"I," replied the viscount,—"I saw Castaing executed, but I think I was rather intoxicated that day, for I had quitted college the same morning, and we had passed the previous night at a tavern."
The curtain at length fell on the performances, to the infinite satisfaction of the Viscount of Morcerf, who seized his hat, rapidly passed his fingers through his hair, arranged his cravat and wristbands, and signified to Franz that he was waiting for him to lead the way.
"A letter from the viscount!" exclaimed Franz.
"Are not you the person who brought me a letter," inquired Franz, "from the Viscount of Morcerf?"
Your excellency is the travelling companion of the viscount?
"How did the Viscount Albert fall into Luigi’s hands?"
The Viscount of Morcerf can only wed a marchioness.
Salute my hero, viscount.
"No," said Monte Cristo; "I told you I did not wish to be behind my time; I dressed myself in the carriage, and descended at the viscount’s door."
"Ah, here is my mother," cried the viscount.
"Are you ill, mother?" cried the viscount, springing towards her.
"Take these flowers into the anteroom or dressing-room," said the viscount; "they make the countess ill."
Ah, ha, you are acquainted with the young viscount, are you?
Excessively; only imagine—but do tell me, viscount, whether you really are acquainted with it or no?
So, my dear viscount, whenever you wish to be regaled with music come and sup with me.
No, no, I wish to do away with that mysterious reputation that you have given me, my dear viscount; it is tiresome to be always acting Manfred.
You are difficult to please, viscount.
Doubtless, my dear viscount, you will not be taken by force; and seriously, do you wish to break off your engagement?
I do not know him, viscount.
I am not like you, viscount; you like your title, do you not?
"You have there a most charming mistress, viscount," said the count in a perfectly calm tone; "and this costume—a ball costume, doubtless—becomes her admirably."
"Your excellency," he said, "the master of the Hotel de Londres has sent to let you know that a man is waiting for you with a letter from the Viscount of Morcerf."
As for you, viscount," continued Monte Cristo to Morcerf, "you are more fortunate than the government, for your arms are really beautiful, and speak to the imagination.
Franz presented Albert as one of the most distinguished young men of the day, both as regarded his position in society and extraordinary talents; nor did he say more than the truth, for in Paris and the circle in which the viscount moved, he was looked upon and cited as a model of perfection.
Then there is his son, Andrea, a charming young man, about your own age, viscount, bearing the same title as yourself, and who is making his entry into the Parisian world, aided by his father’s millions.
It was easy to discover that the delicate care of a mother, unwilling to part from her son, and yet aware that a young man of the viscount’s age required the full exercise of his liberty, had chosen this habitation for Albert.
"A thousand thanks for your kindness, viscount," returned the Count of Monte Cristo "but I suppose that M. Bertuccio has suitably employed the four hours and a half I have given him, and that I shall find a carriage of some sort ready at the door."
My dear viscount, you are dreadfully impertinent.
Ah, no joking, viscount, if you please; I do not patronize M. Andrea—at least, not as concerns M. Danglars.
You are mistaken, my dear viscount.
The fortune of war, my dear viscount,—the caprice of fortune; that is the way in which these things are to be accounted for.
Enough, viscount; you will remember those two vows, will you not?
Oh, my dear viscount, do talk reason!
Permit me to remind you that you are not in the Chamber, my dear Viscount.
"Well, my dear viscount," said Monte Cristo, "I have an infallible remedy to propose to you."
I am resolved to desert them and go to some remote corner of the earth, and shall be happy if you will accompany me, viscount.
To sea, viscount; you know I am a sailor.
Well, Viscount, there will be in my court-yard this evening a good travelling britzka, with four post-horses, in which one may rest as in a bed.
But, viscount, since we cannot perform the journey in less than seven or eight hours, do not keep me waiting.
You are mistaken, viscount; I believe he has not a franc in his possession.
My stables are at your command, viscount; but you will kill yourself by riding on horseback.
"Which," asked he, "the viscount or the count?"
For an instant the idea struck Madame Danglars that this eagerness on the part of the young viscount arose from his impatience to join her party, and she whispered her expectations to her daughter, that Albert was hurrying to pay his respects to them.
"Ma foi, my dear viscount, you are fated to hear music this evening; you have only escaped from Mademoiselle Danglars’ piano, to be attacked by Haidee’s guzla."
Morrel only then recollected the letter he had received from the viscount, in which, without assigning any reason, he begged him to go to the opera, but he understood that something terrible was brooding.
"It is from no personal ill-feeling towards the viscount, that is all I can say, sir," replied Danglars, who resumed his insolent manner as soon as he perceived that Morcerf was a little softened and calmed down.
"Madame," said the Viscount of Morcerf, advancing towards the countess, "yesterday you were so condescending as to promise me a galop; I am rather late in claiming this gracious promise, but here is my friend, whose character for veracity you well know, and he will assure you the delay arose from no fault of mine."
As regards the generality of mankind it is; but not for you, my dear viscount, who are one of my most intimate friends, and on whose silence I feel I may rely, if I consider it necessary to enjoin it—may I not do so?
Albert, besides being an elegant, well-looking young man, was also possessed of considerable talent and ability; moreover, he was a viscount—a recently created one, certainly, but in the present day it is not necessary to go as far back as Noah in tracing a descent, and a genealogical tree is equally estimated, whether dated from 1399 or merely 1815; but to crown all these advantages, Albert de Morcerf commanded an income of 50,000 livres, a more than sufficient sum to render him a…
"My dear viscount," said Monte Cristo gravely, "you must have seen before to-day that at all times and in all places I have been at your disposal, but the service which you have just demanded of me is one which it is out of my power to render you."
"But," said Franz, looking round him uneasily, "where is the Viscount?
"Well," said Franz with a sigh, "do as you please my dear viscount, for your arguments are beyond my powers of refutation.
"Ha, ha," said Chateau-Renaud, "here comes some friends of yours, viscount!
"I?" said Monte Cristo; "my dear Viscount, how have you discovered that I did not like M. Franz!
"Bravo, Viscount," said Monte Cristo, smiling; "you are a delightful cicerone.
"I only mean that the count seems the rage," replied the viscount, smiling, "and that you are the seventeenth person that has asked me the same question.
Tell the viscount so, and that to-morrow, before ten o’clock, I shall see what color his is."
"What would you have, my dear viscount?" said Monte Cristo, wiping his hands on the towel which Ali had brought him; "I must occupy my leisure moments in some way or other.
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