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The steward struggled violently for his liberty again, with an evident intention of making battle on those who stood nearest to him; but the key was already turned, and all his efforts were vain.
“Not a bit—not a bit,” cried the steward; “I’m none of your fair- weather chaps, Master Bump-ho, as sails only in smooth water.
"No, excellency, no," returned the steward, with a sort of nervous trembling, which Monte Cristo, a connoisseur in all emotions, rightly attributed to great disquietude.
pronounced the famous, "I have been almost obliged to wait." Bertuccio made but one bound to the ante-chamber, and cried in a hoarse voice -- "His excellency's horses!" Monte Cristo wrote two or three notes, and, as he sealed the last, the steward appeared.
And, so saying, he strode to the pantry and tried to open the door but found it locked, whereat the Steward laughed and rattled his keys.
When the Steward saw what was done, he waxed mad with rage; and, as Little John stooped to look within the pantry, he seized him from behind by the nape of the neck, pinching him sorely and smiting him over the head with his keys till the yeoman's ears rang again.
"But suppose some of them happen to guess aright," persisted the Steward; "then you would lose your old ornaments and these new ones, too."
"The tobacco is in your pipe, your Majesty," returned the Steward.
"Suppose 'm me no give?" the steward impatiently temporized.
"Good Sir Steward," said Little John, "give me to dine, for it is long for Greenleaf to be fasting."
He discussed estate affairs every day with his chief steward. But he felt that this did not forward matters at all.
"Take her away," I said to the steward, "and kill her; I cannot."