Let things take their course; perhaps you may not have to retract.
I am going to Beauchamp, in whose journal this paragraph appears, and I shall insist on his retracting the assertion before two witnesses.
Beauchamp will never retract.
"Well," said Albert in a determined tone, "you see that your paper his insulted a member of my family, and I insist on a retractation being made."
If Beauchamp be disposed to retract, you ought at least to give him the opportunity of doing it of his own free will,—the satisfaction to you will be the same.
"You will retract this assertion, will you not, Beauchamp?" said Albert with increased though stifled anger.
Yes, if you will not consent to retract that infamous calumny.
"And if I refuse to retract, you wish to fight, do you?" said Beauchamp in a calm tone.
Do you insist on this retractation so far as to kill me if I do not make it, although I have repeated more than once, and affirmed on my honor, that I was ignorant of the thing with which you charge me, and although I still declare that it is impossible for any one but you to recognize the Count of Morcerf under the name of Fernand?
" "I am determined not to be content with anything short of an entire retractation."
"Come," said he, "this matter will want a good deal of talking over; a retractation is always a serious thing, you know.
"I will facilitate it by repeating the question, ’Will you, or will you not, retract?’
But I require three weeks’ preparation; at the end of that time I shall come and say to you, ’The assertion is false, and I retract it,’ or ’The assertion is true,’ when I shall immediately draw the sword from its sheath, or the pistols from the case, whichever you please."
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