Villefort made no answer, but raised his head at the expiration of a few seconds, and again perused the letter.
She cast her eyes again over the note to peruse it a second time, and saw there was a postscript.
M. Dandre leaned very respectfully on the back of a chair with his two hands, and said,— "Has your majesty perused yesterday’s report?"
"Yes, I have," replied Franz; "I am curious to know what work you were perusing with so much attention as we entered."
The Englishman easily found the entries relative to the Abbe Faria; but it seemed that the history which the inspector had related interested him greatly, for after having perused the first documents he turned over the leaves until he reached the deposition respecting Edmond Dantes.
Albert glanced carelessly at the different missives, selected two written in a small and delicate hand, and enclosed in scented envelopes, opened them and perused their contents with some attention.
"You see it is a serious annoyance," said Morcerf, when Beauchamp had finished the perusal of the paragraph.
Some were perusing the article, others making comments and recalling circumstances which substantiated the charges still more.
When he had ended the perusal, he folded the letter and resumed his pensive attitude.
When he had perused the documents, an indefinable expression of pleasure lighted up his countenance, and looking at the major with a most peculiar smile, he said, in very excellent Tuscan,—"Then there is no longer any such thing, in Italy as being condemned to the galleys?"
He folded up the accusation quietly, and put it as quietly in his pocket; read the examination, and saw that the name of Noirtier was not mentioned in it; perused, too, the application dated 10th April, 1815, in which Morrel, by the deputy procureur’s advice, exaggerated with the best intentions (for Napoleon was then on the throne) the services Dantes had rendered to the imperial cause—services which Villefort’s certificates rendered indispensable.
Then he saw beneath a thick clump of linden-trees, which were nearly divested of foliage, Madame de Villefort sitting with a book in her hand, the perusal of which she frequently interrupted to smile upon her son, or to throw back his elastic ball, which he obstinately threw from the drawing-room into the garden.
During the perusal of this letter, which informed Valentine for the first time of the madness of her father and the death of her brother, she became pale, a heavy sigh escaped from her bosom, and tears, not the less painful because they were silent, ran down her cheeks; her happiness cost her very dear.
…and who, just as I was about to imprint a chaste salute on his lips, placed a pistol to my head, and, aided by seven or eight others, led, or rather dragged me, to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, where I found a highly educated brigand chief perusing Caesar’s ’Commentaries,’ and who deigned to leave off reading to inform me, that unless the next morning, before six o’clock, four thousand piastres were paid into his account at his banker’s, at a quarter past six I should have ceased to…
Monte Cristo resumed the perusal of the letter:— " ’And who only needs one thing more to make him happy.’
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She perused the menu while she waited for him to arrive.