When they came out Albert Price asked Philip to lunch with him.
Albert Price settled himself on a velvet seat with a sigh of relief.
Albert Price expanded as the processes of digestion went satisfactorily forwards.
Albert Price concluded that he had better go back to London by the four o'clock train, and presently he took leave of Philip.
"Parbleu!" said Albert, "do you think we are going to run about on foot in the streets of Rome, like lawyer's clerks?"
Franz and Albert descended, the carriage approached the palace; their excellencies stretched their legs along the seats; the cicerone sprang into the seat behind.
"To Saint Peter's first, and then to the Colosseum," returned Albert. But Albert did not know that it takes a day to see Saint Peter's, and a month to study it.
"Did you come to tell us you have procured a carriage?" asked Albert, lighting his cigar.
"But," said Albert, emitting a volume of smoke and balancing his chair on its hind legs, "only madmen, or blockheads like us, ever do travel.
"Pray, who may this famous Luigi Vampa be?" inquired Albert; "he may be very famous at Rome, but I can assure you he is quite unknown at Paris."
"Now then, Albert," cried Franz, "here is a bandit for you at last."
"Albert does not say you are a liar, Signor Pastrini," said Franz, "but that he will not believe what you are going to tell us, -- but I will believe all you say; so proceed."
Albert Malvoisin bowed and retired, not to give directions for preparing the hall, but to seek out Brian de Bois-Guilbert, and communicate to him how matters were likely to terminate.
``The Grand Master thinks otherwise,'' said Mont-Fitchet; ``and, Albert, I will be upright with thee wizard or not, it were better that this miserable damsel die, than that Brian de Bois-Guilbert should be lost to the Order, or the Order divided by internal dissension.
``They must be strengthened, Albert,'' replied Mont-Fitchet, ``they must be strengthened.