonishment.
  • "I cannot believe it," murmured the banker. Madame Danglars whispered a fe_ords in the ear of Debray, who approached Monte Cristo, saying, "The barones_ishes to know what you paid her husband for the horses."
  • "I scarcely know," replied the count; "it was a little surprise prepared fo_e by my steward, and cost me — well, somewhere about 30,000 francs." Debra_onveyed the count's reply to the baroness. Poor Danglars looked so crest- fallen and discomfited that Monte Cristo assumed a pitying air towards him.
  • "See," said the count, "how very ungrateful women are. Your kind attention, i_roviding for the safety of the baroness by disposing of the horses, does no_eem to have made the least impression on her. But so it is; a woman wil_ften, from mere wilfulness, prefer that which is dangerous to that which i_afe. Therefore, in my opinion, my dear baron, the best and easiest way is t_eave them to their fancies, and allow them to act as they please, and then, if any mischief follows, why, at least, they have no one to blame bu_hemselves." Danglars made no reply; he was occupied in anticipations of th_oming scene between himself and the baroness, whose frowning brow, like tha_f Olympic Jove, predicted a storm. Debray, who perceived the gatherin_louds, and felt no desire to witness the explosion of Madame Danglars' rage, suddenly recollected an appointment, which compelled him to take his leave; while Monte Cristo, unwilling by prolonging his stay to destroy the advantage_e hoped to obtain, made a farewell bow and departed, leaving Danglars t_ndure the angry reproaches of his wife.
  • "Excellent," murmured Monte Cristo to himself, as he came away. "All has gon_ccording to my wishes. The domestic peace of this family is henceforth in m_ands. Now, then, to play another master-stroke, by which I shall gain th_eart of both husband and wife — delightful! Still," added he, "amid all this, I have not yet been presented to Mademoiselle Eugenie Danglars, whos_cquaintance I should have been glad to make. But," he went on with hi_eculiar smile, "I am here in Paris, and have plenty of time before me — b_nd by will do for that." With these reflections he entered his carriage an_eturned home. Two hours afterwards, Madame Danglars received a mos_lattering epistle from the count, in which he entreated her to receive bac_er favorite "dappled grays," protesting that he could not endure the idea o_aking his entry into the Parisian world of fashion with the knowledge tha_is splendid equipage had been obtained at the price of a lovely woman'_egrets. The horses were sent back wearing the same harness she had seen o_hem in the morning; only, by the count's orders, in the centre of eac_osette that adorned either side of their heads, had been fastened a larg_iamond.
  • To Danglars Monte Cristo also wrote, requesting him to excuse the whimsica_ift of a capricious millionaire, and to beg the baroness to pardon th_astern fashion adopted in the return of the horses.
  • During the evening, Monte Cristo quitted Paris for Auteuil, accompanied b_li. The following day, about three o'clock, a single blow struck on the gon_ummoned Ali to the presence of the count. "Ali," observed his master, as th_ubian entered the chamber, "you have frequently explained to me how more tha_ommonly skilful you are in throwing the lasso, have you not?" Ali dre_imself up proudly, and then returned a sign in the affirmative. "I thought _id not mistake. With your lasso you could stop an ox?" Again Ali repeated hi_ffirmative gesture. "Or a tiger?" Ali bowed his head in token of assent. "_ion even?" Ali sprung forwards, imitating the action of one throwing th_asso, then of a strangled lion.
  • "I understand," said Monte Cristo; "you wish to tell me you have hunted th_ion?" Ali smiled with triumphant pride as he signified that he had indee_oth chased and captured many lions. "But do you believe you could arrest th_rogress of two horses rushing forwards with ungovernable fury?" The Nubia_miled. "It is well," said Monte Cristo. "Then listen to me. Ere long _arriage will dash past here, drawn by the pair of dappled gray horses you sa_e with yesterday; now, at the risk of your own life, you must manage to sto_hose horses before my door."
  • Ali descended to the street, and marked a straight line on the pavemen_mmediately at the entrance of the house, and then pointed out the line he ha_raced to the count, who was watching him. The count patted him gently on th_houlder, his usual mode of praising Ali, who, pleased and gratified with th_ommission assigned him, walked calmly towards a projecting stone forming th_ngle of the street and house, and, seating himself thereon, began to smok_is chibouque, while Monte Cristo re-entered his dwelling, perfectly assure_f the success of his plan. Still, as five o'clock approached, and th_arriage was momentarily expected by the count, the indication of more tha_ommon impatience and uneasiness might be observed in his manner. He statione_imself in a room commanding a view of the street, pacing the chamber wit_estless steps, stopping merely to listen from time to time for the sound o_pproaching wheels, then to cast an anxious glance on Ali; but the regularit_ith which the Nubian puffed forth the smoke of his chibouque proved that h_t least was wholly absorbed in the enjoyment of his favorite occupation.
  • Suddenly a distant sound of rapidly advancing wheels was heard, and almos_mmediately a carriage appeared, drawn by a pair of wild, ungovernable horses, while the terrified coachman strove in vain to restrain their furious speed.
  • In the vehicle was a young woman and a child of about seven or eight claspe_n each other's arms. Terror seemed to have deprived them even of the power o_ttering a cry. The carriage creaked and rattled as it flew over the roug_tones, and the slightest obstacle under the wheels would have cause_isaster; but it kept on in the middle of the road, and those who saw it pas_ttered cries of terror.
  • Ali suddenly cast aside his chibouque, drew the lasso from his pocket, thre_t so skilfully as to catch the forelegs of the near horse in its triple fold, and suffered himself to be dragged on for a few steps by the violence of th_hock, then the animal fell over on the pole, which snapped, and therefor_revented the other horse from pursuing its way. Gladly availing himself o_his opportunity, the coachman leaped from his box; but Ali had promptl_eized the nostrils of the second horse, and held them in his iron grasp, til_he beast, snorting with pain, sunk beside his companion. All this wa_chieved in much less time than is occupied in the recital. The brief spac_ad, however, been sufficient for a man, followed by a number of servants, t_ush from the house before which the accident had occurred, and, as th_oachman opened the door of the carriage, to take from it a lady who wa_onvulsively grasping the cushions with one hand, while with the other sh_ressed to her bosom the young boy, who had lost consciousness.
  • Monte Cristo carried them both to the salon, and deposited them on a sofa.
  • "Compose yourself, madame," said he; "all danger is over." The woman looked u_t these words, and, with a glance far more expressive than any entreatie_ould have been, pointed to her child, who still continued insensible. "_nderstand the nature of your alarms, madame," said the count, carefull_xamining the child, "but I assure you there is not the slightest occasion fo_neasiness; your little charge has not received the least injury; hi_nsensibility is merely the effects of terror, and will soon pass."
  • "Are you quite sure you do not say so to tranquillize my fears? See how deadl_ale he is! My child, my darling Edward; speak to your mother — open your dea_yes and look on me once again! Oh, sir, in pity send for a physician; m_hole fortune shall not be thought too much for the recovery of my boy."
  • With a calm smile and a gentle wave of the hand, Monte Cristo signed to th_istracted mother to lay aside her apprehensions; then, opening a casket tha_tood near, he drew forth a phial of Bohemian glass incrusted with gold, containing a liquid of the color of blood, of which he let fall a single dro_n the child's lips. Scarcely had it reached them, ere the boy, though stil_ale as marble, opened his eyes, and eagerly gazed around him. At this, th_elight of the mother was almost frantic. "Where am I?" exclaimed she; "and t_hom am I indebted for so happy a termination to my late dreadful alarm?"
  • "Madame," answered the count, "you are under the roof of one who esteem_imself most fortunate in having been able to save you from a furthe_ontinuance of your sufferings."
  • "My wretched curiosity has brought all this about," pursued the lady. "Al_aris rung with the praises of Madame Danglars' beautiful horses, and I ha_he folly to desire to know whether they really merited the high praise give_o them."
  • "Is it possible," exclaimed the count with well-feigned astonishment, "tha_hese horses belong to the baroness?"
  • "They do, indeed. May I inquire if you are acquainted with Madame Danglars?"
  • "I have that honor; and my happiness at your escape from the danger tha_hreatened you is redoubled by the consciousness that I have been th_nwilling and the unintentional cause of all the peril you have incurred. _esterday purchased these horses of the baron; but as the baroness evidentl_egretted parting with them, I ventured to send them back to her, with _equest that she would gratify me by accepting them from my hands."
  • "You are, then, doubtless, the Count of Monte Cristo, of whom Hermine ha_alked to me so much?"
  • "You have rightly guessed, madame," replied the count.
  • "And I am Madame Heloise de Villefort." The count bowed with the air of _erson who hears a name for the first time. "How grateful will M. de Villefor_e for all your goodness; how thankfully will he acknowledge that to you alon_e owes the existence of his wife and child! Most certainly, but for th_rompt assistance of your intrepid servant, this dear child and myself mus_oth have perished."
  • "Indeed, I still shudder at the fearful danger you were placed in."
  • "I trust you will allow me to recompense worthily the devotion of your man."
  • "I beseech you, madame," replied Monte Cristo "not to spoil Ali, either by to_reat praise or rewards. I cannot allow him to acquire the habit of expectin_o be recompensed for every trifling service he may render. Ali is my slave, and in saving your life he was but discharging his duty to me."
  • "Nay," interposed Madame de Villefort, on whom the authoritative style adopte_y the count made a deep impression, "nay, but consider that to preserve m_ife he has risked his own."
  • "His life, madame, belongs not to him; it is mine, in return for my havin_yself saved him from death." Madame de Villefort made no further reply; he_ind was utterly absorbed in the contemplation of the person who, from th_irst instant she saw him, had made so powerful an impression on her. Durin_he evident preoccupation of Madame de Villefort, Monte Cristo scrutinized th_eatures and appearance of the boy she kept folded in her arms, lavishing o_im the most tender endearments. The child was small for his age, an_nnaturally pale. A mass of straight black hair, defying all attempts to trai_r curl it, fell over his projecting forehead, and hung down to his shoulders, giving increased vivacity to eyes already sparkling with a youthful love o_ischief and fondness for every forbidden enjoyment. His mouth was large, an_he lips, which had not yet regained their color, were particularly thin; i_act, the deep and crafty look, giving a predominant expression to the child'_ace, belonged rather to a boy of twelve or fourteen than to one so young. Hi_irst movement was to free himself by a violent push from the encircling arm_f his mother, and to rush forward to the casket from whence the count ha_aken the phial of elixir; then, without asking permission of any one, h_roceeded, in all the wilfulness of a spoiled child unaccustomed to restrai_ither whims or caprices, to pull the corks out of all the bottles.
  • "Touch nothing, my little friend," cried the count eagerly; "some of thos_iquids are not only dangerous to taste, but even to inhale."
  • Madame de Villefort became very pale, and, seizing her son's arm, drew hi_nxiously toward her; but, once satisfied of his safety, she also cast a brie_ut expressive glance on the casket, which was not lost upon the count. A_his moment Ali entered. At sight of him Madame de Villefort uttered a_xpression of pleasure, and, holding the child still closer towards her, sh_aid, "Edward, dearest, do you see that good man? He has shown very grea_ourage and resolution, for he exposed his own life to stop the horses tha_ere running away with us, and would certainly have dashed the carriage t_ieces. Thank him, then, my child, in your very best manner; for, had he no_ome to our aid, neither you nor I would have been alive to speak our thanks."
  • The child stuck out his lips and turned away his head in a disdainful manner, saying, "He's too ugly."
  • The count smiled as if the child bade fair to realize his hopes, while Madam_e Villefort reprimanded her son with a gentleness and moderation very fa_rom conveying the least idea of a fault having been committed. "This lady,"
  • said the Count, speaking to Ali in the Arabic language, "is desirous that he_on should thank you for saving both their lives; but the boy refuses, sayin_ou are too ugly." Ali turned his intelligent countenance towards the boy, o_hom he gazed without any apparent emotion; but the spasmodic working of th_ostrils showed to the practiced eye of Monte Cristo that the Arab had bee_ounded to the heart.
  • "Will you permit me to inquire," said Madame de Villefort, as she arose t_ake her leave, "whether you usually reside here?"
  • "No, I do not," replied Monte Cristo; "it is a small place I have purchase_uite lately. My place of abode is No. 30, Avenue des Champs Elysees; but _ee you have quite recovered from your fright, and are, no doubt, desirous o_eturning home. Anticipating your wishes, I have desired the same horses yo_ame with to be put to one of my carriages, and Ali, he whom you think so ver_gly," continued he, addressing the boy with a smiling air, "will have th_onor of driving you home, while your coachman remains here to attend to th_ecessary repairs of your calash. As soon as that important business i_oncluded, I will have a pair of my own horses harnessed to convey it direc_o Madame Danglars."
  • "I dare not return with those dreadful horses," said Madame de Villefort.
  • "You will see," replied Monte Cristo, "that they will be as different a_ossible in the hands of Ali. With him they will be gentle and docile a_ambs." Ali had, indeed, given proof of this; for, approaching the animals, who had been got upon their legs with considerable difficulty, he rubbed thei_oreheads and nostrils with a sponge soaked in aromatic vinegar, and wiped of_he sweat and foam that covered their mouths. Then, commencing a lou_histling noise, he rubbed them well all over their bodies for severa_inutes; then, undisturbed by the noisy crowd collected round the broke_arriage, Ali quietly harnessed the pacified animals to the count's chariot, took the reins in his hands, and mounted the box, when to the utte_stonishment of those who had witnessed the ungovernable spirit and maddene_peed of the same horses, he was actually compelled to apply his whip in n_ery gentle manner before he could induce them to start; and even then al_hat could be obtained from the celebrated "dappled grays," now changed into _ouple of dull, sluggish, stupid brutes, was a slow, pottering pace, kept u_ith so much difficulty that Madame de Villefort was more than two hour_eturning to her residence in the Faubourg St. Honore.
  • Scarcely had the first congratulations upon her marvellous escape been gon_hrough when she wrote the following letter to Madame Danglars: —
  • Dear Hermine, — I have just had a wonderful escape from the most imminen_anger, and I owe my safety to the very Count of Monte Cristo we were talkin_bout yesterday, but whom I little expected to see to-day. I remember ho_nmercifully I laughed at what I considered your eulogistic and exaggerate_raises of him; but I have now ample cause to admit that your enthusiasti_escription of this wonderful man fell far short of his merits. Your horse_ot as far as Ranelagh, when they darted forward like mad things, and gallope_way at so fearful a rate, that there seemed no other prospect for myself an_y poor Edward but that of being dashed to pieces against the first objec_hat impeded their progress, when a strange-looking man, — an Arab, a negro, or a Nubian, at least a black of some nation or other — at a signal from th_ount, whose domestic he is, suddenly seized and stopped the infuriate_nimals, even at the risk of being trampled to death himself; and certainly h_ust have had a most wonderful escape. The count then hastened to us, and too_s into his house, where he speedily recalled my poor Edward to life. He sen_s home in his own carriage. Yours will be returned to you to-morrow. You wil_ind your horses in bad condition, from the results of this accident; the_eem thoroughly stupefied, as if sulky and vexed at having been conquered b_an. The count, however, his commissioned me to assure you that two or thre_ays' rest, with plenty of barley for their sole food during that time, wil_ring them back to as fine, that is as terrifying, a condition as they were i_esterday. Adieu! I cannot return you many thanks for the drive of yesterday; but, after all, I ought not to blame you for the misconduct of your horses, more especially as it procured me the pleasure of an introduction to the Coun_f Monte Cristo, — and certainly that illustrious personage, apart from th_illions he is said to be so very anxious to dispose of, seemed to me one o_hose curiously interesting problems I, for one, delight in solving at an_isk, even if it were to necessitate another drive to the Bois behind you_orses. Edward endured the accident with miraculous courage — he did not utte_ single cry, but fell lifeless into my arms; nor did a tear fall from hi_yes after it was over. I doubt not you will consider these praises the resul_f blind maternal affection, but there is a soul of iron in that delicate, fragile body. Valentine sends many affectionate remembrances to your dea_ugenie. I embrace you with all my heart.
  • Heloise de Villefort.
  • P.S. — Do pray contrive some means for me to meet the Count of Monte Cristo a_our house. I must and will see him again. I have just made M. de Villefor_romise to call on him, and I hope the visit will be returned.
  • That night the adventure at Auteuil was talked of everywhere. Albert relate_t to his mother; Chateau-Renaud recounted it at the Jockey Club, and Debra_etailed it at length in the salons of the minister; even Beauchamp accorde_wenty lines in his journal to the relation of the count's courage an_allantry, thereby celebrating him as the greatest hero of the day in the eye_f all the feminine members of the aristocracy. Vast was the crowd of visitor_nd inquiring friends who left their names at the residence of Madame d_illefort, with the design of renewing their visit at the right moment, o_earing from her lips all the interesting circumstances of this most romanti_dventure. As for M. de Villefort, he fulfilled the predictions of Heloise t_he letter, — donned his dress suit, drew on a pair of white gloves, ordere_he servants to attend the carriage dressed in their full livery, and drov_hat same night to No. 30 in the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.