"Not a single chance for escape," groaned St. Jean. "We shall see about that, Jarnibleu!" cried the marquis. "Ah, we are not the strongest, but we can be the most adroit. Attention! Louis, my son, you and La Verdure go down to the stable, and mount the fastest horses; then as quietly as possible station yourselves, you, Louis, at the park gate, and you, La Verdure, at the outer gate.
"They insulted in my presence the name of a noble young girl." "And you punished the rascals? Jarnibleu! You did well. Who ever heard of a gentleman allowing insolent puppies to speak disrespectfully of a lady of quality in his presence? But who was the lady you defended?" "Mlle. Valentine de la Verberie." "What!" cried the marquis, "what! the daughter of that old witch!
Gaston's confession, forced from him by circumstances, produced a very different impression from that which he had expected. The enraged marquis instantly became cool, and his mind seemed relieved of an immense weight. A wicked joy sparkled in his eyes, as he replied: "Ah, ha! she yielded to your entreaties, did she? Jarnibleu! I am delighted.