A moment's delay, however, would be disagreeable to his royal highness."
In fact, a page, who was pouring out wine for his royal highness, on hearing the jingling of spurs in the next chamber, turned round like a child, without perceiving that he was continuing to pour out, not into the glass, but upon the tablecloth.
"Ready, your Serene Highness," replied the general.
"Would not your Serene Highness like to come inside?" said the general on duty in a discontented voice, "the plans must be examined and several papers have to be signed."
"Now," resumed Grimaud, "I've only one thing more to ask -- that your highness will continue to detest me."
"I doubt, however," said La Ramee, in sprightly allusion to the silence of his subordinate, "if he has said anything disagreeable to your highness."
"The Sonata that His Highness
plays so charmingly," said the Vice-Warden.
Don Quixote turned to the duchess and said, "Your highness
may conceive that never had knight-errant in this world a more talkative or a droller squire than I have, and he will prove the truth of what I say, if your highness
is pleased to accept of my services for a few days."
"But am I to leave your Highness
here, alone, in the presence of all these murderers?"
Owing to your Highness
' position, however, he has attended here, hoping for your gracious consent without having made any formal application.
``If the lands are to my liking, my lord,'' answered De Bracy, ``it will be hard to displease me with a bride; and deeply will I hold myself bound to your highness
for a good deed, which will fulfil all promises made in favour of your servant and vassal.''
"I perceive that your royal highness
has studied my notes to great advantage; your amazing perspicacity overpowers me with delight."