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"You must excuse us, count," returned Franz, "but we have still much to do."
"Count, I have reflected on the matter," said Franz, "I thank you for your courtesy, but I shall content myself with accepting a place in your carriage and at your window at the Rospoli Palace, and I leave you at liberty to dispose of my place at the Piazza del Popolo."
"But I warn you, you will lose a very curious sight," returned the count.
"Ma foi, yes; like you, I hesitated, but the count's eloquence decides me."
"Ah, yes" returned the count, "I know who he is, gentlemen; will you return to the salon?
"Well," asked Franz, "what think you of the Count of Monte Cristo?"
But I don't see why Count Fosco should celebrate the victory of the criminal over Society with so much exultation, or why you, Sir Percival, should applaud him so loudly for doing it."
The Count laughed inwardly and silently, and two of the white mice in his waistcoat, alarmed by the internal convulsion going on beneath them, darted out in a violent hurry, and scrambled into their cage again.
"Pray allow the Count to proceed," said Madame Fosco, with stern civility.
"Thank you, my angel," replied the Count. "Have a bon-bon?" He took out of his pocket a pretty little inlaid box, and placed it open on the table.
"Be good enough to go on, Count," said his wife, with a spiteful reference to myself.
He got up, put the cage on the table, and paused for a moment to count the mice in it.