The queen, in whose honour the tomb was built, occupies the very centre of the enclosure, Shah Jehan's tomb being on one side of it, and larger in size, which rather spoils the symmetry of the space.
Delighted at this confidence in her, and this goodness of heart, Bertha cast herself at Jehan's feet, and kissing them, exclaimed
Exit Thevenin Pensete. Your dagger doesn't grow rusty!" Jehan's grey face grew greyer and uglier, but he kept his countenance. "Monseigneur," he answered, "I loved him like a brother." "As Cain loved Abel," Villon said. He made a sign, and Jehan le Loup was taken back to his fellows. So far Villon had been sufficiently diverted.
"Then are her eyes the gutter's color. But Catherine's eyes are twin firmaments." And about them the acacias rustled lazily, and the air was sweet with the odors of growing things, and the world, drenched in moonlight, slumbered. Without was Paris, but old Jehan's garden-wall cloistered Paradise. "Has the world, think you, known lovers, long dead now, that were once as happy as we?"
They then sang, by Jehan's desire, a lay of Christine de Pisan, every word of which breathed love. "Ah! cousin, what a deep and powerful voice you have. It seems to pierce me." "Where?" said the impudent Sylvia.
In that fantastic afternoon the solid earth seemed to be dissolving, and Jehan's thoughts as he journeyed ranged like the mists. He told himself that he had discovered his country. He, the Outborn, had come home; the landless had found his settlement.
As the day of Father Jehan's visit was close at hand, Bertha, whose suspicions were aroused by this speech, wrote him that it was her wish that he should not come this year, without, however, telling him her reason; then she went in search of La Fallotte at Loches, who was to give her letter to Jehan, and believed everything was safe for the present.
For the Crane and his rabble, flushed with easy conquest, kept ill watch, and the tongues of forest running down to the fenland made a good hunting ground for a wary forester. Jehan's pickets found Hugo of Auchy by the Sheen brook and brought back tidings. Thereupon a subtle plan was made.
Here the archdeacon saw Phoebus sneer, bend down to Jehan's ear, and say a few words to him in a low voice; then Phoebus burst into a laugh, and shook his head with a triumphant air. "Truly?" said Jehan. "Upon my soul!" said Phoebus. "This evening?" "This evening." "Are you sure that she will come?" "Are you a fool, Jehan? Does one doubt such things?" "Captain Phoebus, you are a happy gendarme!"
Next day we took train for Agra, which might be called Shah Jehan's "other city," for it was only after building the lovely monument to his queen the Taj Mahal which has made Agra famous all over the world, that he removed to Delhi, or that part of it known as Shahjehanabad. Agra, in fact, first attained its grandeur under Akbar, and is still known among the natives as Akbarabad.