"If you have merited this shame, madame, if you have incurredthis ignominy, you must submit to it as an offering to God.""What do you say? Oh, you do not understand me! When I speak ofignominy, you think I speak of some chastisement, of imprisonmentor death. Would to heaven! Of what consequence to me isimprisonment or death?"
"Ah, yes, Monsieur Commissary; yes, that is true, and I confessthat I was in the wrong. I did go to Monsieur D'Artagnan's.""What was the aim of that visit?"
"Since you have lost sight of that woman and she is now insafety in the convent, which you should never have allowedher to reach, try, at least, not to miss the man. If youdo, you know that my hand stretches far, and that you shallpay very dearly for the hundred louis you have from me."
"Yes; I have parted with him."}
"Have me arrested on the part of the queen," said he, "and I--Iwill appeal to his Eminence.
"Well," cried Milady, in a sharp voice. "Are you asleep,that you don't answer when I ring?"
"My dear little love! In my country the ladies do withoutchambermaids. But stop! I can manage your business foryou. Planchet, go and find Aramis. Request him to comehere directly. We have something very important to say tohim."