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  • You came to inquire after my health; I will candidly acknowledge that I am not well.
  • "You have suffered a great deal, sir?" said Franz inquiringly.
  • "And the cargo?" inquired the owner, eagerly.
  • I wished to inquire why you stopped at the Island of Elba?
  • Franz and Albert looked inquiringly at each other, then at the gorgeous furnishings of the apartment.
  • "And how did this misfortune occur?" inquired the latter, resuming the interrupted conversation.
  • "Why, we must inquire into that," was Caderousse’s reply; and turning towards the young man, said, "Well, Catalan, can’t you make up your mind?"
  • "Well, my dear Dantes, are you now free?" inquired the owner.
  • "And," inquired Dantes, with some hesitation, "do you know how my father is?"
  • It was Mercedes, who, hearing no news of her lover, had come unobserved to inquire after him.
  • Cocles had seen them go without thinking of inquiring the cause of their departure.
  • "Whom does this belong to?" he inquired.
  • "And why did you refuse, my son?" inquired the old man.
  • Then, turning to Mercedes, he inquired, "Who is this gentleman?"
  • "In an hour?" inquired Danglars, turning pale.
  • "What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse, frowningly, of Danglars, who had assumed an air of utter surprise.
  • "Where is Fernand?" inquired Caderousse.
  • "That I believe!" answered M. Morrel; "but still he is charged"— "With what?" inquired the elder Dantes.
  • "Do you, indeed, think so?" inquired the marquise.
  • "Scratches himself?" inquired the duke, "what does your majesty mean?"
  • "Well, Blacas, what think you of this?" inquired the king triumphantly, and pausing for a moment from the voluminous scholiast before him.
  • "And Dauphine, sir?" inquired the king, of Villefort.
  • "And how did this despatch reach you?" inquired the king.
  • He inquired how they were fed, and if they had any request to make.
  • Then turning to Faria—"I inquired if you are well fed?" said he.
  • "And with what did you contrive to make that?" inquired Dantes.
  • "Is there anything else I can assist you in discovering, besides the villany of your friends?" inquired the abbe with a laugh.
  • "Why so?" inquired Dantes.
  • "What is that?" he inquired.
  • "Well, do you comprehend now?" inquired Faria.
  • "But," inquired Dantes hesitating, "has this treasure no more legitimate possessor in the world than ourselves?"
  • "Wasn’t his name Faria?" inquired one of the officers who accompanied the governor.
  • "Must this last formality take place in your presence, sir?" inquired a turnkey.
  • "At what hour?" inquired a turnkey.
  • "Have you tied the knot?" inquired the first speaker.
  • "Well, have you tied the knot?" inquired the grave-digger, who was looking on.
  • And when Jacopo inquired of him, "What is the use of teaching all these things to a poor sailor like me?"
  • "Where shall we pass the night?" he inquired.
  • He then inquired how they had fared in their trip.
  • "Are you quite alone?" inquired the guest, as Caderousse placed before him the bottle of wine and a glass.
  • "What mean you?" inquired Caderousse with a look of surprise.
  • "Do you, then, know in what manner Fernand injured Dantes?" inquired the abbe of Caderousse.
  • "How so?" inquired the abbe.
  • "Why, did you not hear all we said?" inquired Caderousse.
  • "And why among us four?" inquired Caderousse.
  • "What is that?" inquired the abbe.
  • "The story interests you, does it not, sir?" inquired Caderousse.
  • "And what part did he play in this sad drama?" inquired the abbe.
  • "And has the unfortunate man wife or children?" inquired the abbe.
  • "Has she made a fortune also?" inquired the abbe, with an ironical smile.
  • "Did you ever see Mercedes again?" inquired the priest.
  • "Is, then, all that I have heard really true?" she inquired.
  • That he has given the diamond to us only?" inquired Caderousse, half bewildered with joy; "yes, nothing more true!
  • "But some official document was drawn up as to this affair, I suppose?" inquired the Englishman.
  • "Are you not Mademoiselle Julie Morrel?" inquired the man, with a strong Italian accent.
  • "Have you no particular commands to leave with me, my father?" inquired Maximilian in a faltering voice.
  • Franz did not disturb him whilst he absorbed his favorite sweetmeat, but when he had finished, he inquired,—"What, then, is this precious stuff?"
  • "What are your excellency’s orders?" inquired Gaetano.
  • "And when shall we know?" inquired Franz.
  • "Pray, who may this famous Luigi Vampa be?" inquired Albert; "he may be very famous at Rome, but I can assure you he is quite unknown at Paris."
  • He inquired where they were, and was answered by a burst of laughter.
  • Her preserver was everywhere sought for, but he did not appear; he was inquired after, but no one had seen him.
  • ’—’Who are you?’ inquired the sentinel.
  • —’What has he to say?’ inquired the young man who was in command in the chief’s absence.
  • ’—’And what may that be?’ inquired the bandits with astonishment.
  • "And what may a myth be?" inquired Pastrini.
  • "Well, Albert," inquired Franz of his companion, "are you still disposed to go to the Colosseum by the outer wall?"
  • "What did your excellency say?" inquired the other.
  • "Well." inquired Franz, after the countess had a second time directed her lorgnette at the box, "what do you think of our opposite neighbor?"
  • During dessert, the servant inquired at what time they wished for the carriage.
  • "And now," he said, "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?"
  • What had become of him he cared not to inquire.
  • Very possibly; only I am not come to discuss politics, but to inquire if you have anything to ask or to complain of.
  • They began dinner and Spada was only able to inquire of his nephew if he had received his message.
  • "Well?" inquired Dantes.
  • "Permesso?" inquired he.
  • Her beauty and high bearing surprised him, and when she inquired what had become of her lover, it seemed to him that she was the judge, and he the accused.
  • Teresa uttered a cry of joy, and, without inquiring whence this attire came, or even thanking Luigi, darted into the grotto, transformed into a dressing-room.
  • "May I venture to inquire the reason of this unexpected visit?" said M. Morrel, addressing the magistrate, whom he evidently knew; "there is doubtless some mistake easily explained."
  • inquired the abbe.
  • Yes, indeed; I had previously inquired of Dantes what was his opinion of you, and if he should have any reluctance to continue you in your post, for somehow I have perceived a sort of coolness between you.
  • Franz questioned Albert as to his intentions; but Albert had great projects to put into execution before going to the theatre; and instead of making any answer, he inquired if Signor Pastrini could procure him a tailor.
  • "And God has poured balm into your wounds, as he does into those of all who are in affliction?" said Monte Cristo inquiringly.
  • Monte Cristo looked inquiringly at his guests.
  • "His excellency does reside here," replied the concierge; "but"—added he, glancing an inquiring look at Ali.
  • Doubtless, and we are not now inquiring into his creed, but his actions; in the name of the prefect of police, I ask you what you know of him.
  • "Shall we see you again to give us any information?" inquired the countess.
  • "What wants your excellency of me?" inquired the man, retreating a step or two, as if to keep on his guard.
  • "Are not you the person who brought me a letter," inquired Franz, "from the Viscount of Morcerf?"
  • "Is there any answer?" inquired Franz, taking the letter from him.
  • "And shall we go and find him?" inquired Franz.
  • "Would you like to see a camp of bandits in repose?" he inquired.
  • "Why did you not tell me all this—you?" inquired the brigand chief, turning towards his men, who all retreated before his look.
  • "What is the prisoner doing?" inquired Vampa of the sentinel.
  • "What are you going to do?" inquired the count.
  • "Did your father speak of it?" inquired Mercedes eagerly.
  • "And what do you suppose is the count’s age?" inquired Mercedes, evidently attaching great importance to this question.
  • "What was his name?" inquired the count, who seemed to become somewhat interested in Bertuccio’s story.
  • ’—’And the five and forty thousand francs,’ inquired Caderousse in a hoarse voice, ’where are they?
  • ’Well,’ inquired the jeweller, ’is the cash all right?’
  • ’Why,’ she inquired in a hoarse voice, ’did you invite him to sleep here to-night?
  • —’Have you any other guests in your house?’ inquired he.
  • ’—’But how,’ inquired I, ’am I to maintain myself and my poor sister?’
  • "And in what light did you view the occurrence?" inquired Monte Cristo.
  • "Did your excellency desire to see me?" inquired he.
  • "Is your excellency really in earnest?" inquired the steward.
  • "Does the sum you gave for them make the animals less beautiful," inquired the count, shrugging his shoulders.
  • "Is the baroness at home?" inquired Danglars.
  • "And when did you arrive here?" inquired she.
  • "Is what true, madame?" inquired Danglars, visibly agitated.
  • "But with what motive have you learned all this?" inquired Villefort, in astonishment.
  • "Count," he inquired, "have you any relations?"
  • "And what is your deduction from this compensation, sir?" inquired Monte Cristo.
  • "And where am I?" inquired Monte Cristo laughingly.
  • ’—’How long?’ inquired the astonished merchant.
  • "And do you know this gentleman, monsieur?" inquired Emmanuel.
  • "And what is that?" inquired the young man, perceiving that Valentine hesitated.
  • "A visitor?" inquired Valentine, much agitated; "who is it?"
  • After the usual civilities, the count inquired after M. de Villefort.
  • "You have a daughter, then, madame?" inquired the count; "very young, I presume?"
  • "And who is the Countess G——?" inquired Chateau-Renaud.
  • "So you were at the races, baron?" inquired the countess eagerly.
  • "Have you noticed the remarkable beauty of the young woman, M. Lucien?" inquired Eugenie.
  • "Who is this young person, M. de Morcerf?" inquired Eugenie; "does anybody know?"
  • "What do you think of the count?" inquired Debray; "he is not much amiss, according to my ideas of good looks."
  • "Then the Countess G—— has returned to Paris, has she?" inquired the baroness.
  • "You are in constant communication with the Baron Danglars?" the count inquired of Albert de Morcerf.
  • "Are you satisfied now?" inquired Valentine.
  • "Do you possess 400,000 francs?" inquired the notary.
  • I inquired immediately on my return to Paris; the house had not been inhabited since we left it, but it had just been let for nine years.
  • But you should have inquired for the woman; you should have traced her.
  • "And grandpapa?" inquired the young girl, trembling with apprehension.
  • "My father?" inquired Valentine, uneasily.
  • If you wish, I will inquire.
  • "May we inquire what is this recipe?" asked Debray.
  • "Her ladyship is waiting to receive you, gentlemen," said the servant, who had gone to inquire the pleasure of his mistress.
  • May I inquire if you are acquainted with Madame Danglars?
  • "Will you permit me to inquire," said Madame de Villefort, as she arose to take her leave, "whether you usually reside here?"
  • Monte Cristo summoned the Greek attendant, and bade her inquire whether it would be agreeable to her mistress to receive his visit.
  • At the end of the next act, with your permission, I will come and inquire whether there is anything I can do for you in Paris?
  • I never heard you mentioned, and I did not dare inquire for you.
  • "What conditions have I forgotten, your excellency?" inquired the bandit, with the air of a man who, having committed an error, is anxious to repair it.
  • He therefore dined very silently, in spite of the officious attention of his host, who presented himself two or three times to inquire if he wanted anything.
  • Franz could not forbear breaking in upon the apparently interesting conversation passing between the countess and Albert, to inquire of the former if she knew who was the fair Albanian opposite, since beauty such as hers was well worthy of being observed by either sex.
  • Franz and Albert had brought to Rome letters of introduction to them, and their first question on his arrival was to inquire the whereabouts of his travelling companion.
  • "What is your sister Valentine doing?" inquired Madame de Villefort of Edward; "tell some one to bid her come here, that I may have the honor of introducing her to the count."
  • As Edmond passed the door on the fourth floor, he paused to inquire whether Caderousse the tailor still dwelt there; but he received, for reply, that the person in question had got into difficulties, and at the present time kept a small inn on the route from Bellegarde to Beaucaire.
  • "What is this name of Monte Cristo?" inquired the countess, when the servant had taken away the last vase of flowers, "is it a family name, or the name of the estate, or a simple title?"
  • "Shall we make a positive appointment for a particular day and hour?" inquired the count; "only let me warn you that I am proverbial for my punctilious exactitude in keeping my engagements."
  • Cocles opened the gate, and Baptistin, springing from the box, inquired whether Monsieur and Madame Herbault and Monsieur Maximilian Morrel would see his excellency the Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Franz hastened to inquire after the count, and to express regret that he had not returned in sufficient time; but Pastrini reassured him by saying that the Count of Monte Cristo had ordered a second carriage for himself, and that it had gone at four o’clock to fetch him from the Rospoli Palace.
  • Signor Pastrini, who had been accustomed to see them dine together, inquired into the cause of his absence, but Franz merely replied that Albert had received on the previous evening an invitation which he had accepted.
  • Meanwhile, Barrois had returned for the first time to old Noirtier, who having heard the noise in the house, had, as we have said, sent his old servant to inquire the cause; on his return, his quick intelligent eye interrogated the messenger.
  • Noirtier looked inquiringly at his granddaughter.
  • "Will this promise be fulfilled, M. Noirtier?" asked Morrel, while d’Avrigny looked inquiringly.
  • "Shall I go and fetch it, doctor?" inquired Villefort.
  • "And what effect did this discourse produce?" anxiously inquired Albert.
  • He inquired after the count with his usual familiarity, and ascending lightly to the second story met him at the top of the stairs.
  • The count inquired whether any of the ancient jailers were still there; but they had all been pensioned, or had passed on to some other employment.
  • "I will inquire," said Morrel.
  • Count, will you allow me to send Baptistin to inquire after some one you know?
  • Vast was the crowd of visitors and inquiring friends who left their names at the residence of Madame de Villefort, with the design of renewing their visit at the right moment, of hearing from her lips all the interesting circumstances of this most romantic adventure.
  • Beauchamp had not been seen since the day he visited Albert, and those of whom the latter inquired always told him he was out on a journey which would detain him some days.
  • I approached the jeweller, who was not quite dead, and at the sound of my footsteps and the creaking of the floor, he opened his eyes, fixed them on me with an anxious and inquiring gaze, moved his lips as though trying to speak, then, overcome by the effort, fell back and expired.
  • I inquired of you if poisons acted equally, and with the same effect, on men of the North as on men of the South; and you answered me that the cold and sluggish habits of the North did not present the same aptitude as the rich and energetic temperaments of the natives of the South.
  • No, madame, contrary to most history, it is true; but what you tell me, madame, what you inquire of me, is not the result of a chance query, for two years ago you asked me the same questions, and said then, that for a very long time this history of Mithridates had occupied your mind.
  • The traveller alighted, ordered a good dinner, and inquired the address of the house of Thomson & French, which was immediately given to him, as it was one of the most celebrated in Rome.
  • "Sir," said he to Danglars, "understand that I do not take a final leave of you; I must ascertain if your insinuations are just, and am going now to inquire of the Count of Monte Cristo."
  • Under the fixed and inquiring gaze levelled at him from under those beautiful black eyebrows, he prudently turned away, and calmed himself immediately, daunted by the power of a resolute mind.
  • A part of the good abbe’s words, however, were wholly incomprehensible to him; but, like the aurora which guides the navigator in northern latitudes, opened new vistas to the inquiring mind of the listener, and gave fantastic glimpses of new horizons, enabling him justly to estimate the delight an intellectual mind would have in following one so richly gifted as Faria along the heights of truth, where he was so much at home.
  • As I passed the city gates I declared that I had found the child on the road, and I inquired where the asylum was; the box confirmed my statement, the linen proved that the infant belonged to wealthy parents, the blood with which I was covered might have proceeded from the child as well as from any one else.
  • For a week since he had resolved to die, and during the four days that he had been carrying out his purpose, Edmond had not spoken to the attendant, had not answered him when he inquired what was the matter with him, and turned his face to the wall when he looked too curiously at him; but now the jailer might hear the noise and put an end to it, and so destroy a ray of something like hope that soothed his last moments.
  • The door was wide open, a hackney-coach was standing in the middle of the yard—a strange sight before so noble a mansion; the count looked at it with terror, but without daring to inquire its meaning, he rushed towards his apartment.
  • But what raised public astonishment to a climax, and set all conjecture at defiance, was the knowledge that the same stranger who had in the morning visited the Allees de Meillan had been seen in the evening walking in the little village of the Catalans, and afterwards observed to enter a poor fisherman’s hut, and to pass more than an hour in inquiring after persons who had either been dead or gone away for more than fifteen or sixteen years.
  • Now, as these street Arabs of Rome, more fortunate than those of Paris, understand every language, more especially the French, they heard the traveller order an apartment, a dinner, and finally inquire the way to the house of Thomson & French.
  • Valentine could not reply; the voice which indicated the real presence of a being in the room, alarmed her so much that she feared to utter a syllable; still the expression of her eyes seemed to inquire, "If your intentions are pure, why are you here?"
  • Many said your father had only to show himself to crush the charge against him; many others said he would not appear; while some asserted that they had seen him start for Brussels; and others went to the police-office to inquire if he had taken out a passport.
  • …profit of at least eighty per cent. The following day Dantes presented Jacopo with an entirely new vessel, accompanying the gift by a donation of one hundred piastres, that he might provide himself with a suitable crew and other requisites for his outfit, upon condition that he would go at once to Marseilles for the purpose of inquiring after an old man named Louis Dantes, residing in the Allees de Meillan, and also a young woman called Mercedes, an inhabitant of the Catalan village.
  • Madame Danglars threw a rapid and inquiring glance which could only be interpreted by Monte Cristo, around the court-yard, over the peristyle, and across the front of the house, then, repressing a slight emotion, which must have been seen on her countenance if she had not kept her color, she ascended the steps, saying to Morrel, "Sir, if you were a friend of mine, I should ask you if you would sell your horse."
  • Mercedes lives, sir, and she remembers, for she alone recognized you when she saw you, and even before she saw you, by your voice, Edmond,—by the simple sound of your voice; and from that moment she has followed your steps, watched you, feared you, and she needs not to inquire what hand has dealt the blow which now strikes M. de Morcerf.
  • They never overtook the chimerical friend, yet Andrea frequently inquired of people on foot whom he passed and at the inns which were not yet closed, for a green cabriolet and bay horse; and as there are a great many cabriolets to be seen on the road to the Low Countries, and as nine-tenths of them are green, the inquiries increased at every step.
  • It is not usual with us corrupted wretches of civilization to find gentlemen like yourself, possessors, as you are, of immense fortune—at least, so it is said—and I beg you to observe that I do not inquire, I merely repeat;—it is not usual, I say, for such privileged and wealthy beings to waste their time in speculations on the state of society, in philosophical reveries, intended at best to console those whom fate has disinherited from the goods of this world.
  • …as to leave it doubtful whether it were not artificial so little did its jetty glossiness assimilate with the deep wrinkles stamped on his features—a person, in a word, who, although evidently past fifty, desired to be taken for not more than forty, bent forwards from the carriage door, on the panels of which were emblazoned the armorial bearings of a baron, and directed his groom to inquire at the porter’s lodge whether the Count of Monte Cristo resided there, and if he were within.
  • "Ah, ha," said the shipowner, "I am not in the least surprised, for she has been to me three times, inquiring if there were any news of the Pharaon.
  • Are you ill?" inquired the young man, much alarmed.
  • "How do you take it?" inquired the unknown; "in the French or Turkish style, strong or weak, sugar or none, cool or boiling?
  • " ’What is your name?’ inquired the traveller.
  • "Well, and what may you have to say against this name?" inquired Albert; "it is a very pretty name, and the adventures of the gentleman of that name amused me very much in my youth, I must confess.
  • " "What think you of that?" inquired Franz.
  • "Oh, it is useless to inquire," returned the count; "perhaps, after all, he was not the man you seek for.
  • "Oh, no," said Villefort; "I never ceased to search and to inquire.
  • —M. Debray?" inquired Danglars, with an air of indulgence and good-nature that made Monte Cristo smile, acquainted as he was with the secrets of the banker’s domestic life.
  • After a moment’s silence, the lady inquired, "Do you know, my dear count," she said, "that you are a very terrible reasoner, and that you look at the world through a somewhat distempered medium?
  • Suppose you knew beforehand the poison that would be made use of against you; suppose the poison was, for instance, brucine"— "Brucine is extracted from the false angostura [*] is it not?" inquired Madame de Villefort.
  • "Lucien, a great event has happened!" said the lady, glancing inquiringly at Lucien,—"M.
  • Thomson & French?" inquired the stranger.
  • "Sir," said Franz, "I regret much that such a question has been raised in the presence of Mademoiselle Valentine; I have never inquired the amount of her fortune, which, however limited it may be, exceeds mine.

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