"This is very strange!" said he to his valet
de chambre , who accompanied him.
"No, monseigneur," replied the valet de chambre; "M.
"I do not know," said the valet de chambre, "but I don't like the countenance of your young man who goes on so well."
"The countess told me to inquire whether your excellency was at home," said the valet.
With her imperturbable calm she did not begin to speak in front of the valet. She knew of the duel and had come to speak about it.
"Oblige me by giving that man permission to withdraw," I said, pointing to the valet.
The door opened behind me, and the valet stood waiting on the threshold.
Planchet, D'Artagnan's valet, supported his good fortune nobly.
"This is all very easy for you to say," replied D'Artagnan, "for you, Athos, who live like a dumb man with Grimaud, who forbid him to speak, and consequently never exchange ill words with him; for you, Porthos, who carry matters in such a magnificent style, and are a god to your valet, Mousqueton; and for you, Aramis, who, always abstracted by your theological studies, inspire your servant, Bazin, a mild, religious man, with a profound respect; but for me, who am without any settled means and without resources--for me, who am neither a Musketeer nor even a Guardsman, what I am to do to inspire either the affection, the terror, or the respect in Planchet?"
"Your friend the valet
can tell you who his master's bankers are," he said; "and he can supply you with a specimen of his master's handwriting."
(the valet heard him tell the gentlemen in the coffee-room) he could not sleep; he felt so low and so wretched in himself.
Norbury's maid found an opportunity of confidentially informing the valet of what had passed between her mistress and herself.
The valet instantly brought to his master a regimental hat with a wide brim.
The valet held a wax-light; the cardinal took a key from his bureau and opening the door of a secret stair descended into the court of the Palais Royal.
Now, leave me, and desire my valet
de chambre to come hither." Scarcely had Ali disappeared when the valet
entered the chamber.