But this encounter, sire, is quite out of the ordinary conditions of a duel.
Indeed, sire, I wholly comprehend your disappointment.
Sire," said Blacas, who had for a moment the hope of sacrificing Villefort to his own profit, "I am compelled to tell you that these are not mere rumors destitute of foundation which thus disquiet me; but a serious-minded man, deserving all my confidence, and charged by me to watch over the south" (the duke hesitated as he pronounced these words), "has arrived by post to tell me that a great peril threatens the king, and so I hastened to you, sire.
I say, sire, that the minister of police is greatly deceived or I am; and as it is impossible it can be the minister of police as he has the guardianship of the safety and honor of your majesty, it is probable that I am in error.
I said, sire, that four hundred thousand pounds are owing to the Scottish army.
The example of Robert Bruce will absolve you, sire.
Well, sire, I think that by taking things from the beginning I shall have a better chance of touching the heart of your majesty.
You know, sire, that being called in 1650 to Edinburgh, during Cromwell's expedition into Ireland, I was crowned at Scone.
By the way, sire," said Gossip Coictier, "I had forgotten that in the first agitation, the watch have seized two laggards of the band.
Sire, you are an august and, very puissant monarch; have pity on a poor man who is honest, and who would find it more difficult to stir up a revolt than a cake of ice would to give out a spark
Very good, sire
," returned Colbert, greatly incensed, although he restrained himself in the presence of the king.
Ma foi, sire
, nous ferons ce qui sera dans notre possibilite, sire
,"* he answered gaily, raising nevertheless ironic smiles among the gentlemen of the Tsar's suite by his poor French.