"He is not wholly devoted to you, is this gentleman who prefers every government!" said Guy. "He will undermine you quietly!" added Ramel. "I am satisfied of that. But I am not disturbed: I have the majority. Oh! faithful and compact." "Woman often changes," muttered Ramel. Guy was troubled about Vaudrey for another reason. He vaguely suspected that Sulpice was neglecting Adrienne.
Meanwhile, in 1642, Abbe Olier had founded the Seminary of St Sulpice in Paris; and during the intervening years had been assiduously training missionaries to take over the spiritual control of Ville Marie.
Guy determined to betray nothing of his astonishment; but he knew now as surely as if he had learned everything, why Sulpice neglected Adrienne. The fool! some girl from the Opéra! some office-seeker who was skilfully entangling His Excellency! That appertained to his functions then? He was exasperated at Vaudrey and alternately looked at him and at Adrienne. So perfect a woman! Ravishing.
In the next act Manon is the mistress of Brétigny, feted and admired by all. During an entertainment at Cours-la-Reine, she overhears a conversation between Brétigny and the Count des Grieux, and learns from the latter that his son is a novice at Saint Sulpice.
A hero of Christian humility, Olier was acting as he thought for the best in making a mock of human nature and dragging it through the mire. He had visions, and was favoured with inner revelations of which the autographic account, written for his director, is still at St. Sulpice.
We seated ourselves on the grass by the edge of the gurgling waters, and he began: "It is now two months since we came to Blois: I, to pay my court to the wealthy Mademoiselle de Canaples; you, to watch over and protect me nay, you need not interrupt me. Michelot has told me what St. Auban sought here, and the true motives of your journey to St. Sulpice.
To live! and, thought Sulpice, but a moment ago this lovely, slender girl spoke of dying.
Let us suppose that I allow you to go to St. Sulpice des Reaux. What if you do not return?" "You mistrust me?" I exclaimed, my hopes melting. "You misapprehend me. I mean, what if you are killed?" "I do not think that I shall be." "Ah! But what if you are? What shall I say to my Lord Cardinal?" "Dame! That I am dead, and that he is saved the trouble of hanging me.
Sulpice having by their efforts and their labours produced during so many years in New France, and especially in the Island of Montreal, very great fruits for the glory of God and the advantage of this growing Church, we have given them, as being most irreproachable in faith, doctrine, piety and conduct, in perpetuity, and do give them, by virtue of these presents, the livings of the Island of Montreal, in order that they may be perfectly cultivated as up to now they have been, as best they might be by their preachings and examples."
The Vaudrey Cabinet lacked homogeneity! The President of the Republic decidedly ought to form a homogeneous cabinet. "Granet is then homogeneous?" said Sulpice, with a forced laugh, as he sat on the ministerial bench while Lucien Granet was speaking from the tribune, his right hand thrust into his frock-coat.