"Are we quite alone, monsieur?" asked the marquise, looking round the room.
what precautions!" said the marquise, with a slight bitterness of expression; "and how evident it is that you fear the least suspicion of your amours to escape."
"Oh, no; you act like a delicate man," said the marquise, smiling.
"Come, dear marquise, punish me not with reproaches, I implore you."
"He!" cried the marquise: "Napoleon the type of equality!
Still, marquise, it has been so with other usurpers -- Cromwell, for instance, who was not half so bad as Napoleon, had his partisans and advocates."
"True," replied the marquise, without wincing in the slightest degree at the tragic remembrance thus called up; "but bear in mind, if you please, that our respective parents underwent persecution and proscription from diametrically opposite principles; in proof of which I may remark, that while my family remained among the stanchest adherents of the exiled princes, your father lost no time in joining the new government; and that while the Citizen Noirtier was a Girondin, the Count Noirtier became a senator."
Come, now, I have hopes of obtaining what I have been for years endeavoring to persuade the marquise to promise; namely, a perfect amnesty and forgetfulness of the past."
"That is a pretty compliment but a bad translation," said the young marquise. And then, looking at him a moment, "Do you dance?"
"You began to earn your living when you were a mere baby?" said the marquise.
"Ah, you make houses also of india-rubber?" inquired the marquise.
"My children have some little india-rubber shoes which they put on when they go to play in the Tuileries in damp weather," said the young marquise. "I wonder whether your brother-in-law made them."
"Your little lady is decidedly handsome," said the Marquise to the secretary; "now if she only had your name."
As the marquise turned to leave the room the minister joined her and escorted her to the door.
There's the Marquise d'Espard who has just left the room; this is precisely what she thinks and does.