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DUKE. The title given to those who are in the highest rank of nobility in England.

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No, no," exclaimed the duke, "take the marquis on shore first.
exclaimed the duke, drawing himself up with a haughty gesture, which sprinkled them with blood, "obey directly
The duke's secretary drew out a purse filled with gold from his pocket, and handed it to the one among those present who appeared of most importance, saying: "From my master, his Grace the Duke of Buckingham, in order that every possible care may be taken of the Marquis de Wardes.
Then the duke put to Pistache this difficult question, who was the greatest thief in the world?
Then is it not," resumed the duke, "the Superintendent Emery, who gave his son, when he was married, three hundred thousand francs and a house, compared to which the Tuileries are a heap of ruins and the Louvre a paltry building?
Gentlemen, you see," said the duke to those present, who dared not even smile, "that it is the `Illustrious Coxcomb' who is the greatest thief in the world; at least, according to Pistache.
there was a profound silence in the room when the duke again addressed them -- "do you not remember that the Duc de Guise taught all the dogs in Paris to jump for Mademoiselle de Pons, whom he styled `the fairest of the fair?
Stop," said the duke, "Pistache, jump for the queen.
The Duke drove down to the House, but called first in Downing Street.
It is the most remarkable case I ever heard of in my life," the Duke admitted, helping himself to a cigarette from a box which he had just discovered.
They don't suggest, I suppose," the Duke asked, "that we are not trying to clear the matter up?
The Duke assented, and waited while the secretary locked up the papers which the Prime Minister had been examining, and prepared others to be carried into the House.