But when the House divided, those who stood near the seats of the consuls began to cross over to the side of Cornutus. Then those who were allowing themselves to be counted as supporters of Collega also crossed over, and Collega was left with a mere handful.
He died on the 24th of August, during the Consulship of Collega and Priscus, in the fifty-sixth year of his age. His looks were extremely graceful and pleasing. A good man you would have readily believed him, and been glad to have found that he was a great man.
'What are you doing! protested Anna Sergyevna; but Arina Vlasyevna did not heed her, while Vassily Ivanovitch could only repeat, 'An angel! an angel! 'Wo ist der Kranke? and where is the patient? said the doctor at last, with some impatience. Vassily Ivanovitch recovered himself. 'Here, here, follow me, würdigster Herr Collega, he added through old associations.
And at once I imagine how my colleague, after listening to me, would walk away to the window without speaking, would think a moment, then would turn round to me and, trying to prevent my reading the truth in his face, would say in a careless tone: "So far I see nothing serious, but at the same time, collega, I advise you to lay aside your work...." And that would deprive me of my last hope.
Opinion was largely divided, and there was possibly a majority in favour of the latter proposal, which was the more lenient or less severe of the two, for even some of those who appeared to have supported Cornutus changed sides and were ready to vote for Collega, who had spoken after them.
"Well, my dear Pelham," said Vincent, "I cannot refuse you my services; and as I suppose Monsieur D'Azimart will choose swords, I venture to augur every thing from your skill in that species of weapon. It is the first time I have ever interfered in affairs of this nature, but I hope to get well through the present. "'Nobilis ornatur lauro collega secundo,
I work with interruptions, as I have from time to time to see visitors. There is a ring at the bell. It is a colleague come to discuss some business matter with me. He comes in to me with his hat and his stick, and, holding out both these objects to me, says: "Only for a minute! Only for a minute! Sit down, collega! Only a couple of words."
In his ninth book of Annals, he has mentioned him in the following terms: "Additur Orator Corneliu' suaviloquenti Ore Cethegus Marcu', Tuditano collega, Marci Filius." "Add the Orator M. Cornelius Cethegus, so much admired for his mellifluent tongue; who was the colleague of Tuditanus, and the son of Marcus."
"Well, my dear Pelham," said Vincent, "I cannot refuse you my services; and as I suppose Monsieur D'Azimart will choose swords, I venture to augur everything from your skill in that species of weapon. It is the first time I have ever interfered in affairs of this nature, but I hope to get well through the present, "'Nobilis ornatur lauro collega secundo,
"What are you doing!" protested Anna Sergyevna; but Arina Vlasyevna did not heed her, while Vassily Ivanovitch could only repeat, "An angel! an angel!" Vassily Ivanovitch recovered himself. "Here, here; follow me, würdigster Herr Collega," he added through old associations. "Ah!" articulated the German, grinning sourly. Vassily Ivanovitch led him into the study.